“It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions: Who are you, and what do you want?”

From: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Genre: Television and Cartoons

Who said it?: General Iroh

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is another submission from DJ Miller, who has helped us with a quote from King of the Hill, Forrest Gump and Arthur. This time, the quote comes from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The quote comes from the episode “Lake Laogai.” Zuko, disguised as the Blue Spirit, has managed to track down Aang’s flying bison, Appa, who was captured. As he reaches Appa, Zuko’s Uncle Iroh finds him and begins subsequently scolding him for not planning ahead, particularly mentioning the time when they were at the North Pole, in which he would have died had the Avatar’s friends not come along. He pleads with Zuko to look inside himself for once and find his own destiny, not the one forced on him by his father. That’s when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Destiny is something you choose for yourself and not from someone else. It’s important to know what you want inside. The best way to do so is to look inside yourself.

“Oooh. Self burn. Those are rare.”

From: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Det. Jake Peralta

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the police procedural sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show follows the misadventures of the detectives of Brooklyn’s Nine-Nine Precinct. While it is a comedy, there are instances of some really brilliant writing when it comes to solving the crimes they have to tackle.

The quote comes from the 16th episode of the 1st season, The Party. In order to prevent the squad from misbehaving and acting immature at a party, their sergeant, Sgt. Terry Jeffords (played by Terry Crews), tries to direct them to act like adults. However, Amy Santiago (played by Melissa Fumero) chimes in and states that, even when she was a teen, she was always on her best behavior and always a goody two-shoes. This is when Jake Peralta (played by series creator Andy Samberg) delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing that you’re most proud of now can be a mark of shame later in life. So it’s always a good idea to think before you act.

“Treat yo’ self!”

From: Parks and Recreation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. While the show got off to a slow start, it soon gained a huge following thanks to some sharp witty humor and great characters. The show follows the Parks and Recreation department of the town of Pawnee and the misadventures they have.

The quote comes from the 4th episode of the 4th season, Pawnee Rangers. In the episode, Tom Haverford (played by Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (played by Retta) reveal that, once a year, they set aside one whole day where they can splurge on themselves, hence, the quote. This actually started to be something you would see each season.

Geek wisdom: The world can be a hard place to live in. So it’s actually smart to set aside some time to pamper yourself and just do the things that make you happy to unwind.

“Any alien can inject someone with his space juice and be a father. But it takes a real man to be a dad.”

From: King of the Hill

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Hank Hill

The story behind the quote: Once again, I have to show thanks to DJ Miller as he managed to find another wonderful quote for the site. We really appreciate the assistance.

The quote comes from the Fox animated sitcom King of the Hill. The show generally follows the Hill family, particularly the Hill patriarch, Hank Hill, as well as his friends and next door neighbors, as they deal with the someone exaggerated eccentricities of mundane, everyday life of midwestern America.

The quote comes from the 14th episode of the 6th season. Entitled “Of Mice and Little Green Men,” Hank Hill (voiced the series creator Mike Judge) is in the Marfa desert with his friend, Dale. Dale’s son, Joseph, because of a misunderstanding, believe he’s the offspring of aliens and he along with Hank’s son goes to Marfa as it’s been the location of UFO sightings. Dale is worried he’ll be eaten by aliens when Joseph’s “alien” father comes to get him. Hank immediately shuts him down and gives him various times Dale was there for his son. This is when Hank delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A real father isn’t just there for the conception. A real father is there for there kids, no matter what. It takes a real man to step up and actually care for a child.

“A banana without its peel is still a banana.”

From: Arthur

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Mrs. MacGrady

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote was submitted by DJ Miller. I would like to thank him for the help with this quote as well as how to source the video where the quote appears.

This week’s quote comes from the animated series, Arthur. The cartoon focuses on the growing up pains of one Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark. Each episode basically has Arthur learning an important lesson about life.

The quote itself is from the episode entitled “Arthur’s Underwear”, which is in the fifth episode of the second season. Arthur has dreams about being in his underwear after he sees his friend, Binky Barns, ripped his pants and he started laughing. Arthur’s best friend Buster Buster admits that he told a few people, hoping he could find a way for Arthur to get over his dream. In his panic, Arthur’s pants get caught on the tray rack and he accidentally rips them open, partially revealing his underwear. Everyone in the cafeteria starts laughing at Arthur, much to his embarrassment. Binky comes to the rescue by using two lunch trays to cover him up and leads him to the kitchen.

There, Mrs. MacGrady sews them back up for Arthur. After Mrs MacGrady fixes Arthur’s pants, Arthur laments he can’t show his face to his classmates anymore. In response, she tells him the quote.

Geek wisdom: Everybody gets embarrassed in life, no matter what or who they are. Don’t let embarrassing moments stop you from being who you are and living your life.

“I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.”

From: Agent Carter

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Peggy Carter

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the short-lived ABC series Agent Carter. The show followed Peggy Carter who was introduced in  the first Captain America movie and follows her adventures after World War II.

The quote comes from the final episode of the first season. Peggy Carter (played again by Hayley Atwell) managed to solve the conspiracy to frame Howard Stark. However, as she is a woman, she doesn’t get any credit and, in fact, it leads to Agent Jack Thompson getting all of the honors. Agent Daniel Sousa wants to clear this up but Peggy says there’s really no need as she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You shouldn’t take too much stock on how others think of you. What’s more important is how you think of yourself.

“But what is grief if not love persevering?”

From: WandaVision

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Vision

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the recently concluded WandaVision on Disney+. This is the first entry in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first live-action television series to be released featuring Marvel’s characters. The show features Wanda Maximoff and Vision, two of the Avengers that have appeared in the earlier films.

The quote comes from the 8th episode “Previously On.” As seen in a flashback, Wanda (played by Elizabeth Olsen) is grieving over the death of her twin brother, Pietro, during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vision (played by Paul Bettany) tries to comfort her. Wanda tries to explain the metaphorical weight of her sadness to Vision. Vision tries to explain that he’s never experienced grief like Wanda’s as he’s never really lost anyone. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Grieving is known for being a negative emotion as it’s overwhelming sadness. However, the only reason why we feel this level of sadness is because of the love we feel for that person we lost. The grief is actually the love we feel for that person. It’s a reminder that we loved once and that love will remain within us. Hence, grief is love persevering.

“Superman is what I can do. Clark is who I am.”

From: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Clark Kent

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1993 superhero series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. This was a live-action show mostly revolving around the relationship of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

The quote comes from the second season episode entitled Tempus Fugitive. Lois Lane (played by Teri Hatcher) finds out about Clark Kent’s dual identity as Superman. Clark (played by Dean Cain) tries to apologize to Lois for lying to her all these years. When Lois sounds confused as to why Clark would be jealous of her feelings for Superman as they are the same person, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: There is more to you than what you can do. You may be good at something but that doesn’t mean that it’s your entire identity. The same goes with others so we must realize that we are more than what we seem on the surface.

“Why are you booing me? I’m right!”

From: The Eric Andre Show

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Hannibal Buress

The story behind the quote: This quote comes Adult Swim talk show, The Eric Andre Show. Hosted by the titular comedian, is basically a spoof of low-budget regional talk shows.

The quote comes from Hannibal Buress, his co-host during the first five seasons. During his monologue for The Eric Andre New Year’s Eve Spooktacular, Eric Andre comments President Barack Obama will have two more years, leading to the crowd cheering. Hannibal Buress corrects the host as a full presidential term is four years. The crowd starts booing him, leading to the co-host delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the truth isn’t something everyone will like to hear. Even if you tell them facts and show them proof, there will be some unwilling to change their mind.

“Friends don’t lie.”

From: Stranger Things

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Eleven

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix series, Stranger Things. The show borrows a lot of atmosphere from ’80s sci-fi teen shows as, appropriately, it is set in the time period. The show generally revolves around a group of friends who discover a mysterious girl named Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) who has developed psychic powers thanks to experiments performed on her.

The quote actually is initially mentioned by Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard) when trying to convince Eleven he’s a friend. However, the quote is delivered with much more impact later when Eleven delivers it later on when the gang tries to make amends for all the misunderstandings that happened.

Geek wisdom:  True friends will tell the truth to each other. The truth may hurt but, if that person is someone you trust, then you know they are telling it to you because they really care for you.