From: Dr. Who
Who said it?: The Doctor
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the long-lived BBC science-fiction television program, Dr. Who. The show features The Doctor, who is portrayed by different actors, as he travels through different points in time.
This week’s quote comes from the 11th incarnation of The Doctor (played by Matt Smith) in the holiday special, aptly named A Christmas Carol. A family pleads with Kazran Sardick (played by Michael Gambon) to unfreeze their relative to celebrate the holidays. As Kazran Sardick refuses, The Doctor arrives via the chimmey. After a quick speech, The Doctor looks at the frozen woman and asks who she is. When Kazran Sardick says she’s “nobody important,” The Doctor, in his amazement, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Everyone means something to someone in the world. Even when you feel like you are insignificant, there is still definitely someone who thinks you are important to them.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Kent Brockman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. And, with the current situation affecting the world thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a rather apt quote.
The quote comes from the 11th episode of the 5th season of The Simpsons. The episode is entitled Homer the Vigilante, wherein a spree of cat burglaries occur in the town of Springfield. Kent Brockman (voiced by Harry Shearer) who quickly heighten the fears the citizens of the town by insinuating that the cat burglaries will escalate into mass murders. He then turns to a professor and delivers the quote, to which the professor agrees.
Later, when the entire population is hunting down a mysterious treasure, Kent Brockman then escalates the issue again.
Geek wisdom: In times of crisis, it’s always best to try to keep a cool head. If you panic, you will be prone to do more unsafe and even dangerous actions that may do more harm than good. This goes for everyone, especially for the citizens and the people who are supposed to protect them.
From: BoJack Horseman
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Diane Nguyen
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman. The show is all about the titular character (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed up actor who is trying to make his big comeback to superstardom.
The quote comes from the very last episode of the series, Nice While It Lasted. Bojack Horseman and his ghostwriter and close friend, Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie), are on a rooftop contemplating on the fact that they may not see each other again. Bojack says that life is terrible then we die. Diane, in reply, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Life can be hard and there are always going to be difficult times. Real life doesn’t always have happy stories to tell all the time. But that doesn’t mean you just have to give up in life. That’s because life will always go on.
From: South Park
Who said it?: Eric Cartman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Comedy Central animated show, South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show focuses on four kids, Kenny, Kyle, Stan and Eric Cartman, who live in the town of South Park. The show mainly makes fun of the absurdity of life as well as how absurd life can be.
The quote comes from the episode “You Have 0 Friends.” Kyle’s Facebook friends are un-friending him because he friended a kid name Kip Drodry. Cartman suggests dropping him so his friends will return. When Kyle disagrees with the plan, the two go on Chatroulette to try to make new friends online. However, they keep on being matched with people showing their penises. Kyle wants to quit but Cartman says they have to keep going before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: In a way, what Cartman said is true. You are going to meet a lot of people in the world (or on Facebook) but not everyone is going to be nice nor will you want to be their friend. However, this is the only way to make friends. You have to get out there and meet people.
Sure, you will meet terrible people but you will also meet some wonderful people you will want to be friends with.
From: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The story behind the quote: This week, we have another quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And, once again, it comes from the Captain of the USS Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard. This week’s quote comes from the second episode of the two-parter, Chain of Command. The episode is actually pays homage to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The episode has Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) captured by the Cardassians. The leader of the group, Gul Mandred, tortures Picard in an attempt to break him so he will reveal the plans for the planet Minos Korva. One of the tactics is to show Picard four lights and force him to say there are five instead. If he does, Gul Mandred will stop the torturing.
By the end of the episode, despite not being able to break Picard and the Captain about to be released into Federation custody, Gul Mandred tries one more attempt to break Picard’s spirit by lying to him and saying Minos Korva has been captured and the Enterprise has been destroyed so there is nothing to betray anymore. He asks Picard how many lights. But just before Picard answers, the other Cardassians come to take Picard. This is when Picard says the quote one more time, with total defiance that he was not broken.
Geek wisdom: Despite all the hardships you endure, you have to stay true to what you know is the truth. Don’t let other people sway you to think otherwise, especially when they are wrong but won’t admit that they are.
From: The Witcher
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Geralt of Rivia
The story behind the quote: This week, we have a trifecta as the quote comes from a book, a television series from Netflix and a video game series made by CD Projekt Red. All of these sources are based on The Witcher series, which are written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book follows Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher, a man who has magical abilities who can defeat magical monsters.
The quote comes from several sources. The original quote came from the book, The Last Wish, which is a compilation of short stories. Geralt gives the quote when asked to kill Renfri. The Netflix television series generally tells the same tale and Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) also delivers the quote during the first episode, The End’s Beginning.
The quote is also said by Geralt in The Witcher video game series of CD Projekt Red. However, it is told in a trailer for the game. The trailer features Geralt returns to collect a bounty on a monster. When he notices that the same people who paid him for the hunt are about to hang a “witch,” he decides to fight back but not before delivering the quote in his mind.
Geek wisdom: We like to justify our bad actions by thinking it’s not as bad as the alternative. But, ultimately, it is a justification. As the quote says, evil is evil and that’s the way it is, no matter how you spin it.
From: BoJack Horseman
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Todd Chavez
The story behind the quote: I would first like to give credit to Aden Batool for turning me to this quote. While I couldn’t really use the bit of GeekWisdom given, the quote itself does need to be talked about.
The quote comes from the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. The show follows the titular character, a washed up horse actor. While generally a good person, his self-destructive nature (thanks to him becoming jaded to world of show business) usually brings him at odds with the people around him.
The quote comes from the episode entitled “It’s You.” BoJack Horseman (played by Will Arnett) is nominated for an Oscar and Todd Chavez (played by Aaron Paul), who helped BoJack get the mention, returns home to BoJack’s home. BoJack berates Todd and accidentally reveals he slept with Emily, whom Todd has romantic feelings for. BoJack tries to apologize but Todd, who’s had enough, tells that he can’t keep on doing this kind of thing. He then points out that BoJack did this to himself, delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: You can’t keep blaming other people or things for your situation, especially when you have direct control over the outcome. Your actions are still your own and blaming your past isn’t the way to go. You can acknowledge your past but that only means that you should work harder to overcome that past.
From: The Mandalorian
Who said it?: Kuill
The story behind the quote: For such a short series, The Mandalorian already has a couple of good quotes worth mentioning! This week’s quote comes from the Disney+ exclusive series set in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian follows the titular character (portrayed by Pedro Pascal) throughout the galaxy with a young child of Yoda species, who fans have dubbed Baby Yoda.
The quote is given by a character named Kuill (played by Nick Nolte). The character becomes an acquaintance of the Mandalorian and, whenever he proclaims something that will be done, he delivers the quote to punctuate it.
Geek wisdom: When you say you will do something, you have to stand by it and follow through.
From: The Good Place
Who said it?: Eleanor Shellstrop
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC comedy series, The Good Place. The show focuses on four humans who have died and are now supposedly spending eternity in The Good Place. One of the people, Eleanor Shellstrop, apparently isn’t supposed to be there as she was a bad person while she was alive. The first season then focuses on her journey to be a person worthy of being in The Good Place in order to avoid being sent to The Bad Place.
The quote is actually kind of a catchphrase for one of the characters of the show. The quote is delivered by Janet (played by D’Arcy Carden), who acts like a sort of helper for the residents of The Good Place. As she generally has the features of a female and also acts like a machine, some people call her those things. Usually, Janet will correct them with either quote.
Unfortunately, I cannot really find a video clip of her saying the quotes but there is a GIF that does illustrate her saying this.
Geek wisdom: You should be the one that defines yourself, not others. People will think of you as supposed to be behaving a certain way because of your age, race or gender. But you are the one in control of your life and it is you who run it, not them.
From: Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu)
Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime
Who said it?: Koro-sensei
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the manga/anime series Ansatsu Kyoshitsu AKA Assassination Classroom for Western audiences. It tells the story of a being who claims will destroy the Earth unless he is killed before the end of the year. He does give the planet a sporting chance as the being becomes a teacher for a classroom. Now named Koro-sensei, he now teaches the class of 3-E not only most regular subjects, but the art of assassination as well.
The quotes come from the 16th episode of the 1st season. Karma, one of Koro-sensei’s student fails to get better grades than his rival in class 3-A. Karma is devastated as he is actually incredibly talented in everything he does. This does not stop Koro-sensei from making fun of him because of his laziness. Tadaomi Karasuma, an agent assigned to observe Koro-sensei, asked the creature if it was wise to do that, especially since Karma was already despondent. Koro-sensei replies that it was as Karma has to experience losing as well as winning in order to get better. This is when he delivers the quotes.
Geek wisdom: Failure can always be a bitter pill to swallow. However, failure can be beneficial as you can learn from them. The only way to get better at something is to keep at it and keep bettering yourself. The only time losing is bad is when you don’t learn anything from it.