Who said it?: Solid Snake, Naked Snake and Big Boss
The story behind the quote: Before anything else, I’d like to give an extremely belated shoutout to Pouria Memarvar who gave me the idea for this quote…
The quote comes from the Metal Gear Solid series of games. The series is the brainchild of Hideo Kojima and the man has directed every single Metal Gear Solid game but that was before his falling out with Konami. It’s hard to say what Konami will do with the series now that Kojima is out of the picture and it’s difficult to see if other Metal Gear Solid games will actually be good since a lot of what made the games great was Kojima’s rather cinematic way of telling a story… which is probably why the man with the “Snake” codename (whether it be Solid, Snake or Naked Snake/Big Boss) says the quote in practically all installments of the game.
Geek wisdom: Patience is a virtue. It can be maddening to be waiting for something to happen but, most of the time, the wait will be worth it.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from an old viral video involving, of all things, hockey. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a whole lot of wisdom here.
In 2006, a prominent Edmonton Oilers player named Chris Pronger was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. This was a controversial trade at the time and Edmonton Oilers fans became upset with the player. This led to an interview with the goalie for the Anaheim Ducks, Ilya Bryzgalov. He was asked about his thoughts on the trade and what he thought about why fans are upset. This led to the Russian giving the quote in reply.
Geek wisdom: We can take things a little too seriously at times. If we become extremely passionate about something, we can even take things a little too far. Sometimes, it’s best to take things in perspective and check whether something is important enough to be upset about.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the show, Person of Interest. The show ran from 2011 to 2016. Person of Interest was about how a brilliant entrepreneur named Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson) develops a machine that is able to predict terrorist threats by surveilling communications chatter. However, after giving The Machine to the government, Finch programs in a “backdoor” as The Machine also can predict murders but the government won’t stop them as they are considered “irrelevant.” Finch then recruits former Special Forces soldier John Reese (played by Jim Caviezel) and some other people to prevent these murders.
The quote actually comes from a former foe of the group, Root/Samatha Groves (played by Amy Acker). She encounters Harold and expresses her admiration for The Machine as it is “perfect” and far better than humans because humanity is ultimately flawed…
Geek wisdom: No matter how you cut it, people are flawed being. We’re prone to do bad and stupid things. However, unlike machines, we have the ability to go against our “bad code” and learn from our mistakes. We can evolve and go beyond what we originally are and become better versions of ourselves.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the incredibly successful Comedy Central cartoon, South Park. The show is usually focuses on four children, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick and Eric Cartman, and their adventures in the town of South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show usually focuses on topical topics and parodies them in some (absurd) way.
This week’s quote comes from Stan’s Uncle Jimbo. As an avid hunter, he is displeased that there are laws that protect certain endangered wildlife. However, he has found a loophole regarding the law as it is permitted to shoot anything as long as you’re about to be attacked by any creature. As such, he says the quote before each time he shoots and kills something.
Geek wisdom: There will always be bad people who will try to find ways to skirt the rules or common decency as long as it will suit their purposes. They will search for excuses to get away with bad behavior or justify what they do. It may be difficult but we have to stand our moral ground, even when times are tough.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is a submission from INTernal Jordan and his quote seems very appropriate as it comes from Fallout 4, a game that just made it’s one year anniversary this year! Thanks, INTernal Jordan!
The quote comes from one of the antagonists of the game, Conrad Kellogg. Kellogg is a mercenary who usually takes jobs from The Institute, a shadowy group that is trying to control the entire Commonwealth. The Sole Survivor does kill Kellogg in a long drawn out battle and you gain access to the mercenary’s memories and you can view them via one of your companions, the synth turned private eye, Nick Valentine. By viewing Kellogg’s memories, you do get to see his life and all of the hardships he faced. However, there was one time when he was actually content in his life: when he was with his wife Sarah and their child, Mary…
Geek wisdom: We sometimes never really know we’re really happy now because we’re all too focused on the bad stuff that’s happening in our life. We can forget all of the good things and experiences we have at this very moment.
Don’t focus on chasing happiness, because that’s when it becomes unreachable. Instead, focus on the things that makes us happy now.
The story behind the quote: You know a movie is good when you can pull off multiple quotes from it. And you know a character is fantastic when you can use a majority of his quotes! Once again, I’m pulling from The Dark Knight, the second from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman moves and, once again, the quote comes from The Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger.
The quote comes from the early part of the film as the Joker interrupts a meeting held by Gotham’s criminal underworld. The Clown Prince of Crime berates the mobster from cowering against The Batman and offers to take out The Dark Knight for them. One of the mobsters asks The Joker, if it’s so easy to do, why hasn’t he done it. This is when The Joker delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Every person has something they’re good at. It’s all a matter of discovering what that talent is. If you’re really good at a particular skill, that makes you worth something and, hopefully, it’s actually something you enjoy doing. So find whatever that thing may be and actually make is so that you can get paid for that skill.
The story behind the quote: As it’s Halloween, it’s only fitting that we use a horror movie quote. Which is why this week’s quote comes from the cult classic horror-comedy film, Re-Animator. The original film was based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and has spawned two sequels.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs) has managed to track down one of his re-animated corpses, Dr. Carl Hill, who has managed to steal his reagent, the chemical compound that can raise the dead. Dr. Carl Hill, despite being dead and essentially has to carry his own severed head around, still wants to publish West’s research as his own. This is when West informs him that no one will believe him because of his current headless state.
Geek wisdom: We all have some kind of status in our life and, sometimes, it can be hard to be taken seriously because of it. We can be overlooked simply because of how people perceive us. This does mean we can either be underestimated or overestimated. It’s up to us to prove what we can do, however, and not let them say what it is.
Oh, and, if you’re a reanimated talking head that’s trying to take credit for creating a formula that can bring the dead back to life, don’t be a jerk and steal someone’s work.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Creed, which is technically the latest film in the Rocky film franchise. However, instead of Rocky Balboa being the guy entering the ring, he’s now the coach and the trainer of Adonis Jordan, who just so happens to be the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed.
The quote comes from the middle of the film just as Rocky (once again played by Sylvester Stallone) begins training Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan). During one of their training sessions, Rocky takes Adonis to face himself in the mirror. He tells him to get into his fighting stance and, via the quote, tells Adonis that his opponent, whether in the ring or in life, that the man he’s looking at in the mirror is actually the person he’s going against.
Geek wisdom: We are sometimes the person that holds ourselves back. We can talk ourselves out of doing something or we can even try to stop improving because we become too comfortable with our status in life. However, we have to break through that barrier and actually try to be better than what we are right now all the time. We have to keep on taking steps to improve ourselves each and every day.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek: The Next Generation. A worthy successor to the franchise, The Next Generation introduced a new cast of characters taking control of a new USS Enterprise as they boldly go where no man has gone before.
This week’s quote comes from the 6th season episode, Tapestry. In the episode, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) is shot in his artificial heart. Ironically, if he has his normal heart, he wouldn’t be dying. The god-like being Q (played by John de Lancie) gives him an opportunity to return to that bar fight that made him lose his original heart in the first place. Picard does so but, when he is returned to his original time, he is no longer the Captain of the USS Enterprise, but a simple junior officer. He confronts Q about his current situation and Q explains that, because he never had that brush with death in the bar, Picard never took the risks that made him a daring captain in the first place.
Geek wisdom: It seems easy to take no chances. While you may leave a comfortable life by doing this, the only way to really get ahead is to seize opportunities when you can and take risks. It may seem difficult but the most successful people in life have taken the more perilous route to get where they are. The gamble may be risky but the payout is high.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Ridley Scott cult classic, Blade Runner. The film is all about a man named Rick Deckard, the titular Blade Runner of this story, and his search for four rogue Replicants who have made it to Earth. The film didn’t actually do all that well when it was released in 1982 as most critics felt the pace of the film was too slow. However, as the film gained cult status due to its incredibly deep story and Ridley Scott’s beautiful vision of a gritty future, the film has gained more notoriety and has influenced many directors of today.
The quote actually from the end of the film as Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) had just saved Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) from falling off a building. Realizing that he is dying due to the nature of Replicants having short life spans, Batty laments on the experiences he had accumulated and delivers what is now known as the “tears in rain” monologue, in a sense, proving that he does have a soul and human.
Geek wisdom: A huge part of what makes us human is our experiences in life. These collective experiences are all that help form our very unique individuality. We are all interconnected by these experiences but we may not feel the same way or experience them the same way. That doesn’t make them any less significant, though, as they have meaning to you or someone else.
Ultimately, however, when we do leave this mortal coil, those experiences will be lost forever. This is why we have to experience as much of living as we can while possible.