Who said it?: Joey Tribbiani
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Friends, which was a sitcom that started in the 1994 and lasted for 10 seasons. The show revolves around a group of friends with different personalities and their trials and tribulations in life.
The quote comes from the episode entitled “The One Where Ross Got High.” One of the storylines has Rachael (played by Jennifer Aniston) made a trifle, a dessert with several confectionery treats such as jam and custard that are layered into a cake. However, she makes a mistake and adds a layer of meat as the cookbook she was working on had the pages stuck together and she accidentally added the ingredients for shepard’s pie. While practically everyone hates the resulting trfile, Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) loves it and he even explains his reasoning.
Geek wisdom: Different people will like and dislike different things. It would be wrong for anyone to say that they are right or wrong for liking something that you may not like. This is a personal opinion and it’s based on the individual tastes of each person.
From: Deepwater Horizon
Who said it?: Mike Williams
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the film Deepwater Horizon. The film is based on the titular oil rig and the resulting disaster after one of the drilling operations had a major malfunction. This malfunction caused one of the United States greatest ecological disasters.
The quote comes early in the film. A representative of BP (played by John Malkovich) confronts one of the heads of the drilling operations, Mike Williams (played by Mark Wahlberg). Mike Williams has concerns about the state of Deepwater Horizon but the BP representative is rather dismissive. The topic then turns to fishing as the BP rep sees a picture of Mike Williams with a giant fish. Mike then tells that catching a giant fish is all about preparation. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: While it may be nice to hope for the best, it is always much better to prepare for the worst. You always have to plan ahead and be prepared for things to go wrong because, more likely than not, it will.
From: Batman Begins
Who said it?: Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the superhero/crime drama movie Batman Begins starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman Begins was a lot of people’s introduction to Christopher Nolan’s style of film making as, even though he isn’t huge comic book fan, he delivered one of the better Batman movie adaptations.
The quote is actually mentioned a couple of times in the film. The first time comes when a young Bruce Wayne falls into a cave. His father, Thomas Wayne, rescues him and delivers the quote. The second time the quote is given is after the League of Assassins raze Wayne Manor. Bruce Wayne laments that he’s failed. This is when Alfred (played by Michael Caine), his butler and father figure, echoes Thomas Wayne’s message to him.
Geek wisdom: Failing at something doesn’t mean you should stop. You should take it as an opportunity to learn from it and then try again.
From: The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Error
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic video game RPG on the NES, The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. It is a sequel to Shigeru Miyamoto’s first game in the series and takes a departure from the top-down view that the series was known for by going for a 2D sidescroller look.
The quote comes from a specific character Link encounters in the town of Ruto. Talking to him will make him say the infamous quote. Originally, his name in the Famicom Disk System of the game is Era and, for some reason, it was translated. Yet, his “twin” Bagu, which means “bug,” who lives in the Moruge Forest was not.
While it is humorous to find out about his weird name, he does serve a purpose as he does give Link a clue on how to enter the third dungeon.
Geek wisdom: Everyone can feel like he or see is just a mistake. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a reason to be in the world. Like Error, he might seem like a joke but, without him, Link would not be able to progress.
From: Rick and Morty
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Rick Sanchez
The story behind the quote: With a new season of Rick and Morty on the horizon, it seems like a good idea to put up one of the quotes from this hit Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show.
The quote actually pops up in the very first episode of the first season of the show. While being chased by intergalactic customs, Morty Smith inhales a gas which makes him cough up a living being that quickly goes from infancy to old age before dying. Rick Sanchez quickly tells Morty the quote.
The quote is then given once again in the episode Rick Potion No. 9. After escaping their reality where everyone has turned into “Cronenbergs” and replacing their doppelgangers in a different universe, Morty is horrified that they’re not doing anything to fix their world. Rick then asks him about the universe where Hitler cures cancer. Then he gives the quote.
Geek wisdom: The world and the universe is incredibly complicated and full of unknowns. You might want to dwell on your mistakes or what-could-have-been. But it’s much better to focus on what’s happening now and not think about the other possibilities.
From: Jud Crandall
Who said it?: Pet Sematary (both films and the book)
The story behind the quote: This week quote comes from Pet Sematary, one of Stephen King’s most popular horror novels. The book was adapted into film twice, once in 1989 and another two decades later, in 2019. The book and the films focus Louis Creed, a man who learns about a mysterious plot of land just beyond the pet cemetery where, if you bury something that died in that area, will come back to life… but not in the way you remember it.
In each iteration, the quote is given by Jud Crandall, a longtime resident of the area, while he tells a story about something that was buried in the so-called Pet Sematary. In the first film, the character is played by Fred Gwynne and he tells the story of a man named Timmy Baterman who died during World War II. Timmy’s father buried him in the Pet Sematary and the boy came back to life but he didn’t come back as a normal human being.
In the 2019 movie, Jud Crandall (now played by John Lithgow) explains that he thought that Louis Creed’s cat would not come back as evil as the other creatures that were buried in the Pet Sematary.
Geek wisdom: It may be painful to let go but, ultimately, it’s best that you do. You can hold on to the memories but you ultimately cannot let things control your future. You will have to accept the way things are.
From: Halloween (1978)
Who said it?: Sheriff Leigh Brackett
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the original Halloween film that was released in 1978. The film is about a homicidal maniac named Michael Myers who stalks several teens in a small suburban town. This was one of the original slasher films and launched Jamie Lee Curtis’ career in the film industry.
The quote comes early in the film. Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) sees Michael Myers hiding in the bushes. When her friend investigates, she tells Laurie no one’s there. Perturbed and distracted by the mysterious figure’s disappearance, Laurie runs into Sheriff Leigh Brackett (played by Charles Cyphers). Reassuring Laurie it’s okay, Sheriff Brackett delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Halloween is just around the corner. It’s fine to go around and scaring people but don’t go overboard with it. After all, not everyone may find being frightened fun.
From: Parks and Recreation
Who said it?: Mona-Lisa Saperstein
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. The show follows the Parks Department of the town of Pawnee as well as their friends and how they try to manage the township.
The quote comes from the 6th season premiere episode, London. With his Rent-A-Swag shop in jeopardy thanks to a competing store, Tom Havelford (played by Aziz Ansari) discovers that the owner of his competition is the father of Mona-Lisa Saperstein (played by Jenny Slate). Mona-Lisa’s father opened up the store to get back at Tom for “ruining” his children’s lives. When Tom pleads with Mona-Lisa to tell her father of her lies. However, she does pretty much the opposite…
Geek wisdom: Some people will never admit to their wrongdoings and, sometimes, they will be rewarded for it. Yes, it may seem unfair… but nobody said life was fair.
From: Batman (1989)
Who said it?: Joker
The story behind the quote: This is going to be weird since I’ve actually used the clip for another piece of Geek Wisdom but it is the best way to get the quote…
The quote comes from the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. It was a smash-hit and returned The Dark Knight to a more serious tone than what was established in the campy (but still wonderful) ’60s television series.
The quote comes from the middle of the movie, The Joker (played by Jack Nicholson) is terrorizing Vicki Vale (played by Kim Bassinger). Bruce Wayne interrupts and Bruce tries to intervene but The Joker, mildly upset that Vicki Vale was “seeing another guy,” just shoots him. The Clown Prince of Crime looks at the fallen body of Bruce Wayne and then delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: What’s yours is yours. What’s mine is mine. Don’t try to steal anything and be happy with what you have. If you aren’t, then go out and earn it rather than try to take what isn’t rightfully yours.
From: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Genre: Television and Cartoons
Who said it?: General Iroh
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Avatar: The Last Airbender, a cartoon series that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The story follows the adventures of AAng, the titular “last airbender,” to learn how to control, or “bend,” the four primal elements of air, water, earth and fire in order to become the Avatar.
The quote comes from the episode “Bitter Work.” General Iroh (voiced by Makoto “Mako” Iwamatsu), the uncle of Prince Zuko, who comes from the Fire Nation. Iroh decides to teach his nephew the art of lightning bending. Zuko is unable to learn it and gets frustrated. Iroh explains that his shame at himself is causing the anger that is stopping him from creating lightning. Zuko rebutts that he is actually still very proud. This is when Iroh delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being too proud of oneself leads to overconfidence and can lead you to make disastrous errors. But being too prideful can also lead to not learning from those mistakes. Learn to own up to your mistakes and remember that you’re not perfect.