From: Spider-Man (specifically, Spider-Man 2)
Who said it?: Aunt May
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Spider-Man 2, the 2004 film starring Tobey Maguire as the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. The plot has Peter Parker giving up his role as Spider-Man as he has been having difficulty taking on his regular/normal life and balancing it out with his role as protector of New York.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Aunt May (played by Rosemary Harris) is moving out of her house when Peter drops by to apologize for dropping a bombshell that he part of the reason why Uncle Ben was murdered. Aunt May forgives her nephew and comments that he was brave to do so.
The kid that was helping Aunt May pack recognizes Peter as the man who takes pictures of Spider-Man and asks Peter what happened to the superhero. Aunt May then comments that Spider-Man inspired the kid as well as herself. This is when she delivers the quote and that Spider-Man was an example for us to follow.
Geek wisdom: It may be cliche to say but you don’t need superpowers to be a hero. Heroism is doing the right thing and the brave thing, even when things look hopeless. Being a hero means that you have to keep on fighting when you know what you’re doing is righteous.
From: Back to the Future: Part III
Who said it?: Doc Brown
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the the final film of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film series focuses on Marty McFly and Doc Brown who use a time machine (built out of a Delorean) and get into various adventures because of it.
The quote comes from the final scenes of the third installment. Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) takes his girlfriend Jennifer (played by Elizabeth Shue) to the remains of the Delorean. Suddenly, Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) comes back from the future using a time machine built into a train. Jennifer asks Doc Brown why one of the messages she took home from the future has been erased. This is when Doc Brown explains the reason and the quote.
Geek wisdom: We are in control of our own destiny. No matter our initial circumstances, we have the power to make the future are bright as we want it to be.
From: Game of Thrones
Who said it?: Tyrion Lannister
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the HBO series Game of Thrones. It is a medieval fantasy series based on the book series “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R. R. Martin. The books focus on several families/houses vying for the Iron Throne and the right to control all of Westeros.
The quote comes from the very first episode of the series, “Winter is Coming.” Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) runs across Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington). Tyrion Lannister recognizes Jon Snow as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and calls him a “bastard.” This does offend Jon Snow to a great degree. This is when Lannister gives him some advice…
Geek wisdom: We live in a world where people will try to ridicule you for what you are and we have a tendency to hide our true selves from the world. What most of us don’t realize that, if we do this, then we are not accepting ourselves for who we really are.
If we are honest with ourselves and allow ourselves to express our true nature, others, despite them trying to make fun of us for whatever it is, won’t be able to hurt us.
From: Mad Men
Who said it?: Don Draper
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes are actually from the same speech/rant but the entire thing is a bit too long so the quote is just the ending bit, which is the most important bit. Anyway, the quote comes from the AMC show, Mad Men. The show is set in the roaring ’60s and focuses on the staff of an advertising agency, mainly on Don Draper, the egotistical advertising executive and protagonist of the show.
The quote comes from the fifth season episode entitled “Commision and Fees.” In the episode, Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), along with Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery), head to Dow Chemical in an attempt to get the conglomerate as a client. When the people at Dow Chemical tell Don and Roger they’re happy with their current advertising, Don Draper then proceeds to tell them his version of happiness.
Geek wisdom: Happiness and contentment are two different things and we can confuse the two things. The weird thing is, when we feel content, we tend to let life pass us by. Once we are content with our life, we forget that there can be bigger and better things for us out there and real happiness may just be in our reach but we have to actually strive to reach out for it.
From: The Amanda Show / Moody’s Point
Who said it?: Misty
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Nickelodeon show The Amanda Show. The Amanda Show started in 1999 and was a sketch comedy show much like in the vein of Saturday Night Live and even Nickelodeon’s own All That. In fact, the show is named after Amanda Bynes, who also starred in All That when she was much younger.
As The Amanda Show was a sketch comedy show, there were some recurring skits. One of them was Moody’s Point, a parody of teen dramas of the time. One of the characters in Moody’s Point is a girl named Misty, a rather homely girl who is incredibly sensitive and delivers the quote because of her fragile ego.
On a side note, this isn’t Misty’s only “catch phrase.” Her other one is “What’s that supposed to mean” and is usually uttered because of the same reason.
Geek wisdom: Thin skinned people have difficulty taking any criticism. If we are that way and take any constructive feedback and just tell the critic that we feel offended, then we cannot grow and improve. While there are some people who will try to hate on you, you should always be ready to listen to both good and bad feedback as we can learn from them both.
From: Doctor Strange
Who said it?: Doctor Strange
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on Stephen Strange, a skilled surgeon who loses his fine tuned motor skills in a car accident. In an attempt to heal his hands, he travels to Tibet. Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, he instead becomes trained in the mystic arts and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, dedicated to defending this dimension from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension.
The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the Dark Dimension to talk to Dormammu. However, before he does talk to that dimension’s ruler, Strange casts a spell using the Eye of Agamotto (which actually houses the Time Stone) before delivering the quote to Dormammu… several times.
Geek wisdom: When talking to someone you know will not play fair, you may have to use dirty tactics yourself. While it may not seem like the “honest” or even the “honorable” thing to do, this may be the only way to get a “fair” deal from them. Sometimes, the end does justify the means.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Bart Simpson
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from one of the episodes of The Simpsons. As one of the longest running shows ever (and since I’ve already used a lot of Simpsons quotes in the past), this show needs no introduction anymore.
The quote comes from 4th season episode entitled “The Front.” The episode has siblings Bart and Lisa Simpson, dissatisfied by the quality of the new Itchy and Scratchy episodes, decide to write their own story and submit it. Inspired by seeing Homer accidentally cut off most of Marge’s hair, they write “Little Barbershop of Horrors.” When deciding on who’s name to put on the script first, Lisa suggests that they play a game of rock-paper-scissors. However, the game is rigged against Bart as he has the tendency of only using rock.
Geek wisdom: We can get too settled in our ways and just do things because we’ve gotten so used to our daily and repetitive lives. We can get too set in our ways and think our way of doing things is the best. This is actually a bad thing as we can never better ourselves this way. We sometimes have to be adventurous and try new things as that’s the only real way to gain new experiences and actually see if there is something better out there for us.
From: Men in Black
Who said it?: Agent K
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1997 sci-fi film, Men in Black. The movie is based on a comic book series of the same name. The story revolves around a secret government agency who guard the Earth from aliens as well as protect the planet regarding the knowledge of the existence of extra-terrestrial life and how some aliens are actually living on Earth.
The quote comes early in the film. After the soon-to-be Agent J (played by Will Smith) passes the “Men in Black” exam, Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) explains what the MIB do and how some aliens are already living on Earth without the general public’s knowledge. When Agent J says that people will understand, Agent K rebuts by stating some of the things that people took as facts before, such as the world being flat. This is when Agent K delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Knowledge isn’t static. What we know as scientific fact today can be discovered to be totally false tomorrow. This isn’t a problem as things change and new information pops up every time. Knowledge and facts keeps on evolving and the only reason why we stop learning is because we choose not to learn anymore.
From: The Golden Girls
Who said it?: Sophia Petrillo
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic US sitcom The Golden Girls. The show is all about four older women living their golden years together in the same house in Miami, Florida. The show was a smash hit and is still recognized today as one of the most popular sitcoms of all time thanks to an all star cast that included Beatrice Arthur as the sarcastic Dorothy, Betty White as the dimwitted Rose, Rue McClanahan as the Southern belle Blanche and Estelle Getty as Dorothy’s mother, Sophia Petrillo.
The quote actually comes from Sophia. As the oldest of the quartet, she has a lot of experiences she would like to give her younger roommates the benefit of her wisdom while in Sicily. She would usually start her stories with this week’s quote. However, sometimes, there are some stories that seem to be made up…
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if a story is true or not. A lot of the time, it doesn’t really matter if it’s factual or pure fiction. What matters is if we can learn from those stories. What’s important is the message the story is trying to convey. Just because something is made up, that doesn’t mean we can’t get some life lessons from it.
From: Red Dead Redemption
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: John Marston
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2010 open world Western video game Red Dead Redemption. The game puts you in the boots of John Marston, a reformed outlaw who’s family is being held by the government as ransom. The government wants John Marston to track down and kill the former members of his gang and, in return, they will release his wife and son.
The quote comes from The Outlaw’s Return mission. This opens up after John finally takes out the last member of his gang and returns home to his family. His wife berates him for leaving his son. This is when John delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: You are dealt the hand you have in life. Some people will just have more than you and there will be some people who will have less. That’s just life. But complaining that life isn’t fair won’t do you any good. You have to make the most of it, no matter what you have.