“Don’t be what they made you.”

From: Logan

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Logan/Wolverine

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2017 superhero/post-apocalyptic film, Logan. Based on Marvel’s X-Men’s characters, the film focuses on the former mutant known as Wolverine. Now going by his “real” name, Logan, he has to get a bunch of child mutants, along with his clone, Laura/X-23, to safety as they are hunted down by the mysterious group who created them as living weapons.

The quote comes from the end of the film. Logan (played by Hugh Jackman) is slowly dying as his healing factor is all but spent fighting off an evil version of himself. Laura (played by Dafne Keen) wants to help his adoptive father but Logan, with his dying breath, tells her to run as she doesn’t have to be the weapon she was created to be.

Geek wisdom: We choose who we want to be and we don’t have to go with whatever someone else thinks is best for you. It’s always up to you to decide your destiny.

“Remember those posters that say ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’? Well, that’s true for every day but one: the day you die.”

From: American Beauty

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Lester Burnham

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the drama/black comedy. The film is all about Lester Burnham, a man experiencing a mid-life crisis and also becomes infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. While highly acclaimed at its time of release, American Beauty’s reputation has taken quite a hit as the days have gone by.

The quote comes from the very start of the movie. Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey) opens up the film with the quote as part of his opening narration, hinting that someone is going to die by the end.

Geek wisdom: While it’s good to be optimistic about our future in life, always remember that it could end at a moment’s notice.

“Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.”

From: Saw

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Jigsaw

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the original Saw film. As the predecessor of the series, the film laid the groundwork for the series, which had a serial killer named Jigsaw who would kidnap people and put them through violent “games” to test their resolve to live. This would usually mean having to maim or kill others in order to survive his diabolical traps.

The quote comes in a flashback of the movie and it’s from the testimony from the only one who has survived Jigsaw’s “game,” Amanda Young (played by Shawnee Smith). She recalls the brutal game and how she had to kill someone in order to survive. After escaping her trap, Jigsaw enters the room and delivers the quote to Amanda.

Geek wisdom: Don’t wait for some life-changing event to happen to you to start realizing it’s a good thing to be alive. Be grateful to be alive so you can actually experience living.

“Everything you’re doing is bad. I want you to know this.”

From: Ghostbusters II 

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Janosz Poha

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from Ghostbusters II. The movie is set some time after the events of the first movie. As all of the ghosts in New York has been taken out during the previous film, the Ghostbusters have disbanded and people have forgotten all of their heroic deeds. However, a new threat looms on the horizon.

The quote comes early on in the film as Janosz Poha (played by Peter MacNicol), the New York Museum’s curator is supervising it’s delivery. As he looks around the other art restorers, he makes an off-handed remark to one of them, showing his displeasure with her work and delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Constructive criticism should always be welcome. However, when the complains are vague and non-specific, then there’s no way to improve. Try to be specific as to why you like or dislike something.

“I’ve told this story so often, it might even be true.”

From: Larry King Live

Genre: Television and Comics

Who said it?: Stan Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is a unique one as it doesn’t come from any form of geek media. It does, however, come from one of the legends of the geek community, comic legend Stan Lee. It’s one of my favorite quotes from the man.

During a 2000 interview during Larry King Live, Stan Lee was asked about how he came to creating one of Marvel’s most popular characters, Spider-Man. Stan Lee starts out by saying how he’s created a whole lot of superheroes before and then sticks in the quote before continuing.

Geek wisdom: Our memories are a funny thing. While we think we have perfect recollection of a moment in our lives, it’s always clouded by our own perceptions of what we’re feeling at the time. Some events may be too good to be true while others may seem not so bad in reality.

“She doesn’t even go here!”

From: Mean  Girls

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Damian

The story behind the quote: The quote comes the cult classic, Mean Girls. Even though it was released over 10 years ago, many fans still remember the quotes from the film. While some of these quotes weren’t put in the film to be memorable or quotable, the writing of Mean Girls as well as the delivery of the lines actually inserted them into the public consciousness. One such quote comes from the middle of the movie.

After the Burn Book of the Plastics is distributed to the rest of the school, math teacher Sharon Norbury (played by writer Tina Fey) gathers all the girls in the gym to try to ease the tension. She does this by getting all of the girls to apologize to each other. One girl eventually goes on stage and gives a heartfelt speech about how she wants everything to go back to a time when everyone was nice to each other. This is when Damian (played by Daniel Franzese) yells out the quote.

Geek wisdom: It’s nice to be involved but make sure you’re actually wanted or actually a part of the situation before trying to insert yourself into it.

“There is no answer. But ‘Eleanor’ is the answer.”

From: The Good Place

Genre: Televison

Who said it?: Chidi Anagonye

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 comes from the fourth season episode, The Answer. The Judge of the Universe is about to reset the world as the point system which judges if humans are good and bad has become so convoluted, no one is getting into the Good Place anymore. The team decide to revive Chidi Anagonye (played by William Jackson Harper) as, although he’s proven to be incredibly indecisive, is the best person to develop out a system that would work without resetting everything. After being revived, Chidi asked Janet (played by D’Arcy Carden) to give him the note he wrote before his memory was erased. She hands him the note and he reads it, which is the quote in question.

Geek wisdom: There is no “one size fits all” answer to why anyone of us exists. That answer is always going to be different depending on the individual. It could be living for a loved one, helping others or just trying to live life to the fullest. Your reason for existing may not make sense to others… but it makes sense to you, which is what’s important.

“Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.”

From: Clerks II

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dante Hicks

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Clerks II. The sequel to Kevin Smith’s first ever film sees Dante Hicks and Randall Graves now working at a fast food restaurant after the original Quick Stop convenience store was burned down.

The quote comes the end of the film. Dante (played by Brian O’Halloran) and Randall (played by Jeff Anderson) have rebuilt the Quick Stop thanks to a loan from Jay and Silent Bob (played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively). After serving a customer, Dante turns to Randall and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: There is actually some truth to that because every day is the first day of the rest of your life as well. Try to begin your day with a refreshed mind and try to look at life with a more positive outlook with new horizons to explore.

“Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. It is the rest of your story. Who you choose to be.”

From: Kung-Fu Panda 2

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Soothsayer

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the animated film, Kung-Fu Panda 2. It is the sequel to the 2008 DreamWorks animated film and has Po face off against a dictator hellbent on taking over the country with his discovery of gunpowder.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Po (voiced once again by Jack Black) is badly hurt and is rescued by the soothsayer (voiced by Michelle Yeoh). Po starts to recall his past and how his parents gave up their lives to save him when he was very young. Po is initially distraught by this memory but the soothsayer delivers the quote. This makes him realize that, because of his parents’ sacrifice, he was able to live on and make new friends and live a happy and fruitful life.

Geek wisdom: While we may not have any control of our initial circumstances, we do have control of what we do with the rest of our lives. We have the power to change a bad situation as long as we put the necessary effort into overcoming it.

“I never saved anything for the swim back.”

From: Gattaca

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Vincent Freeman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1997 sci-fi film, Gattaca. The movie takes place in a future wherein most children have been genetically altered to inherit all the best traits of their parents. Naturally born children are deemed “inferior” because of this. Vincent Freeman (played by Ethan Hawke) is one of those children who have been conceived through natural means. In order to fulfill his dream of becoming an astronaut, he takes on the identity of a modified person who is now wheelchair bound.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Vincent Freeman is found out by his brother, Anton Freeman (played by Loren Dean). Anton is worried that his brother is not up to the task of space flight as he was not genetically modified. Vincent challenges him to a swim race to see who can go out the furthest and the first to turn back loses. Vincent manages to keep swimming while Anton decides to go back in fear of drowning. After Anton concedes, Vincent delivers the quote, explaining how he was able to win all those year back.

Geek wisdom: Always be ready to give it your all. Do your very best when you need to do so.