The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Lion King. This is actually the third time I’m getting a quote from this classic Disney film but that just goes to show you how memorable this film has become.
The quote comes from the middle of the Hakuna Matata number. After Simba leaves the Pridelands, he stumbles across Timon, a meerkat voiced by Nathan Lane and Pumbaa, a warthog voiced by Ernie Sabella. The duo shows the young lion that their sole source of food and protein comes from bugs. This initially disgusts Simba but, after trying one, he does agree to how the grubs fill his empty stomach.
Geek wisdom: There may be things that may seem distasteful initially, But, once you get used to it, you may actually grow to love it. So go ahead and try something new. You may never know it but you may actually find something you really like in something you initially thought to be disgusting.
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Nintendo’s franchise, Pokemon. This game was one of the biggest reasons why the Game Boy was a smash hit. In the game, you play the role of a Pokemon trainer who tries to travel the world and capture all of the possible Pocket Monsters out there. However, you will have to defeat them by pitting your own monsters against them as well as defeat other trainers who have the same goal.
There is a strategy, however, regarding which Pokemon to unleash. Depending on what element the creature is, you can dish out more damage by selecting the proper creature that has the opposing element. For example, Pikachu, who is the electricity element, will be able to do more damage to a Slowbro, which is a Water type Pokemon. When you do pick the right Pokemon and it does an attack, you’ll get the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s always best to use the right tools for the right job. You can try to use a substitute tool and it could work. But it may the job much harder. Try to work smarter, not harder.
The story behind the quote: This is another quote from the mega-hit sitcom from the 90’s, Seinfeld. This week’s quote comes from the appropriately entitled episode from Season 5, The Puffy Shirt.
Kramer’s new girlfriend is a fashion designer and is someone who is a “low talker,” which means you can barely hear her when she speaks. She tries to get Jerry to wear one of her designs, a puffy shirt that looks like what pirates used to wear, when she hears that Jerry is going to be on the Today Show. Jerry nods his head as he didn’t know what he was agreeing to due to Kramer’s girlfriend mumbling whenever she speaks.
Of course, when Kramer brings the shirt to Jerry, Jerry tries to back out because of how ridiculous it looks. Even though Jerry tried to back out of the agreement, he eventually does wear it on the Today Show. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Jerry just doesn’t like the idea of being “the first pirate.”
Geek wisdom: Your word is your bond. If you agree to something, you’re unable to back out. Even if you then realize it will make you look foolish, you will still have to push through with the agreement… even if it does make you the very first “pirate.”
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the live action version of The Grinch, which is based on the Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” As they had to fill in the extra time needed for a full theatrical release, the live action movie added more scenes and story arcs, such as the Grinch’s origins and how he came to hate Christmas.
The quote comes during the scene where The Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) is fast asleep. However, the citizens of Whoville (who love Christmas) are playing Christmas carols. The Grinch starts to sing in his sleep and he awakes in fear as he realizes what he’s doing. This is when the Grinch utters the quote.
Geek wisdom: Once in a while you will get the Holiday doldrums. When you don’t really feel like celebrating the season to be jolly. Actually, there is nothing wrong with that. However, just because you’re not in the spirit, that doesn’t give you the right to try to stop others from enjoying themselves.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Episode V of the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back. I don’t really think that there’s much I have to say about the franchise as it’s one of the most popular franchises of all time. So, let’s get to the quote!
The quote comes early in the film, just after Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) rescues Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) on the icy (and ironically named) planet Hoth. Han Solo then makes a snarky comment to Princess Leia, making it seem like she made the order to ground all flights from leaving the planet to keep him in the base. The confrontation escalates and Leia insults Han by calling him a “half-witted, scruffy looking nerf herder.” Strangely, Han doesn’t have any issues with being called a half-wit or a nerf herder…
Geek wisdom: People will take offense to the weirdest things. You can call a certain person all kinds of bad things and it will just roll off their back. However, there is a chance you may say the wrong thing to the same person, something you may think is innocuous and unoffensive, and they’re take it as the ultimate form of insult. So, always think first of what you want to say and choose your words carefully as much as possible.
The story behind the quote: This quote comes the extremely popular film from 1984, Ghostbusters. The film is the story of three scientists who establish a way of capturing and imprisoning ghosts and turn it into a business. Ghostbusters was a phenomenal success and spawned a sequel, an incredibly successful cartoon and toy line as well as a 2016 remake.
The quote comes early on in the film as the Ghostbusters has just established their paranormal extermination business. After Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray) checks in with their secretary Janine Melnitz (played by Annie Potts) if they got any calls, brilliant parapsychologist Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis) crawls out from under her desk. Janine tries to strike a conversation regarding their likes and dislikes. When going to the topic of hobbies, Egon does mention what he loves to collect…
Geek wisdom: Everybody needs a hobby. It seems boring or even not a worthwhile obsession to others. But whatever hobby you have is your own. If you enjoy something, even if it is collecting spores, molds and fungus, you should do it.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1999 animated film, The Iron Giant. This was actually the first film directed by Brad Bird, who would go on and direct two incredibly popular Pixar films, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The Iron Giant follows a kid named Hogarth Hughes who befriends a giant sentient robot from outer space. Although the film wasn’t a success during its initial release, it has become a cult classic and a personal favorite for a lot of people.
The quote is actually mentioned several times. However, the quote is the most poignant during the final moments of the film. Believing that Hogarth has been killed by the army, The Iron Giant goes ballistic and starts laying waste to the surrounding area. In a last ditch attempt to destroy the giant robot, the army fires a missile at it. However, the missile strike will also destroy the town. Hogarth recovers and rushes to his giant friend and explains to him that he doesn’t have to be a weapon anymore.
Fun Fact: The titular character was voiced by Vin Diesel!
Geek wisdom: We decide who we want to be in the end. You may have a troubled past or not given the chances other people got. However, you can’t keep on blaming past events for your actions. You have to take ownership of your life and be the person you want to be because we ultimately choose who we are in the end.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the dark comedy Thank You for Smoking. The film is based on the book of the same name. Both the book and the movie focuses on Nick Naylor, a suave lobbyist for Big Tobacco, who goes above and beyond the call of duty to perpetrate the notion that smoking can cause lung cancer.
The quote comes from the very end of the film. Naylor (played by Aaron Eckhart) has started his own lobbying firm. He meets up with cellphone manufacturers and tells them what to say when asked if cell phone radiation can cause brain cancer. He then turns to the audience and, in a voice over, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Each and every one of us has a special skill that we can all utilize. Sometimes, however, it will take a lot of hard work to find what your talent is. And sometimes, the talent that you have may even prove to be distasteful to others. That’s not the point. The point is that everyone is going to be good at something; it’s all about finding out what it is and what you do with that talent.
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the film noir, White Heat. White Heat focuses on Arthur “Cody” Jarrett, a deranged gang leader who loves killing people while staging robberies. The film is considered a classic and has been inducted into the National Film Registry for being culturally and artistically significant.
The quote comes from the closing moments of the film. Cody (played by James Cagney) has been surrounded by the police and climbs to the top of a chemical plant. The police do shoot at Cody but, although he has been shot several times, the criminal refuses to go do. Cody, realizing there is no escape, shoots a tanker full of gas and, just before it explodes, he delivers the quote
Geek wisdom: We all want to be the best. However, we also have to consider the path we take to be the greatest. If it leads to your self destruction, then that path, even if it’s the easiest one, isn’t worth it.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from As Good As it Gets. The film stars Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a shut-in, obsessive-compulsive novelist. He, however, becomes involved with Carol Connelly (played by Helen Hunt), a waitress at the restaurant where he eats on a regular basis as well as his gay neighbor, Simon Bishop (played by Greg Kinnear). Because of his involvement with these people, Melvin slowly starts to come out of his shell.
The quote comes near the end of the film. The trio take a trip so that Simon can a loan from his parents. During their trip, Melvin takes Carol out to dinner. In an awkward way of professing his growing feelings for her, Melvin tells her a “compliment” as well as the quote in question.
Geek wisdom: We can’t actually force change on people. We may think we know what’s best for them but forcing them to do so doesn’t usually stick and they will return to their old ways. However, people will change for you on their own free will if you give them the chance. This is when they will try to better themselves in the long run.