“Picture it: Sicily…”

From: The Golden Girls

Genre: Television

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.

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“Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair.”

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.

“Fighting was the only thing… the only thing I was good at. But… at least I always fought for what I believed in.”

From: Metal Gear Solid series

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Gray Fox

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the incredibly popular PlayStation video game, Metal Gear Solid, which was created by Hideo Kojima. In the game, you take control of Solid Snake, a retired solider called back to action to stop a terrorist organization from stealing a mobile tank that’s able to launch a nuclear missile from any where in the world, the titular Metal Gear.

The quote is said near the end of the game. Solid Snake attempts to take down the new Metal Gear model, dubbed Metal Gear Rex. During the battle, a former ally named Gray Fox rescues him and sacrifices himself. Before dying himself, Gray Fox tells Solid Snake that he isn’t a tool for the government before delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Always stick to your convictions and beliefs. It may be hard to do so because the world is telling you what you know and what you can do goes contrary to your beliefs. But there is always a way to make things work out to your goals, not theirs.

“We don’t get to choose how we start in this life. Real ‘greatness’ is what you do with the hand you’re dealt.”

From: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Victor Sullivan

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Naughty Dog’s action-adventure video game series, Uncharted, spcifically, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Like the other entries in the series, Drake’s Deception stars Nathan Drake (played by Nolan North), a treasure hunter who get entangled in a life and death adventure with his friends with the hopes to get rick quick.

The quote comes during the ending of the game. After managing to escape from the lost city of Ubar as it collapses, Victor Sullivan (played by Richard McGonagle) takes Drake to the side and tells him that he made a lot of mistakes during his lifetime. He then hands Nate his lost wedding ring and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: What you get in life depends on how much effort you put into it. It’s possible to grow up in the roughest part of the neighborhood and in poverty. But successful people will not let those disadvantages stop them from their own greatness. Neither should you.

“Done properly, parenting can be a heroic act… Done properly.”

From: The Incredibles 2

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Edna Mode

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from The Incredibles 2, Disney and Pixar second film in the franchise. The film takes place a few weeks after the first Incredibles film. But this time, it’s Elastigirl doing the superheroing while Mr. Incredible stays home to take care of the household duties.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Thanks to Jack-Jack’s plethora of emerging powers, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) goes to Edna Mode (once again voiced by Brad Bird, who also wrote and directed the film) for assistance as he has become incredible tired dealing with Jack-Jack. Mr. Incredible tells Edna the woes he’s experienced since becoming head of the household. This is when Edna Mode turns to Mr. Incredible and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Being a parent can be a thankless job but it’s actually one of the most noble jobs out there as you are taking care of someone. However, it’s only noble if you really pour some time and effort into it. You can’t just half-ass the job of raising children.

“No such thing as bad student. Only bad teacher.”

From: The Karate Kid (1984)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mr. Miyagi

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Karate Kid film, specifically from Mr. Miyagi giving Daniel Laruso a life lesson.

After Daniel Laruso (played by Ralph Macchio) is saved by Mr. Miyagi from a vicious beating from Johnny Lawrence and the rest of the Cobra Kai dojo, the old man brings Daniel home. Daniel complains to Mr. Miyagi (played by Pat Morita) that Johnny and the Cobra Kai kids are bad eggs. This is when Miyagi tells Daniel that it’s what they were taught…

Geek wisdom: If we teach kids to do bad things, they will grow up doing these bad things, thinking it’s okay. We have to guide children and teach them to do the right things and not the wrong things early in life.

“It’s still real to me, dammit!”

From: YouTube

Genre: Internet

Who said it?: David Wills

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from an old viral video involving wrestling. Rather, it comes from a long time fan, David Wills.

David Wills attended at wrestling show which just so happened to have a Q&A section, featuring some old-time wrestling legends like Jim Cornette and Terry Funk. Before the show, Wills managed to get a glimpse of another wrestling legend, Harley Race, having difficulty moving around. This kind of shocked David Wills as he remembered watching “King” Harley Race as a kid and how lively he was then. The wrestling world also was recently stunned with the sudden passing of Eddie Guerrero then.

These two factors affected David Wills as he knows how much wrestlers hurt themselves for the viewers’ entertainment. So, when he was given the mic to ask a question during the Q&A panel, he emotionally delivered the quote.

Geek wisdom: Let people have their fun and like the things they like. You’re not accomplishing anything by spoiling their fun or raining on their parade.

“He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn’t your daddy.”

From: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Yondu

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The titular group is formed with an eclectic cast of characters, which include a human being who is part “god,” the adopted daughter of a “mad titan,” a strong but dimwitted man who doesn’t understand sarcasm, the leader of a pirate gang, and a talking raccoon and tree. On paper, it may not seem like a good idea to put these oddities on screen but their films have drawn critical acclaim and box office success.

The quote comes from near the end of the film. Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) had just defeated his “god” of  a father, which leads to the planet self-destructing. Yondu (played by Michael Rooker), the space pirate who actually raised Peter in order to protect him from his biological father, manages to save him by flying them into space. He does deliver the quote before expiring from the harshness of outer space.

Geek wisdom: Being a father isn’t just siring a child. Being a father also means being their for the child you created. A real father will make the effort to do right by their children.

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

From: Jurassic Park

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dr. Ian Malcolm

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the very first Jurassic Park movie. It’s all about a rich philanthropist John Hammond (played by the late Richard Attenborough) who dream of opening a theme park filled with real life dinosaurs is about to come to fruition but something happens and the dinosaurs are let loose, endangering the people inside.

The quote comes from the early part of the film. After getting a tour of the park, the visitors have a lunch and the investors are excited. However, Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) is less than enthused as he sees the danger of bringing dinosaurs back to life.

Geek wisdom: There are times when we do things just because we can. We tend to live in the moment without considerating of the consequences of our actions. Sometimes, the consequences aren’t worth it.

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it.”

From: Friends

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Monica Geller

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the incredibly popular ’90s sitcom, Friends. The show is about six eclectic friends who live in New York and go about living their lives. The show was a smash hit and is still very popular, airing on reruns all around the world.

The quote comes from the very first episode of the show. Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston) gets cold feet on the day of her wedding and runs to her former best friend from childhood, Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox. Growing up in a rich family, Rachel has difficulty curbing her old spending habits despite not having a job or money. This was until her new friends encourage her to symbolically cut her ties to her old, spoiled life by forcing her to destroy her credit cards. This is when Monica delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom:  Life is unpredictable and there are always going to be ups and downs. Sometimes, life is great but sometimes life will throw you a curveball. Life can sometimes feel unfair… but life is just like that.