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“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

From: Pokemon: The First Movie

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: MewTwo

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the aptly titled Pokemon: The First Movie… which just so happens to be the first theatrical film of the hugely popular Pokemon franchise.

To be precise, the quote comes from the “second” story from the film, MewTwo Strikes Back. In the climatic battle, MewTwo uses his psychic abilities to freeze Ash. Despite Pikachu’s attempts to revive his Pokemon handler with his thunderbolts, he is unable to do so. However, Pikachu’s tears of despair, as per a Pokemon legend mentioned in the film, does bring Ash back to life. This is when MewTwo comes to an epiphany and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You’re the only one who will determine what you will be. The past should not be the final reason why you can’t achieve your dreams. If you really want something, you can achieve it. It just may take much more effort than desirable. But if that’s what it takes, you have to go for it.

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“Klaatu Barada Nikto”

From: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Klaatu and Helen Benson

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 1951The Day The Earth Stood Still. In this sci-fi film, an alien named Klaatu lands on Earth in the hopes of studying its inhabitants. The title of the film comes from a pivotal scene where Klaatu disables all electricity on the planet.

The quote is said during the third act of the movie. As the army hunts down the alien, Klaatu informs Helen Benson that, if anything should happen to him, he should say the quote to his robot assistant Gort. It is imperative that she does this as Gort is powerful enough to destroy the planet. Sure enough, Klaatu gets shot and dies. Gort soon awakens and attacks. Helen manages to deliver the quote to pacify the robot.

Of course, the quote is also popular because it also appeared in another cult classic movie, Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness… but he has some trouble remember the exact words…

Geek wisdom: Passwords have to be hard to get. Try using something that really hard to guess. Maybe even something that’s not even a real word.

By the way, April Fools!