“It’s not about you.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Ancient One

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on the titular Doctor Stephen Strange who, while looking for a cure for his disabled hands, stumbles upon a monastery that teaches actual magical abilities. He then dedicates his life in learning the mystical arts.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the astral plane where his teacher, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is slowly dying. They have a conversation and the Ancient One reminds Strange of his fear of failure. Strange thinks it’s what made him a great doctor but the Ancient One rebuffs him and it’s actually what has kept him from true greatness and why he’s never truly felt happiness. This is when she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We are just a small part of the world and to think the world revolves around us is silly. In order for the world to be better, we have to work together for the greater good, not just for our selfish indulgences.

“Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain!”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

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.