“Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?”

From: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Genre: Movies/Books

Who said it?: Indiana Jones

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the film that launched a franchise, which not included a series of movies, but a live-action television series as well as various video games. The film introduces the series’ protagonist, archeologist and professor Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, as he hunts for the Biblical Ark of the Covenant.

The quote comes from the the middle of the film. Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) finds the location of the Well of Souls, the place where the Ark of the Covenant is supposed to be hidden. When his partner Sallah (played by John Rhys-Davies) comments that he thinks the floor is moving, Indy drops a torch in the Well of Souls and discovers that the room is full of snakes. While Indy can usually brave anything, he does have a thing for snakes…

Geek wisdom: Although Indiana Jones has a phobia of snakes, he still did jump down to try to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. That’s what true bravery is. Being brave isn’t not being scared of anything. True bravery is facing your fear and powering through, even if every fiber of your being is telling you to run away.

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“He chose poorly.” and “You have chosen… wisely.”

From: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: An old Knight

The story behind the quote: The Indiana Jones films have always been big blockbusters and it’s not hard to see why. Each of the films takes cues from classic movies but the basic premise is the same. Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) is an archaeologist and has vast knowledge with ancient history, myths and cultures. While he is incredibly smart, he is also an adventurer who is very adept in thinking on his feet during dangerous situations. Indy is also not the type of person to shy away from a fight. It is these traits that has him saving the world from evil doers (usually Nazis) who plan to dig up ancient artifacts that will help them take over the world.

The quote comes from the third film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Here, both the Nazis and Indy are looking for the Holy Grail, which will grant immortality to those who drink from it. Indy gets captured and is forced to pass a series of traps guarding the Holy Grail. Once Indy gets through, Donovan (the main bad guy in the movie) sees that there are a lot of possible Holy Grails. Elsa (another baddie) selects one of the cups (one that has a lot of jewels and is possibly made of gold) and Donovan drinks from it… with bad results.

Indy then makes his choice and selects the one that appears to be a simple bowl. His logic is that the container is probably the one that a simple carpenter would use. He drinks from in and nothing happens to him. This is when the old Knight, who has been guarding the Grail, congratulates him.

Geek wisdom: In this day of age, we seem to rush through a lot of major decisions in life. We tend to not take stock on how important choices can affect us, both in the short term and in the long term. A lot of times, it’s this shortsightedness that can impact us the most, especially if we regret them in the future.

It’s always a good idea to weigh our options just to make an informed decision. Sometimes, all it takes is a few seconds. Other times, it make take hours or even days. It’s okay to mull over life changing decisions.