“Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a bunch of scraps!”

From: Iron Man

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Obadiah Stane

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the 2009 superhero film, Iron Man. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark who, after getting kidnapped by terrorists, builds a suit of armor to escape his captors. After realizing his weapons were being used by the terrorists, he decides to refine the armor to fight them as well as becoming the first superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The quote comes from the middle of the film movie. Tony Stark’s business partner, Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges), hires a group of scientist to recreate Stark’s huge arc reactor in miniature form as he needs it to power up his own Iron Man suit. His scientists tell him they’re unable to duplicate the technology. This make Stane very upset and he berates the head scientist by delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Most of anything is possible but you have to be ready to put in the time and the hard work to achieve it. If you have the mindset that it cannot be done, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy as you’ll never put in the required work to accomplish your goal.

“The Dude abides.”

From: The Big Lebowski

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the cult classic comedy film, The Big Lebowski. The film was written by the Coen Brothers and stars Jeff Bridges as slacker Jeffrey Lebowski, more commonly known as “The Dude.” In the movie, The Dude and his friends get into several misadventures that lead to some rather hilarious scenes. Despite being a flop at the box office, the film had a major resurgence of popularity once it hit home video as The Dude’s personality and surreal story struck a chord with people.

The quote comes from the very end of the film. The Dude is participating in the semi-finals of a bowling tournament when he encounters the film’s narrator (played by Sam Elliot). The Dude chats with the guy. The narrator tells The Dude to “take it easy” but he already knows The Dude will because of his personality. That’s when The Dude turns around and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life has a way to throwing us curve balls from time to time. These are usually the times when it becomes easy to get frustrated with the world. We have to realize that we cannot control everything and we just have to relax and go with the flow. We have to let things go and just move forward.