“Remember those posters that say ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’? Well, that’s true for every day but one: the day you die.”

From: American Beauty

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Lester Burnham

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the drama/black comedy. The film is all about Lester Burnham, a man experiencing a mid-life crisis and also becomes infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. While highly acclaimed at its time of release, American Beauty’s reputation has taken quite a hit as the days have gone by.

The quote comes from the very start of the movie. Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey) opens up the film with the quote as part of his opening narration, hinting that someone is going to die by the end.

Geek wisdom: While it’s good to be optimistic about our future in life, always remember that it could end at a moment’s notice.

“What’s in the box?”

From: Seven (stylized “Se7en”)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Detective David Mills

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the climactic scene of the crime thriller, Seven, which revolves around a serial killer mimicking the seven deadly sins of the Bible. Oddly enough, the line itself, already mundane by itself, is only said verbatim once or twice in the scene. However, thanks to brilliant directing and storytelling, this rather ordinary quote has become incredibly memorable.

In the final moments of the movie, the serial killer John Doe (played by Kevin Spacey) leads Detectives David Mills (played by Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (played by Morgan Freeman) to the middle of the desert where they receive a package. Mills guards Doe while Somerset checks out the package. When the grizzled detective opens it, he is shocked and disturbed. While this is happening, Doe tells Mills that he envies his life and implies that he beheaded the detective’s wife, implying that is what’s in the box. Somerset tries to placate Mills but the young detective asks his partner what was in the package they received…

Geek wisdom: We like to think we’re ready for everything and anything. However, this is just not true. There are even some questions we don’t want to hear the answers to because we know how devastating they can be.

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

From: The Usual Suspects

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Roger “Verbal” Kint

The story behind the quote: The quote comes The Usual Suspects. The film is about Roger “Verbal” Kint (played by Kevin Spacey) telling the police about the crime lord known as Keyser Soze and how he and four other criminals got entangled in his plot.

The first time you hear the quote is during the early part of the film. Kint starts the tale by telling the detective of the brutal origins of Keyser Soze and how he became a legend in the criminal underworld.

But that’s not the only time the quote is mentioned in the film. It’s actually remembered because of the massive twist at the end of the film…

It’s advisable that you watch The Usual Suspect BEFORE you go watch the video posted below as it is one of the best twists in movie history. But, if you’ve watched it before or you don’t care about spoilers, go ahead!

Geek wisdom: There is evil in the world and that’s a fact. But people try to avert their eyes from the fact. We try to pretend it doesn’t exist and all’s right with the world. And that is specifically why bad things happen. It’s because we don’t do anything to fight back.

When we see injustice, we shouldn’t turn a blind eye. Rather, we should take a good hard look at it and try to right the wrong.