“A sword yields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.”

From: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: The Hero’s Spirit

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Released on both the Nintendo GameCube and the Wii, Twilight Princess has Link try to prevent the land of Hyrule from being swallowed up by the Twilight Realm.

The quote is given by the Hero’s Spirit the first time Link encounters him. After being transported into a different plane of existence, Link tries to attack the Hero’s Spirit but his blow is easily deflected by the specter. This is when the Hero’s Spirit delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whatever talents or skills you have are useless unless you actually use them. Have the strength and courage to show off your abilities.


“I am Error.”

From: The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Error

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic video game RPG on the NES, The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. It is a sequel to Shigeru Miyamoto’s first game in the series and takes a departure from the top-down view that the series was known for by going for a 2D sidescroller look.

The quote comes from a specific character Link encounters in the town of Ruto. Talking to him will make him say the infamous quote. Originally, his name in the Famicom Disk System of the game is Era and, for some reason, it was translated. Yet, his “twin” Bagu, which means “bug,” who lives in the Moruge Forest was not.

While it is humorous to find out about his weird name, he does serve a purpose as he does give Link a clue on how to enter the third dungeon.

Geek wisdom: Everyone can feel like he or see is just a mistake. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a reason to be in the world. Like Error, he might seem like a joke but, without him, Link would not be able to progress.

“It’s dangerous out there! Take this.”

From: The Legend of Zelda

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Old Man

The story behind the quote: This is a classic quote from the first Legend of Zelda game, a classic game for the NES. It’s also hard to believe that a simple 8-bit game revolutionize gaming as we know it with the ability to save. Before, gamers had to write down a password (which were usually incredibly long) when they had to continue where they left off. The Legend of Zelda changed all of that since the cartridge had a battery which allowed you to save the game. Oh, and it also helps that the game was just plain awesome!

While there have been several games (and reboots) during subsequent releases, the general plot remains the same. The hero of each game is an elf boy named Link. The kingdom of Hyrule is under attack by Ganon and Link goes on a quest to defeat the evil wizard and save the kingdom and Princess Zelda.

Anyway, the quote comes from the start of Link’s 1st quest. He enters a cave where he encounters an old man who tells the hero that the world is filled with monsters and he will need a weapon to defeat these evil creatures. Link gladly takes the sword that is offered and (like all other objects he finds along the way) raises it up in celebration.

Geek wisdom: Simply put, no man is an island. A lot of times, we do feel pride and we think that we can take on the world with no problem. However, there are going to be some instances when it’s simply not true. We will need assistance and every little bit helps.

Even if we are confident and sure that we can take on the world, it doesn’t hurt to be ready for unforeseen circumstances that can prevent us for success. That’s why we would need every little advantage to make sure we will do well.