“Hope ain’t a tactic.”

From: Deepwater Horizon

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mike Williams

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the film Deepwater Horizon. The film is based on the titular oil rig and the resulting disaster after one of the drilling operations had a major malfunction. This malfunction caused one of the United States greatest ecological disasters.

The quote comes early in the film. A representative of BP (played by John Malkovich) confronts one of the heads of the drilling operations, Mike Williams (played by Mark Wahlberg). Mike Williams has concerns about the state of Deepwater Horizon but the BP representative is rather dismissive. The topic then turns to fishing as the BP rep sees a picture of Mike Williams with a giant fish. Mike then tells that catching a giant fish is all about preparation. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: While it may be nice to hope for the best, it is always much better to prepare for the worst. You always have to plan ahead and be prepared for things to go wrong because, more likely than not, it will.

“You learned to dance like that sarcastically?”

From: The Other Guys

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Detective Allan Gamble

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 2010 action comedy buddy cop movie The Other Guys. The film is about a seemingly mild-mannered detective and former pimp Allan Gamble (played by Will Ferrell) and hot-headed copy Terry ‘Yankee Clipper” Hoitz (played by Mark Wahlberg). Hoitz got the nickname by accidentally shooting at Derek Jeter during the World Series. They are both looked down upon by the entire precinct yet both feel that they just need to crack that one big case to get the respect they deserve.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Hoitz confronts his former fiancee for joining a strip clup (which is actually a dance studio). Thinking that his ex will let him back if he proves he can dance, Hoitz does a series of outstanding pirouettes and leaves. His partner, Gamble, astonished by his dancing ability asks Hoitz how he learned to do those moves, to which Hoitz replies that he learned how to do that to make fun of the other kids who are actually good at dancing. This is when Gamble delivers the quote…

Geek wisdom: We actually don’t learn skills because we like them or not. We learn them instinctively through repetition. In fact, we may actually become good at things we don’t even enjoy because we keep on doing the same thing over and over again. But, whether or not this new skill is something we enjoy doing or not, we have to be thankful that we learned something new because you never know when it may become useful to us in the future.