Who said it?: William Wallace
The story behind the quote: The quote Braveheart. The film is based on the life of William Wallace, one of the leaders during the Wars for Sottish Independence. The film shows how Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) managed to rally the embattled Sottish forces during one pivotal battle as well as his eventual capture and execution.
The quote comes from the film’s pivotal “freedom speech.” As the Scottish forces look at imposing might of the English army, William Wallace, who has become some kind of legend because of his previous victories in battle, rallies the demoralized Scottish rabble with a speech.
Geek wisdom: Personal freedom is one of those intangible things we never appreciate until it’s gone. When it is taken from us, we sometimes feel it’s better to live under someone’s boot rather than fight to regain it. And when we do realize the yoke of oppression it too much, we may find out that it’s too late to fight back.
Freedom is for everyone. However, we must be willing to fight for it. Yes, there is a risk involved… but it may be a risk worth taking.
From: Lethal Weapon Series
Who said it?: Det. Roger Murtaugh
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Lethal Weapon movies, specifically from the veteran partner of Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson), Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover). During the first movie in the series, Murtaugh, tired from all of his years on the police force, is contemplating retirement. However, he is forced to partner with the suicidal loose cannon Riggs. Although they are of two different personalities, they do eventually form a strong bond of friendship throughout the run of the four films.
The quote is actually the catchphrase of Murtaugh. Every time the pair gets into a hairy situation, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Age is just a state of mind. Detective Murtaugh is proof positive of this, despite his claims to the contrary. The grizzled detective is always just a few days away from retirement and is getting up there age-wise. Yet, in each installment of the Lethal Weapon franchise, he still manages to do amazing things… things that people half his age would die attempting to perform.
As long as you manage to keep fit, age is just a number. You can do amazing things whether you are old or young.