“Ogres are like onions.”

From: Shrek

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Shrek

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Dreamworks animated film Shrek, which was released in 2001. The film focuses on a ogre named Shrek who makes a deal with a lord. If Shrek succeeds in rescuing a princess, the lord will evict all of the fairytale creatures who have started living in the ogre’s swampland.

The quote comes near the start of the film. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) head off to where the princess is. Donkey asks Shrek as to why he didn’t just threaten the lord into giving him what he wants. After the ogre describes other horrible deeds stereotypically done by his kind, Shrek tells Donkey there’s more to ogres and delivers the quote.

UPDATE: Thanks to DJ Miller for correcting who said the quote as I mistakenly posted the wrong character before.

UPDATE 2: Thanks to Isaac Wurmbrand for correcting me regarding the correct film.

Geek wisdom: People are like ogres in this sense. While it’s easy to judge a person by a first impression, always remember there’s going to be something much deeper in their personalities that may not be apparent on the outset.


“I will not bow to any sponsor.”

From: Wayne’s World

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Wayne Campbell

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the first Wayne’s World film. The movie was based on a very successful Saturday Night Live skit of the same name. Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are the hosts of Wayne’s World, an off-beat public access cable show shot in Wayne’s basement where they make fun of locals and talk about music and “babes”. Despite running on a shoestring budget, the show proves to be incredibly popular with teenagers and young adults because of the duo’s offbeat humor. In the film, a television producer decided that the show would be perfect way to advertise a chain of arcades and buys the show from Wayne and Garth.

The quote comes from the middle of the film during the “advertising” scene. Wayne and Garth are told that they need to give the arcade some airtime on Wayne’s World as they are the primary sponsor of the show. However, the two see things a bit differently… while hawking various products to the audience.

Geek wisdom: People can be hypocrites. We all think we can act with dignity and poise when confronted with obstacles. However, that attitude can only be tested when you actually come across something that will test your will. When you’re tempted, that’s when you know your principles.

“One million dollars!”

From: Austin Powers series

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dr. Evil

The story behind the quote: If you don’t already know, the Austin Powers series is a spoof of James Bond movies of the 60’s and 70’s and spy movies in general. However, while it is the hero that is the main star of the James Bond movies, it is the main antagonist, Dr. Evil that usually steals the spotlight. Not because he’s one of those villains that are just pure evil. Rather, it’s his incompetence on actually being evil.

An example of his incompetence would be his blackmailing the world. In the first movie, after being frozen in the 60’s and being thawed out in the 90’s, he attempted to ask all the world’s leaders for the sum of “one million dollars” and the world leaders got a good laugh out of it. It’s because, while one million dollars was a lot of money in the 60’s, it’s not that big of a deal in the 90’s, especially for the world economy.

When he went to the past, he tried to blackmail the world again, this time, he asked for 100 billion dollars (which is the new amount he asked for in the 90’s). The world leaders in the 60’s laughed at this amount as well since, well, that amount of money didn’t even exist yet!

Geek wisdom: There are always going to be changes around us. These changes will happen whether we accept them or not. So, the best thing to do is to always try to adapt. Without us even trying to know about these changes, we ourselves will never evolve.

We can try to cling to the thoughts of the “good ol’ days” all we want. It doesn’t change the fact that changes will happen. We may not always agree or even like the changes, but we do have to at least learn these changes.