From: The Witcher
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Geralt of Rivia
The story behind the quote: This week, we have a trifecta as the quote comes from a book, a television series from Netflix and a video game series made by CD Projekt Red. All of these sources are based on The Witcher series, which are written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book follows Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher, a man who has magical abilities who can defeat magical monsters.
The quote comes from several sources. The original quote came from the book, The Last Wish, which is a compilation of short stories. Geralt gives the quote when asked to kill Renfri. The Netflix television series generally tells the same tale and Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) also delivers the quote during the first episode, The End’s Beginning.
The quote is also said by Geralt in The Witcher video game series of CD Projekt Red. However, it is told in a trailer for the game. The trailer features Geralt returns to collect a bounty on a monster. When he notices that the same people who paid him for the hunt are about to hang a “witch,” he decides to fight back but not before delivering the quote in his mind.
Geek wisdom: We like to justify our bad actions by thinking it’s not as bad as the alternative. But, ultimately, it is a justification. As the quote says, evil is evil and that’s the way it is, no matter how you spin it.
From: BoJack Horseman
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Todd Chavez
The story behind the quote: I would first like to give credit to Aden Batool for turning me to this quote. While I couldn’t really use the bit of GeekWisdom given, the quote itself does need to be talked about.
The quote comes from the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. The show follows the titular character, a washed up horse actor. While generally a good person, his self-destructive nature (thanks to him becoming jaded to world of show business) usually brings him at odds with the people around him.
The quote comes from the episode entitled “It’s You.” BoJack Horseman (played by Will Arnett) is nominated for an Oscar and Todd Chavez (played by Aaron Paul), who helped BoJack get the mention, returns home to BoJack’s home. BoJack berates Todd and accidentally reveals he slept with Emily, whom Todd has romantic feelings for. BoJack tries to apologize but Todd, who’s had enough, tells that he can’t keep on doing this kind of thing. He then points out that BoJack did this to himself, delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: You can’t keep blaming other people or things for your situation, especially when you have direct control over the outcome. Your actions are still your own and blaming your past isn’t the way to go. You can acknowledge your past but that only means that you should work harder to overcome that past.
From: Orange is the New Black
Who said it?: Poussey Washington
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. The show is based on the book of the same name and focuses on a women’s prison and the lives of its inmates.
The quote comes from the middle of the 4th season. Poussey Washington (played by Samira Wiley) develops feelings for new inmate Brook Soso (played by Kimiko Glenn). While Poussey is fine as she has been comfortable with her sexuality for a long time, Soso isn’t. Soso explains that’s she afraid of what will happen in the future. Poussey agrees that the future is uncertain but it’s not excuse to not try, which is when she delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: The future can be scary as we don’t know what it holds for us. This is why we may have so many dreams but are too afraid to try to do anything to achieve them. But not to try is admitting defeat even before you’ve started to do anything.
The point is to try your best, despite the possibility of failing. Because, who knows? Trying at something may help you achieve whatever your goal is.
From: Arrested Development
Who said it?: George Bluth, Sr.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Arrested Development, a sitcom that was first released on Fox. It was then picked up on Netflix six years later, showing the longevity of the series that focuses on the Bluths, a dysfunctional family who lost their wealth when it was discovered that the patriarch of the family, George Bluth, Sr. (played by Jeffrey Tambor), had been stealing from the company.
The quote is actually a running gag of the series. Whenever Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) goes talk to his father in prison regarding the family’s money problems, George Sr. would always deliver the quote. Unfortunately, Michael takes this as a figure of speech instead of the literal sense George Sr. is saying…
Geek wisdom: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We sometimes cannot see the value in things while others will recognize it. We also cannot see the secrets nor the stories some of our prized possessions have within them.