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“You see this guy staring back at you? That’s your toughest opponent.”

From: Creed

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Rocky Balboa

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Creed, which is technically the latest film in the Rocky film franchise. However, instead of Rocky Balboa being the guy entering the ring, he’s now the coach and the trainer of Adonis Jordan, who just so happens to be the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed.

The quote comes from the middle of the film just as Rocky (once again played by Sylvester Stallone) begins training Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan). During one of their training sessions, Rocky takes Adonis to face himself in the mirror. He tells him to get into his fighting stance and, via the quote, tells Adonis that his opponent, whether in the ring or in life, that the man he’s looking at in the mirror is actually the person he’s going against.

Geek wisdom: We are sometimes the person that holds ourselves back. We can talk ourselves out of doing something or we can even try to stop improving because we become too comfortable with our status in life. However, we have to break through that barrier and actually try to be better than what we are right now all the time. We have to keep on taking steps to improve ourselves each and every day.

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“Get up, you sonoabitch! ‘Cuz Mickey loves you!”

From: Rocky Balboa

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Michael “Mickey” Goldmill

The story behind the quote: Ahh, the Rocky films. The quintessential story of an underdog trying to make himself better. Each of the six movies in the series tells the story of Robert “Rocky” Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone), a down on his luck boxer who eventually becomes the World Heavyweight Champion of the world. This is thanks to no small part of his trainer and mentor, Micheal Goldmill… Mickey for short (portrayed by Burgess Meredith).

The quote comes from a flashback scene in the last film in the series, appropriately titled Rocky Balboa. Rocky, who now owns a respectable restaurant in Philadelphia, visits his old gym. Here, he remembers one of Mickey speeches. The speech is about how Mickey trained him and that he loved him like his own flesh and blood. He also tells Rocky that he’s proud with all of his accomplishments. Finally, Rocky remembers that whenever he feels that he’s in trouble and needs help, Mickey always believed in him, so he should never give up on himself.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we feel like giving up. It could be a dream or just life in general. However, we have to remember that there are always going to be people to help you when you’re down… there are people that believe in you. We can forget that, especially when we feel that we are in the lowest point of our lives.

So, when you feel that you can’t go on anymore, remember… there are always people there to help you out when you’re in trouble.

“I must break you.” and “You will lose.”

From: Rocky

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Ivan Drago

The story behind the quote: The quotes comes from the antagonist of the 4th Rocky film, Ivan Drago. The second quote is probably more obscure, but since it starts earlier in the film, we’ll start with that.

The Soviet Union (yes, not Russia. It was 1985) sends a delegation of people including a monster of a man named Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lungren) to the United States and puts an open challenge to any American boxer in order to prove the Soviet’s superiority in the sport. Motivated by pride and patriotism, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) takes on the challenge. Although Apollo displays a lot of bravado prior to the fight, as shown in the big production number for his entrance to the ring (with a performance by James Brown, no less!), this is quickly erased soon later. As Apollo trash talks Drago and tries to slam his gloves down on the Russian, Ivan’s hands stay up, not moving an inch and informs the former Heavyweight champ that he will lose.

Now for the next, and more popular, quote in the movie.

After Apollo’s crushing defeat (and ultimately, his death… sorry, spoilers!), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) decides to avenge him by travelling to Drago’s home turf in Russia. After another training montage (around 20 minutes of the film is training montages, I think), Rocky and Drago finally face off in the ring. Mirroring his interaction with Apollo, Drago informs the Italian Stallion that he will break him before pounding his fists into the American’s.

Geek wisdom: What made Drago such a freakingly strong boxer? Sure, it may be the (implied) steroid use as shown in the training montage, however, there is ulitmately a different reason. Ivan Drago had only one goal: beat people up. Its his single purpose and his only job.

What we can learn from this is, with or without steroids (probably), there’s a lot we can accomplish as long as we dedicate all our effort in doing the task. On the flipside, if you look at Rocky’s training in Russia, it also shows his dedication and what also made him a force to reckon with. It’s this focus and intensity that made both of them fierce boxers.