“That’s not fair. That’s not fair at all. There was time now. There was… was all the time I needed.”

From: The Twilight Zone (specifically, the episode Time Enough at Last)

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Henry Bemis

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the science-fiction/fantasy anthology series, The Twilight Zone. Created by Rod Sterling way back in 1959, The Twilight Zone is a series of standalone episodes, usually delving into characters dealing with unusual events leading to some major twist at the end. The show was a huge hit and has spawned several reboots throughout the years.

The quote comes from the ending of the episode Time Enough at Last. After miraculously surviving a nuclear attack, bookworm Henry Bemis (played by Burgess Meredith) finds out that, while he has enough food to survive an entire lifetime, he is all alone in the crumbling city. About to commit suicide, he stumbles upon the wreckage of the public library. Being someone who was always shamed for reading a lot of books, he is astonished that most of the books have survived. He then collects all the books he needs to entertain himself but, just before he can start reading, he slips and breaks his glasses, rendering him unable to read. He then delivers the quote in despair.

Geek Wisdom: Even when you think you have all the time in the world, that doesn’t mean that fate will cooperate the way you think. Something can and will come up. It will come unexpected so don’t postpone what you can do right now because you might not be able to do it in the future.

“But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld. A place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… a DARKSIDE!”

From: Tales from the Darkside

Genre: Television

Who said it?: The narrator

The story behind the quote: The show falls along the vein of other horror anthology programs such as Creepshow and The Twilight Zone. Each episode of Tales from the Darkside would be a self-contained story, usually delving in horror and science fiction. Most of the stories are actually adaptions of stuff that was written by popular horror authors, such as Stephen King and Clive Barker.

Since each episode usually doesn’t have any connection with any of the other episodes in the series, there is no steady cast of actors. The only real constant of the series would be the opening narration, which is where the quote comes from.

Geek wisdom: As with the quote, there is always a good and bad side to everything. Even the nicest person you know has some deep, dark, unspeakable secret he or she would like to keep hidden from everyone. I mean everyone, even you, the person that’s reading this right now.  But here’s the thing: we keep this part of us hidden.

Keeping this “darkside” hidden is something we all wrestle with as this is what actually gives order to society. Imagine if we just unleashed this part of ourselves to society. It’s not a pleasant thought.

We have to restrain ourselves from a lot of our most heinous thoughts because, if we don’t, anarchy would reign.