“There’s a benefit to losing. You get to learn from your mistakes.”

From: Megamind

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Megamind

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2010 animated film by Dreamworks, Megamind. The film has the titular character (voiced by Will Ferrell) as a supervillain who managed to finally defeat his archenemy, Metro Man. However, realizing he is nothing without someone to challenge him, he attempts to create a new hero so he can continue fighting someone.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Megamind battles the hero he created, Titan (voiced by Jonah Hill) as the latter has become a supervillain himself. Titan manages to trounce Megamind, calling him a loser for not being able to win his battles against Metro Man in the past. This is when Megamind delivers the quote in rebuttal.

Geek wisdom: We can look at our failures as mistakes. However, the better way to look at them is to think of them as ways to realize our mistakes and actually be better from them.

“Did we just become best friends?”

From: Step Brothers

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Brennan Huff

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2008 comedy film, Step Brothers. The film has two grown men who are forced to live together in the same house when both their parents get married.

The quote comes early in the film. After Dale Dobeck (played by John C. Reilly) punches his step brother’s real brother in the face, Brennan Huff (played by Will Ferrell) try to get to know each other better after days of feuding. The two find they have a lot in common and, when Brennan finds this out, he exclaims the quote.

Geek wisdom: You never know who are the people you have a lot in common with. You may even find out that even your worst enemy might have the capacity to become someone you would want to be friends with. The only way to find out is to get past the anger and try to find common ground.

“You learned to dance like that sarcastically?”

From: The Other Guys

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Detective Allan Gamble

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 2010 action comedy buddy cop movie The Other Guys. The film is about a seemingly mild-mannered detective and former pimp Allan Gamble (played by Will Ferrell) and hot-headed copy Terry ‘Yankee Clipper” Hoitz (played by Mark Wahlberg). Hoitz got the nickname by accidentally shooting at Derek Jeter during the World Series. They are both looked down upon by the entire precinct yet both feel that they just need to crack that one big case to get the respect they deserve.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Hoitz confronts his former fiancee for joining a strip clup (which is actually a dance studio). Thinking that his ex will let him back if he proves he can dance, Hoitz does a series of outstanding pirouettes and leaves. His partner, Gamble, astonished by his dancing ability asks Hoitz how he learned to do those moves, to which Hoitz replies that he learned how to do that to make fun of the other kids who are actually good at dancing. This is when Gamble delivers the quote…

Geek wisdom: We actually don’t learn skills because we like them or not. We learn them instinctively through repetition. In fact, we may actually become good at things we don’t even enjoy because we keep on doing the same thing over and over again. But, whether or not this new skill is something we enjoy doing or not, we have to be thankful that we learned something new because you never know when it may become useful to us in the future.