From: Men in Black
Who said it?: Agent K
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1997 sci-fi film, Men in Black. The movie is based on a comic book series of the same name. The story revolves around a secret government agency who guard the Earth from aliens as well as protect the planet regarding the knowledge of the existence of extra-terrestrial life and how some aliens are actually living on Earth.
The quote comes early in the film. After the soon-to-be Agent J (played by Will Smith) passes the “Men in Black” exam, Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) explains what the MIB do and how some aliens are already living on Earth without the general public’s knowledge. When Agent J says that people will understand, Agent K rebuts by stating some of the things that people took as facts before, such as the world being flat. This is when Agent K delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Knowledge isn’t static. What we know as scientific fact today can be discovered to be totally false tomorrow. This isn’t a problem as things change and new information pops up every time. Knowledge and facts keeps on evolving and the only reason why we stop learning is because we choose not to learn anymore.
From: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Who said it?: Will Smith
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 90’s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The show starred Will Smith. Yes, the same Will Smith you see in a lot of blockbuster movies like The Pursuit of Happyness, Men in Black, Bad Boys and many more. But before he was a Hollywood superstar, Will Smith was part of the rap duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (which is where part of the name of the show came from). Will Smith was approached by Quincy Jones to star in the sitcom, which became a smash hit and started Will Smith’s ride to stardom.
The show became popular to no small part of the show’s extremely catchy theme song. In fact, if you mention the quote, which is the first line of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song, there’s a good chance that people will instinctively start rapping the entire thing from memory.
Geek wisdom: You can be millionaire that managed to claw their way out of poverty. Or a political official that managed to climb up from an impoverished neighborhood. These may seem like success stories but it will be all for nothing if you forget where you came from. Always remember your roots and where you came from.