Fandom Words of Wisdom

 In General Geekiness

From Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, to Buffy and Firefly…all of our favorite fandoms offer us words of wisdom to embrace and embody in our daily lives.

For today’s post I decided to round up inspirational quotes and motivational sayings from across geeky fandoms. While many characters, great and small, can offer of up words of wisdom, I decided to focus on quotes from the characters in each fandom that are most often seen as the head mentor, master, guru, captain, or sensei.

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?
– Yoda, Star Wars

If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.
-Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda

Move well, study well, play well, eat well, and rest well.
-Master Roshi, Dragon Ball Z

Yoda, Star Wars
Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda
Master Roshi, Dragon Ball Z

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
-Dumbledore, Harry Potter

The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same.
-Guru Pathik, The Last Airbender

Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, it doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Sometimes, we all need a little help.
-Professor Charles Xavier, X-Men

Dumbledore, Harry Potter
Guru Pathik, The Last Airbender
Professor Charles Xavier, X-men

Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
-Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek

I will not say, ‘Do not weep,’ for not all tears are an evil.
-Gandalf, Lord of the Rings

Family don’t end with blood, boy.
-Bobby Singer, Supernatural

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek
Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
Bobby Singer, Supernatural

You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.
-Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia

To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.
-Ruper Giles, Buffy

Mercy is the mark of a great man.
-Mal, Firefly

Aslan, Chronicles of Narnia
Rupert Giles, Buffy
Captain Mal, Firefly

A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honor. Yet soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose.
-Maester Aemon, Game of Thrones

Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say ‘No, you move’.
-Captain America, Marvel Comics

The path that leads to what we truly desire is long and difficult, but only by following that path do we achieve our goal.
-Master Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Maester Aemon, Game of Thrones
Captain America, Marvel Avengers
Master Splinter, TMNT

So it was really difficult picking only a single quote from a single character from each fandom. 🙂

Which quote is your favorite? I actually have the one from Master Shifu hanging up at work.

Which master, sensei, or mentor did I miss? Which quote or saying would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Katy

    These are great quotes – very inspirational and a lot of them I hadn’t read before. 🙂

  • Nancy

    I love love love the layout of this blog post! A lot of these resonate with me. Another favorite of mine is, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Gandalf, “Fellowship of the Ring.”

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thanks Nancy! Yes, that is another favorite LoTR quote of mine too! It was between that one and the one I ended up choosing; it was a tough call.

  • Heather Harrington

    This is such a great post! I’ve always loved the Giles one :]

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thanks Heather.

  • Jenny

    These are giving me all the feels!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Fandom feels are the best though! 😉

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