Valentine’s Day is coming and unimaginative (I mean, ~romantic~) fools everywhere are busting out the movie love quotes
“You had me at Hello.” No thanks. That’s not necessary.
“I wish I knew how to quit you…” Really? Grow up, cowboy!
“I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.” As she pries his cold, dead hands off hers and watches him sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Those same pleas of helpless, undying, unconditional saccharine dribble we hear from the pretty people each year are meant to bring out the innocent flirt or unbridled passion in all of us, but honestly? They’re so overused that sometimes they make even the best of us throw up in our mouth a little.
Settle down, now, don’t brand me as cynical and unromantic. Okay, I’ll admit to the first but I’m certainly not unromantic. I just know we literate and loyal geek culture inhabitants can do better.
Why go to those rom-coms or tear jerkers for love quotes, when we have a world of comic books, super heroes, video games and sci-fi movies, television shows and books to provide us with a much larger pool of romantic, encouraging and inspiring commentary tailor made for your fangirl or boy paramour or pal?
Since money is getting tighter than Black Widow’s suit this year, a simple paper heart with a well-suited quote printed out or hand-written (oooh, better yet) with that perfect phrase or inside joke that says “You and I are the same kind of weird” can mean so much more than any expensive or impersonal gift. You don’t have to completely cheap out, however, attach one of these to a single rose, candy bar or action figure.
I’ll even give you some starting points. Here are some of my picks for quote-heavy sources, from the bleeding obvious to the more obscure.
Feel free to venture into the extended universe for more:
“Scoundrel? I like the sound of that.”
— Han Solo
“I’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee. “
“When I’m around you, my mind is no longer my own.”
— Crazy Anakin
“ My love for you is a puzzle…for which I have no answers.
— Padmé Amidala
And, let’s say the last one together:
“I love you. “
(You can flip this “Empire Strikes Back” quote around with Leia responding “I know” as she did in “Return of the Jedi.”)
“Love should never be a secret.”
— Dr. Otto Octavius
“I cannot preach hate and warfare when I am a disciple of peace and love!”
— Wonder Woman
“I’d rather not rule the earth. I just want to marry the girl next door and live in the suburbs.”
— Captain Dynamo (This one is a great inside joke because this Image Comics character was a habitual womanizing pig)
“Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot.”
— Mary Jane Watson
“Waves are but water. Wind but air. And though lightning be fire…yet it must answer thunder’s call.”
— Thor Odinson (Not technically a “love quote” but who wouldn’t want to hear this from him?)
“…love is not a constantly stable factor, it’s (a decision you’ll) have to make again and again.”
— Black Panther (great for long-term relationships)
“They were young. They were in love. They were heroes.”
— Narration about Jean Grey and Cyclops in The Uncanny X-Men #137
“Paradise unearned is but a land of shadows!”
— The Silver Surfer
“In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.”
— Green Lantern
“I should break your face for that, but that would not teach you of love.”
“When you look in her eyes and she’s looking back in yours… everything… feels… not quite normal.”
— Peter Parker (about Mary Jane)
“I’ve been bitten.”
— Peter Parker
“So have I.”
— Gwen Stacey
“Let’s face it, this is not the worst thing you’ve caught me doing.”
— Tony Stark (to Pepper Potts)
“Why did you marry her?”
“It seemed the logical thing to do at the time.”
— Sarek (Star Trek)
“You are like an angel with no wings.”
— Andy Dwyer (Parks and Recreation)
“If you prick me, do I not… leak?”
— Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
“Nice Legs… for a human”
— Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
“You have that face on again… The one when you’re thinking ‘he’s hot when he’s clever.’”
— The 11th Doctor (Doctor Who)
“I love you and I like you.”
— Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)
“I’m going to pull time apart for you.”
—Amy Pond (Doctor Who)
“I married me a powerful ugly creature.”
— Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
“Love is Poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”
—Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
“Brainy is the new sexy.”
— Irene Adler (Sherlock)
“I may be on the side of angels, but don’t think for one second I’m one of them.”
—Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
“Have you ever been told you’re beautiful in flawless Russian? Get used to it.”
— Howard Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory)
Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Trilogy
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world.”
“Love or an act of kindness that are the things that keep darkness age bay.”
“Loyalty, honor, a willing heart, I can ask no more than that.”
— Thorin Oakenshield
“I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.”
“The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.”
— Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
“Wakka wakka wakka!”
— The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
“Remember when the platform was sliding into the fire pit and I said ‘Goodbye’ and you were like ‘NO WAY!’ and then I was all ‘We pretended we were going to murder you’? That was great.”
— GladDOS from Portal 2
“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum…and I’m all out of gum.”
And some other random geeky treasures:
“As You Wish.”
— (Westley) The Princess Bride
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
— Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (interesting enough this is also Matthew 6:21)
“Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.”
— Albert Einstein
“Say ‘Kiss me’.”
— Deckard (Blade Runner)
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
— Dr. Seuss
“…sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
— Neil Gaiman (The Sandman: Fables and Reflections)
“Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.”
— Neil Gaiman (Stardust)
— The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
— Douglas Adams
Hope these little snippets of nerdy love help you win your true love’s heart, share a laugh with a good friend, or keep Mom off her “you never call me” kick for another month.
Consider this my gift to you, because as George McFly said, “You are my density.”
You did it again, didn’t you?
You waited too long to get Valentine’s Day cards for your child’s class (or you just couldn’t bring yourself to spend the money on them) and now the selection at the local Target or Wal-Mart is picked over, with nothing but last year’s Ben 10 and Dora The Explorer remaining.
Don’t worry! Your day, and wallet, is about to be saved!
All of this comes with the added bonus of making your kid (and I don’t exaggerate here) about 10 million times cooler than all the rest during the annual Valentine’s shoebox-stuffing at school.
Since I am admittedly addicted to printable downloads, my daughter and I usually go surfing for the coolest cards to give to friends each year for the cost of a couple of sheets of cardstock (which I usually already have on hand) and some printer ink.
Here are the links to are couple of most awesome ones we found….yes, legally:
Hate to gush over an artist, but everything Katie Cook puts out is AWESOME, and she has once again graced the Starwars.com site with her custom cards bearing phrases like “I want to be droid you are looking for” awww! Boys who might find Cook’s cards a little too “pink” can download more dude-friendly valentines by Grant Gould from the same link.
It’s Halloween meets Christmas meets Valentines Day….complete with embellishments of one of my favorite styles to doodle…the Burton Curl. Disney family releases free printable valentines each year, not all of them geek worthy, but this year’s addition of Jack and Sally is great for a little goth-lite. Other cool styles they have include Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and The Muppets, including ANIMALLLL!!!
It’s never too early to get your child into the ancient traditions of those cuddly-yet-deadly Ninjas. Joy Charde (the artist behind CreativeMamma.com) has put out a sheet of peppy little Ninjas out through Craftzine ready for both love and mortal combat. My two-year-old will be taking these to her first Valentine exchange to subtly let everyone know she’s got their backs…yet she is not to be trifled with.
Love them or hate them, these little PO’ed pig-hating peeps aren’t falling out of the sky of popularity quite yet, if my daughter’s tell-tale high scores on her Nook are any indication. Confound it, she’s supposed to be READING on that thing. But I digress. Angry Birds + Valentines = instant coolness among peers, and who am I to fight this tide. FYI: These valentines are actually e-cards available via Android if you have their seasonal “Hogs and Kisses” expansion, but the examples are easily printable and ready to hand out. Gamezplay has some good images as well as several other fan sites.
Teenagers wanting to give their friends a Valentine’s wish without wanting to be “tooooo friendly” can use some free cards featuring characters like “Hellboy,” “Goon” and “Usagi Yojimbo” courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. These came out last year, but are still available for download…and well worth every penny.
If what you hate most about Valentine’s Day is the saccharine nature of it, add a little brains to your sugar for several examples of printable zombie-themed cards from cartoony to gore-infested. Even those who hate the zombie craze can’t resist seeing the face on that uptight loved-one who receives a card that says “I want your brain but I’ll settle for your heart.”