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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...
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Where did “you shall not pass” come from?

One of the most memorable lines from the Lord of the Rings movies is when Gandalf stands before the Balrog and says "You shall not pass." EDIT: Actually, he says "you cannot pass" in the movie too. ...
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What is the linguistic challenge Louise uses in the beginning of “Arrival”?

What I remember is, in the beginning of the movie, Louise gives the military guy a linguistic challenge to give to the translator he is going to see next, after the military guy says he will give the ...
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Pratchett Quote about Research and Development

I'm looking for a quote by Terry Pratchett. I'm pretty sure that the patrician was speaking about Leonard of Quirm and giving funds to Research and Development. It was something along the lines of: ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi ever become more powerful?

In Star wars: IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan says to Darth Vader: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. What did he mean by this? Was ...
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Source of Scotty's advice on appearing a genius

I vaguely recall a quote from Scotty of Star Trek:TOS where he indicated that it's important to always leave a little extra behind so that you can pull it out at the right moment so that you appear to ...
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Looking for quote about the absurdity of people driving cars

I remember reading a book where the Author described an aliens point of view of how absurd it was that people transported themselves around in metal boxes that were much bigger than what they needed. ...
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What did Saruman mean by “Something festers in the heart of Middle-earth”?

In the extended version of the movie "The Return of the King", Saruman tells Gandalf from above Orthanc: "Something festers in the heart of Middle-Earth, something you have not yet seen. But the ...
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What did Yoda mean when he said “Strong am I in the Force, but not that strong”?

In Return of the Jedi, as Yoda lies dying, he speaks to to Luke: YODA Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned it, I have. Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort. LUKE ...
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Who said “One person, one vote. I just happened to be the person voting”?

This quote is probably misquoted, but I remember this as a Blake's 7 quote from Servalan. However, I have also read elsewhere a similar quote from Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Is there a quote like ...
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What does this quote in Small Gods refer to?

In Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett, the following quote appears: It was something he shared with tortoises. Watch any tortoise walking, and periodically it will stop while it files away the ...
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Looking for a Discworld book a quote is from (and the full quote)

I've been thinking about a quote from one of the Discworld books which went something like (from memory and not in the tone of Terry): The thing about insurmountable mountains is that they are ...
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What does “My shoes are too tight” mean?

On Babylon 5, episode 7 ("War Prayer"), Londo Mollari says, "My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance." The scene: LONDO: ...My shoes are too tight. VIR: ...Excuse me? ...
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Daneel or Giskard quote about functioning more efficiently, similar to happiness

For an article I'm writing, I'm looking for a quote from Asimov's Daneel or Giskard (I don't remember which one). In this quote, one of the robots explains that he can't feel happiness, but his ...
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What is the context of the quote “With great power comes great responsibility”?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous quotes from Spiderman. I think that in the movie, it's Uncle Ben who says it. However, was the quote also present in the comics? More importantly, what ...
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Are there nice wedding-related quotes in Doctor Who? [closed]

Two of my friends are getting married. They're both huge Doctor Who geeks, and actually met through a DW RPG. Their wedding invitation contained a very subtle DW reference (you wouldn't have been able ...
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What is the provenance of this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quote

In a couple of answers that have been posted on this site today (one, two) a quote has been used (to good effect, I hope the authors of these answers know I don't mean to slight their knowledge of ...
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Does the quote “The spice must flow” appear in the original Dune series?

I just finished reading Chapterhouse: Dune, so I read the whole original series. I can't remember the quote "The spice must flow." that appears in the Lynch's Dune. Is it the books? If so, in which ...
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What is the significance of “Hexapodia is the key insight”?

In Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep there is a rather odd communication relay message that contained the keyword phrase "Hexapodia as the key insight": Crypto: 0 As-Received-By: OOB ...
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Which Harry Potter novel is the quote “Things are gonna get serious for you” from?

I read this quote from Harry Potter in the book or on the Internet, I don't remember. I think I read it 3-4 years ago. It was like Things are gonna get serious for you. This quote was a play on ...
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Why does the Night's Watch wear black?

I think I remember a line in A Clash of Kings or A Storm of Swords where some guy talked about why (at least, why he thought) the Night's Watch wore all black. I think it had to do with something ...
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In Star Trek TOS, does someone say textually “It's life, but not as we know it”?

There are a few quotes from Star Trek that aren't actually ever said (such as "Beam me up, Scotty"). Is there an actual episode where Spock (or even McCoy) says something akin to It's life, but not ...
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Who was the enemy of Spider-Man who acquired Spider-Man's powers and said “Where were these powers when I was in High School”?

About a decade ago, I saw in a Marvel encyclopedia-style book a frame from an issue of one of the Spider-Man series. In it, an enemy had pretty much defeated Peter Parker using the same powers as he. ...
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What is this Norwegian shouting?

In this clip from the film The Thing (2011), Sander Halvorsen's speech is interrupted by a bearded guy (Lars?) who stands up and shouts something in Norwegian. I gather he says something to the effect ...
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Who is to credit for Aaron Satie's wisdom?

The following quote is from one of my favourite Star Trek: The Next Generations episodes, The Drumhead (4x21); It is cited by Picard and attributed to the fictional Judge Aaron Satie: With the ...
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Was Lupin's comment to Harry about fear affected by Franklin Roosevelt? If so, why did Rowling choose this?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, after Harry explained the boggart would change into a dementor for him, Lupin says, "That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is ...
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Story about girl who must become REAL to inherit throne

I don't remember if this is a short story or novel. It could be either, but I'm more inclined to think it's a short story. It's been over 20 years since I read it. The story drew a clear ...
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Terry Pratchett quote about what authors look like

I once read a funny quote from Terry Pratchett about authors (maybe fantasy authors specifically?) and their appearance, which I'm trying to find again. It was something like: Most authors look ...
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Was Obi-wan ever taught by Yoda?

I found a quote whilst researching my previous question about Force Ghosts, about how Obi-Wan was trained by Yoda: Yoda: [Looking away from Luke] I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience. ...
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What fantasy work has a quote about “pawns on a chessboard too large to see the edges”?

“We are but pawns on a chessboard too large to see the edges ” I remember hearing this in a TV show a few years back. I'm fairly certain it had a fantasy/medieval setting; my first guess was Tywin ...
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Arthur C. Clarke on science fiction fans

I once read somewhere that on a science fiction convention Arthur C. Clarke made a comment that science fiction fans are more intelligent than the average person. Is it true that he said that or is ...
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Where does “anything that can be made by magic can be unmade by magic” come from?

I am trying to find the source of this quote which I remember reading somewhere, but am running into a brick wall. (Note that the phrasing might not be exact, any quote with the general gist of the ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

I found this line (attributed to Jake Chambers, and referring to the rest of his Ka-tet) in Bev Vincent's analysis The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus: “I love them, ...
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What is the origin of this quote by Sheridan?

In the Babylon 5 episode Voices of Authority, this exchange happens between Ivanova and Sheridan: Ivanova: Is there anything else you need? Sheridan: A glass of whiskey, a gun, and two bullets. ...
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Discworld quote about students getting in the way

There's a famous quote by one of the staff of Unseen University, where they say something along the lines of the university being a great place if it wasn't for all the bloody students. Does anyone ...
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Is this quote from Robert Heinlein's writing? “I never learned from a man who agreed with me”

Can anyone provide a source for this quote, supposedly from Robert Heinlein or from one of his works? "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." Or similar wording. I don't recognize it, and I'...
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Episode ID: When did Spock say “To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for…” (did he ever)?

Can anyone identify when onscreen (season and episode, or movie) Spock (or someone else) said this (or something very near to it)? "To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for imaginary wealth is ...
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What are the words of Galadriel at the beginning of the Fellowship?

In the trilogy of the movies, at the very beginning Galadriel says a few words starting with "The World is changed. I feel it..." In the background the words start in Elvish "Yamma presta..." What are ...
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Robert Heinlein character quote about Hell and kittens

I keep vaguely remembering a character in one of Robert Heinlein's books saying something along the lines "there was a special place in hell for child molesters and people who drown kittens." I just ...
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Quote by Science Fiction writer: peace and prosperity are the exception, not the norm

There is a semi-famous quote by a science fiction writer that basically asserts that peace, prosperity, industry and maybe democracy are a fluke in history and poverty and violence is pretty much the ...
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Why do many of Heinlein's characters despise gratitude?

In the novel "Stranger in a strange land" by Robert Heinlein there is this passage: ’Gratitude’ is a euphemism for resentment…The Japanese have five different ways to say ‘thank you’—and every ...
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Story with quote about oral sex and eyelashes, possibly Heinlein

Maybe fifteen years ago I read a story in which a character says, of the act of performing oral sex on a woman, that if your eyelashes don’t get wet, you’re doing it wrong—or words to that effect. In ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

In the first volume of Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy the title of the first book "The Blade Itself" is attributed to a quote from The Odyssey by Homer "The blade itself incites to deeds of ...
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Quotation about the future of technology being paper

I've been looking for a quotation for some time now and it bugs me. A sci-fi author was asked what the information technology of the future would be and he described a tech with lots of benefits, e.g....
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Fremen insult about wasting water

I vaguely recall an instance where a Fremen insults someone by indicating that they are so terrible it would be no loss if that person died and their body's water was not reclaimed. I've only read ...
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Which author commented that “we all got it wrong” about walking on the moon being televised?

I remember either watching or reading an interview or discussion with a very well known author, a LONG time ago, and one of the comments he made was something to the effect of: although sci-fi ...
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Why was he glad, his brother changed his last name?

In the 1977 film Wizards, Avatar says: But neither Blackwolf, nor Avatar ever had a last name. What was he on about?
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LEDs sing love poems

I'm trying to track down the source of a quote that's been sitting in my memory for years. It's all rotted away now, but there were two parts to it, something like: "We wrote spells, carved them ...
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What is the source of the quote: “The universe doesn't care?”

I was reading an article in Time magazine about Interstellar and it opened with a quote that was never attributed: There is no reason at all you should care about the universe. For one thing, it ...