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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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Source of this quote in “The Algebraist” by Iain M. Banks

There is a section in the book where the Archimandrite Luseferous is reading aloud to a captive preserved enemy head. The passage he reads is:   It is a given amongst those who care to study such ...
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Source for Frodo/Gandalf exchange about wounds in “The Return of the King”

Could someone kindly tell me exactly where in the book this quote is found? I need it for an exam tomorrow. 'Are you in pain, Frodo?' said Gandalf quietly as he rode by Frodo's side. 'Well, ...
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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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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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Which SciFi movie is this quote from?

"Science ain't exact science with these clowns." I was told on SFF chat that it's a quote from SciFi movie. But Google Search shows zip - one site that isn't even in English. (probably the exact ...
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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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Origin of “and so it goes” quote in science fiction

Most online searches for the phrase "and so it goes" lead to Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut published in 1969. However it is used a few times in 'Repent Harlequin said the Tick-tock man' by ...
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What is the source of this quote about Doombreed?

On the Spanish Wiki page, we have this quote about the Daemon Lord Doombreed, attributed to Richter Kless: Un antiguo Príncipe de Khorne llamado Doombreed empujará a los mejores y más puros de la ...
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Meaning of the quote: “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.”?

Would someone mind explaining this quote? “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things” It seems to be at complete odds with the title "Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" ...
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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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What fantasy movie is this quote from?

with one cherry you may pass to the world behind the glass I remember the girl moves into her grandmas house and she finds and old standing mirror. Behind the mirror stuck to it there are some ...
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What did James Cameron mean by “Aliens” being “40 miles of bad road”?

James Cameron referred to Aliens as forty miles of bad road in the intro to the DVD Special Edition: "What you're about to watch is the Special Edition of ALIENS. I actually preferred this ...
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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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Searching for a dialogue from one of the books from Belgariad or Mallorean

I don't have access to my books and have no PDF version of them, nor being able to find it using Google (seems I'm good at find anything with Google except from book quotes) I'm searching for a ...
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Can wizards throw around raw magical energy without any spell?

According to Toby's comment on this thread: There was some mention (in Order of the Phoenix, I believe) about them being able to throw around raw magical energy without it actually being "focused"...
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Text and origin of the original “always be batman” quote

I found different forms of the quote on the internet and mostly without origin. Which one is the real batman quote? Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be batman. Then always be batman. ...
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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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Looking for a specific Tolkien quote about the benefit of allowing suffering in the world

I remember reading something in Tolkien's writings that perfectly summarized his response to the Problem of Evil (in the context of his imagined world, anyway): if God (or Eru) is perfectly good, why ...
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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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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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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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Is this a legit Star Trek quote? If so, which movie/TV episode/book is it from?

I saw this quote on some Star Trek forums (quoted here, mentioned here) but was not able to authenticate it as coming from actual Star Trek material. "Well don't. Don't let them promote you. Don't ...
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What novel is this quote from?

I have been trying to figure out what this quote is from. It's almost definitely from a fantasy novel, but I've checked likely books that I'm familiar with (Tolkien, Sanderson) and I can't figure it ...
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Story ID from an in-text poem about dragons

I read this book, maybe 8 years ago or a bit more. It is fantasy, and humor, and I think part of it was set here and part in a low-tech magical world. I believe one of the characters was a math ...
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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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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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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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In Empire Strikes Back, does anyone directly quote the Godfather?

In my mind I can remember Han Solo or Lando saying "he made us an offer we couldn't refuse" in reference to Darth Vader. Did I imagine it?
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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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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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Is it stated in Shadow or Mordor / War (outside the appendix) that Celebrimbor gave Sauron's One Ring it's own will

In the appendix of Shadow of Mordor for The One Ring it says “The One Ring was forged at Orodruin and perfected by his captive, the Elven lord Celebrimbor. Sauron invested much of his power into ...
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What is “DON'T PANIC” a reference to on the dashboard of Elon Musk's car?

SpaceX recently launched the Falcon Heavy into space while carrying Elon Musk's car to be sent into orbit around Mars. (News article reference) During the launch, footage was shown of a space suit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Rebels are not necessarily dead?

I remember hearing something a few months ago, in which a [perhaps] Disney executive said basically: Just because they were not in the Original Trilogy does not mean they're dead. This was in ...
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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 ...