21 Inspirational Quotes for the Geek In All of Us

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The Revenge of the Nerds is complete! It’s officially cool to be good at science, obsessed with technology, and adorned in black rimmed glasses. In celebration, here are 21 inspirational quotes for the geek in all of us.

1. “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” —Bill Gates

2. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

3. “So you’re a little weird? Work it! Different? Own it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”—Mandy Hale

4. “Everyone’s a nerd inside. I don’t care how cool you are.”—Channing Tatum

5. “Nerd. One whose unbridled passion for something defines who they are as a person, without fear of other people’s judgment.”—Zachary Levi

6. “In Europe they call geeks ‘smart people,’ and frankly I think we live in a culture that doesn’t value intelligence enough; so I am very proud in saying that I am a geek.” —James Marsters

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7. “Being a geek is a great thing. I think we’re all geeks. Being a geek means you’re passionate about something and that defines your uniqueness. I would rather be passionate about something than be apathetic about everything.” –Masi Oka

8. “Luckily, growing up “unfinished” can make geeks the very best people to guide and nurture the next generation of outsiders: We know you don’t have to be finished to be awesome.” –Stephen H. Segal, “Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture”

9. “You know that passage in the Bible that says, ‘And the meek shall inherit the Earth’? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, “And the geek shall inherit the Earth.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier”

10. “Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Linsey Lohan. Why is that?” ― John Green

11. “Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

12. “…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”― John Green

13. When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it’s a point of pride in a weird way. —J.J. Abrams

14. “A lot of nerds aren’t aware they’re nerds. A geek has thrown his hands up to the universe and gone, ‘I speak Klingon – who am I fooling? You win! I’m just gonna openly like what I like.’ Geeks tend to be a little happier with themselves.” —Patton Oswalt

15. “Nerds get caught up in minutiae, because there is a tremendous and fulfilling sense of control in understanding every single detail of a thing more than any other living creature.” –Chris Hardwick

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16. “The nerds are my favourite sort of boys – any guy with a passion – whether it be physics or film or writing or poetry even, I think it’s super sweet and it’s very attractive for a female.” —Teresa Palmer

17. “Nerd girls are the world’s most underutilized romantic resource. And guys, do not tell me that nerd girls are not hot because that shows a Paris Hilton-esque failure to understand hotness.”― John Green

18. “Never apologize for being nerdy, because un-nerdy people never apologize for being assholes.”― John Barrowman

19. “Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”― Simon Pegg

20. “Common people are often enough; that is why God made so many of them. Your job is to be— EXTRAORDINARY.”  ― Shannon L. Alder

21. “A person who does many things differently and often independently makes perhaps the biggest difference of the highest significance for the greatest excellence in everyone’s life.” ― Anuj Somany

Do you know of some geeky inspirational quotes that belong on this list? Share them in a comment!

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