Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception.
Hi, I’m Mark Watney and I’m still alive… obviously.
I admit it’s fatally dangerous, but I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.
Everywhere I go, I’m the first.
They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!
Luckily, in the history of humanity, nothing bad has ever happened from lighting hydrogen on fire.
It has been seven days since I ran out of ketchup.
I’ve got to figure out a way to grow three years’ worth of food here, on a planet where nothing grows.
I’m sorry, Martinez, but if you didn’t want me to go through your stuff, you shouldn’t have left me for dead on a desolate planet.
I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the greatest botanist on this planet.
You could call it a failure. But I prefer the term learning experience.
Let’s go get our boy.
I’m not gonna die here.
At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem and you solve the next one, and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home.
While we will probably never face a situation as dire as Mark Watney’s, we all have battles to fight in life. Always keep your sense of humor, and just keep solving one problem at a time until you’ve won your victory.