Star Trek: Data's 10 Best Quotes, Ranked

Since his introduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data has always been a fan favorite, perhaps because he was more human than most humans.

Since the very first Star Trek episode debuted, they've worked hard to introduce plenty of intriguing new characters, species and worlds, but none has been more outstanding than Lieutenant Commander Data of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation . Portrayed by Brent Spiner, Data was a synthetic android with artificial intelligence created by Dr. Noonien Soong (also portrayed by Spiner) in his own image. Though he may have been artificial, Data was perhaps one of the most real characters in the series.

While some have claimed Data to be a successor to Spock, offering a unique outsider's perspective and approach within a very human Starfleet, there's no denying that he quickly rose to stand in a league all his own. In his quest to understand human emotion, Data spent a significant amount of time exploring the very nature of humanity itself. From sadness and merriment to anger and love, Data practiced jokes to make others laugh, tried his hand at parenting, and even became a loving pet owner to Spot the cat. He endeavored into a romance or two, just to see what it might be like, and while it's hard to say he loved mystery and Sherlock Holmes, there's really no other way to describe his fascination.

Across the series and into the movies, Data became a shining example to everyone around him. In the first season of Picard , a retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) was seen often lamenting Data's absence from his life. Over the years, he'd come to think of him as his closest friend and confidant, and with good reason. Data's intelligence was matched only by his wisdom, and in the end, his humanity.

Artificial Intelligence is still often a terrifying concept to humanity, but Data was the exception. As a character, he left fans with plenty of profound statements and ponderings to mull over, and sometimes they are more human than human. His thoughtful commentary on humanity and life lingers on, leaving many to wonder how much easier life could be if everyone it approached it from the same standpoint as Data.

10 "I would gladly risk feeling bad at times..."

Data in front of Worf

Data's influence often extended to the children around him, like Timothy, whom he rescued in Season 5, Episode 11, "Hero Worship." Timothy's fascination with Data prompted the boy to proclaim to be an android himself, an effort to forget the horrors he'd seen and the way it made him feel. But Data pointed out that being an android had equal perks and flaws, saying, "I would gladly risk feeling bad at times, if it also meant that I could taste my dessert."

Data's reminder of how often humanity takes life's pleasures for granted was not unique. In his longing to experience life as a human, he could more easily see all the little things humans inadvertently ignore. Like how lucky they are to taste, touch, smell, see, hear, and then process the way it feels to truly experience something.

9 "In the event of a water landing..."

Data TNG laughing

Data spent a lot of time testing out jokes and trying to make people laugh. In the Star Trek: Insurrection film, he reminded everyone, "In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to serve as a flotation device." While hilarious, the funniest part about his little joke was that there was probably some truth to it. Dr. Soong had a bizarre sense of humor, and turning his most profound, intelligent creation into a flotation device to aptly serve the people around him wouldn't have been all that far-fetched.

8 "Yes, Sir. I am attempting to fill a silent moment with non-relevant conversation."

Data and Geordi standing side by side

Continuing his quest to learn and understand humanity, Data once created a subroutine that would allow him to engage in small talk in Season 6, Episode 18, "Starship Mine." After attempting to make small talk with Captain Picard, and then explaining his end goal, the captain directed him to a notorious small talk expert, Commander Calvin Hutchinson. As Data quickly came to understand after approaching Hutchinson, small talk has the capacity to become never-ending. But is it because life is filled with awkward moments, or does small talk only further enhance awkwardness?

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7 "Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most amusing."

Data telling jokes

When Deanna Troi was preparing to get married in Season 1, Episode 11, "Haven," nothing seemed to go her way--especially after her mother Lwaxana gets into an argument with her intended's fiancé about betazoids being superior to humans. Before Troi storms out in a rage, she begs them to stop their petty bickering, but once she's gone, Data asks them to keep it up. After all, not only is it a great study in human nature, but it's actually pretty funny.

6 "The real secret is turning disadvantage into advantage."

Data in front of Riker

When hearing-impaired negotiator Riva boarded the Enterprise, there was a lot of frustration between Riva and the crew. Picard ordered Data to learn sign language, so he could more easily act as an interpreter, but Riva's frustration made him want to abandon his mission and go home a failure. Troi tried to inspire him, using the above quote, which Data later translated back to the crew when Riva found his strength. People often forget that every aspect of life, regardless of one's circumstances, often provides them with a unique advantage others around them don't have. This reminder for everyone to turn what they consider to be a disadvantage into an advantageous strength is always relevant.

5 "I am superior, sir, in many ways, but I would gladly give it up to be human."

Data smirking at Picard

From his very first introduction in the pilot episode, Data made it very clear what he wanted. Physically and mentally superior to those around him, he felt a deep longing for that which he didn't have: humanity. He would spend the years that followed serving on the Enterprise and trying desperately to achieve the perfect human experience. Even when Q offered Data the chance to become human , the latter turned him down. Data recognized that he didn't physically need to be like everyone else to be human, or to have a very human experience. In many ways, he was more human than most of the people around him.

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4 "Prejudice is very human."

Data Star Trek TNG

The people around him often made their discomfort a little too obvious. Even Riker (Jonathan Frakes) , upon first meeting Data, had his doubts about working with an artificial intelligence. Data broke the ice with a very astute observation about prejudice being a human reaction, though to say this created a good foundation for their relationship is laughable. In time, Riker would definitely adjust, and much like everyone else in the crew, come to think of Data as a friend, but in the beginning he displayed one of humanity's worst traits in his prejudice against Data.

3 "Differences sometimes scare people."

Data and Lal Sniffing a flower TNG

Exploring the nature of humanity eventually led Data to creating life and becoming a parent. While he couldn't reproduce naturally, he did possess the ability to create an android using the knowledge of his own creator, Dr. Soong, so he did. His daughter Lal only seemed to further enhance Data's humanity, as he passed on as much as he could about his personal observations of life, just like a human father would.

His poignant observation, "Differences sometimes scare people. I have learned that some of them use humor to hide their fear," is a reminder that fear is often considered a weakness. Deflecting and hiding behind a wall of humor can provide a temporary reprieve from the fear, but eventually, the wall will come down.

2 "This is just a thing... and things can be replaced. Lives cannot."

Data In smoke

When faced with a community of humans who refuse to leave their land, even though they face inevitable death, Data tries desperately to steer them away. Fearing they will lose everything they have, the colony refuses to budge. It's difficult for people to sometimes look beyond the moment, toward the bigger picture. Letting go of the material for the sake of preserving one's own life isn't easy, but even Data knows that things can be replaced; people, not so much.

1 "Mortality gives meaning to human life."

Data and Spot TNG

Data never had to die. He could have gone on living eternally, but that wasn't what he wanted. In the first season of Picard , he was finally given a choice to end his life. When he expressed this to his friend and former captain, Picard struggled to understand. Data admitted that he didn't want to die, but he wanted to live briefly with the understanding that one day his life would end. This would help him appreciate every moment he was given, prompt him to take advantage of the time he had. Knowing that one is going to die brings life meaning in the most brilliant way, allowing a person to die feeling like they'd done everything in their power to live while given the chance.

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Star Trek Data Quotes

I want to live, however briefly, knowing that my life is finite. Mortality gives meaning to human life. Peace, love, friendship. These are precious because we know they cannot endure. A butterfly that lives forever is really not a butterfly at all.

– Lt. Cmdr. Data

It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards.

Yes, sir. I am attempting to fill a silent moment with non-relevant conversation.

Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.

There may be a correlation between humor and sex. The need for more research is clearly indicated.

There are still many human emotions I do not fully comprehend – anger, hatred, revenge. But I am not mystified by the desire to be loved – or the need for friendship. These are things I do understand.

Cmdr. William Riker: Let me get this straight. You want me to take off your head? Lt. Cmdr. Data: Yes sir.

Lt. Tasha Yar: What I want now is gentleness. And joy. And love. From you, Data. You are fully functional, aren’t you? Lt. Cmdr. Data: Of course, but… Lt. Tasha Yar: How fully? Lt. Cmdr. Data: In every way, of course. I am programed in multiple techniques. A broad variety of pleasuring. Lt. Tasha Yar: Oh! You jewel, that’s exactly what I hoped!

We are more alike than unlike, my dear Captain…I have pores. Humans have pores. I have… fingerprints. Humans have fingerprints. My chemical nutrients are like your blood. If you prick me…do I not…leak?

So…if you put funny teeth in your mouth, and jump around like an idiot … that is considered funny!

I am superior, sir, in many ways, but I would gladly give it up to be human.

In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to serve as a flotation device.

Apologies, Captain…I seem to have reached an odd functional impasse. I am, uh…stuck.

If you had an off switch, Doctor, would you not keep it secret?

I would gladly risk feeling bad at times, if it also meant that I could taste my dessert.

I never knew what a friend was until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as though I were human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He accepted me for what I am. And that, I have learned, is friendship. But I do not know how to say goodbye.

I could be pursuing an untamed ornithoid without cause.

Early bird gets the worm? I believe Cmdr. Shelby erred. There is no evidence of avian or crawling vermicular lifeforms on Jouret IV.

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Data entry: Live long and rediscover all of Data’s iconic ‘Star Trek’ quotes

While many characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation stand as icons for the franchise such as Picard & Worf, no one has the killer lines Data has. Not only can Data’s quotes be a unique source of comic relief, they’re also incredibly endearing & insightful at times. 

Trekkies gather round! We’ve gathered a list of the best Data quotes that’ll undoubtedly put a smile on your face. 

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Hilarious objectivity

One of the fantastic aspects of Data’s personality is he has a very objective & intelligent manner of speaking from his android perspective. Some would call him socially illiterate, but we think his place in social settings provides instances of great comic relief and fun peculiarity. 

“Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.” 

“Yes, sir. I am attempting to fill a silent moment with non-relevant conversation.”

star trek data famous quotes

“Apologies, Captain . . . I seem to have reached an odd functional impasse . I am, uh . . . stuck.”

“There may be a correlation between humor and sex. The need for more research is clearly indicated.”

star trek data famous quotes

“I could be pursuing an untamed ornithoid without cause.” (A wild goose chase.) 

“In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to serve as a flotation device .”

“If you had an off switch, Doctor, would you not keep it secret?”

star trek data famous quotes

Treasure humanity

Perhaps even more memorable than Data’s hilarious lines are his ones demonstrating great wisdom. Instead of rejecting humanity like Star Trek ’s Spock, Data embraces it and seeks to understand emotions and appreciate what humanity has to offer the world . As an android, Data can analyze the world with a sense of wonder and derive some treasurable meaning we might otherwise miss. 

“I would gladly risk feeling bad at times, if it also meant that I could taste my dessert.”

“I am superior, sir, in many ways, but I would gladly give it up to be human.”

star trek data famous quotes

“I want to live, however briefly, knowing that my life is finite. Mortality gives meaning to human life . Peace, love, friendship. These are precious because we know they cannot endure. A butterfly that lives forever is really not a butterfly at all.”

“There are still many human emotions I do not fully comprehend – anger, hatred, revenge. But I am not mystified by the desire to be loved – or the need for friendship. These are things I do understand.”

star trek data famous quotes

“It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are . It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards.”

“This is just a thing . . . and things can be replaced. Lives cannot.”

star trek data famous quotes

Ode to Spot

We can’t end this list without mentioning Data’s beautiful poem he writes for his beloved feline companion Spot. Data’s starship kitty provides him with a cute friend who he cares for all the time. The charming relationship is adorable and his poem to Spot is beautiful.

“Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, / An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature; / Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses / Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.”

“I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations, / A singular development of cat communications / That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection /For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.”

“A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents; / You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance. / And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion, / It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.”

“O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display / Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array. / And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend / I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.”

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Data Quotes in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

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Data : [ as B-4 ] Move, puny human animal!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [ lowly ] A bit less florid, Data...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in first contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know, on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union, but have the two of you considered what you were doing to me? Of course you're happy, but what about *my* needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. While you're happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new first officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, *ever*, allow me to go on away missions.

Data : That is the regulation, sir. Starfleet code section 12, paragraph 4...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Mr. Data...

Data : Sir?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Shut up.

Data : Yes, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [ turning to the wedding guests ] 15 years I've been waiting to say that.

Data : I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe velocities.

Commander Deanna Troi : That was a lovely toast.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : It's from the heart.

Commander Deanna Troi : And you needn't worry. I'm going to brief your new counselor on everthing she needs to know.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Oh, like hell you are. You already know too much about me. But I take it that there will be no speeches during the ceremony on Betazed?

Commander William T. Riker : No, no speeches and... no clothes.

Data : [ toasting Riker and Troi ] Ladies and gentlemen, and invited transgendered species. In my study of Terran and Betazoid conjugal rites, I have discovered it is traditional to present the happy couple with a gift. Given Commander Riker's affection for archaic musical forms, I have elected to present the following in honor of their conjugation.

Data : Do you have a name, sir?

B-4 : I am... B-4.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : B-4? Dr. Soong's penchant for whimsical names seems to have no end.

Data : [ his last words ] Goodbye.

Data : [ watching as Picard tries to figure out the controls of the Scorpion attack fighter ] Would you like me to drive, sir?

Dr. Beverly Crusher : [ examining B-4 ] You know, all things considered, Data, I think you have nicer eyes.

Data : Our eyes are identical, Doctor.

[ Worf picks up B-4's arm ]

Data : It appears to be a robotic arm.

Worf : [ sarcastically ] Very astute.

[ In the attempt to find an alternative exit, Picard intends to blast with a shuttle through the inner shuttle bay doors and fly through the Scimitar ]

Data : Do you think this is a wise course of action, sir?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : We're about to find out, Data.

Data : I must deactivate you.

B-4 : For how long?

Data : Indefinitely.

B-4 : How long is tha...

Data : A long time, brother.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : If I had lived his life, is it possible that I would have rejected my humanity?

Data : The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard : How can you be sure?

Data : I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.

Worf : [ to Data, when discovering B-4's head ] It's you!

Data : The resemblance is... striking.

Data : B-4, do you know where you are?

B-4 : I am in a room... with lights.

Data : Captain Picard agrees that the B-4 was probably designed with the same self-actualization parameters as myself. If my memory engrams are successfully integrated into his positronic matrix, he should have all my abilities.

Geordi La Forge : Yeah, but he would also have all of your memories as well. You feel comfortable with that?

Data : I feel nothing, Geordi.

[ Data, with his new emotion chip installed, is told to scan for lifeforms ]

Data : I would be happy to, sir. I just *love* scanning for lifeforms!

Data : Lifeforms! You tiny little lifeforms! You precious little lifeforms! Where are you?

[ Data finds a drink unpleasant - for the first time ever ]

Data : I hate this! It is revolting!

Guinan : More?

Data : Please!

Data : [ using profanity for the first time ] Oh, shit.

Data : [ laughs ] I get it! I get it! When you said "The clown can stay, but the Ferengi in the gorilla suit has to go!"

Geordi : Data, what are you talking about?

Data : During the Farpoint mission; we were on the bridge, you told a joke, that was the punchline!

Geordi : The Farpoint mission? Data, that was seven years ago.

Data : I know! I just got it! Very funny!

Data : [ uses a device in his arm to open a door ] Open sesame! You could say I have a magnetic personality.

[ laughs at his joke ]

Data : Humor! I love it!

[ Data has found his cat Spot safe and alive in the Enterprise wreckage ]

Data : [ happily ] Spot!

[ Data cradles Spot, and begins crying ]

Troi : Data? Are you all right?

Data : [ tears streaming ] I am happy to see Spot, yet I am crying! Perhaps the chip is malfunctioning.

Troi : [ smiling ] I think it's working perfectly.

Geordi : I've never seen a solar probe with this kind of configuration, have you, Data?

Data : [ uses tricorder as a hand puppet ]

Data : No, Geordi, I have not. Have you?

Data : [ to his tricorder ]

Data : No, I have not. It is most unusual.

Data : Mister Tricorder!

Counselor Deanna Troi : Have you noticed how your boobs have firmed up?

Cmdr. Beverly Crusher : Not that we care about that in this day and age.

Counselor Deanna Troi : Uh huh.

Cmdr. Beverly Crusher : [ notices Data ] Thank you, Data.

Data : [ walks over to Worf ]

Lieutenant Commander Worf : I've an odd craving for the blood of a live Kolar beast.

Data : And have you noticed how your boobs have firmed up? Not that we care about tha...

Data : I feel obliged to point out that the environmental anomalies may have stimulated certain rebellious instincts common to youth, which could affect everyone's judgment... Except mine of course.

Cmdr. Beverly Crusher : Okay Data. What do *you* think we should do?

Data : Saddle up, lock and load!

Data : In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to act as a flotation device.

Data : I seem to be missing several memory engrams.

[ Geordi shows him several microchips he is holding in his hand ]

Data : There they are.

Captain Picard : Data, what's the last thing you remember?

Data : [ singing ] His nose should pant, and his lip should curl...

Captain Picard : From the mission.

[ there is a blemish on Worf's face ]

Captain Picard : Have you been in a fight, Mr Worf?

Lieutenant Commander Worf : [ sighs ] No sir... it is a "gorch".

Captain Picard : Gorch?

Data : [ whispers ] Pimple, sir.

Captain Picard : Oh... it's hardly noticeable.

Commander Riker : [ referring to his shaven face ] Smooth as an android's bottom, eh, Data?

Data : I beg your pardon, Sir?

Data : [ later ] Commander! May I?

[ feels his face, shakes his head ]

Data : [ Artim is getting over his distrust of Data, and beginning to bond with him ] My operation depends on specifications that do not change. I will never know the experience of growing up or tripping over my own feet.

Artim : But you've never had adults telling you what to do all the time, or bedtimes, or having to eat food you don't like.

Data : I would gladly accept the requirement of a bedtime in exchange for knowing what it is like to be a child.

Artim : Do machines ever play?

Data : Yes. I play the violin, and my chess routines are quite advanced.

Artim : No, I mean, haven't you ever just played? For fun?

Data : [ tentative, unsure what the boy is getting at ] Androids do not have fun.

Artim : Look, if you want to understand what it's like to be a child, you need to learn to play.

Andy : Watch this.

[ Data's father takes a camera out of his jacket and proceeds to take a picture but the film falls out. Andy starts laughing ]

Andy : He's just like his father.

Data : [ in Chinese ] That's okay daddy. You can't hug a photograph.

Mr. Wang : [ in Chinese ] You are my greatest invention.

Stef : Data where are you going?

Data : I'm setting booty traps.

Stef : You mean booby traps?

Data : THATS WHAT I SAID! BOOBY TRAPS! God. These Guys!

[ Brand and Andy are about to kiss after falling down ]

Chunk : Shame, shame!

Data : I know your name!

Mouth : Come on, Brand! Slip her the tongue!

Stef : Oh, that's disgusting. Now I can't even look.

[ the Goonies are collecting coins from a wishing well ]

Stef : Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, stop, stop! You can't do this.

Data : Why?

Mikey : Why?

Stef : Because these are somebody else's wishes. They're somebody else's dreams.

Mouth : Yeah, but you know what? This one, this one right here. This was my dream, my wish. And it didn't come true. So I'm taking it back. I'm taking them all back.

Data : Hey any of you guys ever hear of Detroit?

Mikey : No.

Mouth : Sointenly! Where Motown started. It's also got the highest murder rate in the country.

Data : Well, let me tell you what. That's where we're going when we lose the house tomorrow.

Mikey : You shut up about that stuff, it'll never happen. My dad will fix it.

Brandon Walsh : Yeah sure he will. If he gets his next 400 paychecks by tommorrow afternoon.

Mikey : That's wrong Brand! It won't happen.

Data : Holy S-H-I-T!

Data : Pinchers of Peril... saved by my Pinchers of Peril!

Irene Walsh : Brandon I want you to keep your brother inside I don't want him to catch a cold.

Brandon Walsh : He should be put in a plastic bubble.

Irene Walsh : I'm serious Brandon! That's not funny. If he takes one step outside and you'll be in the deepest, absolutely the deepest, shi, shi, shi...

Brandon Walsh : Shit ma!

Irene Walsh : I don't like that language but that's exactly what you're going to be in, and you Data.

Data : Data

Irene Walsh : Data use the front door from now on okay? What is that?

Data : I am wondering... what is in the bag?

Data : Hey McFly, you bojo, those boards don't work on water!

Whitey : Unless you've got POWER!

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Star Trek Week: 28 Universally Known Star Trek One-Liners

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Every corner of fandom has one-liners that have seeped into the consciousness of society, becoming universally recognizable. Of course, Star Trek is no different.

Here is a list of 28 Star Trek one-liners of which most people are aware. Some of these quotes have made their way into other areas of pop-culture. Some of these quotes have been paraphrased. Some have been used by judges when giving verdicts. There may be one, or two, on the list that escape some people.

1. Space: the final frontier. – Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the opening title sequence for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation

2. KHAAANNN! –Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

3. What does God need with a starship? –Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

4. Fascinating. – Mr. Spock in numerous episodes and movies.

5. Highly illogical. –Mr. Spock in numerous episodes and movies.

6. Live long and prosper. –Mr. Spock in numerous episodes and movies.

7. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. –Mr. Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

8. I have been and always shall be your friend. –Mr. Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

9. He's dead, Jim! – Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in many episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series

10. I am a doctor, not a brick layer. * –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Devil in the Dark

11. I'm a doctor, not an escalator. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode Friday's Child

12. I'm a doctor, not a mechanic. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Doomsday Machine

13. I'm a doctor, not an engineer. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode Mirror, Mirror

14. I'm a doctor, not a coal miner. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Empath

15. I'm not a magician, Spock, just an old country doctor. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Deadly Years

16. Dammit, Jim! –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in many episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series and the movies.

17. Treat her like a lady, and she'll always bring you home. –Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Encounter at Farpoint

18. I canna' change the laws of physics. – Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Naked Time

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19. I've giv'n her all she's got captain, an' I canna give her no more. –Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in many episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series

20. There be whales here! –Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

21. Engage! –Captain Jean-Luc Picard in many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

22. Make it so! –Captain Jean-Luc Picard in many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

23. Shut up, Wesley! –Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Datalore

24. There are four lights! –Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Chain of Command

25. Inquiry. – Data in many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

26. I am not a merry man! – Worf in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Qpid

27. It is a good day to die/ Perhaps today is a good day to die! –Worf says variation of “a good day to to die” a number of times. “It is a good day to die” was said in the Star Trek: The Next Generataion episode Sins of the Father . Worf says, “Perhaps today IS a good day to die!” in Star Trek: First Contact

28. Resistance is futile. – The Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager , and Star Trek: First Contact

The most misquoted popular one-line from Star Trek is, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Variations of this line are spoken, but not once was that actual line used.

What are some of your favorite one-liners?

__*__The “I'm a doctor” meme is also used by Doctor Julian Bashir in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , The Doctor (EMH) in Star Trek: Voyager, and Doctor Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise .

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22 Famous Star Trek Quotes that Will Live Forever

If you haven’t watched Star Trek , you’ve at least heard about it. The sci-fi television series created by Gene Roddenberry has earned millions of fans over the years.

Roddenberry was allegedly inspired by Gulliver’s Travels and a TV series called Wagon Train to create Star Trek.  Each episode of the series is built as an incredible adventure, but also as a morality tale, considering that the episodes depict cultural realities and conflicts like war and peace, sexism, human rights, religion, economics, loyalty , racism and technology.

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Due to this approach, Star Trek is not only about space adventure and exploration. The franchise is also recognized for being one of the first TV series with a multiracial cast and applauded for its attitude toward civil rights.

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The Star Trek world was full of wisdom and great lines, but here are 22 of the most meaningful quotes from its characters . 

A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away. — Dr. Boyce
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. — Spock
You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true. — Spock
Live now ; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again. — Jean-Luc Picard
Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on. — Captain Kirk
With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably. — Jean-Luc Picard
The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other. — Captain Kirk

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If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are. — Jean-Luc Picard
Insufficient facts always invite danger. — Spock
Perhaps man wasn’t meant for paradise. Maybe he was meant to claw, to scratch all the way. — Captain Kirk
In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see. — Spock
Compassion: that’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps men ahead of them. — Dr. McCoy
Change is the essential process of all existence. — Spock
Without followers, evil cannot spread. — Spock
Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome . You remove those obstacles. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die. — Captain Kirk

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Curious, how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want. — Spock
One man cannot summon the future. But one man can change the present! — Spock
To all mankind — may we never find space so vast, planets so cold, heart and mind so empty that we cannot fill them with love and warmth. — Garth
You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood. — Captain Kirk
A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior — mentally or otherwise. — Captain Kirk
Now, I don’t pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love, when every day is a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for! — Edith Keeler
Live long and prosper! — Spock

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The Origins of 11 Famous Star Trek Lines

By rick marshall | nov 6, 2015.

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Few franchises have had the cultural impact of the various Star Trek television series and movies, and nowhere is that more evident than in the snippets of dialogue that have become a part of the American vernacular—and in some cases, found their way abroad, too. Here are 11 of the most notable Star Trek catchphrases, as well as a little more information about their origins.

1. "Live Long and Prosper"

The Vulcan greeting and the finger-separating hand gesture that accompanies it first appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series , during an episode titled “Amok Time.” Spock himself (actor Leonard Nimoy) has made no secret of the fact that the gesture and phrase were his idea, and that he based them on Orthodox Jewish blessings he remembered from his childhood. In the Jewish blessing, the position of the fingers forms the Hebrew letter “Shin,” which represents the name “Shaddai” (Almighty God). Nimoy put his own spin on the traditional gesture by holding up just one hand (instead of both) and changing up the verbal blessing slightly.

2. "Highly Illogical..."

While Spock never shied away from questioning the logic of those around him—usually Kirk—it wasn't until the second season that he took things up a notch and deemed the actions of the native inhabitants of planet Omega IV “highly illogical” in the episode titled “The Omega Glory.” Previously, it had always just been “illogical” or, in rare cases, “most illogical,” but it took a pair of natives attacking Kirk in a jail cell for Spock to pair his trademark raised-eyebrow reaction with the term “highly illogical.” The phrase would then be repeated in several more episodes, as well as the subsequent films and J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchise.

Bonus: “Highly Illogical” was also the name of Leonard Nimoy's 1993 music album featuring several songs he recorded in the 1960s (including “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”) as well as a few new tunes.

3. "Beam Me Up, Scotty"

One of the most interesting aspects of this phrase—a request directed at Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott for transport back to the USS Enterprise—is that it was never actually uttered in any of the Star Trek television series or movies. More often than not, the command was akin to “Three to beam up” or more directly, “Beam them up,” with the closest approximation being “Beam us up, Scotty” in a few episodes of the Star Trek animated series. However, William Shatner did say this line while reading the audio version of his novel Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden .

4. "I'm A Doctor, Not A..."

Everyone knows that Dr. Leonard McCoy is not an engineer, a coal miner, or an escalator, but that never stopped him from reminding his fellow crew members. The first time DeForest Kelley uttered his famous catchphrase as we know it was in a first-season episode titled “The Devil in the Dark.” In that episode, McCoy saw fit to let Kirk know that he was a doctor, not a brick-layer. It's worth noting that an earlier episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver," had him asking Capt. Kirk, “What am I, a doctor or a moon-shuttle conductor?” but it wasn't until much later in the season that we got the full line that would later be heard in just about every subsequent series, as well as the Star Trek films. The line even made it into J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot, with Karl Urban (as McCoy) exclaiming, “I'm a doctor, not a physicist!”

5. "Make It So"

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's signature line was a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation from the very start, with actor Patrick Stewart uttering what would become his character's most memorable catchphrase in the pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint.” The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry himself, so it's likely that he wrote the line for Picard, though the phrase has been in use for quite a while in military circles as a way to tell someone to proceed with a command.

6. "To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before..."

The infinitive-splitting opening narration for each episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (with the exception of the pilot episodes) was famously recited by William Shatner, but the actual origins of the line are uncertain at best. Some reports suggest that it was inspired by a 1958 White House press booklet promoting the space program, though some have speculated that it came from a statement made by explorer James Cook following an expedition to Newfoundland. Writer Samuel Peeples, who authored the pilot episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” is often credited with the decision to make the phrase such a significant part of the series. The line was eventually repeated—with a few minor tweaks—in each iteration of the series and films.

7. "Khaaannnn!"

Possibly the most meme-friendly line of dialogue ever to come out of the Star Trek universe, this scream of rage originated in (no surprise here) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan . Left marooned on a dead planet by the evil villain Khan then taunted about his predicament, Kirk let loose with a primal roar—and the rest was viral-video history.

8. "I'm Givin' Her All She's Got, Captain!"

Much like “Beam me up, Scotty,” this famous catchphrase often associated with USS Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in Star Trek: The Original Series was never said in this exact form by actor James Doohan in the series or subsequent films. The closest approximation is a line in the second-season episode “The Changeling,” when Kirk asks Scotty to divert more power to the ship's shields. Scotty responds with, “Giving them all we got.” However, Doohan did utter every word of the famous line as part of a cameo in 1993's Loaded Weapon , in which he turns up as a panicky police officer trying to fix a coffee machine. Similarly, Simon Pegg used the same line “I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!” in 2009's Star Trek reboot, in which he plays a young Montgomery Scott.

9. "Nuclear Wessels"

Russian crew member Pavel Andreievich Chekov's inability to pronounce the letter “V” became a recurring joke after the character was introduced in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series as the ship's navigator. While it made for some funny moments throughout the series and subsequent movies, one of the most memorable pronunciation gaffes occurred during Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home , when Chekov begins asking passers-by in 1980s San Francisco where he can find “nuclear wessels.” Even though Walter Koenig had been playing the character for almost 20 years before The Voyage Home hit theaters, the two-word line soon became indelibly connected with his portrayal of the character.

10. "Resistance Is Futile"

This famous line was first uttered by robotic aliens The Borg in the epic third-season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation , titled “Best of Both Worlds, Part 1.” Not only did the 1990 episode offer up one of the greatest cliffhangers in television history, but it also coined a phrase that would live forever in the nightmares of fans—mainly because it was recycled for use in countless other series and films down the road.

11. "Set Phasers To Stun"

It was established early on in Star Trek: The Original Series that the phasers used by the crew of USS Enterprise had a “stun” setting (as mentioned in “The Man Trap” episode), and both Kirk and Spock often found themselves instructing their crewmates to use the non-lethal capabilities of their standard-issue weapons. However, it wasn't until the second season of Star Trek: The Animated Series that we first heard Kirk issue the command “Set phasers to stun.” The line eventually became an oft-repeated order in subsequent series, turning up in both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation , as well as many of the movies (including 2009's reboot).

This article originally appeared in 2013.

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Star Trek: Data’s Best Quotes

Highlights Data’s desire to be human showcases his innermost human traits and emotions. Data’s struggles with grief and saying goodbye demonstrate his capacity for deep emotional connections. Data’s love for his cat Spot reveals his endearing and humorous personality despite being emotionless. One of the best characters in all of Star Trek, Data is an android who desires nothing more than to be human, with all the emotions that come with it, good and bad. Featuring first in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data had an important role across the 7 seasons of one of the best Star Trek series, and later, in four films and a wonderful conclusion in Star Trek: Picard. Across these decades within one of the most famous sci-fi series of all time, Data has made strong impressions with his character. Related 6 Weirdest Star Trek Easter Eggs With decades of history, Star Trek holds plenty of weird easter eggs for one of the best sci-fi series. Despite being an android, Data is anything but cold and calculating. Unusually, it is Data that exhibits the most human of traits, despite not being human at all. Across his time in Star Trek, Data has provided audiences with some wonderful quotes, whether they are humorous or a keen look into the mechanisms and wonder of his mind. 5 “I Would Gladly Risk Feeling Bad At Times, if It Also Meant That I Could Taste My Dessert.” Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5, Episode 11 “Hero Worship” After Data helps to rescue an orphan named Timothy, the boy decides that the best way to repress and avoid his feelings and his pain is to mimic Data. This is a cause for concern for the Enterprise crew, who understand what Timothy is going through. Whilst it’s an interesting outlook on grief, especially in children, it’s an even greater look at how Data deals with it. Data tries to sympathize with Timothy without lecturing, and he showcases to Timothy that the boy should not want to be Data, as although he has an interesting personality, the simple fact of the matter is that he cannot feel, good or bad. Data helps to explain how the simple pleasures in life, like tasting a sweet dessert, are worth the negatives, like grief, because at least feelings are the most human as they can be. 4 “I Do Not Know How To Say Goodbye.” Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5, Episode 24 “The Next Phase” When Geordi La Forge and Ensign Ro are involved in a transporter malfunction, the crew of the Enterprise believes that they are dead. As such, many prominent members of the Enterprise are grieving colleagues and friends. One member in particular who is affected by these deaths is Data, the android supposedly without feeling, who seems to feel all too much with the knowledge that Geordi, his best friend, is dead. Related Star Trek: 6 Characters That Just Disappeared While the number of recurring characters in the Star Trek mythos is too many to count, these characters vanished entirely, never to be seen again. It’s a heartbreaking quote, and all too human. Not knowing how to say goodbye when someone just isn’t there anymore is a harsh reality many must face with the passage of time. To see an android like Data, seemingly immortal and collected in such a confused state over his friend’s end, is devastating. 3 “You Must Talk To Him; Tell Him He Is A Pretty Cat, And A Good Cat.” Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 7, Episode 6 “Phantasms” Data begins to experience waking nightmares on board the Enterprise, and whilst he is concerned for the safety of the crew, he is most concerned about the safety of his cat, Spot. Spot is one of the most adoring members of Star Trek: The Next Generation for being a cute cat, and one that Data is extremely fond of, which is why he expresses such concern for his cat’s safety and leaves Spot under the care of Worf. Related Star Trek: 6 Best Planets To Live On Of all the planets visited in Star Trek’s history, these places would make for the best locations to settle down on. The fact that Data and Worf are the most emotionless and strongest members of the Enterprise, and here they are looking after a cat, is hilarious and adorable. Data’s fascination and love for his cat is entertaining, especially with all the requests he has for Worf, who shows utter disdain for even being near the cat. 2 “Mortality Gives Meaning To Human Life, Captain.” Star Trek: Picard – Season 1, Episode 10 “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2” After Data’s tragic death, life goes on. Yet, in Star Trek: Picard, Jean Luc, and Data had one last reunion during Season 1, in which Data expressed his desire to be allowed to die. There was nothing inherently wrong with Data, and it wasn’t out of sadness to die, but his desire for the human condition. In Data’s own words, “mortality gives meaning to human life.” This is a rather touching quote, as Data is accepting that to be human, is to be mortal. Death is a part of life, and if Data wants to be a part of life and not a machine, then to die is the most natural course of action and one that sees him finally at peace. 1 “0.68 Seconds Sir. For An Android, That Is Nearly An Eternity.” Star Trek: First Contact When enticed by the Borg Queen to be human, Data is tempted by her offer, which would involve betraying the people he is most loyal to. When Picard asks Data how long Data was tempted by this offer, he simply replies with a calculated and exact “0.68 seconds.” Whilst seemingly nothing to human life, and a humorous quote in itself, it highlights the sheer capabilities of Data, who specifies that this time is an eternity for an android. The human mind couldn’t possibly comprehend the calculations and theories that would have been circulating through Data’s mind as he contemplates this decision from the Borg Queen. If barely a second is an eternity, then what is a century to an immortal? MORE: Star Trek: Best Mirror Universe Episodes

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Jean-Luc Picard

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Jean-Luc Picard (13 July 2305–) is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe , the captain of the USS Enterprise -D and the Enterprise -E . He was played by British actor Patrick Stewart in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation , the subsequent films and the streaming television series Star Trek: Picard .

  • 1.1 Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 1.2 Star Trek: Picard
  • 2 Quotes about Picard
  • 3 External links

Quotes [ edit ]

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  • Catchphrase first used in " Encounter At Farpoint " (28 September 1987) by Gene Roddenberry
  • Star Trek Generations (1994) story by Brannon Braga , Ronald D. Moore and Rick Berman
  • Star Trek Generations (1994) story by Brannon Braga , Ronald D. Moore and Rick Berman . See also: The beginning of Youtube Video " Picard Words of Wisdom: Cherish Every Moment. Now Will Never Come Again " (09.12.2019) by user "Major Grin".
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996) story by Brannon Braga , Ronald D. Moore and Rick Berman
  • Derivative of the statement "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" attributed to Mark Twain , paraphrasing his remark: "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
  • Jean-Luc Picard , Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) story by John Logan , Rick Berman and Brent Spiner ; On Equality and Peace
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) story by John Logan , Rick Berman and Brent Spiner ; On Equality and Peace
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) story by John Logan , Rick Berman and Brent Spiner
  • Star Trek Picard: New York Comic-Con Trailer . Source: Patrick Stewart (5. October 2019): Star Trek Picard: New York Comic-Con Trailer | #StarTrekPicard. January 23, 2020. Star Trek on CBS All Access Amazon Prime Video UK CTV Sci-Fi Channel. Facebook page of Patrick Stewart.

Star Trek: The Next Generation [ edit ]

  • Introduction spoken during the opening credits of each episode, derived from the introduction to the original Star Trek series. Both versions are by Gene Roddenberry and reused for Star Trek Beyond .
  • " Encounter At Farpoint " (28 September 1987) by Gene Roddenberry
  • " The Last Outpost " (19 October 1987) Story by Richard Krzmeien and Teleplay by  Herbert Wright
  • " Justice " (9 November 1987) by Worley Thorne and Ralph Wills
  • " The Battle " (16 November 1987) by Larry Forrester
  • " When the Bough Breaks " (15 February 1988) by Hannah Louise Shearer; On persistence
  • " Coming of Age " (14 March 1988) by Sandy Fries
  • " Symbiosis " (18 April 1988) by Robert Lewin. See also: The middle of Youtube Video " Star Trek The Next Generation - The Prime Directive by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Symbiosis S01E22 " (27.04.2023) by user "Adventures in Rhythm".
  • " Skin of Evil " (25 April 1988) by Joseph Stefano
  • " Where Silence Has Lease " (28 November 1988) by Jack B. Sowards
  • " The Schizoid Man " (23 January 1989) by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
  • " The Measure of a Man " (13 February 1989) by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Wesley : It's the Yamato , Captain. I can't stop thinking about her. All those people dead . I don't know how you and Commander Riker and Geordi , how you handle it so easily .
  • "Contagion" , (March 18, 1989) written by Steve Gerber and Beth Woods
  • " Contagion " (20 March 1989) by Steve Gerber and Beth Woods
  • This line echoes a line from "Star Trek: TOS", episode "The Paradise Syndrome", in which Spock says "Time, Dr. McCoy, is the one thing we do not have in abundance." It has become a catch-phrase for Trekkies.
  • " Pen Pals " (1 May 1989) by Hannah Louise Shearer
  • " Q Who " (8 May 1989) by Maurice Hurley
  • " Samaritan Snare " (15 May 1989) by Robert L. McCullough
  • " Samaritan Snare " (15 May 1989) by Robert L. McCullough. See also: The beginning of Youtube Video " Captain Picard: No greater challenge than the study of philosophy " (17.09.2020) by user "Jason Winning".
  • " Peak Performance " (10 July 1989) by David Kemper. See also: The beginning of Youtube Video " Picard Star Trek the Next Generation: It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose " (17.09.2020) by user "Darc Vigilante". See also: The beginning of Youtube Video " Data sulking like Achilles in his tent. " (09.10.2013) by user "SkaIathrax".
  • " The Ensigns of Command " (2 October 1989) by Melinda M. Snodgrass. See also: The middle of Youtube Video " TNG Picard owns the Sheliak (Ensigns of Command) " (08.02.2012) by user "trekclip123". Context: Picard exploits a loophole in the treaty with the Sheliak and offers the Sheliak a choice: either wait six months for third-party arbitrators, or give Picard three weeks to evacuate the colony. Outmaneuvered, the Sheliak agree to the three weeks.
  • " The Survivors " (9 October 1989) by Michael Wagner
  • " The Defector " (1 January 1990) by Ronald D. Moore. See also: Middle of Youtube Video " The Enterprise -D Crossed The Neutral Zone " (28.03.2018) by user "April 5, 2063".
  • " The High Ground " (29 January 1990) by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • " The Hunted " (8 January 1990) by Robin Bernheim
  • " Tin Man " (23 March 1990) by Dennis Putman Bailey and David Bischoff
  • Statement to the entire crew in the alternate timeline towards the end of " Yesterday's Enterprise " (19 February 1990) story by Trent Christopher Ganino, Eric A. Stillwell Ira Steven Behr , Richard Manning , Hans Beimler , Ronald D. Moore . See also: Beginning of Youtube Video " History Never Forgets the Name Enterprise | Star Trek: The Next Generation - Yesterday's Enterprise " (11.06.2017) by user "Star Trek Clips".
  • " The Offspring ", (12 March 1990) by René Echevarria
  • " Sins of the Father " (19 March 1990) by Drew Deighan
  • " Allegiance " (26 March 1990) by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
  • Picard : It's something of a tradition , Guinan - Captain touring the ship before a battle .
  • " The Best of Both Worlds " (18 June 1990) by Michael Piller
  • The Borg : Captain Jean-Luc Picard. You lead the strongest ship of the Federation Starfleet . You speak for your people .
  • “ The Best of Both Worlds ”, (September 24, 1990), by Michael Piller
  • Jean-Luc Picard : They took everything I was. They used me to kill and to destroy and I couldn't stop them. I should have been able to stop them. I tried. I tried so hard. But I wasn't strong enough. I wasn't good enough! I should have been able to stop them. I should... I should...
  • “ Family ", (October 1, 1990), by Ronald D. Moore
  • " First Contact " (29 April 1991) with story by Marc Soctt Zicree and teleplay by Dennis Bailey & David Bischoff and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller. See also: End of Youtube Video " Captain Picard demonstrates diplomacy. " (06.10.2013) by user "SkaIathrax".
  • " The Drumhead " (29 April 1991) by Jeri Taylor
  • Jean-Luc Picard : We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics , burning of witches , is all ancient history . Then, before you can blink an eye , suddenly, it threatens to start all over again.
  • " In Theory " (3 June 1991) by Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
  • " Darmok " (30 September 1991) by Joe Menosky and Phillip LaZebnik. See also: Beginning of Youtube Video " Beginning Scene From the Episode Darmok " (04.10.2021) by user "April 5, 2063".
  • " Darmok " (30 September 1991) by Joe Menosky and Phillip LaZebnik
  • " A Matter of Time " (30 September 1991) by Rick Berman .
  • " The First Duty " (March 30, 1992) by Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar
  • " The Inner Light " (1 June 1992) by Morgan Gendel and Peter Allan Fields . See also: The beginning of Youtube Video " Picard Words of Wisdom: Cherish Every Moment. Now Will Never Come Again " (09.12.2019) by user "Major Grin".
  • " Chain of Command " (October 5, 1992) by Frank Abatemarco
  • " Man of the People " (21 December 1992) by Frank Abatemarco
  • " Tapestry " (15 February 1993) by Ronald D. Moore
  • " Attached " (8 November 1993) by Nick Sagan
  • " All Good Things... " (23 May 1994) by Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore

Star Trek: Picard [ edit ]

  • Remembrance (January 23, 2020), written By Akiva Goldsman and James Duff ; story by Akiva Goldsman & Michael Chabon & Kirsten Beyer & Alex Kurtzman and James Duff
  • The End Is the Beginning (February 6, 2020) by Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman
  • Absolute Candor (February 13, 2020) by Michael Chabon
  • Stardust City Rag (February 20, 2020) by Kirsten Beyer
  • The Impossible Box (February 27, 2020) by Nick Zayas
  • Nepenthe (March 5, 2020) by Samantha Humphrey and Michael Chabon
  • Broken Pieces (March 12, 2020) by Samantha Humphrey and Michael Chabon
  • Et En Arcadia Argo, Part 1 (March 19, 2020) by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman & Akiva Goldsman
  • Et En Arcadia Argo, Part 2 (March 26, 2020) by Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman
  • The Star Gazer (March 3, 2022) by Akiva Goldsman & Terry Matalas
  • Assimilation (March 17, 2022) by Kiley Rossetter & Christopher Monfette. See also: The middle of Youtube Video " Jurati Connecting To The Borg Queen | Star Trek Picard S02E03 " (19.03.2022) by user "Star Trek Friendly".
  • Watcher (March 24, 2022) by Juliana James & Jane Maggs (Teleplay) as well as by Travis Fickett & Juliana James (Story)
  • Two of One (April 7, 2022) by Cindy Appel & Jane Maggs
  • Hide and Seek (April 28, 2022) by Matt Okumura & Chris Derrick
  • Farewell (May 5, 2022) by Christopher Monfette and Akiva Goldsman
  • No Win Scenario (March 9, 2023) by Terry Matalas & Sean Tretta
  • The Bounty (March 23, 2023) by Christopher Monfette
  • The Last Generation (April 20, 2023) by Terry Matalas

Quotes about Picard [ edit ]

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  • George Ankers, “50 years on, we need Star Trek’s optimism more than ever” , Medium , (Jul 27, 2016)
  • Dirk Baecker, in Inclusion/ Exclusiom (2002), p. 76
  • Emergency Hologram (EMH) playbed by Santiago Cabrera in the Star Trek: Picard episode The End is the Beginning (February 6, 2020) written by Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman
  • Michael Chabon, "Captain Picard is the hero we need, says Star Trek writer Michael Chabon" , by Richard Trenholm, CNET , (11/7/2018); as quoted in "Michael Chabon on Honoring Star Trek Canon and How Picard Is 'The Hero We Need Right Now'" , by Beth Elderkin, IO9 , (11/9/2018).
  • Kevin Decker and Jason Eberl Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (2008), p. 141
  • Marc Dipaol, in War, Politics and Superheroes : Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film (2011), p. 30
  • Miriam Francisco, “The optimism of ‘Star Trek’” , Michigan Daily , (September 16, 2019)
  • Pallab Ghosh , in "Klingons on the Starship Bow" in New Scientist Vo. 117, issue 1605 (24 March 1988), p. 63
  • Mark Jancovich and James Lyons, in Quality Popular Television : Cult TV, The Industry and Fans (2003), p. 111
  • Sara Gwenllian-Jones and Roberta E. Pearson, in Cult Television (2004), p. 65
  • Wess Roberts and Bill Ross in Make It So : Leadership Lessons from Star Trek, The Next Generation (1995), p. xi
  • Manu Saadia, “The Enduring Lessons of “Star Trek”” , The New Yorker , (September 8, 2016).
  • Spock playbed by Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Unification Part 2 (November 11, 1994), story by by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, teleplay by Michael Piller. See also: Beginning of Youtube Video " Ambassador Spock and Lt. Commander Data Talk " (10.04.2019) by user "April 5, 2063".
  • Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Freakery: cultural spectacles of the extraordinary body (1996), p. 334
  • Gary Westfahl , in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy : Themes, Works, and Wonders (2005) Vol. 3, p. 1264
  • Grace Lee Whitney , Jim Denney, and Leonard Nimoy in The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy (1998), p. 81
  • Weird Al Yankovic , " White & Nerdy ", Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)

External links [ edit ]

  • Biography of Jean-Luc Picard at the official Star Trek website
  • Jean-Luc Picard at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki )
  • Michael Patrick (April 17, 2023): 50 Picard Quotes to 'Engage' Your Mind and Inspire You to Live Boldly, Bravely and Baldly. In: Parade (magazine) . Archived from the original on December 31, 20232.

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70 Star Trek Quotes on Exploring Wonders of the Universe

Let these Star Trek quotes show you how friendship, logic, and fun are no different, no matter where you are!

Star Trek is a sci-fi series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1970s. It became a pop culture phenomenon that expanded through different forms of media. It currently has countless movie adaptations and sequels that fans keep watching repeatedly.

Like the Vulcans, humans can also reach their full potential by training the mind to reason. This method is one of the universe’s secrets that Star Trek has vowed to teach its viewers. 

As the series ventures into conflict and wars, it teaches us that the heart and mind are essential in achieving growth. No doubt, there are countless lessons to be learned from this cult favorite. So, hop on the ride and explore the fantastic world of Star Trek! 

Check out the complete list below.

And make sure to read these Spock quotes and Captain Kirk quotes .

Best Star Trek Quotes

1. “To all mankind: May we never find space so vast, planets so cold, heart and mind so empty, that we cannot fill them with love and warmth.” – Garth of Izar

2. “Insufficient facts always invite danger.” – Spock 

3. “We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we’re human—and maybe that’s the word that best explains us.” – James T. Kirk

4. “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” – Spock 

5. “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” – James T. Kirk

6. “Change is the essential process of all existence.” – Spock 

7. “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” – Jean-Luc Picard

8. “I have been told that patience is sometimes a more effective weapon than the sword.” – Worf

Famous Star Trek Quotes

9. “Live long and prosper!” – Spock 

10. “Leave bigotry in your quarters; there’s no room for it on the bridge.” – James T. Kirk

11. “A species that enslave other beings is hardly superior, mentally or otherwise.” – James T. Kirk

12. “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” – Jean-Luc Picard

13. “The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.” – James T. Kirk

Motivational Star Trek Quotes to Inspire You

14. “One man cannot summon the future. But one man can change the present!” – Spock

15. “The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself.” – Jean-Luc Picard

16. “There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it’s just a matter of finding it.” – Jean-Luc Picard 

17. “Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.” – James T. Kirk

18. “Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.” – Spock

Also read: Inspirational Quotes , Quotes to Live By

Encouraging Star Trek Quotes for Aspiring Leaders

19. “What makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side that makes him strong, that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side is removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.” – Spock

20. “I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.” – Spock

21. “When governments murder those who speak the truth, it is time to get new governments.” – Diane Duane

Also read: Encouraging Quotes

Star Trek Quotes to Help You Live In the Now

22. “Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” – Jean-Luc Picard

23. “Now, I don’t pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love when everyday’s a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive because the days and the years ahead are worth living for!” – Edith Keeler

24. “To survive is not enough. To simply exist—is not enough”’ – Roga Danar

Star Trek Quotes for Some Guidance in Life

25. “Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.” – Spock

26. “It is possible to commit no errors and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.” – Jean-Luc Picard

27. “Your will to survive, your love of life, your passion to know—everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed to you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.” – Vian

28. “A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.” – Dr. Phillip Boyce

29. “When honor dies—when trust is a useless thing—what use is life?” – Spock

Short Star Trek Quotes That Are Remarkably Wise

30. “Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.” – James T. Kirk

31. “A lie is a very poor way to say hello.” – Edith Keeler

32. “Confidence is faith in oneself. It can’t easily be given by another.” – Deanna Troi

33. “Insults are effective only where emotion is present.” – Spock

34. “A library serves no purpose unless someone is using it.” – Atoz

Insightful Star Trek Quotes to Ponder On

35. “You can use logic to justify almost anything. That’s its power. And its flaw.” – Kathryn Janeway

36. “Flair is what marks the difference between artistry and mere competence.” – William T. Riker

37. “Respect is earned, not bestowed.” – Deanna Troi

38. “I see no logic in wanting to worship a deity who demands you live in perpetual fear.” – Spock

39. “Well, I know this much: We can’t avoid the future.” – William T. Riker

Star Trek Quotes That Zoom in on Humanity

40. “Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose—and excluding that which is painful.” – Spock

41. “To be human is to be complex. You can’t avoid a little ugliness from within and from without.” – James T. Kirk

42. “When the personality of a human is involved, exact predictions are hazardous.” – Leonard McCoy

43. “Curious, how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.” – Spock 

44. “That may be the most important thing to understand about humans. It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives day by day, and we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I am here. Not to conquer you with weapons or with ideas. But to coexist and learn.” – Benjamin Sisko

Profound Star Trek Quotes to Unravel the Nature of Man

45. “Perhaps man wasn’t meant for paradise. Maybe he was meant to claw, to scratch all the way.” – James T. Kirk

46. “They used to say that if man were meant to fly, he’d have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to.” – James T. Kirk

47. “In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.” – Spock

Star Trek Quotes That Will Change the Way You Perceive Freedom

48. “Without freedom of choice, there is no creativity.” – James T. Kirk

49. “It’s time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned.” – James T. Kirk

50. “Human beings do not survive on bread alone but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom—naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity.” – Harry Mudd

Star Trek Quotes That Explore the Idea of God

51. “Sharing an orbit with God is no small experience.” – Deanna Troi

52. “What Hamlet said with irony I say with conviction: ‘What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!'” – Jean-Luc Picard

53. “What does God need with a starship?” – James T. Kirk

Star Trek Quotes to Show You How Evil Works

54. “Without followers, evil cannot spread.” – Spock 

55. “Evil does seem to maintain power by suppressing the truth.” – Spock 

56. “Violence—in reality—is quite different from theory.” – Spock 

57. “Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.” – Spock 

58. “When there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.” – Spock 

Star Trek Quotes That Tackle Death 

59. “This is why one must be careful with life. Death is the most hateful thing. Don’t allow the destruction of what you can never restore.” – Diane Duane

60. “You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million.” – Spock

61. “I haven’t faced death. I’ve cheated death. I’ve tricked my way out of death and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity; I know nothing.” – James T. Kirk

Funny Star Trek Quotes

62. “Sir, you have a many-legged beast crawling up your shoulder.” – Spock

63. “Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.” – Data

64. “If I were human, I believe my response would be ‘Go to Hell.’—if I were human.” – Spock

65. “I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.” – Spock

66. “Emotions are alien to me. I’m a scientist.” – Spock

More Star Trek Quotes to Emphasize the Importance of Technology

67. “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” – Spock

68. “Compassion: That’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps men ahead of them.” – Leonard McCoy

69. “I speak of rights! A machine has none; a man must. If you do not grant him that right, you have brought us down to the level of the machine; indeed, you have elevated that machine above us!” – Samuel T. Cogley

70. “Improve a mechanical device, and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold.” – Khan Noonien Singh

Did These Quotes Open Your Eyes to the World?

Venturing out into the unknown is not an easy feat. But, it is through this curiosity that we can grow and develop as individuals.

This is one of the main lessons that Star Trek wants to impart to its viewers. Life is not limited to what you can see, hear, and touch. Most of the time, there are countless amazing things that we are yet to experience.

As they went on their voyage, they learned many things about the world, their teammates, and themselves. In the same way, if we explore beyond our comfort zones, we’ll be able to open our eyes to the different realities that people go through every day.

These realities will then lead us to make choices that can impact ourselves and the world. It’s difficult, but thanks to Star Trek, we’re made aware that every decision should be made with logic and emotion. Listen to both your heart and your mind, find a balance, and we’re sure you’ll make the best choice possible.

No doubt, Star Trek is a show that entertains and shares pearls of wisdom we can never get from the usual shows. So, we hope that you were able to learn a thing or two through this collection. Feel free to reread the list and find more new lessons relevant to you!

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Star Trek Quotes: Leonard Nimoy’s Best Spock Quotes

Kirk loses his son but regains his best friend in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock . After being reborn, advancing to middle age and undergoing a Vulcan ceremony to retrieve his aura, Spock meets Kirk again, but doesn’t remember him. He asks why the admiral would risk the lives of his crew to save him, and Kirk turns Spock’s famous logic on its head: “The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.” There’s a pause, and Spock begins reciting lines from the end of Wrath of Khan before saying “Your name is Jim.” Cue one of the most endearing Trek moments ever as the rest of the crew runs to embrace Spock.

Leonard Nimoy died at 83 Friday , leaving behind a body of work spanning decades.

For nearly 50 years, Star Trek ’s Spock has been the most prominent philosopher in movies and television, mixing the logical mind of Sherlock Holmes and the inspirational messages of ancient proverbs.

In memory of Nimoy, let’s take a look back at 10 of Spock’s finest quotes.

10. “May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” – Star Trek , season 3, episode 7 (“Day of the Dove,” 1968)

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9. “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” – Star Trek , season 2, episode 24 (“The Ultimate Computer,” 1968)

8. “Insufficient facts always invite danger.” – Star Trek , season 1, episode 24 (“Space Seed,” 1968)

7. “In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.” – Star Trek , season 3, episode 9 (“The Tholian Web,” 1968)

6. “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.” – Star Trek , season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968)

5. “Without followers, evil cannot spread.” – Star Trek , season 3, episode 5, (“And the Children Shall Lead,” 1968)

4. “When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , 1991

3. “I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.” – Star Trek , 2009

Nimoy’s Spock spoke these words to a younger version of himself ( Zachary Quinto ), explaining why he asked young Kirk ( Chris Pine ) not to reveal his existence. It is among the most poignant summaries of the Kirk-Spock relationship in Trek lore.

2. “Live long and prosper.” – First spoken in Star Trek , season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968)

In the interview above, Nimoy revealed his Jewish heritage influenced the famous Vulcan benediction.

1. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , 1982

Spock shared this philosophy with Kirk earlier in the film, and later used it to explain why he sacrificed his own life to save the Enterprise. The line is possibly the most famous in Trek history.

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75 of the Most Inspiring Star Trek Quotes

Fans have always known that Star Trek is an amazing show. The rest of us would do well to get on board. The series is actually full of timeless and universal wisdom.

The fascinating characters in the Star Trek series offer insights about ourselves and others, and encourage us all to live well. Here are 75 of the most inspiring Star Trek quotes.

Our Favorite Star Trek Quotes

  • “Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth.” “Or by misleading the inoccent.” Spock and Dr. McCoy
  • “Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold.” Khan Noonien Singh
  • “Compassion: that’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps men ahead of them.” Dr. McCoy
  • “It is possible to commit no errors and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “You can use logic to justify almost anything. That’s its power. And its flaw.” Captain Cathryn Janeway
  • “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” Spock
  • “Things are only impossible until they’re not.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.” Surak
  • “Without followers, evil cannot spread.” Spock
  • “The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Time is fluid…like a river with currents, eddies, backwash.” Spock
  • “A library serves no purpose unless someone is using it.” Mr. Atoz
  • “Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose — and excluding that which is painful.” Spock
  • “Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “Change is the essential process of all existence.” Spock
  • “Without freedom of choice there is no creativity.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “Live long, and prosper.” Spock
  • “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “Human beings do not survive on bread alone … but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom … naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity.” Harry Mudd
  • “Your will to survive, your love of life, your passion to know … Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed to you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.” Lai the Vian
  • “There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it’s just a matter of finding it.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” Spock
  • “Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.” CaptainJames T. Kirk
  • “I speak of rights! A machine has none; a man must. If you do not grant him that right, you have brought us down to the level of the machine; indeed, you have elevated that machine above us!” Samuel T. Cogley
  • “When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Spock
  • “Those who want war will find causes, no matter how many of them you take away.” Diane Duane
  • “A little suffering is good for the soul.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “The heart is not a logical organ.” Dr. Janet Wallace
  • “Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.” Spock
  • “To all mankind — may we never find space so vast, planets so cold, heart and mind so empty that we cannot fill them with love and warmth.” Garth
  • “It can be argued that a human is ultimately the sum of his experiences.” Benjamin Sisko
  • “It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.” Yarnek of Excalbia
  • “When a child is taught, it’s programmed with simple instructions, and at some point, if its mind develops properly, it exceeds the sum of what it was taught, thinks independently.” Dr. Daystrom
  • “When governments murder those who speak the truth, it is time to get new governments.” Diane Duane
  • “Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind.” Data
  • “I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I’ll let you know.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • “Intuition, however illogical, is recognized as a command prerogative.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Violence in reality is quite different from theory.” Spock
  • “I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose.” Spock
  • “It’s hard to believe that something which is neither seen nor felt can do so much harm.” “That’s true. But an idea can’t be seen or felt.” Vanna and Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Time is the fire in which we burn.” Malcolm McDowell
  • “Men don’t talk peace unless they’re ready to back it up with war.” Col. Green
  • “It’s time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “May I point out that I have gotten a chance to examine your counterparts closely. They are brutal, savage, uncivilized and illogical. They are in every way examples of Homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity.” Spock
  • “There’s only one kind of woman …” “Or man, for that matter. You either believe in yourself or you don’t.” Captain James T. Kirk and Harry Mudd
  • “Life and death are seldom logical.” “But attaining a desired goal always is.” Dr. McCoy and Spock
  • “This is why one must be careful with life,” her father had said, in very controlled wrath. “Death is the most hateful thing. Don’t allow the destruction of what you can never restore.” Diane Duane
  • “Can you imagine how life could be improved if we could do away with jealousy, greed, hate …” “It can also be improved by eliminating love, tenderness, sentiment — the other side of the coin.” Dr. Roger Corby and Captain James. T Kirk
  • “I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I have simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.” Spock
  • “Many Myths are based on truth.” Spock
  • “To be human is to be complex. You can’t avoid a little ugliness – from within – and from without.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Every living thing wants to survive.” Spock
  • “Superior ability breeds superior ambition.” Spock
  • “Look at these three words written larger than all the rest, and with special pride never written before or since — tall words, proudly saying, “We the people” … these words and the words that follow … must apply to everyone or they mean nothing.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “A lie is a very poor way to say hello.” Edith Keeler
  • “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “It is necessary to have purpose.” Alice #1
  • “Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.” Spock
  • “When the personality of a human is involved, exact predictions are hazardous.” Dr. McCoy
  • “If I can have honesty, it’s easier to overlook mistakes.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “A father doesn’t destroy his children.” Lt. Carolyn Palamas
  • “Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Behind every great man, there is a woman — urging him on.” Harry Mudd
  • “Another dream that failed. There’s nothing sadder.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “We’re a most promising species, Mr. Spock, as predators go. Did you know that? I frequently have my doubts. I don’t. Not any more. And maybe in a thousand years or so, we’ll be able to prove it.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “One man cannot summon the future. But one man can change the present!” Alternate Mr. Spock
  • “Curious, how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.” Spock
  • “We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we’re human — and maybe that’s the word that best explains us.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Now, I don’t pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love, when every day is a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for!” Edith Keeler
  • “Leave bigotry in your quarters; there’s no room for it on the bridge.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “The release of emotion is what keeps us healthy. Emotionally healthy.” “That may be, Doctor. However, I have noted that the healthy release of emotion is frequently unhealthy for those closest to you.” Dr. McCoy and Spock
  • “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” Captain James T. Kirk
  • “Insults are effective only where emotion is present.” Spock
  • “Too much of anything, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.” Captain James T. Kirk

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These quotes from Star Trek offer encouragement and inspiration. And if you are a huge Star Trek fan they will bring you back to an episode of the TV show or a specific Star Trek Movie. In either case, they will bring a smile to your face. They help us remember that, regardless of the place, time, or situation we find ourselves in, living well is important. Yes, we are complex. But then, we are human.

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Make It So: The 10 Greatest Quotes From Star Trek's Captain Picard

Captain Picard is possibly the most verbose captain in all of Star Trek, as proven by his greatest and most inspiring quotes of all time.

In all of science fiction, there are few characters as complex as Star Trek: The Next Generation 's Captain Jean-Luc Picard . From the start, Picard was older than the usual TV hero, and he had far less hair too. He was stern, confident, and more than willing to yell at his crew on the Enterprise, which was something Captain Kirk was far less likely to do.

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But under all his stoicism, Picard has an artificial heart that beat with a love for the arts and all living things. Picard is a man who sees greatness in everyone and pushes himself and his peers to be better. He never has contempt for others, but he's also not very good at expressing his true feelings. But when the words do come to Picard, they are like poetry. These are but a handful of things Picard has said that capture his true essence...

10 “Seize The Time! Live Now! Make Now Always The Most Precious Time. Now Will Never Come Again.”

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While it took Jean-Luc Picard seven years to finally sit down with his crew and play poker, it would be a grave mistake to say he led a less than full life. A bar fight ended with him stabbed through the heart, necessitating a replacement. But what makes that story special is that as Picard looked down to see his would-be mortal wound, he laughed.

He laughed because even at that young age, he believed one thing above all else: life is meant to be lived. Of course, one can live a full life and not get stabbed in the heart, but Picard had his own path to take.

9 “It Is Possible To Commit No Mistakes And Still Lose. That Is Not Weakness, That Is Life.”

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As any Trekkie can tell you, to be a commander in Starfleet, a cadet must first go through the Kobayashi Maru scenario. This test places the cadet in the captain's chair and puts them in a no-win scenario. Captain Kirk famously beat the Kobayashi Maru scenario by cheating because he never believed in the idea of a no-win scenario.

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Captain Picard, meanwhile, learned the true meaning of the Kobayashi Maru scenario: sometimes you can not win, but how you handle yourself in defeat is just as important. Picard, if nothing else, always met every scenario with grace and courage.

8 "There Can Be No Justice So Long As Laws Are Absolute."

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Every society needs laws. Laws lay out the blueprints for a just society and without them, there is nothing that will hold a society together. But laws cannot be considered absolute, because morality exists in a grey area. A law that does account for the circumstances that led to the breaking of the law is not upholding justice, but creating injustice.

This is an issue humanity has long worked to understand and by the time Captain Picard is flying into the final frontiers, we have learned how to balance laws and justice. As part of his mission for Starfleet , Picard looks to share that knowledge with other civilizations.

7 "There Are Four Lights"

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The idea is simple: show a person four lights, and tell them that if they say there are five they will no longer be tortured. The goal is to break that person's will, to make them bend to the torturer's whim, thus giving the torturer full control. When Jean-Luc Picard was taken captive and tortured by the Cardassians, they used this method against him. Picard would not break.

No matter how much they hurt him, the Captain would always defiantly respond with "There are four lights." This is the power that the mind of a strong-willed person has. No matter what is done to them, they will not give in.

6 "Things Are Only Impossible Until They're Not."

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History is made by the impossible being conquered. From the first person creating fire to mankind breaking free from the chains of gravity and launching into the skies and placing a foot on the moon, things that once seemed like a fool's dreams have time and again become milestones that have been met and surpassed.

For Captain Picard, traveling at speeds faster than light and using teleportation devices to hang out on previously undiscovered countries makes all of the impossible things seem far more possible. As with all of Star Trek , the joy is in believing that the impossible will, one day, be very possible.

5 "There Was A Time You Looked At The Stars And Dreamed Of What Might Be."

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Jean-Luc Picard, like so many heroes before him, understands the importance of dreams. He knows that the person who strives to be more and create more than what exists now is who makes the universe a better place. With each dream realized, new dreams come into being, helping everyone reach greater heights. But as we dream of bigger and better things, we must remember where we started and appreciate how far we have come.

In this instance, Picard was speaking to his evil clone Shinzon who had lived a life of pain, but the idea stands for us all. We all dream of a better world and our place in it.

4 "If We're Going To Be Damned, Let's Be Damned For What We Really Are."

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Above all else, Jean-Luc Picard believed it was imperative that a person lives up to their personal beliefs. This doesn't mean a person needs to be perfect, quite the opposite. What it means is that a person needs to stand up for what they believe in and be ready to deal with the consequences.

This quote comes from the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation . As the omnipotent being Q watches the crew of the Enterprise so he can judge all of the human race, Picard makes it clear to his crew what he expects: for them to be true to themselves and the ideology of mankind.

3 "There Are Times, Sir, When Men Of Good Conscience Cannot Blindly Follow Orders."

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Sometimes, Star Trek  explores the differences between following orders and doing what is right. Rules can be unjust or cruel, and it is up to each person to decide for themselves what they are willing, or unwilling, to do. For Picard, his beliefs are clear.

He will never intentionally harm a living being if it can be avoided, even if that means going against orders from his higher-ups. There is bravery in refusing to carry out unjust orders. It is a bravery that Picard and the crew of the Enterprise exhibited on more than one occasion.

2 "Villains Who Twirl Their Mustache Are Easy To Spot. Those Who Clothe Themselves In Good Deeds Are Well-Camouflaged."

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Fiction tends to make the bad guys easy to recognize. They do clearly evil things in clearly evil ways. In reality, a lot of bad people are great at hiding their true colors behind a façade of kindness and charity. Captain Picard knows this, and he makes it clear that this is still a problem in the far off future.

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As the Captain of the Enterprise, there are hundreds of people who depend on Picard to keep them safe. Part of that safety comes from Picard's ability to recognize a wolf in sheep's clothing, and this is something he is well aware of.

1 "Open Your Mind To The Past... To History, Art, Philosophy. And Then... This Will Mean Something."

Captain Picard and Wesley Crusher from Star Trek The Next Generation

Star Trek is about just how great humanity could become if we learn to move past our biases and work together to create a better future. The episodes usually focus on smart people facing difficult problems and coming up with smart answers. No franchise has led more people to become scientists, engineers, or doctors more than Star Trek.

But at its heart, Star Trek is about what makes life worth living and what it means to create a legacy. Stories about good people doing good will inspire future generations. Art, music, and literature are as much a part of what makes mankind great as the science we have discovered. To Picard, you can not have one without the other.

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Jean-Luc Picard: [Picard toasts Riker and Troi] Will Riker, you have been my trusted right arm for fifteen years. You have kept my course true and steady. Deanna Troi, you've been my guide and my conscience. You have helped me recognize the better parts of myself. You are my family. And in best maritime tradition, I wish you both clear horizons. My good friends... make it so.

Jean-Luc Picard: [while being shot at during a car chase] I think it's time to try some unsafe velocities!

Jean-Luc Picard: [near a replicator] Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

Jean-Luc Picard: [seeing the Scimitar for the first time. With awe] She's a predator...

Jean-Luc Picard: If there is one ideal that the Federation holds most dear it is that all men... all races can be united. What better example than a Starfleet captain standing in the Romulan Senate. Nothing would make me more proud than to take your hand in friendship... in time... when that trust has been earned.

Jean-Luc Picard: [voiceover] Captain's Personal Log. The crew has responded with the dedication I've come to expect of them... And like a thousand other commanders on a thousand other battlefields, I wait for the dawn.

Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data? Shut up. [to wedding guests] Fifteen years I've been waiting to say that!

Data: I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe velocities.

Data: [last word] Good-bye.

Shinzon: [to Donatra] If you ever touch me again... I'll kill you.

Shinzon: Tea, hot.

Shinzon: [speaking to Picard via a holographic transmission.] I'll show you my true nature. Our nature. And as Earth dies - remember I will always forever be Shinzon of Remus. And my voice shall echo through time long after yours has faded to a dim memory.

Shinzon: Some ideals are worth dying for, aren't they Jean-Luc?

Shinzon: [last words] I'm glad we're together now. Our destiny's complete.

B-4: B-4: [observes Picard] Why do you have a shiny head?

B-4: B-4: [observes Riker] Why does the tall man have a furry face?

Senator: Senators, consider the opportunities for the Empire. At last, the destinies of the planets Romulus and Remus will be united. Shinzon of Remus is offering us a chance to make ourselves stronger than ever before. It would be madness to reject it. I beg you not to let prejudice or politics interfere with this alliance. By joining Shinzon's forces with ours, not even the mighty Federation will be able to stand in our way.

Praetor Hiren: That's enough!

[first lines]

Jean-Luc Picard: Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in First Contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union. But have the two of you considered what you are doing to me?! Of course, you're happy, but what about my needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. I mean, while you are happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new First Officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, ever allow me to go on away missions.

Data: That is the regulation, sir. Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph Four...

Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data?

Jean-Luc Picard: Shut up.

Data: Yes, sir.

Jean-Luc Picard: Fifteen years I've been waiting to say that.

Geordi La Forge: You ever think about getting married again?

Guinan: No. Twenty-three was my limit.

[Worf with a hangover, groans with his head down on the table.]

Guinan: Worf? Are you all right?

Worf: Romulan ale should be illegal.

Geordi La Forge: It is.

Worf: Then it should be more illegal.

Deanna Troi: That was a lovely toast.

Jean-Luc Picard: It's from the heart.

Deanna Troi: And you needn't worry. I'm going to brief your new counsellor everything she needs to know.

Jean-Luc Picard: Like hell you are. You already know too much about me. But I take it, there will be no speeches during the ceremony on Betazed.

William Riker: No... no speeches and no clothes.

[Data on stage, toasts Riker and Troi]

Data: Ladies and gentlemen and invited transgendered species...

Jean-Luc Picard: Don't worry, Number One. We'll still have you to Betazed with plenty of time to spare.

William Riker: Thank you, sir.

Jean-Luc Picard: [to Worf] Where we will all honor the Betazoid tradition [regarding nude marriages]. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be in the gym.

William Riker: Captain, I don't have to remind you--

Jean-Luc Picard: I appreciate you concern, Number One. But, I have been itching to try the Argo.

William Riker: I'll bet.

Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's prerogative. There's no foreseeable danger. And your wife would never have forgiven me if anything would have happened to you. You have the bridge... Mister Troi!

[The bridge crew laughs heartily at Riker's momentary demotion to house husband.]

Data: It appears to be a robotic arm.

Worf: [sarcastically] Very astute

Kathryn Janeway: Jean-Luc, how'd you like a trip to Romulus?

Jean-Luc Picard: With or without the rest of the fleet?

Kathryn Janeway: A diplomatic mission. We've been invited, believe it or not.

Kathryn Janeway: The Son'a, the Borg, the Romulans-- you seem to get all the easy assignments.

Jean-Luc Picard: Just lucky, Admiral.

Kathryn Janeway: Let's hope that luck holds. Janeway out.

Jean-Luc Picard: Helmsman, lay in a new course. Take us to Romulus, warp eight.

Officer Branson: Aye aye, sir. Course plotted and laid in.

William Riker: Romulus?

Jean-Luc Picard: I'm afraid the Opal Sea will have to wait, Number One. Engage.

Data: B-4, do you know where you are?

B-4: I am in a room...with lights!

Shinzon: My life is meaningless as long as you're still alive. What am I while you exist? A shadow? An echo?

Jean-Luc Picard: If your issues are about me, then deal with me. This has nothing to do with my ship-- nothing to do with the Federation.

Shinzon: Oh, but it does. We will no longer bow before anyone as slaves; not the Romulans, and not your mighty Federation. We are a race bred for war and conquest.

Shinzon: You are me. The same noble Picard blood runs through our veins. Have you lived my life, you'd be doing exactly as I am. So look in the mirror. See yourself. Consider that, Captain. I can think of no greater torment for you.

Jean-Luc Picard: Shinzon. I'm a mirror for you as well.

Shinzon: Not for long, Captain. I'm afraid you won't survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice.

Jean-Luc Picard: Why have you brought me here?!

Shinzon: [sarcastically] I was lonely.

Data: [as B-4] Move, puny human animal.

Jean-Luc Picard: [whispering] A bit less florid, Data.

Data: I must deactivate you.

B-4: For how long?

Data: Indefinitely.

B-4: How long is that--

Data: A long time, brother.

Data: The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.

Jean-Luc Picard: How can you be sure?

Data: I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.

Geordi La Forge: Captain, we're being hailed.

Jean-Luc Picard: On screen. [remembers that the viewscreen has been destroyed] Open a channel.

Donatra: [over the intercom] This is Commander Donatra of the Valdore. We're dispatching shuttles with medical personnel and supplies.

Jean-Luc Picard: Thank you, Commander.

Donatra: You've earned a friend in the Romulan Empire today, Captain. I hope the first of many. Valdore out.

B-4: Never saw the sun... never saw the sun... never saw the sun...

Jean-Luc Picard: Shining so bright...

B-4: Shining so bright, never saw things...

Jean-Luc Picard: Going so right.

B-4: Going so right...

[last lines]

Deleted dialogue: Reman Viceroy: But in darkness... there is strength.

Deleted dialogue: Shinzon: The mighty Federation will fall before us, as I promised you. The time we have dreamed of is at hand.

Deleted dialogue: Worf: I recommend extreme caution.

Deleted dialogue: Jean-Luc Picard: It was as if a part of me had been stolen.

Deleted dialogue: Jean-Luc Picard: [alternate last line] It's a place where... where no one has gone before.

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Famous quotes by the borg collective, borg queen quotes from 'star trek first contact' &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;.

The Borg wish to assimilate humans in order to get closer to perfection.

With their popular Catchphrase "Resistance is Futile" - the Borg Collective travel the Star Trek universe assimilating different species. If you are interested in the Borg quotes and the Star Trek Universe, do check out Picard quotes and Spock quotes .

A popular question debated amongst people - particularly for 'Star Trek: Next Generation' - is if Borg assimilation was painful. After much discussion, it is popularly assumed that the assimilation may hurt initially, but not throughout the process. This is something  Captain Jean-Luc Picard experienced first hand when he was assimilated into the Borg and titled the Locutus of Borg. Read on for some of the best 'Star Trek' Borg quotes.

1. "We are the Borg."

2. "Was it good for you?"

3. "Human! We used to be exactly like them. Flawed. Weak. Organic. But we evolved to include the synthetic. Now we use both to attain perfection. Your goal should be the same as ours."

4. "We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."

5. "I am the beginning, the end, the one who is many. I am the Borg."

The Borg is a cybernetic group, meaning they need technology to keep up their collective. As such, they will continuously assimilate new species and adopt their technologies. They operate out of the Delta Quadrant and have often caused problems for the protagonists of the series. There is also a very popular theory in 'Star Trek' circles that the Romulans were responsible for the creation of the Borg. The Borg was eventually defeated by the crew of Enterprise-D.

6. "Resistance is futile"

7. "To be human is to be complex. You can’t avoid a little ugliness — from within — and from without."

8. "By assimilating other races into our collective, we are bringing them closer to perfection."

9. "You will be assimilated"

10. "Existence as you know it is over"

11. "Hello! There's a Borg on the bridge! He's not going to sit around and let you scan him while he's assimilating the ship!"

-Q (as a Borg).

12. "Such a noble creature. A quality we sometimes lack. We will add your distinctiveness to our own. Welcome home... Locutus."      

-Borg Queen.

The Borg Queen is like the controller or a regulator of the Borg. Since all collectives require someone to bring order, The Borg Queen does it for them. It is assumed that there are more than one Borg Queens because we have seen at least two of them die in the previous episodes, and yet, there is a third one around who captures Captain Picard. Read on for the best quotes from the Borg Queen!

13. "Brave words. I've heard them before, from thousands of species across thousands of worlds, since long before you were created. But, now they are all Borg."

-The Borg Queen, 'Star Trek First Contact.'

14. "Borg Queen: You flatter yourself! I've overseen the assimilation of countless millions. You were no different!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You're lying. You wanted more than just another Borg drone. You wanted a human being with a mind of his own, who could bridge the gulf between humanity and the Borg! You wanted a counterpart! But I resisted. I fought you.

Borg Queen: You can't begin to imagine the life you denied yourself."

-'Star Trek First Contact.'

15. "You are an imperfect being, created by an imperfect being. Finding your weakness is only a matter of time."  

-The Borg Queen  'Star Trek First Contact.'

16. "Lieutenant Commander Data: Since you seem to know so much about me, you must be aware I am programmed to evolve. To better myself.

Borg Queen: We too are on a quest to better ourselves, evolving toward a state of perfection.

Lieutenant Commander Data: Forgive me - the Borg do not evolve, they conquer."

17. "Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Let him go. He's not the one you want.

Borg Queen: Are you offering yourself to us?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Offering myself...? That's it, I remember now! It wasn't enough that you assimilate me... I had to give myself freely to the Borg. To you!"

18. "You are in chaos, Data. You are the contradiction: a machine who wishes to be human."

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Black History Month emerged from the seed of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of eminent historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which sponsored a National Negro History Week in 1926. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

The week inspired communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures. Later, Negro History Week expanded into Black History Month on many college campuses; in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans." Black History Month is now a time to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of Black Americans and African Americans throughout history.

The Origins And Growth Of Black History Month

When talking about Black History Month, it becomes essential to delve into its beginnings. Here are some key facts about the growth of this observance.

  • Negro History Week was established in 1926 in the United States, at a time when African Americans' contributions were excluded or misrepresented in history books.
  • The shift from a week to a month-long celebration was proposed by leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969 and first celebrated in 1970.
  • In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by the US government. President Gerald Ford called upon the public to honor the previously ignored accomplishments of African Americans.
  • Every president since Gerald Ford has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. For example, the theme for 2021 was "Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity."

Celebrating African American Women

The narrative of Black History Month is incomplete without acknowledging the stories and successes of African American women. A closer look reveals countless tales of resilience.

  • Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus was pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, shattered political barriers and paved the way for future leaders.
  • Katherine Johnson, a mathematician at NASA, among many other African American women, played a crucial role in the success of the United States' space program.

Reviving African Roots

Conserving and celebrating African roots has always been at the very core of Black History Month. Here are a few ways this is achieved.

  • American educational institutions focus on putting Negro History in the curriculum, ensuring African American history is accurately taught.
  • Events like the Touring African American Rodeo and musical performances highlight cultural contributions from the African diaspora.
  • Museum exhibits and art shows often showcase the richness of African roots and their influence on the American cultural landscape.

Preserving The African American Legacy

The celebration of Black History Month is not only about reflecting on past struggles and triumphs but also about preserving the legacy of the African American community for future generations. Here are some pivotal aspects of safeguarding this heritage.

  • American negro history is commemorated through various means, including literature, film, and oral storytelling, to keep the memories of the African American experience alive.
  • Museums like the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as local historical sites, play crucial roles in documenting and showcasing the African American legacy.
  • The African American community continues to celebrate its heritage through family reunions, traditions, and rituals that maintain African American memories and pass them on to younger generations.
  • Institutions and organizations dedicate resources to research and disseminate knowledge regarding African American leadership and contributions in every field of endeavor, from science to politics to the arts.
  • Initiatives like genealogy projects and DNA testing are gaining popularity, aiding individuals in reconnecting with their African roots and bridging the gap between past and present.

The Civil Rights Movement: A Chapter In Black History

The Civil Rights Movement is a significant part of African American history and therefore, an important aspect of Black History Month. Key facts include the following.

  • The movement typically covers the period from 1954 to 1968 and is marked by major campaigns of civil resistance.
  • Civil rights movement leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and many others fought against racial segregation and discrimination.
  • Legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were significant achievements of this movement.

Defining Moments And Influential Figures

Discussing African American History Month also involves honoring the many defining moments and influential figures that have shaped American history.

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  • Modern influential figures like Barack Obama, Ava DuVernay, and Kamala Harris continue to inspire and lead transformation in various sectors.

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Kiowa Facts, Learn About These Nomadic Warriors Of The Plains

Kiowa people are Native Americans.

They reside in the Great Plains of North America. Although initially, the Kiowa people resided in southwestern Montana, later they migrated towards the plain area of Oklahoma.

The Kiowa Indians learned the techniques to survive in plains from the crow and gradually got adapted to the Plains Indian lifestyle. The Kiowa had also taken part in the very famous Red River Indian War. This war was initiated by the United States army because they wanted to relocate Native Indians, including the Kiowa, from the southern plains. The US wanted to relocate tribes to areas that they reserved for Native Indians. This war lasted for a few months, and the tribal people were defeated by the United States army. After that, the tribal people could not roam freely in the southern plains. Following this, Kiowa Indians were given their new Kiowa reservation, where they were permitted to reside after the Red River Indian War.

History And Origin Of The Kiowa

Originally the Kiowa were the tribal people who used to reside in Montana, which lies in the northern basin of the Missouri River. They then migrated towards the Black Hills. And a while after this, they moved towards the Platte River basin and fought with Comanche, one of the Apache tribes. The Kiowa occupied their land, and the Kiowa life changed into a typical lifestyle of Plain Indians.

Later the Kiowa and Comanche tribes started indulging in several activities together, such as hunting, traveling, and even fighting alongside each other in wars. Kiowa people were brilliant and skilled warriors as well. Their bravery is unmatchable. They have killed several well-trained white soldiers along with many tribal warriors in the many wars they have fought in the history of the tribe.

Life Expectancy Of The Kiowa Tribe

The life expectancy of the Kiowa people is still unknown. But in Kiowa history, the population of the tribe had been badly affected by the smallpox epidemic. The population also suffered because of several wars which had been fought against various enemies and other tribes.

The average life expectancy rate, as recorded between the '80s and 2014, is around 72.77 years. However, not much is known on this subject prior to the given date. It would have depended on their food habit, geographical location, and various other factors. At present, there are around 12,000 Kiowas left.

Language & Religion

Tanoan is the Kiowa language that is spoken by Kiowa bands. The Kiowa language is also an endangered language, just like other indigenous languages which are specifically found in the North American continent. In 2006 a non-profit organization, Intertribal Wordpath Society, estimated that there were about 400 people who could actually speak the Kiowa language fluently. By 2007 there were only 20 native speakers who could actually speak in Tanoan. And these 20 speakers were aged between 45-60. In 2013 a newspaper article published that there were only 100 people left who could actually speak Tanoan fluently. Hence this language has been classified by UNESCO under the category of 'severely endangered' language.

The Kiowa society has always glorified the natural phenomenon or energy more than anything else. They worship things that are directly related to nature, such as the sun, constellations, including the Pleiades. Apart from celestial bodies, the Kiowa people revered natural forces and animals like cyclones, bison, bear, and eagle. There used to be various religious ceremonies for their totems. They even had a dance that was dedicated to the sun, it is known as the 'sun dance.' According to tribal members, an individual who performed this dance sought powers and visionary experiences. But in 1874, Quaker Mission spread among the Kiowa counties as well. Along with this, Methodist and Baptist efforts also increased within the Kiowa tribe and the neighboring tribes as well. There was a sudden increase in native churches. This was a major factor for the sharp decline in the importance of Kiowa culture. The sun dance and other ceremonies, like hunting and war ceremonies, lost their importance among the Kiowa band.

Culture And Dance Of The Kiowa Tribe

Kiowa tribe are mainly nomadic in nature. In Kiowa history, the tribe had first settled in the American plains and led a very normal plain lifestyle. Both the Kiowa woman and man search and collect food for their clan, unlike other farming tribes. They mainly survive on the meat of buffalo and vegetables. They used to make tipis where they lived and used them as a shelter. Horses were also very important for Kiowa Indians because they used to hunt using horses. Even during the war, the military used to take horses along with them. Besides being the main source of food material, buffaloes also provided the Kiowa with raw materials from which they used to make clothes and shelters.

Kiowa Indians were very fond of music and dance. Kiowa song is mostly based on the lives and experiences of their warriors who served their society in Kiowa history. Music made by Kiowa artists mainly constituted of flute tunes and hymns. Kiowa people loved dancing so they invented two dance forms on their own. The dance forms are known as 'sun dance' and 'gourd dance.' Gourd dance had also spread to other tribes as well, but it was originally invented by many Kiowa artists. This dance has a special meaning in the Kiowa language, 'ti-ah pi-ah' which means ready to go and ready to die. Gourd dance is performed in a circle along with drums. The drums are usually placed at the center or on the sides of the human circle. It is a male-dominated dance, but females can also take part in it by dancing behind males. Dancers lift their legs during drum beats and shake their rattles.

Next is the Kiowa sun dance. It is a very important ceremony where the Kiowa people worship the Sun. This dance is held during the summertime when it is the period of the summer solstice, and this dance is also known as the 'medicine dance' due to its significance in healing. This dance is not only a part of the ceremony but also helps to gather the entire Kiowa tribe together. The dance goes on for four days. The dance begins from the sunrise, and the dancers are not allowed to leave the dancing place and have to survive without food and water till it ends.

What does the name Kiowa mean?

The name Kiowa means 'principal people' this name has been originally taken from the word 'kai-i-gwu,' which has the exact same meaning.

Is the Kiowa a recognized tribe?

Yes, the Kiowa tribe is a federally recognized tribe. They have their headquarters at Carnegie in Oklahoma.

What did the Kiowa tribe wear?

Both Kiowa men and Kiowa women wear dresses that are different for each gender. Men wear leather leggings and preferably spend their life without covering their upper bodies or going around shirtless. On the other hand, their female members wear dresses that are made with deerskin which are painted in yellow and green tribal designs. All Kiowa tribe members wear moccasins as footwear.

Who is the chief of the Kiowa tribe?

The great warrior Satanta was the chief of the Kiowa Indians. Satanta was one of his tribe's most well-known leaders during the '60s-'70s. He was popularly known to his people as the 'White Bear Person.'

What race is Kiowa?

Kiowa people are Native Americans and are indigenous to the Great Plains of the United States. In between the period of 17-18th centuries, Kiowa people had migrated southwards from western Montana to the Rock Mountain, and then eventually to the southern plains.

What are some traditions of the Kiowa tribe?

There are many traditions of the Kiowa people, one of which is residing in huge tepees. They used to move their camp frequently for the game. Ranking Kiowa chiefs or warriors according to abilities they had exhibited in the war was also a popular tradition.

What did the Kiowa tribe believe in?

Kiowa Indians believed that dreams gave a person or member of the tribe supernatural powers, especially during the war, hunting, and healing. Kiowa culture also believed that the use of 10 medicine bundles would protect their tribe, and it became an essential element in their Kiowa sun dance.

What is the Kiowa tribe known for?

Kiowa Indians are known for their unmatchable skills in making things out of leather. They are experts in making boots, clothes, and moccasins out of leather. These are also decorated with beads and painted with tribal designs.

Are Kiowa's black?

No, Kiowa Indians are Native Americans who are indigenous to the Northern American continent, but some Kiowa Indians may have darker shades of skin.

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The 10 most profound star trek quotes, according to reddit.

Star Trek has produced thought-provoking material challenging its fans to reflect on the most important real-world issues through a sci-fi lens.

After a half-century's worth of adventures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise , its multi-generational crews, other starships and outposts across the galaxy, Star Trek has produced much thought-provoking material challenging its fans to reflect on the most important real-world issues through a science fiction lens. With season 4 of  Star Trek Discovery   recently ending, now seems a good time look back at the most poignant quotes across the franchise.

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Enthusiasts of the franchise on Reddit have pinpointed several prophetic instances on a feed authored by u/dgl6y7 that are worthy of study. The respondents agree that some of the best examples were spoken in Star Trek: The Next Generation . However, a few others stand out from the original 1960s series, its movies, and spin-offs.

Scotty's Unexpected Insight

"like you always say, if something's important, you make the time." - scotty.

Kirk, Scott, and Chekov aboard the Enterprise B

James T. Kirk's trusted former chief engineer Montgomery Scott responded to his captain's inquiry of how their friend Hikaru Sulu managed to raise a family while serving in Starfleet and how his daughter Demora had risen to helm the Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations .

An observer on Reddit,  hobulargobularizer , appreciated the big picture sentiment in Scotty's response to Kirk's bewilderment stating, "I think about that quote as a way to remind me not to lose sight of the important things."

The Benefits of Aging

"there are many parts of my youth i'm not proud of." - picard.

Captain Picard and Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Reflecting on events he relived through one of Q's interventions , Captain Picard relates to Commander Riker details of his academy days where he was a womanizer, gambler, and fighter. And on one occasion was nearly stabbed to death, saved only by an artificial heart.

Picard realized at the conclusion of "Tapestry" that events based on his choices may not have been optimal. However, they shaped his character in ways he had yet to realize leading Redditor VermiciousKnnid to identify "as someone who struggled with a lot of repressed pain and acting out in my youth, this moment was (and remains) huge for me."

Understanding Love

"every time you feel love, it'll be different." - guinan.

Star Trek Guinan Talks To Picard

Wesley Crusher's heart had been broken by a young princess being escorted to her wedding as part of an arranged marriage in the TNG episode "The Dauphin." Guinan, the ship's bartender, offered these words of comfort, stemming from her own experiences with heartache.

Redditor Gerbil23 found comfort from a "surprise and heartbreaking separation" when they encountered this exchange between the young teen and the ship's oracle "that helped a lot," to ease their personal angst.

 Spock and Kirk's Lifelong Friendship

"i have been, and always shall be, your friend." - spock.

Spock greets Kirk in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The bond shared between James T. Kirk and Spock of Vulcan, as friends versus officers of the Starship Enterprise, is summed up beautifully by this note uttered by a resurrected Spock following the mission to save his life in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock .

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For Past_Effect_8256 , this declaration perfectly defines the premise of Star Trek , a relationship between a human and alien, "the beauty that is the friendship and brotherly bond between them, forged over the course of countless adventures and heartbreaks."

Data Understanding What It Means To Be Human

"the act injured you and saved me. i will not forget it." - data.

Riker holds up Data's arm in TNG

Dr. Bruce Maddox of Starfleet's science division wanted Data to voluntarily submit to his research on furthering the advancement of his breed of android. Following his refusal, Riker is appointed a reluctant prosecutor and Picard defends his rights at a hearing.

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Redditor Carthonn found the climax of "The Measure of a Man," quite profound because Riker felt unworthy of Data's victory celebration until his artificial friend praises him "for enduring the torture of prosecuting one of his crew mates which in effect saved him."

Picard's Inner Strength

"there are four lights" - picard.

Madred Cardassian in Star Trek Next Generation

After days of enduring sleep deprivation, truth serum, and verbal interrogation, Captain Picard's Cardassian captor in TNG' s "Chain of Command," insisted he agree there were five lights shinning in his office when in fact there were only four. Picard did not comply.

When the captain does not surrender and is released gave Redditor Cultural-Ocelot-3692 reason to cheer. "I love how he owns and takes back his dignity throughout his ordeal," they write, commenting on Picard's ability to forgive not forget.

Thinking About Time

"it's not linear." - benjamin sisko.

Jennifer and Ben Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Through a Bajoran prophet bearing the likeness of his deceased wife, Deep Space Nine Commander Benjamin Sisko realizes during flashbacks in the series pilot "Emissary", one of Deep Space Nine' s best episodes , that his love for her was so powerful that it did not allow his unconscious mind to accept her death at the Battle of Wolf 359.

Redditor khaoticneutralzone felt vindicated after years of battling PTSD when they viewed Sisko becoming "frustrated with himself because he keeps going back to that awful memory and he can't stop it," allowing them the freedom to classify their "experiences real and valid."

Keeping The Crew On Track

"the first duty of every starfleet officer is to the truth." - picard.

Wesley Crusher being lectured by Picard.

When Wesley Crusher fails to admit his culpability in the tragic death of an academy classmate during a standard flight exercise gone awry, Picard hits him with an unforgettable lecture about the standards expected of a career Starfleet officer.

Redditor addctd2badideas agrees wholeheartedly with Picard's convictions adopting them to further their practice of "dedication to intellectual and emotional honesty, even if I don't necessarily nail it every time."

The Excitement Of Exploration

"there's no such thing as the unknown - only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood." - kirk.

Kirk on the bridge - Star Trek

While a maverick in many situations as Captain of the Enterprise, Kirk knew when to project strength and confidence to his crew of 430 during  The Original Series episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" as the ship lay at the mercy of Balok, a faceless alien voice from a giant yellow circular vessel.

The wisdom of Kirk's observation struck Redditor TheHudgepudge as curious and heightened their enthusiasm for the unknown paraphrasing that "questions help make the unknown known. And there is always more to learn, so there are always more questions to ask."

Understanding You Can't Always Win

"it is possible to commit no errors and still lose." - picard.

Picard working with Data on the bridge

During a wargames exercise in the TNG episode "Peak Performance," Data is flabbergasted when he is bested by a humanoid opponent in a strategy game. His loss causes him to doubt his ability to serve as first officer for the exercise until Picard reminds him that he is not perfect.

The most profound quote from all of Trek to date is an unexpected analysis given by a human to an artificial lifeform about his infallibility is relatable, according to Redditor sunrae3584 believing "it's something I have to remember when I start berating myself."

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8 Best Q Quotes In Star Trek: The Next Generation

The enigmatic Q provides many life lessons for Captain Picard as the Enterprise journeys through outer space.

  • Q is a god-like entity with a perverse sense of humor who forms a love/hate relationship with Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Q's role is to guide and challenge humanity rather than destroy it, as he often sets obstacles that the Enterprise-D can overcome.
  • Q is a memorable character due to his irritating but not-quite-evil nature, his contrast of humor and menace, and his role as a foil to the staid Picard.

There are many strange and exciting things to be discovered in the world of Star Trek: The Next Generation , from mind-bending anomalies to foes like the Klingons or Borg. But one of the strangest forces encountered by the Enterprise-D during its long-term exploration mission was Q (John de Lancie), a god-like entity with an especially perverse sense of humor.

Captain Picard in The Next Generation.

Best Picard Quotes In Star Trek: The Next Generation

Q is both an occasional ally to and a thorn in the side, of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The two characters develop something of a love/hate relationship as their various encounters bring them face to face with alternate timelines, scientific conundrums, and deadly threats to the Federation.

8 "Generosity has always been my weakness."

"encounter at farpoint" (season 1, episodes 1 and 2).

Q and Picard in

Q's initial challenge for the human race is to solve the mystery of Farpoint Station. Picard and his crew realize that they need to free a powerful alien from captivity.

Q's comment about his apparent generosity is interesting, as it suggests that, for all his theatrics about presiding over the future of humanity, a part of him wants Picard to succeed. He does not set obstacles that the Enterprise -D is unable to overcome, demonstrating that the entity is interested in guiding humanity rather than destroying it.

7 "Sometimes I think the only reason I come here is to listen to these wonderful speeches of yours."

"True Q" (Season 6, Episode 6)

Q in the episode

Q and Picard cannot exactly be called friends, but their banter is a key feature of their complicated relationship. In "True Q", Q responds to Picard's monologue about the differing moralities of the Q Continuum and the Federation by playfully complimenting Picard's custom of taking every opportunity to give a self-important lecture. Yet the pair have genuine affection for one another, despite their differing perspectives.

apollo green hand grabbing the enterprise, kirk with tribbles, pike in a green shirt

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It is this tension that helps to make Q such a memorable character. He is irritating, rather than evil, and there is a certain method to his madness. Indeed, Q's jester-like qualities make him the perfect foil for the staid Picard, resulting in one of Star Trek 's greatest double acts.

6 "Change is at the heart of what you are. But change into what? That's the question."

"hide and q" (season 1, episode 9).

Riker and Q in the episode

The Next Generation 's writers often complained that Gene Roddenberry's enlightened humanity limited the kind of stories they could tell, but some contributors were still able to show enduring human flaws even in the enlightened twenty-fourth century. In "Hide and Q", the titular super-being tempts Commander Riker by offering to have him join the powerful Q.

Riker ultimately chooses to remain as a human, despite the great powers that the Q Continuum offers. However, both the episode and Q's dialogue demonstrate that, for all its advances, the human race has not finished evolving into its final form.

5 "They're simply interested in your ship, its technology. They've identified it as something they can consume."

"q who" (season 2, episode 16).

Q sits down in the episode

  • "The Borg is the ultimate user. They're unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced. They're not interested in political conquest, wealth, or power as you know it. They're simply interested in your ship, its technology. They've identified it as something they can consume."

Q's doom-laden speech about the Borg sets out a new status quo that would come to define not only the remainder of The Next Generation , but would also inform shows like Deep Space Nin e , Voyager , Enterprise , and even Star Trek: Picard .

John de Lancie demonstrates considerable skills as a comedy actor throughout his time on Star Trek , but his chilling speech about the Borg demonstrates that the powerful Q is as menacing as he is humorous. This contrast is part of what makes Q such a legendary character in the Star Trek mythos.

4 "No feelings. No emotions. No pain. And yet you covet those qualities of humanity."

"deja q" (season 3, episode 13).

Q examines Data in the episode

  • "There are creatures in the universe who would consider you the ultimate achievement, android. No feelings. No emotions. No pain. And yet you covet those qualities of humanity. Believe me, you're missing nothing. But if it means anything to you - you're a better human than I."

While some episodes of The Next Generation examined how humans reacted to becoming part of the Q Continuum, "Deja Q" reversed the equation and showed the consequences of Q becoming human. Q struggles to adjust to his new condition, including the need for sleep.

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Q discusses his newfound humanity with Data, who longs to be more human. In the scene, Q demonstrates a touching sympathy towards the android , pointing out that Data is more human than Q can ever be. Once Q regains his powers, he uses them to make Data experience laughter for the first time, demonstrating that, for all his tricks, Q is capable of good deeds.

3 "It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."

Q and Picard in

  • "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."

While the second season of The Next Generation is generally regarded as one of the show's weaker years (due in part to industry strikes), it holds the distinction of introducing one of science fiction's most iconic threats : the Borg.

Picard complains that the meeting with the Borg has resulted in the deaths of several of the Enterprise 's crew. Q is unrepentant: he points out that space is a dangerous place to explore, and that Picard should expect to face significant obstacles during his voyages. However, given that the alternative is to miss out on the wonders of the cosmos, Q believes that Picard and his crew must be brave.

2 "He's the person you wanted to be. One who was less arrogant and undisciplined in his youth. One who was less like me."

"tapestry" (season 6, episode 15).

Q in the episode

In "Tapestry", Q offers Picard a second chance at life. Rather than being stabbed as a reckless youth, Picard is given the chance to do things differently and avoid the incident. However, changing his past has far-reaching ramifications. Without a near-death experience, Picard becomes meek and never reaches the captain's chair.

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Q's intervention teaches Picard an important lesson: there are times when recklessness can pay off, and he must take life as it comes, rather than attempting to tidy it up. Picard may be ashamed of his past, but it is what drives him to succeed in the present.

1 "The trial never ends."

"all good things..." (season 7, episodes 25 and 26).

Q in the episode

  • "You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends. We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons. And for one brief moment, you did."

The Next Generation comes full circle in its finale, "All Good Things...", in which Q makes the closing arguments in the trial for humanity's survival. Picard must solve a fiendishly complicated temporal puzzle to convince Q of the human race's right to exist. While he eventually succeeds, Q reminds Picard that the tests faced by the human race are bound to continue. The process of exploration is never-ending.

Star Trek: Picard would later return to this sentiment , with Q reminding Picard of his earlier words. Q's classic speech also foreshadows that, while The Next Generation was coming to an end, the so-called Golden Age of Star Trek was only just beginning.

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10 Famous TV Show Quotes Even People Who Don't Watch TV Use

  • The Mandalorian - "This is the way": A catchphrase that became part of pop culture, representing the Mandalorian code and traditions.
  • How I Met Your Mother - "It's gonna be legen - wait for it, dary!": Barney Stinson's iconic quote known and quoted by fans and non-fans alike.
  • The Office - "That's what she said!": A widely recognized joke from the show that must be used responsibly due to its sexual nature.

TV shows from all genres have left a mark on pop culture thanks to many elements, including some memorable quotes, and some became so famous that even people who have never watched the show use them. Many TV shows are instantly recognizable thanks to their characters, who were so likable, relatable, funny, or interesting that they became the image of the show, while others became widely known for one specific scene that went viral either for its emotional charge, funny elements, or for some mistake caught by the audience.

Many TV shows have become part of TV history thanks to one quote that had a great impact on the audience . Some TV shows were defined by one specific quote that became so popular that even those who haven’t watched the show know exactly where it came from and who said it, and even use it in their daily lives. In some cases, that one quote became part of pop culture, so much so that it ended up defining an entire franchise and has been referenced and even parodied in other TV shows and movies due to its legacy.

The Mandalorian - “This is the way”

Said by din djarin.

The Mandalorian left Star Wars fans with not just one of the best TV shows from this universe and the greatness of Grogu, but also with a quote that many now use in different contexts, regardless of knowing its full origin or not. The line that became Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) catchphrase in The Mandalorian is “ this is the way ”, even though it was first spoken by the Armorer (Emily Swallow). The line is about what it means to be a Mandalorian and the code of traditions and ideals that come with being one, though not all Mandalorians follow this nor do they follow “the way” as Din and other Mandalorians do.

How I Met Your Mother - “It’s gonna be legen – wait for it, and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant ‘cause the second half of that word is – dary!”

Said by barney stinson.

Throughout nine seasons, Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) made sure to leave fans of How I Met Your Mother with a long list of memorable quotes. The most memorable ones are those that include his now famous “ wait for it ” dramatic pause, but the one that’s known and quoted by fans and those who have never watched an episode of How I Met Your Mother is the one where he combined “legendary” with “wait for it”. The result is a quote that is as funny as it is usable, and even though it has evolved to the point where it’s simply said “ it’s gonna be legen – wait for it… – dary ” , it’s still How I Met Your Mother ’s most famous quote.

South Park - “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!”

(mostly) said by stan.

South Park is packed with running gags that fit with the show’s unique and dark sense of humor. Among them is Kenny being killed in some absurd way at some point in every episode, leading one or more of his friends to exclaim “ oh my God, they killed Kenny ”. However, after many deaths, Kenny was semi-permanently killed in the episode “Kenny Dies”, though he later returned but now in a less recurrent role . South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker said they grew tired of finding ways to kill Kenny in almost every episode, and that Kenny was too much of a “prop” and was “ not even a character ” (via ESPN ), but viewers still loved him.

The X-Files - “The truth is out there”

Said by dana scully.

“ The truth is out there ” became The X-Files ’ tagline and can be seen in the opening credits, right before the name of the show’s creator (Chris Carter) appears and the show begins. The line is fitting with the show’s themes of aliens and other supernatural entities being completely real , but Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) gives it another, more personal meaning when she tells Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) that “ the truth is out there, but so are lies ”. This X-Files quote is so usable that it can fit in a variety of contexts, though everyone knows its origins are linked to one of the biggest sci-fi TV shows in TV history.

The Office - “That’s what she said!”

(mostly) said by michael scott.

The Office is one of the most quotable sitcoms in TV history, but one line/joke that is known by everyone, even those who have never watched the show is “ that’s what she said ”. The way to use this phrase is pretty simple: whenever someone says something that can be interpreted in a sexual way, another person says “ that’s what she said ” . Of course, this joke got Michael Scott (Steve Carell) into trouble many times as the joke is targeted at women, which led to reports about sexual harassment and more. Due to how easily it can be used in a conversation, “ that’s what she said ” is one of The Office ’s biggest legacies, but it must be used responsibly.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - “All changed when the Fire Nation attacked”

Said by katara.

Not all TV quotes have a funny origin, and “ all changed when the Fire Nation attacked ” is one with a tragic backstory. The opening title sequence of the animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender has a voiceover narration by the character Katara, explaining the war between the Nations and how the Avatar, master of the four elements, will be the one to stop the Firebenders. Katara’s speech includes the phrase “ all changed when the Fire Nation attacked ”, which has now become a meme. What started as a tragic part of the history of the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender has now become a joke among fans and those who have never watched the show, but that has also added to the show’s legacy.

Game of Thrones - “Winter is coming”

Said by ned stark.

Game of Thrones is known for its action scenes, tragic and shocking moments, and its characters, but also for the quote/tagline “ winter is coming ”. The line was first spoken in the pilot episode and it was Ned Stark (Sean Bean) who said it, as a way to warn and remind his family that challenging times were fast approaching. Ned was right, and the Starks faced several obstacles and challenges for years, with “ winter is coming ” also becoming a warning for viewers about more drama and action coming in every season of Game of Thrones .

Friends - “We were on a break!”

Said by ross.

Friends has a special place in TV history and became part of pop culture thanks to its characters, their most memorable moments (both funny and sad), and their catchphrases. Many Friends quotes are often used by fans, casual viewers, and those who have never watched the show, but perhaps the most famous (or infamous) one is Ross’ (David Schwimmer) “ we were on a break! ”. When Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) grew tired of Ross’ jealousy, she said they should take a break, and that same night, Ross slept with someone else, but went back with Rachel the following morning without telling her what happened. Rachel eventually learned about his one-night stand and what followed was Ross justifying his actions with “ we were on a break ” for the rest of the series.

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Doctor who - “it’s bigger on the inside”, said by various characters.

Doctor Who might be confusing to those who have never watched it, but everyone knows exactly what “ it’s bigger on the inside ” means. The Doctor’s time machine/spacecraft, the TARDIS, looks like a police box on the outside, but inside, it’s much, much bigger than that. Every companion and person who enters the TARDIS for the first time is shocked at how it can be so big on the inside , with many of them saying the now iconic phrase “ it’s bigger on the inside ” or some variation of it. The first time this line was said in Doctor Who was in "The Three Doctors", where the Doctor himself told Sargeant Benton “ aren't you going to say it that it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Everybody else does ”.

Star Trek - “Live long and prosper”

Said by spock.

Star Trek gave the sci-fi genre some of its most famous characters, ships, and stories, along with a phrase that went beyond the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy: “ live long and prosper ”. The quote comes from the legendary human-Vulcan Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and it’s often accompanied by the also iconic Vulcan salute. “ Live long and prosper ” is now part of pop culture, so much so that it has its own emoji , and though it’s an important part of Vulcan culture and the mythology of Star Trek , it has also become a respectful way of saying goodbye outside the world of Star Trek and among people who aren’t familiar with the legendary TV show (and the franchise).

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