Star Trek Quotes


  Welcome to my collection of Star Trek Quotes, sorted by episode. This list is also available sorted by speaker. I'm afraid I don't know the original source of these quotes, nor do I know of the accuracy -- I acquired the list back in the old BBS days (around 20 years ago). The quotes are all from the original Star Trek series. If you search the web, you can find similar quote files from The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, etc.  This file is pretty long, so it'll take your browser quite some time to load it.

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A Piece of the Action

Nobody helps nobody but himself!
... Bela Oxmyx, "A Piece of the Action," stardate unknown..

The most cooperative man in this world is a dead man.
... Bela Oxmyx, "A Piece of the Action," stardate unknown..

Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here. You admit that? To deny the facts would be illogical, Doctor.
... Spock and McCoy, "A Piece of the Action," stardate unknown..


A Private Little War

There is an old custom among my people. When a woman saves a man's life, he is grateful.
... Nona, "A Private Little War," .

We are wise enugh to know we are wise enough not to interfere with the way of a man or another world.
... Kirk, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..

The only solution is...a balance of power. We arm our side with exactly that much more. A balance of power -- the trickiest, most difficult, dirtiest game of them all. But the only one that preserves both sides.
... Kirk, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..

War isn't a good life, but it's life.
... Kirk, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..

Killing is stupid; useless!
... McCoy, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..

We once were as you are. Spears and arrows. There came a time when our weapons grew faster than our wisdom, and we almost destroyed ourselves. We learned from this to make a rule during all our travels never to cause the same to happen to other worlds ... just as a man must grow in his own way and his own time.
... Kirk, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..

I thought my people would grow tired of killing. But you were right, they see it is easier than trading. And it has its pleasures. I feel it myself. Like the hunt, but with richer rewards.
... Apella, "A Private Little War," stardate 4211.8..


A Taste of Armageddon

Death. Destruction. Disease. Horror. That's what war is all about. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided.
... Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3193.0..

There is a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.
... Spock, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3193.9..

It's [war is] instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers...but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today!
... Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3193.0..

Diplomacy should be a job left to diplomats.
... Ambassador Fox, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3192.5..

Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.
... Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3193.9..

Actual war is a very messy business. Very, very messy business.
... Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon," stardate 3193.0..


All Our Yesterdays

Do you know what it's like alone, really alone? [They gave me] weapons, shelter, food -- everything I needed to live -- except companionship ... to send me here alone -- if that is not death, what is?
... Zarabeth of Sarpeidon, "All Our Yesterdays," stardate 5943.9..

A library serves no purpose unless someone is using it.
... Mr. Atoz, "All Our Yesterdays," stardate 5943.7..


Amok Time

You're dead, Jim.
... McCoy, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

We shield it [the Vulcan mating rite] with ritual and custom shrouded in antiquity. You humans have no conception. It strips our minds from us. It brings a madness which rips away the veneer of civilization. It is the "pon farr" -- the time of mating.
... Spock, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

In the distant past Vulcans killed to win their mates. And they still go mad at this time. Perhaps the price they pay for having no emotions the rest of the time.
... Kirk and McCoy, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

Sailor's luck, Mr. Spock. Or as one of Finable's Laws puts it: "Any home port the ship makes will be somebody else's, not mine!"
... Kirk, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

Hot as Vulcan.
... McCoy, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

stardate unknown. I suppose most of us overlook that fact that even Vulcans aren't indestructible.
... Kirk, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

Live long and prosper.
... Spock, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

It is undignified for a woman to play servant to a man who is not hers.
... Spock, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..

After a time, you may find that 'having' is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as 'wanting.' It is not logical, but it is often true.
... Spock, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7..


And The Children Shall Lead

Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth. Or by misleading the innocent.
... Spock and McCoy, "And The Children Shall Lead," stardate 5029.5..

Parents like stupid things.
... Don of the Starnes Expedition, "And The Children Shall Lead," .

stardate 5928.5. Without followers, evil cannot spread.
... Spock, "And The Children Shall Lead," stardate 5029.5..

stardate unknown. Most legends have their basis in facts.
... Kirk, "And The Children Shall Lead," stardate 5029.5..

Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose -- and excluding that which is painful.
... Spock, "And The Children Shall Lead," stardate 5029.5..


Arena

Schshschshchsch.
... The Gorn, "Arena," stardate 3046.2..

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.
... Kirk and Spock, "Arena," stardate 3046.2..

Sparing your helpless enemy who surely would have destroyed you, you demonstrated the advanced trait of mercy, something we hardly expected. We feel that there may be hope for your kind. Therefore you will not be destroyed. It would not be civilized.
... The Metron, "Arena," stardate 3046.2..

You are still half-savage -- but there is hope.
... The Metron, "Arena," stardate 3046.2..


Assignment: Earth

Without facts, the decision cannot be made logically. You must rely on your human intuition.
... Spock, "Assignment: Earth," stardate unknown..

I know this world needs help. That's why some of my generation are kind of crazy and rebels. We wonder if we're going to be alive when we're thirty.
... Roberta Lincoln, "Assignment: Earth," stardate unknown..

A truly advanced planet wouldn't use force. They wouldn't come here in strange alien forms.
... Gary Seven, "Assignment: Earth," stardate unknown..


Balance of Terror

In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million, million galaxies like this. But in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us.
... McCoy, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.9..

War is never imperative.
... McCoy, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.2.

Leave bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge.
... Kirk, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.2..

Another war...must it always be so? How many comrades have we lost in this way?... Obedience. Duty. Death, and more death...
... Romulan Commander, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.2..

First study the enemy. Seek weakness.
... Romulan Commander, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.2..

Power is danger.
... The Centurion, "Balance of Terror," stardate 1709.2..


Bread and Circuses

You humans have that emotional need to express gratitude. You're welcome, I believe, is the correct response.
... Spock, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4041.2..

All men are brothers.
... Kirk, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4040.9..

If you're speaking of worships of sorts, we represent many beliefs.
... McCoy, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4040.7..

It does often seem that man must fight to live.
... Flavius Maximus, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4040.9..

It is one of our most important laws that none of us may interfere with the affairs of others.
... Kirk, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4040.7..

Our way is peace.
... Septimus, "Bread and Circuses," .

We believe men should fight their own battles. Only the weak will die.
... Proconsul Marcus Claudius, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4041.2..

Our people don't believe in slavery.
... Kirk, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4040.7..

The games have always strengthened us. Death becomes a familiar pattern. We don't fear it as you do.
... Proconsul Marcus Claudius, "Bread and Circuses," stardate 4041.2..


By Any Other Name

Captain, we can control the Federation as easily as we can control you. The fate of the inferior in any galaxy.
... Rojan, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..

At least we'll be away from all this openness. No, this is too strange for us. We are creatures of outer space. Soon, we will be safe in the comforting closeness of walls.
... Rojan, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..

Humans are very peculiar. I often find them unfathomable, but an interesting psychological study.
... Spock, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4658.9..

These shells in which we have encased ourselves -- they have such heightened senses. To feel, to hear, to smell. How do humans manage to exist in these fragile cases?
... Rojan, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..

This cultural mystique surrounding the biological function -- you realize humans are overly preoccupied with the subject.
... Kelinda the Kelvan, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4658.9..

What are the odds in such absolute duplication of life forms in another galaxy? The chances are very much against it.
... Kirk and Spock, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..

You thought I was taking your woman away from you. You're jealous. You tried to kill me with your bare hands. Would a Kelvan do that? Would he have to? You're reacting with the emotions of a human. You are human.
... Kirk, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..

Being human does have certain advantages -- being able to appreciate the beauty of a flower, of a woman.
... Kirk, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4658.9..

We do not colonize. We conquer. We rule. There is no other way for us.
... Rojan, "By Any Other Name," stardate 4657.5..


Catspaw

Where did your race get this ridiculous predilection for resistance. You examine any object; you question everything.
... Korob from Pyris VII, "Catspaw," stardate 3018.2..

The cat is the most ruthless, most terrifying of animals. As far back as the sabertooth tiger.
... Spock, "Catspaw," stardate 3018.2..

But it's real. And if it's real it can be affected... we may not be able to break it, but, I'll bet you credits to Navy Beans we can put a dent in it.
... deSalle, "Catspaw," stardate 3018.2..

You like to think of yourselves as complex creatures, but you're flawed. One gains admittance to your minds through many levels. You have too many to keep track of yourselves. There are unguarded entrances to any human mind.
... Sylvia of Pyris VII, "Catspaw," stardate 3018.2..

A woman should have compassion.
... Kirk, "Catspaw," stardate 3018.2..


Charlie X

Do you know about being with somebody? Wanting to be? If I had the whole universe, I'd give it to you, Janice. When I see you, I feel like I'm hungry all over. Do you know how that feels?
... Charlie Evans, "Charlie X," stardate 1535.8..

You go slow, be gentle. It's no one-way street -- you know how you feel and that's all. It's how the girl feels too. Don't press. If the girl feels anything for you at all, you'll know.
... Kirk, "Charlie X," stardate 1535.8..


Conscience of the King

Worlds are conquered, galaxies destroyed -- but a woman is always a woman.
... Kirk, "Conscience of the King," stardate unknown..


Court Martial

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, "Court Martial," stardate 2949.9..

If I let go a hammer on a planet having a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has, in fact, fallen.
... Spock, "Court Martial," stardate 2948.9..


Dagger of the Mind

One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.
... Kirk, "Dagger of the Mind," stardate 2715.2..

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, "Dagger of the Mind," stardate 2715.2..

Where there's no emotion, there's no motive for violence.
... Spock, "Dagger of the Mind," stardate 2715.1..

You Earth people glorified organized violence for forty centuries. But you imprison those who employ it privately.
... Spock, "Dagger of the Mind," stardate 2715.1..


Day of the Dove

Only a fool fights in a burning house.
... Kank the Klingon, "Day of the Dove," stardate unknown..

We have always fought. We must; we are hunters ... tracking and taking what we need. There are poor planets in the Klingon systems ... we must push outward if we are to survive.
... Mara, "Day of the Dove," .

stardate 5906.5. There's another way to survive. Mutual trust -- and help.
... Kirk, "Day of the Dove," stardate unknown..

No one can guarantee the actions of another.
... Spock, "Day of the Dove," stardate unknown..

For thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.
... Klingon Soldier, "Day of the Dove," stardate unknown..

Those who hate and fight must stop themselves -- otherwise it is not stopped.
... Spock, "Day of the Dove," stardate unknown..


Elaan of Troyius

... the prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.
... Kirk, "Elaan of Troyius," stardate 4372.5..

Be pleasant no matter how much it hurts.
... Kirk, "Elaan of Troyius," stardate 4372.5..


Errand of Mercy

Another Armenia, Belgium...the weak innocents who always seem to be located on a natural invasion route.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3198.4..

Curios, how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
... Spock, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3198.4..

If some day we are defeated, well, war has its fortunes, good and bad.
... Commander Kor, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

No one wants war.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

There are some things worth dying for.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

I'm a soldier, not a diplomat. I can only tell the truth.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3198.9..

To us, violence is unthinkable.
... Ayleborne of Organia, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

You speak of courage. Obviously you do not know the difference between courage and foolhardiness. Always it is the brave ones who die, the soldiers.
... Commander Kor, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

I don't trust men who smile too much.
... Commander Kor, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3201.7..

The trigger has been pulled. We've got to get there before the hammer falls.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3198.4..

We think of ourselves as the most powerful beings in the universe. It's unsettling to discover that we're wrong.
... Kirk, "Errand of Mercy," stardate 3210.7..


For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

Is not that the nature of men and women -- that the pleasure is in the learning of each other?
... Natira, "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," stardate 5476.3..

Is truth not truth for all?
... Natira, "For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky," stardate 5476.4..


Friday's Child

The highest of all our laws states your world is yours and will always remain yours.
... Kirk, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

We found them totally uninterested in medical aid or hospitals. They believe that only the strong should survive.
... McCoy, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

They're offering you a chance for combat. They consider it more pleasurable than love.
... McCoy, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

Virtue is a relative term.
... Spock, "Friday's Child," stardate 3499.1..

The sight of death frightens them [Earthers].
... Kras the Klingon, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

Their [the Klingon's] empire is made up of conquered worlds. They take what they want by arms and force.
... Kirk, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

We Klingons believe as you do -- the sick should die. Only the strong should live.
... Kras, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

Earthmen fear to bargain honestly.
... Kras the Klingon, "Friday's Child," stardate 3497.2..

To live is always desirable.
... Eleen the Capellan, "Friday's Child," stardate 3498.9..


I, Mudd

We cannot allow any race as greedy and corruptible as yours to have free run of the galaxy.
... Norman the android, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

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, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

It is necessary to have purpose.
... Alice #1, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

stardate 1312.9. They're [androids are] perfect. Flawless, mentally and physically. No weaknesses, perfectly disciplined. No vices, no fears, no faults. Just a sense of purpose.
... McCoy, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

What is man but that lofty spirit -- that sense of enterprise.
... Kirk, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

You say you are lying. But if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth. You cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie. You lie, you tell the truth ... but you cannot, for you lie.
... Norman the android, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

Unhappiness is the state which occurs in the human when wants and desires are not fulfilled.
... Spock, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

Knowledge, sir, should be free to all!
... Harry Mudd, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3.

Believe me, there's nothing tougher to overcome [than a sense of purpose], even among humans.
... McCoy, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we're human -- and maybe that's the word that best explains us.
... Kirk, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

Your species is self-destructive.
... Norman the android, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

You can't evaluate a man by logic alone.
... McCoy, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..

Behind every great man, there is a woman -- urging him on.
... Harry Mudd, "I, Mudd," stardate 4513.3..


Is There In Truth No Beauty?

This thing you call language, though; most remarkable. You depend on it for so very much. But is there any one of you really its master?
... Kollos, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?," stardate 5630.7..

... aloneness. You are so alone. You live out your lives in the shell of flesh, self-contained, separate. How lonely you are; how terribly lonely.
... Kollos, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?," stardate 5630.7..

Most of us are attracted by beauty and repelled by ugliness -- one of the last of our prejudices.
... Kirk, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?," stardate 5630.7..

Joy can be many things.
... Dr. Miranda Jones, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?," stardate 5630.7..

We all are vulnerable, in one way or another.
... Kirk, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?," stardate 5630.7..

The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity. And in the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.
... Dr. Miranda Jones and Spock, "Is There in Truth No Beauty?," .


Journey to Babel

Threats are illogical.
... Sarek, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3..

... motivations of passion or gain -- those are reasons for murder.
... Shras, "Journey to Babel," stardate.

Offense is a human emotion.
... Sarek, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3..

Vulcans do not approve of violence.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

It would be illogical to kill without reason.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

One does not thank logic.
... Sarek, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

It [being a Vulcan] means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life which is logical and beneficial. We cannot disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain, no matter how important that gain might be.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

Worry is a human emotion.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

Tellarites do no argue for reasons; they simply argue.
... Sarek, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.4..

Humans smile with so little provocation.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3..

Vulcans believe peace should not depend on force.
... Amanda, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3..


Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Change is the essential process of all existence.
... Spock, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," stardate 5730.2..

You're from the planet Earth. There is no persecution on your planet. There was persecution on Earth once; I remember reading about it in my history class.
... Lokai of Cheron and Chekov, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," .

The actual theory is that all life forms evolved from the lower levels to the more advanced stages.
... Spock, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," stardate 5730.2..

No one knows how he'll act under pressure.
... Sulu, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," stardate 5730.2..

We are not killers.
... Chekov, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," stardate 5730.6..


Metamorphosis

There are certain universal ideas and concepts common to all intelligent life. This device [the universal translator] instantaneously compares the frequency of brain wave patterns, selects those ideas and concepts it recognizes, and then provides the necessary grammar. Then it simply translates its findings into English.
... Kirk and Spock, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

Fascinating, a totally parochial attitude.
... Spock, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

Love sometimes expresses itself in sacrifice.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3220.3..

The idea of male and female are universal constants.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

You [humans] are, after all, essentially irrational.
... Spock, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3220.3..

Not one hundred percent efficient, of course ... but nothing ever is.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

This is loneliness? What a bitter thing ... it's so sad. How do you bear it, this loneliness?
... Commissioner Nancy Hedford/The Companion, "Metamorphosis," .

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.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3220.3..

There's nothing disgusting about it [the Companion]. It's just another life form, that's all. You get used to those things.
... McCoy, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

It is the nature of our species to be free.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

We estimate there are millions of planets with intelligent life. We haven't begun to map them.
... Kirk, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

Immortality consists largely of boredom.
... Zefrem Cochrane, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

What kind of love is that? Not to be loved; never to have shown love.
... Commissioner Nancy Hedford, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3219.8..

That's [growing old] been happening to men and women for a long time. I've got the feeling it's one of the pleasanter things about being human, as long as you grow old together.
... Zefrem Cochrane, "Metamorphosis," stardate 3220.3..


Miri

stardate 5029.5. I think children have an instinctive need for adults; they want to be told right and wrong.
... Kirk, "Miri," stardate 2713.6..

No more blah, blah, blah!
... Kirk, "Miri," stardate 2713.6..


Mirror, Mirror

Conquest is easy. Control is not.
... Kirk, "Mirror, Mirror," stardate unknown..

If change is -- inevitable -- predictable -- beneficial -- doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it? One man cannot summon the future. But one man can change the present!
... Kirk and the Alternate Spock, "Mirror, Mirror," stardate unknown.

In every revolution, there's one man with a vision.
... Kirk, "Mirror, Mirror," stardate unknown..


Mudd's Women

Men will always be men -- no matter where they are.
... Harry Mudd, "Mudd's Women," stardate 1329.8..

There's only one kind of woman.... Or man, for that matter. You either believe in yourself or you don't.
... Kirk and Harry Mudd, "Mudd's Women," stardate 1330.1..

Oh, that sound of male ego. You travel halfway across the galaxy and it's still the same song.
... Eve McHuron, "Mudd's Women," stardate 1330.1..


Obsession

The semi-conscious mind is a tricky thing. A man never knows just how much is real or how much is imagination.
... McCoy, "Obsession," stardate 3620.7..

Crazy way to travel. Spreading a man's molecules all over the universe.
... McCoy, "Obsession," 3620.7..

Less than one ounce of anti-matter here is more powerful than ten thousand cobalt bombs. Let's hope it's as powerful as man will ever get.
... Ensign Garrovick and Kirk, "Obsession," stardate 3620.7..

Intuition, however illogical, is recognized as a command prerogative.
... Kirk, "Obsession," stardate 3620.7..

Monsters come in many forms. And do you know the greatest monster of them all? Guilt.
... McCoy, "Obsession," stardate 3620.7..

...hesitation ... is an hereditary trait of your species, and suddenly faced by the unknown, or imminent danger, a human will invariably experience a split second of indecision. He hesitates.
... Spock, "Obsession," stardate 3620.7..

There are many aspects of human irrationality I do not yet comprehend. Obsession, for one. The persistent single-minded fixation on one idea.
... Spock, "Obsession," stardate 3619.6..


Operation -- Annihilate!

Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.
... Spock, "Operation -- Annihilate!," stardate 3287.2..


Patterns of Force

The problem with the Nazis wasn't simply that their leaders were the evil, psychotic men they were. But the main problem, I think was the leader principle. A man who holds that much power, even with the best intentions, just can resist the urge to play God.
... Kirk and McCoy, "Patterns of Force," stardate 2534.7..

Captain, I'm beginning to understand why you Earthmen enjoy gambling. No matter how carefully one computes the odds of success, there is still a certain exhilaration in the risk.
... Spock, "Patterns of Force," stardate 2534.7..

Even historians fail to learn from history -- they repeat the same mistakes.
... John Gill, "Patterns of Force," stardate 2534.7..

Punishment becomes ineffective after a certain point. Men become insensitive.
... Eneg, "Patterns of Force," stardate 2534.7..

Earthment like Rameses, Alexander, Ceasar, Napoleon, Hitler, Lee Kuan. Your whole Earth history is made up of men seeking absolute power.
... Spock, "Patterns of Force," stardate 2534.7..


Plato's Stepchildren

To us, killing is murder, even for revenge.
... Kirk, "Plato's Stepchildren," stardate 5784.3..

Uncontrolled power will turn even saints into savages. And we can all be counted on to live down to our lowest impulses.
... Parmen, "Plato's Stepchildren," stardate 5784.3..

Too much love is dangerous Cupid's arrow kills Vulcans
... Dionyd and Eraclitus, "Plato's Stepchildren," .

Where I come from, size shape or color makes no difference.
... Kirk, "Plato's Stepchildren," stardate 5784.3..

Philosophic kings have no need of titles.
... Parmen, "Plato's Stepchildren," stardate 5784.3..

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.
... McCoy and Spock, "Plato's Stepchildren," stardate 5784.3..


Requiem for Methuselah

stardate 4770.3. ... the things love can drive a man to -- the ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures and the glorious victories.
... McCoy, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

Death, when unnecessary, is a tragic thing.
... Flint, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

... the intellect is not all -- but its cultivation must come first, or the individual makes errors -- wastes time in unprofitable pursuits.
... Flint, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

To be human is also to seek pleasure. To laugh -- to dance.
... Flint, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

stardate 3220.3. What is loneliness? It is a thirst ... it is a flower, dying in a desert ...
... Reena Kapec and Flint, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

Those pressures are everywhere -- in everyone, urging him to what you call "savagery." The private hells -- the inner needs and mysteries -- the beast instinct. As human beings, that is the way it is. To be human is to be complex. You can't avoid a little ugliness -- from within -- and from without.
... Kirk, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

Forget.
... Spock, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5843.7..

The joys of love made her human and the agonies of love destroyed her.
... Spock, "Requiem for Methuselah," stardate 5842.8..


return to Tomorrow

We faced a crisis in our earlier nuclear age. We found the wisdom not to destroy ourselves.
... Kirk, "return to Tomorrow," stardate 4768.3..

There comes to all races an ultimate crisis which you have yet to face .... One day our minds became so powerful we dared think of ourselves as gods.
... Sargon, "Return to Tomorrow," stardate 4768.3.

Vulcans worship peace above all.
... McCoy, "Return to Tomorrow," stardate 4768.3..

They used to say, if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly; he discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars and then to the nearest star? That's like saying you wish that you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut, like your great, great, great-grandfather used to do ... Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities -- the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk -- risk is our business.
... Kirk, "Return to Tomorrow," stardate 4768.3..

Oblivion together does not frighten me, beloved.
... Thalassa (in Anne Mulhall's body), "Return to Tomorrow," .


Shore Leave

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.
... Kirk, "Shore Leave," stardate 3025.8..

A princess should not be afraid -- not with a brave knight to protect her.
... McCoy, "Shore Leave," stardate 3025.3..

On my planet, to rest is to rest -- to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass, using energy, instead of saving it.
... Spock, "Shore Leave," stardate 3025.2..


Space Seed

Superior ability breeds superior ambition.
... Spock, "Space Seed," stardate 3141.9..

Insufficient facts always invite danger.
... Spock, "Space Seed," stardate 3141.9..

We humans have a streak of barbarism in us -- appalling, but there nevertheless.
... Kirk, "Space Seed," stardate 3141.9..

You are an excellent tactician, Captain. You let your second in command attack while you sit and watch for weakness.
... Khan Noonian Singh, "Space Seed," stardate 3141.9..

If I can have honesty, it's easier to overlook mistakes.
... Kirk, "Space Seed," stardate 3141.9..

Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold.
... Khan Noonian Singh, "Space Seed," stardate 3142.8..

Suffocating together ... would create heroic camaraderie.
... Khan Noonian Singh, "Space Seed," stardate 3142.8..


Spectre of the Gun

Physical laws simply cannot be ignored. Existence cannot be without them.
... Spock, "Spectre of the Gun," stardate 4385.3..

Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality -- we judge reality by the responses of our senses. Once we are convinced of the reality of a given situation, we abide by its rules.
... Spock, "Spectre of the Gun," stardate 4385.3..

Mankind -- ready to kill. That's the way it was in 1881. I wonder how humanity managed to survive? We overcame our instinct for violence.
... Spock and Kirk, "Spectre of the Gun," stardate 4385.3..

We fight only when there is no other choice. We prefer the ways of peaceful contact.
... Kirk, "Spectre of the Gun," stardate 4385.3..


Spock's Brain

How will we live? You'll learn to build houses to keep warm. You'll work. ... Humans have survived under worse conditions. It's a matter of evolution. Give it time.
... Kara the Eymorg and Kirk, "Spock's Brain," stardate 5432.3..

Brain. Brain. What is brain?
... Kara the Eymorg, "Spock's Brain," stardate 5432.3..

You are not Morg. You are not Eymorg.
... Kara the Eymorg, "Spock's Brain," stardate 5432.3..

No one may kill a man. Not for any purpose. It cannot be condoned.
... Kirk, "Spock's Brain," stardate 5431.6..


That Which Survives

What a terrible way to die [Lt. D'Amato by having every cell disrupted]. There are no good ways.
... Sulu and Kirk, "That Which Survives," stardate unknown..

stardate unknown Killing is wrong.
... Losira, "That Which Survives," stardate unknown..

What is it in you humans that requires an overwhelming display of emotion in a situation such as this? Two men pursue the only reasonable course of action indicated, and yet you feel that something else is necessary.
... Spock, "That Which Survives," stardate unknown..

Beauty is transitory. Beauty survives.
... Spock and Kirk, "That Which Survives," stardate unknown..


the Alternative Factor

Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure.
... Kirk, "the Alternative Factor," stardate 3088.7..

Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.
... Spock, "The Alternative Factor," stardate 3088.7..

Possible existence of a parallel universe has been scientifically conceded.
... Spock, "The Alternative Factor," stardate 3088.7..


The Apple

There are certain absolutes, and one of them is the right of humanoids to a free and unchained environment -- the right to have conditions which permit growth. Another is their right to choose that system which seems to work best for them.
... McCoy and Spock, "The Apple," stardate 3715.6..

stardate 5730.2. You'll learn to care for yourselves, with our help. And there's no trick to putting fruit on trees; you might even enjoy it. You'll learn to build for yourselves, think for yourselves, and what you create is yours. That's what we call freedom. You'll like it. A lot.
... Kirk, "The Apple," stardate 3715.6..

I remind you that humans are only a tiny minority in this galaxy.
... Spock, "The Apple," stardate 3715.6..

[The people of Vaal] have taken their first step [towards achieving true human stature]. They've learned to kill.
... Spock, "The Apple," stardate 3715.6..

You'll learn something about men and women -- the way they're supposed to be. Caring for each other, being happy with each other, being good to each other. That's what we call love. You'll like that a lot.
... Kirk, "The Apple," stardate 3715.6.


The Changeling

That unit is a woman. A mass of conflicting impulses.
... Spock and Nomad, "The Changeling," stardate 3541.9..

Man is not just a biological unit that you can patch together.
... McCoy, "The Changeling," stardate 3541.9..

... primitive structure [[Scotty]. Insufficient safeguards built in. Breakdown can occur from many causes. Self-maintenance systems low reliability.
... Nomad, "The Changeling," stardate 3541.9..


The City On the Edge of Forever

Prepare for tomorrow -- get ready.
... Edith Keeler, "The City On the Edge of Forever," .

I think they're going to take all this money that we spend now on war and death -- And make them spend it on life.
... Edith Keeler and Kirk, "The City on the Edge of Forever," .

Lots of people drink from the wrong bottle sometimes.
... Edith Keeler, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..

A lie is a very poor way to say hello.
... Edith Keeler, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..

One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energy -- maybe even the atom. Energy that could ultimately hurl men to other worlds in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world, and to cure their diseases. They'll be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for.
... Edith Keeler, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..

Time is fluid ... like a river with currents, eddies, backwash.
... Spock, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate 3134.0..

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, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..

You! What PLANET is this?
... McCoy, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate 3134.0..

"Let me help." A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He'll recommend those three words even over "I love you."
... Kirk, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..

Peace was the way.
... Kirk, "The City on the Edge of Forever," stardate unknown..


The Cloud Minders

stardate 1312.9. Extreme feminine beauty is always disturbing.
... Spock, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4..

Hours can be centuries
... Vanna the Troglyte, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5819.0..

Violence in reality is quite different from theory.
... Spock, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4..

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. And that's what kept the Troglytes in the mines all these centuries. A mistaken idea.
... Vanna and Kirk, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5819.0.

All the little things you and I understand and expect from life, such as: equality; kindness; justice ...
... Spock, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4..

This troubled planet [Ardana] is a place of most violent contrasts -- those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.
... Spock, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4..

Light and warmth! That's necessary to all humanoids.
... Kirk, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4..

To restrict a segment of the population to such hardship is unthinkable in an evolved culture.
... Spock, "The Cloud Minders," stardate 5818.4.


The Conscience of the King

...humanity...[the] striving of man to achieve greatness through his own resources.
... Anton Karidian, "The Conscience of the King," stardate 2819.1..

The man on top walks a lonely street; the "chain" of command is often a noose.
... McCoy, "The Conscience of the King," stardate 2818.9..

stardate 4211.8. Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate, but a woman always remains a woman.
... Kirk, "The Conscience of the King," stardate 2818.9..

In the long history of medicine, no doctor has ever caught the first few minutes of a play.
... McCoy, "The Conscience of the King," stardate 2919.8..


The Corbomite Maneuver

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.
... Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.0..

There's a certain inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you've already made up your mind about.
... Spock, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.0..

I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.
... Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.0..

A little suffering is good for the soul.
... Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.0..

We have phasers; I vote we blast 'em!
... Bailey, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.2..

Man is ultimately superior to any mechanical device.
... Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver," stardate 1514.0..


The Deadly Years

No problem is insoluble.
... Dr. Janet Wallace, "The Deadly Years," stardate 3479.4..

The heart is not a logical organ.
... Dr. Janet Wallace, "The Deadly Years," stardate 3479.4..


The Devil in the Dark

If it is the only survivor of a dead race, to kill it would be a crime against science.
... Spock, "The Devil in the Dark," stardate 3196.1..

He's dead, Jim.
... McCoy, "The Devil in the Dark," stardate 3196.1..

Either one of us, by himself, is expendable. Both of us are not.
... Kirk, "The Devil in the Dark," stardate 3196.1..


The Doomsday Machine

Vulcans never bluff.
... Spock, "The Doomsday Machine," stardate 4202.1..

Back in the twentieth century, the H-bomb was the ultimate weapon, their doomsday machine. And we used something like it to destroy another doomsday machine. Probably the first time such a weapon has ever been used for constructive purposes.
... Kirk, "The Doomsday Machine," stardate 4202.9..

He gave his life in an attempt to save others. Not the worst way to go.
... Kirk, "The Doomsday Machine," stardate 4202.9.


The Empath

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, "The Empath," stardate 5121.5..


The Enemy Within

You're too beautiful to ignore. Too much woman.
... Kirk to Yeoman Rand, "The Enemy Within," stardate unknown..

You have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man. His negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence; and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion, love, tenderness. And what is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see here indications that it is his negative side which makes him strong -- that his evil side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side, removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.
... Spock, "The Enemy Within," stardate 1673.1..

We all have our darker side. We need it; it's half of what we are. It's not really ugly, it's human.
... McCoy, "The Enemy Within," stardate 1673.5..


The Enterprise Incident

Our people are warriors, often savage, but we are also many other pleasant things.
... Romulan Commander, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.3..

I have heard of the Vulcan integrity and personal honor. There is a well-known saying, or is it a myth, that Vulcans are incapable of lying.
... Romulan Commander, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.3..

Romulan women are not like Vulcan females. We are not dedicated to pure logic and the sterility of non-emotion.
... Romulan Commander, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.3..

Military secrets are the most fleeting of all.
... Spock, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.4..

It would be illogical to assume that all conditions remain stable.
... Spock, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.3.

stardate 5784.3. As a Vulcan you will study it [Romulan society]. As a human, you would find ways to appreciate it.
... Romulan Commander, "The Enterprise Incident," stardate 5027.3..


The Galileo Seven

Respect is a rational process.
... McCoy, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

Respect is a rational process.
... McCoy, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six.
... Spock, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

Totally illogical, there was no chance.
... Spock, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

There are always alternatives.
... Spock, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

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, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2812.7..

Desperation is a highly emotional state of mind.
... Kirk, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

I'm frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life.
... Spock, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2822.3..

Life and death are seldom logical. But attaining a desired goal always is.
... McCoy and Spock, "The Galileo Seven," stardate 2821.7..


The Gamesters of Triskelion

All your people must learn before you can reach for the stars.
... Kirk, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3259.2..

Hope -- I always thought that was a human failing, Mr. Spock? True, Doctor. Constant exposure does result in a certain degree of contamination.
... McCoy and Spock, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3211.7..

My people pride themselves on being the greatest, most successful gamblers in the universe. We compete for everything: power, fame, women. Everything we desire. And it is our nature to win! For proof I offer you our exploration of this galaxy.
... Kirk, "The gamesters of Triskelion," stardate unknown..

We have found all life forms in the galaxy are capable of superior development.
... Kirk, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3211.7..

It's the custom of my people to help one another when we're in trouble.
... Kirk, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3259.2..

A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior -- mentally or otherwise.
... Kirk, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3211.7..

We're free people. We belong to no one.
... Kirk, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," stardate 3259.2..


The Immunity Syndrome

You [humans] find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million.
... Spock, "The Immunity Syndrome," stardate 4307.1..


The Lights of Zetar

Humans do claim a great deal for that particular emotion (love).
... Spock, "The Lights of Zetar," stardate 5725.6..

When the personality of a human is involved, exact predictions are hazardous.
... McCoy, "The Lights of Zetar," stardate 5725.6..


The Man Trap

May the Great Bird of the galaxy bless your planet.
... Sulu, "The Man Trap," stardate 1513.4..

It isn't a bad life to have everyone in the universe at your beck and call, and you win all the arguments.
... Kirk, "The Man Trap," stardate 1513.8..

Earth history, remember? Like the passenger pigeon or the buffalo ... once there were millions of them; prairies black with them. One herd covered three whole states. When they moved -- like thunder.
... Professor Robert Crater, "The Man Trap," stardate 1513.8..


The Mark of Gideon

The only tool diplomacy has is language.
... Hodin of Gideon, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..

The people of Gideon have always believed that life is sacred. That the love of life is the greatest gift .. we are incapable of destroying or interfering with the creation of that which we love so deeply -- life in every form from fetus to developed being.
... Hodin of Gideon, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..

What is it like to feel pain? It is like ... when you see that people have no hope of happiness ... you feel great despair ... your heart is heavy because you know you can do nothing ... pain is like that.
... Hodin and Odona of Gideon, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..

Most people are afraid of being alone.
... Kirk, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..

We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
... Spock, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..

Diplomats and bureaucrats may function differently, but they achieve exactly the same results.
... Spock, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..


The Menagerie

When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.
... Vina, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.

The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it's pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death. This makes you too violent and dangerous a species for our needs.
... The Keeper, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.

It's wrong to create a whole race of humans to live as slaves.
... Number One, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.

There's a way out of any cage.
... Captain Christopher Pike, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"),.

Blast medicine anyway! We've learned to tie into every organ in the human body but one. The brain! The brain is what life is all about.
... McCoy, "The Menagerie," stardate 3012.4..

A person's strongest dreams are about what he can't do.
... Vina, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage), stardat.

A Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist without breathing.
... Kirk, "The Menagerie," stardate 3012.4..

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, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.

Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor.
... Dr. Boyce, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.

We [Doctors and Bartenders] both get the same two kinds of customers -- the living and the dying.
... Dr. Boyce, "The Menagerie," ("The Cage"), starda.


The Naked Time

Instruments register only through things they're designed to register. Space still contains infinite unknowns.
... Spock, "The Naked Time," stardate 1704.2..


The Omega Glory

I don't think we have the right or the wisdom to interfere, however a planet is evolving.
... Kirk, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

A star captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive.
... Kirk, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

... freedom ... is a worship word... It is our worship word too.
... Cloud William and Kirk, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

Without water, we're all just three or four pounds of chemicals.
... McCoy, "the Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

...bacteriological warfare...hard to believe we were once foolish enough to play around with that.
... McCoy, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

Yes, it is written. Good shall always destroy evil.
... Sirah the Yang, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

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.
... Kirk, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..

Liberty and freedom have to be more than just words.
... Kirk, "The Omega Glory," stardate unknown..


The Paradise Syndrome

Each kiss is as the first.
... Miramanee, "The Paradise Syndrome," stardate 4842.6..

The sooner our happiness together begins, the longer it will last.
... Miramanee, "The Paradise Syndrome," stardate 4842.6..


The Return of the Archons

It's time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned.
... Kirk, "The Return of the Archons," stardate 3157.4..

Landru! Guide us!
... A Beta 3 person, "The Return of the Archons," stardate 3157.4.

Without freedom of choice there is no creativity.
... Kirk, "The return of the Archons," stardate 3157.4..


The Savage Curtain

It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.
... Yarnek of Excalbia, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.5..

The combination of a number of things to make existence worthwhile. Yes, the philosophy of 'nome,' meaning 'all.'
... Spock and Lincoln, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

Men don't talk peace unless they're ready to back it up with war.
... Col. Green, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

History tends to exaggerate.
... Col. Green, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

No one talks peace unless he's ready to back it up with war. He talks of peace if it is the only way to live.
... Colonel Green and Surak of Vulcan, "The Savage Curtain," .

In our century, we've learned not to fear words.
... Uhura, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
... Surak of Vulcan, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

We've each learned to be delighted with what we are.
... Kirk, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.4..

stardate 4040.7. Men of peace usually are [brave].
... Spock, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.5..

The face of war has never changed. Surely it is more logical to heal than to kill.
... Surak of Vulcan, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.5..

There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
... Abraham Lincoln, "The Savage Curtain," stardate 5906.5..


The Squire of Gothos

Do you know that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?
... Trelane, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2124.5..

Make the most of an uncertain future. Enjoy yourself today. Tomorrow may never come at all.
... Trelane, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2125.7..

Oh, how absolutely typical of your species! You don't understand something so you become fearful.
... Trelane, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2124.5..

I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose.
... Spock, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2124.5..

stardate unknown. Our missions are peaceful -- not for conquest. When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice.
... Kirk, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2124.5..

Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected.
... Spock, "The Squire of Gothos," stardate 2124.5..


The Tholian Web

In critical moments men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.
... Spock, "The Tholian Web," stardate 5693.2..

We exist in a universe which co-exists with a multitude of others in the same physical space. For certain brief periods of time, an area of their space overlaps an area of ours.
... Spock, "The Tholian Web," stardate 5693.2..

You're dead, Jim.
... McCoy, "The Tholian Web," stardate unknown..


The Trouble with Tribbles

It is a human characteristic to love little animals, especially if they're attractive in some way.
... McCoy, "The Trouble with Tribbles," stardate 4525.6..

Too much of anything, even love, isn't necessarily a good thing.
... Kirk, "The Trouble with Tribbles," stardate 4525.6..


The Ultimate Computer

Do you know the one -- "All I ask is a tall ship...and a star to steer her by..." You could feel the wind at your back, about you... the sounds of the sea beneath you. And even if you take away the wind and the water, it's still the same. The ship is yours...you can feel her...and the stars are still there.
... Kirk, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4729.4..

We're all sorry for the other guy when he loses his job to a machine. But when it comes to your job -- that's different. And it always will be different.
... McCoy, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4729.4..

Murder is contrary to the laws of man and God.
... M-5 Computer, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

To kill is a breaking of civil and moral laws we've lived by for thousands of years.
... Dr. Richard Daystrom, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

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. Richard Daystrom, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

Compassion -- that's the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it's the one thing that keeps men ahead of them.
... McCoy, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

What happened to the crewman? The M-5 computer needed a new power source; the crewman merely got in the way. And how long will it be before we all "just get in the way?"
... Kirk and Dr. Richard Daystrom, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

If a man had a child who'd gone anti-social, killed perhaps, he'd still tend to protect that child.
... McCoy, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

Genius doesn't work on an assembly line basis. You can't simply say, "Today I will be brilliant."
... Kirk, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3.

Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them. Captain, a starship also runs on loyalty to one man. And nothing can replace it or him.
... Spock, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4729.4..

Every living thing wants to survive.
... Spock, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4731.3..

Only a fool would stand in the way of progress.
... Kirk, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4725.4..

There are certain things men must do to remain men.
... Kirk, "The Ultimate Computer," stardate 4929.4..


The Way to Eden

Many Myths are based on truth.
... Spock, "The Way to Eden," stardate 5832.3..

There are many who are uncomfortable with what we have created. It is almost a biological rebellion. A profound revulsion against the planned communities, the programming, the sterilized, artfully balanced atmospheres. They hunger for an Eden, where spring comes. We all do. The cave is deep in our memories.
... Spock and Kirk, "The Way to Eden," stardate 5832.3..


This Side of Paradise

If there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them.
... Spock, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.7..

stardate 5630.8. Emotions are alien to me. I'm a scientist.
... Spock, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.3..

Another dream that failed. There's nothing sadder.
... Kirk, "This side of Paradise," stardate 3417.3..

No wants -- no needs? We weren't meant for that. None of us. Man stagnates if he has no ambition, no desire to be more than he is.
... Kirk, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.5..

Get back to your stations! We're beaming down to the planet, sir.
... Kirk and Mr. Leslie, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.3.

Maybe we weren't meant for Paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through. Struggle. Claw our way up, scratch for every inch of the way. Maybe we can't stroll to the music of the lutes. We must march to the sound of drums.
... Kirk, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.7..

I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.
... Spock, "This Side of Paradise," stardate 3417.3..


Tomorrow is Yesterday

Witch! Witch! They'll burn ya!
... Hag, "Tomorrow is Yesterday," stardate unknown..

Wait! You have not been prepared!
... Mr. Atoz, "Tomorrow is Yesterday," stardate 3113.2..


Turnabout Intruder

She could have had as fulfilling a life as any woman. If only... if only.
... Kirk, "Turnabout Intruder," stardate 5923.5..

Youth doesn't excuse everything.
... Dr. Janice Lester (in Kirk's body), "Turnabout Intruder," .


What are Little Girls Made Of?

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 Kirk, "What are Little Girls Made Of?," stardate 2712.4.

We humans are full of unpredictable emotions that logic cannot solve.
... Kirk, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," stardate 2712.4..

Freedom of movement and choice produced the human spirit.
... Dr. Brown, "What are Little Girls Made Of?," stardate 2712.4..


Where No Man Has Gone Before

A mutated, superior man could also be a wonderful thing ... the forerunner of a new and better kind of human being!
... Dr. Elizabeth Dehaver, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," .

Women professionals do tend to over-compensate.
... Dr. Elizabeth Dehaver, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," .


Who Mourns for Adonais?

A father doesn't destroy his children.
... Lt. Carolyn Palamas, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

We've come a long way in five thousand years. But you're still of the same nature.
... Kirk and Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

There is an order of things in this universe.
... Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

Insults are effective only where emotion is present.
... Spock, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

The time is past. There is no room for gods.
... Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

Earth -- mother of the most beautiful women in the universe.
... Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

You striving, bickering, foolishly brave humans.
... Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

We're immortal, we gods. The Earth changed. Your fathers changed. They turned away, until we were only memories. A god cannot survive as a memory. We need love, admiration, worship, as you need food.
... Apollo, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

Mankind has no need for gods. We find the One quite adequate.
... Kirk, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..

We're the same. We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We're tied together beyond any untying. Man or woman, it makes no difference. We're human. We couldn't escape from each other even if we wanted to -- that's how you do it, Lieutenant! By remembering who and what you are! A bit of flesh and blood afloat in a universe without end. And the only thing that's truly yours is the rest of humanity. That's where your duty lies!
... Kirk, "Who Mourns for Adonais?," stardate 3468.1..


Wink of An Eye

We have the right to survive! Not by killing others.
... Deela and Kirk, "Wink of An Eye," stardate 5710.5..

A room should reflect its occupant.
... Kirk, "Wink of an Eye," stardate 5710.5..

The [human] species is capable of much affection.
... Deela the Scalosian, "Wink of an Eye," stardate 5710.5..


Wolf in the Fold

3842.2. Anger is a relative state.
... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

Deriving sustenance from emotion is not unknown in the galaxy. And fear is among the strongest and most violent of the emotions.
... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

When a man feels guilty about something -- something too terrible to remember -- he blots it out of his conscious memory.
... McCoy, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3614.9..

Women are more easily and more deeply terrified ... generating more sheer horror than the male of the species.
... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death -- even vegetarians.
... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

As we know, the value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution.
... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

Jealousy has often been a motive for murder.
... Kirk, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3614.9..