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Series :The Original Series | The Next Generation | Deep Space Nine | Voyager | Enterprise | The Animated Series | Films

Quote Episode
"That might be the most important thing to understand about Humans. It's the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions." - Sisko to Wormhole Alien
DS9 : Emissary
"Ah, an open mind! The essence of intellect!" - Garak to Bashir
DS9 : Past Prologue
"Commander, laws change depending on who's making them. Cardassians one day, Federation the next... but justice is justice." - Odo to Sisko
DS9 : A Man Alone
"You know the old saying, a man who is always looking over his shoulder is waiting for trouble to find him." - O'Brien to Sisko; re Tosk
DS9 : Captive Pursuit
"Enterprise? Oh yes, weren't you one of the little people?" - Q to O'Brien
DS9 : Q-Less
"A friend dropped me off." - Vash to O'Brien; on how she wound up in the Gamma Quadrant
DS9 : Q-Less
"I'll never understand this obsession with accumulating material wealth. You spend your entire life plotting and scheming to acquire more and more possessions, until your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything, and start the cycle all over again." - Odo to Quark
DS9 : Q-Less
"A suit of the finest Andorian silk? A ring of pure Surax? A complete set of Tanesh pottery? How about a latinum plated bucket to sleep in?" - Quark to Odo; trying to tempt him with worldly possessions
DS9 : Q-Less
"An abysmal place, Earth. Oh, don't get me wrong! A thousand years ago it had character - the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, Watergate. Now it's just mind-numbingly dull." - Q to Vash
DS9 : Q-Less
"Still chasing your own tail? Picard and his lackeys would have solved all this techno-babble hours ago. No wonder you're not commanding a starship!" - Q to Sisko
DS9 : Q-Less
Quark : "It's good to want things."
Odo : "Even things you can't have?"
Quark : "Especially things I can't have."
DS9 : The Passenger
"One man's priceless is another man's worthless." - Quark to Falow
DS9 : Move Along Home
"Going through my own adolescence was difficult enough. Survivng my son's is going to take a miracle." - Sisko to Dax
DS9 : The Nagus
"There is no profit in kindness." - Odo to Quark
DS9 : Vortex
"They don't know how to do anything else but die... they've forgotten how to live." - Opaka to Kira
DS9 : Battle Lines
"The ninth rule of acquisition clearly states that opportunity plus instinct equals profit." - Nog to Varis
DS9 : The Storyteller
Jake : "When I have a problem I can't figure out, I ask my dad."
Nog : "I ask my dad, too."
Varis : "It helps, doesn't it?"
Jake : "Yes."
Nog : "No."
DS9 : The Storyteller
Mullibok : "The Cardassians probably told you you didn't stand a chance either. Did you surrender?"
Kira : "No."
Mullibok : "Why do you expect me to act any different than you?"
DS9 : Progress
"Too many people dream of places they'll never go, wish for things they'll never have... instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives." - Odo to Quark
DS9 : If Wishes Were Horses
"Nothing makes them happy. They are dedicated to being unhappy, and to spreading that unhappiness wherever they go. They are ambassadors of unhappy!" - Bashir to Sisko; bemoaning his escort duty
DS9 : The Forsaken
"Nothing justifies genocide." - Kira to Marritza
DS9 : Duet
"I'm a teacher. My responsibility is to expose my students to knowledge, not to hide it from them." - Keiko to Wynn
DS9 : In the Hands of the Prophets
"Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies." - Quark to Rom
DS9 : The Homecoming
"If you want to change the government, Minister Jaro, you vote to change it. You don't sneak up from behind it with a dagger." - Kira to Jaro
DS9 : The Circle
"Dying lets you off the hook. The question is, are you willing to live for your people? Live the role they want you to play? That's what they need from you right now." - Sisko to Li Nalas
DS9 : The Siege
"There's nothing quite so depressing as a winning streak that won't stop streaking." - Quark to Bashir
DS9 : Cardassians
"I dreamt about exploring the stars as a child. And I wasn't going to allow any... 'handicap', not a chair, not a Cardassian station... to stop me from chasing that dream." - Melora to Sisko
DS9 : Melora
"It never hurts to suck up to the boss." - Quark to Pel
DS9 : Rules of Acquisition
"Justice, as the Humans like to say, is blind." - Odo; Log entry
DS9 : Necessary Evil
"Let there be light!" - Seyetik; his last words as he dived into the dead star to re-ignite it
DS9 : Second Sight
"Kick his butt!" - Keiko to O'Brien; re his match with Bashir
DS9 : Rivals
"I'm beginning to think that the scientific method and police method have a lot in common." - Dr. Mora to Odo
DS9 : The Alternate
"Marriage is the greatest adventure of them all. It's filled with pitfalls and setbacks and mistakes, but it's a journey worth taking." - O'Brien to bashir
DS9 : Armageddon Game
"Perhaps one day you'll feel the hand of God resting on your shoulder." - Sisko to Alixus
DS9 : Paradise
"There is only one thing I want from you. Find something you love, then do it the best you can." - Sisko to Jake
DS9 : Shadowplay
"Just because we don't understand a life form doesn't mean that we can destroy it." - Odo to Kira
DS9 : Playing God
"So, how well does she know you? Just enough to dislike you, or well enough to realy hate you?" - Odo to Quark
DS9 : Profit and Loss
"A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye." - Koloth to Kor
DS9 : Blood Oath
Odo : "How did you get in here?"
Koloth : "I am Koloth."
Odo : "That doesn't answer my question."
Koloth : "Yes, it does."
DS9 : Blood Oath
"This time, we will reach the Albino! And when we do, I will cut his heart out and eat it, while he watches me with his dying breath!" - Kang
DS9 : Blood Oath
Dax : "The Korvat colony. First day of negotiations, I walked out on you, right in the middle of that long-winded speech of yours. You should have seen the look on your face. Nobody had ever had the kajunpak't to show their back to the great Kang before Curzon did."
Kang : "I almost killed Curzon that day."
DS9 : Blood Oath
"Of course you should come! The splendor of fighting and killing! A bloodbath in the cause of vengeance! Who wouldn't want to come!" - Kor to Dax
DS9 : Blood Oath
"Look upon your executioners, killer of children!" - Kang to The Albino
DS9 : Blood Oath
"On Earth there is no poverty, no crime, and no war. You look out the window and you see Paradise. Well, it's easy to be a saint in Paradise but the Maquis do not live in Paradise." - Sisko to Kira
DS9 : The Maquis, Part 2
"That man has a rare gift for obfuscation." - Tain to Bashir; regarding Garak
DS9 : The Wire
"Truth is not always easy to recognise." - Bareil to Kira
DS9 : The Collaborator
"I'm no angel, but I try to live every day as the best Human being I know how to be. I need my little girl to wake up in the morning and look up at me and see a man she can respect." - O'Brien to Odo
DS9 : Tribunal
"You have no idea what's begun here." - Eris to Sisko; truer words never spoken
DS9 : The Jem'Hadar
"I've brought back a little surprise for the Dominion." - Sisko to Kira; regarding the Defiant
DS9 : The Search, Part 1
"No changeling has ever harmed another." - Founder to Odo
DS9 : The Search, Part 2
"A brave Ferengi. Who would have thought it?" - Gowron to Quark
DS9 : The House of Quark
"Sixteen years old and dating a dabo girl. Godspeed, Jake." - O'Brien; muttering to himself
DS9 : The Abandoned
Quark : "Isn't there some petty thief you could harass?"
Odo : "Just you."
DS9 : Meridian
"You're trying to be a hero. Terrorists don't get to be heros." - Kira to Thomas Riker
DS9 : Defiant
"You humans, you never learn. You let your women go out in public, hold jobs, wear clothing... and you wonder why your marriages fall apart." - Quark to O'Brien
DS9 : Fascination
"Causing people to suffer because you hate them is terrible... but causing people to suffer because you've forgotten how to care, that's really hard to understand." - Bashir to Sisko
DS9 : Past Tense, Part 1
"When you treat people like animals, you're gonna get bit." - Biddle Coleridge; regarding the Bell riots
DS9 : Past Tense, Part 2
"While violence may keep an enemy at bay, only peace can make him a friend." - Winn to Sisko
DS9 : Life Support
"Everything that goes wrong here is your fault. It says so in your contract." - Quark to Rom
DS9 : Heart of Stone
"You can make your own decisions, or you can let these prophecies make them for you." - Dax to Sisko
DS9 : Destiny
"Actually, I've lost my taste for beetle snuff. It might be fun for you and me, but it's no fun for the beetles!" - Zek to Quark
DS9 : Prophet Motive
"I think you'll find that random and unprovoked executions will keep your work force alert and motivated." - Intendent to Garak
DS9 : Through the Looking Glass
"Well, the truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination." - Garak to Bashir
DS9 : Improbable Cause
"Do you know what the sad part is, Odo? I'm a very good tailor." - Garak to Odo
DS9 : The Die is Cast
"Hard work, bribes, sucking up to the boss. Just like any job." - Brunt; explaining how he got his FCA job
DS9 : Family Business
"It has been my observation that one of the prices of giving people freedom of choice is that sometimes they make the wrong choice." - Odo to Kira
DS9 : Shakaar
"He said 'you're too late. We're everywhere.'" - Odo to Sisko; on the Founder's last words
DS9 : The Adversary
"Running may help for a little while, but sooner or later the pain catches up with you. And the only way to get rid of it is to stand your ground and face it." - Sisko to Worf
DS9 : The Way of the Warrior
"I'm no writer, but if I were it seems to me I'd want to poke my head up every once in a while and take a look around, see what's going on. It's life, Jake! You can miss it if you don't open your eyes." - Ben Sisko to Jake Sisko
DS9 : The Visitor
"I have fought against races that believe in mythical beings who guide their destinies and await them after death. They call them gods. The Founders are like Gods to the Jem'Hadar, but our Gods never talk to us, and they don't wait for us after death. They only want us to fight for them, and die for them." - Goran'Agar to Bashir
DS9 : Hippocratic Oath
"You hew-mons, all you want to do is please your women. You want them to be your friends. But we Ferengi know better. Women are the enemy." - Quark to Sisko
DS9 : Indiscretion
"I've lived seven lifetimes, and I have never had a friend quite like you." - Dax to Sisko
DS9 : Rejoined
Dax : "It's funny, a year ago if you'd done something like this, I would have thought you were just trying to be a hero."
Bashir : "And now?"
Dax : "Now that I know you better, I realise it was just a really stupid thing to do."
DS9 : Starship Down
"You people should take better care of yourselves. Stop poisoning your bodies with tobacco and atom bombs. Sooner or later, that kind of stuff will kill you!" - Quark to Denning
DS9 : Little Green Men
"I do apologise. You must be incensed. In fact, if I were in your shoes I would grab a bottle of champagne and shoot me." - Garak to Bashir
DS9 : Our Man Bashir
"Jake, the only time you should be in bed is if you're sleeping, dying, or making love to a beautiful woman." - Joseph Sisko to Jake Sisko
DS9 : Homefront
"Worried? I'm scared to death! But I'm damned if I'm going to let them change the way I live my life." - Joseph Sisko to Odo
DS9 : Paradise Lost
"You know, I've been a soldier and I've been a politician, and I have to say, I'm beginning to think that being a soldier was easier." - Shakaar to Odo
DS9 : Crossfire
"The best way to survive a knife fight is never to get in one." - Kira to Ziyal
DS9 : Return to Grace
"I have never understood you, Worf. But I do know this... in your own way, you are an honourable man." - Kurn to Worf
DS9 : The Sons of Mogh
"What you were trying to do was make yourself feel important. Making me feel dumb made you feel smart. But I'm not dumb, and you're not half as smart as you think you are." - Rom to Quark
DS9 : Bar Association
"The one good thing about going away is coming home." - Keiko O'Brien to Miles O'Brien
DS9 : Accession
"Part of being a captain is knowing when to smile, to make the troops happy. Even when it's the last thing in the world you want to do. Because they're your troops, and you hve to take care of them." - Sisko to Worf
DS9 : Rules of Engagement
"Isn't that a coincidence? I was hoping you weren't married!" - Mirror Kira to Guard; on being told that she had his wife killed
DS9 : Shattered Mirror
"Isn't that what an artist wants, to be remembered? Isn't that why you write?" - Onaya to Jake Sisko
DS9 : The Muse
"Paranoid is what they call people who imagine threats against their life. I have threats against my life." - Garak to Quark
DS9 : For the Cause
"I am First Omet'Iklan, and I am dead. As of this moment we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember, victory is life!" - Omet'Iklan to his troops
DS9 : To the Death
"I'm Chief Miles Edward O'Brien. And I'm very much alive, and intend to stay that way!" - O'Brien to his troops
DS9 : To the Death
"They're just rules. They're written in a book, not carved in stone. And even if they were in stone, so what? A bunch of us just made them up." - Gint to Quark; regarding the rules of acquisition
DS9 : Body Parts
"I've spent most of my life bringing people to justice. Now that it's my turn, how can I run away?" - Odo to Sisko; on returning to the great link for punishment
DS9 : Broken Link
"It may sound cruel, but we both know that ship out there was worth it. Those five deaths may save five thousand lives, or maybe even five million. And if I had to make the same trade all over again, I would. But five people are dead, fine men and women who deserved a lot more than to die on some lonely planet fifty thousand light years away from home." - Sisko to Dax
DS9 : The Ship
"If I were in your shoes I would be looking for someone a little more entertaining, a little more fun, and maybe even a little more attainable." - Dax to Worf; dropping a heavy hint
DS9 : Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places
"The battle of Ajilon Prime will probably be remembered as a pointless skirmish, but I'll always remember it as something more; as the place I learned that the line between courage and cowardice is a lot thinner than most people believe." - Jake
DS9 : ...Nor the Battle to the Strong
"Another glorious chapter of Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs of the Great Tribble Hunt?" - Odo to Worf; on the Klingon's extinction of the Tribble species
DS9 : Trials and Tribble-ations
"You have to realise, there's some things in life you can't control. And one of them is me." - Dax to Worf
DS9 : Let He Who Is Without Sin...
"Bad manners are the fault of the parent, not the child." - Dukat to Dax
DS9 : Things Past
"Don't you get it? I'm not trying to rescue you. I'm taking you along as emergency rations. If you die, I'm going to eat you." - Quark to Odo
DS9 : The Ascent
"I was in a Cardassian prison camp for five years. And I can remember each and very beating I suffered. And while you had your weapons to protect you, all I had was my faith and my courage." - Winn to Kira
DS9 : Rapture
"He wanted to protect the innocent, and separate the darkness from the light. But he didn't realise that a light only shines in the dark." - Kira to Odo
DS9 : The Darkness and the Light
Sisko : "You win some, you lose some."
Dax : "You always had problems with the 'lose some' part of that."
DS9 : For the Uniform
"Everyone has their reasons. That's what's so terrifying; people can find a way to justify any action, no matter how evil." - Kira to Ziyal
DS9 : By Inferno's Light
Odo : "You'd shoot a man in the back?"
Garak : "Well, it's the safest way, isn't it?"
DS9 : By Inferno's Light
"True love should always win." - Zimmerman to Leeta
DS9 : Doctor Bashir, I Presume?
"But you can't go through life trying to avoid getting a broken heart. If you do, it'll break from lonliness anyway." - Bashir to Odo
DS9 : A Simple Investigation
"Perhaps he's become prematurely aware of life's existential isolation." - Bashir to O'Brien; on a possible reason for his baby crying
DS9 : Business as Usual
"They kill us, we kill them... it's nothing worth celebrating." - Kira to Furel; regarding the Cardassians
DS9 : Ties of Blood and Water
"I love you, Nerys. I've always loved you." - Odo to Kira
DS9 : Children of Time
"And that's when Morn hit you with a barstool and ran out onto the promenade screaming 'we're all doomed!'" - Odo to Quark
DS9 : Blaze of Glory
"Well it's just that lately I've noticed everyone seems to trust me. It's quite unnerving." - Garak to O'Brien
DS9 : Empok Nor
"Even in the darkest moments, you can always find something that will make you smile." - Sisko in his log
DS9 : In the Cards
"I promise I will not rest until I stand with you again... here, in this place where I belong." - Sisko to the Bajorans on DS9
DS9 : Call to Arms
"It is not my life to give up, captain. And it never was." - Remata'Klan to Sisko
DS9 : Rocks and Shoals
"I tell you Worf, war is much more fun when you're winning!" - Martok to Worf
DS9 : Sons and Daughters
"I tried. I tried my best to run my establishment under this occupation. But you know what? It's no fun! I don't like the Cardassians, they're mean and arrogant. And I can't stand the Jem'Hadar. They're creepy, they just stand there like statues, staring at you. That's it. I don't want to spend the rest of my life doing business with these people. I want the Federation back! I want to sell root beer again!" - Quark to Kira; bemoaning the Dominion occupation of DS9
DS9 : Behind the Lines
"Gods don't make mistakes." - Weyoun to Kira
DS9 : Favor the Bold
"One ship against an entire fleet? That's a helluva plan B!" - Jadzia to Sisko
DS9 : Sacrifice of Angels
"You want to be gods? Then be gods. I need a miracle. Bajor needs a miracle. Stop those ships!" - Sisko to the Prophets
DS9 : Sacrifice of Angels
"We are not accorded the luxury of choosing the woman we fall in love with. Do you think Sirella is anything like the woman I thought I'd marry? She is a prideful, arrogant, mercurial woman who shares my bed far too infrequently for my taste. And yet... I love her deeply." - Martok to Worf
DS9 : You are Cordially Invited...
"I suppose it must be nice to have that kind of faith. I've always preferred to believe in nothing. That way I'm never disappointed." - Mirror Bariel to Kira
DS9 : Resurrection
"I don't care if the odds are against us! If we're going to lose, then we're going to go down fighting... so that when our descendants someday rise up against the Dominion, they'll know know what they're made of!" - Sisko to Bashir; on the war
DS9 : Statistical Probabilities
"A child, a moron, a failure, and a psychopath. Quite a little team you've put together." - Brunt to Quark
DS9 : The Magnificent Ferengi
Dukat : "I should have killed every last one of them! I should have turned their planet into a graveyard the likes of which the galaxy had never seen! I should have killed them all!"
Sisko : "And that is why you're not an evil man?"
DS9 : Waltz
"..." - Morn
DS9 : Who Mourns for Morn?
Ben Sisko : "And if I fail..."
Joseph Sisko : "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith."
DS9 : Far Beyond the Stars
"Our loyalty is demonstrated by our actions, not our words." - Kudak'Etan to Lamat'Ukan
DS9 : One Little Ship
"I'm going to take care of you. I don't forget my friends. Cause friends, they're like family. Nothing's more important. Nothing." - Bilby to O'Brien
DS9 : Honor Among Thieves
Worf : "I have a sense of humour. On the Enterprise I was considered to be quite amusing."
Dax : "That must have been one dull ship."
Worf : "That is a joke. I get it. It is not funny, but I get it."
DS9 : Change of Heart
"We all have scars, of one kind or another." - Kira Nerys to Kira Meru
DS9 : Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
"You function as judge, jury and executioner. And I think that's too much power for anyone." - Bashir to Sloan; regarding Section 31
DS9 : Inquisition
"I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damaging thing of all... I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again, I would. Garak was right about one thing, a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant." - Sisko; confessing to his personal log
DS9 : In the Pale Moonlight
"You're not exactly the most lovable person in the galaxy. You're not even the most lovable person in this sector. Or on this station. Or even in this room." - Quark to Odo
DS9 : His Way
"I had a pretty good idea what this was the moment I laid eyes on it. This confirms it. It's a slab of rock with some writing on it." - Dax to Sisko; analysing his discovery
DS9 : The Reckoning
"You don't understand because you've never put on one of these uniforms. You don't know anything about sacrifice or honour or duty or any of the things that make up a soldier's life. I'm part of something larger than myself. All you care about is you." - Nog to Jake
DS9 : Valiant
"I am a Klingon warrior and a Starfleet officer. I have piloted starships through Dominion minefields. I have have stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size. I have courted and won the heart of the magnificent Jadzia Dax. If I can do these things, I can make this child go to sleep!" - Worf to Dax; on the challenges of babysitting
DS9 : Time's Orphan
"We've grown apart, the lot of us. We didn't mean for it to happen, but it did. The war changed us, pulled us apart. Lisa Cusak was my friend. But you are also my friends, and I want my friends in my life. Because one day we're going to wake up and we're going to discover that someone is missing from this circle, and on that day we're gonna mourn. And we shouldn't have to mourn alone." - O'Brien to his friends
DS9 : The Sound of Her Voice
"Our baby... would've been so beautiful..." - Jadzia to Worf; her last words
DS9 : Tears of the Prophets
Quark : "Let me tell you something about hewmons, nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeapoardy over an extended period of time, and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon."
Nog : "I feel sorry for the Jem'Hadar."
DS9 : The Siege of AR-558
"It's like I said, the more things change, the more they stay the same." - Quark to Morn; the last words said in the series
DS9 : What You Leave Behind

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