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Quotes List

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Quote Episode
"Let's see what's out there..." - Picard; ordering the Enterprise into the unknown
TNG : Encounter at Farpoint
"Treat her like a lady and she'll always bring you home." - McCoy to Data; on the Enterprise-D
TNG : Encounter at Farpoint
"You jewel, that's exactly what I wanted to hear!" - Yar to Data; on discovering that he is 'fully functional' in matters of sexuality
TNG : The Naked Now
"In my world it's a greater honour to refuse..." - Yar; when Yareena challenges her to fight for her honour
TNG : Code of Honor
"Fear is the true enemy. The only enemy." - Riker to Portal
TNG : The Last Outpost
"In three centuries of space travel we've charted just 11% of our galaxy. And then... we accomplish this." - Kozinsky; on the Enterprise being hurled into another galaxy
TNG : Where No One Has Gone Before
"The search for knowledge is always our primary mission." - Picard to Crusher
TNG : Lonely Among Us
"Nice planet." - Worf to Riker; hugging Rivan
TNG : Justice
"I'm with Starfleet; we don't lie." - Wesley to the Mediator
TNG : Justice
"Sharing an orbit with God is no small experience." - Troi to Picard
TNG : Justice
"There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions." - Picard to the Edo god
TNG : Justice
"Let the dead rest, and the past remain the past." - Picard to Riker
TNG : The Battle
"As you hew-mons say... I'm all ears." - Kazago to Riker
TNG : The Battle
Picard : "Bok. Where is Bok?"
Riker : "Removed from command, sir, and placed under guard for his act of personal vengeance. Seems there was no profit in it."
Picard : "In revenge, there never is."
TNG : The Battle
"A macro head with a micro brain..." - Q; on Worf, the first time he calls him micro brain
TNG : Hide and Q
"Please continue the 'petty bickering'." - Data to the party guests
TNG : Haven
"One look at you, sir, is proof that nothing is impossible." - Redblock to Data
TNG : The Big Goodbye
"If it feels awkward to be reminded that Data is a machine, just remember that we are merely a different variety of machine, in our case electrochemical in nature." - Picard to the bridge crew
TNG : Datalore
"In our society we share the responsibility and the pleasures equally." - Riker to Beata; on Human gender equality (there wasn't much to choose from in this one.)
TNG : Angel One
"If winning is not important, then Commander... why keep score?" - Worf to Riker
TNG : 11001001
"A blind man teaching an android how to paint? That's got to be worth a couple of pages in somebody's book!" - Riker to Data and Geordi
TNG : 11001001
"Blondes and Jazz seldom go together." - Riker; while creating Minuet
TNG : 11001001
"What's a knockout like you doing in a computer generated gin joint like this?" - Riker to Minuet
TNG : 11001001
Picard : "The quest for youth, number one; so futile. Age and wisdom have their graces too."
Riker : "I wonder if one doesn't have to have age and wisdom to appreciate that, sir?"
TNG : Too Short a Season
"Things are only impossible until they are not." - Picard to Data
TNG : When the Bough Breaks
"Only fools have no fear..." - Worf to Wesley
TNG : Coming of Age
Remmick : "You don't like me very much, do you?"
Worf : "Is it required, sir?"
TNG : Coming of Age
"What magnificent battles we could have at the helm of this ship!" - Konmel to Worf; on the Enterprise
TNG : Heart of Glory
"Cowards take hostages, Klingons do not." - Worf to Yar
TNG : Heart of Glory
"The true test of a warrior is not without, it is within!" - Worf to Korris
TNG : Heart of Glory
"Yet in all you say, where are the words duty, honour, loyalty? Without which a warrior is nothing!" - Worf to Korris
TNG : Heart of Glory
Korris : "You are a sham! My words were dust upon the ground! Your blood has no fire! You are weak like them! I don't care what you look like, you are no Klingon!"
Worf : "Perhaps not."
(Worf shoots Korris, killing him.)
TNG : Heart of Glory
"The name of my ship is the Lollipop. It's a good ship." - Riker to the Rice image
TNG : The Arsenal of Freedom
"Beverly the prime directive is not just a set of rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proved again and again that whenever Mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disasterous." - Picard to Crusher
TNG : Symbiosis
"You say you are true evil? Let me tell you what true evil is. It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you." - Picard to Armus
TNG : Skin of Evil
"So you will understand when I say that death is that state in which one exists only in the memories of others. Which is why it is not an end." - Yar's image to her friends
TNG : Skin of Evil
"Enough of this self indulgence." - Picard; chiding himself for spending time on personal matters
TNG : We'll Always Have Paris
"Swimming is too much like... bathing!" - Worf; on the horrors of being clean
TNG : Conspiracy
"I am never critical of any member of my staff being curious." - Picard
TNG : The Neutral Zone
"One is my name. The other is not." - Data to Pulaski; on her mispronunciation of his name
TNG : The Child
"Yes. Absolutely. I do indeed concur wholeheartedly!" - Riker; when asked by the computer if he concurs in aborting the autodestruct sequence
TNG : Where Silence Has Lease
"And Doctor. God knows I'm not one to discourage you, but... but I would appreciate it if you would let me finish my sentances once in a while." - Picard to Pulaski
TNG : Elementary, Dear Data
"Life is like loading twice your cargo weight into your spacecraft. If it's canaries and you can keep half of them flying all the time, you're all right." - Okona to Data; He's actually wrong about the canaries thing, but it's a good line
TNG : The Outrageous Okona
"Confidence is faith in oneself. It can't easily be given by another." - Troi to Picard
TNG : Loud as a Whisper
"No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another." - Picard to Data and Graves; on Data
TNG : The Schizoid Man
"Scientists believe no experiment is a failure, that even a mistake advances the evolution of understanding... but all achievement has a price." - Pulaski; Log entry
TNG : Unnatural Selection
"If Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we can get one of the females to breast feed you." - Klag to Riker
TNG : A Matter of Honor
O'Brien : "Good luck, Commander."
Riker : "Thanks, O'Brien."
O'Brien : "I wouldn't want to go."
Riker : "Why?"
O'Brien : (incredulous) "You're not afraid, are you?"
Riker : "No, I'm not."
O'Brien : "I would be."
TNG : A Matter of Honor
Klag : (regarding two Klingon females) "They are inquisitive. They wonder how you would endure."
Riker : "Endure what?"
Klag : "Them."
Riker : (smiling slowly) "One, or both?"
TNG : A Matter of Honor
"A Klingon is his work, not his family. That is the way of things." - Klag to Riker
TNG : A Matter of Honor
"Enterprise, this is Captain William Riker of the Klingon vessel Pagh. I order you to lower your shields and surrender." - Riker to Picard
TNG : A Matter of Honor
Riker : "Cloaking shields off."
[Dukath hesitates]
Riker : "Obey my orders!"
Tactical Officer Dukath : "We will be destroyed!"
Riker : "If we are, it will be in battle, and I will die with you. So I repeat... cloaking shields off!"
TNG : A Matter of Honor
"You understand the Klingons better than I thought, Commander." - Klag to Riker
TNG : A Matter of Honor
"You come from a very brave and unique people. I'm glad you're with us on the Enterprise." - Riker to Worf
TNG : A Matter of Honor
"Well consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do because it's too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, all disposable... you don't have to think about their welfare, you don't think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people." - Guinan to Picard
TNG : The Measure of a Man
"It sits there looking at me, and I don't know what it is. This case has dealt with metaphysics, with questions best left to saints and philosophers. I am neither competent nor qualified to answer those. I've got to make a ruling, to try to speak the the future. Is Data a machine? Yes. Is he the property of Starfleet? No. We have all been dancing around the basic issue. Does Data have a soul? I don't know that he has. I don't know that I have! But I have got to give him the freedom to explore that question himself. It is the ruling of this court that Lieutenant Commander Data has the freedom to choose." - Phillipa; Her ruling on Data
TNG : The Measure of a Man
"It brings a sense of order and stability to my universe to know that you're still a pompous ass... and a damn sexy man." - Louvois to Picard
TNG : The Measure of a Man
"This is all just beginning; We've only charted 19% of our galaxy. The rest is out there just waiting." - Wesley to Salia
TNG : The Dauphin
"Fate. Protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." - Riker to bridge crew
TNG : Contagion
"It was a dark and stormy night..." - Riker; Reading the first line of the novel Hotel Royale
TNG : The Royale
"One of your strengths is your ability to evaluate the dynamics of a situation and then take a definitive, pre-emptive step, take charge. Now you're frustrated because you not only can't see a solution, you can't define the problem." - Riker to Picard
TNG : Time Squared
"Well, they say if you travel far enough you will eventually meet yourself. Having experienced that, Number One, it's not something I would care to repeat." - Picard to Riker
TNG : Time Squared
"Respect is earned, not bestowed." - Troi
TNG : The Icarus Factor
"In your position it's important to ask yourself one question : What would Picard do?" - Riker to Wesley; on the difficulties of command
TNG : Pen Pals
"You see, the prime directive has many different functions. Not the least of which is to protect us, to prevent us from allowing our emotions to overwhelm our judgement." - Picard to Pulaski
TNG : Pen Pals
"Your whisper from the dark has now become a plea. We cannot turn our backs." - Picard to Data
TNG : Pen Pals
Riker : "O'Brien, take a nap. You didn't see any of this. You're not involved."
O'Brien : "Right, sir. I'll just be standing over here dozing off."
TNG : Pen Pals
"He has brought a child onto my ship, and on my bridge!" - Picard to Riker; I love the sheer loathing with which he says this
TNG : Pen Pals
"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." - Q to Picard
TNG : Q Who
"We are smart." - Pakled to Riker
TNG : Samaritan Snare
"Sometimes, Number One, you just have to bow to the absurd." - Picard to Riker
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
Danilo : "What the hell was that thing?"
Worf : "Automated fire system. A force field contains the flame until the remaining oxygen within the field has been consumed."
Danilo : "What if I had been under that thing?"
Worf : "You would have been standing in the fire."
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
Brenna : "And what are you staring at? Have you never seen a woman before?"
Riker : "I thought I had."
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
Brenna : "Do you not like girls?"
Riker : "Of course I do. Oh... is there a technique to this foot washing?"
Brenna : "You generally start at the top and work your way down..."
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
"You see lad, every moment of pleasure in life has to be purchased by an equal moment of pain." - Danilo to Worf
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
"I didn't want to frighten you." - Troi to Riker; on her reason for not revealing that a Betazoid woman's sex drive more than quadruples during the Phase
TNG : Manhunt
"Lieutenant, I order you to relax!" - Picard to Worf
TNG : The Emissary
"Comfortable chair." - Worf to Riker; on the joys of command
TNG : The Emissary
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life." - Picard to Data
TNG : Peak Performance
Data : "It is a matter of perspective Doctor. In the strictest sense, I did not win."
Everyone : "Data!"
Data : "I busted him up."
TNG : Peak Performance
"If you drop a hammer on your foot, it's hardly useful to get mad at the hammer." - Riker to Picard
TNG : Shades of Gray
"A brand new era in astrophysics... postponed one hundred and ninety six years on account of rain." - Stubbs to Wesley; bemoaning the disruption of his experiment
TNG : Evolution
"This is just a thing, and things can be replaced. Lives cannot." - Data to Gosheven
TNG : The Ensigns of Command
Worf : "Sir, may I say your attempt to hold the away team at bay, with a non-functioning weapon, was an act of unmitigated gall."
Kevin : "Didn't fool you, huh?"
Worf : "I admire gall."
TNG : The Survivors
"Good tea. Nice house." - Worf to Rishon
TNG : The Survivors
"Are eleven thousand people worth fifty billion? Is the love of a woman worth the destruction of an entire species?" - Kevin to Picard; agonizing over his crime
TNG : The Survivors
Picard : "Please. Get up. Get up! You must not kneel to me."
Nuria : "You do not wish it?"
Picard : "I do not deserve it."
TNG : Who Watches The Watchers?
Nuria : "Perhaps one day, my people will travel above the skies?"
Picard : "Of that I have absolutely no doubt."
TNG : Who Watches The Watchers?
"That's the problem with believing in a supernatural being... trying to determine what he wants." - Troi to Liko
TNG : Who Watches The Watchers?
"Maybe if we felt any loss as keenly as keenly as we felt the death of one close to us, Human history would be a lot less bloody." - Riker to Data
TNG : The Bonding
"You know, I've always thought technology could solve almost any problem. It enhances the quality of our lives, lets us travel across the galaxy, even gave me my vision. But sometimes you just have to turn it all off." - Geordi to holo-Leah; on the solution to their problem
TNG : Booby Trap
Bochra : "And they let you live?"
Geordi : "Of course they let me live! What kind of question is that?"
(On Geordi's parents reaction to his being born blind.)
TNG : The Enemy
"Commander, both our ships are ready to fight. We have two extremely powerful and destructive arsenals at our command. Our next actions will have serious repercussions. We have reason to mistrust one another but even better reason to set those differences aside. Of course, the question is, who will take the initiative? Who will make the first gesture of trust? The answer is... I will." - Picard to Tomalak
TNG : The Enemy
"I fell in love in a day. It lasted a week... but what a week!" - Crusher to Troi; on love at first sight
TNG : The Price
"Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!" - Worf to Gatherers
TNG : The Vengeance Factor
"I will never see my child smile again. She will grow up believing that her father was a traitor. But she will grow up." - Admiral Jarok; on his reasons for betraying his government
TNG : The Defector
"You already betrayed your people, Admiral! You made your choices sir! You're a traitor! Now if the bitter taste of that is unpalatable to you I am truly sorry, but I will not risk my crew because you think you can dance on the edge of the Neutral Zone. You crossed over, Admiral. You make yourself comfortable with that." - Picard to Jarok
TNG : The Defector
"Survival is not enough... to simply EXIST is not enough..." - Roga Danar to Danarto Nayrok
TNG : The Hunted
"In your own words, this is not our affair. We cannot interfere in the natural course of your society's development. And I'd say it's going to develop significantly in the next few minutes." - Picard to Danarto Nayrok
TNG : The Hunted
"Don't you know? A dead martyr's worth ten posturing leaders." - Flinn to Crusher
TNG : The High Ground
"In a world where children blow up children, everyone's a threat." - Devos to Riker
TNG : The High Ground
Q : "What must I do to convince you people?"
Worf : "Die."
TNG : Deja Q
"I'm not good in groups. It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent." - Q to Data
TNG : Deja Q
"As I learn more and more what it is to be human, I am more and more convinced that I would never make a good one. I don't have what it takes. Without my powers I'm frightened of everything. I'm a coward... and I'm miserable... and I can't go on this way." - Q to Picard
TNG : Deja Q
"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." - Q to Data
TNG : Deja Q
"Oh, you're so stolid! You weren't like that before the beard!" - Q to Riker
TNG : Deja Q
"A warriors drink!" - Worf to Guinan; about prune juice
TNG : Yesterday's Enterprise
"Guinan says I died a senseless death in the other time line. I didn't like the sound of that, Captain. I've always known the risks that come with a Starfleet uniform. If I'm to die in one, I'd like my death to count for something." - Yar to Picard
TNG : Yesterday's Enterprise
"Let's make sure history never forgets the name... Enterprise." - Picard to crew
TNG : Yesterday's Enterprise
"That'll be the day..." - Picard; muttering to himself when the Klingons demand his surrender
TNG : Yesterday's Enterprise
"Thank you for my life." - Lal to Data; Her last words
TNG : The Offspring
"I am Klingon! If you doubt it, a demonstration can be arranged!" - Worf to Kurn
TNG : Sins of the Father
"It is a good day to die, Duras... and the day is not over yet." - Worf to Duras; the first time this 'Klingon' saying is used
TNG : Sins of the Father
"Imprisonment is an injury, regardless of how you justify it." - Picard to the alien
TNG : Allegiance
"The more difficult the task, the sweeter the victory." - Riker to Troi
TNG : Captain's Holiday
"Is that the purpose of existence? To care for someone?" - Data to Elbrun
TNG : Tin Man
"The idea of fitting in just repels me." - Guinan to LaForge
TNG : Hollow Pursuits
"He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again." - Picard; on Data, quoting from Hamlet
TNG : The Most Toys
"All this magnificent technology, we still find ourselves susceptible to the ravages of old age. The loss of dignity, the slow betrayal of our bodies by forces we cannot master." - Picard to Data
TNG : Sarek
"Gentlemen, I have the utmost confidence in your ability to perform the impossible." - Picard to crew
TNG : Menage a Troi
"Words come later. It is the scent that first speaks of love." - Worf to LaForge
TNG : Transfigurations
"Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us." - Borg to Picard; the first time their mission statement is heard
TNG : The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1
"When a man is convinced that he is going to die tomorow, he'll probably find a way to make it happen." - Guinan to Riker
TNG : The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2
Marie : "He's still out there, dreaming about starships and adventures. It's getting late."
Robert : "Yes. But let him dream."
TNG : Family
"They're brothers, Data. Brothers forgive." - Beverly to Data
TNG : Brothers
"You are Human, and amongst Humans females can achieve anything that the males can." - Worf to Jono
TNG : Suddenly Human
Picard : "You're probably not aware of this, but I have never been particularly comfortable around children."
Troi : "...really?"
TNG : Suddenly Human
"If there's nothing wrong with me, maybe there's something wrong with the universe!" - Beverly to herself; The sheer chutzpah of this statement is staggering
TNG : Remember Me
Beverly : "Computer, what is the nature of the universe?"
Computer : "The universe is a sphereoid region 705 metres in diameter."
TNG : Remember Me
"Without trust there's no friendship, no closeness, none of the emotional bonds that make us who we are." - Riker to Data
TNG : Legacy
"The Enterprise is not a ship of war. It is a ship of exploration." - Data to Ishara
TNG : Legacy
"As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated and even 'missed' when absent." - Data to Ishara; on his definition of friendship
TNG : Legacy
"Not even a bite on the cheek for old time's sake?" - K'Ehleyr to Worf
TNG : Reunion
"Lieutenant, you are a member of this crew and you will not go into hiding whenever a Klingon vessel uncloaks!" - Picard to Worf
TNG : Reunion
"Find the assassin. The Klingon who kills without showing his face has no honour! He must not lead the Empire. Such a man would be capable of anything... even war with the Federation." - K'mpec to Picard
TNG : Reunion
"You have never seen death? Then look, and always remember." - Worf to Alexander
TNG : Reunion
Duras : "I'm the only one, Worf! The only one who can prove your innocence! Kill me and you're a traitor forever!"
Worf : "Then that is how it shall be!"
TNG : Reunion
"Mister Worf, the Enterprise crew currently includes representatives from thirteen planets. They each have their individual beliefs and values, and I respect them all. But they have all chosen to serve Starfleet. If anyone cannot perform his or her duty because of the demands of their society, they should resign. Do you wish to resign?" - Picard to Worf
TNG : Reunion
"Shut up! As in, close your mouth and stop talking!" - Riker to the fake Picard
TNG : Future Imperfect
"Wesley, you remember... I was always proud of you." - Picard to Wesley
TNG : Final Mission
"Human intuition and instinct are not always right, but they do make life interesting." - Guinan to Troi
TNG : The Loss
"Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you." - Riker to Picard
TNG : Data's Day
"It's not you I hate, Cardassian. I hate what I became, because of you." - O'Brien to Glinn Daro
TNG : The Wounded
"I pity you. We live in a universe of magic, which evidently you cannot see." - Ardra to Riker
TNG : Devil's Due
"To many Humans, a mystery is irresistable. It must be solved." - Picard to Troi/Paxan
TNG : Clues
"I will have to say... this morning I was the leader of the universe as I knew it. This afternoon I am only a voice in a chorus. But I think it was a good day." - Chancellor Avel Durkem to Picard; on meeting aliens for the first time
TNG : First Contact
"There's theory and then there's application. They don't always jibe." - Geordi to Brahms
TNG : Galaxy's Child
"To admit that you're afraid gives you strength." - Troi to Worf
TNG : Night Terrors
"Young children are sometimes frightened of the world. That doesn't mean that their parents should let them stay in their cribs." - Barclay to Troi
TNG : The N'th Degree
"Sir, I protest! I am NOT a merry man!" - Worf to Picard; outraged
TNG : Qpid
"Admiral? What you're doing is unethical. It's immoral. I'll fight it." - Picard to Admiral Satie
TNG : The Drumhead
"With the first link the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied... chains us all irrevocably." - Picard; quoting Admiral Aaron Satie
TNG : The Drumhead
"We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, it's all ancient history. And then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly it threatens to start all over again." - Picard to Worf
TNG : The Drumhead
"Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their mustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged." - Picard to Worf
TNG : The Drumhead
"Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3. My mother is on board." - Troi to the computer; in the voice of doom
TNG : Half a Life
"That man's in a lot of trouble." - Geordi to O'Brien; regarding Lwaxana's interest in Timicin
TNG : Half a Life
Lwaxana : "What does that little one do, Mister Woof?"
Worf : "Please, Madam! That is a torpedo launch initiator... and it is Worf, Madam, not Woof."
TNG : Half a Life
"I know you, Mother, and believe me... you will never be one of those who dies before they die." - Troi to Lwaxana
TNG : Half a Life
"No parent should expect to be paid back for the love they've given their children." - Timicin to Lwaxana
TNG : Half a Life
"Speak softly governor. Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper." - Odan to Governor Trion Leka
TNG : The Host
"...I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I'll let you know." - Picard to Data
TNG : In Theory
"Lies must be challenged." - Picard to Worf
TNG : Redemption, Part 1
"The claim 'I was only following orders' has been used to justify too many tragedies in our history." - Picard to Data
TNG : Redemption, Part 2
"The Tamarian was willing to risk all of us, just for the hope of communication, connection. Now the door is open between our peoples. That commitment meant more to him than his own life." - Picard to Riker
TNG : Darmok
"That's one reason why I ran away. They're lost, defeated. I will never be." - Ro to Picard
TNG : Ensign Ro
"Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil, it is feeding. The same may be true of the entity." - Picard to Dr. Marr
TNG : Silicon Avatar
"Congratulations, you are fully dilated to ten centimetres. You may now give birth." - Worf to Keiko
TNG : Disaster
"I never met a chocolate I didn't like." - Troi to Riker
TNG : The Game
"Father and son, both proud, both stubborn, more alike than either of them are prepared to admit. A lifetime spent building emotional barriers, they're very difficult to break down. And now the time has come when it is too late. It's a difficult moment. It's a lonely one." - Picard to Data
TNG : Unification, Part 1
Spock : "In your own way you are as stubborn as another captain of the Enterprise I once knew."
Picard : "Then I am in good company, sir."
TNG : Unification, Part 2
"Of course you know the Prime Directive, which tells us that we have no right to interfere in the natural evolution of alien worlds. Now, I have sworn to uphold it, but nevertheless I have disregarded that directive on more than one occasion... because I thought it was the right thing to do." - Picard to Rasmussen
TNG : A Matter of Time
"You must do what you think is best for him. That's all a parent can hope to do." - Helena to Worf
TNG : New Ground
"I would gladly risk feeling bad at times, if it also meant I could taste my dessert." - Data to Timothy; Nice foreshadowing of Generations here.
TNG : Hero Worship
"Earth was once a violent planet too. At times, the chaos threatened the very fabric of life. But like you, we evolved. We found better ways to handle our conflicts. But I think noone can deny that the seed of violence remains within each of us, We must recognise that, because that violence is capable of consuming each of us." - Picard to Tarmin
TNG : Violations
"Who gave them the right to decide whether or not I should be here? Whether or not I might have something to contribute?" - Geordi to Hannah; regarding the settlement's decision to remove all disabilities from their offspring
TNG : The Masterpiece Society
"I feel as though I've been handed a weapon, sent into a room, and told to shoot a stranger. Well, I need some moral context to justify that action. And I don't have it. I am not content simply to obey orders. I need to know that what I am doing is right." - Picard to MacDuff
TNG : Conundrum
"To die defending his ship is the hope of every Klingon." - Worf to the alien in Data
TNG : Power Play
"You scare me, doctor. You risk your patient's lives and justify it in the name of research. Genuine research takes time, sometimes a lifetime of painstaking, detailed work in order to get any results. Not for you, you take shortcuts, right through living tissue. You put your research ahead of your patient's lives and as far as I am concerned, that's a violation of our most sacred trust. I'm sure your work will be hailed as a stunning breakthrough. Enjoy your laurels, doctor. I'm not sure I could." - Crusher to Russell
TNG : Ethics
"A warrior does not let a friend face danger alone." - Worf to Riker
TNG : The Outcast
"Captain, perhaps you should come aboard my ship. There's something we need to discuss." - Picard to Bateson; trying to find a way to break the news gently
TNG : Cause and Effect
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth." - Picard to Wesley
TNG : The First Duty
"You're just supposed to sit here?" - Worf; on the mud bath
TNG : Cost of Living
Briam : "You had to work side by side with her for days. How could you resist her?"
Picard : "Ambassador, have a safe trip home."
TNG : The Perfect Mate
"It is interesting that people try to find meaningful patterns in things that are essentially random. I have noticed that the images they percieve sometimes suggest what they are thinking about at that particular moment. Besides, it is clearly a bunny rabbit." - Data to Guinan; on the nebula cloud formations
TNG : Imaginary Friend
"When I look at my patient, I don't see a collective consciousness. I don't see a hive. I see a living, breathing boy who's been hurt and who needs our help. And we're talking about sending him back to his people as an instrument of destruction." - Crusher to Picard
TNG : I, Borg
"Because it's been given a name by a member of my crew, doesn't mean it's not a Borg. Because it's young, doesn't mean that it's innocent. It is what it is, and in spite of efforts to turn it into some kind of pet I will not alter my plans!" - Picard to Guinan; on Hugh
TNG : I, Borg
Geordi : "He's not what I expected, Captain. He's got feelings. He's homesick. I don't know. It just doesn't seem right using him this way."
Picard : "Centuries ago, when laboratory animals were used for experiments, scientists would sometimes become attached to the creatures. This would a problem if the experiment involved killing them. I would suggest that you unattach yourself from the Borg, Mister La Forge."
TNG : I, Borg
"But my uniform, my VISOR... are you saying I'm some blind ghost with clothes?" - Geordi; commenting on Ro's assertion that they are dead
TNG : The Next Phase
"If you remember what we were and how we lived, then we will have found life again." - Eline to Picard
TNG : The Inner Light
"I have often wondered about my own mortality as I have seen others age around me. Until now it has been theoretically possible that I would live an unlimited period of time. And although some might find this attractive, to me it only reinforces that fact that I am... artificial." - Data to Geordi
TNG : Time's Arrow, Part 1
"Poverty was eliminated on Earth a long time ago. And a lot of other things dissapeared with it; hopelessness, despair, cruelty..." - Troi to Clemens
TNG : Time's Arrow, Part 2
"You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think that it is connected to some higher purpose." - Picard to Alkar
TNG : Man of the People
"N-C-C-1-7-0-1. No bloody A, B, C or D." - Scotty to the Holodeck
TNG : Relics
"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 sub-vocal 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.
Oh 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 none-the-less consider you a true and valued friend." - Data; "
TNG : Schisms
"You may be nearly omnipotent, and I don't deny that your parlour tricks are very impressive, but morality? I don't see it. I would put Human morality against the Q's any day. And perhaps that's the reason why we fascinate you so..." - Picard to Q
TNG : True-Q
"He's my number one dad!" - Picard; covering for his calling Riker number one in front of the Ferengi
TNG : Rascals
"The town of Deadwood may face danger again, Alexander. If they do they'll need a sheriff... and a deputy." - Worf; confirming that he will continue to play with Alexander on the holodeck
TNG : A Fistful of Datas
"It is true I am acting on my personal beliefs. But I do not see how I can do otherwise." - Data to Riker
TNG : The Quality of Life
"And... get that fish out of the ready room." - Jellico to Riker
TNG : Chain of Command, Part 1
"There... are... four... lights!" - Picard to Madred
TNG : Chain of Command, Part 2
"But who knows? Our reality may be very much like theirs and all this might just be an elaborate simulation running inside a little device sitting on someone's table." - Picard to Troi
TNG : Ship in a Bottle
"In order to defeat your enemy, you must first understand them." - Troi to Toreth
TNG : Face of the Enemy
"That Picard never had a brush with death, never came face to face with his own mortality, never realised how fragile life is. Or how important each moment must be. So his life never came into focus." - Q to Picard
TNG : Tapestry
"You are a culture of one. Which is no less valid than a culture of one billion." - Picard to Data
TNG : Birthright, Part 1
"You do not kill an animal unless you intend to eat it." - Toq to Tokath
TNG : Birthright, Part 2
Kelsey : "It's a small ship Mott, I don't think there's going to be room for both of us."
Picard : "I'm sorry to hear that. I'll send your regrets."
TNG : Starship Mine
"I've lost people under my command, people who were very dear to me, but never someone I've been in love with. And when I believed you were dead, I just began to shut down. I didn't want to think or feel. I was here, in my quarters, and the only thing I could focus on was my music... and how it would never again give me any joy." - Picard to Darren
TNG : Lessons
"It would seem that we are not completely dissimilar after all. In our hopes, or in our fears." - Romulan to Picard
TNG : The Chase
"None of this is real!" - Riker; realising that everything he has experienced is a fantasy
TNG : Frame of Mind
"After all, a Ferengi scientist is almost a contradiction in terms!" - Reyga to Crusher
TNG : Suspicions
"Long ago a storm was heading toward the city of Quin'lat. The people sought protection within the walls, all except one man who remained outside. I went to him and asked what he was doing. 'I am not afraid,' he said. 'I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me.' I honoured his choice and went inside. The next day the storm came, and the man was killed. The wind does not respect a fool." - Kahless to Gowron
TNG : Rightful Heir
"It pulses unendingly all through the night..." - Riker; His poem
TNG : Second Chances
"All I remember is setting down the food... and then a hissing ball of fur came out of nowhere!" - Riker; on feeding Spot
TNG : Timescape
"I got angry." - Data to Riker
TNG : Descent, Part 1
"You are an insulting pompous fool. And if you were not an ambassador, I would disembowel you right here!" - Worf to the Iyaaran ambassador
TNG : Liaisons
"You'll never look at your hairline the same way again." - Picard to Jason
TNG : Bloodlines
"Five card stud, nothing wild... and the sky's the limit." - Picard to crew; the final words spoken in the series
TNG : All Good Things

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