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Quotes List

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

Quote Episode
"Check the circuit." - Spock to helmsman; the first words ever spoken on Star Trek.

"I'm tired of being responsible for 203 lives, and I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who doesn't... and who lives, and who dies." - Pike to Boyce

"I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm gonna find out!" - Pike to the Talosian

"We had not believed this possible. The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred for captivity. Even when it is pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death!" - Talosian to Pike

"Engage." - Pike to Number one, the first time the word was ever used in Trek.

TOS : The Cage
"The first thing I ever heard from upperclassmen was 'watch out for Lieutenant Kirk. In his class, you either think or sink.'" - Mitchell to Kirk

"Did you hear him joke about compassion? Above all, a 'god' needs compassion!" - Kirk to Dehner regarding Mitchell.

TOS : Where No Man Has Gone Before
"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's five year mission : to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." - Kirk in the first use of the line.

Spock : "Has it occurred to you that there's a certain... inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you've already made up your mind about?"
Kirk : "It gives me emotional security."

Spock : "A very interesting game, this poker."
Kirk : "It does have advantages over chess."

TOS : The Corbomite Maneuver
"You'll find out that ships' captains are already married, girl, to their vessels. You'd find that out the first time you came between him and the ship." - Mudd to Eve

"Is this the kind of wife you want, Ben? Not someone to help you, not a wife to cook and sew and cry and need, but this kind? Selfish, vain, useless. Is this what you really want?" - Eve to Childress

TOS : Mudd's Women
"You can't afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith, and you lose command." - Spock to Kirk

"The intelligence, the logic - it appears that your half has most of that. And perhaps that's where most of man's essential courage comes from for you see, he was afraid and you weren't." - McCoy to Kirk

"He's dead, Jim." - McCoy to Kirk regarding the dog, the first use of the line in Star Trek.

"Being split in two halves is no theory with me, doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half, submerged, constantly at war with each other. Personal experience, doctor. I survive it because my intelligence wins over both, makes them live together." - Spock to McCoy

TOS : The Enemy Within
"Mister Spock, sometimes I think if I hear that word frequency once more, I'll cry." - Uhura to Spock

"May the Great Bird of the galaxy bless your planet!" - Sulu to Rand

TOS : The Man Trap
"I can't change the laws of physics!" - Scott to Kirk in a much parodied quote

"My mother... I could never tell her I loved her." - Spock to Kirk

"This vessel. I give, she takes. She won't permit me my life. I've got to live hers." - Kirk to Spock

"Never lose you. Never." - Kirk to the Enterprise

Sulu : "I'll protect you, fair maiden!" Uhura : "Sorry, neither!"

"No beach to walk on." Kirk, bemoaning the demands of Starfleet life

TOS : The Naked Time
"If I had the whole universe, I'd give it to you. When I see you I feel like I'm hungry all over. Hungry! Do you know how that feels?" - Charlie to Rand

"Charlie, there are a million things in this universe you can have and there are a million things you can't have. It's no fun facing that, but that's the way things are." - Kirk to Charlie

TOS : Charlie X
"Leave any bigotry in your quarters. There's no room for it on the bridge." - Kirk to Stiles

Bones : "War is never imperative, Mister Spock."
Spock : "It is for them, Doctor."

"You're discussing tactics! Do you realise what this really comes down to? Millions and millions of lives hanging on what this vessel does next!" - McCoy to Spock

"I wish I were on a long sea voyage somewhere. Not too much deck tennis, no frantic dancing. And no responsibility." - Kirk to McCoy

"In this galaxy there's a mathamatical probability of three million Earth type planets. And in all of the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all of that... and perhaps more... only one of each of us." - McCoy to Kirk

"He's a sorcerer, that one! He reads the thoughts in my brain!" - Romulan Commander to Decius regarding Kirk

"You and I are of a kind. In a different reality, I could have called you friend." - Romulan Commander to Kirk

TOS : Balance of Terror
Korby : "You think I could love a machine?"
Chapel : "Did you?"

Korby : "Can you imagine how life could be improved if we could do away with jealousy, greed, hate?"
Kirk : "It can also be improved by eliminating love, tenderness, sentiment. The other side of the coin, doctor."

"That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming!" - - Ruk to Kirk

"Do you realize the number of discoveries lost because of superstition, of ignorance, of a layman's inability to comprehend?" - Korby to Kirk

TOS : What Are Little Girls Made Of?
"A cage is a cage, Jim." - McCoy to Kirk, unimpressed with his description of how humane the colony is.

"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." - Adams' toast

"Interesting. Your Earth people glorify organized violence for forty centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately." - Spock to McCoy

"One of the advantages of being a captain, doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it." - Kirk to Noel

"Open your mind... we move together, our minds sharing the same thoughts." - Spock performing a meld on Van Gelder

"Can you imagine the mind, emptied by that thing? Without even a tormentor for company?" - Kirk to Spock about Adams

TOS : Dagger of the Mind
"Now, this is marvelous. The most horrible conglomeration of antique architecture I've ever seen." - McCoy to Kirk.

"Life prolongation. Didn't have much luck, did they?" - McCoy to Kirk.

"Back on the ship, I used to try to get you to look at my legs. Captain, look at my legs." - Rand to Kirk.

"I never get involved with older women, Yeoman." - Kirk to Rand.

TOS : Miri
"The chain of command is often a noose." - McCoy to Spock

"And this ship. All this power. Surging and throbbing, yet under control. Are you like that, captain?" - Lenore to Kirk. Oh my!

McCoy : "Do you play God? Carry his head through the corridors in triumph? That won't bring back the dead, Jim."
Kirk : "No. But they may rest easier."

"Blood thins. The body fails. One is finally grateful for a failing memory." - Karidian to Kirk

Lenore : "You are like your ship. Powerful, and not human. There is no mercy in you."
Kirk : "If he is Kodos, then I've shown him more mercy than he deserves."

"We've armed man with tools. Striving for greatness continues." - Kirk to Kodos, in response to the latter's claim that modern life has dehumanized Mankind.

Lenore : "All the ghosts are dead. I've buried them. There's no more blood on your hands!"
Kodos : "Oh my child, my child! You've left me nothing!"

TOS : The Conscience of the King
"It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six, doctor." - Spock to McCoy

"Mister Scott, there are always alternatives." - Spock to Scotty, a much used quote

"Mister Spock, respect is a rational process! Did it ever occur to you they might react emotionally? With anger?" - McCoy to Spock

"I'm sick and tired of this machine!" - Boma to McCoy regarding Spock

"It may be the last action you'll ever take, Mister Spock, but it was all human." - McCoy to Spock

"I examined the problem for all angles and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that under the circumstances the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. A logical descision, logically arrived at." - Spock to Kirk

TOS : The Galileo Seven
"All of my old friends look like doctors. All of his look like you." - McCoy to Shaw

McCoy : "Mister Spock, you're the most cold-blooded man I've ever known."
Spock : "Why, thank you, doctor."

"It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or malice. It is not in his nature." - Spock to Areel.

"I speak of rights. A machine has none; a Man must! My client has the right to face his accuser. And 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! I ask that my motion be granted. And more than that, Gentlemen... in the name of humanity, fading in the shadow of the machine... I demand it. I DEMAND IT!" - Samuel T. Cogley to the Court

TOS : Court Martial
"RHIP Captain... rank hath its privileges." - Commodore Mendez to Kirk.

"Now, that man can think anything we can, and love, hope, dream as much as we can. But he can't reach out and no one can reach in!" - McCoy to Kirk on Pike.

TOS : The Menagerie, Part 1
"You want me to test out my theory on your head?" - Pike to a Talosian, wondering if his weapon is actually working

"Captain Pike has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant." - Talosian to Kirk.

TOS : The Menagerie, Part 2
"You've got your problems, I've got mine. But he's got ours, plus his, plus four hundred and thirty other people." - McCoy to Sulu on Kirk

Barrows : "Don't peek!"
McCoy : "My dear girl, I am a doctor. When I peek, it's in the line of duty."

"The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play." - Kirk to Sulu

TOS : Shore Leave
"Do you know that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?" - Trelane to Kirk

"I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose." - Spock to Trelane

"Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected. In this case, I should think 'interesting' would suffice." - Spock to McCoy

"You will hang by the neck, captain, until you are dead, dead, dead!" - Trelane to Kirk

"So this is victory! It has a sweet taste!" - Trelane to Kirk

"They're beings, Trelane. They have spirit. They're superior." - Trelane's Father to Trelane regarding Humanity

TOS : The Squire of Gothos
"You are still half savage. But there is hope." - Metron to Kirk

"We're a most promising species, mister Spock, as predators go. Did you know that?" - Kirk to Spock on Humanity.

TOS : Arena
"Jim, madness has no no purpose or reason. But it may have a goal." - Spock to Kirk

"I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I've simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar." - Spock to Lazarus

"Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure." - Kirk to McCoy

TOS : The Alternative Factor
"Well, gentlemen, we all have to take a chance. Especially if one is all you have." - Kirk to Spock and Scotty TOS : Tomorrow is Yesterday
"You said you wanted freedom. It's time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned." - Kirk to Marphon

"Without freedom of choice, there is no creativity. Without creativity, there is no life." - Kirk to Landru

Spock : "How often mankind has wished for a world as peaceful and secure as the one Landru provided."
Kirk : "Yes. And we never got it. Just lucky, I guess."

TOS : The Return of the Archons
"This is the captain. Condition... yellow alert. Phaser crews stand by. Deflector shields up. We're going in... peacefully, I hope. But, peacefully or not... we're going in." - Kirk to the crew.

"Sir, there's a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder." - Spock lying to an to Eminian.

"Diplomats! The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank!" - Scott to McCoy

Fox : "Diplomacy, gentlemen, should be a job left to diplomats. You will, of course, immediately resume a peaceful status."
Scott : "No, sir, I will not."
Fox : "What did you say!?"
Scott : "I'll not lower the screens, not until the captain tells me to."
Fox : "You are taking orders from me. You will lower the screens as a sign of good faith, my authority!"
Scott : "I know about your authority, but the screens stay up."
McCoy : "Mr. Fox, they faked a message from the captain, they've launched an attack against our ship. You want us to trust them openly?"
Fox : "I want you to obey my lawful orders!"
Scott : "No, sir. I won't lower the screens."
Fox : "Your refusal to comply with my orders has endangered the entire success of this mission! I can have you sent to a penal colony!"
Scott : "You can, sir, but I won't lower the screens."
Fox : "Your name will figure prominently in my report to the Federation Central."

McCoy : "Well, Scotty, now you've done it!"
Scott : "Aye. The haggis is in the fire for sure."

"This is the commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise. All cities and installations on Eminiar 7 have been located, identified, and fed into our fire control system. In 1 hour and 45 minutes, the entire inhabited surface of your planet will be destroyed. You have that long to surrender your hostages." - Scotty to the Eminians

"Death, destruction, disease, horror. That's what war is all about, Anan. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it neat and painless, so neat and painless you've had no reason to stop it!" - Kirk to Anan

"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 won't kill today." - Kirk to Anan 7.

TOS : A Taste of Armageddon
"If I can have honesty, it's easier to overlook mistakes." - Kirk to McGivers

"Superior ability breeds superior ambition." - Spock to Kirk

Kirk : "You have a tendency to express ideas in military terms, Mr. Khan. This is a social occasion."
Khan : "It has been said that social occasions are only warfare concealed. Many prefer it more honest, more open."

Khan : "We offered the world order!"
Kirk : "'We'?"

"Go! Or stay... but do it because it is what you wish to do!" - Khan to McGivers

TOS : Space Seed
"I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question." - Spock to Leila

"I am what I am, Leila. And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else's." - Spock to Leila

"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 music of the lute, we must march to the sound of drums." - Kirk to McCoy

"I have little to say about it, Captain, except that for the first time in my life... I was happy." - Spock to Kirk

TOS : This Side of Paradise
"I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!" - McCoy to Kirk TOS : The Devil in the Dark
"Smile and smile! I don't trust men who smile too much." - Kor to the Organians.

"Gentlemen, I have no great love for you, your planet, your culture. Despite that Mister Spock and I are going to go out there and quite probably die, in an attempt to show you that there are some things worth dying for." - Kirk to Ayelbourne

Kirk : "We have the right –"
Ayelborne : "To wage war, Captain? To kill millions of innocent people? To destroy life on a planetary scale? Is that what you're defending?"

"It is true that in the future, you and the Klingons will become fast friends. You will work together." - Ayelborne to Kirk

"I should say the Organians are as far above us on the evolutionary scale as we are above the amoeba." - Spock to Kirk.

"Even the gods did not spring into being overnight. You and I have nothing to be ashamed of." - Spock to Kirk.

TOS : Errand of Mercy
"Captain, you're asking me to work with equipment which is hardly very far ahead of stone knives and bearskins." - Spock to Kirk TOS : The City on the Edge of Forever
"Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled." - Spock to McCoy.

"Mister Spock is the best first officer in the fleet." - McCoy to Kirk, confessing his secret admiration for Spock.

"I am free of it and the pain. And I'm also quite blind. An equitable trade, doctor. Thank you." - Spock to McCoy.

TOS : Operation: Annihilate!
"Very bad poetry, Captain" - Spock to Kirk, when asked for an analysis of the witches. TOS : Catspaw
"We're on a thousand planets and spreading out. We cross fantastic distances and everything's alive, Cochrane. Life everywhere. We estimate there are millions of planets with intelligent life. We haven't begun to map them." - Kirk to Cochrane

"Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome." - Kirk to the Companion.

"But I've never been loved. Never. What kind of life is that? Not to be loved, never to have shown love? And he runs away from love." - Hedford to Kirk about Cochrane

"Loneliness. This is loneliness. What a bitter thing... oh Zephram, it's so sad! How do you bear it, this loneliness?" - The Companion to Cochrane

TOS : Metamorphosis
"Perhaps to be a Teer is to see in new ways. I begin to like you, Earthman... and I saw fear in the Klingon's eye." - Maab to Kirk

"Look, I'm a doctor, not an escalator!" - McCoy to Spock

Eleen : "No. Here, child belongs to husband."
McCoy : "So, they take all the credit here. Poppycock!"

"There's an old, old saying on Earth, Mr Sulu. 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.'" - Scotty to Sulu.

"I think you're both going to be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month, sir!" - Spock to Kirk and McCoy

TOS : Friday's Child
"Human flesh against human flesh. We're the same! We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We're tied together beyond any untie. Man or woman, it makes no difference - we're Human! We couldn't escape 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. The only thing that's truly yours is the rest of humanity. That's where our duty lies." - Kirk to Palamas.

"We've outgrown you. You asked for something we can no longer give." - Kirk to Apollo, on the latter's need for worship.

TOS : Who Mourns for Adonais?
Spock : "Miss Chapel."
Chapel : "Yes, Mister Spock?"
Spock : "I had a most startling dream. You were trying to tell me something... but I couldn't hear you. It would be illogical for us to protest against our natures, don't you think?"
(talk about subtext...)

Spock : "Would you beam down to the planet's surface and stand with me? There is a brief ceremony."
Kirk : "Is it permitted?"
Spock : "It is my right. By tradition the male is accompanied by his closest friends."
Kirk : "Thank you Mister Spock."
Spock : "I also request McCoy accompany me."
McCoy : "I shall be honoured, sir."

"What thee are about to see comes down from the time of the beginning, without change. This is the Vulcan heart. This is the Vulcan soul. This is our way." - T'Pau to Kirk regarding the ceremony

Spock : "He does not know! I will do... what I must... T'Pau, but not with him! His blood does not burn. He is my friend!"
T'Pau : "It is said thy Vulcan blood is thin. Are thee Vulcan, or are thee human?"

"That's T'Pau, of Vulcan. All of Vulcan in one package. How can I back out in front of her?"- Kirk to McCoy.

Spock : "I see no logic in preferring Stonn over me."
T'Pring : "You have become much known among our people, Spock. Almost a legend. And as the years went by, I came to know that I did not want to be the consort of a legend. But by the laws of our people, I could only divorce you by the Kal-if-fee. There was also Stonn who wanted very much to be my consort. And I wanted him. If your Captain were victor, he would not want me, so I would have Stonn. If you were victor, you would free me because I had dared to challenge, and again I would have Stonn. But if you did not free me, it would be the same. For you would be gone. And I would have your name and your property, and Stonn would still be there."
Spock : "Logical. Flawlessly logical."
T'Pring : "I am honoured."

Spock : "Stonn; she is yours. 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 : "Live long, T'Pau and prosper."
T'Pau : "Live long and prosper, Spock."
Spock : "I shall do neither. I have killed my Captain... and my friend."
(This is the first time this phrase is used.)

TOS : Amok Time
"They say there's no devil, Jim, but there is. Right out of hell, I saw it!" - Decker to Kirk.

"The commander is responsible for the lives of his crew, and for their deaths. Well, I should have died with mine." - Decker recording his last words.

"To blazes with regulations! You can't let him take command when you know he's wrong." - McCoy to Spock on Commodore Decker.

"Gentlemen, I suggest you beam me aboard." - Kirk to Spock, perfectly calm as death approaches.

Kirk : "He gave his life in an attempt to save others. Not the worst way to go."
Spock : "Indeed, Captain. I presume your log will show Commodore Decker died in the line of duty."
Kirk : "Indeed it shall, Mr. Spock."

"Ironic, isn't it? Way back in the 20th century, the H-Bomb was the ultimate weapon - their doomsday machine. 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 to Spock.

TOS : The Doomsday Machine
"Yes, there is something here. Something terrible... I feel its presence. Fear, anger, hatred! Anger feeds the flame. Oh! Oh! There is evil here. Monstrous, terrible evil! Consuming hunger! Hatred of all that lives... hatred of women. A hunger that never dies. It is strong, overpowering. An ancient terror. It has a name... Beratis, Kesla, Redjac! Devouring all life, all light. A hunger that will never die! Redjac! Redjac!" - Sybo in her trance.

"Of course he knew her. They were to be married, but he behaved disgracefully. Unheard of! He was jealous of her!" - Tark to Kirk and Jaris.

"Humans and humanoids make up only a small percentage of the life forms we know of." - Spock to Kirk.

"Computer, this is a Class A compulsory directive : compute to the last digit, the value of pi." - Spock gives an impossible order to the computer.

TOS : Wolf in the Fold
"This unit is different. It is well ordered." - Nomad to Kirk regarding Spock. TOS : The Changeling
"The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A very nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve very sad to leave." - Chekov to McCoy

"Well there goes paradise." - McCoy on finding that Vaal does not allow holding and touching.

"The good doctor was concerned that the Vaalians achieve true human stature. I submit there is no cause for worry. They've taken the first step - they've learned to kill." - Spock to Kirk

TOS : The Apple
"Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed. It is the logic of history." - Mirror Spock to Kirk.

"You're a man of integrity in both universes, Mr. Spock." - Kirk to Mirror Spock.

"I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it." - Kirk to Mirror Spock.

"May I point out, that I had an opportunity to observe your counterparts here quite closely. They where brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilised, traitorous. In every way splendid examples of Homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity. I found them quite refreshing." - Spock to Kirk and McCoy.

TOS : Mirror, Mirror
"Give us some more blood, Chekov.' 'The needle won't hurt, Chekov.' 'Take of your shirt, Chekov.' 'Roll over, Chekov.' 'Breath deeply, Chekov.' 'Blood sample, Chekov.' 'Marrow sample, Chekov.' 'Skin sample, Chekov.' If... if I live long enough, I'm going to run out of samples." - Chekov to Sulu. TOS : The Deadly Years
"Spock, you're going to love it here. They all talk just the way you do." - Mudd to Spock

"She urged me on into outer space. Not that she meant to, but with her continual, eternal, confounded nagging... Well, I think of her constantly. And every time I do, I go further out into space." - Mudd to Kirk regarding his wife.

"Knowledge, sir, should be free to all." - Harry Mudd to Spock.

"What is man but that lofty spirit, that sense of ... enterprise. That devotion to something that cannot be sensed, cannot be realized, but only dreamed. The highest reality" - Kirk

"Human beings do not survive on bread alone, you poor, soulless creature, 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 to Norman

"Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad. Are you sure your circuits are registering correctly? Your ears are green." - Spock on logic.

TOS : I, Mudd
"I have never questioned the orders or the intelligence of any representative of the Federation. Until now." - Kirk to Baris

"Oh, I just remembered! There is one Earthman who doesn't remind me of a Regulan bloodworm. That's Kirk. A Regulan bloodworm is soft and shapeless. But Kirk isn't soft. Kirk may be a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood! But he's not soft." - Korax to Scotty.

Korax : "Of course, I'd say that Captain Kirk deserves his ship. We like the Enterprise! We really do! That sagging old rust bucket is designed like a garbage scow. Half the quadrant knows it. That's why they're learning to speak Klingonese."
Chekov : "Mr. Scott!"
Scotty : "Laddie... don't you think you should... rephrase that?"
Korax : "You're right, I should. I didn't mean to say that the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away AS garbage!"
Scotty stands up and punches him in the face.

Baris : "In my opinion, you have taken this important project far too lightly."
Kirk : "On the contrary, sir. I think of this project as very important. It is you I take lightly."

"Before they went into warp I transferred the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all." - Scotty to Kirk.

TOS : The Trouble With Tribbles
"Once, just once, I would like to land somewhere and say 'Behold, I am the Archangel Gabriel.'" - McCoy to Spock.

"My world, Proconsul, is my vessel, my oath, my crew." - Kirk to Claudius.

"I'm trying to thank you, you pointed-eared hobgoblin!" - McCoy to Spock.

"Do you know why you're not afraid to die, Spock? You're more afraid of living. Each day you stay alive is just one more day you might slip and let your human half peek out." - McCoy to Spock.

"You're a Roman, Kirk, or you should have been!" - Claudius, expressing his man-crush on Kirk.

"You may not understand because you're centuries beyond anything as crude as television." - Claudius to Kirk.

"I'm afraid you have it all wrong, all of you. I've been monitoring some of their old-style radio waves, the empire spokesman trying to ridicule their religion, but he couldn't. Well, don't you understand? It's not the sun up in the sky... it's the son of God." - Uhura to Kirk.

TOS : Bread and Circuses
"Tellarites do not argue for reasons. They simply argue." - Sarek to Gav.

"At the time it seemed the logical thing to do." - Sarek to Spock on marrying Amanda.

TOS : Journey to Babel
"And you have ways as far above fire-sticks as the sky above our world!" - Nona to Kirk.

"We once were as you are – spears, 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." - Kirk explaining the Prime Directive to Nona and Tyree.

"I thought my people would grow tired of killing. But you were right. They see that it is easier than trading... and it has pleasures." Apella to the Klingon.

Kirk : "Bones, do you remember the 20th century brush wars on the Asian continent? Two giant powers involved, much like the Klingons and ourselves. Neither side could pull out."
McCoy : "Yes. It went on bloody year after bloody year!"
Kirk : "What would you have suggested, that one side arm its friends with an overpowering weapon? Mankind would never have lived to travel space if they had! No. The only solution is what happened back then. Balance of power."
McCoy : "And if the Klingons give their side even more?"
Kirk : "Then 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."

"Well, Jim, here's another morsel of agony for you. Since Tyree won't fight, he will be one of the first to die." - McCoy to Kirk.

Nona : "You are here because I wished you here."
Kirk : "Oh? I thought it was my idea."
Nona : "Yes. They always believe they come of free will."

"Tomorrow... in the palm of her hands." - Kirk to McCoy, on the phaser Nona stole.

McCoy : "Well, you got what you wanted."
Kirk : "Not what I wanted, Bones. What had to be."

Kirk : "Spock, ask Scotty how long it would take him to reproduce a hundred flintlocks."
Scotty : "I didn't get that exactly, Captain. A hundred what?"
Kirk : "A hundred... serpents. Serpents for the garden of Eden. We're very tired, Mr. Spock. Beam us up home."

TOS : A Private Little War
Bones : "You're going to leave here without them and run off on some wild goose chase halfway across the galaxy just because you found a discrepancy in a hydrogen cloud?"
Spock : "Doctor I am chasing the Captain, Lieutenant Uhura and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl."

"A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior, mentally or otherwise." - Kirk to the Providers.

TOS : The Gamesters of Triskelion
"Monsters come in many forms. You know the greatest monster of them all, Jim? Guilt." - McCoy to Kirk.

"Intuition, however illogical, Mister Spock, is recognized as a command prerogative." - Kirk to Spock. "You know, self-pity's a terrible first course. Why don't you try the soup instead?" - Chapel to Garrovick.

"Crazy way to travel! Spreading a man's molecules all over the universe!" - McCoy to Spock on the transporter.

Scotty : "Captain, thank heaven!"
Spock : "Mr Scott, there was no deity involved. It was my cross-circuiting to B that recovered them."
McCoy : "Well then, thank pictchforks and pointed ears."

TOS : Obsession
"I've noticed that about your people. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours." - Spock to McCoy.

"We're on a difficult mission, but it's not the first time. Our orders do not say 'stay alive' or 'retreat'. Our mission is to investigate." - Kirk to crew.

"Here we are. Antibodies of our own galaxy, attacking an invading germ. It would be ironic indeed if that were our sole destiny, wouldn't it?" - McCoy to Kirk.

"Shut up, Spock! We're rescuing you!" - McCoy to Spock.

TOS : The Immunity Syndrome
Kirk : "No, I don't think you're stupid, Mister Krako. I just think your behavior is arrested."
Krako : "I haven't been arrested in my whole life!"

Oxmyx : "Nobody helps nobody but himself."
Spock : "Sir, you are employing a double negative."

"The most co-operative man in this world is a dead man. And if you don't keep your mouth shut, you're going to be co-operating." Oxmyx to Spock.

"Captain, you are an excellent star ship commander, but as a taxi driver... you leave much to be desired." - Spock to Kirk.

"I would advise yas to keep dialin', Oxmyx!" - Spock threatening Oxmyx with a gun.

TOS : A Piece of the Action
Rojan: "You would really do that? You would extend welcome to invaders?"
Kirk: "No, but we would welcome friends"
TOS : By Any Other Name
"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 great grandfather used to. I'm in command. I could order this... but I'm not. Because Doctor 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, that's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her!" - Kirk to crew. TOS : Return to Tomorrow
"What he's saying, Spock, is that a man who holds that much power, even with the best intentions, just can't resist the urge to play god." - McCoy to Spock. TOS : Patterns of Force
"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them." - Spock to Kirk TOS : The Ultimate Computer
"...Liberty and freedom have to be more than just words." - Kirk to Spock justifing yet another prime directive violation. TOS : The Omega Glory
"That's why some of my generation are kinda crazy and rebels, you know? We wonder if we're going to be alive when we're thirty." - Roberta Lincoln to Gary Seven. TOS : Assignment: Earth
"Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. When the laws do not operate, there is no reality." - Spock to McCoy TOS : Spectre of the Gun
"Mister Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That's the only planet in this galaxy that can make that claim." - Kirk to Spock

"Captain, that ancient custom called 'spanking'. What is it?" - Elan to Kirk.

TOS : Elaan of Troyius
"My bairns! My poor bairns!" - Scotty, bemoaning the abuse of his engines TOS : The Paradise Syndrome
"Military secrets are the most fleeting of all." - Spock to the Romulan Commander TOS : The Enterprise Incident
"Without followers, evil cannot spread." - Spock to Kirk TOS : And the Children Shall Lead
"Brain, brain! What is brain?" - Kara to Kirk TOS : Spock's Brain
"Most of us are attracted by beauty and repelled by ugliness. One of the last of our prejudices." - Kirk to Marvick

"This thing you call language, though, most remarkable. You depend on it for so very much... but is any one of you really its master?" - Kollos via Spock.
TOS : Is There in Truth no Beauty?
"I'm a doctor, not a coal miner!" - McCoy to Spock

"Your actions were spontaneous. Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed by you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive." - Lal

TOS : The Empath
"At critical moments men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see." - Spock to McCoy TOS : The Tholian Web
Spock: "Indeed, Doctor, the young lady did show a marked preference for your company."
McCoy: "Now, nobody can blame her for that, can they?"

Fabrini Man : "Years ago I climbed the mountains... even though it was forbidden."
Kirk : "Why is it forbidden?"
Fabrini Man : "I am not sure. But things are not as they teach us. For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky!"

TOS : For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
"Those who hate and fight must stop themselves, Doctor. Otherwise it is not stopped." - Spock to McCoy

"Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man with a knife." - Klingon to Kang.

"We need no urging to hate humans! But for the present... only a fool fights in a burning house." - Kang to Kirk.

TOS : Day of the Dove
"I guess we weren't sufficiently... entertaining." - Kirk.

"You think that's what I want? Become one of them? Become my own enemy? Just lie around like a big blob of nothing and have things done for me? No, sir... if I want to do something, I'll do it for myself! If I want to laugh or cry, I'll do it for myself! You can keep your precious power! All I ask is one thing... if you do make it out of here, take me with you!" - Alexander to McCoy

"I could have had your power, but I didn't want it. I could have had your position, your place, right now! But the sight of you and your academicia sickens me. Despite your brains, you're the most comtemptable beings who ever lived in this universe!" - Alexander to Parmen.

TOS : Plato's Stepchildren
"Oh there is a scientific explanation for it. But all that really matters is that you can see me, and talk to me and we can go on from there." - Deela to Kirk. TOS : Wink of an Eye
"Beauty is transitory, doctor." - Spock to McCoy TOS : That Which Survives
"What's the matter with you? Do you hear Spock - your planet's dead! There's no one alive on Cheron because of hate! Give yourselves time to grieve, give up your hate! You're welcome to live with us. Listen to me! You both must end up dead if you don't stop hating!" - Kirk to Lokai and Bele.

Spock : "All that matters to them is their hate."
Uhura : "Do you suppose that's all they ever had, sir?"
Kirk : "No. But that's all they have left."

TOS : Let that be Your Last Battlefield
"How can we be powerful enough to wipe out a planet and still be so helpless?" - McCoy to Scotty TOS : Whom Gods Destroy
"We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." - Spock to bridge crew TOS : The Mark of Gideon
"When the personality of a human is involved, exact predictions are hazardous." - McCoy to Spock.

"Well, this is an Enterprise first. Doctor McCoy, Mister Spock, and Engineer Scott find themselves in complete agreement! Can I stand the strain?" - Kirk to Spock and McCoy

TOS : The Lights of Zetar
"Father, are we so sure of our methods that we never question what we do?" - Droxine to Plasus TOS : The Cloud Minders
"I am proud of what I am. I believe in what I do. Can you say that?" - Chekov to Irina.

"Herbert! Herbert! Herbert! Herbert!" - Space hippies to Kirk.

TOS : The Way to Eden
Rayna: "What is loneliness?
Flint: "It is thirst, it is a flower dying in the desert."
TOS : Requiem for Methuselah
"There's no honerable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy; there is nothing good in war except it's ending" - Abraham Lincoln to Kirk. TOS : The Savage Curtain
"After all a library serves no purpose unless someone is using it." - Mr Atoz to Spock. TOS : All Our Yesterdays
"Doctor, I've seen the Captain feverish, sick, drunk, delirious, terrified, overjoyed, boiling mad. But up to now I have never seen him red faced with hysteria." - Scotty to McCoy.

"It may not be scientific, but if Mr. Spock thinks it happens then it must be logical." - Scotty to McCoy.

"Headquarters has it's problems and we have ours. And right now the Captain of the Enterprise is our problem." - Scotty to McCoy.

TOS : Turnabout Intruder

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