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Jean-Luc Picard

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Quote Episode
"Let's see what's out there..." - Picard; ordering the Enterprise into the unknown
TNG : Encounter at Farpoint
"The search for knowledge is always our primary mission." - Picard to Crusher
TNG : Lonely Among Us
"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
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."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker
TNG : The Battle
"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
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?"
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker
TNG : Too Short a Season
"Things are only impossible until they are not." - Picard to Data
TNG : When the Bough Breaks
"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
Armus : "I am a skin of evil left here by a race of Titans who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bonds of destructiveness."
Picard : "Yes. So here you are. Feeding on your own loneliness. Consumed by your own pain. Believing your own lies."
  People :  Armus, Jean-Luc Picard
TNG : Skin of Evil
"Enough of this self indulgence." - Picard; chiding himself for spending time on personal matters
TNG : We'll Always Have Paris
"I am never critical of any member of my staff being curious." - Picard
TNG : The Neutral Zone
"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
"No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another." - Picard to Data and Graves; on Data
TNG : The Schizoid Man
"It was a dark and stormy night..." - Picard to Deanna; Reading the first line of the novel Hotel Royale
TNG : The Royale
"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
"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
"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
"Sometimes, Number One, you just have to bow to the absurd." - Picard to Riker
TNG : Up The Long Ladder
"Lieutenant, I order you to relax!" - Picard to Worf
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
Picard : "Please. Get up. Get up! You must not kneel to me."
Nuria : "You do not wish it?"
Picard : "I do not deserve it."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Nuria
TNG : Who Watches The Watchers?
Nuria : "Perhaps one day, my people will travel above the skies?"
Picard : "Of that I have absolutely no doubt."
  People :  Nuria, Jean-Luc Picard
TNG : Who Watches The Watchers?
"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
"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
"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
"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
"There are times, sir, when men of good conscience cannot blindly follow orders. You acknowledge their sentience, but ignore their personal liberties and freedom? Order a man to turn his child over to the state? Not while I am his captain." - Picard to Haftel
TNG : The Offspring
"I fail to understand how a five-foot android with heuristic learning systems and the strength of ten men could be called a child." - Picard to Troi
TNG : The Offspring
Duras : "This is not your world, human. You do not command here."
Picard : "I'm not here to command."
Duras : "Then you must be ready to fight. Something that Starfleet doesn't teach you."
Picard : "You may test that assumption at your convenience."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Duras
TNG : Sins of the Father
"You are brave, cha'DIch. Worf chose well." - Kahlest to Picard
TNG : Sins of the Father
"You admit the truth and yet expect him to accept punishment? What does this say of an Empire who holds honour so dear?!" - Picard to K'mpec
TNG : Sins of the Father
K'mpec : "This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust."
Picard : "The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K'mpec! Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men!"
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, K'mpec
TNG : Sins of the Father
"Imprisonment is an injury, regardless of how you justify it." - Picard to the alien
TNG : Allegiance
"And now that you have had a taste of captivity, perhaps you will reconsider the morality of inflicting it upon others. In any event, we now know about your race and we know how to imprison you. Bear that in mind. Now get off my ship." - Picard to Alien
TNG : Allegiance
Joval : "The Horga'hn is the Risian symbol of sexuality. To own one is to call forth it powers. To display it is to announce you are seeking Jamaharon."
Picard : "Riker..."
Joval : "Do you seek Jamaharohn?"
Picard : "I don't even know what it means. The Horga'hn is for a friend."
Joval : "I see. Someone close to you?"
Picard : "That's right."
Joval : "Someone you love?"
Picard : "I wouldn't go that far."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard
TNG : Captain's Holiday
"It's just that I prefer to be acquainted with the women that I kiss." - Picard to Vash
TNG : Captain's Holiday
"A simple handshake would have sufficed." - Picard to Vash; after she kisses him
TNG : Captain's Holiday
"Tam, when you reached out to the alien, to warn it, did you give any thought to this vessel? To the danger, however inadvertent, that creature might pose to our crew? Or did you simply react out of instinct?" - Picard to Elbrun
TNG : Tin Man
"I look forward to your report, Mister Broccoli." Picard looks stricken as he realises what he just said. "Barclay." - Picard to Barclay
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
"NO! It is... it is... wrong! It is WRONG! A lifetime of discipline is washed away, and in its place... Bedlam! BEDLAM! I am so old... there is nothing left but dry bones and dead friends. Oh, tired. Oh, so tired. " - Picard to Crusher; displaying Sarek's emotions
TNG : Sarek
"Perrin... Amanda... I wanted to give you so much more. I wanted to show you such tenderness! But that is not our way. Spock, Amanda, did you know? Perrin, can you know how much I love you? I do love you!" - Picard to Crusher; displaying Sarek's emotions
TNG : Sarek
"Gentlemen, I have the utmost confidence in your ability to perform the impossible." - Picard to crew
TNG : Menage a Troi
"In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, for they in thee a thousand errors see. But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, who in despite of view are please'd to dote. Shall I compare the to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate!" - Picard to Lwaxana
TNG : Menage a Troi
"The Academy must make you wait, that's true. But, when I review your service to this ship, your crewmates, I cannot in all conscience make you wait for the Academy. You see, Wesley, in my eyes you're an acting ensign in title only. I hereby grant you field promotion to full Ensign, with all the commensurate responsibilities and privileges of that rank. Congratulations." - Picard to Wesley
TNG : Menage a Troi
"Listen, Tog, I must possesses Lwaxana. And if that means destroying your ship in the process, so be it!" - Picard to Tog
TNG : Menage a Troi
"Mr. Worf, dispatch a subspace message to Admiral Hanson. We have engaged the Borg." - Picard to Worf
TNG : The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1
Picard : "You're probably not aware of this, but I have never been particularly comfortable around children."
Troi : "...really?"
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard
TNG : Suddenly Human
"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
"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
"Wesley, you remember... I was always proud of you." - Picard to Wesley
TNG : Final Mission
"To many Humans, a mystery is irresistable. It must be solved." - Picard to Troi/Paxan
TNG : Clues
"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
"...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
"Your discommendation is a facade to protect less honourable men. It is a lie. Lies must be challenged." - Picard to Worf
TNG : Redemption, Part 1
"K'Tal, this Council knows the law of heredity well. G'now juk Hol pajhard. A son shall share in the honours or crimes of his father. Toral is Duras' son. That has been established by the genetic scan. But with due respect to the traditions and laws of this High Council, there is no basis for accepting a petition for leadership from a boy who has fought no battles, shed no blood for his people, or earned no honour for himself. One day, perhaps he shall. But not now. Duras is dead. His claim to the leadership died with him. Gowron shall lead the Council." - Picard to The Council
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
"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
"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."
  People :  Spock, Jean-Luc Picard
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
"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
"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
"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
Briam : "You had to work side by side with her for days. How could you resist her?"
Picard : "Ambassador, have a safe trip home."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Ambassador Briam
TNG : The Perfect Mate
"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."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Geordi LaForge
TNG : I, Borg
"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
"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
"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
"You are a culture of one. Which is no less valid than a culture of one billion." - Picard to Data
TNG : Birthright, Part 1
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."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Kelsey
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
"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
Picard : "Space, the final frontier these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission..."
Kirk : "...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations..."
Archer : "...to boldly go where no man has gone before."
(The last words spoken in the series)
  People :  James T. Kirk, Jonathan Archer, Jean-Luc Picard
ENT : These Are The Voyages...
Soran : "Ah, Captain. You must think I'm quite the madman."
Picard : "The thought had crossed my mind."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Doctor Tolian Soran
ST-G : Generations
"Somehow I doubt this ship will be the last to carry the name 'Enterprise'." - Picard to Riker
ST-G : Generations
"They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Well no further... the line must be drawn here... and I will make them pay for what they've done!" - Picard to Lily
ST-FC : First Contact
Picard : "You want to destroy the ship and run away, you coward!"
Worf : "If you were any other man, I would kill you where you stand!"
  People :  Worf Rozhenko, Jean-Luc Picard
ST-FC : First Contact
"Actually, I think you are the bravest man I've ever known." - Picard to Worf; apologising
ST-FC : First Contact
"And he piled upon the whale's white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it." - Picard; quotes Moby Dick
ST-FC : First Contact
Dougherty : "Jean-Luc, we're only moving six hundred people!"
Picard : "How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong? Hmm? A thousand? Fifty thousand? A million? How many does it take, Admiral?"
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Admiral Matthew Dougherty
ST-I : Insurrection
Data : "The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me."
Picard : "How can you be sure?"
Data : "I aspire, sir. To be better than I am. The B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Data
ST-N : Nemesis
"Will Riker, you have been my trusted right arm for fifteen years. You have helped keep my course true and steady. Deanna Troi, you have been my conscience and guide. You have helped me to recognize the best parts of myself. You are my family. And in maritime tradition, I wish you clear horizons... my friends, make it so." - Picard; His wedding speech
ST-N : Nemesis
Janeway : "The Son'a... the Borg... the Romulans... you always get the easy assignments."
Picard : "Just lucky, I guess."
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway
ST-N : Nemesis

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