""Krogan scientist?" Heh. Never met krogan scientist worthy of term."
— Mordin Solus, Mass Effect 2
Shepard: I take it you're a scientist?
Lord High Researcher Fortack: I used to be a scientist. I designed weapons. Now my genius is wasted on frivolous things. Things that don't explode. My predecessor said no one would understand the true worth of my work. As I pulled my blade from his chest, I knew he was telling the truth.
"My father is a mechanical genius. He could've been Chief Engineer of a starship if he'd had the opportunity. But he went into business, like a "good Ferengi." The only thing is, he's not a good Ferengi. Not when it comes to acquiring profit. So now, all he has to live for is the slim chance that someday, somehow, he might be able to take over my Uncle's bar."
— Nog, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
"Predators are the Klingon contradiction: if you're an advanced species that has developed space travel, you don't act like a barbarian. You know what I mean? I can't imagine a Klingon warrior trying to figure out how to make a warp engine. Sitting there with spectacles on and working at a computer? 'It's not the warrior way...NERD! You should be murdering things!' 'I'm trying to develop space travel!'"
"Just because you're necessary doesn't mean you're important."