"Lost somewhere, between immensity and eternity, is our tiny planetary home, the Earth. For the first time we have the power to decide the fate of our planet, and ourselves. This is a time of great danger, but our species is young and curious and brave. It shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries, about the cosmos, and our place within it."
"We, who cannot even put our own planetary home in order, riven with rivalries and hatreds, are we to venture out into space? By the time we're ready to settle even the nearest other planetary systems, we will have changed. The simple passage of so many generations will have changed us. Necessity will have changed us. We're... an adaptable species. It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby stars, it will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths, and fewer of our weaknesses - more confident, far-seeing, capable, and prudent. For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness. What wonders, undreamt of in our time, will we have wrought in another generation, and another? How far will our nomadic species have wandered by the end of the next century... and the next millenium?
Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds through the solar system, and beyond, will be unified. By their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that whatever other life may be, all the humans in the entire Universe come from Earth. They will gaze up, and strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings... how many rivers we had to cross, before we found our way."
— Carl Sagan, A video based on Pale Blue Dot
"Like you said, we humans are weak. We die easily. But no matter how weak we are, even if we're being chopped to bits or stabbed to death, we still want to live. I'm gonna give you a little taste of what it feels like!"
— Guts, to the Snake Baron.
''So it's actually not about seducing and nailing disabled girls. The girls happen to have disabilities, but the more you get to know them, the more you come to realise that they are girls just like any other. They are humans with hopes and dreams, and messy, f*cked up insecurities about being alive and happy. They are not strange people - they are regular ordinary human beings who feel the way they feel not because they are disabled, but because they are ordinary. They are the universal allegory for humanity; the archetypal human; the mess you become when you feel sad and alone and unworthy. They are the girl next door, the prom queen, the bookworm, the tomboy, and all the baggage that comes with that - nothing more or less.
They resonate with you because you recognise your flaws and needs and desires and triumphs and victories, and those of the loved ones you know and care about. You want to make them happy, because you want them to be happy, because you know them and are them, and in some way you believe everyone you love deserves to be happy.
You are not alone, and you are not strange. You are you, and everyone has damage. Be the better person.''
"Nobody else in the entire galaxy has ever even bothered to make edible ball bearings! Genius!"
—The Tenth Doctor:Fear Her.
"The one thing you can't do is stop them thinking. Tell me the human race is degenerate now... when they can do this!"
—The Tenth Doctor: Last Of The Time Lords
''"Homo sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species! It's only been a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenseless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague. They've survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to out-sit eternity. They're indomitable... indomitable!"
— The Fourth Doctor, The Ark In Space
"There are so many reasons to be pessimistic. As the stories in this magazine make clear this and every week, human beings are largely driven by the same primitive, tribal impulses that governed us in 10,000 B.C. We slaughter one another in appalling numbers. We're petty and selfish and shortsighted. We routinely fall prey to gobsmacking stupidity. And yet, whenever it has seemed darkest, heroes and geniuses and visionaries have stepped forward to awaken what's best in us, and we have continued on, a bit better than before. By 2100, the U.N. guesses, about 10 billion people will share the Earth. As financial advisers say, past performance doesn't guarantee future results, but my bet is that our species will be as busy as ever at century's end, and that the view from 30,000 feet will be more impressive still."
—William Falk, editorial writer in magazine "The Week"
"I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown —in the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability....and goodness.....of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth, that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth —but that we will always make it....survive....endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure —will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage —and his noble essential decency."
—Robert A. Heinlein, This I believe
"The race of the Homosapiens, yes I have seen their violence, cruelty and greed. However, don't forget that they are 200,000 years into their existence. They are still a young species with much to learn. Sometimes they repeat their mistakes and do not see, or in some cases refuse to see the mistakes they have made. But even in their darkest histories, I have seen goodness in them. I have seen their capacity for compassion, wisdom, courage, honor, love and truth. In fact, the wisest teachers on this planet have always said in someway or another, that a true human is ALL of the aforementioned virtues. Sadly like some of our kind, some of them forgot to keep all of these in their souls. Some of them became monsters, like Megatron. Some of these monsters actually ruled in some parts of Earth's chronicles, today.. a few still do. That said, many did learn from the mistakes of the past, there were those who even had foresight, and strived to enrich this world. Remember, freedom is the right of all sentient beings. More importantly it is a privilege, many have honored it and do honor it today, some have greatly abused it. Even denied it to others, for various and ludicrous reasons such as prejudice. Whether freedom is a right or privilege, no one has the right to take it away from others. Criminals, corrupt leaders and lords and so forth who abuse the rights of freedom will get what's coming to them. This is one of the reasons why beings like us exist, we may be aliens to this planet. But we still have a responsibility. We have to save them from our war. But even though we are strangers, sometimes a stranger can be a great teacher, even savior. And perhaps soon it will be up to us to remind them of where they stand, so then they have more knowledge on how to make progress as a civilization. So they can finally be one with each other. Like how we once were, before the Decepticons... When we were peaceful and just... And I promise you, we will be again peaceful and just."
— Optimus Prime, Transformers
Jean-Luc... Sometimes I think the only reason I come here is to listen to these wonderful speeches of yours.
— Q, True Q
Wormhole alien: You value your ignorance of what is to come?
Captain Sisko: That may be the most important thing to understand about humans. It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives, day by day. And we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I am here. Not to conquer you with weapons or ideas, but to co-exist and learn.
—Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Emissary"
Weaver: Let me go, Phir Sē. You said you have to stake something that matters on a gamble. Stake your doubt.Ē
Phir Sē: I do not understand this. My English-
Weaver: Itís not your English; what Iím saying doesnít make a lot of sense. But your doubt, your lack of faith, itís something safe. No disappointments, no fear things wonít work out. Risk that. Risk losing that. I did, when I became a hero.
Phir Sē: Not such a hero. Bargain with the madman, turn on an ally.
Weaver: Iím realizing Iím a pretty lousy hero. But Iím trying. I made a leap of faith. Iím asking you to as well.
Lambda: Only humans would fall for such pathetic words!
Asbel: You're right, you know. It's true. Human beings can be pathetic. And me? Well I'm about as human as they come. But we're more than that. We can be so much more than that, and you know it's true. Misunderstandings led to tragedy, and that in turn led to even greater tragedies...Cornell wanted more for you. He didn't bring you up just to make you suffer.
Lambda: Cornell...told me...to live. Even though I'm not human. And even though I can't maintain human form!
Asbel: I'm just one person. I can't tell you what it means to live. However, I do know this - Cornell wanted more than anything to show you as much of the world as he could. He wanted you to learn and he wanted you to live! I know you've learned nothing but pain and sadness so far, and I'm sorry. But there's so much more the world has to offer! That's the world Cornell wanted you to see. I know that's what he wanted for you.
Lambda: The world...he wanted me to see...
Asbel: Come on, Lambda. Let's you and I go see what the world has to offer. We can be as one, and you can see the world through my eyes!
Lambda: I would consume you. In time, your space would fade and disappear.
Asbel: You won't consume me.
Lambda: It is inevitable. No human can resist me.
Asbel: I'll take that chance...You can add that to your list of things to observe.
Lambda: How could you make such an offer? You could destroy me and end your troubles. So then why?
Asbel:...I have something to prove. I want you to know that humans have potential. I'll help you to understand how terrible it would be to end this world. It's not worth it. You still have so much left to learn. Now. Take my hand.
Lambda: And if I refuse?
Picard: By our standard, the customs here - their code of honor - is the same kind of pompous, strutting charade that endangered our own species a few centuries ago. We evolved out of it because no one tried to impose their own set of... I'm sorry, this is becoming a speech.
Troi: You're the Captain, sir. You're entitled.
Picard: Hmm, I'm not entitled to ramble on about something everyone knows. Carry on.
— Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Code of Honor"