"I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the last of the Babylon stations located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats, and travelers from a hundred worlds. It could be a dangerous place, but we accepted the risk because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. Under the leadership of its final commander, Babylon 5 was a dream given form. A dream of a galaxy without war, where species could live side-by-side in mutual respect. A dream that was endangered as never before by one man on a mission of destruction. Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. This is its story."
— Londo Mollari
, "The Gathering" (First lines of the Pilot Movie
"There was a time when this whole quadrant belonged to us! What are we now? Twelve worlds and a thousand monuments to past glories. Living off memories and stories, and selling trinkets. My god, man! We've become a tourist attraction. "See the great Centauri Republic - open 9 to 5 - Earth time.""
— Londo Mollari, "The Gathering" while drunk
"Sooner or later everyone comes to Babylon 5."
— Jeffrey Sinclair, "The Gathering"
"I was squad team leader when the call came in. We all knew it was a suicide mission, the Minbari had broken through, closing in. Every ship we had left was ordered to circle Earth. We had to stop them, no matter what it cost. They came at us out of nowhere, we never had a chance. The sky was full of stars, every star an exploding ship. One of ours. My team was blown out of the sky in less than a minute. Twelve ships. I managed to take out a fighter before they hit my stabilisers. I was losing power, I'd lost my team, and I figured if I was going to die I'd take some of them with me, so I targeted one of their heavy cruisers, hit my afterburners. I was going to ram them head on. The last thing I remember is hurtling toward that cruiser, filling my screen. Big... my god so big. Then, something passed in front of my eyes. I guess I blacked out from the acceleration. When I came to 24 hours later, the cruiser was gone. I checked in. They told me the war was over. The Minbari had surrendered... We were beaten. We didn't stop them, they stopped themselves, and I wish to hell I knew why."
— Jeffrey Sinclair, "The Gathering"
"...and because I have poisoned your drink."
— Londo Mollari
"It's easy to find something worth dying for. Do you have anything worth living for?"
— Lorien, "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?"
"Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? Where are you going?"
After hearing the dying words of the Centauri emperor Refa
: What did he say? Londo
: He said, "Continue. Take my people back to the stars."
: What did he say, really? Londo
: He said we are both damned. Refa
: It's a small price to pay for immortality
— "The Coming of Shadows"
"No dictator, no invader can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years...we will be free."
— Citizen G'kar, "The Long, Twilight Struggle"
"I want to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and put it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come at too high a price. I would gaze up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this."
— Vir Cotto, "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum"
"Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future, and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future, or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have care for one another, because if we don't, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings. Even for people like us."
— Ivanova "Sleeping in Light", (Last lines of the series)
"This is how the world ends, swallowed in fire, but not in darkness. You will live on. The voice of all our ancestors, the voice of our fathers and our mothers to the last generation. We created the world we think you would've wished for us. And now we leave the cradle for the last time."
— Unknown Ranger, "Deconstruction of Falling Stars", (Chronologically last line of the series)
"You have a chance few others will ever have, Mollari. You still have three opportunities to avoid the fire that waits for you at the end of your journey. You have already wasted two others. You must save the eye that does not see. You must not kill the one who is already dead. And at the last, you must surrender yourself to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you. Now if you have failed all the others, that is your final chance for redemption."
— Morella , Point of No Return
"Michael... boy was I gonna kick your butt for something... but I don't remember."
— Sheridan, to Garibaldi, "Between the Darkness and the Light"
"Only an idiot would fight a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts."
— Londo, "Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"May I have your attention please? In the last few hours, we have learned that warships are coming this way from Earth. Their orders are to seize command of Babylon 5 by force. As commanding officer and military governor of Babylon 5, I cannot allow this to happen. President Clark has violated the Earth Alliance Constitution: by dissolving the Senate, declaring martial law, and personally ordering the bombing of civilian targets on the Mars colony. He is personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Following these attacks, Orion 7 and Proxima 3 have broken away from the Earth Alliance, and declared independence. Babylon 5 now joins with them. As of this moment, Babylon 5 is seceding from the Earth Alliance. We will remain an independent state till President Clark is removed from office. At the end of this current crisis, anyone who wishes to leave for Earth is free to do so. Meanwhile for your own safety, I urge everyone to stay in your quarters until this is over. That is all."
— Sheridan, "Severed Dreams"