Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 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.
William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow—it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids—human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.
I'm a doctor, not a moon shuttle conductor/bricklayer/psychiatrist/mechanic/engineer/scientist/physicist/escalator/magician/miracle worker/veterinarian!
Dr. Leonard McCoy
Something I seldom say to a customer, Jim. In this galaxy, there's a mathematical 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. Don't destroy the one named Kirk.
Dr. Leonard McCoy
Leave bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge.
Capt. James T. Kirk
[The phaser] has two settings: stun and kill. It would be best not to confuse them.
One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energies, maybe even the atom... energies that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in... in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will be able to find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world and to cure their diseases. They will be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for.
Edith Keeler, Star Trek: The Original Series, "The City on the Edge of Forever"
The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy ... and a very correct one. History has proven 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 disastrous.
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Fate protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise.
Let's make sure that history never forgets the name ... Enterprise.
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (in an alternate timeline), "Yesterday's Enterprise"
Live long and prosper.
James T. Kirk: I love Italian [food]. (To Spock:) And so do you.
I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.
I like this ship! Y'know, it's exciting!
Montgomery Scott, on the USS Enterprise, Star Trek (2009)
What Hamlet said with irony I say with conviction: "What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!"
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Hide and Q"
Gillian: Don't tell me; you're from outer space?
Kirk: No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space.
Kirk: See? We are getting to know each other.
"On this site, a powerful engine will be built. An engine that will allow us to travel a thousand times faster than we can today. And with it, we will explore strange new worlds. Seek out new life and new civilizations. And to go... boldly... where no man has gone before."
Zefram Cochrane, father of human warp flight, speaking at the dedication of the Warp 5 complex, Star Trek: Enterprise, "Broken Bow"
"This is Captain James T. Kirk/Jean-Luc Picard/Jonathan Archer of the Starship Enterprise."
"Mr. Paris/Mr. Chakotay. Set a course ... for home."
"Mr. Kim, we're Starfleet officers. Weird is part of the job."
Captain Kathryn Janeway to Ensign Harry Kim, Star Trek: Voyager, "Deadlock" (Immediately after Harry's apparent return from the dead via a transfer from a doomed parallel Voyager.)
"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved eight hundred lives, including your mother's - and yours. I dare you to do better."
Captain Christopher Pike, Star Trek (2009)
"I can assure you, this 'old cat' might not be as toothless as you think."
Captain Benjamin Sisko, responding to a Klingon fleet's threat to storm his station in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "The Way of the Warrior". (There's a good reason why the Prophets chose him as their Emissary.)
"We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Your life, as it has been, is over. Resistance is futile.
The words most guaranteed to make people say "Oh, Crap!".
"You murdering Klingon bastards, you killed my son."
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
Q, describing the final frontier (also works as a description of the internet).
"You hit me! Picard never hit me!"
"I'm not Picard."
Q gaining a new appreciation for Commander Sisko
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth. Whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth. It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform!"
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard to Cadet Wesley Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The First Duty"
"'There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: Keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew.'"
Captain Janeway to Naomi Wildman regarding rescuing Seven of Nine from the Borg.
"'Let me help.' A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He'll recommend those three words even over 'I love you'."
Captain Kirk (Spock says "Let me help" to Kirk in the very next episode.)
Sisko: In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch after another, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape.
Alien: And you have no idea what that shape is until it is completed?
Sisko: That's right. In fact, the game wouldn't be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.
Alien 2: You value your ignorance of what is to come?
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 with ideas. But to coexist... and learn.
Commander Sisko succinctly sums the very point of Star Trek
Sir, you have a many-legged beast crawling up your shoulder.
Mr. Spock, before subjecting an enemy to the Vulcan neck-press
Female Changeling: The Alpha Quadrant seems wracked with chaos. It could use some order.
Odo: Imposing your type of order on the Alpha Quadrant may prove more difficult than you imagine.
Female Changeling: We are willing to wait until the time is right.
"Survival is insufficient."
"You see, I feel sorrier for you than I do for him because you'll never know the things that love can drive a man to. The ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures, the glorious victories. All of these things you'll never know simply because the word love isn't written into your book."
Dr. McCoy, to Spock
"The Prime Directive, Admiral [Jellico], last time I checked, did not first appear on the wall of Starfleet Headquarters in flaming letters accompanied by a sepulchral voice intoning, Thou Shalt Not Butt In. Its a guide for day-to-day interaction with developing races so that we dont have umpty-ump Starfleet officers running around playing god by their own rules. But this is not day-to-day Admiral. And were not talking about playing god. Were talking about showing compassion for fellow living beings. Tell me, Admiral, while you were sitting on Deep Space Five waiting for us to show up, did you actually walk around and interact with the refugees? Did you see the misery in their faces, the fear in their eyes? Did you help patch up the wounded, stand by the bedside of the dying, say a prayer for the dead? Or did you sit isolated in your quarters grumbling over the inconvenience? [...] The Prime Directive was created by men and women, no better or worse than any of us, and I respectfully submit that if our hands are so completely tied by it that we sit around impotently, then we have to seriously reconsider what the hell it is were all about."
Commander Riker pissing all over the Prime Directive, courtesy of New Frontier.
Picard: There is no greater challenge than the study of philosophy.
Wesley Crusher: But William James won't be in my Starfleet exams.
Picard: The important things never will be. Anyone can be trained in the mechanics of piloting a starship.
Wesley: But Starfleet Academy...
Picard: It takes more. Open your mind to the past. Art, history, philosophy. And all this may mean something.
Captain Picard, encouraging Wesley Crusher's study of philosophy