Jean-Luc Picard (13 July 2305 -) is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, the captain of the USS Enterprise-D and the Enterprise-E. He was played by British actor Patrick Stewart in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films.
- Make it so.
- Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived. After all, Number One, we're only mortal.
- Reports of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated.
- Emerging on the Enterprise-E bridge with his humanity fully intact, in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) story by Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore and Rick Berman; a derivative of the statement "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" attributed to Mark Twain, paraphrasing his remark: "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
- 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!
- Introduction spoken during the opening credits of each episode, derived from the introduction to the original Star Trek series. Both versions are by Gene Roddenberry; the original referred to a "five year mission" rather than a "continuing mission", and said "no man" rather than "no one".
- If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.
- Being first at any cost is not always the point.
- "Tin Man" (23 March 1990) by Dennis Putman Bailey and David Bischoff
- Let us make sure history never forgets the name ... Enterprise.
- Imprisonment is an injury, regardless of how you justify it.
- "Allegiance" (26 March 1990) by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
- You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy. "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
- Jean-Luc Picard: We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it threatens to start all over again.
- Worf: I believed her. I... helped her. I did not see her for what she was.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well-camouflaged.
- Worf: I think... after yesterday people will not be so ready to trust her.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Maybe. But she, or someone like her, will always be with us. Waiting for the right climate in which to flourish, spreading fear in the name of righteousness. [...] Vigilance, Mr. Worf. That is the price we must continually pay.
- Seize the time... Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
Quotes about Picard 
- Alphabetized by author
- Captain Picard, is the exact opposite of a Hollywood action-hero.
- Dirk Baecker, in Inclusion/ Exclusiom (2002), p. 76
- Picard stands as the bearer of Starfleet's conscience and an exemplar of moral autonomy.
- Kevin Decker and Jason Eberl Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (2008), p. 141
- Captain Picard is perceived to be a gentler soul than Captain Kirk.
- Marc Dipaol, in War, Politics and Superheroes : Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film (2011), p. 30
- The new captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, is the wise man. He rules the Enterprise with a sagely wisdom.
- Pallab Ghosh, in "Klingons on the Starship Bow" in New Scientist Vo. 117, issue 1605 (24 March 1988), p. 63
- As shown in his speech and actions, Picard is a man of intelligence, courage, integrity, compassion, courtesy.
- Mark Jancovich and James Lyons, in Quality Popular Television : Cult TV, The Industry and Fans (2003), p. 111
- Patrick Stewart's identification with Jean-Luc Picard is a prime exemplar of the extreme entanglement between actor and character produced by cult television programs, yet in Stewart's case this entanglement has not precluded a very active and successful post-Star Trek career.
- Sara Gwenllian-Jones and Roberta E. Pearson, in Cult Television (2004), p. 65
- Those ... who are familiar with the character Captain Picard, already know him to the the leader that we all wish we worked for, whose leadership gives us confidence and comfort in meeting the challenges we face each and every day, and the type of leader that we should strive to become.
- Wess Roberts and Bill Ross in Make It So : Leadership Lessons from Star Trek, The Next Generation (1995), p. xi
- The bridge of the Enterprise, under the moderate and controlled command of Captain Picard, is a locus of "enlightened understanding."
- Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Freakery: cultural spectacles of the extraordinary body (1996), p. 334
- The new captain, Jean-Luc Picard, was French and enjoyed reading, classical music, William Shakespeare, archaeology, and theatre.
- Gary Westfahl, in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy : Themes, Works, and Wonders (2005) Vol. 3, p. 1264
- Captain Picard is not the swashbuckler that Captain Kirk was.
- Only question I
Ever thought was hard
Was do I like Kirk,
Or do I like Picard?