Star Trek: The Original Series

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Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock

Star Trek (1966–1969), called Star Trek: The Original Series to distinguish it from its successors, is a legendary science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that has thus far spawned four live-action spinoff series, one animated series, twelve feature films (seven with the original cast), and numerous written works (both professionally published novels and amateur "fan-fiction"). It features "the voyages of the starship Enterprise" and her crew, with Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) as the central characters.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
The Man Trap Amok Time Spock's Brain
Charlie X Who Mourns for Adonais? The Enterprise Incident
Where No Man Has Gone Before The Changeling The Paradise Syndrome
The Naked Time Mirror, Mirror And the Children Shall Lead
The Enemy Within The Apple Is There in Truth No Beauty?
Mudd's Women The Doomsday Machine Spectre of the Gun
What Are Little Girls Made Of? Catspaw Day of the Dove
Miri I, Mudd For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Dagger of the Mind Metamorphosis The Tholian Web
The Corbomite Maneuver Journey to Babel Plato's Stepchildren
The Menagerie, Parts 1-2 Friday's Child Wink of an Eye
The Conscience of the King The Deadly Years The Empath
Balance of Terror Obsession Elaan of Troyius
Shore Leave Wolf in the Fold Whom Gods Destroy
The Galileo Seven The Trouble With Tribbles Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
The Squire of Gothos The Gamesters of Triskelion The Mark of Gideon
Arena A Piece of the Action That Which Survives
Tomorrow is Yesterday The Immunity Syndrome The Lights of Zetar
Court Martial A Private Little War Requiem for Methuselah
The Return of the Archons Return to Tomorrow The Way to Eden
Space Seed Patterns of Force The Cloud Minders
A Taste of Armageddon By Any Other Name The Savage Curtain
This Side of Paradise The Omega Glory All Our Yesterdays
The Devil in the Dark The Ultimate Computer Turnabout Intruder
Errand of Mercy Bread and Circuses
The Alternative Factor Assignment: Earth
The City on the Edge of Forever Original pilot
Operation: Annihilate! The Cage
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Season 1[edit]

The Man Trap[edit]

Crater: The heroic captain and the intrepid doctor cross interstellar space to preserve our health! Oh, your sense of duty is overwhelming. Now, will you please go back where you came from and tell whoever issues your orders to leave me and my wife alone?!?

McCoy: The machine is capable of almost anything, but I'll still put my trust in a healthy set of tonsils.

Uhura: Mr. Spock, sometimes I think if I hear that word "frequency" again, I'll cry.
Spock: It is illogical for a communications officer to resent the word "frequency."
Uhura: Then I'm an illogical woman. Why don't you tell me what an attractive lady I am? Or how your planet looks when the moon is full.
Spock: Vulcan has no moon, Miss Uhura.
Uhura: I'm not surprised.

Kirk: You bleed too much, Crater. You're too pure and noble. Are you saving the last of its kind... or has this become Crater's private heaven here? This thing becomes wife, lover, best friend, wise man, fool, idol, slave. It isn't bad to have everyone in the universe at your beck and call. You win all the arguments.

Kirk: We're all aware of the need for salt on a hot and arid planet like this, Professor, but it's a mystery, and I don't like mysteries. They give me a bellyache and I got a beauty right now.

Charlie X[edit]

Spock: Check.
Kirk: Checkmate.
Spock: Your illogical approach to chess does have its advantages on occasion, Captain.
Kirk: I'd prefer to call it inspired.
Spock: As you wish.

Charlie: Do you know about being with somebody? Wanting to be? If I had the whole universe, I'd give it to you, Janice. When I see you, I feel like I'm hungry all over. Do you know how that feels?

Kirk: [to Charlie] You go slow, be gentle. It's no one-way street -- you know how you feel and that's all. It's how the girl feels too. Don't press. If the girl feels anything for you at all, you'll know.

Kirk: Mr. Spock?
Spock [unemotionally]: My legs. They're broken.
Kirk: Let him go too, Charlie.
Charlie Evans: Why?
Kirk: Because I'm telling you to. You need me to run this ship and I need him.

Kirk: Charlie, there are a million things in this universe you can have and there are a million things you can't have. It's no fun facing that, but that's the way things are.
Charlie: What am I going to do?
Kirk: Hang on tight and survive. Everybody does.
Charlie: You don't!
Kirk: Everybody, Charlie. Me too.

Where No Man Has Gone Before[edit]

Kirk: Have I ever mentioned you play a very irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Irritating? [smiling] Ah, yes. One of your Earth emotions.
Kirk:[considers Spock for a moment, then calmly moves one of his own chess pieces. Spock's smile fades and he frowns as he realizes the effect of Kirk's move]
Kirk: Certain you don't know what irritation is?
Spock: The fact one of my ancestors married a human female...
Kirk: Terrible having bad blood like that.

Kelso comes into sickbay and finds Dr. Dehner leaning over LT Mitchell
Kelso: Hey, Mitch! Just checking up on you.
Mitchell: Hey, Lee! Don't let the light in my eyes upset you. It's just for our good-looking lady doctor here.
[Mitch stares at him with an unfocused look]
Mitchell: You'd better check the starboard impulse coupling. Those points have almost decayed to lead.
Kelso: Oh yeah, sure Mitch.
Mitchell: I'm not joking, Lee!! You activate those packs and you'll blow the whole impulse deck.
Kelso: Sure, I'll get right on it. [quickly leaves]

Kirk: What makes you so right and a trained psychiatrist wrong?
Spock: Because she feels. I don't. All I know is logic.

Spock [about the exponential growth of Mitchell's telekinetic powers]: You heard the mathematics of it. In a month, he'll have as much in common with us as we'd have with a shipful of white mice.

Mitchell: Time to pray, Captain. Pray to me.
Kirk: To you? Not to both of you?
Mitchell: Pray that you die easily.
Kirk: There'll only be one of you in the end. One jealous god... if all this makes a god. Or is it making you something else?
Mitchell: Your last chance, Kirk.
Kirk: Do you like what you see? Absolute power corrupting absolutely.

Dehner: Before long we'll be where it would have taken mankind millions of years of learning to reach.
Kirk: And what will Mitchell learn in getting there? Will he know what to do with his power? Will he acquire the wisdom?
Dehner: Please go back while you still can.
Kirk: Did you hear him joke about compassion? Above all else a "god" needs compassion! Mitchell!

Kirk: He didn't ask for what happened to him.
Spock: I felt for him, too.
Kirk: I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mr. Spock.

The Naked Time[edit]

Spock: Our spectro-readings showed no contamination, no unusual elements present.
Scotty: At least none your tricorders could register.
Spock: Instruments register only those things they're designed to register. Space still contains infinite unknowns
McCoy: We're doing everything that's possible!
Kirk: Bones I want the impossible checked out too!

Joe Tormolen: We're all a bunch of hypocrites. Sticking our noses into something that we've got no business. What are we doing out here, anyway?
Sulu: Take it easy, Joe.
Joe Tormolen: Bring pain and trouble with us. Leave men and women stuck out on freezing planets until they die. What are we doing out here in space? Good? What good? We're polluting it! We're destroying it! We've got no business being out here! No business!

Sulu: I'll protect you, fair maiden!
Uhura: Sorry, neither.

[Spock has just used the Vulcan nerve pinch on Sulu, who was rampaging about with a fencing sword]
Spock: Take D'Artagnan here to sickbay.

Kirk: Love... you're better off without it, and I'm better off without mine. This vessel...I give... she takes. She won't permit me my life. I've got to live hers.

The Enemy Within[edit]

Spock: We have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man-- his negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence, and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion, love, tenderness.
McCoy: Are you aware it's the captain's guts you're analyzing?
Spock: Yes, and what makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it's his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.

McCoy: Jim, you can't risk your life on a theory!
Spock: Being split in two halves is no theory with me, Doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half, submerged, constantly at war with each other. Personal experience, Doctor. I survive it because my intelligence wins out over both, makes them live together. Your intelligence would enable you to survive as well.

Spock: [to Captain Kirk] You're the captain of this ship. You haven't the right to be vulnerable in the eyes of the crew. You can't afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith and you lose command.

Kirk: [about Evil Kirk] I have to take him back inside myself. I can't survive without him. I don't want to take him back. He's like an animal. a thoughtless, brutal animal. And yet it's me. Me!

McCoy: We all have our darker side. We need it; it's half of what we are. It's not really ugly, it's human.

Mudd's Women[edit]

Kirk: Computer, go to sensor probe. Any unusual readings?
Computer: No decipherable reading on females. However, unusual reading on male board members. Detecting high respiration patterns, perspiration rates up, heartbeat rapid, blood pressure higher than normal.
Kirk: Uh, that's sufficient. Strike that from the record, Mr. Spock.

Harry Mudd: Men will always be men — no matter where they are.

Harry Mudd: You're a hard-nosed one, Captain.
Kirk: And you're a liar. I think we both understand each other.

Kirk: There's only one kind of woman...
Harry Mudd: Or man, for that matter.
Kirk: You either believe in yourself or you don't.

Spock: I'm happy the affair is over. A most annoying emotional episode.
McCoy: Smack right in the old heart. Oh, I'm sorry. [pointing to his side] In your case, it would be about here.
Spock: The fact that my internal arrangement differs from yours, Doctor, pleases me no end.

What Are Little Girls Made Of?[edit]

Dr. Korby: Can you imagine how life could be improved if we could do away with jealousy, greed, hate? ...
Kirk: It can also be improved by eliminating love, tenderness, sentiment — the other side of the coin, Doctor.

Dr. Korby: Can you understand what I’m offering mankind?
Kirk: Programming. Different word, but the same old promises made by Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Hitler, Ferris, Maltuvis.

Dr. Korby: Remarkable, isn't she? Notice the-- the lifelike pigmentation, the variation in skin tones. The flesh-- The flesh has warmth. There's even a pulse, physical sensation.
Nurse Chapel: How convenient.

Dr. Korby: I am not a computer. Test me. Ask me to solve any-- Equate-- Transmit-- Christine, Christine, Iet me prove myself! Does this make such a difference?!?

Kirk: We humans are full of unpredictable emotions that logic cannot solve.

Miri[edit]

Kirk: No blah, blah, blah!
Children: Boom! Bonk bonk on the head!

Spock: The older the victim, the more rapid the progress of the disease.
Kirk: And you? The disease doesn't seem to be interested.
Spock: I am a carrier. Whatever happens, I can't go back to the ship. And I do want to go back to the ship, Captain.
Kirk: Of course, Mr. Spock.

Kirk: I think children have an instinctive need for adults. They want to be told right and wrong.

Dagger of the Mind[edit]

Kirk: One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.

Spock: Interesting. You Earth people glorify organized violence for forty centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately.
McCoy: And, of course, your people found an answer.
Spock: We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there's no emotion, there's no motive for violence.

Kirk: What did you say your name was?
Van Gelder: My name? My name is--aah! Simon... Van Gelder. I was the director of-- director-- at the Tantalus colony. I was a graduate of...of...I was assistant to...Doctor...Doc Aah! [Sobbing] I knew... I knew. But they've erased it.
McCoy: Erased?
Van Gelder: Edited... adjusted... subverted me! But I won't forget! I won't forget!

Dr. Adams: You're madly in love with Helen, Captain. You'd lie, cheat, steal for her, sacrifice your career, your reputation..... And now...she's gone.

The Corbomite Maneuver[edit]

Spock: Has it occurred to you that there's a certain... inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you've already made up your mind about?
Kirk: It gives me emotional security.

McCoy [calling after Kirk as the latter leaves sick bay]: Had to finish the physical on you, didn't I? What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor? [then, alone in the room] If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talkin' to myself.

Lt. Bailey: We have phasers, I vote we blast 'em!
Kirk: Thank you, Mr. Bailey, I'll consider that ... when this becomes a democracy.

Kirk: Captain to crew. Those of you who have served for long on this vessel have encountered alien life-forms. You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as the unknown-- only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood. In most cases we have found that intelligence capable of a civilization is capable of understanding peaceful gestures. Surely a life-form advanced enough for space travel is advanced enough to eventually understand our motives. All decks stand by. Captain out.

Kirk: This is the Captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires that we give you this . . . warning. There is one critical item of information that has never been incorporated into the memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early years of space exploration, Earth vessels have had incorporated into them a substance known as . . . corbomite. It is a material and a device which prevents attack on us. If any destructive energy touches our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying --
Balok: You now have two minutes.
Kirk: -- destroying the attacker. It may interest you to know that since the initial use of corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking vessel has survived the attempt. Death has . . . little meaning to us. If it has none to you -- then attack us now. We grow annoyed at your foolishness.

Spock: I regret not having learned more about this Balok. He was reminiscent of my father.
Scotty: Then may heaven have helped your mother.
Spock: Quite the contrary. She considered herself a very fortunate Earth woman.

The Menagerie, Parts 1-2[edit]

McCoy: Blast medicine anyway. We've learned to tie into every human organ in the body except one -- the brain. The brain is what life is all about. That man can think any thought that we can, and love, hope, dream as much as we can, but he can't reach out, and no one can reach in.

Pike: What are you putting in there, ice?
Dr. Boyce: Who wants a warm martini?
Pike: What makes you think I need one?
Dr. Boyce: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things that he'll never tell his doctor.

Dr. Boyce: A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.
Dr. Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers -- the living . . . and the dying.

Pike: Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act --
Magistrate: You now see the primitive fear/threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel, and so on. [Pike prepares to throw himself at the glass] Next...frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency.

Kirk: Mr. Spock, when you're finished, I want to talk to you. This regrettable tendency you've been showing lately towards flagrant emotionalism --
Spock: I see no reason to insult me, sir.

Vina: When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.

Spock: Captain . . . Jim, don't stop me! Don't let him stop me! It's your career, and Captain Pike's life! You must see the rest of the transmission!
Kirk: [to a security guard] Lock him up.

Kirk: A Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist without breathing.

The Keeper: Captain Kirk. Captain Pike has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasurable.

The Conscience of the King[edit]

McCoy: This is the first time in a week I've had time for a drop. Would you care for a drink, Mr. Spock?
Spock: My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol.
McCoy: Oh. Now I know why they were conquered. What are you worried about? Jim generally knows what he's doing.
Spock: It was illogical for him to bring those players aboard.
McCoy: Illogical? Did you get a look at that Juliet? That's a pretty exciting creature. Of course your, uh, personal chemistry would prevent you from seeing that. Did it ever occur to you that he might like the girl?
Spock: It occurred. I dismissed it.
McCoy: You would.

McCoy: What if you decide he is Kodos? What then? Do you play God, carry his head through the corridors in triumph? That won't bring back the dead, Jim.
Kirk: No. But they may rest easier.

Lenore: There is no mercy in you.
Kirk: If he is Kodos, then I've shown him more mercy than he deserves. And if he isn't... then we'll let you off at Benecia, and no harm done.
Lenore: Captain Kirk. Who are you to say what harm was done?
Kirk: Who do I have to be?

Kodos: I am tired! ... The past ... is a blank.
Kirk: Those beautiful words, well acted, change nothing.

Kirk: Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate -- but a woman is always a woman.

Balance of Terror[edit]

Romulan Commander: Another war...must it always be so? How many comrades have we lost in this way?... Obedience. Duty. Death, and more death...

Romulan Commander: A message was dispatched. You've broken the Rule of Silence!
Decius: Only in code, Commander. To inform our Praetor of this glorious mission.
Romulan Commander: Your carelessness might have ended this "glorious mission"! You are reduced two steps in rank! Return to post!
Centurion: [after Decius leaves] Take care, Commander. He has friends, and friends of his kind mean power, and power is often dangerous.

Romulan Commander: Danger and I are old companions.
Centurion: We've seen a hundred campaigns together, and still I do not understand you!
Romulan Commander: I think you do. No need to tell you what will happen. The Earthman will follow; he must. And when he attacks we will destroy him. Our gift to the homeland: another war.

Spock: If Romulans are an offshoot of my Vulcan blood, then attack becomes even more imperative.
McCoy: War is never imperative.
Spock: It is for them, Doctor. Vulcan, like Earth, had its aggressive colonizing period, savage even by Earth standards. If Romulans retain this martial philosophy, then weakness is something we dare not show.

McCoy: In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million earth-type planets...and in all the universe, three million million galaxies like this one. And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us. Don't destroy the one named Kirk.

Kirk: Captain. Standing by to beam your survivors aboard our ship. Prepare to abandon your vessel.
Romulan Commander: No. No, that is not our way. I regret that we meet in this way. You and I are of a kind. In a different reality, I could have called you friend.
Kirk: What purpose will it serve to die?
Romulan Commander: We are creatures of duty, Captain. I have lived my life by it. Just one more duty to perform.

Shore Leave[edit]

Spock: After what this ship has been through in the last three months, there is not a crewman aboard who is not in need of rest. Myself excepted, of course.

Spock: I picked this up from Dr. McCoy's log. We have a crew member on board who is showing signs of stress and fatigue. Reaction time down 9 to 12 percent. Associational reading Norm minus 3.
Kirk: That's much too low a rating.
Spock: He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation. Now he has that right, but...we found -
Kirk: A crewman's rights end where the safety of the ship begins. Now that man will go ashore on my orders. What's his name?
Spock: James Kirk. Enjoy yourself, Captain. It's an interesting planet. I believe you'll find it quite pleasant, very much like your Earth. Scouts have detected no animals, artifacts, or forcefields of any kind. Only peace, sunshine, and good air. You'll have no problems.

Spock: On my planet, to rest is to rest — to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass, using energy, instead of saving it.

Kirk: The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

Kirk: I do [believe you]! I've met some interesting characters myself!

The Galileo Seven[edit]

Spock: The logical thing for you to have done was to have left me behind.
McCoy: Mr. Spock, remind me to tell you that I'm sick and tired of your logic.
Spock: That is a most illogical attitude. It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six.
McCoy: I'm not talking about rationality.
Spock: You might be wise to start.
McCoy: Life and death are seldom logical.
Spock: But attaining a desired goal always is.

McCoy: Respect is a rational process. Didn't it ever occur to you that they might react emotionally...with anger?
Spock: Doctor, I am not responsible for their unpredictability.
McCoy: They were perfectly predictable, to anyone with feeling.

Spock: I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.

Scotty: Mr. Spock, you said a while ago that there were always alternatives.
Spock: Did I? I may have been mistaken.
McCoy: Well, at least I lived long enough to hear that.

Kirk: Uh, Mr. Spock, there's really something I don't understand about all of this. And maybe you can explain it to me. Logically, of course. When you jettisoned the fuel and ignited it, you knew there was virtually no chance of it being seen, yet you did it anyhow. That would seem to be an act of desperation.
Spock: Quite correct.
Kirk: We all know, and I'm sure the doctor agrees, that desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. How does your well-known logic explain that?
Spock: Quite simply, Captain. I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that, under the circumstances, the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at.
Kirk: Aha, ha ha. I see. You mean you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst.
Spock: Well, I... wouldn't put it in exactly those terms, Captain, but... those are essentially the facts.
Kirk: You're not going to admit that for the first time in your life, you committed a purely human, emotional act?
Spock: No, sir.
Kirk: Mr. Spock, you're a stubborn man.
Spock: Yes, sir.

The Squire of Gothos[edit]

Trelane: Oh, how absolutely typical of your species! You don't understand something so you become fearful.

McCoy: Does your logic find this fascinating, Mr. Spock?
Spock: No. "Fascinating" is a word I use for the unexpected. In this case, I should think "interesting" would suffice. .

Trelane: Well, I don't know if I like your tone. It's most challenging. That's what you're doing, challenging me?
Spock: I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.
Trelane: Oh, Mr. Spock, you do have one saving grace after all - you're ill mannered. The human half of you, no doubt.

Kirk: Our missions are peaceful — not for conquest. When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice.

Kirk: We're living beings, not playthings for your amusement!
Trelane: Silence! This trial is over! You are guilty. On all counts you are guilty. And according to your own laws, this court has no choice in fixing punishment. You will hang by the neck Captain, until you are dead, dead, dead!

Arena[edit]

Metron: We are the Metrons. You are one of two crafts which have come into our space on a mission of violence. This is not permissible. Yet we have analyzed you and have learned that your violent tendencies are inherent. So be it. We will control them.

Metron: Your captain is losing his battle. We would suggest you make whatever memorial arrangements, if any, which are customary in your culture. We believe you have very little time left.
McCoy: We appeal to you in the name of civilization. Put a stop to this!
Metron: Your violent intent and actions demonstrate that you are not civilized.

Kirk: [to the helpless Gorn] No I won't kill you. Maybe you thought you were protecting yourselves when you attacked the outpost. [louder, to the Metrons] No I won't kill him! Do you hear? You'll have to get your entertainment someplace else!

Metron: Sparing your helpless enemy who surely would have destroyed you, you demonstrated the advanced trait of mercy, something we hardly expected. We feel that there may be hope for your kind. Therefore you will not be destroyed. It would not be civilized.

Kirk: We're a most promising species, Mr. Spock, as predators go. Did you know that?
Spock: I frequently have my doubts.
Kirk: I don't, not anymore. And maybe in a thousand years or so we'll be able to prove it. Never mind, Mr. Spock, it doesn't make much sense to me either.
Spock: A thousand years, Captain?
Kirk: Well that gives us a little time.

Tomorrow is Yesterday[edit]

Kirk: You said you had some additional information, Mr. Spock?
Spock: I made an error in my computations.
McCoy: Oh? This could be a historic occasion.

Kirk: All right, Colonel. The truth is, I'm a little green man from Alpha Centauri, a beautiful place. You ought to see it.
Colonel Fellini: I am going to lock you up for 200 years.
Kirk: That ought to be just about right.

John Christopher: You don't trust me, Spock.
Mr. Spock: In fact, I do. But only to a certain point.

Kirk: [to Spock] Your logic can be most... annoying.

Kirk: [about John Christopher] But in our society, he'd be useless. Archaic.
McCoy: But maybe he could be retrained, reeducated.
Kirk: Now you're sounding like Spock.
McCoy: If you're going to get nasty, I'm going to leave.

Court Martial[edit]

Kirk: I hope I'm not crowding you.
Cogley: What's the matter? Don't you like books?
Kirk: Oh, I like them fine, but a computer takes less space.
Cogley: A computer, huh? I got one of these in my office. Contains all the precedents, a synthesis of all the great legal decisions written throughout time. I never use it.
Kirk: Why not?
Cogley: I've got my own system. Books, young man, books. Thousands of them. If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something--my library. Thousands of books.
Kirk: What would be the point?
Cogley: This is where the law is, not in that homogenized, pasteurized, synthesized... do you want to know the law, the ancient concepts in their own language, learn the intent of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of Alpha 3? Books.
Kirk: You have to be either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped from his keeper or Samuel T. Cogley, attorney-at-law.
Cogley: Right on both counts.

McCoy: Well, I had to see it to believe it.
Spock: Explain.
McCoy: They're about to lop off the captain's professional head, and you're playing chess with the computer.
Spock: That is true.
McCoy: Mr. Spock, you're the most cold-blooded man I've ever known.
Spock: Why, thank you, Doctor.

Areel: Mr. Cogley is well-known for his theatrics.
Cogley: Is saving an innocent man's career a theatric?
Stone: Counsels will direct their remarks to the bench.
Cogley: I'd be delighted to, sir, now that I've got something human to talk about. Rights, sir, human rights--the Bible, the Code of Hammurabi and of Justinian, Magna Carta, the Constitution of the United States, Fundamental Declarations of the Martian colonies, the Statutes of Alpha 3--gentlemen, these documents all speak of rights. Rights of the accused to a trial by his peers, to be represented by counsel, the rights of cross-examination, but most importantly, the right to be confronted by the witnesses against him--a right to which my client has been denied.

Cogley: I speak of rights. A machine has none. A man must. My client has the right to face his accuser, and if you do not grant him that right, you have brought us down to the level of the machine. Indeed, you have elevated that machine above us. I ask that my motion be granted, and more than that, gentlemen, in the name of humanity, fading in the shadow of the machine, I demand it. I demand it!

Spock: It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or malice. It is not his nature.

The Return of the Archons[edit]

Landru Computer: I am Landru. I am he. All that he was I am, his experience, his knowledge.
Kirk: But not his wisdom. He may have programmed you, but he could not have given you a soul. You are a machine.
Landru Computer: Your statement is irrelevant.

Kirk: Without freedom of choice there is no creativity.

Kirk: It's time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned.

Spock: How often mankind has wished for a world as peaceful and secure as the one Landru provided.
Kirk: Yes. And we never got it. Just lucky, I guess.

Spock: I prefer the concrete, the graspable, the proveable.
Kirk: You'd make a splendid computer, Mr Spock.
Spock: That is very kind of you, Captain!

Space Seed[edit]

Spock: Insufficient facts always invite danger.

Spock: Superior ability breeds superior ambition.

Spock:The mid-1990s was the era of your last so-called World War.

McCoy: (Khan has grabbed McCoy by throat and is holding a knife on him) Well, either choke me or cut my throat. Make up your mind.

Khan: Where am I?
McCoy: You're in bed, holding a knife at your doctor's throat.
Khan: Answer my question!
McCoy: It would be most effective if you would cut the carotid artery, just under the left ear.
Khan [releasing McCoy]: I like a brave man.
McCoy [taking knife from Khan]: I was just trying to prevent an argument.

A Taste of Armageddon[edit]

Spock: [To a guard] Sir, there's a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder. [Uses Vulcan nerve pinch on guard]

Scotty: Diplomats! The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank.

McCoy: Well, Scotty, now you've done it.
Scotty: Aye, the haggis is in the fire, for sure.

Ambassador: What are you doing, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Practicing a peculiar variety of diplomacy, sir. [Fires phaser]

Kirk: Death. Destruction. Disease. Horror. That's what war is all about. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided.

Kirk: Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.

Kirk: [War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill - today!

Spock: Captain, you almost make me believe in luck.
Kirk: Why, Mr Spock! You almost make me believe in miracles!

This Side of Paradise[edit]

Spock: I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.

Spock: I am what I am, Leila, and if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them.

Kirk: Another dream that failed. There's nothing sadder.

McCoy: That's the second time man's been thrown out of paradise.
Kirk: Oh no, this time he walked out of his own accord. Perhaps man wasn't meant for paradise. Maybe he was meant to claw, to scratch all the way.

McCoy: Wait - maybe you should make me a mechanic, then I can treat little tin gods like you.

The Devil in the Dark[edit]

Kirk: Either one of us, by himself, is expendable. Both of us are not.

McCoy: I'm a doctor not a bricklayer! That thing is practically made out of stone!
Kirk: You're a healer. There's a patient. That's an order.

McCoy: By golly, Jim, I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day!

Spock: The Horta has a very logical mind and after close association with humans, I find that curiously refreshing.

Spock: [The Horta] found humanoid appearance revolting, but she felt she could get used to it.
McCoy: Oh, she did, did she? Now tell me, did she happen to make any comment about those ears?
Spock: Not specifically, but I did get the distinct impression she found them the most attractive human characteristic of all. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that only I have—
Kirk: She really liked those ears?
Spock: Captain, the Horta is a remarkably intelligent and sensitive creature with impeccable taste.
Kirk: Because she approved of you.
Spock: Really, Captain, my modesty—
Kirk: ...Does not bear close examination, Mr. Spock. I suspect you're becoming more and more human all the time.
Spock: Captain, I see no reason to stand here and be insulted.

Errand of Mercy[edit]

Spock: It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.

Kirk: ...You didn't really think I was going to beat his head in, did you?
Spock: I thought you might.
Kirk: You're right.

Kor: You speak of courage. Obviously you do not know the difference between courage and foolhardiness. Always it is the brave ones who die, the soldiers.

Kirk: I'm a soldier, not a diplomat. I can only tell you the truth!

Kirk: Another Armenia, Belgium ... the weak innocents...they always seem to be located along the natural invasion routes.

Kirk: Now, Mr.Spock and I are going to go out there ... and quite probably die. In an attempt to show you ... that there are some things ... worth dying for.

Kirk: What would you say the odds are on our getting out of here?
Spock: Difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say approximately seven thousand eight hundred twenty four point seven to one.
Kirk: Difficult to be precise? Seven thousand eight hundred and twenty four to one?
Spock: Seven thousand eight hundred twenty four point seven to one.
Kirk: That's a pretty close approximation.
Spock: I endeavour to be accurate.
Kirk: You do quite well.

Kirk: Well, what are the odds now?
Spock: Less than seven thousand to one, Captain. It's remarkable we've gotten this far.
Kirk: Less than seven thousand to one... Well, getting better, getting better.

Kirk: You should be the first to be on our side! Two hundred Organians killed!
Ayelborne: No one has been killed, Captain.
Claymare: No one has died here in uncounted thousands of years.

The Alternative Factor[edit]

Spock: Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.

Kirk: Like Lazarus. Identical, yet both Lazarus. Except one is matter and the other antimatter. If they meet...
Spock: Annihilation Jim. Total, complete, absolute annihilation.

The City on the Edge of Forever[edit]

The Guardian of Forever: A Question. Since before your sun burned hot in space, and before your race was born, I have awaited a question.

James T. Kirk: We seem to be costumed a little out of step with the time.
Spock: I'm afraid I'm going to be difficult to explain in any case, Captain.
James T. Kirk: Well Mr. Spock, if we can't disguise you we'll find some way of... explaining you.
Spock: That should prove most interesting.

James T. Kirk: My friend is obviously Chinese. I see you've noticed the ears. They're actually easy to explain.
Spock: Perhaps the unfortunate accident I had as a child.
James T. Kirk: ...The unfortunate accident he had as a child. He caught his head in a mechanical... rice picker.

Edith Keeler: 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.

James T. Kirk: We have a flop.
Spock: We have a what, Captain?
James T. Kirk: A place to sleep.
Spock: One might have said so in the first place.

Edith Keeler: I think that one day they're going to take all the money that they spend now on war and death...
James T. Kirk: And make them spend it on life.

Edith Keeler: You know as well as I do how out of place you two are around here.
Spock: Interesting. Where would you estimate we belong, Miss Keeler?
Edith Keeler: [to Spock] You? At his side. As if you've always been there and always will. [to Kirk] And you... you belong... in another place. I don't know where or how... I'll figure it out eventually.
Spock: I'll finish with the furnace.
Edith Keeler: '..., Captain.' Even when he doesn't say it, he does.

Spock: I am endeavoring, Madam, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins.

Operation: Annihilate![edit]

Spock: Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.

Spock: I admire your curiosity Doctor, but I assure you I'm all right.
McCoy: You may be controlling the pain, Mr.Spock... but you're far from all right.

Season 2[edit]

Amok Time[edit]

Spock: It is undignified for a woman to play servant to a man who is not hers.

Spock: Ms. Chapel.
Christine Chapel: Yes, Mr. Spock?
Spock: I had a most startling dream. You were trying to tell me something...but I couldn't hear you. [Chapel is crying] It would be illogical for us to protest against our natures, don't you think?

Spock: Would you beam down to the planet's surface and stand with me? There is a brief ceremony.
James T. Kirk: Is it permitted?
Spock: It is my right. By tradition, the male is accompanied by his closest friends.
James T. Kirk: Thank you, Mr. Spock.
Spock: I also request Dr. McCoy accompany me.
Leonard McCoy: I shall be honored, sir.

Spock: Stonn. She is yours. After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.

T'Pau: Live long and prosper, Spock.
Spock: I shall do neither. I have killed my captain... and my friend.

Spock: [After realizing that Kirk is not, in fact, dead.] Jim! [Catching himself before he displays further emotion] I am...pleased to see you, Captain; you seem... uninjured.

Leonard McCoy: There's just one thing, Mr. Spock. You can't tell me that when you first saw Jim alive that you weren't on the verge of giving us an emotional scene that would have brought the house down.
Spock: Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.
James T. Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock, I understand.
Spock: Thank you, Captain.
Leonard McCoy: Of course, Mr. Spock. Your reaction was quite logical... in a pig's eye!

Who Mourns for Adonais?[edit]

Spock: Insults are effective only where emotion is present.

Apollo: I am Apollo!
Pavel Chekov: [sarcastically] And I am the Tsar of all the Russias!
Kirk: Mr. Chekov ...
Pavel Chekov: Sorry, captain, I never met a god before.
Kirk: And you haven't yet.

Scotty: Without energy you can't do anything.

Apollo: Earth... mother of the most beautiful of women in the universe.

Kirk: Mankind has no need of gods...we find the one quite adequate.

Apollo:
Zues ...
Hermes ...
Hera ...
Aphrodite ...
You were right!
Athena ...
You were right.
The time has passed.
There is no room for gods.
Forgive me, my old friends.
Take me.
Take me.
Take me. (echos)

Kirk: Would it have hurt us, I wonder, just to have gathered a few laurel leaves?

The Changeling[edit]

Leonard McCoy: He's dead, Jim.

Spock: That unit is a woman.
Nomad: A mass of conflicting impulses.

Nomad: Non-Sequitor. Your facts are uncoordinated.

Nomad: You (Kirk) are the creator.
James T. Kirk: But I admit, I am imperfect. How could I have created a perfect being like you?
Nomad: Answer unknown. I shall analyze... Analysis complete: Insufficient data to resolve problem.

James T. Kirk: I am the Kirk, the creator?
Nomad: You are the creator.
James T. Kirk: You're WRONG! Jackson Roykirk, your creator, is DEAD, you have mistaken me for him! You are in error!... You did not discover your mistake, you have made TWO errors. You are flawed and IMPERFECT. And you have not corrected by sterilization, you have made THREE errors!
Nomad: Error... Error... Error... Examine...

James T. Kirk: We've got to get rid of it while it's trying to think.
Spock: Your logical is impeccable, Captain. We are in grave danger.

Mirror, Mirror[edit]

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not an engineer.
Scotty: Now you're an engineer.

James T. Kirk: Conquest is easy. Control is not.

Mirror Spock: Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed. It is the logic of history.

James T. Kirk: How long before the Halkan prediction of Galactic revolt is realized?
Mirror Spock: Approximately 240 years.
James T. Kirk: The inevitable outcome?
Mirror Spock: The Empire shall be overthrown, of course.
James T. Kirk: The illogic of waste, Mr. Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. . .I submit to you that your Empire is illogical, because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to being a willing part of it.

James T. Kirk: In every revolution, there's one man with a vision.

Mirror Spock: One man cannot summon the future.
James T. Kirk: But one man can change the present.

Spock: (Explaining to Kirk how the mirror versions were so quickly spotted) It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.

Kirk: I'm not sure, but I think we've just been insulted.
McCoy: I'm sure.

The Apple[edit]


Pavel Chekov: I've been waiting to get you into a place like this for a long time.
James T. Kirk: Mr. Chekov, I know you and Miss Landon find each other fascinating, but we’re not here to conduct a field experiment in human biology.

Spock: Dr. McCoy’s potion is acting like all his potions— turning my stomach.

James T. Kirk: Are you trying to get yourself killed? Do you know how much Starfleet has invested in you?
Spock: One hundred, twenty-two thousand, two hundred—
James T. Kirk: Never mind. But… thanks.

Akuta: Love. Strange words, "children," "love". What is love?
Yeoman Landon: Love is when two people are-
Akuta: Ah, the holding, the touching. Vaal has forbidden this.
Leonard McCoy: Well there goes paradise.

James T. Kirk: And you'll learn something about men and women-- the way they're supposed to be. Caring for each other, being happy with each other, being good to each other. That's what we call... love. You'll like that, too, a lot.

Leonard McCoy: Well, I don’t agree with you at all, Mr. Spock.
Spock: That’s not unusual, Doctor.

Pavel Chekov: It makes me homesick. Just like Russia.
Leonard McCoy: More like the Garden of Eden, Ensign.
Pavel Chekov Of course, Doctor. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A wery nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve wery sad to leave.
James T. Kirk:[Sarcastically] Just....outside Moscow, all right.

The Doomsday Machine[edit]

Montgomery Scott: I checked the engines. The warp drive, that's a hopeless pile of junk.

Matt Decker: [describing the planet killer] Right out of hell! I saw it!
James T. Kirk: Matt, where's your crew?
Matt Decker: On the third planet.
James T. Kirk: There is no third planet.
Matt Decker: Don't you think I know that? There was, but not anymore!

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a mechanic.

Spock: Random chance seems to have operated in our favor.
Leonard McCoy: In plain, non-Vulcan English, we've been lucky.
Spock: I believe I said that, Doctor.

Montgomery Scott: If I push these impulse engines too hard in the condition they're in they'll blow apart!

James T. Kirk: [Upon hearing he has phasers available] Scotty! You've just earned your pay for the week!

Catspaw[edit]

James T. Kirk: Spock, comment.
Spock: Very bad poetry, Captain.
James T. Kirk: A more useful comment, Mr Spock.

James T. Kirk: If we weren't missing two officers and a third one dead, I'd say someone was playing an elaborate trick or treat on us.
Spock: Trick or treat, Captain?
James T. Kirk: Yes, Mr Spock. You'd be a natural.

James T. Kirk: You can't think a man to death.

I, Mudd[edit]

Leonard McCoy: You can't evaluate a man by logic alone.

Harry Mudd: Do you know what the penalty for fraud is on Deneb V?
Spock: The guilty party has his choice-- death by electrocution, death by gas, death by phaser, death by hanging...
Harry Mudd: The key word in your entire peroration, Mr. Spock, was... death.

Harry Mudd: Spock, you're going to love it here. They all talk just the way you do.

Spock: [pointing to Alice #27] I love you. [looking to Alice #210] However, I hate you.
Alice #210: But I am identical in every way with Alice 27.
Spock: Yes, of course. That is exactly why I hate you--

Spock: Logic is a little tweeting bird, chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad.

Metamorphosis[edit]

Zefram Cochrane: Immortality consists largely of boredom.

James T. Kirk: Not 100 percent efficient, of course, but nothing ever is.

James T. Kirk: The idea of male and female are universal constants.

Leonard McCoy: There's nothing disgusting about it [the Companion]. It's just another life form, that's all. You get used to those things.

James T. Kirk: We're on over a thousand worlds and spreading out. Life is everywhere.

Journey to Babel[edit]

Amanda Grayson: After all these years among humans, you still haven't learned to smile.
Spock: Humans smile with so little provocation.

Amanda Grayson: Vulcans believe that peace should not depend on force.

Spock: There is no logic in Gav's murder.
Shras: Perhaps you should forget logic and devote yourself to motivations of passion or gain; these are reasons for murder.

Spock: It [being a Vulcan] means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life, which is logical and beneficial. We cannot disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain, no matter how important that gain might be.

Sarek: One does not thank logic.

[Sarek and Spock discuss Amanda.]
Spock: Emotional, isn't she?
Sarek: She has always been that way.
Spock: Indeed? Why did you marry her?
Sarek: At the time, it seemed the logical thing to do.

Friday's Child[edit]

Kras: We Klingons believe as you do. The sick should die. Only the strong should live.

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not an escalator

Spock: Virtue is a relative term.

Leonard McCoy: Oochy-woochy-koochy-coo.
Spock: "Oochy wootchy koochy coo," Captain?
James T. Kirk: An obscure Earth dialect, Mr. Spock. Oochy-woochy-koochy-coo. If you're curious, consult linguistics.

Spock: "The child was named Leonard...James...Akaar?!"
McCoy: "Has a kind of a...ring to it, don't you think, James?"
Kirk: "Yes. I think it's a name...destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard - what do you think, Spock?"
Spock: I think you're both going to be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month. Sir.

The Deadly Years[edit]

Dr. Janet Wallace: No problem is insoluble.

Dr. Janet Wallace: The heart is not a logical organ.

Chekov: 'Give us some more blood, Chekov.' 'The needle won't hurt, Chekov.' 'Take off your shirt, Chekov.' 'Roll over, Chekov.' 'Breathe deeply, Chekov.' 'Blood sample, Chekov.' 'Marrow sample, Chekov.' 'Skin sample, Chekov.' IF...if I live long enough, I'm going to run out of samples!
Sulu: You'll live.
Chekov: Oh yes, I'll live, but I won't enjoy it!

James T. Kirk: Don't talk to me about rank! The man's a chair-bound paper-pusher! I order you to take command.

Leonard McCoy: I did not say you were not affected, Mr. Spock - I simply said that you were perfectly healthy...that is, for any normal Vulcan on the high side of a hundred!

Obsession[edit]

James T. Kirk: Intuition, however illogical, Mr. Spock, is recognized as a command prerogative.

Leonard McCoy: I'll bet he [Spock] left a bad taste in the creature's mouth, too.

Montgomery Scott:Thank heaven!
Spock: Mr Scott, there was no deity involved. It was my cross-circuiting to B that recovered them.
Leonard McCoy: Then thank pitchforks and pointed ears.

Wolf in the Fold[edit]

Leonard McCoy: [He's/She's] dead, Jim.

Spock: In the strict scientific sense, Doctor, we all feed on death, even vegetarians.

Spock: Women are more easily and more deeply terrified, generating more sheer horror than the male of the species.

Spock: Computer. This is a Class-A compulsory directive. Compute, to the last digit, the value of pi.

The Trouble With Tribbles[edit]

James T. Kirk: Another technical journal, Scotty?
Montgomery Scott: Aye.
James T. Kirk: Don't you ever relax?
Montgomery Scott: I am relaxing.

Montgomery Scott:When are y'gonna get off that milk diet, lad?
Pavel Chekov:This is vodka!
Montgomery Scott: Where I come from, that's soda pop. Now, this is a drink for a man.
Pavel Chekov: Scotch?
Montgomery Scott: Aye.
Pavel Chekov: It was invented by a little old lady from Leningrad!

Spock: Doctor, I am well aware of human characteristics. I am frequently inundated by them, but I've trained myself to put up with practically anything.
Leonard McCoy: Spock, I don’t know too much about these little tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered.
Spock: What’s that, Doctor?
Leonard McCoy: I like them… better than I like you.
Spock: Doctor, they do indeed have one redeeming characteristic… they do not talk too much.

Leonard McCoy: [about tribbles] Near as I can tell, they're born pregnant... which seems to be quite a time-saver!

James T. Kirk: Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn't necessarily a good thing.

The Gamesters of Triskelion[edit]

Leonard McCoy:You mean ... you're gonna leave here without them, and run off on some wild goose chase halfway across the galaxy, just because you found a discrepancy in a hydrogen cloud?
Spock: Doctor, I'm chasing the Captain, Lieutenant Uhura and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl.

Leonard McCoy: Well, Mr. Spock, if you’re going into the lion’s den, you’ll need a medical officer.
Spock: Daniel, as I recall, had only his faith, but I welcome your company, Doctor.

James T. Kirk: My people pride themselves on being the greatest, most successful gamblers in the universe. We compete for everything -- power, fame, women -- everything we desire, and it is our nature ... to win.

James T. Kirk: We have found... that all life-forms in the galaxy are capable of superior development.

James T. Kirk: All your people must learn before you can reach for the stars.

A Piece of the Action[edit]

Spock: Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here.
Leonard McCoy: You admit that?
Spock: To deny the facts would be illogical, Doctor.

Spock: [After Kirk tries to drive an automobile] Captain, you are an excellent starship commander. But as a taxi driver, you leave much to be desired.
Kirk: It was that bad?

Kirk: Hold on, Spock. Out of the mouth of babes..
Young street urchin: Who are you callin' a babe?
Kirk: I'm callin' you a babe.
Young street urchin: You callin' me a babe?
Kirk: Yeah, I'm callin'- [Urchin produces a knife and holds it upto Kirk's face] I'm calling you a babe, but it's nothing personal.

Montgomery Scott: You mind your place, mister, or you'll... you'll be wearing concrete galoshes!
Jojo Krako: You mean cement overshoes?
Montgomery Scott: [hesitantly] Aye.

Captain Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all, Captain. It's your driving that alarms me.

Kirk: Right Spocko?
Spock: Affirmative, Captain.
Kirk: Right, Spocko?
Spock:...Right.

Kirk: Well, Bones, in the language of the planet, what's your beef?

Spock: (in a "gangster voice") I would advise yas ta keep dialin', Oxmyx!

The Immunity Syndrome[edit]

Spock: Brace yourself. The area of penetration will no doubt be sensitive.

Spock: Tell Doctor McCoy... he should have wished me luck.

Spock: Do not risk the ship further on my behalf.
McCoy: Shut up, Spock! We're rescuing you!
Spock: Why, thank you, Captain McCoy.

Spock: I've noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.
McCoy: Suffer the death of thy neighbor, eh, Spock? You wouldn't wish that on us, would you?
Spock: It might have rendered your history a bit less bloody.

Captain Kirk: Spock, you're alive!
Spock: Obviously, Captain.

A Private Little War[edit]

Nona: There is an old custom among my people. When a woman saves a man's life, he is grateful.

Apella: I thought my people would grow tired of killing, but you were right. They see that it is easier than trading, and it has pleasures. I feel it myself. Like the hunt, but with richer rewards.

James T. Kirk: The only solution is what happened back then. A balance of power.
Leonard McCoy: And if the Klingons give their side even more?
James T. Kirk: Then we arm our side with exactly that much more. A balance of power— the trickiest, most difficult, dirtiest game of them all, but the only one that preserves both sides.

James T. Kirk: War isn't a good life, but it's life.

James T. Kirk: We're very tired, Mr. Spock. Beam us up home.
  • [Last line]

Return to Tomorrow[edit]

Sargon: There comes to all races, an ultimate crisis which you have yet to face.
James T. Kirk: I don't understand.
Sargon: One day our minds became so powerful we dared think of ourselves as gods.

James T. Kirk: They used to say that if Man was meant to fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to.

James T. Kirk: Risk... Risk is our business. That's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her.

Henoch: [in Spock's body] This is an excellent body, Doctor. I seem to have received the best of the three-- strength, hearing, eyesight all far above your human norms. I'm surprised the Vulcans never conquered your race.
Leonard McCoy: The Vulcans worship peace above all, Henoch.

Leonard McCoy: I will not peddle flesh. I'm a physician.
Thalassa: A physician?!? In contrast to what we are, you are a prancing, savage medicine man! You dare defy one you should be on your knees worshipping? I could destroy you with a single thought!!

Patterns of Force[edit]

Spock: You should make a very convincing Nazi, Captain.

Eneg: Punishment becomes ineffective after a certain point. Men become... insensitive.

Daras: You mean that the Führer is an alien?

John Gill: Even historians fail to learn from history. They repeat the same mistakes.

James T. Kirk: Very good, Spock. We'll make a human out of you yet.
Spock: I hope not!

By Any Other Name[edit]

Rojan: We do not colonize. We conquer. We rule. There is no other way for us.

Kelinda: This cultural mystique surrounding the biological function.
James T. Kirk: Yes?
Kelinda: You realize humans are overly preoccupied with the subject.

James T. Kirk: You have a question?
Kelinda: Yes, I was wondering... would you please apologize to me again? [She wants another kiss from him.]

w:Montgomery ScottMontgomery Scott: I found this on Ganyroom...er, Ganymerean...mede.
Tomar: What is it?
Montgomery Scott: Well, it's, er...(he looks for a label - there isn't one. He uncorks and sniffs it, and finally goes with the only thing he knows for sure about it)...it's green!

The Omega Glory[edit]

James T. Kirk: A star captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive.

Leonard McCoy: The infection resembles one developed by Earth during their bacteriological warfare experiments in the 1990s. Hard to believe we were once foolish enough to play around with that.

Cloud William: Freedom?
James T. Kirk: Spock.
Spock: Yes, I heard, Captain.
Cloud William: It is a worship word, Yang worship. You will not speak it.
James T. Kirk: Well, well, well. It is... our worship word, too.

Sirah: Yes, it is written. Good shall always destroy evil.

Dr. McCoy: Spock, I've found that evil usually triumphs...unless good is very, very careful.

The Ultimate Computer[edit]

Spock: Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them. Captain, a starship also runs on loyalty to one man, and nothing can replace it or him.

James T. Kirk: Do you know the one... "All I ask is a tall ship?"
Leonard McCoy: It's a line from a poem, a very old poem, isn't it?
James T. Kirk: Twentieth century Earth. "All I... ask is a tall ship and a star... to steer her by." You... You could feel the wind at your back in those days. The sounds of the sea... beneath you, and even if you take away the wind and the water... it's still the same. The ship is yours. You can feel her. And the stars are still there, Bones.

Richard Daystrom: When a child is taught, it's programmed with simple instructions, and at some point, if its mind develops properly, it exceeds the sum of what it was taught, thinks independently.

James T. Kirk: Genius doesn't work on an assembly line basis. Did Einstein, Kazanga or Sitar of Vulcan produce new and revolutionary theories on a regular schedule? You can't simply say, "Today I will be brilliant."

Leonard McCoy: Compassion: that's the one things no machine ever had. Maybe it's the one thing that keeps men ahead of them.

Commodore Wesley: Our compliments to the M5 unit, and regards to Captain Dunsel; Wesley out.
Kirk leaves bridge in stunned silence as the other command officers stare at each other uncomforably
Leonard McCoy: Dunsel?? Who the blazes is Captain Dunsel? (sees Kirk leave) Spock, what does it mean?
Spock: Dunsel, Doctor, is a word used by cadets at Starfleet Academy. It refers to a part of the ship that serves no useful purpose.

M5 just vaporized one of Scotty's engineering crewmen
James T. Kirk: That wasn't a simulation!! That wasn't a robot ship!! That thing just murdered one of my crew and now you tell me you can't turn it off!!
Richard Daystrom: It wasn't a deliberate act! M-5... needed a new power source. The Ensign -- simply got in the way.
James T. Kirk: And how long before all of us simply get in the way?

Bread and Circuses[edit]

Proconsul Claudius Marcus: The games have always strengthened us. Death becomes a familiar pattern. We don't fear it as you do.

McCoy: [to Spock] I'm trying to thank you, you pointy-eared hobgoblin!

Leonard McCoy: Do you know why you're not afraid to die, Spock? You're more afraid of living. Each day you stay alive is just one more day you might slip and let your human half peek out. That's it, isn't it? Insecurity. Why, you wouldn't know what to do with a genuine, warm, decent feeling . .

Spock: You humans have that emotional need to express gratitude. "You're welcome," I believe is the correct response.

James T. Kirk: Caesar and Christ... they had them both.

Assignment: Earth[edit]

Spock: Without facts, the decision cannot be made logically. You must rely on your human intuition.

Gary Seven: That, Miss Lincoln, is simply my cat.

Spock: Live long and prosper.

Season 3[edit]

Spock's Brain[edit]

Leonard McCoy: His brain is gone.

Kara: Brain and brain-- what is brain?!

James T. Kirk: No one may kill a man. Not for any purpose. It cannot be condoned.

Spock: Captain, there is a definite pleasurable experience connected with the hearing of your voice.

Leonard McCoy: I knew it was wrong, I shouldn't have done it.
James T. Kirk: What's that?
Leonard McCoy: I should have never reconnected his mouth.

The Enterprise Incident[edit]

Spock: It would be illogical to assume that all conditions remain stable.

Romulan Commander: Romulan women are not like Vulcan females. We are not dedicated to... pure logic and the sterility of non-emotion.

Spock: I reserve the privilege of speaking when it will not violate my honour, as a Vulcan.

Spock: It is not a lie to keep the truth to oneself.

Spock: Military secrets are the most fleeting of all.

The Paradise Syndrome[edit]

Montgomery Scott: Me bairns ... me poor, wee bairns!

Miramanee: The sooner our happiness together begins, the longer it will last.

Salish: You bleed, Kirok! Behold the god who bleeds!

Miramanee: [to Kirk, her husband] Each kiss... is as the first.
  • [Last words, last line.]

And the Children Shall Lead[edit]

Professor Starnes: Alien upon us... the enemy from within...

Spock: Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth.
Leonard McCoy: Or by misleading the innocent.

James T. Kirk: Most legends have their basis in fact.

Children's Chant: Hail, hail, fire and snow. Call the angel, we will go. Far away, for to see. Friendly angel, come to me.

Spock: Without followers, evil cannot spread.

Gorgan: Death to you all...
  • [Gorgan's last words.]

Is There in Truth No Beauty?[edit]

Larry Marvick: Don't love her! She'll kill you if you love her! I love you, Miranda.
  • [Marvick's last words]
Leonard McCoy: He's dead, Jim.

Dr. Miranda Jones: I suppose it has thorns.
James T. Kirk: I never met a rose that didn't.

Dr. Miranda Jones: The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.
Spock: And the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.

Spock: Live long and prosper.

Spectre of the Gun[edit]

Montgomery Scott: Half a gallon of scotch.

Spock: Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality. All of this...is unreal.

James T. Kirk: We fight only when there is no other choice. We prefer the ways of peaceful contact.

Day of the Dove[edit]

Klingon Officer: Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.

James T. Kirk: There's another way to survive-- Mutual trust and help.

Spock: No one can guarantee the actions of another.

Spock: Those who hate and fight must stop themselves, Doctor, otherwise it is not stopped.

Kang: Only a fool fights in a burning house.

Kirk: Captain's log: Stardate...Armageddon.

For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky[edit]

Old Man: For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky.

Natira: Is not that the nature of men and women? That the pleasure is in the learning of each other?

Natira: Is truth not truth for all?

The Tholian Web[edit]

Pavel Chekov: Has there ever been a mutiny on a starship before?
Spock: Absolutely no record of such an occurrence, Ensign.

Spock: The renowned Tholian punctuality.

Spock: We must accept the fact that Captain Kirk is no longer alive.

Leonard McCoy: There's no hurry, Mr. Spock. The antidote probably doesn't concern you. Vulcans are probably immune. So just take your time.

Montgomery Scott: What is it [the antidote]?
Leonard McCoy: It's a diluted theragen derivative.
Spock: Theragen-- a nerve gas used by the Klingons.
Montgomery Scott: Aye, and deadly, too. What are you thinking of, Doc? Are you trying to kill us all?

Plato's Stepchildren[edit]

Leonard McCoy: The release of emotions, Mr. Spock, is what keeps us healthy-- emotionally healthy, that is.
Spock: That may be, Doctor. However, I have noted that the healthy release of emotion is frequently very unhealthy for those closest to you.

Alexander: Become one of them?

Spock: Take care, young ladies, and value your wine; Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime; Deeply they'll swallow from your finest kegs; Then swiftly be gone; Leaving bitter dregs; Ah, ah, bitter dregs. With smiling words and tender touch; Man offers little and asks for so much; He loves in the breathless excitement of night; Then leaves with your treasure in cold morning light; Ah, ah... in cold morning light.
  • [Maiden Wine, also known as Bitter Dregs]

Parmen: Uncontrolled, power will turn even saints into savages. And we can all be counted upon to live down to our lowest impulses.

Wink of an Eye[edit]

Deela: We have the right to survive.
James T. Kirk: Not by killing others.

The Empath[edit]

Vian: Their own fears killed them.

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a coal miner.

Montgomery Scott: I would say that she [Gem] was a pearl of great price.

Elaan of Troyius[edit]

Elaan: Were you responding to my demand for better quarters?
James T. Kirk: There are none better. I suggest you make do with these.
Elaan: You suggest?!
James T. Kirk: There are no more available, but if that's the only way you can get gratification, I'll arrange to have the whole room filled from floor to ceiling with breakable objects.

Ambassador Petri: Captain, when I am near them, I do not want peace, I want to kill them!
James T. Kirk: You're as bad as she is. It's not required that you like each other. Just... do your job.

Elaan: We have granted your crew the permission not to kneel in our presence. What else do you want?

James T. Kirk: The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.

James T. Kirk: Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That's the only planet in this galaxy that can make that claim.

Whom Gods Destroy[edit]

James T. Kirk: They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream-- a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars. A dream that made Mr. Spock and I brothers.
Garth of Izar: Mr. Spock, you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers?
Spock: Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively and with undue emotion. However, what he says is logical, and I do, in fact, agree with it.

Garth of Izar: Queen to Queen's Level Three, Captain Kirk.

Marta: You mustn't stop me. He's my lover, and I have to kill him.

Spock: What maneuver did we use to defeat the Romulan vessel near Tau Ceti?
Kirk or Garth as Kirk: Very good, Spock. The Cochrane deceleration.

James T. Kirk: What took you so long?
Spock: The interval of uncertainly was actually fairly brief, Captain. It only seemed long to you. I was waiting for a victor in the hand-to-hand struggle, which I assumed would be Captain Garth. [Hastily explains] Because of your depleted condition. Failing a resolution to the struggle, I was forced to use other means to make my determination.
James T. Kirk: I see. Mr. Spock, letting yourself be hit on the head—and I presume you let yourself be hit on the head—is not exactly a method King Solomon would have approved. [Spock opens his mouth to reply, stops in confusion] Mr. Scott, ready to beam up.
Scotty: Aye, aye, sir.
  • [Last lines]

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield[edit]

Spock: Change is the essential process of all existence.

James T. Kirk: I do not bargain for control of my ship.

The Mark of Gideon[edit]

Spock: We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.

Spock: Lieutenant Uhura, has Starfleet honored our request with a reply?
Uhura: There has been no response as yet, sir.
Spock: Did you advise them the Captain's life is at stake?
Uhura: Yes, sir. They insist the matter must be referred to the Federation.
Spock: What department?
Uhura: The Bureau of Planetary Treaties.
Spock: Contact them directly.
Uhura: I did, Mr. Spock. They insist that we must go through Starfleet channels.

Spock: Your Excellency, I am basically a scientist. Clarity of formulation is essential in my profession, also.
Hodin: I am glad to hear it. Perhaps you could then make greater effort to choose your words more precisely.

Odona: There are so many of us. So many. There is no place... no street, no house, no garden, no beach, no mountain that is not filled with people. Each one of us would kill in order to find a place alone to himself. They would willingly die for it... if they could.

Hodin: The people of Gideon have always believed that life is sacred. That the love of life is the greatest gift. That is the one unshakable truth of Gideon. And this overwhelming love of life has developed our regenerative capacity and our longevity.
James T. Kirk: And the great misery which you now face.
Hodin: That is bitterly true, Captain. Nevertheless, we cannot deny the truth which shaped our evolution. We are incapable of destroying or interfering with the creation of that which we love so deeply-- life in every form-- from fetus to developed being.

That Which Survives[edit]

Hikaru Sulu: Once in Siberia, there was a meteor so great that it flattened whole forests and was felt as...
James T. Kirk: Mr. Sulu, If I'd wanted a Russian history lesson, I'd have brought along Mr. Chekov.

Hikaru Sulu: What a terrible way to die.
James T. Kirk: There are no good ways.

Spock: Mr. Scott, you have accomplished your task.
Montgomery Scott: You would at least say thank you.
Spock: For what purpose Mr. Scott? What is it in you humans...
Montgomery Scott: Never mind...
Spock: ...which requires an overwhelming display of emotion in situations such as this? Two men pursue the only reasonable course of action indicated and yet you feel that something else is necessary.

Losira:
My Fellow Kalandans.
Welcome.
A disease has destroyed us. Beware of it.
After your long journey, I'm sorry to give you
only a recorded welcome, but we who have
guarded the outpost for you will be dead
by the time you take possession of it.
I am the last of our advanced force left alive.
Too late the physicians discovered the cause
of the sickness that kills us.
In creating this planet, we have accidentally
produced a deadly organism.
I have awaited the regular supply ship from
home for medical assistance, but I doubt
now whether it will arrive in time.
I will set the outpost controls on
automatic. The computer will selectively
defend against all lifeforms but our own.
My Fellow Kalandans,
I, Losira ... Wish you well.



Spock: Beauty is transitory, Doctor. However, she was evidently highly intelligent.
James T. Kirk: Kirk to Enterprise. Five to beam up. I don't agree with you, Mr. Spock.
Spock: Indeed, Captain?
James T. Kirk: Beauty... survives.
  • [Last lines]

The Lights of Zetar[edit]

Pavel Chekov: I didn't think Mr. Scott would go for the brainy type.
Hikaru Sulu: I don't think he's even noticed she has a brain.

Montgomery Scott: Well, I'm sure that's what the Lieutenant wants. She just didn't understand. [to Lt. Romaine] Did you now, lass?
Christine Chapel: [imitating Scotty's brogue] Well, with a bedside manner like that, Scotty, you're in the wrong business.

James T. Kirk: Scotty, where have you been? Where are you?
Montgomery Scott: In the Sick Bay.
James T. Kirk: Are you sick?
Montgomery Scott: Oh, no. I was just checking on the lass. She's going to be fine and there's nothing wrong with her.
James T. Kirk: Well, I'm relieved to hear your prognosis, Mr. Scott. Is the doctor there with you or will I find him in Engineering?

Montgomery Scott: Mira has tried to tell me all along that she was seeing things in advance.
James T. Kirk: Why didn't you report it?
Montgomery Scott: You don't report space sickness. That's all I thought it was.

Spock: You mean... love as motivation? Hmm. Humans do claim a great deal for that particular emotion.

Requiem for Methuselah[edit]

Flint: Death, when unnecessary, is a tragic thing.

Spock: The joys of love made her human, and the agonies of love destroyed her.

Leonard McCoy: 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, and the glorious victories. All of these things you'll never know, simply because the word "love" isn't written into your book.

Spock: Forget.
  • [Last line]

The Way to Eden[edit]

Pavel Chekov: I believe I know one of them. At least, I think I recognize her voice. Her name is... Irina Galliulin. We were in Starfleet Academy together.
James T. Kirk: One of those... was in the Academy?!

Spock: Many myths are based on truth.

Spock: I'm not Herbert.
Adam: He's not Herbert. We reach!

Spock: They regard themselves as aliens in their own world, a condition with which I am somewhat familiar.
James T. Kirk: Spock... ...what does "Herbert" mean?
Spock: It is, uh... somewhat, uh... uncomplimentary, Captain. Herbert was a minor official... notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.
James T. Kirk: Well, I shall try to be less rigid in my thinking.

Adam: Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy, I got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy.

The Cloud Minders[edit]

Spock: Extreme feminine beauty... is always... disturbing.

Spock: Violence in reality is quite different from theory.

Vanna: It's hard to believe that something which is neither seen nor felt can do so much harm.
James T. Kirk: That's true. But an idea can't be seen or felt. And that's what's kept the Troglytes in the mines all these centuries-- a mistaken idea.

The Savage Curtain[edit]

Surak: I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.

Colonel Green: History tends to exaggerate.

Colonel Green: No one talks peace unless he's ready to back it up with war.
Surak: He talks peace if it is the only way to live.

Abraham Lincoln: There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending.
  • Sometimes incorrectly cited as an actual Lincoln Quote.

Yarnek: It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.

All Our Yesterdays[edit]

Mr. Atoz: Wait! I haven't prepared you.

Spock: We are in a wilderness of arctic characteristics.
McCoy: He means it's cold!

Hag: Witch! Witch! They'll burn ya!

McCoy: Think, Spock – what's happening on your planet right now?
Spock: My people are barbarians... warlike barbarians.
McCoy: Who nearly killed themselves off with their own passions. Spock – you're reverting back to the ways of your ancestors... five thousand years before you were born!

Turnabout Intruder[edit]

Dr. Janice Lester: [in Kirk]: Youth doesn't excuse everything.

Scotty: I've seen the captain feverish, sick, drunk, delirious, terrified, overjoyed, boiling mad. But up to now, I have never seen him red-faced with hysteria.

Pavel Chekov: Captain Kirk would never order an execution; that cannot be the captain!

James T. Kirk: Her life could've been as rich as any woman's... if only... if only...
  • [Last line of series.]

Original pilot[edit]

The Cage[edit]

Dr. Phillip Boyce: Sometimes, a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor.

Dr. Phillip Boyce: A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he... turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Christopher Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.
Dr. Phillip Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers-- the living and the dying.

Christopher Pike: There's a way out of any cage.

Vina: Well, I have to wear something, don't I?

Vina: When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating. You even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.

Keeper: She has an illusion and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.

Unidentified episode[edit]

Unknown: Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu. (Checked: Kirk never actually utters these words in the series. At the end of the Man Trap, he does say, for the first time, "Warp One, Mr. Sulu" )

Repeated lines[edit]

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a [moon shuttle conductor/bricklayer/psychiatrist/mechanic/engineer/scientist/physicist/escalator/magician/miracle worker/flesh peddler/veterinarian].
  • [various episodes]

Leonard McCoy: [He's/She's/It's] dead, Jim! DeForest Kelley first uttered the words, "He's dead, Captain", as a military physician in the 1956 film, "The Man in The Grey Flannel Suit".
  • [various episodes]

Spock: Live long and prosper.
  • [This phrase was first uttered in "Amok Time".]

Spock: Why, thank you, [Doctor/Captain/McCoy].
  • [various episodes, usually as a riposte during verbal sparring matches]

Spock: Fascinating.
  • [various episodes, whenever anything interesting or unusual occurs]

James T. Kirk: 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.
  • [introduction to each original-series episode]


Misattributed[edit]

  • Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor not a... - Leonard McCoy
    • McCoy had several lines of this sort, except that he never said "damn it". Only two "swear words" were used on the original Star Trek series (prior to the films); "hell", uttered on only a couple of separate occasions, such as Kirk "Let's get the hell out of here" (City on the Edge of Forever); and "bloody", uttered by intergalactic con-man Harry Mudd (I, Mudd).
  • You're dead, Jim. - Leonard McCoy
    • McCoy had several lines of this sort, but he never said "You're dead" to Kirk. This is often attributed when it appears that Kirk dies, particularly in "Amok Time" and "The Tholian Web".
  • She can't take much more of this, Captain. - Montgomery Scott
    • While Scotty frequently expressed concern for the health of the Enterprise in dangerous situations, neither he nor anyone else ever used that famous (and oft-parodied) line during the original series. The closest variation came in "The Doomsday Machine," when Spock reported to Commodore Decker that the deflector shields were at full power, then added, "They can't take much more of this." The nearest line from Scotty was in "Who Mourns for Adonais?"; as Apollo's giant "hand" slowly crushes the ship, he reports, "It's becoming critical, Captain. We can't handle it."
  • "Millions of people who have never died before will be killed." - Spock
    • This misquote from the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" was printed as such in Kermit Schafer's 1973 collection "All Time Great Bloopers". The actual line of dialogue from the episode is "Millions will die who did not die before." Schafer's inaccurate quote of the line seems like an absurdity, but considering that the episode's story line involves time travel and an alternate history, Spock's actual statement makes sense in the context of it.

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