Deanna Troi: [very drunk] Time line?! This is no time to argue about time! We don't have the time. [she pauses, then looks confused.] What was I saying?
William Riker: You're drunk.
Troi: [offended] I am not.
Riker: [laughs] Yes, you are.
Troi: Look, he wouldn't even talk to me unless I had a drink with him. And then, it took three shots of something called tequila just to find out he was the one we're looking for. And I spent the last 20 minutes trying to keep his hands off me. [she pokes Riker in the chest] So don't go criticizing my counseling technique!
Riker: [laughs] Sorry.
Troi: [defensively] It's a primitive culture. I'm just trying to blend in.
Riker: You're blended all right.
Zefram Cochrane: Let me just make sure that I understand you correctly, Commander. A group of cybernetic creatures from the future have traveled back through time to enslave the human race... and you're here to stop them?
William Riker: That's right.
Cochrane: Hot damn! You're heroic.
William Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man and let history make its own judgements."
Zefram Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?
Riker: [smiling] You did. Ten years from now.
[Picard is called out by Worf for insisting on self-destructing the Enterprise on account of his previous assimilation possibly clouding his judgment]
Picard: You're afraid. You want to destroy the ship, and run away. You coward.
Beverly Crusher: Jean-Luc!
Worf: [furious at being called a coward, knowing it's a serious insult to Klingons] If you were any other man I would kill you where you stand!
Picard: Get off my bridge!
[Lily tries to convince Picard to self-destruct the Enterprise, but he is defiant.]
Lily Sloane: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest. Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!
Jean-Luc Picard: [offended] What?
Sloane: You do have books in the 24th-century?
Picard: This is not about revenge!
Picard: [agitated] This is about saving the future of humanity!
Sloane: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!!
Picard: NO! NOOOOOOOOO!!! [smashes a display case in anger. Both pause, shocked] I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!
Sloane: [looking at the broken remains of the Enterprise-D model] You broke your little ships. [pause] See you around, Ahab.
Picard: [softly, to himself] "And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon he would have shot his heart upon it."