You know, there was a time when I wouldn't hurt a fly. Then the Borg came, and they showed me that if there is one constant in this whole universe, it's death. Afterwards, I began to realize that it didn't really matter. We're all going to die sometime. It's just a question of how and when. You will, too, Captain. Aren't you beginning to feel time gaining on you? It's like a predator. It's stalking you. Oh, you can try and outrun it with doctors, medicines, new technologies, but in the end, time is going to hunt you down and make the kill.
[brushes off Picard's appeals to stop launching the solar probe] They say time is the fire in which we burn. Right now, Captain, my time is running out. We leave so many things unfinished in our lives... I know you understand.
James T. Kirk: Well let me tell you something. Don't. Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there... you can make a difference.
Jean-Luc Picard: Come back with me. Help me stop Soran. Help make a difference again!
James T. Kirk: [contemplates] Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise? What's the name of that planet? Veridian III?
James T. Kirk: Least I could do...for the captain of the Enterprise. It was... fun. Oh my... [Kirk dies]
[Picard and Riker have found the Picard family album and take one last look at the bridge]
Commander William Riker: I'm going to miss this ship. She went before her time.
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard: 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. [looks at album] What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived. After all, Number One, we're only mortal.
William Riker: [smiling] Speak for yourself, sir. I plan to live forever. [touches captain's chair] I always thought I'd get a shot at this chair one day.
Jean-Luc Picard: Perhaps you still will... somehow I doubt this will be the last ship to carry the name "Enterprise". [looks at Riker for a beat, then taps his combadge] Picard to Farragut, two to beam up. [the two men dematerialize]