~ Season #4
~ Season #5
~ Season #6
~ Season #7
~ Season #8 (in novel form)
"We were like warriors
from the ancient sagas. There was nothing we could not do."
"Except keep the holodecks working right."
- Worf and O'Brien on life aboard the *Enterprise*, "The Way of the Warrior"
"Between ground forces
and warships, the Klingons have committed almost a third of their military
to this invasion."
- Dax, as Garak fits Sisko for a new suit, "The Way of the Warrior"
"Consider what you
do here, Gowron. Kahless himself said, 'Destroying an Empire to win a war
" '...and ending a battle to save an Empire is no defeat.'"
- Worf and Gowron, "The Way of the Warrior"
"We can still win."
"Not before those starships get here. Now, what do I tell them? To stand down... or come in firing?"
"It is we who shall stand down."
- Martok, Sisko & Gowron, "The Way of the Warrior"
"You are my favorite
author of all time."
"You should read more."
- Jake Sisko, "The Visitor"
"There's only one first
time for everything, isn't there? And only one last time, too."
- "The Visitor"
"Captain Sisko's right:
you *are* in love with the sound of your own voice.
- Kira & Dukat, "Indiscretion"
"I know you find this
hard to accept, but I believe that in some ways, the occupation actually
"Which part: the massacres or the strip-mining?"
- Kira & Dukat, "Indiscretion"
"All I ask for is a
tall ship, and some contraband to fill it with".
- Quark to himself in Little Green Men.
"Chief O'Brien has
done an excellent job. This is a fine ship..."
"Mister Worf, you're in love. (look of horror on Worf's face) ...With the Defiant."
"You exaggerate. As usual. However, I must admit, without theDefiant, my assignment here would be much less... gratifying."
"You know... I think she likes you too."
- Worf and Dax, on board The Defiant
"What's this holosuite
program of yours called again?"
"The Battle of Clontarf. You and me and a thousand stalwart Irish warriors against a ravening hoard of Vikings. It's like the Battle of Britain, only with swords."
"Why do you get to be the High King?"
"I'm a direct descendant of King Brian Boru... Besides, it's my program."
- Bashir and O'Brien, refighting history, "The Bar Association"
"Giving me a name tag
that read 'Elim Garak, former Cardassian oppressor' was hardly polite"
- Garak recalls a history conference on Bajor about the occupation
"I'm a spy"
"A spy! And you live here? "
"Yes, I work for one of the nation-states of this era, Great Britian, which is battling various other nations in what is called the Cold War"
- Bashir explains his latest Holo-Suite program to Garak
"Kiss the girl, get
the key. They never taught me that in the Obsidian Order."
- Garak, "Our Man Bashir"
"I think I joined the
wrong intelligence service."
- Garak, after seeing the luxuries of Britain’s secret service, "Our Man Bashir"
"I must say... this
is more than I ever wanted to know about your fantasy life, Doctor."
- Garak, to Bashir "Our Man Bashir"
"I bet they didn't
teach you that in the Obsidian Order."
"No. But it seems there's a great deal they didn't teach me. Like the value of a good game of chance... or how indulging in fantasy can keep one's mind creative."
- Bashir & Garak, "Our Man Bashir"
"He admitted to committing
acts of treason against the Federation. If he was going to lie, I think
he would have made up a better story."
- Sisko, "Paradise Lost"
"Paradise has never
seemed so well armed."
- Sisko, "Paradise Lost"
"Well...it would seem
that we're not...worth...destroying."
- Dukat, after not being attacked by the Klingons; "Return To Grace"
"First Vedek Bareil...
now Shakaar, the head of the Bajoran government... you do seem to have
a thing for powerful men... Another incentive for me to regain my former
- Dukat, flirting with Kira
"That's the thing about
faith -- if you don't have it you can't understand it, and if you do ...
no explanation is necessary."
- Kira, "Accession"
"Captain Bashir, Captain
O'Brien, Captain Sisko. We may not have enough troops or ships or weapons,
but we have *plenty* of Captains."
- 'Smiley' O'Brien, "Shattered Mirror"
"You are attempting
to shift the blame away from yourself!"
"Am I succeeding?"
- Worf & Garak, "Shattered Mirror"
"Violence is a precision
- Kira\Intendent, "Shattered Mirror"
"Ah ... pattern suicide."
- O’Brien on Sisko’s flying maneuvers
"I would not become
a terrorist -- it would be dishonorable."
"I wouldn't say that around Major Kira if I were you."
- Worf, "For The Cause"
"Paranoid is what they
call people who *imagine* threats against their life; I *have* threats
against my life."
- "For The Cause"
"It is not for us to
accuse a god of betraying heaven."
- Jemhadar, "To The Death"
"I am First Omet'iklan,
and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to
reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember, victory
- Omet'iklan, "To the Death"
"I am Chief Miles Edward
O'Brien. I'm very much alive, and I intend to *stay* that way."
- O'Brien, "To the Death"
"There's no cure for
the Blight. The Dominion made sure of that. And I was so arrogant I thought
I could cure it in a week."
"Maybe that was arrogant. But it's even more arrogant to say that there is no cure, just because you couldn't find it."
- Bashir & Dax, "The Quickening"
"Come now, Mr. Worf.
You're a Klingon. Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the
name of self-defense."
- Garak attempts a planetary bombardment, "Broken Link"
"I hope Shakaar realizes
just what a lucky man he is."
"Shakaar's not the father."
"Then who is?"
- Dukat and Kira, "Apocalypse Rising"
"Don't forget, this
is still your fault."
"You performed the transfer from Keiko to me."
"After you volunteered."
"After you put the idea in my head."
- Kira and Bashir, (in the real world, it is his 'fault'), "Apocalypse Rising"
"Me? Out of breath?
I was climbing mountains in Ireland before you were out of diapers."
"You mean hills, don't you? They have gently sloping hills in Ireland. No mountains. But what do I know? After all, you're the mountain man."
- Muniz and O'Brien, "The Ship"
"Besides ... I have
to be in surgery, operating."
"I'll find someone."
- Bashir, "The Assignment"
"Well, I'd better be
going. I left a patient on the operating table."
- Bashir, "The Assignment"
"Never mind; I don't
need that particular image running around in my head. I'll just treat you...
I don't need that image, either; in fact, I'm going to stop asking that
question altogether. People can come in, I will treat them, and that's
- Bashir, treating Quark & Grilka, then Dax & Work, "Looking for Par'mach"
Sisko: "In the old
days, operations officers wore red, command officers wore gold—"
Dax: "And women wore less."
Bashir: "I think I'm going to like history."
- Trials and Tribble-ations
"I can't wait to get
back to Deep Space Nine and see your face when you find out I never existed."
- Bashir to O'Brien, attempting to dissect a pre-destination paradox, "Trials and Tribbleations"
"Do_not_ hug_ me"
- Worf to Bashir, "Let He Who is without Sin"
"Well done, you three
must be warp engineers."
- A sarcastic Quark, "Things Past"
"How much damage would
it do to the timeline if Quark were to suffer a mysterious ... accident?"
- Odo, to Sisko, "Things Past"
"I remember the Occupation
being a little more... tidy than this."
- Gark, "Things Past"
"Well, I guess you're
not as successful a businessman as you think you are."
"Which means you spent the last ten years of your life trying to catch a nobody--with little success, I might add. So you tell me, which one of us is the bigger failure?"
- Odo and Quark, "The Ascent"
"I'm not trying to
rescue you -- I'm taking you along as emergency rations."
- Quark & Odo, "The Ascent"
"Don't thank me, I
already regret it."
- Quark & Odo, "The Ascent"
"You wouldn't last
a week at the Academy."
"You're right. I'd die of embarrassment wearing those pyjamas."
- Nog and Jake, "The Ascent"
"I do not smirk --
but if I did, this would be a good opportunity."
- Worf to Jadzia, "Darkness & The Light"
"You know the Rules
"I'm a graduate of Starfleet Academy, I know many things."
- Jadzia and Worf (hmm... Starfleet made first contact with the Ferengi after Worf graduated)
"You're lucky I didn't
"I could say the same thing. Creeping into a dark room like that with a phaser..."
"I live here!"
- Kira and Furel
"I wasn't part of your
war! I was an innocent! I wasn't even in the military. You know what I
did on Bajor? I was a servant! I cleaned uniforms for Gul Pirak!"
"...None of you should've been on Bajor! It wasn't your world. For fifty years you raped our planet and killed our people. You lived on our land and took the food from our mouths, so I don't care if you held a phaser in your hand or ironed shirts for a living. You were all guilty and you were all legitimate targets!"
- Silaran and Kira
"He wanted to protect
the innocent, and separate the darkness from the light. But he didn't realize
the light only shines in the dark..."
- Kira, about Silaran
"When I was first discovered,
I didn't know what I was, or have any memory of where I came from.
I didn't even know I had the ability to mimic other forms."
"Why would the Founders send such helpless creatures out into space?"
"To find out if the species they encountered posed any threat. What better way to gauge another race than to see how it treats the weak and vulnerable?"
"I see your point."
- Odo and Sisko, "The Begotten"
"At the first sign
of betrayal, I will kill him -- but I promise to return the body intact."
"I assume that's a joke."
"We will see."
- Worf to Sisko, about Garak, "In Purgatory’s Shadow"
"The man is a heartless,
"Like I said, he's a Cardassian."
- Dukat and Kira, again about Garak, "In Purgatory’s Shadow"
"I'd like to get my
hands on that fellow Earl Grey and tell him a thing or two about tea leaves."
- Garak, unimpressed with Federation replicators, "In Purgatory’s Shadow"
"You've come a long
way from the naive young man I met five years ago. You've become distrustful
and suspicious. It suits you."
"I had a good teacher."
- Garak & Bashir, "In Purgatory’s Shadow"
"There sure are a lot
"That'll just make it harder for us to miss."
- Dax and Kira, watching the Dominion fleet, "By Inferno’s Light"
"Think of it. Five
years ago, no one had ever heard of Bajor or Deep Space Nine, and now,
all our hopes rest here. Where the tides of fortune take us, no man can
"They're tricky, those tides."
- Gowron and Sisko, "By Inferno's Light"
"My people have a saying:
Never turn your back on a Breen."
- A Romulan passes on some wisdom
One notion worthy of
praise is the way the different prisoners share a common interest and a
common enemy. Outside a Dominion facility it seems likely that these different
people--Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians, humans, and Breen--would not be
on the best of terms given the political situations between their respective
homelands. But under the Dominion's thumb, they easily put aside their
differences to accomplish a common goal... The entire Alpha Quadrant seems
to be involved. The Dominion promptly drives the Klingon presence out of
Cardassian space, at which point the Klingons fall back to DS9. Sisko wisely
takes advantage of the situation, asking Gowron to consider revitalizing
the Khitomer Accords--the Klingon/Federation peace treaty.
Everything here is connected if you trace the plot lines, and I find that fascinating. A year and a half ago the Federation condemned the Klingons because they invaded Cardassian space. Now the Klingons come back to the Federation because the Cardassians (a subset of which tried to destroy the Dominion two years ago, by the way) have joined the Dominion and threaten to destroy the Klingons.
The idea of the entire Alpha Quadrant making a stand against the Dominion is something that I would suppose even the Dominion might have second thoughts about. It also makes Dukat look like the lone sell-out of the lot... Instead of standing against the Dominion with the rest of the Alpha Quadrant, Dukat has made a bad situation potentially worse for possibly everyone (I can't imagine that everyone on Cardassia supports being run by the Dominion). He even disowns his daughter and accepts that she will die with everyone else on DS9. He may as well have sold his soul, as far as I'm concerned.
- Jamahl Epsicokhan, reviewing "By Inferno's Light"
"Why is everyone so
worried about holograms taking over the universe?"
- ? in "Dr.Bashir, I Presume"
"Think of it, Julian:
if this thing works, you'll be able to irritate people you've never even
- O’Brien, "Dr.Bashir, I Presume"
"What are you telling
me: my baby's just *sad*?"
"Perhaps he's become prematurely aware of life's existential isolation."
"You're sure it's not a rash?"
"Look on the bright side — he'll probably be a great poet."
- O’Brien & Bashir, "Business As Usual"
"Getting away is something
we've become very good at. The Rotarran can run away from battle faster
than any ship in the quadrant."
- from "Soldiers Of The Empire"
"How's the intelligence
"Oh, I can't talk about it. All I can do is read these fascinating reports and analyses, and analyses of analyses, and then keep it all to myself -- because no one else has a 'need to know.' So, I have to walk around this station feeling like I ... you don't really care, do you?"
- O’Brien & Bashir, "Soldiers Of The Empire"
"A few months ago,
the Klingon high council decided to aid the Maquis in their fight against
Cardassia. We provided them with 30 Class-4 cloaking devices. It was our
understanding that they would use them on their ships..."
"But they could've been mounted on missiles instead."
"You see the problem."
"The Maquis had access to tricobalt explosives, biogenic weapons, anti-matter warheads..."
"The death toll could be in the millions."
- General Martok and Sisko, "Blaze of Glory"
"We spent over fifty
hours searching the Badlands for signs of the Maquis missiles. Without
"We would've stayed longer, but we had a hard time avoiding Jem'Hadar patrols."
"Let me guess... they homed in on your plasma wake."
"Even though we were cloaked, they were still able to track us."
"The Defiant's warp engines are too powerful. They ionize the nebular gases in the Badlands."
"It's like a Ligorian mastodon moving through the forest. You may not be able to see it, but it definitely makes the leaves rustle."
- Worf, Dax and O'Brien, hunting for cloaked missiles
"If those missiles
hit Cardassia it could start a war. Billions of people could be killed."
"If you expect me to shed a tear, you're going to be disappointed. I used up all my tears when the Dominion slaughtered the Maquis. I sat here in this cell for three days and listened to the reports as they came in. In those three days, everyone and everything I cared about was wiped out... You don't give a damn about what happened to us. And I don't give a damn about what happens to you."
- Sisko and Eddington
"You may've taken off
the uniform, but you're still a Starfleet officer. And you don't want a
war between the Federation and the Dominion any more than I do."
"What you want and what I want doesn't really matter. There's nothing either one of us can do to stop those missiles from hitting their targets. They're cloaked, highly maneuverable, programmed to change course at random. You'll never find them."
- Sisko and Eddington
"I'm trying to prevent
"You're the one who set the ground rules when you came after me, Ben. You're the one who made it personal. You could've looked the other way. You could've left the Maquis alone. But you didn't do it. You hunted us. Hounded us. Fought us every chance you got. And in the end, you set us up for the slaughter... Where Benjamin Sisko leads, all must follow... The Maquis were never much of a threat to the Federation. But we were a threat to you. Our existence was a stain on your record."
- Sisko and Eddington
"They died because
you filled their heads with false hopes. Sold them dreams of a military
victory when what they needed was a negotiated peace."
"We had the Cardassians on the run!"
"And look where they ran — right into the arms of the Dominion. End of story."
- Eddington and Sisko
"If you can't have
victory, sometimes you just have to settle for revenge."
"We were winning! The
Cardassian Empire was falling into chaos. The Maquis colonies were going
to declare themselves an independent nation... I was their leader... And
I failed. I failed them all."
"Attacking two Jem'Hadar
soldiers with a pipe: that's a brilliant plan."
"It could be worse."
"I know; it could be *me* holding the pipe."
- Sisko & Eddindgton
"Help me drag these
bodies over to the well. Maybe that way the other Jem'Hadar will look for
their friends and not for us."
- Eddington to Sisko
"You're going to arrest
General Martok for disturbing the peace!?!"
- Jake to Nog
"You are either very
brave or very stupid, Ferengi."
"Probably a little of both."
"Indeed, courage comes in all sizes. But don't tempt fate."
- General Martok and Nog
"I might've done a
little harmless theorizing... Something like... it was only a matter of
time before the
Dominion launched a full-scale assault on the Federation and that when that happened the station would undoubtedly be their first target. And I might've idly suggested that there wasn't a hope in hell of any of us getting out of here alive."
"And that's when Morn hit you with the barstool and ran out onto the Promenade screaming 'We're all doomed'."
- Quark and Odo, after Morn freaks out and assaults Quark, "Blaze Of Glory"
"At this rate, we're
gonna run out of ships."
"That's not funny."
"It wasn't meant to be."
- Bashir, "In The Cards"
"It's not my fault
your species decided to abandon currency-based economics in favor of some
... philosophy of self-enhancement."
- Nog, "In The Cards"
"Not even for my father
... the man who made it possible for you to enter Starfleet Academy."
"Oh, no -- that's not fair."
"The man who believed in you when no one else would."
"Oh, this is *so* low..."
"I can't believe you'd rather keep your filthy money in a box under a bed than use it to give him endless moments of happiness."
"Aaaaargh! All right, all right!"
- Jake convinces Nog to part with his money, "In The Cards"
"Let me ask you both
a simple question: do you want to die?"
"Death is nothing more than the result of cellular boredom."
"I'm not crazy; I'm just a little obsessed."
"I haven't done anything wrong, and I won't be hounded by you and your soulless minions of orthodoxy. I haven't broken any laws ... except perhaps the laws of nature ... so stay away from me."
- Dr. Geiger, "In The Cards"
"Can you promise me
that you will not let one Jem'Hadar soldier set foot on Bajor? Can you
promise me that you will use your entire fleet to protect our planet, even
if it means sacrificing other worlds, like Vulcan, or Andor, or Berengaria,
or perhaps even Earth itself?"
"I can't make that kind of promise."
"I wouldn't believe you if you did. So you see my predicament."
- Kai Winn, contemplating a pact with the Dominion, "In The Cards"
"Jake, as your friend,
I think I should tell you you're starting to go over the edge."
- Nog, "In The Cards"
"We're working for
"I believe you."
"Yes. That is, I believe your *first* story, that you're two innocent boys trying to give a gift to Captain Sisko."
"You're very wise."
- Nog, Jake & Weyoun, "In The Cards"
"Dear, I find your
blind adoration both flattering and disturbing"
- Garak to Ziyal, "A Call To Arms"
"Don't forget the 190th
Rule of Acquisition."
"'Hear all, trust nothing'. Good advice sir."
- Sisko & Nog, "A Call To Arms"
"One thing is certain:
we're losing the *peace*, which means a war may be our only hope."
- Sisko, "A Call To Arms"
"It's ironic ... when
the Klingons attacked the station, Gul Dukat and I were fighting side by
side. At one point, he turned his back to me, and I must admit, he made
a very tempting target."
"You'd shoot a man in the back?"
"It's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, well, no, I can't fight these Klingons all by myself, so I let him live."
"And now you regret it."
"Ah, my dear Constable ... before this day is over, everyone on this station is going to regret it."
- Garak and Odo, "A Call To Arms"
"These are the times
that try men's souls."
- Sisko quotes Thomas Paine, "A Call To Arms"
"I'm willing to bet
that you've brought one of those famed Starfleet engineers who can turn
rocks into replicators."
- Vorta Keevan, "Rocks And Shoals"
"There are rules, Garak,
even in war."
"Correction: humans have rules in war — rules that tend to make victory a little harder to achieve, in my opinion."
- Garak, "Rocks And Shoals"
"When I was in the
resistance, I despised people like me."
- Kira, "Rocks And Shoals"
"It's an old naval
tradition: whoever's in command of a ship, regardless of rank, is referred
to as Captain."
"You mean if I had to take command, I would be called Captain too?"
"Cadet, by the time you took command, there'd be nobody left to call you anything."
- Nog and O'Brien, "Behind The Lines"
"Can you believe it?
They made me an Ensign!"
"I hadn't realized things were going so bad."
"Scary, isn't it?"
"It's working. I've had a vision about the future. I can see it so clearly."
"What is it?"
"I'm gonna kill Worf."
- Julian & O'Brien, "You Are Cordially Invited"
"Funny, he doesn't look like a mutant."
"I only hope you will
not condemn us all for the boorish behaviour of one man."
"How did you know he was going to say that?"
"Let's just say this is not the first performance I've seen of this little melodrama. That woman should consider herself fortunate. She's caught the prefect's eye."
- A Legate fills Kira in on Dukat's plan for Meru, "Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night"
"It's like the river
calls to me."
"Yes, it's saying 'Stay away. Don't come near me, or I'll hurt you MORE!'"
- O'Brien & Julian, "Inquisistion"
"People are dying out
there every day. Entire worlds are struggling for their freedom--and here
I am, still worrying about the finer points of morality!"
- Sisko, "In The Pale Moonlight"
"So, you're the captain
of Deep Space Nine, and the Emissary to the Prophets. Decorated combat
officers, widower, father, mentor — and oh, yes, the man who started the
war with the Dominion. Somehow I thought you'd be taller."
- Senator Vreenak, "In The Pale Moonlight"
"If you were in my
position, which side would you choose?"
"I'd pick the side most likely to leave me in peace when the dust settles. Maybe you're right, maybe the Dominion will win in the end. Then the Founders will control what is now called Cardassia, the Klingon Empire and the Federation. So instead of facing three separate opponents with three separate agendas, you'll find yourselves facing the same opponent on every side. There's a word for that — surrounded."
- Senator Vreenak and Sisko, "In The Pale Moonlight"
"That's why you came
to see me--isn't it, Captain? Because you knew I could do those things
you weren't capable of doing. Well, it worked! And you'll get what you
want - a war between the Romulans and the Dominion. And if your conscience
is bothering you, you should soothe it with the knowledge that you may
have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant, and all it cost was the life
of one Romulan senator, one criminal, and the self-respect of one Starfleet
officer. I don't know about you, but I'd call that a bargain."
- Garak, "In The Pale Moonlight"
"So: I lied... I cheated...
I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder.
But the most damning thing of all: I think I can live with it, and if I
had to do it all over again, I would."
- Sisko, "In The Pale Moonlight"
"You're not exactly
the most lovable person in the galaxy. You're not even the most lovable
person in this sector — or on the station — or even in this room."
- Quark to Odo, "His Way"
"They seem to get longer."
- Kira to Sisko, "The Reckoning"
"The Sisko has completed
- Prophet, "The Reckoning"
"A Dominion invasion
"Think of the terrible repercussions to the Alpha Quadrant!"
"I cannot think of any."
- Profit And Lace
"I'm disappointed in
you, Chief. If anyone could break a prisoner out of a holding cell and
get them off the station, I'd have thought it would have been you."
- Odo, "Time's Orphan"
"The sad truth is, we wasted our time fighting
the Bajorans when we should've been fighting their gods."
- Dukat, "Tears of the Prophets"
"Now I know why you've been avoiding me these
last few days."
"I haven't been avoiding you. I've been helping you avoid me."
- Kira and Odo, "Tears of the Prophets"
"Imagine what it must
be like — hordes of rampaging Klingons, fighting and singing, sweating
"Sounds like this place on a Saturday night."
"Would you want to spend eternity here?"
- Quark and Bashir, discussing Stovokor, "Image in the Sand"
"So, what'd you find
"That you should never try to match drinks with a Klingon."
- Bashir & O'Brien, "Image in the Sand"
"It's a strange sensation
- dying. No matter how many times it happens to you, you never get used
- Ezri, recalling past deaths, "Afterimage"
"You're a therapist?"
"Why does everyone sound so surprised when they hear that???"
- Quark & Ezri, "Afterimage"
"Spare me your insipid
psychobabble. I'm not some quivering neurotic who feels sorry for himself
because his daddy wasn't nice. You couldn't begin to understand me!"
- Garak respond to Ezri's help, "Afterimage"
"So, there I was...
drunk... and debating logic versus emotion with a very smug, very sober
- Sisko recollects, "Take Me Out To the Holosuite"
"All right now, let's
hear some chatter!"
"Hey, batter batter batter!"
"Hey, batter batter batter!"
"Death to the opposition!"
- The crew play baseball, "Take Me Out To The Holosuite"
"You are attempting
to manufacture triumph where none exists."
"I'd say he succeeded."
"To manufactured triumph."
"Manufactured triumph: hear, hear!"
- The crew rejoice in defeat, "Take Me Out To The Holosuite"
"The fact is that the
universe is going to *stop* expanding and it is going to collapse in on
itself. We've gotta do something before it's too late."
"How much time do we have left?"
"Sixty trillion years--seventy at the most."
- The Jack-Pack, "Chrysalis"
"Don't do anything
I wouldn't do."
"Chief, I can't operate under those kind of restrictions."
- Chief O'Brien & Nog, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"
"Of course I'm paranoid,
everyone's trying to kill me."
- Weyoun, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"
"Has it ever occurred
to you that the reason you believe the Founders are gods is because that's
what they want you to believe? That they built it into your genetic code?"
"Of course they did. That's what gods do. Why be a god if there's no one to worship you?"
- Odo and Weyoun, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"
"Just another sailor
on the Great River."
- Nog admires the Great Material Continuum, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"
"Worf, you've been
living with this democratic rabble for too long."
- Kor to Worf, "Once More Unto The Breach"
"I don't want to go
back to my quarters. Actually, I don't want to go back to my life."
- Nog, "It's Only A Paper Moon"
"How can hiding in
one of Julian's adolescent programs be a good sign?"
"It could be worse. He could be hiding in the Alamo program."
"Or that ridiculous secret-agent program."
"Or that stupid Viking program."
- ???, "It's Only A Paper Moon"
"He has bumps on his
forehead, she has a wrinkled nose - but basically, they're alike. They're
bipeds that eat, sleep, breathe... you and I are nothing like them."
"We're Changelings. We can be 'like' them when we choose."
- Laas & Odo, "Chimera"
"We're at war with
your people; this is no time for a Changeling Pride demonstration on the
- Quark, "Chimera"
"They tolerate you,
Odo, because you emulate them. What higher flattery is there? 'I, who can
be anything, choose to be like you?' "
- Laas, "Chimera"
"I live in hope that
one day you'll come to see this universe for what it truly is, rather than
what you'd wish it to be."
- Garak, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"You are a man who
loves secrets - medical, personal, fictional. I am a man of secrets. You
want to know what I know, and the only way to do that is to accept the
- Sloan, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"When the war is over
the following will happen in short order: the Dominion will be forced back
to the Gamma Quadrant, the Cardassian Empire will be occupied, the Klingon
Empire will spend the next ten years recovering from the war and won't
pose a serious threat to anyone. That leaves two powers to vie for control
of the quadrant: the Federation and the Romulans."
- Sloan, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"I don't like it. But
I've spent the last year and a half of my life ordering young men and women
to die. I like that even less... Inter arma enim silent leges."
"'In time of war, the law falls silent'. Cicero. So is that what we've become? A 24th century Rome? Driven by nothing more than the certainty that Caesar can do no wrong?"
- Admiral Ross and Bashir, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"Are you expecting
applause? Have you come to take a bow?"
"I just wanted to say thank you."
"For what? Allowing you to manipulate me so completely?"
"For being a decent human being. That's why we selected you in the first place, Doctor. We needed somebody who wanted to play the game, but who would only go so far."
- Bashir & Sloan, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"The Federation needs
men like you, Doctor - men of conscience, men of principle... men who can
sleep at night. You're also the reason Section 31 exists - someone has
to protect men like you from a universe that doesn't share your sense of
right and wrong."
"Should I feel sorry for you? Should I be weeping over the burden you're forced to carry in order to protect the rest of us?"
"It is an honor to know you, Doctor. Good night."
- Sloan & Bashir, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
"What could she be
"She's a Dax. Sometimes, they don't think, they just *do*."
- Bashir and Sisko, "Penumbra"
"Worf, face it. The
guard-my-cellmate-is-ill trick didn't work. Neither did your I'll-make-a-tool-and-short-circuit-the-door
- Ezri, "Til Death Do Us Part"
"They'll just make
another copy of him, you know. You should've killed me - there's only one
- Damar to Worf, after Worf kills Weyoun, "Strange Befellows"
"Oh shut up."
- An injured Worf, and Ezri, "Strange Bedfellows"
"I say we strengthen
the south wall, the north wall, and anything else that'll help keep the
"But if we do that, it wouldn't be the battle of the Alamo, now would it?"
"I don't care. I just want to win — just once."
- Bashir and O'Brien, "The Changing Face of Evil"
"We're going to lose
many fine soldiers."
"At least they will be dying for Cardassia — not the Dominion."
- Gul Rusot and Damar, "The Changing Face of Evil"
"Poor Captain Sisko...
I believe he was quite fond of that ship."
- Weyoun, about the Defiant, "The Changing Face of Evil"
"I think the situation
with Gowron is just a symptom of a deeper problem. The Klingon Empire is
dying. And I think it deserves to die. I see a society in deep denial about
itself. We're talking about a warrior culture that prides itself on maintaining
centuries-old traditions of honor and integrity... but in reality, it's
willing to accept corruption at the highest level."
"You're overstating your case."
"Am I? Who was the last leader of the High Council that you respected? Has there even been one? How many times have you had to help cover up the crimes of Klingon leaders because someone told you it was for the 'good of the Empire?' ...Worf, you're one of the most
honorable and decent men I've ever met and if you're willing to tolerate men like Gowron, what hope is there for the Empire?"
- Ezri and Worf, "Tacking into the Wind"
"I *love* Ezri passionately.
It's just that I *like* you a bit more."
- Bashir, bonding with O'Brien, "Extreme Measures"
"I don't get it. He's
interested, she's interested — what's the problem?"
"He is an overgrown child and she is... very confused."
"It could still work."
- O'Brien and Worf, discussing Bashir and Ezri, "The Dogs of War"
"We have to get up."
"Are you sure?"
"It's a big day."
"It was a big night. Cleared up a lot of unanswered questions."
"Such as just how far these spots really go down."
- Ezri and Julian, "What You Leave Behind"
"Four hundred years
ago, a victorious general spoke the following words at the end of another
costly war: 'Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great
victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death... We have known the
bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have
learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in
peace what we won in war'."
- Admiral Ross, quoting Douglas MacArthur, as the Dominion war concludes
The trio of fighters
were pulling away from their first run, flashes of brilliant light sparking
from a series of shield deflections across the rapidly approaching Aldebaran's
bow. The Nebula-class starship seemed slow and lumbering as the three Jem'hadar
peeled away and looped back, strafing the saucer's underbelly, their tactical
choreography almost like hunting — a pack of vicious carnivores attacking
some mammoth beast.
- Narration, in SD Perry's "Avatar: Book One"
Shar nodded, wondering
if he's made a mistake in his approach. In his own culture, asking someone's
opinion without offering one's own was a gesture of respect, and it had
worked well with the captain of the Tamberlaine, a human male... maybe
Bajorans were different. Or females.
- Narration, in "Avatar: Book One"
Bashir considered responding,
but decided that between expressing his own opinion and prolonging the
conversation, the latter would be the greater evil. Quark wasn't interested
in anyone else's opinion, anyway.
- Narration, in "Avatar: Book One"
The door opened and
Bashir stepped inside, smiling when he saw her in front of the mirror.
She frowned, running her fingers through her hair. brushing it forward
and then pushing it back. "It's short, Ezri," he said, moving to stand
behind her, speaking to her reflection. He slid his arms around her waist,
resting his chin on top of her head. It always amazed her, how well they
fit together. "There's just not much that you can do with it."
- Narration, in "Avatar: Book One"
Shar was both intrigued
and somewhat perplexed by the behavior of some of his crewmates as conditions
aboard the station deteriorated. The more the place began to feel like
a frontier outpost, the happier some of the old hands seemed to be. Dr.
Bashir was practically giddy about it sometimes. Shar had begun to form
the opinion that these people were in serious need of some leave time,
a lot of leave time.
- Narration, in David Weddle's "Section 31: Abyss"
"The history of the
Federation is steeped in examples of peoples who were able to successfully
battle larger, better-equipped, and more advanced aggressors because the
citizen-soldier is always going to be more creative and resourceful, better
able to adapt to changing conditions on the battlefield. It was an army
that fought for a love of freedom, not a love of slaughter, that defeated
the Dominion's genetically engineered legions."
- Bashir, in "Section 31: Abyss"
It wasn't too long
ago when she had considered the doctor an open book, a man who was all
too eager to reveal everything about himself. But now Kira understood that
this had been a ruse, a persona created to conceal the 'real' Julian Bashir.
- Kira, in David Weddle's "Section 31: Abyss"
"How many crash landings
is that for you now?"
"Actual contact between a ship and a planet's surface? Four."
- Ezri Dax and Bashir, in "Section 31: Abyss"
"What's the fun of
having a secret base if you can't show it off?"
- Dr Ethan Locken, in "Section 31: Abyss"
"I believe he could
rule the humans if he wished to — some of them at any rate — but he chooses
not to. He is a soldier of a sort, but he fights a different war..."
- Taran'tar, describing Bashir, in "Section 31: Abyss"
"Your little pet slug
- Locken, riling Bashir about Ezri, in "Section 31: Abyss"
"In my culture, this
means we have made a pact."
"In mine it means you have agreed to watch over my children while I go look for something to eat."
- Ro Laren and Kel, pressing palms and making a bond, "Section 31: Abyss"
"The text you recovered
has to be some sort of scripture. Sacred writings. A body of legend which
may be based upon certain objectively true information. Or myth-driven
ethical pronouncements, like the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition."
- Ensign Shar, in Michael A. Martin's "Mission Gamma: Cathedral"
Somehow, [Ezri had]
managed to pass "Burning Hearts of Qo'noS" among every member of the crew
along the way. Even Senkowski had finally broken down and read the Klingon
romance novel, after a particularly brutal loss in the crew's regular poker
game. Once boredom with the usual stakes had set in, Prynn (of course)
had suggested betting dares. The game quickly became more popular than
ever among the winners, and despised among the losers — Senkowski having
been among the latter, after he accepted the dare to read "Burning Hearts
of Qo'noS" during a savage hand of five-card stud with Lieutenant Nog.
One helluva voyage indeed.
- Narration, in Robert Simpson's "Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil"
Kiss Me, I'm Irish.
- Treir, green-skinned Orion dabo girl, wearing a suitable t-shirt, "Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil"
"So, what do you think
our chance of success is? Two percent? One?"
- Nog, preparing for a daunting mission, in Robert Simpson's "Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil"
"Sir, with all due
respect, I knew your son as a father, a soldier, a diplomat, a shipwright,
an exporer, a religious icon, a baseball fan, not to mention an exceptional
cook... you should be proud of him".
- Chief O'Brien, to Joseph Sisko, in "Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil"
"…battles fall and
fail, and there is a Time of waiting, the space between breaths as the
land heals and its children retire from war. The Temple welcomes many home,
the faithful and the Chosen. A Herald, unforgotten but lost to time, a
Seer of Visions to whom the Teacher Prophets sing, will return from the
Temple at the end of this time to attend the birth of Hope, the Infant
Avatar. The welcomed Herald shares a new understanding of the Temple with
all the land's children. Conceived by lights of war, the alien Avatar opens
its eyes upon a waxing tide of Awareness. The journey to the land hides,
but is difficult; prophecies are revealed and hidden. The first child,
a son, enters the Temple alone. With the Herald, he returns, and soon after,
the Avatar is born. A new breath is drawn and the land rejoices in change
- The Prophecy, in SD Perry's "Rising Son"
No matter how bad things
got, he was with me. My father created the foundation of who I am. Guided
me. He was… reality. There was a way that things weren't real for me until
I could tell him, could take or ignore his advice, could feel his love
for me and know that I wasn't alone. The way I'm alone now, finally understanding
that I'm going to die--this is real. I thought I had let the need of a
son for his father become the friendship of two men.
- Jake, in "Rising Son"
The Quadrant War.
- The Gamma Quadrant name for the Dominion War, "Rising Son"
Everyone had plans.
Glessin, Neane, and Aslylgof all wanted to go to the library banks. Feg
and Triv had been salivating for weeks over meeting with the big traders
— including the Giani'aga box buyer, whom they were scheduled to meet with
the following day — to talk about auctioning some of the doubles from the
living artifact collection. Prees and Srral were planning to hit the equipment
dealers, do some console-diving, Fajgin and Itriuma wanted to head to the
chula hall, Brad wanted to shop… and, Facity suspected, meet up with a
subspace date she'd been "secretly" corresponding with for months. She
knew that Pif and Pri'ak had been dying to take Jake and Coamis on their
first tavern hop.
- The crew of the Even Odds get some shore leave, "Rising Son"
There was some disagreement
once they left the Laughing This, over what sort of establishment they
should take their business to next, but it was quickly resolved when Pri'ak
mentioned that he liked nice women, and in fact knew of a place where some
congregated. They all agreed that nice women were nice, and Coamis began
singing a beautiful song about a girl with stars in her eyes, and they
made their way to Pri'ak's spirits bar… where, sadly, there seemed to be
very few women willing to look at them, let alone talk to them. Pif didn't
mind, by then, having decided that Jake, Coamis, and Pri'ak were the best
friends an Aarruri ever had, even after Pri'ak ate his Ee tower souvenir.
The night was young, and they were free men, they had money and song and
another round on the way. Jake was drunk, drunker than he ever had been
in his life, and couldn't understand why he'd never done it before.
- The Even Odds guys hit town, "Rising Son"
The Ascendants were
who had persecuted Itu's people; after listening to his descriptions, Opaka
no longer had any doubt. What Itu called Eyes of Light, Raiq had called
Eyes of Fire…and the Bajoran people knew them as Tears of the Prophets.
It seemed obvious to her now, the "fortress" in the stars, the all-seeing
gods--but was it any wonder that she hadn't recognized Raiq's frightening
religious views as related to her own? She hadn't told Itu about meeting
Raiq, hadn't wanted to worry him overmuch, but wondered what it would mean
for the Eav'oq in the future…and what it might mean for Bajor. That a being
from the race that chased the Eav'oq into hiding had been responsible for
her freedom…it was too great a coincidence. Will of the Prophets. As it
must be Their will for Bajor and Eav'oq to stand together, if Raiq's people
should come this way, Opaka affirmed to herself. Whatever happened now,
the Eav'oq wouldn't be alone.
- Opaka, as the plan of the Prophets unfolds, "Rising Son"
Only fifty years ago,
an awareness of the Eav'oq would have been welcomed, she thought. But as
she'd told Itu, the Cardassian Occupation had changed things. The Bajor
she'd left behind had barely touched upon the healing process, and though
it had pained her to tell Itu, to admit as much to herself, the systematic
abuse and degradation of her people had left them with wounds and suspicions
that seven years would not, could not have erased. To complicate matters,
there were a few fundamental differences in the way the Eav'oq worshipped…primarily,
that they didn't. There were no rituals to their meditations, no holy days,
no…separateness. Itu and his people believed that the pagh--or the res--inside
each of them wasn't just from the Siblings, they believed it was their
own Siblinghood, developing. They believed in reincarnation of spirit…and
that each Eav'oq spirit would one day transcend to the Temple, to become
a new Sibling, to watch over the young Eav'oq still on their planet.
- Opaka, "Rising Son"
"Much about this quadrant
takes getting used to. Plurality. Freedom. Chaos."
- Taran'tar, of the Jem'Hadar, in SD Perry's "Unity"
Nog had long ago learned
how to look interested without hearing a word. A trick his father had once
taught him, actually — a slight frown for a count of five, a slight smile
for a count of three, two slow nods, then ten seconds of thoughfulness
followed by an appreciative grunt. Repeat.
- Narration, in "Unity"
"In our religion, it
is said that our lives are like tapestries, all of us weaving our own stories...
and that those stories become threads in a much greater Tapestry."
- Opaka Sulan, in "Unity"
let go that easily... Better to be directing events on a ruined world than
directing nothing at all, don't you think? What a fate! At my time of life,
to be reduced to upholding democracy."
- Garak, in Una McCormack's "The Lotus Flower"
"It's all the dust.
This rain contains much of what was once our art, our architecture, our
books... Much of what was once our population, too, come to that."
- Garak, in Una McCormack's "The Lotus Flower"
A man goes on a journey.
He has been cast out of his home, and now he is stranded on an island in
the sky. He brings regrets with him, and scores as yet unsettled (and some
not yet even made). He knows that the past cannot be wholly put aside,
and he bides his time, and he watches, and he waits for his opportunity.
And when he sees it, he grasps it with both hands.
- Introducing Garak in "Hollow Men" by Una McCormack
"War is a very unpleasant
business, Captain, I don't need to tell you that. And covert war is even
unpleasant. For which reason, among others, it should remain just that. Covert."
- Garak to Sisko, "Hollow Men"
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