Picard: No, Will, we can't! We have to save humanity! [Exiting the holodeck] Troi: That was an incredible program! Worf: I am glad you approve. I have always found the Black Sea at night to be a most stimulating experience. Troi: WORF! We were walking barefoot on the beach, with music in the air, ocean breeze washing over us, stars in the sky, full moon rising- and the most you can say is stimulating? Worf: It was... VERY stimulating. LaForge: Captain Picard to the bridge. Captain, we've got a problem with the warp core, or the phase inducers, or some other damn thing. [Last line of the series] Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit. Q: You see this? This is you. I'm serious! Right here, life is about to form on this planet for the very first time. A group of amino acids is about to combine to form the first protein. The building blocks [laughs] Q: of what YOU call "life." Strange, isn't it? Everything you know, your entire civilization, it all begins right here in this little pond of goo. Q: May whatever god you believe in have mercy on your soul. [the last Enterprise is about to be destroyed] Q: Goodbye Jean-Luc. I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end. Q: For that one fraction of a second, you were open to options you had never considered. That is the exploration that awaits you... not mapping stars and studying nebula... but charting the unknown possibilities of existence. Commander Tomalak: So, Captain, how long shall we stare at each other across the Neutral Zone? [Picard makes a proposal to the Romulan commander] Commander Tomalak: Has Starfleet Command approved this arrangement? Capt. Picard: No. Commander Tomalak: I like it already. Agreed. Commander William T. Riker: We can't stay, Captain!
Capt. Picard: We have to! Everything depends on it! Q: Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm going to miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end. [Last line of the series] Capt. Picard: So, five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit. Capt. Picard: [distracted by visions of Q's laughing and jeering minions from "Encounter at Farpoint"] To Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Stardate 41148... You are hereby requested and required to take command... to take command of the USS Enterprise as of this date. Signed, Rear Admiral Norah Satie, Starfleet Command. Capt. Picard: Red alert! All crew to battle stations! Lt. Tasha Yar: You heard him, move! Capt. Picard: We are what we are. And we're doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we shall be judged! Q: Oh, but it is, and we have. Time may be eternal, Captain, but our patience is not. It's time to put an end to your trek through the stars; make room for other, more worthy species. Capt. Picard: You're going to deny us... travel through space? [the courtroom erupts in laughter] Q: You obtuse piece of flotsam! You're to be denied *existence*. Humanity's fate has been sealed: you will be destroyed. Capt. Picard: The last time I stood in this courtroom was seven years ago. Q: Seven years? How little you mortals understand time... must you be so linear, Jean-Luc? Capt. Picard: You accused me of being the representative of a barbarous species. Q: I believe my exact words were "a dangerous, savage, child-race." Q: I said we'd be watching you, and we have been. Hoping your ape-like minds would demonstrate *some* room for expansion. But instead of using the past seven years to learn and to grow... you have squandered them. You... worrying about Commander Riker's career? Listening to Counselor Troi's pedantic psychobabble? Indulging Data in his witless "exploration of humanity?" Capt. Picard: We've journeyed to countless new worlds. We've contacted new species. We've expanded our understanding of the universe. Q: In your own paltry, limited way. You have no *idea* how far you still have to go. Capt. Picard: Its like the Chicken and the Egg... Lt. Cmdr. Data: I think I understand what the captain is talking about; he is talking about a paradox. Capt. Picard: That's it, Data.