Star Trek: The Original Series

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Star Trek: The Original Series (originally known as just Star Trek) (1966–1969) is a legendary science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that has thus far spawned four spinoff series and ten feature films (seven with the original cast). 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

The Man Trap

James T. Kirk: I don't like mysteries. They give me a bellyache and I got a beauty right now.

Charlie X

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

James T. Kirk: You go slow. You, uh... You be gentle. I mean, it's... it's not a one-way street, you know-- how you feel and that's all. It's how the girl feels, too. Don't press, Charlie. If the girl feels... anything for you at all, you'll know it.

Charlie Evans: I'll make them go away, too.

Charlie Evans: Well, they weren't nice to me!

Charlie Evans: I loved her... but she wasn't nice at all.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Spock: The Valiant had encountered a magnetic space storm and was being swept in this direction.

Gary Mitchell: The first thing I ever heard from an upperclassman was: "Watch out for Lieutenant Kirk. In his class, you either think or sink."

Dr. Elizabeth Dehner: Women professionals do tend to overcompensate.

James T. Kirk: Did you hear him joke about compassion? Above all else, a god needs compassion!

James T. Kirk: Be it noted she gave her life in performance of her duty.

The Naked Time

Hikaru Sulu: (Shirtless, with an european fencing sword, having just jumped out in front of Uhura) I'll protect you, fair maiden.
Uhura: Sorry, neither.

Spock: Jim... when I feel friendship for you, I'm ashamed.

Spock: I've spent a whole lifetime learning to hide my feelings.

James T. 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.

Montgomery Scott: I can't change the laws of physics. I've got to have 30 minutes!

The Enemy Within

Evil Kirk: [to Yeoman Rand] You're too beautiful to ignore.

Evil Kirk: I want to live!!

James T. Kirk: Get those men aboard fast.

James T. Kirk: Thank you, Mr. Spock-- from both of us.

Mudd's Women

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

Eve McHuron: Oh, that sound of male ego. You travel halfway across the galaxy and it's still the same song.

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: The fact that my internal arrangement differs from yours, Doctor, pleases me to no end.

What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Dr. Roger 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. Roger 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.

Ruk: THAT was the equation!!!!

Ruk: You brought the inferior ones! We had cleansed ourselves of them!

Dr. Roger 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: No blah, blah, blah!
Children: Boom! bonk on the head

Dagger of the Mind

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

Spock: Where there is no emotion, there's no motive for violence.

Spock: You Earth people glorified organized violence for forty centuries. But you imprison those who employ it privately.

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

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

Capt. Kirk: Aren't you the one who always says a little suffering is good for the soul?
Dr. McCoy: I never say that.

Capt. Kirk: I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.

Capt. Kirk: Not chess, Spock. Poker!

Yeoman Rand: I just used a hand phaser, and zap: hot coffee!

The Menagerie, Parts 1-2

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.

Dr. Boyce: We [Doctors and Bartenders] both get the same two kinds of customers: the living and the dying.

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

Capt. Pike: There's a way out of any cage and I'll find it.

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.

McCoy: Blast medicine anyway! We've learned to tie into every organ in the human body but one. The brain! The brain is what life is all about.

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

The Conscience of the King

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

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

Kirk: There's a phaser on overload in my quarters. If it blows, it'll take out half the section. DOUBLE RED ALERT!!

Balance of Terror

Romulan Commander: Danger and I are old companions.

The Centurion: Power is danger.

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

McCoy: War is never imperative.

Kirk: Leave bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge.

Shore Leave

McCoy: A princess should not be afraid — not with a brave knight to protect her.

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!

Finnegan: Hey there Jimmy boy! I'm waitin for ya!

The Galileo Seven

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.

Spock: I'm frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life.

Spock: There are always alternatives.

The Squire of Gothos

Spock: 'Fascinating' is a word I use for the unexpected.

Spock: I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose.

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


The 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.

The Gorn: Schshschshchsch.

The Gorn: I will be merciful and quick.

The Metron: You demonstrated the advanced trait of mercy, something we hardly expected. We feel there may be hope for your kind. Therefore you will not be destroyed.

Tomorrow is Yesterday

Leonard McCoy: (of John Christopher) But maybe he could be retrained, reeducated.
James T. Kirk: Now you're sounding like Spock.
Leonard McCoy: If you're going to get nasty, I'm going to leave.

John Christopher: I never did believe in little green men...
Mr. Spock: [standing up - he had been seated] Neither have I.

James T. Kirk: Yes, I'm all right, but as you can see, we have another problem.

John Christopher: Oh, Captain. Thanks for the look ahead.

Court Martial

Samuel T. Cogley: This is where the law is. Not in that homogenized, 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 on Alpha III? Books.

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

The Return of the Archons

Lawgiver: Landru! Guide us!

Kirk: Without freedom of choice there is no creativity.

Kirk: (to Landru) You are the evil! The evil must be destroyed!

Kirk: You'd make a splendid computer, Mr Spock.
Spock: That is very kind of you, Captain!

Space Seed

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: I like a brave man.

A Taste of Armageddon

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

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

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

McCoy: I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day!

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

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

Kirk: I suspect you're becoming more and more human all the time.
Spock: Captain, I see no reason to stand here and be insulted.

McCoy: I'm a doctor not a bricklayer! That thing is practically made out of stone!

Errand of Mercy

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: 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

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

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.

Spock: There could be some logic to the belief that time is fluid... like a river. With currents, eddies, backwash.

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.

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.

Guardian: Time has resumed its shape. All is as it was before. Many such journeys are possible. Let me be your gateway.

Operation: Annihilate!

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

Amok Time

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.

Who Mourns for Adonais?

Spock: Insults are effective only where emotion is present.

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

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

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

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

The Changeling

Leonard McCoy: He's dead, Jim.

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

Mirror, Mirror

Leonard McCoy: I'm a doctor, not an engineer.

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

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

Alternate 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.

The Apple

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.

James T. Kirk: Is there anyone on this ship, who even remotely looks like Satan?
Spock: I am not aware of anyone who fits that description, Captain.
James T. Kirk: No, Mr. Spock. I didn't think you would be.

The Doomsday Machine

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!

I, Mudd

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.


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

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: 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

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

Montgomery Scott: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

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.

The Deadly Years

Dr. Janet Wallace: No problem is insoluble.

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

Chekov: 'Give us some more blood, Chekov.' 'A little 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'm not a magician, Spock, just an old country doctor.
Spock: As I always suspected.


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 that recovered them.
Leonard McCoy: Then thank pitchforks and pointed ears.

Wolf in the Fold

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

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 anything.

Leonard McCoy: [about tribbles] They're born pregnant.

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

The Gamesters of Triskelion

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.

Shawna: When it is time to increase the herd, my Provider will select one for me.
James T. Kirk: On Earth...we select our own mate.

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

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.

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.

Montgomery Scott: Well, Krako, it looks like we put the bag on you, doesn't it?!

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

The Immunity Syndrome

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.
Leonard McCoy: Shut up, Spock! We're rescuing you!
Spock: Why, thank you, Captain McCoy.

A Private Little War

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

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: 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!!

Thalassa: [in Dr. Anne Mulhall's body] Oblivion together does not frighten me, beloved.

Patterns of Force

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 Fuhrer 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 certainly hope not!

By Any Other Name

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.]

Montgomery Scott: It's green.

The Omega Glory

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

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.

Bread and Circuses

Spock: They do seem to have escaped the carnage of your first three world wars, Doctor.

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!

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

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

Spock's Brain

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.

The Enterprise Incident

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: Military secrets are the most fleeting of all.

The Paradise Syndrome

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

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.

Spock: Without followers, evil cannot spread.

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

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

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

Montgomery Scott: Half a gallon of scotch.

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

Day of the Dove

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.

For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

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

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

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

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

The Empath

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

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

James T. Kirk: They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream-- a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars.

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: Queen to King's Level One.

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.

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Original pilot

The Cage

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

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

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

Leonard McCoy: [He's/She's/It's] dead, Jim! DeForrest 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 occours]

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]


  • 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 one "swear word" was 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).
  • 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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