Episode Quotes


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

Trelane: Oh, how absolutely typical of your species! You don't understand something so you become fearful.
Kirk: Trelane was probably doing things comparable to the mischievous pranks you played when you were a boy.
Spock: 'Mischievous pranks', Captain?
Kirk: Yes -- dipping little girls' curls in inkwells, stealing apples from the neighbors' trees, tying cans on -- forgive me...Mr. Spock. I should have known better.
Spock: I shall be delighted, Captain.
Trelane: Dear Captain, so many questions. Make the most of an uncertain future. Enjoy yourself today. Tomorrow...(ominously) may never come at all.
Trelane: Do you know that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?
Spock [reading from the screen]: Hip-hip... hoorah? And I believe it's pronounced...tallyho.
DeSalle: Some kind of a joke, sir?
Spock: I'll entertain any theories, Mr. DeSalle. Any at all.
McCoy: The word (desert) conjures up pictures of dunes, oases, mirages. Sunlight, palm trees.
Spock: We're 900 light-years from that kind of desert. The precise meaning of the word 'desert' is a waterless, barren wasteland. I fail to understand your romantic nostalgia for such a place.
McCoy: It doesn't surprise me, Mr. Spock. I can't imagine a mirage ever disturbing those mathematically perfect brain waves of yours.
Spock: Thank you, Dr. McCoy.
McCoy: Does your logic find this fascinating, Mr. Spock?
Spock: No. "Fascinating" is a word I use for the unexpected. In this case, I should think "interesting" would suffice.