Episode Quotes


Dr. McCoy : "Did you see the love light in Spock's eyes? The right computer finally came along."

Dr. McCoy: "This isn't chicken soup. I may be just a ship's doctor, but I make a Finagle's Folly that's known from here to Orion. I strongly prescribe it, Jim."

Spock: "It appears, Captain, we've been doing what used to be called 'pursuing a wild goose'."
Spock: "Commodore Wesley is a dedicated commander. I should regret serving aboard the instrument of his death."

Spock: "It would be most interesting to impress your memory engrams on a computer, Doctor. The resulting torrential flood of illogic would be most entertaining."

Spock: "The most unfortunate lack in current computer programming is that there is nothing available to immediately replace the starship surgeon."
Kirk: "There are certain things men must do to remain men."
Kirk: "Only a fool would stand in the way of progress."
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."
Kirk: "Genius doesn't work on an assembly line basis. You can't simply say, "Today I will be brilliant."
McCoy: "If a man had a child who'd gone anti-social, killed perhaps, he'd still tend to protect that child."
Kirk: "What happened to the crewman?"
Richard Daystrom "The M-5 computer needed a new power source; the crewman merely got in the way."
Kirk "And how long will it be before we all "just get in the way?"
McCoy: "Compassion -- that's the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it's the one thing that keeps men ahead of them."
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."
Richard Daystrom: "To kill is a breaking of civil and moral laws we've lived by for thousands of years."
M-5: "Murder is contrary to the laws of man and God."
McCoy: "We're all sorry for the other guy when he loses his job to a machine. But when it comes to your job -- that's different. And it always will be different."
Kirk: "Do you know the one -- "All I ask is a tall ship...and a star to steer her by..." You could feel the wind at your back, about you... 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."
Commodore Robert Wesley: "Our complements to the M-5 unit ... and regards to Captain Dunsel. Wesley out."
[Chekov winces; he and Sulu exchange a look]
Dr. McCoy "Dunsel? Who the blazes is Captain Dunsel? What does it mean, Jim? ... Spock? ... What does it mean?"
Spock "Dunsel, doctor, is a term used by midshipmen at Starfleet Academy. It refers to a part which serves no useful purpose."
Richard Daystrom: "Destroy it, Kirk? No! We're invincible! Look what we've done! Your mighty starships ... four toys to be crushed as we choose
Richard Daystrom: "[growing increasingly agitated] Twenty years of groping to prove the things I'd done before were not accidents. Seminars and lectures to rows of fools who couldn't begin to understand my systems. Colleagues ... colleagues laughing behind my back at the boy wonder ... then becoming famous building on my work ... BUILDING ON MY WORK!"