Episode Quotes


Picard: "Last time I was in this sector, I was on the Stargazer running at warp speed ahead of a Cardassian warship."
Troi: "Running, Captain? You? That's hard to believe."
Picard: "Believe it."
O'Brien: "What, .. what is it?"
Keiko: "Kelp buds, plankton loaf, and sea berries."
O'Brien: "Oh. Sweetheart, I'm not a fish."
Keiko: "It is very healthy. I had this each morning when I was growing up."
O'Brien: "But I'll make something special for you tonight. You'll love it, I promise."
Keiko: "Okay. Maybe I'll have something special for you tonight too."
Maxwell: "You must think I've gone mad."
Picard: "The thought had occurred."
Picard: "I will accept the judgement of history."
Picard: "Take this message to your leaders, Gul Macet: We are watching."
Picard: "I'd been sent to make preliminary overtures for a truce. And I had lowered my shields as a gesture of goodwill. The Cardassians were not impressed. They had taken out most of my weapons and damaged the impulse engines before I could regroup and run."
Worf: "The Cardassians have no honor. I do not trust them."
Troi: "They are our allies now, Mister Worf. We have to trust them."
Worf: "Trust is earned. Not *given* away."
Picard: "I hope their scout ship makes contact soon. It's never a good idea to stay too long in a Cardassian border without making your intentions known."
Keiko: "What kind of food?"
O'Brien: "Scalloped potatoes, mutton shanks, ox tails and cabbage."
Keiko: "Kind of heavy."
O'Brien: "Ah, I can still remember the aromas when mother was cooking."
Keiko: "She *cooked*?"
O'Brien: "She didn't believe in a replicator. She thought real food was more nutritious."
Keiko: "She handled *real meat*? She *touched* it and *cut* it?"
O'Brien: "Yeah, like a master chef. She was fantastic!"
O'Brien: "But I'll make something special for you tonight. You'll love it, I promise."
Keiko: "Okay. Maybe I'll have something special for you tonight too."
Picard: "This is Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation starship Enterprise."
Macet: "I am Gul Macet of the Cardassian ship Tragor."
Picard: "Why have you fired on us?"
Macet: "Curious question, Captain. In *war* one attacks one's enemies."
Picard: "Gul Macet, the Federation and the Cardassians have struggled too hard for peace...to abandon it so easily."
Macet: "*We* are not the ones who have abandoned it, captain."
Hayden: "Jean-Luc, I don't have to tell you the Federation is not prepared for anew sustained conflict. You *must* preserve the peace, no matter what the cost."
Picard: "I think, when one has been angry for a very long time, one gets used to it. And it becomes comfortable like...like old leather. And finally...feels so humiliated one can't remember feeling any other way."
Keiko: "What's what you're singing?"
O'Brien: "What? Oh, it's just a little song. A bunch of us used to sing it together on the Rutledge. I hadn't thought about it in years."
Keiko: "What's it about?"
O'Brien: "Oh, it's about war...and glory."
Keiko: "*What* are these little dark things?"
O'Brien: "Capers."
O'Brien: "The only people left alive were in an outlying district of the settlement. I was sent there with a squad to reinforce them. Cardassians were advancing on us. Moving through the streets, destroying, killing. I was with a group of women and children, and two Cardassian soldiers burst in. I stunned one of them...the other one jumped me. We struggled. One of the women threw me a phaser, and I fired. The phaser was set at maximum. The man just...just incinerated there before my eyes. I'd never killed anything before. When I was a kid I'd, I'd worry about swatting a mosquito. It's not you I hate, Cardassian. I hate what I became because of you."
Macet: "There are those who...crave war, who need it. I am not one of them, Captain. And I am beginning to see...that neither are you. We have had our full measure. The lasting peace begins here...with the two of us."
Maxwell: "Smells musty around here...like a bureaucrat's office!"
Picard: "You have killed nearly seven hundred people. And you have taken us to the brink of war."
Maxwell: "I have *prevented* war! Or at the very least delayed it a good long time."
Maxwell: "You're a fool, Picard. History will look at you, and say, 'This man was a fool.'"
Picard: "I'll accept the judgement of history."

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