The TV series Star Trek was first launched onto the small screen on September 8, 1966 and since then it has boldly gone where few TV shows have gone before. There have been six television series and eleven films since its birth and the Star Trek franchise now includes many games and thousands of books and memorabilia.
Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry and after his death in 1991 the show’s executive producer Rick Berman took the helm of the Starship Enterprise and steered it into the next millennium. During the 43 years (1966-2009) Star Trek has been running the TV shows and blockbuster films have produced many great moments in terms of both action and dialogue. There is speculation that a 12th film will be launched in June 2012.
Below I have listed what I consider to be some of the best Star Trek quotes.
Star Trek TV and Movie Quotes
“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” – Captain Kirk, Star Trek
“We have them just where they want us.” – Captain Kirk, Star Trek
“Things are only impossible until they’re not.” - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Change is the essential process of all existence.” – Spock, Star Trek
“In this galaxy there’s a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us.” – Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy, Star Trek
“In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death…..even vegetarians.” - Spock, Star Trek
“I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I’ll let you know.” - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Logic is the beginning of wisdom; not the end.” - Spock, Star Trek VI
“Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting, it may not be logical but it is often true.” - Spock, Star Trek
“The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.” - Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy, Star Trek: The Voyage Home
“Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.” - Captain Kirk, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
“There’s an old saying, Fortune favors the bold. Well, I guess we’re about to find out.” – Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
“Jim (Captain Kirk), you don’t go around asking the Almighty for his I.D.!” - Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy, Star Trek V
“No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.” - Captain Kirk, Star Trek IV
“Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That’s the only planet in the galaxy that can make that claim.” – Captain Kirk, Star Trek
“Fate protects fools, little children and ships named Enterprise” – Commander Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Seize the time, Meribor. Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again” - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” - Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
“You can’t appreciate Shakespeare until you’ve read him in the original Klingon.” – General Chang, Star Trek VI
“They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate countless worlds, and we fall back. Not again. Not this time. The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! And I will make them pay for what they have done!” - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: First Contact