This list is comprised of my favorite literary quotes from Star Trek. There are a plethora I could have chosen from, (in fact I have 61 total quotes lining the walls of my classroom) but I had to perform the difficult job of narrowing it down. If you have others you think should be on the list, by all means add them in the comments.

Now, without further ado…

#10 from Star Trek VII: Generations

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“What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.”

-Captain Jean-Luc Picard

 

from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.”

Captain James T. Kirk

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(These aren’t literary quotes, but I love the ideas behind them. Plus, I needed to fill one more spot.)

#9 from Star Trek VIII: First Contact

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“Rumors of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated.”

Captain Jean-Luc Picard quoted from a letter by Mark Twain

#8 from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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“Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!”

-General Chang quoted from “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare

#7 from Star Trek Deep Space Nine: “Favor the Bold”
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“Fortune favors the bold.”

-Captain Benjamin Sisko quoted from “Phormio” by Terence

#6 from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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“If you eliminate the impossible, whateer remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

-Spock quoted from The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

#5 from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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“Second star to the right and straight on until morning.”

-Captain James T. Kirk quoted from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

#4 from Star Trek VIII: First Contact
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“And he piled upon the whale’s white hump. A sum of all the rage and hatred felt by his race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.”

-Captain Jean-Luc Picard quoted from Moby Dick by Herman Melville

#3 from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier/The Ultimate Computer
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“All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.”

-Captain James T. Kirk quoted from “Sea Fever” by John Masefield

#2 from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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“It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place that I go to than I have ever known.”

-Captain James T. Kirk quoted from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

#1 from Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan
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“He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I’ll chase him round the moons of Nibia, and around the Antares Maelstrom, and around Perdition’s Flames before I give him up!”

“To the last I grapple with thee. From hell’s heart I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”

Khan Noonien Singh quoted and geniusly adapted from Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Let the debate begin…

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