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85 Star Trek Quotes To Help You Live Long and Prosper


Star Trek is one of the most popular and lucrative media franchises ever. The franchise began in 1966 and has had countless spin-off series, movies, and novels. Even today, more than 56 years later, they’re still producing spin-offs.

The Star Trek universe is filled with fascinating characters and storylines. Within each story, there are themes of hope and captivating philosophical questions about humanity. With over half a century of scripts and novels, there are more than enough quotes to fill a galaxy. 

Below are some of the most memorable and relevant Star Trek quotes from the beloved movies, novels, and TV series. Take a trip back in time to see how many you might know.

Famous Star Trek Quotes

Even if you’re not a Trekkie (a fan of the Star Trek franchise), you’ve likely heard a few of these Star Trek quotes before. Here are nine of the most famous Star Trek quotes.

  1. “Live long and prosper!” — Spock 
  2. “I am a doctor, not a bricklayer.” — Dr. McCoy
  3. “Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.” — Captain Kirk
  4. “Beam me up, Scotty!” — Captain Kirk
  5. “I have been — and always shall be — your friend.” — Spock
  6. “Khaaannn!” — Captain Kirk
  7. “Damn it, Jim!” — Dr. McCoy
  8. “Highly illogical.” — Spock
  9. “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” — Captain Kirk

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Funny Star Trek Quotes

Like any good TV show or novel, characters drive the story. Star Trek is no exception and the characters’ bickering contains more than a few memorable and comedic lines. Additionally, here is some comedic Star Trek merchandise.

  1. “I canna’ change the laws of physics.” — Scotty
  2. “I would gladly risk feeling bad at times if it also meant that I could taste my dessert.” — Data 
  3. “You mind your place, mister, or you’ll be wearing concrete galoshes.” — Scotty
  4. “Emotions are alien to me. I’m a scientist.” — Spock
  5. “I’m a doctor, not an escalator.” — Dr. McCoy
  6. “I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I have simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.” — Spock
  7. “What does God need with a starship?” — Captain Kirk
  8. “Flair is what marks the difference between artistry and mere competence.” — William T. Riker
  9. “Why is any object we don’t understand always called a ‘thing’?”— Dr. McCoy
  10. “I am not a merry man.” — Lieutenant Worf

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Best Star Trek Quotes

There are many memorable Star Trek quotes. However, the best ones are often short and impactful. They stay with you. Here are a few of the best Star Trek quotes.

  1. “A lie is a very poor way to say hello.” — Edith Keeler
  2. “Leave bigotry in your quarters; there’s no room for it on the bridge.” — Captain Kirk
  3. “Fear is the true enemy. The only enemy.” — William T. Riker
  4. “Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold.” — Khan
  5. “… all good things must come to an end.” — Q
  6. “They used to say that if man was meant to fly, he’d have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to.” — Captain Kirk
  7. “It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q
  8. “When governments murder those who speak the truth, it is time to get new governments.” — Diane Duane
  9. “Respect is earned, not bestowed.” — Deanna Troi
  10. “A library serves no purpose unless someone is using it.” — Mr. Atoz

Star Trek Quotes Picard

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most adored characters in Star Trek. He was first introduced in 1987 on Star Trek: The Next Generation and is played by the highly-regarded actor, Patrick Stewart. Picard is known for his authority and delegation as captain in Starfleet. Here are some of Captain Picard’s best quotes:

  1. “Let’s make sure that history never forgets the name … Enterprise.” — Captain Picard
  2. “There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it’s just a matter of finding it.” — Captain Picard
  3. “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” — Captain Picard
  4. “The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself.” — Captain Picard
  5. “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” — Captain Picard
  6. “I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I’ll let you know.” — Captain Picard
  7. “The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force of our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.” — Captain Picard
  8. “The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.” — Captain Picard
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H2: Star Trek Inspirational Quotes

One reason why Star Trek was and continues to be popular is because of its optimistic nature. The shows, movies, and novels portray a future where science and innovation matter. Below are some of Star Trek’s most inspiring quotes.

  1.  “Things are only impossible until they’re not.” — Captain Picard”
  2. “Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” —  Captain Picard
  3. “I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.” — Surak
  4. “What makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.” — Spock
  5. “Confidence is faith in oneself. It can’t easily be given by another.” — Deanna Troi
  6. “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.” — Dr. Daystrom
  7. Spock: “One man cannot summon the future.” Captain Kirk: “But one man can change the present.”
  8. “A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.” — Dr. Boyce
  9. “Now, I don’t pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love, when every day is a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for!” — Edith Keeler
  10. “Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.” — Spock
  11. “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” — Captain Kirk

Star Trek Quotes About Love

Star Trek also gained popularity due to its diverse set of characters. These characters have various romantic and platonic relationships. Star Trek also pushes the question of feelings and love. For instance, even androids such as Data have something akin to emotions and feelings. If your partner is a Trekkie, here are a few Star Trek gifts.

  1. “The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.” — Captain Kirk
  2. “To all mankind — may we never find space so vast, planets so cold, heart and mind so empty that we cannot fill them with love and warmth.” — Garth
  3. “I want to live, however briefly, knowing that my life is finite. Mortality gives meaning to human life. Peace, love, friendship. These are precious because we know they cannot endure. A butterfly that lives forever is really not a butterfly at all.” — Data
  4. Vanna: “It’s hard to believe that something which is neither seen nor felt can do so much harm.” Captain Kirk: “That’s true. But an idea can’t be seen or felt.”
  5. “As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated and even ‘missed’ when absent.” — Data
  6. “I wish I could convey to you what it’s like to be a metamorph. To feel the inner strength of someone. To realize that being with him is opening your mind and heart to endless new possibilities. To hear yourself say, “I like myself when I’m with him.” — Kamala 
  7. “Love is a choice. And one doesn’t just make that choice once. One makes it again and again.” — Katrina Cornwell
  8. “Marriage is the greatest adventure of them all. It’s filled with pitfalls and setbacks and mistakes … but it’s a journey worth taking …’cause you take it together.” — Chief O’Brien
  9. “Even among humans, friendship is sometimes less emotional response, and more a sense of familiarity.” — Data
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Star Trek Spock Quotes

Spock might be the most famous Star Trek character. He’s half Vulcan and human. Vulcans are logical beings who have decided to remove emotions from their lives. Being part human, Spock struggles with having or choosing to need emotions. Here are nine of Spock’s best quotes: 

  1. “Without followers, evil cannot spread.” — Spock
  2.  “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” — Spock
  3. “Superior ability breeds superior ambition.” — Spock
  4. “Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.” — Spock
  5. “You Earth people glorified organized violence for forty centuries. But you imprison those who employ it privately.” — Spock
  6. “Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth.” — Spock
  7. “Insults are effective only where emotion is present.” — Spock
  8. “I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose.” — Spock
  9. “Time is fluid … like a river with currents, eddies, backwash.” — Spock
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Star Trek Quotes about Humanity

Similar to all science fiction, Star Trek deals with philosophical and humanitarian questions. However, at its core, Star Trek has a positive outlook on humanity, which is one reason for its popularity. 

The below quotes are about humanity and are worth pondering for any reader.

  1. “Change is the essential process of all existence.” — Spock
  2. “You know they say time is the fire in which we burn. Right now, my time is running out. We leave so many things unfinished in our lives. I know you understand.” — Tolian Soran
  3. “It is the lot of ‘man’ to strive no matter how content he is.” — Spock
  4. “We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we’re human–and maybe that’s the word that best explains us.” — Captain Kirk
  5.  “Compassion: that’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps men ahead of them.” — Dr. McCoy
  6. “Without freedom of choice there is no creativity.” — Captain Kirk
  7. “Perhaps man wasn’t meant for paradise. Maybe he was meant to claw, to scratch all the way.”
  8. “A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior — mentally or otherwise.” — Captain Kirk
  9. “Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose — and excluding that which is painful.” — Spock
  10. “In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.” — Spock
  11. “To be human is to be complex. You can’t avoid a little ugliness — from within — and from without.” — Captain Kirk
  12. “Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.” — Captain Kirk

Star Trek Quotes about Logic

Vulcans, specifically Spock, are the main vehicles for logical reasoning in Star Trek. However, humans and other extra-dimensional beings are known for dropping logical phrases and lines — a few are below.

  1. “Insufficient facts always invite danger.” — Spock
  2. “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” — Spock
  3. “Well, I know this much: We can’t avoid the future.” — William T. Riker
  4. “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” — Spock
  5. “I have been told that patience is sometimes a more effective weapon than the sword.” — Lieutenant Worf
  6. “You can use logic to justify almost anything. That’s its power. And its flaw.” — Captain Cathryn Janeway
  7. “You’re not alone, you know. What you were, and what you are to become, will always be with you.” — Q

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That’s a wrap on the 85 best Star Trek quotes. If you’re feeling nostalgic and miss your favorite extraterrestrial character, you can shop these Officially Licensed Star Trek designs and products now on Redbubble.

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