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Celebrate Captain Picard Day with Our Favorite Star Trek Quotes

by  | June 16
Captain Picard reading a book

It’s Stardate 47457.1, or June 16—otherwise known as Captain Picard Day! We can’t help but be reminded of all the things Jean-Luc Picard has said throughout the stardates. We talked to a few in-house Star Trek fans and they shared their favorite Picard quotes with us:

From Ed:

  • “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness—that is life.” —”Peak Performance” (S02 Ep. 21)
  • “Seize the time…live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” —”The Inner Light” (S05 Ep. 25) 

From LJ:

  • “There are four lights!” —”Chain of Command, Part II” (S06 Ep. 11) 
  • “We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, it all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly it threatens to start all over again.” —”The Drumhead” (S04 Ep. 21)
  • “Sokath, his eyes uncovered!” —”Darmok” (S5 Ep. 02)

From Aimee:

  • “Things are only impossible until they’re not!”—”When the Bough Breaks” (S01 Ep. 17)

And since we’re all about books here, we can’t help but talk about our favorite Star Trek novels as well, featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise! Here are our favorite quotes matched with each book. Happy Captain Picard Day—engage!

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All Good Things...

All Good Things...

by Michael Jan Friedman

“So, five-card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit.” —"All Good Things…, Part II” (S07 Ep. 26)

Seven years ago, Captain Jean-Luc Picard first faced the judgment of the Q Continuum—a race of beings with God-like powers over time and space who presumed to gauge humanity's fitness to exist in the galaxy. Seven years ago they suspended judgment, but now a decision has been reached: The human race will be eliminated, not only in the present, but throughout time. Humanity will never have existed at all.

The only chance to save mankind lies with Captain Picard. An old enemy has granted him the power to revisit his life as it was seven years before, and to experience his life twenty-five years in the future. With the help of friendships that span time and space, Picard struggles to defeat the plans of the Q Continuum. In an effort to save humanity, Picard must sacrifice himself and all those he commands and if their sacrifice fails all mankind is doomed.

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Encounter at Farpoint

Encounter at Farpoint

by David Gerrold

“Make it so.” (S01 Ep. 01) —"Encounter at Farpoint” (S01 Ep. 01)

CAPTAIN'S LOG, STARDATE 41254.7: The U.S.S. Enterprise™ is en route to Cygnus IV—the edge of the known galaxy. There, we will rendezvous with the ship's new first officer and the other command personnel and proceed with out mission: discover the truth about Farpoint Station, a starbase facility built by the inhabitants of Cygnus IV, a starbase of unparalleled size and complexity...and infinite mystery. And the success or failure of this, our first mission together, may well determine the course of human exploration across the galaxy for centuries to come...

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First Contact

First Contact

by J.M. Dillard

“The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther!”First Contact

From the deepest, darkest reaches of space came the greatest threat the United Federation of Planets had ever faced: the Borg, a half-organic, half-mechanical species relentlessly bent on conquering and “assimilating” all intelligent life into their collective. Only through the courage and determination of the USS Enterprise crew was Captain Jean-Luc Picard able to be rescued from his own abduction and assimilation by the Borg and this alien menace prevented from destroying Earth itself.

Now, several years later, the Borg are back and more dangerous than ever, launching a new attack against the heart of the Federation—one that simultaneously threatens Earth’s past, present, and future. As Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew risk their lives alongside unexpected allies, they must all stand against their greatest foe in a startling confrontation across time, even as the Borg Collective’s deadliest secret and its true face are finally revealed…

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Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope

by Una McCormack

“I don’t want the game to end.”—“Remembrance” (S01 Ep. 01)

Every end has a beginning…and this electrifying novel details the events leading into the new Star Trek TV series, introducing you to brand-new characters featured in the life of Jean-Luc Picard—widely considered to be one of the most popular and recognizable characters in all of science fiction.

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