Lily Sloane: Oh, excuse me! I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest! Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale.
Jean-Luc Picard: What did you say?
Lily Sloane: What? You don't have books in the 24th century?
Jean-Luc Picard: This is not about revenge!
Lily Sloane: Liar!
Jean-Luc Picard: This is about saving the future of humanity!
Lily Sloane: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
Jean-Luc Picard: NO! Nooooooooo! [smashes a display case in anger] [both pause, shocked]
Jean-Luc Picard: I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far and no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!
Lily Sloane: [looking at the broken remains of the Enterprise-D model] You broke your little ships. [pause] See you around, Ahab.
Jean-Luc Picard: [softly, to himself] "And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon he would have shot his heart upon it."
Lily Sloane: What?
Jean-Luc Picard: Moby Dick.
Lily Sloane: Actually, I never read it.
Jean-Luc Picard: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him; but in the end, it destroyed him and his ship.
Lily Sloane: I guess he didn't know when to quit.
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