Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan quotes

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James T. Kirk: [voiceover] Captain's log, stardate 8141.6. Starship Enterprise departing for Ceti Alpha V to pick up the crew of U.S.S. Reliant. All is well. And yet I can't help wondering about the friend I leave behind. "There are always possibilities," Spock said. And if Genesis is indeed life from death, I must return to this place again.
Leonard McCoy: He's really not dead... as long as we remember him.
James T. Kirk: [paraphrases 'A Tale of Two Cities'] "It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place I go to, than I have ever known."
Carol Marcus:: Is that a poem?
James T. Kirk: No. Something Spock was trying to tell me on my birthday.
Leonard McCoy: You okay, Jim? How do you feel?
James T. Kirk: Young. [voice cracking] I feel young.

Leonard McCoy: Dear Lord, do you think we're intelligent enough to — suppose — what if this thing were used where life already exists?
Spock: It would destroy such life in favor of its new matrix.
Leonard McCoy: Its new matrix? Do you have any idea what you're saying?
Spock: I was not attempting to evaulate its moral implications, Doctor. As a matter of cosmic history, it has always been easier to destroy than to create.
Leonard McCoy: Not anymore. Now we can do both at the same time! According to myth, the earth was created in six days. Now watch out! Here comes Genesis. We'll do it for you in six minutes!
Spock: Really, Dr. McCoy. You must learn to govern your passions. They will be your undoing. Logic suggests—
Leonard McCoy: Logic? My God, the man's talking about logic! We're talking about universal Armageddon. You green-blooded, inhuman—

Khan Noonien Singh: I'll chase him 'round the Outer Nebula and 'round Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!

Spock: You proceed from a false assumption. I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.
James T. Kirk: You're about to remind me that logic alone dictates your actions?
Spock: I would not remind you of that which you know so well. If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept promotion. Commanding a starship is your first, best, destiny. Anything else is a waste of material.
James T. Kirk: I would not presume to debate you.
Spock: That is wise. In any case, were I to invoke logic, logic dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
James T. Kirk: Or the one.
Spock: You're my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be yours.

Saavik: I don't understand...
James T. Kirk: You must know why things work on a Starship...
Spock: Each ship is programmed with its own prefix code...
James T. Kirk: To prevent an enemy from doing what we are attempting... using our console to order Reliant to lower her shields.
Spock: Assuming he hasn't changed the combination. He's quite intelligent.
Khan Noonien Singh: 15 seconds, Admiral.
James T. Kirk: Khan, how do we know you'll keep your word?
Khan Noonien Singh: Oh, I've given you no word to keep, Admiral. In my judgement, you simply have no alternative.
James T. Kirk: I see your point. Standby to receive our transmission. [sotto voice] Mr. Sulu, lock phasers on target and await my command.
Hikaru Sulu: Phasers locked.
Khan Noonien Singh: Time's up, Admiral.
James T. Kirk: Here it comes, Khan. [To Spock] Now, Mr. Spock.

James T. Kirk: Khan, you bloodsucker! You're going to have to do your own dirty work now, do you hear me? Do you?!
Khan Noonien Singh: Kirk! Kirk, you're still alive, my old friend.
James T. Kirk: Still! Old! Friend! You've managed to kill just about everybody else, but like a poor marksman you keep missing the target!
Khan Noonien Singh: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral. [Beams up Genesis Device]
Carol Marcus: Oh, no!
David Marcus: They can't take it.
James T. Kirk: Khan. Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You're going to kill me, Khan, you're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to come down here.
Khan Noonien Singh: I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on... hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... buried alive.
James T. Kirk: [shouts] KHHHHAAAAAAAAN! [echoes] KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!

James T. Kirk: Spock!
Spock: Ship... out of danger?
James T. Kirk: Yes.
Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
James T. Kirk: The needs of the few...
Spock: Or the one. I never took the Kobayashi Maru test... until now. What do you think of my solution?
James T. Kirk: Spock...
Spock: I... I have been... and always shall be... your friend. [holds up his hand in the Vulcan salute] Live long... and prosper.

[Khan quotes a French proverb]
Khan Noonien Singh: Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? [pause] It is very cold in space.

[Khan quotes from 'Moby Dick']
Khan Noonien Singh: [to Kirk in absentia] No. No, you can't get away. From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee. [last words]

Chekov: You Lie! On Ceti Alpha V there was life ! A fair chance!
Khan Noonien Singh: [shouts] THIS is Ceti Alpha V! [calmer] Ceti Alpha VI exploded six months after we were left here. The shock shifted the orbit of this planet, and everything was laid waste.

Khan Noonien Singh: I never forget a face. Mister... Chekov. Isn't it? I never thought to see your face again.

[in the Genesis Cave]
Saavik: [to Kirk] Sir, may I ask you a question?
James T. Kirk: What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
Saavik: The Kobyashi Maru.
James T. Kirk: Are you asking me if we're playing out that scenario now?
Saavik: On the test, sir, would you tell me what you did? I would really like to know.
Leonard McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet to ever beat the no-win senario. [points to Kirk]
Saavik: How?
James T. Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulator so that it was possible to rescue the ship.
Saavik: What?
David Marcus: He cheated.
James T. Kirk: I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose.
Saavik: Then you've never faced that situation... faced death.
James T. Kirk: I don't believe in the no-win senario. [pulls out communicator] Kirk to Spock, it's two hours, are you ready?
Spock: [over communicator] Right on schedule, Admiral. Just give us your co-ordinates and we'll beam you aboard.
James T. Kirk: All right. [to Saavik] I don't like to lose.

James T. Kirk: I should be on the bridge.
David Marcus: Can I talk to you for a minute?
James T. Kirk: I poured myself a drink. Would you like it?
David Marcus: Lieutenant Saavik was right. You never have faced death.
James T. Kirk: No, not like this. I haven't faced death. I've cheated death. I've tricked my way out of death... and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity. I know nothing.
David Marcus: You knew enough to tell Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as how we face life.
James T. Kirk: Just words.
David Marcus: But good words. That's where ideas begin. Maybe you should listen to them. I was wrong about you... and I'm sorry.
James T. Kirk: Is that what you came here to say?
David Marcus: Mainly. And also that I'm... proud. Very proud to be your son.

[Khan, about to put Ceti Eels in Terrell and Chekov's ears]
Khan Noonien Singh: You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later as they grow follows madness and death.
Chekov: Khan, listen to me...
Khan Noonien Singh: These are pets, of course. Not quite domesticated.

James T. Kirk: A no-win situation is the possibility every commander may face. Has that never occurred to you?
Saavik: No, sir, it has not.
James T. Kirk: How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn't you say?
Saavik: As I indicated, Admiral, that thought had not occurred to me.
James T. Kirk: Well, now you have something new to think about. Carry on.