Yes. I admit it. I am and always have been a BIG Star Trek fan. While I enjoy all the shows, my favorite has always been Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show was among the first successful first-run syndication shows. It aired from 1987-1994.
No offense, but people who “don’t get” Star Trek have just never given it a chance. I have always heard comments like, “Why would I want to watch some show about a space ship in the future?”
Star Trek’s greatest secret – to non-fans – is that the space setting (while cool) was really only the backdrop for addressing humanity’s momentary and long-term issues like war, racism, personal freedom, and many other topics.
There are many great lines from all the Star Trek shows over the years, but I believe TNG stands alone as the one with the most powerful and inspiring lines. Today I thoughts I’d share a few.
It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own reward.”
~ Data (from “The Offspring” – Star Trek: TNG Season 3, 1990)
“Things are only impossible until they’re not!”
~ Jean-Luc Picard (“When the Bough Breaks” – Star Trek:TNG Season 1, 1988)
“Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: Generations Movie, 1994)
“‘With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.’ Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard quoting a fictional 24th Century Judge (“The Drumhead” – Star Trek: TNG Season 4, 1991)
“I prefer to think of the future as something that is not written in stone.”
~ Jean- Luc Picard (“All Good Things” – Star Trek: TNG Season 7, 1994)
“Seize the time, Meribor. Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard (“The Inner Light” – Star Trek: TNG, Season 5, 1992)
And finally, as a reader reminded me with a comment:
MAKE IT SO! Jean-Luc Picard from practically every episode!