Star Trek: Nemesis Quotes
Picard: If I had lived his life, is it possible that I would have rejected my humanity?
Data: The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.
Picard: How can you be sure?
Data: I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.
Data: [his final words] Goodbye.
[Shinzon tells Picard about suffering from Shalaft's syndrome]
Praetor Shinzon: Eventually I was treated, and now I can hear as well as you can, Captain. I can see as well as you can. I can feel everything you feel. In fact... I feel *exactly* what you feel. Don't I, Jean-Luc?
Picard: If your issues are with me, then deal with me. This has nothing to do with my ship, nothing to do with the Federation!
Praetor Shinzon: Oh, but it does. We will no longer bow before anyone as slaves. Not the Romulans and not your mighty Federation. We are a race bred for war... and conquest.
Picard: Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in first contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know, on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union, but have the two of you considered what you were doing to me? Of course you're happy, but what about *my* needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. While you're happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new first officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, *ever*, allow me to go on away missions.
Praetor Shinzon: There's a word I want you to consider: Allegiance. It's something I demand from those who serve me.
Commander Donatra: Do I serve you?
Praetor Shinzon: Yes. And I think, faithfully. Commander Suran on the other hand... gives me pause.
Commander Donatra: Here's another word, Praetor: Trust. Do you trust me? How far does that trust extend? How... deep... does it go? What must a commander do to prove herself faithful to you? What must a woman do?
[she stretches her hand out to touch Shinzon's face, but he snatches it away at the last moment]
Praetor Shinzon: You... are not a woman. You are a Romulan.
[Picard is raising a toast to Riker and Troi]
Picard: Will Riker, you have been my trusted right arm for fifteen years. You have kept my course true and steady. Deanna Troi, you've been my guide... and my conscience. You have helped me recognize the better parts of myself.
Picard: [to both] You are my family. And in best maritime tradition, I wish you both clear horizons. My good friends - make it so. The bride and groom!
All: The bride and groom.
Praetor Shinzon: Were we Picards always warriors?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I think of myself as an explorer.
Praetor Shinzon: Well... were we always explorers?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I was the first Picard to leave our solar system. It... caused quite a stir in the family. But... I'd spent my youth...
Praetor Shinzon: ...looking up at the stars, dreaming about what was up there; about...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: ...new worlds...
[crying to her husband, who has just returned to the Enterprise's bridge]
Commander Deanna Troi: It's Data.
Commander Donatra: He's not planning to defeat Earth. He's planning its annihilation. And his sins will mark us and our children for generations.
Praetor Shinzon: [to Donatra] And Commander - if you ever touch me again... I'll kill you.
Commander William T. Riker: First time I saw Data, he was leaning against a tree in the holodeck, trying to whistle. Funniest thing I ever saw. No matter what he did, he couldn't get the tune right. What was that song? I can't remember the song...
Reman Viceroy Vkruk: [in a telepathic connection with Troi] I'm with you, Imzadi. I'll always be with you now!
Data: [as B-4] Move, puny human animal!
Picard: [lowly] A bit less florid, Data...
Praetor Shinzon: It amazes me how little you know yourself.
Picard: I'm incapable of such an act!
Praetor Shinzon: You *are* me! The same noble Picard blood runs through our veins. Had you lived my life, you'd be doing *exactly* as I am. So look in the mirror. See yourself. Consider that, Captain. I can think of no greater torment for you.
Picard: Shinzon? I'm a mirror for you as well.
Praetor Shinzon: Not for long, Captain. I'm afraid you won't survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice.
Commander Deanna Troi: [in a telepathic connection with Viceroy Vkruk] Remember... me?
Commander Suran: I don't understand the reason for the delay!
Praetor Shinzon: You don't have to understand.
Commander Suran: And bringing the Enterprise here? What possible purpose could that serve?
Praetor Shinzon: I have a purpose.
Commander Suran: Then perhaps you can enlighten us?
Praetor Shinzon: [barks] Silence, Romulan! [calmly] You must learn patience, Commander. Spend eighteen hours every day under the lash of a Romulan guard's whip and you'll soon understand patience.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Look at me, Shinzon. Your heart, your hands, your eyes are the same as mine. The blood pumping within you, the raw material is the same. We have the same potential.
Praetor Shinzon: That's the past, Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It can be the future. Buried deep within you, beneath all the years of pain and anger, there is something that has never been nurtured: the potential to make yourself a better man. And that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are. Oh, yes - I know you. There was a time you looked at the stars and dreamed of what might be.
Praetor Shinzon: Childish dreams, Captain - lost in the dilithium mines of Remus.
Praetor Shinzon: You may go.
Praetor Shinzon: Out of my sight.
Shinzon: [to Picard] You're too slow, old man.