Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "The Hour of the Wolf" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "It was the year of fire." "The year of destruction." "The year we took back what was ours." "It was the year of rebirth." "The year of great sadness." "The year of pain." "And a year of joy." "It was a new age." "It was the end of history." "It was the year everything changed." "The year is 2261." "The place: Babylon 5."
  • "You can not win this war, Commander, you can only survive it."
  • "He did not come, again." "Yes, and I intend to find out why."
  • [The careful wording of the first scene on Centauri is great, but too much subtext would be lost in text form to quote properly. Just know that all the scenes with Emperor Cartagia tend to be wonderful. For this one, I'll just mention:] "You were requested."
  • "Flesh is transitory, flesh is a prison, flesh is... an instrument. Flesh can be replaced, and flesh does as its told, or they will become most annoyed."
  • "The resolution was passed quietly, fourteen opposed it. No one's seen them since."
  • "I don't care! I won't do it!" "Of course you will Molari, because you're drawn to power, because you're my friend, because you're afraid what someone else might do in your place."
  • "Respect is irrelevant."
  • "Our thoughts form the universe, they always matter."
  • "It takes a rare kind of wisdom to accept change and redemption in another.  Many would refuse, seeing only what was, not what is."
  • "They are using us as shields! When the war comes here, our people will die first." "Some are always sacrificed for the greater good." "What greater good?" "Ah! Mine of course!"
  • "Is there something wrong?" "Something, no, everything, yes. Conspiracies require more than one person and there is no one here I trust."
  • "Initiating getting the hell out of here maneuver."
  • "Vir, it is a terrible truth, but as one accumulates power, one loses friends. One only has those who wish to use you and those you wish to use. And yet, in all of this, you have somehow managed to walk through the corridors of power and not be touched. I can only assume you have not been paying attention."
  • "How did I get here?" "You were born." "Why am I alive?" "Well, that is the question isn't it. Do you mind if I share your fire?"

From Babylon 5 "Whatever Happened To Mr. Garibaldi" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "The first obligation of a prisoner is to escape!" "Ah. So, if one is a prisoner of love, one must escape to solitude? If one is a prisoner to joy, must one escape to sadness?"
  • "We all hit bottom sooner or later."
  • "When we are born, we are allocated a finite number of seconds. Each tick of the clock slices off a piece of us. Tick: a possibility for joy is gone. Tock: a careless word ends one path and opens another. Tick tock tick tock, always running out of time."
  • "Finders keepers, losers... buys 'em from finders!"
  • "I should have loved him less and trusted him more."
  • "If you are going to be worried every time the universe doesn't make sense, you're going to be worried every moment of every day for the rest of your natural life."
  • "There's a reward for his capture, dead or alive." "Yeah? Which pays the most?"
  • "My dad always told me that's the only way you deal with pain, you don't surrender, you don't fight it, you turn it into something positive. He used to say, 'if you're falling off a cliff, you may as well try to fly, you've got nothing to lose.'"
  • "Your friends need what you could be when you are no longer afraid, when you know who you are and why you are and what you want, when you are no longer looking for reasons to live but can simply be."
  • "It's easy to find something worth dying for; do you have anything worth living for?"
  • "Hope is all we have."

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