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: I never thought I'd say this, but thank God for the Cardassians.
: 400 years ago, a victorious general spoke the following words at the end of another costly war: "Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph. And from both we have learned, there can be no going back. We must move forward, to preserve in peace what we've won in war."
: Commander, how would you feel about being named Federation Ambassador to Qo'noS? Lt. Commander Worf
: I am not a diplomat. Martok
: And I am not a politician. But sometimes, fate plays cruel tricks on us, Worf.
: Good luck, gentlemen - good luck to all of us. Letant
: Romulans don't believe in luck. Martok
: All the better! Leaves more for the rest of us.
: The Prophets don't see me as a Starfleet captain. They see me as their Emissary. Admiral Ross
: That's the problem, isn't it? For the past six years you've tried to be both. And up to now I've been patient. I have indulged you, I have gone out on a limb for you many times. But this is it. You've got to make a decision. You are either the Emissary or a Starfleet captain. You can't be both.
: Facts are facts, Colonel. And there's no way the Bajorans can drive the Romulans off Derna, not without help, anyway; and the Federation isn't going to provide that help, not now. Is that clear? Colonel Kira
: We're just not as important to the war effort as the Romulans. Admiral Ross
: That's a harsh way to put it. Colonel Kira
: The truth often is.
: You can blink now, Colonel; you've won. Senator Cretak has agreed to remove the weapons from Derna. Colonel Kira
: What changed her mind? Admiral Ross
: I told her if she didn't remove them, I would. Colonel Kira
: Then what changed your mind? Admiral Ross
: You did. Remind me never to play poker with you.
[the Klingons are performing a ritual where they have to cut open their hands
] Captain Sisko
: We're next. Admiral Ross
: You're kidding. Captain Sisko
: I wish I were.
: Well, gentlemen, it seems as if the Klingon fleet is the only thing that stands between us and the Dominion. Velal
: What have we come to?
] Admiral Ross
: Damar may have just bought us some precious time - if the Dominion doesn't track him down too quickly. Captain Sisko
: We need to find a way to help him. Legate Damar may be the key to saving the Alpha Quadrant.
: Inter arma enim silent leges. Dr. Julian Bashir
: "In time of war, the law falls silent." Cicero. So, is that what we have become - a 24th century Rome, driven by nothing other than the certainty that Caesar can do no wrong?
: One of the most pleasant duties of a senior officer is the privilege of joining two people together in matrimony. Today I have the honor to unite Kasidy Danielle Yates and Benjamin Lafayette Sisko in marriage.
: [about Bajor
] There are parts of the Eastern Province that are like Eden itself. Lush, green valleys covered in wildflowers that seem to spring up overnight, hundreds of small crystal-clear ponds, interconnected by waterfalls... Admiral Ross
: All right, all right, I'm convinced. I'm already planning my next R and R down there. You know, it sounds like when your assignment on Deep Space Nine is over and Bajor is welcomed into the Federation, you're gonna have a tough time saying goodbye. Captain Sisko
: I don't plan to say goodbye. I plan to build a house on Bajor. Admiral Ross
: And what if Starfleet assigns you to a different sector? Captain Sisko
: I will go wherever they send me. But when I go home - it will be to Bajor.
: You've done a fine job taking over for Captain Sisko. Colonel Kira
: I'm just keeping his seat warm.