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Capt. John Sheridan (Character)
from "Babylon 5" (1994)

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007) (V)
John Sheridan: So any of the old gang coming in for this shindig?
Colonel Elizabeth Lochley: Some. Talked to Garibaldi, he's gonna try to come, but he's dealing with some situation on Mars.
John Sheridan: And Stephen?
Colonel Elizabeth Lochley: Oh, I thought you heard. Dr. Franklin went with G'Kar, exploring beyond the Rim. You know how he is, he'll take any chance to explore new territory before anyone can get there.
John Sheridan: Heh. That's too bad. I'll miss him.

Prince Regent Dius Vintari: Anyway, Emperor Mollari thought I'd be safer with you. He said "I would trust Sheridan with my life."
John Sheridan: Well, that's -...
Prince Regent Dius Vintari: Then he corrected himself and said he would trust you with *my* life, because he had plans for next week. Then he left the room, laughing.
John Sheridan: [chuckles] Oh, he always did have a sense of humor.

John Sheridan: And where's your camera?
ISN reporter: [points to a button on her jacket] Right here. My director said it would help make sure people would look at the camera... a lot.

ISN reporter: [as they're about to enter quantum space] Wouldn't normal hyperspace be good enough to...
John Sheridan: No, no, no. We'd never make it in time. As I was saying, the first time some folks make the jump to quantum space they just puke their guts out... fouling themselves in the most awful ways you can imagine.
ISN reporter: Mr. Presiden, I - I
John Sheridan: Here we go.
[the ship enters quantum space]
John Sheridan: The problem isn't that I only give two interviews a year Miss Chambers. The *problem* is that so few reporters ever seem to come back for seconds.
[pause]
John Sheridan: Was that a new dress?

Galen: There is hope, but it is at best a slim hope.
John Sheridan: Yeah, well I've never known hope when it wasn't on a diet.

Sheridan's Secretary: Mr. President, the ISN reporter is asking to see you... again.
John Sheridan: Tell her I'm dead and throw her down the stairs.
Sheridan's Secretary: Sir?

ISN reporter: You don't like reporters, do you?
John Sheridan: Of course I do... properly cooked.

[first lines of "Over There"]
Man: [over radio] Mr. President, your ship is here.
John Sheridan: Be right there.
John Sheridan: Ten years. Ten years since the world changed. Ten years since I changed. Ten years of press conferences, politics, and arm-twisting. Every day, someone points me to the big picture. Every day, I wonder if I'm missing the small picture, the details.

[last lines]
John Sheridan: Ten years. Ten years since the world changed. Ten years since I changed. But it feels like I never left the place. Babylon 5 is a place of beginnings and endings. I wonder which this will be.


"Babylon 5: Objects at Rest (#5.21)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: It's good to know that at least one of the old gang will be sticking around for a while.
Zack Allan: Who, me? Absolutely. Hell, I'll probably still be here when they turn off the lights.

President John Sheridan: Always be willing to fight for what *you* believe in. It doesn't matter if a thousand people agree with you or one person agrees with you. It doesn't matter if you stand completely alone. Fight for what *you* believe.

President John Sheridan: You will lose some friends and gain new ones. The process is painful but often necessary. They will change, you will change, because life is changing.

President John Sheridan: You may not be sure where you belong anymore, but home is always there. Because home is not a place. It's wherever your passion takes you.

[first lines]
President John Sheridan: So, you couldn't sleep either.
Capt. Elizabeth Lochley: Not really. I hear Delenn came back from Minbar last night.
President John Sheridan: Yes. The new headquarters for the Alliance are just about finished. We can go anytime.

[last lines]
President John Sheridan: Have I told you today how much I love you?
Delenn: Yes. But you may continue to repeat it for as long as you like.
President John Sheridan: Oh, I plan to. Every day that I can.


"Babylon 5: Ship of Tears (#3.14)" (1996)
Captain John Sheridan: Bester.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: Captain Sheridan.
Captain John Sheridan: Get the hell out of my chair.

Captain John Sheridan: Try not to drool over the controls.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: Captain, did you say something?
Captain John Sheridan: No, not a word. Just burped.

Captain John Sheridan: Michael, you look like the proverbial cat that ate the equally proverbial canary.

[last lines]
Captain John Sheridan: We have a weapon. My God, people, we have a weapon.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I just hope it's in time, because we're gonna need it. We just got a report. The Shadows have just started attacking Brakiri space, openly. They're not hiding any more. They're finally on the move.

Captain John Sheridan: [Bester arrives in a Psi Corp Starfury] Mr. Bester, we no longer have any ties to Earth or to the Psi Corps. So we don't have to put up with *you* or your games. Now, I am sitting on four brand new uni-directional pulse cannons. Give me one good reason why I shouldn't blow you out of the sky.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: Because you're curious. Kill me and you'll never know what brought me all the way out here. I think if you weigh that against the brief satisfaction of blowing me out of the sky, you'll do the right thing.
[long pause]
PsiCop Alfred Bester: Captain?
Captain John Sheridan: I'm thinking it over.

Captain John Sheridan: Are you sure you wanna do this?
Delenn: Want to: no. Have to: yes.


"Babylon 5: Severed Dreams (#3.10)" (1996)
Captain John Sheridan: May I have your attention please. In the last few hours, we have learned that warships are coming this way from Earth. Their orders are to seize command of Babylon 5 by force. As commanding officer and military governor of Babylon 5, I cannot allow this to happen. President Clark has violated the Earth Alliance Constitution: by dissolving the Senate, declaring martial law, and *personally* ordering the bombing of civilian targets on the Mars colony. He is *personally* responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Following these attacks, Orion 7 and Proxima 3 have broken away from the Earth Alliance, and declared independence. Babylon 5 now joins with them. As of this moment, Babylon 5 is seceding from the Earth Alliance. We will remain an independent state till President Clark is removed from office. At the end of this current crisis, anyone who wishes to leave for Earth is free to do so. Meanwhile for your own safety, I urge everyone to stay in your quarters until this is over. That is all.

David Sheridan: What was the first lesson I ever taught you?
Captain John Sheridan: Never start a fight; but always finish it.

[last lines]
Captain John Sheridan: "Thank you" seems poor and inadequate. I don't know how much this cost you personally, and I suspect I never will. But I want you to know that seeing your face at that moment was probably the single finest moment in my life.
Delenn: It seems that this is the only home we have left. How could I abandon, as you say, my partner?
[Delenn offers her hand, and Sheridan first shakes it, then kisses it]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Ahem.
Captain John Sheridan: Oh, there you are. So how is she, Doc?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Well, we have a stubborn patient, with multiple bruises, a fractured rib and a bump on the back of the head...
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'm fine. I just thought there's something you should see.
[they walk over to the Zocalo, where a large crowd cheers them]

Major Ed Ryan: Captain.
Captain John Sheridan: Major Ryan.
[looks behind him]
Captain John Sheridan: Where's General Hague?
Major Ed Ryan: General Hague was killed in our last firefight. We were coming back from a meeting with some officials on Orion 7 when we were ambushed. He was on his way to the command deck when we were hit amidships by the Clarkstown. In his absence, I've tried to carry on as best I can. Between this and what's been going on back home, the crew is... just stunned.
Captain John Sheridan: [continues] What's the latest on the coup?
Major Ed Ryan: A few senators have managed to escape Earthdome, shock troops are out in force everywhere, Paris, London, New York, Moscow, New Delhi.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: How are the folks back home dealing with all this?
Major Ed Ryan: That's the irony. Most of them have welcomed martial law. It's cut crime down to nothing. On the surface, it's peaceful.
Captain John Sheridan: Yeah, the peace of the gun.
Michael Garibaldi: Why haven't we seen any of this on ISN?
Major Ed Ryan: ISN is walking a fine line. They know if they push too far, they'll be shut down. We have one chance. Mars has rejected martial law. If they can stand up to Clark, they might be able to rally support from some of the other colony worlds and push him out of power.
Michael Garibaldi: Unless he pushes back.
Captain John Sheridan: Oh, he's overextended already. Ah, his power base is back on Earth where he has Nightwatch and the bulk of our forces.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I just can't believe so many people in Earthforce would go along with all this.
Major Ed Ryan: He spent the last year putting his people in key places. Anyone who raises a voice is immediately arrested and charged with treason, Under conditions like that, it's... it's easier to keep quiet.
[link beeps]
Major Ed Ryan: Yeah?
Bill Trainor: We just intercepted a coded message from Earthforce Command. They've started bombing Mars. I repeat, they're bombing Mars.
[everyone reacts with disbelief]

Captain Sandra Hiroshi: Major Ryan, captain, we've just jumped in from Orion 7. They've declared independence.
Captain John Sheridan: We've heard. What's the reaction?
Captain Sandra Hiroshi: Clark's afraid of losing the other colonies, so he's sending elite forces to seize direct control of any colony or outpost that might move against him.
Major Ed Ryan: If he finds out we're here...
Captain Sandra Hiroshi: It's too late. He already knows. We intercepted attack orders relayed to the Agrippa and the Roanoke. They're hooking up with some heavy reinforcements on the way in.
Major Ed Ryan: We'd better pull out before we jeopardize Babylon 5 further.
Captain Sandra Hiroshi: Major, the ships receiving the attack order were already on their way here. He doesn't want to risk Babylon 5 breaking away. So those ships are ordered to seize command of Babylon 5, arrest and detain its captain and the rest of the command staff, and to put the station under the direct authority of President Clark and the Nightwatch.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: The other governments won't stand for it.
Major Ed Ryan: They won't intervene. All the major powers are divided, distracted, busy with their own wars. We're on our own.
Captain Sandra Hiroshi: I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news captain, but I thought you should know.
Captain John Sheridan: How long until they get here?
Captain Sandra Hiroshi: Six hours, tops. Maybe less.
Major Ed Ryan: I'd better get back to my ship. I should be there when the others arrive.
[sets mug he's holding on table and faces Sheridan]
Major Ed Ryan: If you think it would be any help, we could try to jump, maybe draw some of the fire away from Babylon 5, give you a chance to negotiate.
Captain John Sheridan: No. Thank you, Major. If this is where we make our stand then... this is where we'll do it.

Captain John Sheridan: Bad news people. We are five hours away from a crisis situation. I just received a narrow-band transmission from the Alexander.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: That's General Hague's ship.
Captain John Sheridan: He's suffered heavy damage and they need a place to make repairs. And they're coming here.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, we're screwed.


"Babylon 5: War Without End: Part One (#3.16)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: There was a saying on Minbar, anyone who wanted to get a straight answer out of Ranger One was to look at every reply in a mirror while hanging upside down from the ceiling.
Captain John Sheridan: Did it work?
Marcus Cole: Oddly enough, yes! Or after a while you passed out and had a vision. Either way the result was pretty much the same.

Captain John Sheridan: Well, as my great-grandfather used to say, "cool."

Sinclair: She's telling the truth, Captain. If we don't go along with this, we'll change history; and the Shadows will come out of the last war stronger than they should be. We won't stand a chance against odds like that.
Captain John Sheridan: Would you like to tell me what you base that on?
Sinclair: Let's just say that my information comes from a... very reliable source.
Captain John Sheridan: So you believe this?
Sinclair: I believe it.
Marcus Cole: If Entil'Zha believes it, I believe it.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'll be in the car.

Captain John Sheridan: What else is on that list of things you're not supposed to mention?

Sinclair: So you're not to say anything to me that might change the past. Understand?
Zathras: Yes, Zathras understand. No, Zathras not understand, but Zathras do. Zathras good at doings, not understandings. Zathras honored to meet you for many reasons.
Zathras: [to Sheridan] Zathras also honored to meet you for other reasons.
Captain John Sheridan: Such as?
Zathras: Oh, no. Draal gave Zathras list of things not to say. This was one. No, not good. Not supposed to mention "One" or "The One". You never heard that.
Captain John Sheridan: What else is on this list of things you're not supposed to mention?
Zathras: Zathras does not remember. But if Zathras remember later, Zathras tells you.


"Babylon 5: A Distant Star (#2.4)" (1994)
Capt. John Sheridan: I wish I had your faith in the universe. I just don't see it sometimes.
Delenn: Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station, and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff. We are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And as we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Ever had a long talk with Ambassador Delenn, commander?
Susan Ivanova: From time to time. Why?
Capt. John Sheridan: She and the universe seem to have a special relationship.
Susan Ivanova: Don't we all?
Capt. John Sheridan: Star Stuff!

Capt. John Sheridan: I'll tell you one thing. If the primates that we came from had known that someday politicians would come out of the gene pool, they'd have stayed up in the trees and written evolution off as a bad idea! Hell, I always thought the opposable thumb was... overrated!

Capt. John Sheridan: An old friend of mine once quoted me a ancient Egyptian blessing: "God be between you and harm in all the empty places where you must walk."

Captain John Sheridan: May God stand between you and harm in all the empty places where you must walk.


"Babylon 5: Lines of Communication (#4.11)" (1997)
[first lines]
ISN Reporter: As reports continue to come in about the harsh conditions aboard what was once the shining beacon of Earthforce, Babylon 5, messages smuggled out indicate that humans continue to be subjected to cruel oppression by alien groups aboard the renegade outpost. And every day more people are asking, "When will Earth intervene? How much lomger can we allow our citizens to endure this mistreatment?"
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Why do you keep watching that? You know it just upsets you.
Capt. John Sheridan: I'm gathering intelligence.

[last lines]
Delenn: You've tried to act as if nothing had changed. But I know your heart, John. You can fool the others, but you cannot fool me. What is left requires that you be dangerous, and I think you would be more comfortable doing that if I were not here.
Capt. John Sheridan: Would it make a difference if I asked you not to go?
Delenn: Would you want it to make a difference?
Capt. John Sheridan: No. I suppose not. Well, how long before you have to leave?
Delenn: Tomorrow morning.
Capt. John Sheridan: Dinner?
Delenn: Love to. - Have you heard from Marcus and Stephen?
Capt. John Sheridan: Not since before you left, which is what I figured. I'm sure Stephen has his hands full.
[cut to Mars]
Number One: Ooh, Stephen!

Capt. John Sheridan: During the last phase of the war, you were on the babcom system updating everyone on evacuations, safe zones, rescues which planets had falle.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Yes, I know, I hated it.
Capt. John Sheridan: You were great at it. You have a face people trust.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'd rather have a face people fear.
Capt. John Sheridan: Well, that too, but... See, it occurred to me that if we could do that here, on a small scale why not on a larger scale? I mean, ever since we broke away from Earth solid information has been rare as gold. We've had to rely on smuggled data crystals, rumors, stories. All they have to go on back home is what ISN tells them. So why not solve two problems at the same time?Why not come up with a way to turn the war room into- I don't know, - The Voice of the Resistance! Susan, during World War II, the French Resistance used to go on the air for one hour a night, always from a different location, broadcasting the *real* news about the war. Providing intelligence for the resistance fighters, encouraging Germans to defect. Well, why can't we do the same thing here?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Why do I get the ugly suspicion that you're volunteering me for this job?
Capt. John Sheridan: I accept your offer!

Capt. John Sheridan: I'm tired, Delenn. Sometimes I feel as if I've been carrying this station on my back and crawling through broken glass for three years.

Capt. John Sheridan: You can't kill the truth. Actually, you can kill the truth but it alway comes back to haunt you.


"Babylon 5: Voices of Authority (#3.5)" (1996)
[over dinner, new Babylon 5 "political officer" Musante runs down a list of all the social problems EarthGov claims it has solved]
Capt. John Sheridan: And, uh, when exactly did all this happen?
Julie Musante: When we rewrote the dictionary.

Capt. John Sheridan: You can't deal with the problems by pretending they don't exist.

Captain Susan Ivanova, Capt. John Sheridan: [Ivanova has gotten a lead on some of the first ones and is using Draal's holographic system to communicate that to Sheridan, after she finds him in his quarters with Julie Musante trying to seduce him]
Capt. John Sheridan: Damn it. I can't leave without an explanation. She'll be all over me.
Captain Susan Ivanova: Looks to me like she's already all over you.

[after Ms. Musante explains that there is no homelessness, poverty, crime and prejudice on earth]
Capt. John Sheridan: And when exactly did all this happen?
Julie Musante: When we rewrote the dictionary.


"Babylon 5: The Long, Twilight Struggle (#2.20)" (1995)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: For the last year, things haven't exactly been going our way. I started to wonder if it would ever get better. I think it just did. - Tell the other Rangers, the ambassadors, everyone in this "army of light" that Babylon 5 stands with you. Tell them- Tell them that from this place, we will deliver notice to the parliaments of conquerors that a line has been drawn against the darkness, and we will hold that line, no matter the cost.

Londo Mollari: [after having stripped G'Kar of his post as Ambassador to Babylon 5] Citizen G'Kar will return to Narn for trial.
Capt. John Sheridan: I'm afraid that's not possible. Before this meeting was called Ambassador G'Kar came to my office and requested sanctuary. Now as it is within my right to do so I granted that request.
Londo Mollari: Surrender by all members of the Kha'Ri is stipulated in the Narn/Centauri agreement.
Capt. John Sheridan: Well I'm sure it is but I didn't sign that agreement, Ambassador. Neither did Earth!
Delenn: As co-sponsor of Bablyon 5 the Minbari Government supports this decision. The neutrality of this station applies even to the wishes of the Centauri. Citizen G'Kar may remain here for as long as he chooses.

Capt. John Sheridan: Any news?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Just rumors. They say the Centauri are using mass drivers. I can't believe they'd resort to planetary bombardment!
Capt. John Sheridan: Right now I'd believe just about anything.

Delenn: Draal. We're here.
Draal: [holographic projection appearing] Did you think I did not notice, my old friend?
[Draal notices Delenn's hair]
Draal: You've changed. I like it. Captain Sheridan. At first, I wasn't sure about you. But I must say your decisions have been wise. Your attitudes, commendable. And your patience, vaster than mine would have been under similar circumstances.
Capt. John Sheridan: Thank you.
Draal: I'm not finished.
Capt. John Sheridan: Oh, Sorry.


"Babylon 5: The Long Dark (#2.5)" (1994)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: What've you got?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: We picked up a weak signal coming out of deep space.
Capt. John Sheridan: Not using the jump gate?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: No, and it's using a frequency I've never heard before.
Capt. John Sheridan: Alien?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Not exactly.

Michael Garibaldi: Lousy way to die, huh?
Capt. John Sheridan: Hmm. Last time I checked, there weren't too many good ways.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Something's going on, commander.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I know. Between you and me, it's scaring the hell out of me.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: You got a plan?
Capt. John Sheridan: Let's try not to get killed.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Brilliant.


Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998) (TV)
Delenn: John, whenever something comes into our proximity that has to do with the unknown, your eyes light up like two tiny suns. And do you know what words these two tiny lights spell out?
Sheridan: What?
Delenn: Mine! Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!
Sheridan: Oh, now that is a lie!
Delenn: Minbari do not lie.
Sheridan: Well then it is slander.
Delenn: To be slander, it must be false. That's two down.
Sheridan: Well then it's damned inconvenient.
Delenn: The truth always is.

Captain John Sheridan: Well, maybe it's a learning experience for you.
Dr. Elizabeth Trent: If it is, it's a hell of a painful one.
Captain John Sheridan: Ain't no other kind, Dr. Trent.

[first lines]
Sheridan: [voiceover] It was the middle of the Earth year 2261. The year between wars and the beginning of a new age. The Shadow war was over, but there was still a darkness waiting for us at home...

[last lines]
Sheridan: The Vorlons made an error thousands of years ago and we paid the price for it today. Why encourage anyone else to do the same? Hell, we've got more than enough trouble of our own. We don't need to inherit anyone else's mistakes. We got through it alive, and everyone's okay. That's the important thing. And this isn't the kind of problem that's likely to ever happen again.
Lyta Alexander: One mistake. One mistake out of so many. So many others.


"Babylon 5: Epiphanies (#4.7)" (1997)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Captain's personal log: the Shadow War is over. We won. But I can't stop thinking about what it cost us and how much work is still ahead of us. Then again, maybe the doc's right. Embrace the moment. In the end, it's all we have. Trouble will come, in it's own time, it always does. But that's tomorrow. Give me today and I will be happy.

Alfred Bester: Ms. Alexander has no business being here. She's a blip! By all rights, I should arrest her and take her back with me.
Capt. John Sheridan: Oh, you could do that. And I could nail your head to the table, set fire to it, and feed your charred remains to the Pak'ma'ra. But - it's an imperfect world, and we never get exactly what we want. So get used to it!

Delenn: You're a problem solver. You're one of these people who will pick up a rope that's gotten all tangled up and spend an entire day untangling it because it's a challenge, because it defies your sense of order in the universe and because you can. - Sometimes I try to picture you sitting on a beach with absolutely nothing to do.
Capt. John Sheridan: And?
Delenn: And the picture always ends with your head imploding.
Capt. John Sheridan: You haven't known me this long to know me so well.
Delenn: We're old souls. Deal with it.

[last lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So why do you look so worried?
Capt. John Sheridan: I was just thinking about those ships we saw leaving Z'Ha'Dum. Delenn called them the allies of the Shadows, dark servants. We don't know what they took when they left, where they're going or what they plan to do.
[...]
Capt. John Sheridan: I just wish I knew where they were going.
Minister: [wakes up, scared] A dream. That's all. Just a bad dream.


"Babylon 5: A Race Through Dark Places (#2.8)" (1995)
[Delenn, wearing a little black dress, meets Sheridan for dinner]
Delenn: It appears my choice was successful. The woman who sold me this told me that I would definitely - "turn heads"?
Capt. John Sheridan: [laughing] Yeah, well, if they turned much further, you'd be sued for whiplash!
[... ]
Delenn: We do not have cats on Minbar. We have gokks.
Capt. John Sheridan: Gokks?
Delenn: Gokks. I think such creatures are an attempt by the universe to make sure that we never take ourselves too seriously.

[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Earth Central reporting a 15 percent drop in station revenue over the past two months.
Capt. John Sheridan: Why the drop?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: We've had a lot of earth force military transports come lately and...

[Sheridan tells Franklin about the "bean counters" trying to charge him rent for his quarters]
Capt. John Sheridan: They nibble a little bit here, a little bit there - next thing you know, you're not even in charge of your own command anymore!
Dr. Stephen Franklin: No taxation without representation. Give me liberty or give me death!
Capt. John Sheridan: Abso-fraggin-lutely!

Dr. Stephen Franklin: So you don't think what I did was right?
Capt. John Sheridan: I didn't say that.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Well, what are you saying?
Capt. John Sheridan: I'm not saying what I'm saying. I'm not saying what I'm thinking. As a matter of fact I'm not thinking what I'm thinking. There's only one thing on my mind right now?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: What's that?
Capt. John Sheridan: I need a drink.


"Babylon 5: The Illusion of Truth (#4.8)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: Commander, did you threaten to grab a hold of this man by the collar and throw him out an airlock?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Yes I did.
Capt. John Sheridan: I am shocked, shocked and dismayed. I'd remind you that we are short on supplies here. We can't afford to take perfectly good clothing and throw it out into space. Always take the jacket off first! I've told you that before!
[to Dan Randall]
Capt. John Sheridan: Sorry, she meant to say stripped naked and thrown out an airlock. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Ambassador Londo Mollari: When I said my quarters were cold, I did not mean, 'Oh, I think it's a little chilly in here, perhaps I'll throw a blanket on the bed.' No, I said it was COLD, as in, 'Oh, my left arm has snapped off like an icicle and shattered on the floor'! This is highly inappropriate, Captain!
Captain John Sheridan: You're right. There are several other parts of your body I'd much rather see snapped off.

Captain John Sheridan: Something far worse than the Shadows: reporters.

[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Figured I'd find you here.
Capt. John Sheridan: Feels strange to have this place so empty.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's the war room. The war is over.
Capt. John Sheridan: Says you. Yeah, the Shadows are gone. But with all that's going on back home, maybe there's some life in the old girl yet...


"Babylon 5: The Paragon of Animals (#5.3)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: [reads from what 'looks like the opening of G'Kar's Declaration of Principles'] The universe speaks in many languages but only one voice. The langage is not Narn or human or Centauri or Gaim or Minbari. It speaks in the language of hope.
G'Kar: It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us. And the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: "We are one." No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star: we are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear: we are one. Here gathered together in common cause we agree to recognize this singular truth and this singular rule: that we must be kind to one another.
President John Sheridan: [continues reading] Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost, diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one.
G'Kar: We are one.

[first lines]
President John Sheridan: Please, please, everyone. Listen! - Everyone, please. You have to understand, the Alliance is moving as quickly as it can.
Drazi Ambassador: You promised us technological advances when we joined you.
Delenn: They're coming. As soon as all your governments sign the Declaration of Principles.

[G'Kar is distracted during a meeting, concerning food deliveries for a possible new member race of the alliance]
President John Sheridan: What about the Pak'ma'ra? They have an outpost just a couple of jumps from there, an agricultural colony. It produces far more food than they need. Maybe they can help. G'Kar.
[no reaction Sheridan coughs]
President John Sheridan: G'Kar?
G'Kar: Oh, sorry. I was modifying clause 12 in the Declaration of Principles. I was thinking that if I could make it mor linguistically suitable to the Drazi they might be open to signing it.
Londo Mollari: Great Maker, I need a drink.
G'Kar: Well, they don't like to say "we commit" to anything. They prefer "The universe, through us, agrees to."
Londo Mollari: Make that two drinks.
President John Sheridan: Somehow, G'Kar I don't think a rewrite will solve the problem.
Delenn: We may be able to get the Pak'ma'ra onboard to help but they are going to need something in exchange.
Londo Mollari: Oh, offer them my body. Another 10 minutes of this, I'll be dead anyway.
G'Kar: I second the motion.


"Babylon 5: Racing Mars (#4.10)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: There isn't much chance of me winning this argument.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: None whatsoever. I never give up when I'm right. Your only option is surrender.
Capt. John Sheridan: Who taught you to negotiate like that?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: You did.
Capt. John Sheridan: Oh.

[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Ivanova, good. I was just about to call you. I've been going over these reports trying to figure out how we're going to get along with all our supply shipments from Earth cut off by the embargo. We've got two, maybe three months of reserves. Then we are going to run out of things. Small things at first, then more important things. Something breaks, we may not be able to fix it. And you can forget the spare parts for the fighters.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: We can go black market if we have to.
Capt. John Sheridan: We will. Even that's gonna be tough. The black market survives only so long as the money outweighs the risk. Now with imprisonment for anyone caught bringing supplies here, I-
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'll start lining it up.

Delenn: As you know, when Minbari become close as we have become close...
Capt. John Sheridan: Not another ritual.
Delenn: It is our tradition.
Capt. John Sheridan: I'm just about ritualed out.
Delenn: John...
Capt. John Sheridan: How many more of these rituals are there?
Delenn: Depending on the length of time we take before fully committing to one another, which clan is in dominance at the time, the types and amounts of offerings made at temple as many as
[counting]
Delenn: 47. No, no, no 50.
Capt. John Sheridan: Fifty?
Delenn: Fifty.
Capt. John Sheridan: Anyone ever elope on your world?
Delenn: It has happened, bit it is always a great disgrace...
Capt. John Sheridan: A disgrace to the family, the caste, the clan. Got it.
Delenn: That's why Minbari do not have problems with relationsships. We have a ritual for everything. For being together, for being apart, for meeting, for saying goodbye, for solving disputes...
Capt. John Sheridan: All right, all right, all right. Which is this one?
Delenn: It is called shan-fall. The third movement of preparation and mutual understanding.
Capt. John Sheridan: Oh, that old one yeah.
Delenn: In a little while, you come to my quarters where we spend the night together discovering one another's centers of pleasure. It is done with great deliberation, prayerfully, with respect and meditation. It is good for us to know all we can about one another should we continue the joining of our hearts and our blood. So you can meet me there. Unless of course you can find something of equal value sitting here and staring at plants while feeling guilty about things you cannot change.
Capt. John Sheridan: [to himself after Delenn walks away] Nope.


"Babylon 5: And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder (#5.16)" (1998)
Captain John Sheridan: Now we gave you a promise. And we are bound by that promise! And damn you for asking for it! And damn me for agreeing to it! And damn all of us to hell because that is exactly where we're going! We talked about peace! You didn't *want* peace! We talked about co-operation! You didn't *want* co-operation! You want war! Is that it? You want a war! Well, you've got a war!

[first lines]
Captain John Sheridan: Delenn, are you all right? You should sleep. It'll be morning soon. You'll need all your strength for what's ahead.

[last lines]
Captain John Sheridan: What does the candle represent?
Delenn: Life.
Captain John Sheridan: Whose Life?
Delenn: All Life. Every Life. We are all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars. Molecules that do not understand politics or policies or differences. Over a billion years, we foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. In desperate acts of ego, we give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps, and pretend that our light is better than everyone else's. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that lives on inside us. The spark that tells us: "You should know better." The flame also reminds us that life is precious as each flame is unique. When it goes out, it's gone forever. And there will never be another quite like it. So many candles will got out tonight. I wonder some days if we can see anything at all.


"Babylon 5: There All the Honor Lies (#2.14)" (1995)
Susan Ivanova: Another lesson?
Captain John Sheridan: Uh-huh.
Susan Ivanova: What was this one about?
Captain John Sheridan: Uh... Beauty... In the dark...
Susan Ivanova: Well... They must be working. You're beginning to sound just like a Vorlon.

[first lines]
Susan Ivanova: Merchandising? We're being merchandised? You can't be serious, sir.
Captain John Sheridan: I heard this was in the works a few weeks ago. I fought against it and lost. The B5 Senate Oversight Committee was asked to study ways to help us become more self-sufficient. Their studies indicate that the sale of merchandise relating to Babylon 5, system-wide, could generate a projected 2 million credits over the next year, earmarked for our operating budget.
[... ]
Susan Ivanova: Welcome to Babylon 5, the last, best hope for a quick buck!
Captain John Sheridan: Commander -
Susan Ivanova: Oh, this is demeaning! I mean, we're not some - some deep space franchise, this station is *about* something!

Captain John Sheridan: [Referring to a teddy bear] This is supposed to be me?
Susan Ivanova: Yeah.
Captain John Sheridan: Ha.
[Slight pause]
Captain John Sheridan: I want it off my station. I want 'em all off my station! I want the whole store yanked out, boxed up, and shipped out by 0800 tomorrow! Is that clear?
Susan Ivanova: I'll get right on it sir.
[Starts to leave]
Captain John Sheridan: Ah.
[Sheridan takes the teddy bear and walks away]


"Babylon 5: No Surrender, No Retreat (#4.15)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: The hostiles might be splitting up so they can be with both groups to keep them in line.
Marcus Cole: Unless they're all hostile, and some are just more hostile that others.
Capt. John Sheridan: Well thank you for that ray of sunshine, Marcus. Next time I feel the need to be depressed, I'll remember to give you a call.

[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Captain's personal log. Septeber 2, 2261. Enough is enough.
Vir Cotto: Londo, what do they want? What's going on?
Londo Mollari: I don't know.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: They're waiting
Capt. John Sheridan: [addressing the Council] Sorry to call you together at this early hour, but we don't have a lot of time. - Commander.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: For the last month or so ships from Babylon 5 have been patrolling the borders of your governments. Since we've been protecting you from Raiders and border skirmishes the number of incidences has decreased by 70 percent. May we assume that you are all happy with this arrangement?
[Council members nod and murmur affirmatively]
Capt. John Sheridan: Good, because now there's a price tag...

Commander Sandra Levitt: It's not the role of the military to make policy.
Capt. John Sheridan: Our mandate is to defend Earth against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Now Clark has become that enemy. Your oath is to the Alliance and to the people back home, not to any particular government.
Captain Edward MacDougan: Splitting that hair mighty thin, John.


"Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark (#3.11)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: [to one of the people who held Delenn hostage] No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch! No more hostages! No more LIES! Not on my station! Not on my watch! NO MORE!

[first lines]
[Several transports are leaving B5]
Capt. John Sheridan: Are those the last of the Nightwatch?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, it's the last batch we could find. Garibaldi's still trying to track down the rest. The others are civilians heading back for Earth, Mars, and the colonies on Proxima and Orion.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: The crisis, for now, is over. Tell the ships we're open for business.


"Babylon 5: Into the Fire (#4.6)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: Morning gentlemen, this is your wake up call.
[detonates a couple bombs, destroying Vorlon, and Shadow Vessels]
Lyta Alexander: Captain?
Capt. John Sheridan: Hmmm?
Lyta Alexander: They're pissed.

Capt. John Sheridan: It's a new age, Delenn. A third age.
Delenn: Why third?
Capt. John Sheridan: Well, we began in chaos, too primitive to make our own decisions. Then we were manipulated by forces from outside that thought *they* knew what was best for us. And now, - Now we're finally standing on our own.

[last lines]
Delenn: Strange. The galaxy seems somehow smaller now that the First Ones are gone forever.
Capt. John Sheridan: Feels like the magic's gone.
Delenn: No. Not gone. Now we make our own magic. Now we create our own legends. Now we build the future. Now we stop...
Capt. John Sheridan: Being afraid... of Shadows.


"Babylon 5: Point of No Return (#3.9)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: As of now 0315 Earth Standard Time, I'm placing you under arrest for conspiracy to mutiny and failure to obey the chain of command. The order for Nightwatch to take over Babylon 5 Security came from the Political Office. The Political Office, despite its connection to the President, is a civilian agency outside the direct chain of command. Orders affecting Military Personnel, must come from within the Military hierarchy. Starting from the President, through the Joint Chiefs of Staff to your immediate superior officer. A Senator CANNOT give you a direct order. A GOVERNOR cannot give you a direct order! And neither can the Political Office. Make no mistake this is an illegal order. Now we've contacted Earthdome and requested confirmation of this order through proper channels, but since we seem to be having trouble with communications, this may take several days. Until then, you have two choices, you can stay where you are, or YOU CAN LEAVE... one at a time. On your way out, you'll turn in your link, identicard, and weapons. You'll be restricted to quarters until the revised orders come in. WHEN that happens anyone who wants to file a complaint against me, can do so. Otherwise have a pleasant stay.

Zack Allan: [after leading Nightwatch into a cargo bay] They're all yours, Captain.
[takes off his Nightwatch patch]
Capt. John Sheridan: Thanks Zack.
Michael Garibaldi: You did the right thing.
Zack Allan: Everyone keeps saying that, I'm not really sure who means it, but this time, yeah I think I did.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: They'll be coming for us next, you know.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I know. - I never thought it would end like this.
Capt. John Sheridan: Me either.


"Babylon 5: The Wheel of Fire (#5.19)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: I tell you, the next person who acts irrationally, I swear I'm gonna shoot myself in the head.
Delenn: [storms in, past them] BASTARDS.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: [staring in disbelief] Did she just...?
President John Sheridan: [astonished] She did...!
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I'll get the gun.
President John Sheridan: Delenn, are you...?
Delenn: BASTARDS!
President John Sheridan: Yeah, we got that part.

[last lines]
Delenn: We haven't heard a word from Londo since we came back. I find I miss him.
President John Sheridan: He's probably just busy. He's got a lot of responsibilities now. He'll have to adjust to being emperor, like I had to adjust to my new job. I'm sure that's all. Hell, he's probably still celebrating his coronation. Partying all night.
Delenn: I hope so. I hope he's all right, John. I really do.

Delenn: [Sheridan turns on his side and watches Delenn as she lies with her eyes closed. She slowly opens one and grins at him] Stop staring at me.
President John Sheridan: Sorry, I couldn't help it.
Delenn: One would think you had never seen a pregnant half-Human, half-Minbari before.


"Babylon 5: Endgame (#4.20)" (1997)
Captain John Sheridan: These are your sons and daughters, whose loyalty has never wavered, whose belief in the Alliance has forced us to take extraordinary means. For justice, for peace, for the future... we have come home.

Captain John Sheridan: [over radio] We need you, Delenn.
Delenn: [commanding the League's fleet] We are there.

General Lefcourt: Sorry for the delay, Captain. But we had some trouble on Mars. You might've heard something about it.
Captain John Sheridan: Well, my apologies, General. We were only doing our jobs.
General Lefcourt: Though you'll have to stand before a Board of Inquiry on this one Sheridan... still... Welcome home John... Welcome home.


Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999) (TV)
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: You're asking the impossible.
President John Sheridan: Then I am asking the right person.

[last lines]
President John Sheridan: Those who command the Excalibur will never stop, never give up, never slow down, until a cure is found. We will take any help we can get, wherever and whoever it comes from. Because this is a cause that surpasses borders and differences and distrust. This is a mission about the survival of Earth itself. What we do over the next five years, here and at home, and across the darkness of between the stars will determine the whether an entire world will live or die. It's a fight we can't afford to lose and we won't. We won't!

President John Sheridan: Looks like you won't get your chance to shoot either of us.
Dureena Nafeel: I've grown accustomed to disappointment.


"Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations (#2.18)" (1995)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: There you go.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Captain, you got a minute?
Capt. John Sheridan: Sure, what's up?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: We've got a Markab transport almost 10 hours overdue. I've been trying to raise her, but she's not responding. So I'd like to send a flight of starfuries out...

Delenn: I have been monitoring the situation and I would like to make a request.
Capt. John Sheridan: Ambassador, we can't allow anyone off this station.
Delenn: I would like to be allowed into the isolation zone. I have already spoken with Ambassador F'shar and he's willing to allow us entry.
Capt. John Sheridan: Why?
Delenn: They're in pain. Frightened. Dying. Minbari are taught that at such a time, the afflicted should be ministered to, comforted.
Capt. John Sheridan: They're not your own people, Delenn.
Delenn: I did not realize similarity was required for the exercise of compassion. They are afraid. We wish only to do what we can.
Capt. John Sheridan: We?
Delenn: Lennier has asked to accompany me.
Capt. John Sheridan: Delenn, I cannot allow this...
Delenn: I understand the risks, Captain. If the disease is limited only to the Markab, then we will only have a short time to help. But if it is not, then we must give comfort because, very soon, we would require it ourselves.
Capt. John Sheridan: You will be exposing yourself to massive contamination! If I let you into that isolation zone, I... I can't let you out again.
Delenn: I know.
Capt. John Sheridan: Okay. I'll tell Security to let you through.
Delenn: [Delenn touches Sheridan's hand] Thank you. Don't look away, Captain. All life is transitory. A dream. We all come together in the same place at the end of time. If I do not see you again here, I will see you in a little while in the place where no shadows fall.
Capt. John Sheridan: [as Delenn walks away] Delenn. When I do see you again, call me John.

Capt. John Sheridan: What happens next time?
Delenn: What happens? - What happens is that we honor the memory of those who are no longer with us by using what we have learned to save others. To exercise faith and patience and charity. To reach out to those who are afraid. If we can do that, then their passing will have had meaning and we will grow from it.


"Babylon 5: Between the Darkness and the Light (#4.19)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: [upon seeing Garibaldi] Michael... boy I was going to kick your *butt* for something... but I don't remember.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: With the permission of Captain James, I'm assuming the command of the Agamemnon. A friend asked me to command the last battle from here. - Put us on course - for Mars.
Crewman: Aye, aye, sir. Set for Mars beacon M9915 alpha.

[first lines]
[Sheridan has been tortured and drugged and is hallucinating:]
Dr. Stephen Franklin: It's great to have you back, captain.
Capt. John Sheridan: Thanks. It's good to be back. I was starting to think I'd never get out of that place.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Well, I wasn't worried. I knew they couldn't hold you.
Capt. John Sheridan: Well that makes one of us.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: So, you never told me how you got back here after you escaped.
Capt. John Sheridan: What's to tell? I sent word to the Mars Resistance, arranged for a pickup.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Who'd you work through?
Capt. John Sheridan: My contact?
Interrogator 2: Yes. Your contact.
Capt. John Sheridan: Uh. It's- We don't use names.
Interrogator 2: Codes, then?
Capt. John Sheridan: Just - numbers.


"Babylon 5: Messages from Earth (#3.8)" (1996)
[first lines]
Michael Garibaldi: You know, I've been stuck in this tin can for three years. I haven't taken a vacation. Okay, okay, it's my fault, I had the leave coming, I just didn't take it. And the pay sucks, I knew that when I signed on! And nobody said I'd survive the job! Now, I give you all that. But where in my contract does it say I have to eat the same food... every day... for three years.
Capt. John Sheridan: Paragraph 47, subsection 19, clause 9A. You can find it in the index under S.U.A.E.I.
Michael Garibaldi: S.U.A.E.I.?
Capt. John Sheridan, Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Shut Up And Eat It.

Captain John Sheridan: Full power! Give me everything you've got!
Lennier: If I were holding anything back I would tell you.

Cook: Excuse me, Commander
[she places a covered tray with a note on top of it and whispers something in Ivanova's ear. Ivanova reads the note and gives an exasperated sigh]
Michael Garibaldi: What, what what what?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's nothing
Capt. John Sheridan: [leans a bit closer to the tray] I smell bacon and eggs.
Michael Garibaldi: Get outta here, do you know how hard it is to get eggs up here before they spoil? I have tried, it can't be-
[he sniffs the air around the tray]
Michael Garibaldi: Yeah... bacon and eggs, definitely.
[he lifts the lid to find some strips of real bacon and a mound of scrambled eggs. Both he and Sheridan let out expressions of awe]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's from Marcus.
[Sheridan and Garibaldi exchange looks]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's nothing like that, I did him a favor. I got him an Identicard so he could use some of the facilities on the station. He asked what he could do for me in return, I said 'Surprise me'.
Michael Garibaldi: I can get anchovies, I can get olive oil, anything that doesn't spoil, I haven't seen a fresh chicken egg in over three years... I mean, cooked or otherwise.
Capt. John Sheridan: And bacon? Forget it!
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [Letting out another sigh and looking slightly guilty] Look... if you want it, it's yours.
Michael Garibaldi: Oh no we wouldn't dream of it.
Capt. John Sheridan: Go on, eat.
Michael Garibaldi: We'll just sit right here.
Capt. John Sheridan: Uh-huh. And watch.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [Shaking her head in embarrassment] I'm gonna kill him. After breakfast... if I can find him.


"Babylon 5: In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum (#2.16)" (1995)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: I let him go. But there is a price tag attached. You've been teaching me so we can understand each other. That's not what I want any more. I want you to teach me... how to fight them. How to beat them. Because one day I'm going to go to Z'ha'dum and I'm going to stop them.
Kosh: If you go to Z'ha'dum, you will die.
Capt. John Sheridan: Then I die, but I will not go down easily, I will not go down alone! You will teach me?
Kosh: Yes.

Delenn: That is why Kosh cannot leave his encounter suit. He would be recognized.
Capt. John Sheridan: Recognized? By whom?
Kosh: Everyone.

Delenn: Captain. I wish to speak with you about Mr. Morden. You must release him at once.
Capt. John Sheridan: You, too? The both of you? Who is this guy? What is so important about him?
Delenn: You will simply have to trust us, Captain. If you do not release him, everyone here is in considerable danger.
Capt. John Sheridan: No. Not until I get some answers once and for all.
Delenn: [Delenn looks at Kosh] If this is the only way, then we will give you those answers. But be warned. Once you know his secret, once you know what we have known for the last 2 years, you will not sleep well again. Come, Captain. The greatest nightmare of our time is waiting for you.
Delenn: [In Delenn's quarters] There are beings in the universe billions of years older than any of our races. Once, long ago, they walked among the stars like giants. Vast and timeless, they taught all the younger races to explore and create great empires. But, to all things, there is an end. Slowly, the First Ones explored beyond the rim never to return. Some simply disappeared.
Capt. John Sheridan: Delenn, I'm sure this is all very fascinating but what does any of this have to do with Morden?
Delenn: Not all of the First Ones have gone away. A few stayed behind watching and waiting for the day when they may be needed. When the Shadows come again.
Capt. John Sheridan: Shadows?
Delenn: We have no other name for them. The Shadows were old when even the Ancients were young. They battled each other over and over across a million years. The last great war against the Shadows was 10,000 years ago. It was the last time the Ancients walked openly among us. But the Shadows were only defeated, not destroyed. A thousand years ago, the Shadows returned to their places of power, rebuilt them, and began to stretch forth their hand. Before they could strike they were defeated by an alliance of worlds including the Minbari and the few remaining First Ones who have not yet passed beyond the veil. When it was over, the First Ones left. All but one.
Capt. John Sheridan: There's still one of them left? Where?
Delenn: [Delenn looks at Kosh and Sheridan realizes what she means] That is why Kosh cannot leave his encounter suit. He would be recognized.
Capt. John Sheridan: Recognized by whom?
Kosh: Everyone.
Delenn: For centuries, the Vorlons stood alone. The last remaining guardians. Then, last year, I sent Kosh a message.
Delenn: [flashback] Did you see Ambassador Kosh?
Lennier: I did.
Delenn: Did you relay my question precisely? Word for word.
Lennier: I did.
Delenn: His reaction.
Lennier: Just one word. He said, 'Yes.'
Capt. John Sheridan: [In the present] If yes was the answer, what was the question?
Delenn: Have the Shadows returned to Z'ha'dum?


"Babylon 5: Darkness Ascending (#5.15)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: Damn it Delenn, I have been working up a good mad all day and I am not about to let you undercut it by agreeing with me.

President John Sheridan: Damn it, but I was hoping we were wrong.
Delenn: So was I. But now that we know the truth, we have an obligation to follow where it leads.


"Babylon 5: The Long Night (#4.5)" (1997)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Captain's personal log. We're almost ready to strike. The next few days will either mark the beginning of a new age or the death of everything we've worked for.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: We just got a report from a ship passing through Sector 900 on the edge of Vorlon space. I suppose it was inevitable, with the Vorlons attacking Shadow bases all over the place and wiping out whole colonies where Shadows have influence. They were bound to strike back. It's like two giants fighting in a sandbox. They don't even care who's getting stepped on anymore.

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: When I took command of Babylon 5 I found a note on my desk. Someone had left it there for me. It was a poem by Tennyson. I still remember the last part of it: "Though we are not now of that strength, Which in old days moved earth and heaven, That which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, But strong in will, To strive, to seek, To find and not to yield."


"Babylon 5: Falling Toward Apotheosis (#4.4)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: [proposes to Delenn] I, um - I wanted you to have this. I got it down in the Zocalo. It's not what I had exactly in mind, but, um - It's temporary until I can get you a real engagement ring. Um, it's an Earth custom. See, you give someone you love an engagement ring as kind of a down payment for another ring. The kind you exchange when you get married. I don't know when we will be able to get around to that part of it. We may not survive the next two weeks, but I wanted you to have this and to know that whatever time I have left, I want to spend it with you.

Lorien: You heard?
Capt. John Sheridan: I heard.
Lorien: They need to believe.
Capt. John Sheridan: Not in me.
Lorien: You can't save them all.
Capt. John Sheridan: I can try.
Lorien: You'll fail.
Capt. John Sheridan: We'll see.


"Babylon 5: Spider in the Web (#2.6)" (1994)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Schedule Delta Wing for maintenance at 1400 and make sure Conference Room 7 is properly laid out for the Tikar delegation.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Six yarwood chairs placed precicely one meter apart in a star pattern with the hee-lok on the center chair.
Capt. John Sheridan: Very good.

Capt. John Sheridan: Telepaths are gifted and cursed in ways I can never hope to understand.


"Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light (#5.22)" (1998)
John Sheridan: Goodnight, my love... the brightest star in my sky.
Delenn: Goodnight, you, who were my sky, and my sun, and my moon.

John Sheridan: A toast... to absent friends, in memory still bright.
Michael Garibaldi: [Everyone raises their glasses] G'Kar.
Vir Cotto: Londo.
Delenn: Lennier.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Mar...
Susan Ivanova: [cutting off Franklin] Marcus.


"Babylon 5: Points of Departure (#2.1)" (1994)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: We'll swing back this way in a month, make sure everything's okay. If those hijackers so mach as blink in your direction, yell. We'll be here.
Pilot: Roger, see you then.
Capt. John Sheridan: Agamemnon out. - Initiate jump into hyperspace.

[last lines]
[Sheridan is practicing his "good luck speech" in an empty C&C]
Capt. John Sheridan: It was an early Earth president, Abraham Lincoln, who best described our situation. "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. We cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial though which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the last generation. We shall nobly save or meanly lose our last, best hope of Earth."
[he checks the time]
Capt. John Sheridan: [with a satisfied smile] Five minutes to spare.


"Babylon 5: The Fall of Night (#2.22)" (1995)
Capt. John Sheridan: [practicing his "apology"] I apologize... I'm sorry.
[exhales]
Capt. John Sheridan: I'm sorry we had to defend ourselves against an unwarranted attack. I'm sorry that your crew was stupid enough to fire on a station filled with a quarter million civilians, including your own people. And I'm sorry I waited as long as I did before I blew them all straight to Hell!... As with everything else, it's the thought that counts.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: ...Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Whatever.
[gives him present... ]
Capt. John Sheridan: [opens her parcel] What is it?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's shrapnel from the Black Star.
[... ]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Everyone said it was impossible to take out a Minbari war cruiser. But you did it. The way things are going I figured it might be nice to have a reminder that the impossible is possible.


"Babylon 5: Matters of Honor (#3.1)" (1995)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Ambassador, I've been looking for you. Last week, after you saved my life, I didn't really get a chance to thank you properly. I've tried to reach you since then, but you haven't answered my calls. Is everything all right?

Capt. John Sheridan: I hate being cheered up. It's - depressing.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So, in that case - we're all going to die horrible, painful, lingering deaths.
Capt. John Sheridan: Thank you. I feel so much better.


"Babylon 5: The Geometry of Shadows (#2.3)" (1994)
[last lines]
David Corwin: The ship carrying the techno-mages is requesting permission to leave. What do I tell them?
Capt. John Sheridan: Tell them: permission granted.
[Ship jumps]
Capt. John Sheridan: What was it he said? "Dreamers, shapers, singers, makers." Part of me says we'll not see their like again. And the part of me that still believes in magic says don't be so sure.

Capt. John Sheridan: We learn by doing, and in the process you're going to fall on your face a few times... though I didn't think you'd take it quite that literally.


"Babylon 5: The Ragged Edge (#5.12)" (1998)
[first lines]
Delenn: Ready?
President John Sheridan: Not yet. I've got two dozen more copies of this treaty to sign before the meeting. Who knew that presidency was 50% panic and 50% paperwork?...

[last lines]
President John Sheridan: That's a hell of a promotion. Congratulations, Stephen.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Thank you.
President John Sheridan: Well, uh- would you like me to tell Delenn?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: No, no, I'll do that. Then I'll just have to tell everyone else. I think Garbaldi will probably take it the hardest. Next to him, I've been here the longest of anybody from Earth. I've got a call in to him right now.


"Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (#2.9)" (1995)
Centauri Emperor Turhan: Why are you here, in this place, in that uniform? Was it your choice or were you pressed into service?
Capt. John Sheridan: It was my choice. The planetary draft didn't start until the war, a few years later. I guess I wanted to serve something that was bigger than I was. Make a difference, somewhere, somehow.
Centauri Emperor Turhan: It has occurred to me recently that I have never chosen anything. I was born into a role that was prepared for me. I did everything I was asked to do because it never occurred to me to choose otherwise. And now, at the end of my life, I wonder what might have been.
Capt. John Sheridan: That's why my father taught me to live each second as though it were the last moment of my life. He said, "If you love, love without reservations. If you fight, fight without fear." He called it "the way of the warrior."
Centauri Emperor Turhan: No regrets then?
Capt. John Sheridan: A few. But just a few. You?
Centauri Emperor Turhan: Oh, enough to fill a lifetime. So much has been lost, so much forgotten. So much pain, so much blood. And for what? I wonder. The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast, terrible in-between. But there is still time to seize that one last, fragile moment. To choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that.

[talking about the upcoming visit of the Centauri emperor]
G'Kar: So you're going to allow this, even over my objections.
Capt. John Sheridan: What, did I suddenly turn invisible or something? Yes, ambassador, the emperor is allowed to come aboard. Now, if this bothers you, I suggest you stay in your quarters stick your fingers in your ears and hum real loud until it's over. Unless you'd like to try something as breathtakingly rational as trying to open up a dialogue.


"Babylon 5: No Compromises (#5.1)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: If more of our so-called leaders would walk the same streets as the people who voted them in, live in the same buildings, eat the same food instead of hiding behind glass and steel and bodyguards maybe we would get better leadership and a little more concern for the future.

Citizen G'Kar: You want to be president?
Captain John Sheridan: Yes.
Citizen G'Kar: Put your hand on the book and say "I do".
Captain John Sheridan: I do.
Citizen G'Kar: Fine. Done. Let's eat.


"Babylon 5: Day of the Dead (#5.8)" (1998)
[last lines]
[Zooty, covering his talking-machine with his hat, whispers something to Sheridan]
G'Kar: What did he say?
President John Sheridan: "Because it tells me to."

[the captain appears to be the only one not amused by a performance of Rebo and Zooty the President doesn't notice this]
President John Sheridan: Oh this is a moment you can tell your children about, Captain.
Capt. Elizabeth Lochley: I'll get on to having some right away.


"Babylon 5: Intersections in Real Time (#4.18)" (1997)
[Sheridan tries to encourage an imprisoned Drazi]
Capt. John Sheridan: You just have to say "no, I won't" one more time than they can say "yes, you will".

Capt. John Sheridan: You know, it's funny, I was thinking about what you said, that the preeminent truth of our age is that you cannot fight the system. But if, as you say, the truth is fluid, that the truth is subjective, then maybe you can fight the system. As long as just one person refuses to be broken, refuses to bow down.
Interrogator: But can you win?
Capt. John Sheridan: Every time I say "no."


"Babylon 5: Divided Loyalties (#2.19)" (1995)
[first lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Good morning, ambassador.
Delenn: Captain.
Capt. John Sheridan: I didn't know you read Universe Today.
Delenn: After our last encounter with your reporters, I felt that I should be more prepared in the future. I find this notion of the press a fascinating but sometimes troubling concept.
Capt. John Sheridan: Join the club.

Capt. John Sheridan: Why is it that every time you finally get things calmed down and everything's going great life decides to kick you in the butt?


"Babylon 5: Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? (#4.2)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: First obligation of a prisoner is to escape.
Lorien: 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?

[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: What if I fall. How will I know if you'll catch me?
Lorien: I caught you before.
Capt. John Sheridan: What if I die?
Lorien: I cannot create life but I can breathe on the remaining embers. It may not work.
Capt. John Sheridan: But I can hope.
Lorien: Hope is all we have.
[Sheridan re-experiences scenes from his past.]
Lorien: Do you have anything worth living for?
Delenn: Sleep now. I will watch and catch you if you should fall.
Capt. John Sheridan: Delenn!


"Babylon 5: Convictions (#3.2)" (1995)
Michael Garibaldi: [Sheridan starts stuffing his link down his shirt] No. Not there, that's the first place he'll look.
Capt. John Sheridan: [holding the link] Well, where do you suggest I put it?
[garibaldi gives him a look. Sheridan puts it in the back of his pants]


"Babylon 5: And Now for a Word (#2.15)" (1995)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: [answering Torqueman's final question: "Given the danger, at the end of the day...is it worth it?"] ... We have to make people lift their eyes back to the horizon, and see the line of ancestors behind us, saying, "Make my life have meaning." And to our inheritors before us, saying, "Create the world we will live in." I mean, we're not just holding jobs and having dinner. We are in the process of building the future. That's what Babylon 5 is all about. Only by making people understand that can we hope to create a better world for ourselves and our posterity.
Cynthia Torqueman: I'm Cynthia Torqueman, ISN News. Good night.


"Babylon 5: Shadow Dancing (#3.21)" (1996)
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I realize that I always defined myself in terms of what I wasn't. I wasn't a good soldier like my father. I wasn't the job. I wasn't a good prospect for marriage or kids. Always what I wasn't, never what I was. And when you do that, you miss the moments. And the moments are all we've got. When I thought I was going to die, even after everything that's happened, I realized I didn't want to let go. I was willing to do it all over again, and this time I could appreciate the moments. I can't go back, but I can appreciate what I have right now. And I can define myself by what I am instead of what I'm not.
Captain John Sheridan: And what are you?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Alive. Everything else is negotiable.


"Babylon 5: Atonement (#4.9)" (1997)
[a hungover and limping Ivanova stumbles out of a transport tube after a Drazi religious celebration, much to Sheridan's surprise]
Capt. John Sheridan: What the- ?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Don't. Even. Ask.


"Babylon 5: Objects in Motion (#5.20)" (1998)
[last lines]
Delenn: It occurs to me I have never walked the length of this place, end to end.
President John Sheridan: Well, Delenn, it's 5 miles long.
Delenn: I Know. Coming?
President John Sheridan: Now?
Delenn: Now is all we have.


"Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane (#3.4)" (1995)
[last lines]
Brother Theo: You must excuse the captain, Malcolm. You interrupted his train of thought. I believe you were saying that forgiveness is a hard thing but something ever to strive for. Were you not, captain?
Capt. John Sheridan: Yes. Yes, I was. Good luck to you. I hope things work out.
Malcolm: I'm sure it will. Thank you, Sir.
Brother Theo: We must be going along now or you'll miss your flight.


"Babylon 5: A View from the Gallery (#5.4)" (1998)
Delenn: What if the station falls?
President John Sheridan: Then, as you said to me once, "I'll see you again in the place where no shadows fall."


"Babylon 5: Conflicts of Interest (#4.12)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: If you're going to wait for the universe to start making sense, you'll have a long wait ahead of you.


"Babylon 5: Hunter, Prey (#2.13)" (1995)
[last lines]
Sarah: Until next time, captain.
Capt. John Sheridan: There's always a next time, isn't there?
Sarah: You better pray it stays that way, captain. Because as long as there is a next time, at least there's a chance we'll win. Because in this war, captain, we need all the chances we can get.


"Babylon 5: A Tragedy of Telepaths (#5.10)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: She went where?
Michael Garibaldi: Right down the shaft, right smack in the middle of them. Zack just gave me the news. You've got to give it to her, she's got guts.
President John Sheridan: She is crazy! She was crazy when I knew her almost 20 years ago, she's just as crazy now.
Michael Garibaldi: [laughing] *You* hired her.
President John Sheridan: Don't remind me.


"Babylon 5: In the Kingdom of the Blind (#5.9)" (1998)
[first lines]
President John Sheridan: All right, what's wrong now?
Michael Garibaldi: This is my analysis of the latest reports from the Rangers. We've had a major increase in attacks against shipping lines of Alliance worlds in the recent weeks.
President John Sheridan: Hit-and-run attacks, very efficient. No survivors, no warning.


"Babylon 5: The Summoning (#4.3)" (1996)
Drazi Ambassador: Captain Sheridan! We thought you were dead!
Captain John Sheridan: I was. I'm better now.


"Babylon 5: Grey 17 Is Missing (#3.19)" (1996)
[last lines]
Michael Garibaldi: Captain. You wouldn't believe the day I've had.
Capt. John Sheridan: The day you've had? We had an assault on Marcus, someone got into the Rangers' ceremony, could have killed Delenn. And where were you?
Michael Garibaldi: Okay. Well first, there was this missing maintenance man, only he wasn't missing. He was killed by a Zarg, but I'm getting ahead of myself. That was after I found out that the entire 17th floor of Grey Sector had completely disappeared. Well, not disappeared exactly. This weird cult had taken over the place, see. Then there was a dummy that shot tranqs out of its eyes. Very strange. But it was all supposed to be perfect. That was the thing about it. And there wasn't a way out, but there was. Except it was spiritual, you had to die a perfect death. That's where the Zarg came in and it was gonna kill me or I was gonna kill it, and - Am I going too fast for you?


"Babylon 5: And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place (#3.20)" (1996)
[last lines]
Delenn: White Star was never intended to be one of a kind. It was only the first. We've been working around the clock to construct them. I said we needed time to prepare. This is why. The first wave of ships is finished at last. The Rangers will pilot them under our shared command. We are as ready for them as we will ever be. We finally have, as you say, a fighting chance.
Capt. John Sheridan: I don't know what to say.
Delenn: Then say nothing.
[They kiss.]
Title Card: Z Minus 10 days


"Babylon 5: Z'ha'dum (#3.22)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: [recorded message to Delenn] Finally, I heard what you said when I left, and I want you to know... that I love you, Delenn. - Goodbye.


"Babylon 5: A Day in the Strife (#3.3)" (1995)
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Always find the good in any situation, eh Captain?
Capt. John J. Sheridan: Absolutely. If I didn't I might end up like you.
[walks away]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Hey what's that supposed to mean?
[to people in C&C]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Did anybody else hear that?
[to Corwin]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Did you hear that.
David Corwin: No Commander.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Good. I swear, if we live through this somebody's going to find their automatic shower preferences reprogrammed for ice water.


"Babylon 5: All Alone in the Night (#2.11)" (1995)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: ...the bottom line: If anything goes wrong, we're on our own. Anybody wants to leave now before you hear anything you'll have to report: do so. Nothing will be said.
Michael Garibaldi: I'm in.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Ditto.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Hey, I never did know when to butt out. We're with you, captain. Wherever this goes, however it ends, we're with you.


"Babylon 5: Learning Curve (#5.5)" (1998)
[last lines]
Delenn: I'm going to pretend that you were going to tell me this sooner or later.
President John Sheridan: I was just looking for the right time.
Delenn: Ten seconds after you thought of it would have been good.
President John Sheridan: Yeah. Yeah, maybe so.


"Babylon 5: Sic Transit Vir (#3.12)" (1996)
Capt. John Sheridan: Then let me say I'd like to see you in a *different* light. Candlelight, for instance. Over dinner?
Delenn: Tonight?
Capt. John Sheridan: Tomorrow we may be involved in another crisis, another battle! This may be the last chance we'll get for a while. You know, back home we have a saying. "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!"
Delenn: Humans can be a very depressing people.
Capt. John Sheridan: Only if we get turned down for dinner.
Delenn: Well, we cannot have that, now can we?


"Babylon 5: Interludes and Examinations (#3.15)" (1996)
Kosh Naranek: Incorrect!
[hits Sheridan with an energy wave]
Kosh Naranek: Leave... *Now*!
Captain John Sheridan: No!
Kosh Naranek: Disobedience!
Captain John Sheridan: [shouts] Up yours!
[gets hit again]


"Babylon 5: Meditations on the Abyss (#5.14)" (1998)
[first lines]
President John Sheridan: Delenn?
Delenn: Yes.
President John Sheridan: Are you all right?
Delenn: Yes. I- I just remembered I need some important papers from my quarters for tomorrow's Council meeting.
President John Sheridan: At this hour?
Delenn: I wouldn't be able to sleep anyway, so I wanna make sure I know where they are.


"Babylon 5: The Hour of the Wolf (#4.1)" (1996)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: Who are you?
Lorien: Who are you?
Capt. John Sheridan: How did I get here?
Lorien: You were born.
Capt. John Sheridan: Why am I alive?
Lorien: Well, that is the question, isn't it? - Do you mind if I share your fire?
Capt. John Sheridan: No.


"Babylon 5: Moments of Transition (#4.14)" (1997)
[last lines]
[Ivanova brings news that Clark-loyal EA warships have destroyed civilian transports killing thousands of refugees from Proxima 3]
Capt. John Sheridan: This stops, and it stops now. You tell the others. Starting right now, we fight back, and we fight back hard.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I thought you were looking for some other way than firing at our own ships. They were following orders.
Capt. John Sheridan: Any crew that executes an order like that is guilty of war crimes. And they deserve whatever they get. Now we're riding in, Susan. Anybody who wants to defect and join us, fine. If they get in our way, we'll knock them down. If they kill one of our ships, we'll kill three of theirs, and we keep going. We never slow down and we won't stop. Now we're going after the colonies, then Mars, - then Earth. - And God help anybody who gets in our way.


"Babylon 5: Knives (#2.17)" (1995)
Capt. John Sheridan: You always worry when things are going well.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I don't have time when they're not.


"Babylon 5: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars (#4.22)" (1997)
[last lines]
President John Sheridan: ...and I was wondering if they will remember us in hundred years from now or a thousand. And I figure probably not.
Delenn: But it does not matter. We did what we did because it was right and not to be remembered. And history will attend to itself; it always does.
Title Card: [closing title] DEDICATED TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PREDICTED THAT THE BABYLON PROJECT WOULD FAIL IN ITS MISSION. - FAITH MANAGES.


"Babylon 5: Revelations (#2.2)" (1994)
[last lines]
Capt. John Sheridan: So he's gone and all the evidence with him?
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'm afraid so.
Capt. John Sheridan: Have you notified President Clark?
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: He's not taking any calls.
Capt. John Sheridan: Gets cold up here sometimes, doesn't it, lieutenant commander?
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Yes, sir. It does indeed.


"Babylon 5: Comes the Inquisitor (#2.21)" (1995)
Capt. John Sheridan: Go to Hell!
Sebastian: This is Hell, Captain, and you are its chief damned soul.


"Babylon 5: Strange Relations (#5.6)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: I'm caught in a web of my own good intentions.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: Well, the road to hell is paved with them, sir.
President John Sheridan: I know. But why does it have to go through this office?


"Babylon 5: Movements of Fire and Shadow (#5.17)" (1998)
President John Sheridan: If you run into trouble--
Delenn: I'll walk out of it. More dignified that way.


"Babylon 5: Acts of Sacrifice (#2.12)" (1995)
Capt. John Sheridan: [asking Delenn for help in providing covert assistance to Narn civilians without the approval of EarthGov] ... Ambassador, I've learned the hard way that governments deal in matters of convenience, not conscience. If they fall behind, it is up to the rest of us to make up the difference. If we don't, who will?