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Delenn (Character)
from "Babylon 5" (1994)

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"Babylon 5: Severed Dreams (#3.10)" (1996)
Delenn: [Delenn's fleet arrives after Earth Alliance attacks B5] This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw or be destroyed!
Earth Force Officer: Negative! We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.
Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari Fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!

[an acolyte tries to keep Delenn from seeing the Grey Council]
Delenn: I served the Council for sixteen cycles. I was the chosen of Dukhat to replace him. I held him when he died; his blood is on my hands, his spirit in my eyes, his word on my lips. You will step aside in his name and mine, or in Valen's name I will tear this ship apart with my bare hands until I find them! Move aside!

[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]

Delenn: [addressing the Grey Council] Three years. For three years I warned you this day was coming, but you would not listen. Pride, you said, presumption. And now the Shadows are on the move. The Centauri and the younger worlds are at war, the Narns have fallen, even the Humans are fighting one another. The pride was yours, the presumption was yours. For a thousand years, we have been awaiting the fulfillment of prophecy. And when it finally happens, you scorn it, you reject it because you no longer believe it yourselves. "We stand between the candle and the star, between the darkness and the light." You say the words but your hearts are empty, your ears closed to the truth. You stand for nothing but your own petty interests. "The problems of others are not our concern." I do not blame you for standing silent in your shame. You, who knew what was coming, but refused to take up the burden of this war. If the Warrior Caste will not fight, then the rest of us will. The council has lost it's way. If it will not lead, if we have abandoned our covenant with Valen
[takes staff from council leader]
Delenn: then the council shall be broken!
[breaks staff in two]
Delenn: As was prophesied. We must stand with the others now before it's too late. Between the Worker Caste and the Religious Caste, we control two thirds of our forces. To you, I say, listen to the voice of your conscience. Break the council and come with me. Our time of isolation is over. We move now, together or not at all.
[Delenn exits, followed by all but the Warrior Caste members of the Grey Council]

Drakhen: [awakens in Medlab] Delenn?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Take it easy. You're safe now.
Drakhen: No. None of us is safe anymore.
[faces Delenn]
Drakhen: The Shadows are moving. They have made alliances with many in the Non-Aligned Worlds and urged them to go to war with their neighbors.
Delenn: No. Why would they go along with this?
Drakhen: They listened to the Shadows out of fear, afraid that if they did not ally themselves with a greater force, they would be conquered by the Centauri. But... an alliance of defense has now grown into the dream... of conquest. They believe that as long as they are protected by the Shadows, they cannot be defeated, and so they go to war with one another.
Delenn: Has the Grey Council been informed?
Drakhen: The Grey Council has said... "the problems of others are not our concern."

"Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane (#3.4)" (1995)
Delenn: We do not believe in any individual god or gods but rather, we believe that the soul is, um - What is a good term? A non-localized phenomenon.

Michael Garibaldi: I'm an eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth kind of guy.
Delenn: So you support a system that would leave everyone blind and toothless.
Michael Garibaldi: Not everyone. Just the bad guys.

Delenn: We believe that the universe itself is conscious in a way that we can never truly understand. It is engaged in a search for meaning. So it breaks itself apart, investing its own consciousness in every form of life. We are the universe trying to understand itself.

Delenn: Among my people, it is considered an honor to aid any true seeker in his quest.

"Babylon 5: Rumors, Bargains and Lies (#4.13)" (1997)
Delenn: [to Neroon] Yes, we've disagreed, even fought, but I would rather have someone who opposed me out of an honest belief in the rightness of his cause than someone who is always on my side because it was expected and required.

Delenn: This is the second time I have seen you near death. You're starting to acquire bad habits.
Lennier: It was much safer in temple. Also far less interesting.

Delenn: I've questioned your judgment, your wisdom, your temperament, but never your loyalty.
Neroon: Was that a compliment?
Delenn: After a fashion.
Neroon: Then you trust me?
Delenn: After a fashion.
Neroon: Dukhat chose you above all to follow him. Slowly, dimly, I begin to understand why. I do not know what lies ahead of us, Delenn. But I do know that it is right that we are here together.
Delenn: Was that a compliment, Neroon?
Neroon: After a fashion.

Delenn: What is done is done, Neroon. What matters now is the future.

Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993) (TV)
Delenn: I look forward to meeting a Vorlon. I've heard much about them that is strange.
Jeffrey Sinclair: Such as?
Delenn: Do you not have files on the Vorlons?
Jeffrey Sinclair: Absolutely, very large files. There's nothing in them, of course.

Jeffrey Sinclair: There's a 24 hour period in my life that I can't account for; it happened during the war with your people. You wouldn't be holding anything out on me, would you old friend?
Delenn: Commander, I would never tell you anything that was not in your best interest.

Delenn: By the way, there is something I've been wondering. Why Babylon 5? If the prior four stations were lost or destroyed, why build another?
Sinclair: Plain, old human stubbornness, I guess. When something we value is destroyed, we rebuild it. If it's destroyed again, we rebuild it again. And again, and again, and again - until it stays. That, as our poet Tennyson once said, is the goal: "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Jeffrey Sinclair: A poem- A story in meter or rhyme.
Delenn: Ahh, there once was a man from Nantucket...
Jeffrey Sinclair: [chuckles] You've been talking to Garibaldi again, haven't you?
Delenn: Yes. How did you know?

"Babylon 5: Objects at Rest (#5.21)" (1998)
Delenn: When I had to learn English, one of the most difficult words for me was "goodbye." There is no corresponding word for "goodbye" in Minbari. All our partings contain within them the possibility of meeting again: in other places, in other times, in other lives. So you will excuse me if I do not say "goodbye."

Delenn: There are moments when we all become someone else, something other than what we are. It takes only a moment. But we spend the rest of our lives looking back at that moment in shame.

Delenn: Never start a fight - but always finish it.

[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: Atonement (#4.9)" (1997)
Dukhat: Raise your eyes and look at me.
Delenn: It is disrespectful.
Dukhat: I cannot have an aide who will not look up. You will be forever walking into things.

Delenn: [offering her hand] Take it. There's nothing to fear in the dreaming. Only that which we bring with us. Walk with me in the dreaming, Callen.

Grey Council #1: [while in The Dreaming, Delenn is remembering the death of Dukhat, as another member of the Grey Council runs up to her] Delenn, we need to strike back, but the Council is divided. Should we follow them back to their base, take revenge, or do we wait, try and find out what happened? Your's is the deciding vote, Delenn.
Delenn: [Cradling Dukhat's head in her lap] He was the best of us... they struck without provocation, there was no reason... animals! Brutal!
[she gently lays Dukhat down and stands]
Delenn: They deserve no mercy. Strike them down!
[she beats on the Council member's chest in grief and anger]
Delenn: Follow them back to their bases and kill them, all of them. All of them! No mercy!
[as the memory fades, Delenn is struck by the fact that she is the one who gave the order that started the Earth-Minbari War]

"Babylon 5: The Long, Twilight Struggle (#2.20)" (1995)
Delenn: Abso-fragging-lutely, damn it. - Since our last discussion I have been studying your use of language. Do you approve?

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.

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: Learning Curve (#5.5)" (1998)
[Tennier is a Ranger in training, and he has been beaten almost to death. One of his teachers declares "Mora'dum," which means the application of terror]
Delenn: Captain, this is not about revenge.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: [sarcastically] Oh, then what is this about?
Delenn: Terror.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: So, what kind of terror are we talking about here, Delenn?
Delenn: The kind that cripples; the kind that destroys. Not from without, but from within. As soon as he can stand, whether he is fully healed or not, Tennier will prepare to face his terror. Those who harmed him now have power over him. He must take back that power or he will never be whole again. We will go with him, and bring him to the point of his terror. And then, he will face it.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: But if he isn't fully healed, he could die in the effort.
Delenn: As Anla'shok, we choose to do that which frightens us, knowing that there are no guarantees. He may lose; we cannot help him.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: Then he will stand alone.
Delenn: At the end, Captain, we all stand alone.

[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.

Delenn: [Discussing a Pak'ma'ra ranger recruit] If the Pak'ma'ra cannot learn to be what we think they should be then perhaps we should learn to use them for what they are.
Durhan: Well, we've already considered using them for garbage disposal but there are some things that even a Pak'ma'ra won't eat.
Turval: We think.
Durhan: We think, yes. We haven't actually discovered what that is yet.

"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...?
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: Meditations on the Abyss (#5.14)" (1998)
Delenn: I was beginning to wonder if you were going to make it, Lennier.
Lennier: I said that I would never leave you, that I would be here when you needed me most. Tell me what you want done, I will make it happen, no matter the cost.

[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.

Tough Guy: [Pretending to hold his hand and flirt, Delenn has just snapped his middle finger] Ahhh! You broke my finger!
Delenn: True, but you have nine others, for the moment.

"Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations (#2.18)" (1995)
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.

Delenn: She has separated from her mother. Please find her.
Lennier: [looks around, somewhat lost] How?
Delenn: [to Lennier] Faith manages.
Delenn: [turning to Markab girl] What is her name?
Markab Girl: Mama.
[Delenn turns and looks at Lennier again]
Lennier: Faith manages.

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: Ship of Tears (#3.14)" (1996)
Delenn: [after explaining to G'Kar that she knew of the Shadows' alliance with the Centauri and and told him nothing] You have come a long way, G'Kar... further than I could have guessed. Sheridan's promise binds me as well as it does him. We will take you into the Council, G'kar. And some day, when all of this is over, perhaps you will find it in your heart to forgive me.
G'Kar: Perhaps... but not today.

Delenn: The choice was mine. And now the responsibility is mine.

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

"Babylon 5: Lines of Communication (#4.11)" (1997)
Pak'ma'ra Captain: [sending a distress signal] Engines hit... life support no longer functioning... dark enemy!
Delenn: This is Delenn of the Minbari. We are en route. How many ships are attacking you?
Pak'ma'ra Captain: [his last words] Too many! Too many!

[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!

Delenn: Lennier, have you ever seen the warrior caste training flights?
Lennier: Yes.
Delenn: Have you ever seen them skin dancing?
Lennier: I have.
Delenn: Can you do the same thing?
Lennier: Not without approximately... five years of additional training.
Delenn: That would be no, then.
Lennier: But I can program the parameters into the ship's artificial intelligence matrix.
Delenn: And what do you do then?
Delenn: Touch that button, and pray very, very fast.

"Babylon 5: The Paragon of Animals (#5.3)" (1998)
[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: 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."

[last lines]
Delenn: Hello, Mack, Bo.
Mack: Bo?
Bo: Yeah?
Mack: She remembered my name.
Bo: Our names.
Mack: I think I'm in love.
Bo: She's married.
Mack: Eh. We can work something out.
Bo: So will you come on?
Mack: Yeah. - So lunch?
Bo: Sure, I'll treat. How about some spoo?
Mack: At 15 credits an ounce? You're out of your...

"Babylon 5: And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder (#5.16)" (1998)
[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.

[G'Kar tells Delenn that he plans to accompany Londo to Centauri and act as Bodyguard again]
Delenn: Have you told him this yet?
G'Kar: No, I was thinking of making it a surprise. I even booked the seat right next to his. It will give me someone to talk to during the flight.
Delenn: Londo once told me he hates it when people talk to him on long flights. He prefers to sleep.
G'Kar: I know.

"Babylon 5: Rising Star (#4.21)" (1997)
[last lines]
Delenn: It was the end of the Earth year 2261, and it was the dawn of a new age, for all of us. It was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. The next twenty years would see great changes, great joy, and great sorrow. The Telepath War, and the Drakh War. The new Alliance would waver, and crack, but in the end, it would hold. Because what is built endures, and what is loved endures. And Babylon 5 - Babylon 5 endures.

Delenn: [about Marcus] He followed the path of his heart. How many can say that?

"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: Soul Mates (#2.7)" (1994)
[last lines]
Delenn: Taking on human characteristics has been something of an education for both of us.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, if you have any other problems, any other questions at all, just ask.
Delenn: Well - now that you mention it - do you have any idea why I suddenly started getting these - odd cramps?

Delenn: [Ivanova walks into Delenn's quarters and stops dead in her tracks as she sees Delenn in her pyjamas, attacking her tangled mess of hair with a comb] Commander. I want you to understand that I took on human characteristics in order to bring your people and mine closer together. To symbolize out mutuality. It is supposed to be a dignified, inspiring transition for both humans and Minbari, so will you please explain to me why this, this... this
[she yanks at her hair]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Uhh... hair
Delenn: Refuses to cooperate!

"Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark (#3.11)" (1996)
Delenn: Yes, you have lost much, endured much, sacrificed greatly but you cling to the memory of your sacrifices of all the things you have lost or left behind. They drag behind you like chains of your own making. They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus: the power of grief, and loss, and of regret. Yes, you can let go of the people, places and things, but you have not let go of the pain. You have not forgiven yourself.
Marcus Cole: For what?
Delenn: Being alive.

Delenn: The rebirth ceremony was part of your training on Minbar.
Marcus Cole: I missed it. I overslept.
Delenn: It lasts all day!
Marcus Cole: Oh, yes. I was ill.

"Babylon 5: Into the Fire (#4.6)" (1997)
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: All Alone in the Night (#2.11)" (1995)
[first lines]
Lennier: You wanted to see me, Delenn?
Delenn: Yes. I've just received a message from the other members of the Grey Council. Now that we have a new leader in place, they wish to see me and discuss my status...

Lennier: Being asked to serve on the Council is a matter of soul, not of flesh. The change you've gone through, it shouldn't matter.
Delenn: But it does, Lennier. I made a decision, and now I must face the consequences.

"Babylon 5: Endgame (#4.20)" (1997)
[first lines]
Delenn: Marcus. Marcus. The transport has arrived. We have to send her back to Babylon 5. It's dangerous to keep her here. We're almost at Mars.
Ranger Marcus Cole: [at Ivanova's bedside] She would want to be here for the battle, conscious or otherwise.
Delenn: I know. But we must do what's best for her.
Ranger Marcus Cole: She's dying. What is there to do?
Delenn: Make her comfortable in her last hours. We cannot do that here. On Babylon 5, they will see to all her needs - as long as she has them.

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

"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.

Delenn: The universe puts us into places where we can learn. They are never easy places, but they are right. Wherever we are is the right place and the right time. The pain that sometimes comes is part of the process of constantly being born.

"Babylon 5: War Without End: Part Two (#3.17)" (1996)
[first lines]
Commander Jeffrey David Sinclair: Previously on Babylon 5:
Rathenn: It has waited, locked and sealed, for over 900 years. How did he know that you would be here? How did he know your name?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [over radio] They're killing us. Can anyone hear me. They're killing us!
Delenn: At this moment, the Great Machine is using all its power to enlarge the temporal rift in Sector 14. We must take Babylon 4 one thousand years into the past and help defeat the Shadows in the last war...

Delenn: The war is never completely won. There are always new battles to be fought against the darkness. Only the names change.

"Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams (#1.5)" (1994)
Delenn: You can look up, Lennier.
Lennier: It is forbidden.
Delenn: [using the same words Dukhat spoke to her, as told in episode 4.9, Atonement] I cannot have an aide who will not look up. You'll be forever walking into things.

[last lines]
Delenn: Exactly what sort of demonstration does he have planned?
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: He just said it'd showcase Earth's dominant belief system.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: All right, we're all set. If you'll come this way.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [shaking hands or bowing or giving the appropriate gesture] This is Mr. Harris. He's an atheist. Father Cresanti, a Roman Catholic. Mr. Hayakawa, a Zen Buddhist. Mr. Rashid, a Moslem. Mr. Rosenthal, an Orthodox Jew. Running Elk, of the Oglala Sioux faith. Father Papapoulous, a Greek Orthodox. Ogigi-ko, of the Ebo tribe. Machukiak, y Yupik Eskimo. Sawa, of the Jivaro tribe. Isnakuma, a Bantu. Ms. Chang, a Taoist. Mr. Blacksmith, an aborigine. Ms. Yamamoto, a Shinto. Ms. Naijo, a Maori. Mr. Gold, a Hindu. Ms....

"Babylon 5: In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum (#2.16)" (1995)
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: The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari (#5.2)" (1998)
[first lines]
Delenn: Yes.
Ruell: Delenn, my apologies for waking you. But when I saw your message, I felt I had to contact you at once to see if there's a problem.
Delenn: What problem?
Ruell: We would never let someone of your stature go without assistance for very long. We're fully prepared to send along as many potential replacements as you like. Knowing that you've always been so wonderfully egalitarian, we can even fill the position with three assistants, one from each caste.

[last lines]
Delenn: Not even a goodbye, Lennier?
Lennier: No. Never goodbye. I'm yours forever, Delenn. Heart, body and soul. I will see you again in a little while. And with luck, I will perhaps be a better person.
Delenn: That is not possible, Lennier, but you're welcome to try. - Be well, my good and dear friend.
Lennier: And you.

"Babylon 5: Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? (#4.2)" (1996)
[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!

Delenn: I have sometimes heard humans say: "Minbari never tell anyone the whole truth." But I am no longer wholly Minbari. I should have changed my heart more than I did. But I loved him, and I... I wanted to protect him. I should have loved him less and trusted him more.

"Babylon 5: Shadow Dancing (#3.21)" (1996)
[first lines]
Delenn: [council meeting] If I can just- If I can just finish! We have before us an opportunity to strike at our enemy, the Shadows... We need all of you to cooperate.

"Babylon 5: The War Prayer (#1.7)" (1994)
[first lines]
Delenn: The last poem you read tonight--
Shaal Mayan: "In the Light of Two Moons."
Delenn: Did I not hear it when we were--?
Shaal Mayan: Both too young to know anything about anything. We could only feel and wonder what it all meant. But you recall correctly. I did start it then, poor and groping for meaning. It has matured and changed over the years. I finally knew that it was ready last month. Tonight was its first performance.

"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: Darkness Ascending (#5.15)" (1998)
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: Soul Hunter (#1.2)" (1994)
The Soul Hunter: And what will you do then?
Delenn: Free them. Release them.
The Soul Hunter: You mean kill them.
Delenn: They will join with the souls of all our people. Melt one into another until they are born into the next generation of Minbari. Remove those souls and the whole suffers. We are diminished, each generation becomes less than the one before.
The Soul Hunter: A quaint lie, pretty fantasy. The soul ends with death, unless we act to preserve it.

"Babylon 5: Racing Mars (#4.10)" (1997)
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
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: War Without End: Part One (#3.16)" (1996)
[last lines]
Sinclair: Ready?
Delenn: Why is it that your people always ask someone if they are ready right before you are about to do something massively unwise?
Sinclair: Tradition.

"Babylon 5: The Summoning (#4.3)" (1996)
[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Delenn, I need a favor.
Delenn: Only ask.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I need to borrow one of the White Star ships. I heard what you have in mind. I'll get it back to you before the deadline.
Marcus Cole: We can spare the ship. May I ask why?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: If you attack Z'Ha'Dum, you're gonna need all the help you can get. There may be still some First Ones out there we haven't found yet.

"Babylon 5: GROPOS (#2.10)" (1995)
Delenn: We are all slaves to our histories. If there is to be a bright future, we must learn to break those chains.

"Babylon 5: Grey 17 Is Missing (#3.19)" (1996)
Delenn: No Minbari has killed another for a thousand years.

"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: The Fall of Centauri Prime (#5.18)" (1998)
[last lines]
Zack Allan: So why the long faces? Things are quiet, the attacks have stopped and we won the Centauri war. What's the problem?
Delenn: Yes, we won the war. But what did we lose?

"Babylon 5: Z'ha'dum (#3.22)" (1996)
[first lines]
Delenn: The humans have a phrase: "What is past is prologue."

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.

"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: Epiphanies (#4.7)" (1997)
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.

"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.

"Babylon 5: Matters of Honor (#3.1)" (1995)
[last lines]
Delenn: There are beings in the universe billions of years older than any of our races. They walked among the stars like giants, vast and timeless. They created great empires, taught the new races, explored beyond the rim. The oldest of the ancients are the Shadows. We have no other name for them.

"Babylon 5: Interludes and Examinations (#3.15)" (1996)
[last lines]
Delenn: Then once Kosh's belongings are loaded into his ship it will activate itself. The ship was made for him. It was a part of him. In a curious way it is alive. It cannot live without him, so it will grief as we do, in its own way, and perform its last duty in memory of Kosh.

"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?...

"Babylon 5: The Hour of the Wolf (#4.1)" (1996)
[first lines]
Delenn: Previously on Babylon 5:
Kosh: If you go to Z'Ha'Dum, you will die.
G'Kar: Each of these devices carries terrible destructive force. In human terms, they can deliver a thermonuclear blast of five or six hundred megatons.

"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.

"Babylon 5: Comes the Inquisitor (#2.21)" (1995)
Delenn: We all have a destiny.
Sebastian: Do we? How magnanimous of you.
Delenn: Sometimes we do not see it because we have been taught to believe we are not important.

"Babylon 5: Strange Relations (#5.6)" (1998)
[first lines]
Delenn: Good morning, captain.
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: Good morning, ambassador.
Delenn: Mind if I walk with you for a moment?
Captain Elizabeth Lochley: No, not at all. Is there something I can do for you?
Delenn: I spoke with John last night. He told me why he chose you for this position.

"Babylon 5: Chrysalis (#1.22)" (1994)
Lennier: But what if you're wrong?
Delenn: Then speak well of me when I'm gone.

"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: A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 2 (#1.19)" (1994)
[last lines]
Delenn: ...He discovered something inside him that he thought was buried long ago.
Michael Garibaldi: Yeah, well, one thing I've discovered is that some things are better left buried. Good night, ambassador...
Delenn: Good night, old friend. Sleep well.

"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.