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Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (Character)
from "Babylon 5" (1994)

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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.

[Recalling the Battle of the Line]
Jeffrey Sinclair: The sky was full of stars, and every star an exploding ship. One of ours.

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.

Garibaldi: Think they'll ever find that transmitter you slipped G'kar?
Sinclair: No. Because there isn't one.
Garibaldi: What?
Sinclair: I lied. If I had put one in, sooner or later, they would have found it. This way, they'll keep looking.
Garibaldi: Commander, do you have any idea of the tests they'll put him through? The things they'll do to him, looking for a transmitter that isn't there?
Sinclair: Yes. Come on.
Garibaldi: There are some days I love this job.

Jeffrey Sinclair: Sooner or later everyone comes to Babylon 5.

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: By Any Means Necessary (#1.12)" (1994)
Sinclair: Are you telling me this is about a flower?

Sinclair: You should never hand someone a gun unless you are sure where they will point it. Your mistake.

Orin Zento: You know damn well you twisted the intent of that order. And you *won't* get away with it!
Sinclair: I think Ms. Connally said it best the other day: Stuff it!

Neeoma Connally: I underestimated you, Commander. I'm sorry, and thank you.
Sinclair: Save it. We're both going to catch seven different kinds of hell over this down the road.
Neeoma Connally: My dad used to say "There are no happily ever afters, just new battles."

G'Kar: Commander, you are a far more spiritual man than I gave you credit for.
Sinclair: There are a couple of Jesuit teachers I know who might disagree with you.

G'Kar: I'm fed up with your fabrications, Mollari!
Mary Ann Cramer: Commander, do you have a comment on this?
Londo Mollari: I demand you arrest him!
G'Kar: I demand you arrest him!
Sinclair: That's enough! Get the hell out of here. All of you, now! Lieutenant Commander Ivanova, in 10 seconds you will escort any unauthorized persons still present to the brig and leave them there.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Yes, sir. Ten, nine, eight, seven...
Londo Mollari: I'm filing an official protest.
G'Kar: I'm filing two.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Six, five...
Mary Ann Cramer: You are impeding the public's right to know, Commander!
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: FOUR, THREE...
Michael Garibaldi: [G'Kar, Molloari, and Cramer leave, Garibaldi appears] Two. One. So, what'd I miss?


"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.

Sinclair: All my life I've had doubts about who I am, where I belonged. Now I'm like the arrow that springs from the bow. No hesitation, no doubts. The path is clear.

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.

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: Believers (#1.10)" (1994)
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I'm waiting. For an apology.
Sinclair: You better check the temperature in Hell first.

Sinclair: Sometimes doing the right thing doesn't change anything.

Dr. Stephen Franklin: May God save us from false religion.
Sinclair: What makes a religion false? If any religion is right, then maybe they all have to be right. Maybe God doesn't care how you say your prayers just as long as you say them.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: What if there's no God at all?

Sinclair: Who asked you to play God?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Every damn patient who comes through that door, that's who. People come to doctors because they want us to be gods. They want us to make it better - or make it not so. They want to be healed and they come to me when their prayers aren't enough. Well, if I have to take the responsibility, then I claim the authority too.


"Babylon 5: Mind War (#1.6)" (1994)
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [after realizing Psi Cops have been communicating with him telepathically] GET OUT... OF MY HEAD!

PsiCop Alfred Bester: That's a lie.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Yes, it is. What's your point?

[after watching the commanders report of what has happened during the episode]
PsiCop Alfred Bester: You realize of course my superiors will believe none of this?
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Yes, especially since in about an hour we'll have a small accident in data storage that'll erase the file you just saw.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: So what do you suggest?
Michael Garibaldi: Something close to the truth: That Ironheart's ship escaped Babylon 5 but exploded before it could enter the jumpgate.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: And if I refuse?
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Then my report will mention how you lied to us, endangered the station and through your interference caused the death of your fellow Psi Cop.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: Not much of a choice. Is it?
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: It gets better: Your report will indicate that Talia Winters was not responsible for her actions in helping Ironheart, that she was under his mental control and should not be penalized for her actions.
PsiCop Alfred Bester: That's a lie.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Yes, it is. What's your point?
Michael Garibaldi: There's a transport leaving for Earth in 20 minutes, Mr. Bester. Be on it.


"Babylon 5: Legacies (#1.17)" (1994)
[first lines]
Michael Garibaldi: I still don't understand why we have to lay out the welcome mat for these guys.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: When the greatest warrior leader the Minbari ever had dies suddenly while on a diplomatic tour, it's natural they want to honour him on his journey home.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: We've fought long enough. Maybe it's time we started talking to one another. Branmer's life was more significant than his battles. Let the warrior caste praise his courage in war, and let the rest praise him for what he truly was: A man of peace.
Neroon: You talk like a Minbari, commander. Perhaps there was some *small* wisdom in letting your species survive.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: We like to think so.

[last lines]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: When you looked into Delenn's mind, did you see anything unusual?
Alisa Beldon: One other thing. A word, "chrysalis." I don't know what it means.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: It's a cocoon, I think.
Alisa Beldon: Cocoon? That's weird. She shut down real fast when I touched that. Why would she want to hide that?
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: I don't know.
Announcer: Now boarding in docking bay 4.
Alisa Beldon: I guess I have to go.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Good luck!
Alisa Beldon: Thanks.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: "Chrysalis."


"Babylon 5: Babylon Squared (#1.20)" (1994)
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [after making Ivanova believe she slept through breakfast. Rises from table] I'll notify your next of kin.
Michael Garibaldi: 4... 3... 2... 1...
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [in the distance] OH! GARIBALDI! YOU'RE A DEAD MAN!

[first lines]
Sinclair: Good morning, Lieutenant Commander.
Susan Ivanova: Morning.
Michael Garibaldi: Nothing personal. You look like hell.
Susan Ivanova: I know. I know. C&C woke me up an hour early...
[... ]
Susan Ivanova: God I hate mornings.
Sinclair: We noticed. Personally I find it the best part of the day.
Susan Ivanova: We all have our cross to bear.
Sinclair: The time I learned to really appreciate mornings was during the three years I spent being taught by Jesuits. We used to get up at five o'clock every morning for sunrise mass, then one hour of meditation before class. We'd sit, quiet, in peace. Breathing in, breathing out. Breathing in, breathing out. Breathing in, breathing out.

[last lines]
Sinclair: We don't know where Babylon 4 was going. Or when it was going. Who knows? It may show up again sometime.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, if it does, this time I'm going and Garibaldi is staying here.
Sinclair: The Flying Dutchman, he called her.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: What? I didn't get that reference.
Sinclair: It's a legend. An ancient sailing vessel that vanished while trying to sail the Cape of Good Hope. According to the story, it's reappeared again and again over the centuries trying to find a way home.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Did the Flying Dutchman ever make it home?
Sinclair: No.


"Babylon 5: Infection (#1.4)" (1994)
[Sinclair is fighting an extremely powerful organic robot soldier]
Sinclair: I'm gonna try and make it mad.
Michael Garibaldi: Make it mad? Are you nuts? Commander!

[last lines]
Mary Ann Cramer: I have to ask you the same question people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back? Forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: No. We have to stay here. And there's a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and - all of this - all of this - was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Last time I gave an interview, they told me to relax and say what I felt, ten minutes after broadcast I got transferred to an outpost so far off the star maps, you couldn't find it with a hunting dog and a ouija board
Michael Garibaldi: Don't sweat it. Just be that charming effervescent commander we've all come to know and love. What's the worst that could happen? They fire you, ship you off to the rim and I get promoted to captain. I don't see a problem here.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [quotes 'King Lear'] How sharper than a serpent's tooth.


"Babylon 5: A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 1 (#1.18)" (1994)
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [upon seeing the cavern] Commander.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Yeah.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I think I've got to go to the bathroom.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Tell me about it.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [noticing Talia pacing in front of a transport tube] Problem with the transport tube?
Talia Winters: No not really. It seems like every time I get into the tube, Mr. Garibaldi's there. It's like he knows.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Talia, Mr. Garibaldi's many things, but he's not omniscient.
[Transport tube opens, Garibaldi smiles at both of them]
Talia Winters: I think I'll take the stairs.
[walks away from the tube]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: I think I'll join you.
[follows Talia]


"Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line (#1.1)" (1994)
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: The best way to understand someone is to fight them, make them angry.

Kosh: They are alone. They are a dying people. We should let them pass.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Who, the Narn or the Centauri?
Kosh: Yes.


"Babylon 5: Survivors (#1.11)" (1994)
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: You're more trouble than a toilet full of snakes, but I couldn't run this station without you.
Michael Garibaldi: Commander, I sense a huge pay raise coming my way.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: [chuckling] Dream on.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Lieutenant Commander Ivanova, escort Major Kemmer off the Observation Dome.
Susan Ivanova: With pleasure.
Susan Ivanova: [to Kemmer] You are going to resist, I hope.


"Babylon 5: Signs and Portents (#1.13)" (1994)
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I've always had a hard time getting up when it's dark outside.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: But in space, it's always dark.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [morosely] I know. I know.

[last lines]
[Lady Ladira shows Sinclair her vision of the destruction of B5]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: This - Is it a vision of what will be or what might be?
Lady Ladira: The future is always changing. We create the future with our words, our deeds, and with our beliefs. This is a possible future, commander. And it is my hope that you may yet avoid it.


"Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams (#1.5)" (1994)
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [Sinclair has put his link in his pocket. over his link] Commander Sinclair? Commander. Commander Sinclair.
Catherine Sakai: I don't mean to alarm you, but your pants are talking to you.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: I know.

[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: And the Sky Full of Stars (#1.8)" (1994)
Computer: Aft stabilizer hit. Weapon systems at zero. Defensive grid at zero. Power plant near critical mass...
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Not like this! Not like this! If I'm going out, I'm taking you BASTARDS with me!
[pause]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Target main cruiser! Set for full velocity ram! Afterburners on my mark! MARK!

[last lines]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: I remember. I was taken inside a Minbari cruiser. Interrogated. Tortured. Was that - the Grey Council? Maybe. Maybe. Before they surrendered, they must have blanked my memory and let me go. And Delenn, what was she doing there? What is it they don't want me to remember? I have to find out. I have to.


"Babylon 5: Born to the Purple (#1.3)" (1994)
[first lines]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Ambassador Mollari! We need to talk about the Euphrates treaty.
Londo Mollari: My dear Sinclair. This is hardly the time or the place.

Commander Jeffrey David Sinclair: [referring to Vir and Ko D'Ath] Keep them talking. I'm going to find Londo and bring him here.
Talia: What if he refuses?
Commander Jeffrey David Sinclair: Then I hurt him.


"Babylon 5: Soul Hunter (#1.2)" (1994)
[last lines]
Soul Hunter #2: If I may ask, what happened to my brother's collection?
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Life's full of mysteries. Consider this one of them.


"Babylon 5: Grail (#1.15)" (1994)
Michael Garibaldi: [Last lines] No boom?
Commander Jeffrey David Sinclair: No Boom.
Susan Ivanova: No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here! Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!


"Babylon 5: The Quality of Mercy (#1.21)" (1994)
Sinclair: I'm still waiting for an explanation, gentlemen.
Ambassador Londo Mollari: Yes, and I'm prepared to give you one, Commander, as soon as the room stops spinning.
Sinclair: This station creates gravity by rotation. It never stops spinning.
Ambassador Londo Mollari: Well, you begin to see my problem.


"Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (#2.9)" (1995)
[last lines]
Ambassador Jeffrey Sinclair: [Delenn plays message] Hello old friend.


"Babylon 5: Chrysalis (#1.22)" (1994)
[last lines]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Nothing's the same anymore.


"Babylon 5: A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 2 (#1.19)" (1994)
[first lines]
Narrator: Previously, on Babylon 5...
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Any change in those seismic disturbances?
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: The surface layers calmed down, but we're still picking up rumbles from further down.


"Babylon 5: Deathwalker (#1.9)" (1994)
[last lines]
Michael Garibaldi: Ambassador Kosh has been a busy boy.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: They say God works in mysterious ways.
Michael Garibaldi: Maybe so. But He's a con man compared to the Vorlon.