Vedek Bareil: So... what did you think?
Major Kira: Of your speech?
Vedek Bareil: M-hm...
Major Kira: I liked everything about it - except the content.
[Jadzia and Odo are discussing Odo's effect on women]
Odo: Women don't react to me in that manner.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: Are you saying that you've never had a female friend?
Odo: I consider Major Kira a friend.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: That's not what I meant. I'm talking about... an intimate friendship.
Odo: That's a very personal question.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: I'm sorry, but after seven lifetimes, the impersonal questions aren't much fun anymore.
Taya: What happened to your face?
Odo: Nothing happened to my face; I'm a shapeshifter. I just don't do faces very well.
Taya: Your face isn't so scary, once you get used to it.
Jake Sisko: It's kinda fun working with Chief O'Brien. But it would be better if I knew what I was doing.
Major Kira: Quark, get this into that little twisted brain of yours! If you thought you were gonna get away with anything while Odo's gone, think again! I'm watching you.
Quark: Major. You make it sound like you don't like me.
Major Kira: Don't like you? You collaborated with the Cardassians, you cheat your customers, and you're a danger to the station. I don't just not like you. I despise you!
Quark: [embarrassed] Sorry I mentioned it.
Taya: If I were a changeling, I'd change shapes all the time. Everyone'd want to be my friend.
Odo: [scoffs] I wish it were that easy.
Taya: Why wouldn't it be?
Odo: When I was younger, people were always asking me to change shape for them. They pretended to be my friends. But all they wanted was to see me become a chair or... animal. None of them ever really cared about me.
Major Kira: You follow springball?
Vedek Bareil: Religiously, er, if you'll pardon the expression. I even used to play a little.
Major Kira: Me too. I had Chief O'Brien design a springball holosuite program.
Vedek Bareil: Really? Let's go!
Rurigan: I was happy living on Yadera Prime - that is, until the Dominion took over, and changed our whole way of life. And I realized one morning that I didn't really belong there anymore. So I came here, and I used a holo-generator to recreate all the things that I'd lost. I've lived here in my village for nearly thirty years. I've watched the people marry, have children, grow old. And sometimes I even forgot that they were holograms. But it's over. It's over; and I would appreciate it if you'd take me back to Yadera Prime.
Odo: But... what about the villagers, what about your granddaughter?
Rurigan: She's not real.
Odo: Technically I suppose you're right. Maybe, by our definition, Taya is not real; her memories are stored in a computer, her body is made up of omicron particles. But who is to say that our definition of life is the only valid one?
Odo: I saw the way you held her hand when she was sad. I saw the way you tried to comfort her when she was frightened.
Rurigan: I-I didn't want her to get hurt.
Odo: If she's not real, what does it matter?
Rurigan: It matters. It matters to me.
Odo: Why should it matter to you if a hologram cries?
Rurigan: Because I love her.
Odo: Don't you see? She's real to you; and she's real to me too, they're all real. And you can't turn your back on them now.
Taya: ...Then the Great Minra said to the evil changeling, "Maybe you can turn into a mountain, or a Ghergher Beast, or a tornado. Those are big things, and big things are easy. I bet you can't turn into something small - like a loaf of greenbread." And the changeling said, "Yes I can", and he did. And do you know what happened?
Odo: The Great Minra gobbled him up.
Taya: How'd you know that?
Odo: The changeling in your story wasn't very smart.
Taya: [shrewdly] Could you turn into a loaf of greenbread?
Odo: I suppose I could.
Taya: Show me.
Odo: And let you gobble me up? I don't think so!
Taya: Thank you for bringing my mother back. I hope you find your parents too.
Jake Sisko: Dad... I don't want to join Starfleet.
Commander Sisko: Since when?
Jake Sisko: S-snce forever. Starfleet is too much like you. I need to find what's me.
Commander Sisko: It's your life, Jake. You have to choose your own way. There is only one thing I want from you: find something you love. Then do it the best you can.
Jake Sisko: I'll try.
Commander Sisko: Good. Then you make the old man proud.
Colyus: [after Dax has restored the holographic village with all its inhabitants] We just have to get used to the fact that we're holograms.
Rurigan: We're alive and we have our families back, that's the only thing that counts.
Colyus: I wonder who created all this.
Odo: Whoever it was did a fine job.
Colyus: They did, didn't they?
Major Kira: By the way, Prylar Rhit tells me that you encouraged him to invite Bareil onto the station.
Quark: That a crime?
Major Kira: Not at all. I just wanted to thank you. I found him very...
[her look becomes piercing]
Major Kira: ...diverting!
[walks off and joins Bareil on the Promenade]
Quark: [under his breath] Not diverting enough.