Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The Tamarian was willing to risk all of us, just for the hope of communication. Connection. Now the door is open between our peoples. That commitment meant more to him than his own life.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Gilgamesh, a king. Gilgamesh, a king. At Uruk. He tormented his subjects. He made them angry. They cried out aloud, "Send us a companion for our king! Spare us from his madness!" Enkidu, a wild man... from the forest, entered the city. They fought in the temple. They fought in the streets. Gilgamesh defeated Enkidu. They became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu at Uruk.
Captain Dathon: [faintly] At Uruk.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The... the new friends went out into the desert together, where the Great Bull of Heaven was killing men by the hundreds. Enkidu caught the Bull by the tail. Gilgamesh struck him with his sword.
Captain Dathon: [laughing] Gilgamesh.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: They were... victorious. But... Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh... wept bitter tears, saying, "He who was my companion, through adventure and hardship, is gone forever."
Lt. Commander Data: Their ability to abstract is highly unusual. They seem to communicate through narrative imagery, a reference to the individuals and places which appear in their mytho-historical accounts.
Counselor Deanna Troi: It's as if I were to say to you... "Juliet on her balcony".
Doctor Beverly Crusher: An image of romance.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Exactly. Imagery is everything to the Tamarians. It embodies their emotional states, their very thought processes. It's how they communicate, and it's how they think.
Commander William T. Riker: If we know how they think, shouldn't we be able to get something across to them?
Lt. Commander Data: No, sir. The situation is analogous to understanding the grammar of a language, but none of the vocabulary.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: If I didn't know who Juliet was or what she was doing on that balcony, the image alone wouldn't have any meaning.
Counselor Deanna Troi: That's correct. For instance, we know that Darmok was a great hero, a hunter, and that Tanagra was an island. But that's it. Without the details, there's no understanding.
Captain Dathon: Shaka, when the walls fell.
Tamarian First Officer: Chenza at court - the court of silence.
Captain Dathon: Uzani - his army with fist open... his army with fist closed.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 45047.2 - The Enterprise is en route to the uninhabited El-Adrel system. Its location is near the territory occupied by an enigmatic race known as 'The Children of Tama'.
Counselor Deanna Troi: All our technology and experience - our universal translator, our years in space, contact with more alien cultures than I can even remember...
Lt. Commander Data: I have encountered 1,754 non-Human races during my tenure in Starfleet.
Counselor Deanna Troi: And we still can't even say hello to these people.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: But are they truly incomprehensible? In my experience, communication is a matter of patience, imagination. I would like to believe that these are qualities that we have in sufficient measure.
[Chief O'Brien is trying to beam Picard back]
Chief Miles O'Brien: I've got a piece of him, Commander, but that's all.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [interpreting Dathon's tale of Darmok and Jalad] They arrive separately. They... They struggle together against a common foe, the Beast at Tanagra. "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra!"
Captain Dathon: Darmok and Jalad on the ocean.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [translating] They left together. "Darmok and Jalad on the ocean."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to the fallen Dathon] I understand your sacrifice, Captain. Unfortunately, if our friend out there has its way, no one will ever know what you tried to do.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [presenting Dathon's dagger to the Tamarian First Officer] Temba - his arms open.
Tamarian First Officer: Temba - at rest.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Thank you.
Commander William T. Riker: New friends, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I can't say, Number One. But at least they're not new enemies.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You hoped that something like this would happen, didn't you? You knew there was a dangerous creature on this planet, and you knew from the tale of Darmok that a danger shared might sometimes bring two people together. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. You and me, here, at El-Adrel.