Capt. Picard: What is it, Number One? What are you seeing?
Commander William T. Riker: Trouble.
Capt. Picard: A great poet once said: "All spirits are enslaved that serve things evil."
Voice of Armus: You do not understand. I do not serve things evil; I *am* evil.
Capt. Picard: Oh, no. You're not.
Voice of Armus: I am a skin of evil, left here by a race of Titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bonds of destructiveness.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: What is he made of?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: It did not register on the tricorder.
Voice of Armus: "It"? Does that mean I am not alive?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: No. Clearly you are some kind of intelligent form.
Voice of Armus: But you said I did not register on your instrument. Perhaps your instruments are useless.
Lieutenant Worf: You are favored in the ship's pool.
Lt. Tasha Yar: You bet on me?
Lieutenant Worf: A sure thing.
Counselor Deanna Troi: You were really surprised they came back.
Voice of Armus: Yes.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Why? Because the others did not?
Voice of Armus: What others?
Counselor Deanna Troi: You can't hide the emptiness from me. The others - the ones who hurt you. Who left you alone, rejected. The ones who make you so angry.
Voice of Armus: What do you know of them?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Only what you tell me.
Voice of Armus: I will tell you nothing!
Counselor Deanna Troi: Not now. But soon.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Who deserted you?
Voice of Armus: Creatures whose beauty now dazzles all who see them. They would not exist without me.
Counselor Deanna Troi: You were together?
Voice of Armus: They perfected a means of bringing to the surface all that was evil and negative within, erupting, spreading, connecting. In time, it formed a second skin, dank and vile.
Counselor Deanna Troi: You.
Voice of Armus: Yes.
Voice of Armus: Save your compassion! It's revolting. You offer it like a prize, when in fact, it's an insult.
Capt. Picard: Because you feel unworthy.
Voice of Armus: You overrate your gift. You Humans are puny, weak.
Capt. Picard: But our spirit is indomitable.
Voice of Armus: And still you die from a flake of my power.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [on Tasha's death] That thing just sucked the life right out of her. There's nothing I can do.
Voice of Armus: Do you want to know why I killed her?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Your answer would be meaningless. That act had no reason.
Voice of Armus: Exactly! It had no meaning. I did it because I wanted to. It amused me.
Counselor Deanna Troi: No. You thought it would amuse you; but it didn't.
Counselor Deanna Troi: They won't give you what you want.
Voice of Armus: And what is that?
Counselor Deanna Troi: To break their spirit.
Voice of Armus: Oh, is that what I want? If breaking their spirit will amuse me, then that's what I will have.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Never!
Capt. Picard: Lieutenant Worf, you're now Acting Chief of Security.
Lieutenant Worf: I will do my best, sir.
Lieutenant Worf: The object here is not to engage the creature in battle. The goal is the safe return of Counselor Troi and Lieutenant Prieto. I can best accomplish this at the tactical station.
[Worf's first decision as Security Chief]
Voice of Armus: Tell me, tin man, how does it feel to face your own extinction?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Curious.
Voice of Armus: [referring to Riker] Should I let him go?
Counselor Deanna Troi: You only ask to torment me!
Voice of Armus: Perhaps.
Counselor Deanna Troi: How should I answer? What can I offer except myself?
Voice of Armus: And would you give yourself for him? Would you give that much?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Yes. Without hesitation!
Voice of Armus: Just for him?
Counselor Deanna Troi: No, not just for him. I would do the same for any of the others.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: You are capable of great sadism and cruelty. Interesting. No redeeming qualities.
Voice of Armus: So, what do you think?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I think you should be destroyed.
Voice of Armus: A moral judgment from a machine.
Capt. Picard: You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity instead of defying you.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Sir - the purpose of this gathering... confuses me.
Capt. Picard: Oh? How so?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: My thoughts are not for Tasha, but for myself. I keep thinking how empty it will be without her presence. Did I miss the point?
Capt. Picard: No, you didn't, Data. You got it.
[from Tasha's holographic message]
Lt. Tasha Yar: What I want you to know is how much I loved my life, and those of you who shared it with me. You are my family. You all know where I came from, and what my life was like before. But Starfleet took that frightened, angry young girl and tempered her. I have been blessed with your friendship and your love.
Lt. Tasha Yar: My friend Data. You see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us.
Lt. Tasha Yar: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I wish I could say you've been like a father to me. But I've never had one, so I don't know what it feels like. But if there was someone in this universe I could choose to be like, someone who I would want to make proud of me - it's you. You who have the heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet.