Locutus: Worf - Klingon species. A warrior race. You, too, will be assimilated.
Lieutenant Worf: The Klingon Empire will never yield!
Locutus: Why do you resist? We only wish to raise quality of life, for all species.
Lieutenant Worf: I like my species the way it is!
Guinan: When a man is convinced he's going to die tomorrow, he'll probably find a way to make it happen. The only one who can turn this around is you.
Captain William T. Riker: I'll do the best I can.
Guinan: You're gonna have to do something you don't want to do. You have to let go of Picard.
Locutus: The knowledge and experience - of the human - Picard - is part of us now. It has prepared us for all possible courses of action. Your resistance is hopeless - Number One.
Guinan: Did he ever tell you why we're so close?
Guinan: Oh... Then let me just say that... our relationship is beyond friendship, beyond family. And I *will* let him go. And you must do the same. There can only be one Captain.
Captain William T. Riker: It's not that simple. This was his crew. He wrote the book on this ship.
Guinan: If the Borg know everything he knows, it's time to throw that book away. You *must* let him go, Riker. It's the only way to beat him. The only way to save him.
[the Borg have abruptly ceased their attack on the Enterprise]
Captain William T. Riker: Mr. Data, what the hell happened?
Lt. Commander Data: I successfully planted a command into the Borg collective consciousness. It misdirected them to believe it was time to regenerate. In effect, I put them all to sleep.
Captain William T. Riker: [baffled] To sleep?
Locutus: We will proceed to Earth, and if you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you.
Captain William T. Riker: Then take your best shot, Locutus, 'cause we are about to intervene.
Captain William T. Riker: We're no longer just fighting the Borg. We're fighting the life experience they've stolen from Captain Picard. Now, how the hell do we defeat an enemy that knows us better than we know ourselves?
Admiral J. P. Hanson: Lieutenant, a few years ago, I watched a freshman cadet pass four upperclassmen on the last hill of the 40km-run on Danula II - the damnedest thing I ever saw. The only freshman to ever win the Academy marathon. I made it my business to get to know that young fellow, and I got to know him very, very well. And I'll tell you something: I never met anyone with more drive, determination or more courage than Jean-Luc Picard; and there is no way in hell that he would assist the Borg. I want that clear.
Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Of course, Admiral.
Admiral J. P. Hanson: He is... a casualty of war.
Admiral J. P. Hanson: As for Picard - a great man has been lost. Your Captain. My friend.
Lieutenant Worf: The Borg have neither honor nor courage. *That* is our greatest advantage.
Captain William T. Riker: Commander, we don't have to like each other to work well together. As a matter of fact, I'd like you to continue to keep me on my toes.
Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Some might define that as the role of a first officer.
Captain William T. Riker: Damn! You *are* ambitious, aren't you, Shelby?
Captain William T. Riker: Commander Shelby, take an away team and confirm that the Borg are... asleep.
Commander Shelby: Delighted, sir.
Counselor Deanna Troi: [after Picard has been separated from the Borg Collective] How do you feel?
Jean-Luc Picard: Almost human - with just a... bit of a headache.
Captain William T. Riker: How much do you remember?
Jean-Luc Picard: Everything. Including some brilliantly unorthodox strategy from... a former first officer of mine.
Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Captain Riker, based on our past relationship, there's no reason for me to expect to become your first officer, except that you need me. I know how to get things done, and I have the expertise in the Borg.
Captain William T. Riker: And you have a lot to learn, Commander.
Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Yes, sir.
Captain William T. Riker: Almost as much as I had to learn when I came on board as Captain Picard's first officer. A fact he reminded me of when I commented on what a pain in the neck you are.
[Dr. Crusher has suggested introducing a destructive breed of nanites into the Borg]
Captain William T. Riker: How long would it take to execute that?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: That's the problem. Two to three weeks.
Counselor Deanna Troi: In two or three weeks, nanites may be all that's left of the Federation.
Captain William T. Riker: [to Picard's empty chair] What would you do?
Captain William T. Riker: I'm sure Captain Picard would have something meaningful and inspirational to say right now. To tell you the truth, I wish he was here, 'cause I'd like to hear it, too. I know how difficult this transition has been for all of you. I can take over for him; but I could never replace Captain Picard, nor would I ever try. Whatever the outcome, I'm sure our efforts in the coming battle will justify his faith in all of us.