Chief Miles O'Brien: You choose your enemies; you choose your friends. But family - that's in the stars.
[Kyle Riker has challenged Will to an anbo-jyutsu match]
Counselor Deanna Troi: In spite of human evolution, there are still some traits that are endemic to gender.
Doctor Pulaski: You think that they're going to knock each other's brains out because they're men?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Human males are unique. Fathers continue to regard their sons as children even into adulthood, and sons continue to chafe against what they perceive as their fathers' expectations of them.
Doctor Pulaski: It's almost as if they never really grow up at all, isn't it?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Perhaps that's part of their charm, and why we find them so attractive.
Lieutenant Worf: [to Data] With all due respect... BEGONE!... sir.
[Riker and O'Brien are seeing Dr. Pulaski and Riker's father in deep embrace]
Commander William T. Riker: [surprised] They know each other.
Chief Miles O'Brien: No kiddin'. I know her too; but we don't do *that*.
[Will has to decide whether to take the command of the Aries or to stay on the Enterprise]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I can spell out for you, albeit crudely, what you're choosing between. As the First Officer of the Enterprise, you have a position of distinction, prestige, even... glamor of a sort. You are the second in command of Starfleet's flagship; but still second in command. Your promotion will transfer you to a relatively insignificant ship in an obscure corner of the galaxy. But it will be your ship; and, being who you are, it will... soon be vibrant with your authority, your style... your vision. You know... there really is no substitute for holding the reins.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Respect is earned, not bestowed.
Chief Miles O'Brien: Those are Klingon painstiks. I once saw one of them used against a two-ton Rectyne monopod. Poor creature jumped five meters at the slightest touch. Finally died from excessive cephalic pressures.
Wesley Crusher: You mean...?
Chief Miles O'Brien: That's right. The animal's head exploded like...
Doctor Pulaski: I think that's enough, Chief O'Brien.
Doctor Pulaski: [on seeing Kyle Riker after, as it seems, a very long time] This is more than a surprise; it's total shock.
Kyle Riker: You mean you didn't bake me a cake?
Wesley Crusher: I was just talking to Worf.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Yeah?
Wesley Crusher: He's really eccentric at times.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: That's one word for it.
Lt. Commander Data: [of the holographic Klingons at the Ascension ceremony] These images have been specifically programmed for Ascension Rites.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Cute bunch.
Doctor Pulaski: Poor guy. Picked up the flu virus at our last stop at Nasreldine.
Kyle Riker: Sounds nasty. What's the therapy?
Doctor Pulaski: Tryptophan-lysine distillate, with a generous dose of PCS.
Kyle Riker: PCS?
Doctor Pulaski: "Pulaski's chicken soup".
Kyle Riker: I came here to bury the hatchet with my son, only to find out that the ground was frozen solid.
Doctor Pulaski: Did he ever tell you why he never remarried?
Commander William T. Riker: What woman would have him, with an ego like that?
Doctor Pulaski: I would have, in a cold minute.
Kyle Riker: I may have something of a reputation for excellence.
Counselor Deanna Troi: And false humility.
Kyle Riker: My guess is that Will finds you pretty fascinating. Candor seems to be a trait he admires.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Honesty is the trait he admires most. And you should honestly consider why you're so competitive with your own son.
Kyle Riker: I came here thinking we could talk this out. But maybe you're right. Maybe I am no father, and you are no son; and this fight is all we have left.
[Riker has decided to stay on board the Enterprise]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Any particular reason for this change of heart?
Commander William T. Riker: Motivated self-interest. Right now, the best place for me to be is here.
Kyle Riker: I've come here to help Will prepare for his first task as captain.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Are you sure he'll accept such a dangerous assignment?
Kyle Riker: He'll accept it just because it is dangerous.
Counselor Deanna Troi: How can you be so sure?
Kyle Riker: Because I would. And we aren't so different, Will and I.
Kyle Riker: Why do I get the feeling that this is a set-up?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Because you're intelligent, wise and quite correct.
Kyle Riker: Well, I've never been set up better, that's for sure.
Kyle Riker: I thought about you a lot.
Doctor Pulaski: Kyle, I don't need to hear what you don't need to say.
Doctor Pulaski: [to Will Riker] You know, if I were you, going out on the Aries, I'd jettison the emotional baggage you're still carrying around.
Kyle Riker: You know... it's funny. I can talk to a whole roomful of admirals about anything in the galaxy. But I can't talk to you about how I feel.
Counselor Deanna Troi: I'm supposed to know how everyone feels, but... I can't read you right now.
Commander William T. Riker: Perhaps your own feelings are getting in the way.
Counselor Deanna Troi: My job is to help others sort out *their* emotions. My own feelings are beside the point.
Commander William T. Riker: Not to me. Our feelings are what make us all human.