Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Dr. Barron, I cannot, I *will not* impose a set of commandments on these people. To do so violates the very essence of the Prime Directive!
Dr. Barron: Like it or not, we have rekindled the Mintakans' belief in the Overseer.
Commander William T. Riker: And are you saying that this belief will eventually become a religion?
Dr. Barron: It's inevitable. And without guidance, that religion could degenerate into inquisitions, holy wars, chaos.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Horrifying. Dr. Barron, your report describes how rational these people are. Millennia ago, they abandoned their belief in the supernatural. Now you are asking me to sabotage that achievement, to send them back into the dark ages of superstition and ignorance and fear? NO!
[Liko is about to shoot Picard to prove that the latter is a supernatural being]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If you believe I am all-powerful, then you cannot hurt me. If, however, I am telling the truth, and I am mortal... you will kill me. But if the only proof you will believe is my death... then shoot.
Nuria: [after seeing a human woman die] You do have limits. You are not masters of life and death.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No, we're not. We can cure many diseases, we can repair injuries, we can even extend life. But for all our knowledge, all our advances - we're just as mortal as you are. We're just as powerless to prevent the inevitable.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Mintakan emotions are quite interesting. Like the Vulcans, they have highly ordered minds. A very sensible people. For example, Mintakan women precede their mates. It's a signal to other women.
Commander William T. Riker: "This man's taken, get your own"?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Not precisely. More like, "If you want his services, I'm the one you have to negotiate with".
Commander William T. Riker: What kind of services?
Counselor Deanna Troi: All kinds.
Commander William T. Riker: They *are* a sensible race.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Get up. You must not kneel to me.
Nuria: You do not wish it?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I do not deserve it.
[Liko intends to comply with "the Picard's" wishes]
Counselor Deanna Troi: Are you sure you know what he wants? That's the problem with believing in a supernatural being - trying to determine what he wants.
Nuria: You have taught us there is nothing beyond our reach.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Not even the stars.
Nuria: I wish you good journeys, Picard. Remember my people.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Always.
Commander William T. Riker: [to Picard] It's worse than we suspected. The Mintakans are beginning to believe in a god. And the one they've chosen... is you.
Dr. Barron: Picard, I must protest. You're endangering Palmer with this delay!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am aware of that. But each of us, including Dr. Palmer, took an oath that we would uphold the Prime Directive - if necessary, with our lives.