[Crusher reports on 'Sonny' Clemonds's extensive drug abuse in his earlier life]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Sounds like someone who hated life, yet he had himself frozen, presumably so he could go through it all again.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Too afraid to live, too scared to die.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: A lot has changed in the past three hundred years. People are no longer obsessed with the accumulation of things. We've eliminated hunger, want, the need for possessions. We've grown out of our infancy.
Ralph Offenhouse: You've got it all wrong. It has never been about possessions. It's about power.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Power to do what?
Ralph Offenhouse: To control your life, your destiny.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That kind of control is an illusion.
Ralph Offenhouse: Really? I'm here, aren't I? I should be dead, but I'm not.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: This is the 24th century. Material needs no longer exist.
Ralph Offenhouse: Then what's the challenge?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The challenge, Mr. Offenhouse, is to improve yourself. To enrich yourself. Enjoy it.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: I just got to have a little somethin' to jump-start the morning and a little somethin' else to shut down the night.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: You have no medical need.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Well, it ain't a matter of need, darling, it's a matter of survival.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Sorry.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Not to worry, Old Watosh will scuffle along th' best way he can.
[several Federation and Romulan outposts along the Neutral Zone have been destroyed]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to the Romulans] Who is responsible?
[the Romulans look at each other]
Ralph Offenhouse: They haven't got a clue! They're hoping *you* know, but they're too arrogant to ask!
Commander William T. Riker: You're out of line, Mister!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Yes, but it's a correct assessment.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: [referring to the Romulans] The last time we encountered them was decades ago. Cost thousands of lives.
Ralph Offenhouse: [looking at the Romulan warbird on the viewscreen] I can believe that!
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [about the 20th-century Humans] They were frozen. I thawed them.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to Data] They were already dead. I mean, what more could have happened to them?
Lt. Commander Data: [on the Human female] Her name is Clare Raymond. Age: 35. Occupation: homemaker. Must be some kind of construction work.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to Clare, after she faints at the sight of Worf] Welcome to the 24th century.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: [about committing to the cryonics companies] The whole deal was a long shot, but I figured, what the hell, might as well give them the dough instead o' leavin' it to my ex-wives!
Lt. Commander Data: They are the most unusual humans I have ever encountered.
Commander William T. Riker: Well, from what I've seen of our guests, there's not much to redeem them. Makes one wonder how our species survived the 21st century.
Commander William T. Riker: [about the 20th-century Humans] Having them on board is like a visit from the past.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That would take us in the wrong direction. Our mission is to go forward - and it's just begun.
Ralph Offenhouse: [over comm] This is the worst run ship I have ever been on. You should take some lessons from the QE2. Now, that's an efficient operation!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, identify: what is a QE2?
Lt. Commander Data: It was a passenger liner, which mostly traveled Earth's Atlantic Ocean during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: He's comparing the Enterprise to a *cruise ship*?
Ralph Offenhouse: Captain, I didn't mean to come on so strong. It's just that I've built my whole life on knowing what's going on, and for the first time I feel... completely out of touch. It's, uh, making me crazy. You can understand that?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's the first thing you've said I do understand. And, please, stay off the com panels.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: What's this 'Neutral Zone'?
Lt. Commander Data: It is a buffer between the Romulan Empire and the Federation.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Why does that make me nervous?
Lt. Commander Data: I do not know.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Well, we won't be invitin' these Romulans to our party, will we?
Lt. Commander Data: No, that would not be... appropriate.
Commander Tebok: Your presence is not wanted. Do you understand my meaning, Captain? We... are back!
[the warbird departs]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I think our lives just became a lot more complicated.
Lieutenant Worf: Captain, these are Romulans. They are without honor. They killed my parents in an attack on Khitomer when they were supposed to be our allies. They believe Humans and Klingons are a waste of skin!
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: [trying out the replicator] I'd like me, uh, a thick Kansas City steak and, uh, some country fried potatoes and, uh, a mess of greens. Oh, hell, just forget all that and give me a martini, straight up with, uh, two olives - for the vitamins!
Lt. Commander Data: Inquiry: you do not seem to be having as much difficulty adjusting to your current circumstances as the others.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: You mean bein' here on this tub, 400 years from where I started? Oh, heck, it's the same dance, it's just a different tune.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: What do you guys do? I mean, you don't drink and you ain't got no TV. Must be kind of boring, innit?
[last lines of Season 1]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: There's still much to do; still so much to learn. Mr. La Forge - engage!
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: [to Data] Duty calls, hey, I understand. Why don't you come back later on an' you and me'll find us a couple o' low-mileage pit woofies and help 'em build a memory?
Ralph Offenhouse: [Riker orders Security to escort Offenhouse from the Bridge] I'm not going anywhere!
Commander Tebok: Captain Picard, because your actions are those of a thoughtful man, I will tell you this. Matters more urgent caused our absence... now witness the result. Outposts destroyed. Expansion of the Federation everywhere. Yes, we have indeed been negligent, but no longer.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Commander, we've made some progress. Let us not ruin it with unnecessary posturing.
Commander Tebok: Your presence is not wanted! Do you understand my meaning, Captain? We are back.
[the Romulans close the channel]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to himself, but loud enough for the Bridge crew to hear] I think our lives just became a lot more complicated.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: [to Dr. Crusher] You know, you're just about the prettiest little doctor I've ever seen.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to the crew] Stay sharp, no surprises. I would rather out-think them than out-fight them.
Lieutenant Worf: What gives them the right to enter Federation space?
Commander Tebok: Silence your dog, Captain!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lt. Worf's question is valid.
Subcommander Thei: To even ask such a question implies that we need permission. We do not.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Let's see if the Braves are on, how do you cut on this teevee?
Commander William T. Riker: Teevee?
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Yeah, the boob tube. Uh, I'd like to see how the Braves are doing after all this time. Probably still finding ways to lose.