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Quote of Note

No doubt we've probably done something similar before, but what the heck...

In The Long Night, we hear a drunken Vir say "...All I wanted was a good job..." as well as a few more profound things. But the "good job" line was the one I got a laugh out of...

Which B5 quotes come to your mind?

"What's up, Drakh?"

Michael Garibaldi
I always laugh at a drunken Ivanova bedecked with ribbons staggering out of the Drazi complex after a party and as she passes Sheridan she says "Don't even ask".

I always seem to be diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
I'm always partial to the episode where Ivanova is trying to convince the first one's to join with them against the Shadows. In an attempt to lighten the situation Marcus suggests putting a bucket on his head and posing as the "great vorlon". Ivanova gets an idea and exlaims "that's it!" A confused, but always loyal Marcus says "Alright, I'll get the bucket?" Makes me laugh every time.

Speaking of drunken lines, I remember the one in season 2 where Sheridan was seeing things because he had that creature from sector 14 inside of him. Garibaldi was trying to console him by telling him that once when he was drunk, he saw a chorus line of purple wombats doing showtunes in his bathtub.

Lorien: Who are you?
RW: The salad man.
Lorien: Why are you here?
RW: To be the salad ambassador.
Lorien: What do you want?
RW: Everyone to know the joys of salad.
Lorien: Do you have anything worth living for?
RW: Yes, my salad bars.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR> "Zog? What do you mean zog? Zog what? Zog yes, zog no?"
"It's leaving. My guess is zog means no."
"Like hell. I am not letting them leave here without saying yes."
"Really? And how do you propose stopping them? Perhaps a big red and white sign with the word 'Stop' on it?
Tell you what, I'll put a bucket on my head and pretend to be the ancient Vorlon god Booji."
"That's it!"
"Fine, I'll get a bucket."

Ivanova and Marcus in Babylon 5: "Voices of Authority" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I've lost track of them, but there used to be several websites dedicated to the worship of Booji.


Do not ascribe your own motivations to others:
At best, it will break your heart.
At worst, it will get you dead."
I'm terrible about remembering quotes exactly, and I used this one in my signature for awhile, but I'd go for Delenn's "he is behind me, you are in front of me" speech.

The basic gist of it is, B5 is about to undergo an attack from Earth that it cannot possibly withstand. Suddenly, Delenn appears in a ship and declares that Babylon 5 is under her protection. When told to withdraw, that this is none of her business or something, she replies with that quote. ‘The only captain to defeat a Minbari vessel’ and ‘he is behind me, you are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else’.

It is just perfect in its tone, tambour, timing and everything. It is definitely one of my favorite single quotes of the series. But it has some darned tough competition. I’d say almost every single character had some great quotes, even the smaller parts (like what’s-his-name Corwin?).

"The Bible is a book: it is a good book, but is is not the only book" - Inherit the Wind

"I do not believe that the same God who
has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."—Galileo

2 things from : 3-20 And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place.

Sheridan: im having those kinds of dreams that makes my hair stand on end.
Delenn: That would explain the Centori.

2. the song and the pictures that goes with it
Everyone loves the "zip fasten or fasten zip" conversation

We're all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars, molecules that do not understand politics, policies and differences. In a billion years we, foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. Desperate acts of ego. We give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps. And pretend our light is better than everyone else's. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that live inside us. A spark that tells us: you should know better. The flame also reminds us that life is precious, as each flame is unique. When it goes out, it's gone forever. And there will never be another quite like it
here's my favorite quote:

"What do you want?"
"I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I'd look up at your lifeless eyes and wave like this. Can you and your associates arrange it for me, Mr. Morden?"
-- Morden and Vir in Babylon 5:"In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum

I am a Ranger. We walk in the dark places no others will enter. We stand on the bridge and no one may pass. We live for the One. We die for the one.
Bring out Zathras!!!! anything he says needs to be listened to carefully, twice! and even then you're still not sure. He is hysterical though. "Zathras have nooene to talk to so zathras speak to dirt. Zathras like dirt, always get walked"
"‘The only captain to defeat a Minbari vessel’ and ‘he is behind me, you are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else’. Hypatia you've highlighted , to my mind, one of the most powerful scenes to have ever come out of JMS's mind! It's also easy to see why Sheridan is called "starkiller". No retreat baby, no surrender

"I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and the light. I come to take the place that has been prepared for me"
Because it was demanded:

"Zathras used to being beast of burden."

"Noone ever listens to poor Zathras."

"Zathras trained in Crisis Management."

"There are ten of us, all brothers. All of family Zathras. All ten named Zathras. Slight difference is how you pronounce 'Zathras'.... 'Zathras'... 'Zathras'...'Zathras' ... you see?"

"I was not supposed to tell you that. Forget I said that."

"Sometimes, Zathras talk to dirt."

-Devin Barber
My favorite lines (per character, and probably not 100% accurate)

Londo "...I'm cute too! Everyone is cute! But in purple, I am stunning!"

Susan : :"so you feel you've been symbolically cast- in a bad light?"

Sinclair : "There is no transmitter. I figured if there was, eventually they'd find it and remove it. But if I just told him there was one, they'd keep on looking."

G'Kar : "Quiet, my muse is speaking to me."

Delenn : "Ah; 'there once was a man from Nantucket...' "

Garibaldi : "ok, ok, my second favorite thing in the universe."

Sheridan : "Funny thing about retirement. As soon as you get used to the idea, somebody comes along with a better offer."

Lennier : "Initiating the 'Getting us the Hell out of here' maneuver."

Franklin : "You could always put a bag over your head, and take one for the team."

Kosh : "The avalanche has begun; it is too late for the pebbles to vote."

Marcus : "Do think perhaps the next time you have a revelation you could do it in a way that's a bit less uncomfortable."

Bester : "Humanity is my business! ... Ebiniezer Scrooge? A Christmas Carol? Charles Dickens? It's nice to see they're still recruiting from the bottom of the gene pool."

-Devin Barber
Ironically enough, one of my favorite quotes, was Londo's reply to Mr. Morden's 'What do you want?' question:

"All right. Fine. You really want to know what I want? You really want to know the truth? I want my people to reclaim their rightful place in the galaxy. I want to see the Centauri stretch forth their hand again and command the stars. I want a rebirth of glory, a renaissance of power. I want to stop running through my life like a man late for an appointment, afraid to look back or to look forward. I want us to be what we used to be! I want .. I want it all back, the way that it was. Does that answer your question?"

That part about running through your life like you are late for an appointment I thought was well written and a good addition. I think we have all been there at some point or another...

'I don't believe in the no-win scenario' - JTK
One of my favorites is still Sheridan to Bester:

"I could nail your head to the table, set fire to it, and feed your charred remains to the Pak'ma'ra."

With a salad fork and a couple of purple wombats I could rule the galaxy.
I saw a good exchange last night in In the Beginning. I'm afraid I don't remember the exact words.

The elderly Emperor Londo encounters two children and their babysitter.

<table bgcolor=black><tr><td bgcolor=black><font size=1 color=white>Spoiler:</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=2 color=black>by reading the Centauri trilogy, we know the babysitter's name is Senna </font></td></tr></table>

Londo lets the little boy be Emperor for five minutes and give one order. Londo asks the boy: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>What do you want? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> The boy responds <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR> Tell me a story!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The babysitter begins to make apologies for the boy, but Londo says something to the effect: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>No, he did far better than I with that question. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm a little surprised I never caught that before. It just goes to show you there's always something else to catch...

"What's up, Drakh?"

Michael Garibaldi
There were quite a few moments like that between Londo and the children. References and douible entendres and the like. It's one of my favorite set of scenes in the whole show.

"You do not make history. You can only hope to survive it."
There is another extremely suttle one I caught when watching Z'Ha'Dum. Before I mention it, most of you I hope realize that 'Who are you' = the Vorlon's question and a basis for their philosophy, while 'What do you want' was the Shadows question, and the basis of their philosophy. I don't remember the specific episode, but Sheridan gets pissed at Kosh, and asks him why he is so interested in him, and in an angry voice he asks Kosh 'What do you want?!?' a couple times. Kosh replies angrily 'Never ask that question,' although at the time you may not fully understand why. Later, it becomes clear that to ask What you want, without knowing who you are, can lead to Chaos. So when Sheridan was asking Kosh that question, Kosh was warning him not to go down the path of Chaos like that, and that knowing 'Who are you' first is more important.

Having set the stage, there was a similar scene in Z'Ha'Dum when Sheridan gets let into the room with Anna, Justin, and Morden. When he walks in he asks Justin: 'Who are you' a couple times. Justin replies 'Now, thats not really important' and then goes off to give his vague reply. At first I took it to mean that it wasnt important who Justin's name was, but then thinking about the Shadows view on that question, I believe JMS put that there as a suttle hint that, to the Shadows, knowing 'who you are' isnt important, that only 'what you want' is, without thinking of the consequences (at least thats the shadows view, and Justin represented that view).

That was something I missed the first couple times, but when I caught it I really thought it was a cool piece of dialogue.

'I don't believe in the no-win scenario' - JTK

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i cant remember the direct quote... but sinclair made a mini-speech in an early episode that essentially justified all of space flight and exploration for the preservation of human culture... frell, i cant remember it..

"Every technomage knows the fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. She only needed one. Hello." -Galen, Crusade
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