On this day, 30 years ago, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine broadcasted across TV screens, luring fans in with its dark, grittier adventures aboard the Deep Space 9 space station (formerly known as Terok Nor).
Through its serialized stories, fans encountered main characters who were non-Federation officers, the inner politics of the Federation, complex interpersonal relationships, the true effects of war, and the largely unexplored Gamma Quadrant.
In recognition of Deep Space Nine's 30th anniversary, we asked our fans what their favorite quotes from the series were, and boy did YOU deliver! In no particular order, we present to you the Top 10 fan-favorite quotes from the series:
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"In The Pale Moonlight," Season 6, Episode 19
“A guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant, so I will learn to live with it. Because I can live with it. I can live with it. Computer, erase that entire personal log.” — Benjamin Sisko
"It’s A Fake!" — Senator Vreenak
"Take Me Out to the Holosuite," Season 7, Episode 4
"Death to the opposition!" — Worf
"The Siege of AR-558," Season 7, Episode 8
“Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their Holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon.” — Quark
"Improbable Cause," Season 3, Episode 20
"But the point is, if you lie all the time, nobody's going to believe you, even when you're telling the truth." — Dr. Bashir
"Are you sure that's the point, doctor?" — Garak
"Of course. What else could it be?" — Dr. Bashir
"That you should never tell the same lie twice." — Garak
"By Inferno's Light," Season 5, Episode 15
“Everyone has their reasons. That’s what's so frightening. People can find a way to justify any action, no matter how evil. You can’t judge people by what they think or say, only by what they do.” — Kira Nerys
"A Man Alone," Season 1, Episode 4
“The law? Commander, laws change, depending on who's making them. Cardassians one day, Federation the next. But justice is justice.” — Odo
"Far Beyond the Stars," Season 6, Episode 13
"For all we know, at this very moment, somewhere, far beyond all those distant stars, Benny Russell is dreaming of us." — Benjamin Sisko
"The Wire," Season 2, Episode 22
"Out of all the stories you told me, which ones that you told me were true and which ones weren't?" — Dr. Bashir
"My doctor, they all were true." — Garak
"Even the lies?" — Dr. Bashir
"Especially the lies" — Garak
"Q-Less," Season 1, Episode 6
"You hit me! Picard never hit me." — Q
"I'm not Picard." — Benjamin Sisko
BONUS: The ever talkative Morn!
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