Battlestar Galactica (2003) Quotes

Number Six: [to a little baby whose neck she is about to snap] There there. It's okay. You're not gonna have to cry much longer.

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[First spoken lines of series]
Number Six: Are you alive?
Military Liaison: Yes.
Number Six: Prove it.

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[After Number Six tells Baltar that she's a Cylon and how the Colonial military could kill him over her access to the Defense Mainframe]
Dr Gaius Baltar: I'm going to call my lawyer. He's the best in the business. [dials numbers]
Number Six: That wouldn't be necessary, because in a few hours, no one will be left to charge you with anything.
Baltar: [puts down phone] What are you trying to say?
Number Six: Humanity's children are returning
[A nuclear detonation flares on the horizon behind them]

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Apollo: So, what's the charge this time?
Starbuck: Striking a superior asshole.
Apollo: And I bet you've been waiting all day to say that one.
Starbuck: Most of the afternoon, yeah.

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[Adama's speech at Galactica's decommissioning ceremony.]
William Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high ... [after looking at crowd] but sometimes it's too high.
You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question, why? Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed, spite, jealousy. And we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done. Like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.

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Starbuck: Why can't we use the starboard launch tube?
Chief Tyrol: It's a gift shop now.
Starbuck: Frak me.

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Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: Hey. Aren't you Gaius Baltar?
Baltar: [startled] Yeah, I haven't done anything!

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President Laura Roslin: The lesson learned here is not to ask follow-up questions, but simply to say "Thank you, Captain Apollo, for saving our collective asses!"

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Adama: You would rather that we run?
Roslin: Yes! Absolutely! That is the only sane thing to do here - exactly that, run. We leave this solar system and never look back.
Adama: You can run if you'd like. This ship will stand and it will fight.
Roslin: I'm going to be straight with you here. The human race is about to be wiped out. We have fifty thousand people left and that's it. Now, if we are even going to survive as a species, then we need to get the hell out of here and we need to start having babies!

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Virtual Six: God has a plan for you Gaius. He has a plan for everything and everyone.

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Virtual Six: [on whether Doral is a Cylon] He doesn't seem the type and I don't remember seeing him at any of the Cylon parties.

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Adama: [sees Billy flirting with Dualla] They'd better start having babies.
Saul Tigh: Is that an order?
Adama: It may be before too long.

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Gaius Baltar: If there are Cylons aboard this ship, we'll find them.
Virtual Six: "We"? You are not on their side, Gaius.
Gaius Baltar: I am not on anybody's side.

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Chief Tyrol: We'll sleep when we're dead, c'mon!

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Lieutennant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Permission to speak off the record?
Tigh: Granted.
Starbuck: You're a bastard.

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[Adama's speech at the funeral services on Galactica.]
Adama: Are they the lucky ones? That's what you're thinking, isn't it? We're a long way from home. We've jumped way beyond the Red Line, into uncharted space. Limited supplies, limited fuel. No allies, and now, no hope? Maybe it would have been better for us to have died quickly, back on the Colonies with our families, instead of dying out here slowly, in the emptiness of dark space. Where shall we go? What shall we do? Life here began out there. Those are the first words of the sacred scrolls, and they were told to us by the Lords of Kobol, many countless centuries ago. And they made it perfectly clear that we are not alone in this universe. Elosha, there's a 13th colony of humankind, is there not?
Elosha: Yes. The scrolls tell us a 13th tribe left Kobol in the early days. They travelled far and made their home upon a planet called Earth, which circled a distant and unknown star.
Adama: It's not unknown. I know where it is! Earth. The most guarded secret we have. The location was only known by the senior commanders of the fleet, and we dare not share it with the public. Not while there was a Cylon threat upon us. For now we have a refuge to go to. A refuge the Cylons know nothing about. It won't be an easy journey. It'll be long, and arduous. But I promise you one thing: on the memory of those lying here before you, we shall find it, and Earth shall become our new home. So say we all!

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Tigh: Yes, we're tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!

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Virtual Six: Do you remember the first time you lied to a woman? Other than your mother, that is.
Baltar: Other than my mother? Sherry Bennett. Fourth grade, on the playground, behind the band room. "If you show me yours, I'll show you mine." She did. I did not.

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Adama: There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

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Number Six: We're the children of humanity. That makes them our parents, in a sense.
Number Five/Aaron Doral: True, but parents have to die. It's the only way children can come into their own.

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Adama: Every man has to decide for themselves which side they are on.
Lee "Apollo" Adama: I didn't know we were picking sides. [walks off]
Adama: That's why you haven't picked one yet.

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Adama: Politics. As exciting as war. Definitely as dangerous.
Roslin: Though in war, you can only get killed once. In politics it can happen over and over.
Adama: You're still standing.
Roslin: So are you.
Adama: And I can dance! (They start dancing together.)

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Roslin: You have committed me to holding elections within the year.
Apollo: Madam President, with respect. You are serving out the remainder of President Adar's term. When that term is up, in seven months, the law says, there is an election. I only committed you to obeying the law.
Adama: You sound like some kind of lawyer.
Roslin: This is unacceptable.
Apollo: I swore an oath. To defend the articles. The articles say there is an election in seven months. Now, if you are telling me we are throwing out the law, then I am not a captain, you are not a commander, and you are not the president. And I don't owe either of you a damned explanation for anything.
Roslin: He's your son.
Adama: He's your advisor.

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Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Ummm. I have my flaws too.
Tigh: The difference is, my flaws are personal, yours are professional.

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Adama: He said something else. That you might have been feeling guilty about something you did for Zak. What did you do for him?
Starbuck: I don't know. You'd have to ask Lee.
Adama: I'm asking you.
Starbuck: Well I don't kn-I, ah...I don't really know what he was talking about, so-
Adama: Don't fence with me, Kara. I love you like a daughter. I don't deserve that.
Starbuck: Ummm...Zak...failed...basic flight. He wasn't a bad pilot, he just had no feel for flying...and, um, when it came to his final check ride he...busted...three of the test maneuvers, and I should have flunked him, but I didn't. The bottom line is your...son...didn't have the chops to fly a Viper...and it killed him.
Adama: [following a flashback] You did it because you were engaged.
Starbuck: [breaking down] Because I made a mistake...because I was just...I was so in love with him...and I let that get in the way of doing my job...and um, and he um, he just wanted it so much, and I...I didn't want to be the one who crushed him...
Adama: Reinstate the trainees to flight status.
Starbuck: I will...but I just want you to understand...that I-
Adama: Do your job.
Starbuck: Yes sir-
Adama: And walk out of this cabin...while you still can.

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Starbuck: [to a downed Cylon Raider] Are you...alive?

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Lee: Why did you do this? Why did we do this?
Adama: Kara was family. You do whatever you have to do. Sometimes you break the rules.
Lee: And if it was me down there instead?
Adama: You don't have to ask that.
Lee: Are you sure?
Adama: If it were you, we'd never leave.

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Starbuck: (narrowly avoids being hit while piloting a hijacked Raider) You idiot! Didn't anybody teach you intercept protocol?! Okay... we're gonna have to do this the hard way then.
Lee: (chasing Starbuck) Whoa, this bastard's good! Hold still, you little...
Starbuck: Close enough for you... Just a little... bit... closer... (Lee scores a hit) NOT THAT CLOSE!!! (pulls off a sudden brake, forcing him to overfly her)
Lee: What the-?! I've lost him! Galactica, I repeat - he's nowhere to be seen... (Starbuck slowly approaches him from behind and stops above him) Holy... Galactica, the Cylon is now flying formation with me! Right above my head. This thing is acting weird...
Adama: Put me through.
(the Raider turns around)
Lee: (laughs) It's Starbuck!
Adama: What?! Come again, Apollo!
Lee: Galactica, the Cylon Raider is marked "STARBUCK". It's painted onto the frakking wing! (everyone in the CIC cheers)
Adama: Bring it into the bay! If it does anything, take it out!
Lee: Wilco Galactica but I tell you what, it's gotta be her. This thing's flying around with some serious attitude!

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Starbuck: Like my new toy?
Lee: When you take a souvenir, you don't screw around...

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Adama: [to Sergeant Hadrian and her Board of Inquiry] You’ve lost your way, Sergeant. You’ve lost sight of the purpose of the law: to protect its citizens, not persecute them. Whatever we are, whatever’s left of us – we’re better than that. Now these proceedings are closed. You’ll be transported back to your ships and we appreciate your help.
Chairman of the Board: This is an independent board. You have no power to close our inquiries.
Adama: This is a witch-hunt. I will not have it aboard my ship.

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