Sunday, November 20, 2005

My Favorite Babylon 5 Quotes

B5 is over ten years old, but the conspiracy storyline has had more than it's share of parallels with the last five years of politics. Joe Straczynski wrote one of the finest shows ever.
"The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote." Kosh, Believers
"The universe is driven by the complex interaction between three ingredients: matter, energy, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar, Survivors
"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. Then you accept it, or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking into mirrors." Londo, Chrysalis
"I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate." Ivanova, Points of Departure
"Why does any advanced civilization seek to destroy less advanced one? Because the land is strategically valuable, because there are resources that can be cultivated and exploited, but most of all, simply because they can." G'Kar, And Now For a Word
"I have been nothing but compassionate and understanding. I mean, all you had to do was to admit you were wrong and I was right and everything would've been fine." Ivanova to Talia Winters, Divided Loyalties
"With our basic freedom in stake, no response can be too extreme. There maybe some minor and *temporary* abridgments in the traditionally protected areas, such as speech and association, but only until this crisis is over." Julie Musante, Voices of Authority
"I thought the purpose of filing these reports was to provide accurate intelligence."
"Vir, intelligence has nothing to do with politics." Vir and Londo, Point of No Return
Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiot would fight a war on twelve fronts."
"We can handle it. Our resources are greater than you think." Londo and Lord Refa, Ceremonies of Light and Dark
"I have seen what power does, and I have seen what power costs. The one is never equal to the other." G'Kar, Epiphanies
Last, but certainly not least
"The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. The language is not narn or human or centauri or gaim or minbari. It speaks in the language of hope."
"It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us and the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. The small, still voice that says: 'We are one. No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star. .. We are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. .. We are one.' Here, gathered together in common cause, we begin to realize this singular truth and this singular rule that we must be kind to one another. Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light our way to a better future. We are one."
"We are one."
Sheridan/G'Kar, the Alliance Preamble to the Declaration of Principles, The Paragon of Animals
Don't I wish.

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