30 most iconic sayings the Star Trek franchise has given us

From Spock's wisdom to Captain Picard's commands, these sayings from the Star Trek universe are perfect for fans and newcomers alike.

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent
Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /
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From the moment the Starship Enterprise first zoomed across our screens in the 1960s, Star Trek has been serving up a smorgasbord of science fiction splendor, complete with phasers, warp drives, and aliens that range from forehead wrinkle aficionados to omnipotent beings with a flair for the dramatic. But let's be real - the true magic of Star Trek isn't just in its visions of the future, its battles with Borg, or even its time-hopping shenanigans. No, the real dilithium crystals powering this series are the iconic quotes it's gifted to the universe.

Who among us hasn't wanted to solemnly declare, "Live long and prosper," to a friend or groaned, "I'm giving her all she's got, Captain!" when our computer decides to update at the least opportune moment? These lines are more than just memorable - they're a universal language for Trekkies and casual fans alike, offering wisdom, humor, and a dose of humanity (or Vulcanity, as the case may be).

Star Trek's dialogue has boldly gone beyond the final frontier of television, embedding itself into our cultural fabric. It's taught us about honor, friendship, sacrifice, and the importance of a good cup of coffee in the depths of space. Whether you're facing down a Klingon warbird or just trying to get through Monday, there's a Star Trek quote to light your way.

Let's take a look at 30 iconic quotes and sayings we wouldn't have today if it wasn't for Star Trek.

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1. "Live long and prosper." – The Vulcan salute that transcends space and time, mostly said by Spock. It's like saying, "May the odds be ever in your favor," but for space geniuses.

2. "Beam me up, Scotty!" – Despite never being said exactly like this in the original series, it's what you shout when you're ready to ditch a party early.

3. "Resistance is futile." – The catchphrase of the Borg, perfect for when someone refuses to share their fries with you.

4. "I'm giving her all she's got, Captain!" – Scotty's way of saying, "I'm trying my best here!" Use it when your internet is slow, and you're trying to stream your favorite show.

5. "Space, the final frontier..." – The opening line that gets every Trekkie's heart racing. It's the cosmic equivalent of "Once upon a time..."

6. "To boldly go where no man [no one] has gone before." – The mission statement of the Starship Enterprise, and possibly what dogs think when they venture into the kitchen.

7. "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it." – A line famously misattributed to Spock, it's what you say when you see a new TikTok trend.

8. "Highly illogical." – Spock's way of saying, "That makes zero sense." Perfect for when your friend suggests pineapple on pizza.

9. "Engage!" – Captain Picard's way to say, "Let's roll!" Ideal for starting anything, from your car to a new adventure.

10. "Make it so." – Another Picard classic, for when you decisively agree with someone's suggestion.

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Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /

11. "I have been and always shall be your friend." – Spock, setting friendship goals across the galaxy.

12. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." – Spock, dropping wisdom bombs that resonate in and out of Starfleet.

13. "Tea, Earl Grey, hot." – How Captain Picard orders his favorite drink, and how you now want to order your drinks too.

14. "Infinite diversity in infinite combinations." – Vulcan philosophy celebrating differences, also a good caption for your next group selfie.

15. "There's coffee in that nebula." – Captain Janeway's way of saying there's hope (and caffeine) just ahead.

16. "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end." – Spock, basically saying, "Use your head, but don't forget your heart."

17. "What does God need with a starship?" – Captain Kirk asking the real questions in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

18. "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a [insert profession here]!" – Bones McCoy, the original career-focused individual.

19. "I cannot change the laws of physics." – Scotty, reminding us that even in the future, there are limits.

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Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /

20. "One does not need to have power over others to be a leader." – Nyota Uhura, teaching Leadership 101.

21. "Insufficient facts always invite danger." – Spock, because knowing is half the battle.

22. "Let's make sure that history never forgets the name...Enterprise." – Captain Picard, ensuring their missions are yearbook quote-worthy.

23. "Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!" – Kirk's emotional outburst that's perfect for when someone eats the last slice of pizza without asking. Or, you know, trying to get your kids to be quiet when you're trying to watch Star Trek.

24. "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life." – Picard, offering a dose of reality with a side of wisdom.

25. "Risk is our business." – Kirk, explaining why Starfleet officers are basically intergalactic entrepreneurs.

26. "Peace and long life." – The Vulcan reply to "Live long and prosper," also what you wish your houseplants.

27. "Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning." – Kirk, quoting Peter Pan, because even captains need fairy tales.

28. "I am not a merry man!"– Worf, probably at every party he's ever been dragged to.

29. "We are explorers; we explore our lives, day by day, and we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge." – Chakotay, getting deep about what it means to be human (or a part of Starfleet, at least).

30. "This far, no farther!" – Picard, setting boundaries like a boss in Star Trek: First Contact.

Here's to Star Trek, for giving us a galaxy of quotes to live by, laugh at, and look to for inspiration. Whether you're a captain of industry or just navigating the tricky waters of day-to-day life, remember: the spirit of exploration and the power of a well-timed quote can make all the difference.

Engage!

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