Kirk: Well, Mr. Saavik, do you plan to stay with the sinking ship?
Saavik: Permission to speak freely.
Kirk: (Pause) Granted.
Saavik: I do not believe this was a fair test of my command abilities.
Kirk: And why not?
Saavik: Because...there was no way to win.
Kirk: A no-win situation is the possibility every commander may face. Has that never occured to you?
Saavik: No, sir, it has not.
Kirk: How we deal with death, is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn't you say?
Saavik: As I indicated, Admiral, that thought had not occured to me.
Kirk: Aren't you dead?
Khan: You see, there young enter through the ear and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to, uh, suggestion. Later as they grow, follows madness. And death.
Bones: Never rains, but it pours.
Kirk: As a physician, you of all people, should appreciate the dangers of re-opening old wounds.
Spock: For everything, there is a first time, Lieutenant.
Khan: He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him. I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia, 'round the Antearas maelstrom, and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!
Kirk: Something may be wrong on Regula One. We've been ordered to investigate.
Spock: If Memory serves, Regula One is a research laboratory.
Kirk: I told Starfleet Command all we have is a boatload of children. But we're the only ship in the Quadrant. Spock, these cadets of yours: how good are they? How will they respond under real pressure?
Spock: As with all living things, each according to his gifts. Of course, the ship is yours.
Kirk: That won't be necessary, just get me to Regula One.
Spock: As a teacher, on a training mission, I am content to command the Enterprise. If we were to go on actual duty, the senior officer on board, must assume command.
Kirk: It may be nothing, garbled communications. You take the shi--
Spock: Jim, you proceed from a false assumption. I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.
Kirk: You're about to remind me that logic dictates your actions?
Spock: I would not remind you of that which you know so well. If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you ever to accept promotion. Commanding a Starship is your first, best destiny. Anything else, is a waste of material.
Kirk: I would not presume to debate you.
Spock: That is wise. In any case, were I to evoke logic, logic clearly dictates, that the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.
Kirk: Or the one.
Spock: You are my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be yours.
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting
you. I leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity at the center of a dead planet. Buried alive! Buried alive!
Carol: Actually, he's a lot like you, in many ways. Please tell me what you're feeling.
Kirk: There's a man out there I haven't seen in 15 years who's trying to kill me. You show me a son that would be happy to help? My son. My life that could've been, and wasn't. What am I feeling? Old. Worn out.
Saavik: On the test, sir, I would really like to know what you did.
McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario (pointing at Kirk).
Kirk: I re-programmed the simulation, so it was possible to rescue the ship.
Saavik: You what?!?
David: He cheated.
Kirk: I changed the conditions of the test. I got an accommodation for original thinking. I don't like to lose.
Saavik: Then you never face that situation, face death?
Kirk: I don't believe in a no-win scenario. Kirk to Spock, it's two hours, are you ready?
Spock: Right on schedule, Admiral. Just give us your coordinates, and we'll beam you aboard.
Kirk: All Right! (to Saavik, smirking) I don't like to lose.
Kirk: We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. Yet, it should be noted, that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of a new life, the sunrise of a new world. A world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one. And we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most...human.
David: Lieutenant Saavik was right. You never have faced death.
Kirk: (pause) No, not like this. I cheated death, tricked my way out of death, and patted myself on my back for my ingenuity.
David: You knew enough to tell Lieutenant Saavik that how we face death is as important as how we face life.
Kirk: Those are just words.
David: Good words. That's where ideas begin. Maybe you should listen to them. I was wrong about you.
Kirk: Is that what you came here to say?
David: Mainly. And to tell you that I am proud, very proud to be your son.
McCoy: He's really not dead, as long as we remember him.
Kirk: "It is a far better thing I do now than I have ever done before. A far better resting place I go to now, than I have ever known."
Carol: Is that a poem?
Kirk: No, something Spock was trying to tell me, on my birthday.
McCoy: You OK, Jim? How do you feel?
Kirk: Young! I feel young!
is the best.