It was a sad day recently when Leonard Nimoy died–the actor who brought us one of my very favorite characters, the ever (or usually) logical Mr. Spock. I watched “This Side of Paradise” that evening–a good Spock episode that shows his not so logical side.
For today’s post, I thought I’d bring together some of my favorite Spock quotes…but swiftly realized that they’re all “Spock and someone else” quotes. Which makes a lot of sense, because the truth is, I love the triumvirate of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. In a ranking of my favorite characters, those three have to be a unit, because it’s not so much any one of them as the way they all fit together.
One of the nicest compliments I ever got in the long ago days when I wrote Star Trek stories was when someone called me “the queen of Kirk, Spock and McCoy dialogue,” remarking that even in ridiculous situations, they still sounded like them.
I might quote myself another day 🙂 but for today, here’s some “Kirk, Spock and McCoy dialogue” from the original source.
McCoy (discussing an android): There’s something wrong about a man who never smiles, whose conversation never varies from the routine of the job, and who won’t talk about his background.
Spock: I see.
McCoy: Spock…I mean it’s, ah, it’s odd for a non-Vulcan. Um…the ears make all the difference.
Spock: I find your arguments strewn with gaping defects in logic.
McCoy: Maybe, but you can’t evaluate a man by logic alone.
McCoy: You must be very unhappy, Mr. Spock.
Spock: That is a human emotion, Doctor, with which I am totally unfamiliar. How could I be unhappy?
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that work just like yours; logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic, and we poor irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you’ll find yourself back among us irrational humans again.
Spock: A position which I find eminently satisfactory, Doctor, for nowhere am I so desperately needed as on a shipload of illogical humans.
Kirk: Touché, Bones.
Spock: The child’s name is Leonard James Akaar?
McCoy: I think it has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree, James?
Kirk: A name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Mr. Spock?
Spock: I think you will both be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month.
“The Immunity Syndrome”
Spock: Do not risk the ship further on my behalf.
McCoy: Shut up, Spock, we’re rescuing you!
Spock: Thank you, Captain McCoy.
“Bread and Circuses”
McCoy: Just once I’d like to land some place and announce ‘Behold! I am the Archangel Gabriel!’
Spock: I fail to see the humor in that situation, Doctor.
McCoy: Well you could hardly claim to be an angel with ears like that. But suppose you landed somewhere with a pitchfork?
“Whom Gods Destroy”
Kirk: They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream. A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars, a dream that made Mr. Spock and me brothers.
Garth of Izar: Mr. Spock, do you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers?
Spock: Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively and with undue emotion. However, what he says is logical and I do, in fact, agree with it.
Your turn, Star Trek fans! Do you have a favorite Spock quote or episode?
5 thoughts on “Favorite Quotes from Mr. Spock–and Friends”
Lovely tribute! My favorite Spock moment comes at the end of Amok Time, when Spock (who thinks he has killed Kirk) first sees Kirk alive. Just for a second or two, a huge grin breaks out all over his face as he exclaims, “Jim!” A moment later, he has resumed his customary look of unflappable calm. But that moment when he smiles, when the depth of his love and the joy of finding Kirk alive and the sheer relief of knowing he hasn’t killed his best friend overwhelm him – that moment is just perfect because of what it tells us about Spock, and about their friendship.
YES–that’s my favorite Spock moment too. (That may be my favorite *Star Trek* moment, in fact…) It wasn’t so quotable, though!
True enough! 🙂
Nice tribute to a unique character and a unique acting team. There will never be another group like them, that’s for sure.
The combination of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelly was one of those rare, fortuitous accidents of casting that no producer can ever plan for. It just has to happen. They were among the great teams of television (and later, movies). Thanks for your tribute.