Spock is a half human, half Vulcan fictional character in the Star Trek universe and franchise. The character was originally played by actor Leonard Nimoy, and made its first appearance in the original Star Trek series as a science officer as well as the first officer, who is serving abroad the USS Enterprise starship. In this article, we share with you the best, funniest and most logical and memorable Spock quotes.
Spock, along with Captain James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy are the three main characters in the original Star Trek series and movies. After Spock retired from service on the USS Enterprise, he served as an ambassador for the Federation. Later on, he tried to save Romulus from a supernova, yet he was unsuccessful. This led him to live in a parallel universe for the rest of his life.
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Best Spock Quotes
In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.
Insufficient facts always invite danger.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.
Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.
Without followers, evil cannot spread.
I’m frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life.
If there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them.
Live long and prosper.
Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.
It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
Virtue is a relative term.
Vulcans never bluff.
Beauty is transitory.
You Earth people have glorified violence for forty centuries. But you imprison those who employ it privately.
Violence in reality is quite different from theory.
It is the lot of ‘man’ to strive no matter how content he is.
I like to believe that there are always possibilities.
I have been and always shall be your friend.
Evil does seem to maintain power by suppressing the truth.
One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower.
You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million.
After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before
I see no logic in wanting to worship a deity who demands you live in perpetual fear.
Humans smile with so little provocation.
I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.
May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with Humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.
When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.
Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality.
I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I have simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.
It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six.
Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.
Change is the essential process of all existence.
Logic is the beginning of wisdom… not the end.
Captain, you almost make me believe in luck.
When there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.
It would be illogical to kill without reason.
Lieutenant, I am half-Vulcanian. Vulcanians do not speculate. I speak from pure logic. If I let go of a hammer on a planet that has a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has in fact fallen.
There is no reason that function should not be beautiful. In fact, beauty usually makes it more effective.
Worry is a human emotion, Captain. I accept what has happened.
To expect sense from two mentalities of such extreme points of view is not logical.
I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
If I were human, I believe my response would be ‘go to hell’… If I were human.
Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose and excluding that which is painful.
I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.
If those peculiar signals are coming from Captain Kirk or Lieutenant Sulu, their rationality is in question.
May I point out that I have gotten a chance to examine your counterparts closely. They are brutal, savage, uncivilized and illogical. They are in every way examples of Homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity.
You’re the captain of this ship. You haven’t the right to be vulnerable in the eyes of the crew. You can’t afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith and you lose command.
That’s right… you humans have that emotional need to express gratitude. ‘You’re welcome,’ I believe, is the correct response.
I’ll have you checkmated your next move.
Insults are effective only where emotion is present.
Military secrets are the most fleeting of all.
Superior ability breeds superior ambition.
Time is fluid… like a river with currents, eddies, backwash.
Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But it may have a goal.
Emotions are alien to me. I’m a scientist.
Many ‘myths’ are based on truth.
Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected, in this case I would think interesting would suffice.
Interesting Facts about Spock
After all this logic, it’s time to share some interesting facts about Spock that you may not know about.
- Spock Was Almost Cut from The Series – During the mid-60s, Gene Roddenberry tried to get the show on the air, and even though the 60s were a time of peace and love and all kinds of psychedelia, a lot were still influenced by the era of the 50s, which were very conservative. That is why the executives of NBC almost cut Spock from the series, because his pointy ears, eyebrows style and overall look seemed satanic to them. It was producer Oscar Katz who was able to convince the executives to include the character of Spock in the series.
- “Bones” Was Originally Spock – That’s right, you read it. DeForest Kelley, who played the character of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, was originally set to play the character of Spock. But that’s not all, as Gene Roddenberry even considered Adam West (TV’s Batman) for the role of Spock before Leonard Nimoy.
- Spock is not His Full Name – We all know him as Spock, but that’s actually his last name. The full name of the half human, half-Vulcan is S’chn T’gai Spock. His father’s name is S’chn T’gai Sarek, and according to Spock, humans can’t really pronounce his name, so it’s best to stay with only Spock. His real and full name was never told on TV, but was revealed in the Ishmael Star Trek novel in 1985.
- Leonard Nimoy is Responsible for the Famous Salute – The famous Vulcan salute appeared first during episode number one of season two in the original Star Trek series in 1967. This salute was invented by Leonard Nimoy himself, and it is based on a gesture that he learned when he was only a child from priest Jewish Kohanim who used to do something similar for blessing. The original gesture by the priest is made using two hands and it means Almighty God.
- Nimoy’s Vulcan Nerve Pinch – Leonard Nimoy is also responsible for creating the Vulcan nerve pinch. The script for the fifth episode of season one of the original Star Trek series, said that Spock “kayoes” Captain Kirk’s evil version. However, this act was too violent for a Vulcan who did not want to engage in violence unless lives were at stake. So, Leonard Nimoy invented a different maneuver, where he would pinch the shoulder of his victim, which will trigger nerves and knock him out.
- Spock Had Red Skin – Well, originally at least. You see, Spock was first conceived as a Martian and so he should have red skin, just like Mars is the red planet. They didn’t go through with for several reasons: racial issues, many people still owning a black and white TV, so the colour red had no meaning in such a TV, and the fact that it would take too much time getting Nimoy to be and look red for every episode.
- Spock’s Amazing Death Scene – After the first Star Trek movie in 1979, Nimoy did not want to play the part of Sock any longer. However, Nimoy was convinced to continue the role, as he was promised an amazing and dramatic death scene in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from 1982. It was decided that the second movie will be the last one, since the first one was expensive and did not succeed as anticipated. So, Nimoy thought that Spock’s death scene where he would sacrifice himself for the lives of the crew is a good scene to film and a great way to end Spock’s life.
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