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"Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations.
There would never be another.
It changed the future and it changed us.
It taught us that we have to create the future, or others will do it for us.
It showed us that we have to care for one another, because if we don't, who will?
And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places.
Mostly though I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings ... even for people like us."

- Babylon 5 Finale closing soliloquy by Susan Ivanova

"There are beings in the universe billions of years older than us and we have as much chance of communicating with them as we do with an ant." - G'Kar


"I am in awe, Lennier, the way you can take a straight forward, logical proposition and turn it inside out, so that in the end it says what you want it to say, instead of what it actually means. Did this come naturally or did you attend some martial arts class for the philosphically inclined?" - Marcus


"Zathrus used to being beast of burden to other people's needs. Very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But at least there is symmetry." - Zathrus


"No dictator, no invader can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater force in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.

The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free." -G'Kar (on the fall of the Narn homeworld to the Centauri)


"I'm not sure that actually made sense, but I am afraid that if I go back and try to figure it out, I will start to bleed from the ears." - Londo Mollari


"All we know is that we will die. It is only a matter of how, when and whether or not it is with honour." -Lennier


"May ghod stand between you and harm in all the empty places where you must walk." - an olde Egyptian blessing


"All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. [...] G'Kwan wrote there is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities; it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us waiting in moments of transition to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain." - G'Kar


"I do not trust anyone who talks of themselves in the third person." -Marcus


"Touch passion when it comes your way Steven. It's rare enough as it is. Don't walk away when it calls you by name." -Marcus


"We're dreamers, shapers, singers and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations." -Elric (a techno-mage)


"And what do you want? You moon faced assassin of joy!" - Mollari


"Big concerns grow from small concerns. You plant them, water them with tears, fertilize them with unconcern. If you ignore them, they grow." - Mollari


"I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought wouldn't it be much worse, if life were fair and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them. So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus


"Let me ask you one thing. How much more before I can look in the mirror and not see myself? Cause I keep looking, and I am always there, and right now, I don't want to see me. - Vir Kotto


"Only those whose lives are brief can imagine that love is eternal. You should embrace that remarkable illusion. It may be the greatest gift your race has ever received." - Lorien


"It is easy to find something worth dying for. Do you have anything worth living for?" - Lorien


"You are not embracing life; you are fleeing death, and so you are caught in between, unable to go forward or backward. Your friends need what you can be when you are no longer afraid, when you know who you are and why you are and what you want; when you are no longer looking for reasons to live, but can simply be." - Lorien


"Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander, daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanoff. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to earth. I am death incarnate and the last living thing you are ever going to see. Ghod sent me." - Ivanova


"On your trip back I would like you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra.
Ivanova is always right.
I will listen to Ivanova.
I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations.
Ivanova is ghod.
And if this ever happens again, Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out." - Ivanova


"The universe speaks in many language, but only one voice.
The language is not Narn, or Human, or Centauri, of 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.
And 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.
It is 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 darkeness; no matter the loss; no matter the fear.
We are one.
Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize 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 the way to a better future.
We are one."

- Preamble to the Declaration of Principles of the Interstellar Alliance

Last modified July 31, 2000