These are some of my favorite lines from the characters in the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica.
Warning, this document contains spoilers for all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica.
"There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
This is a quote from Commander Adama--the leader of the human military--explaining to the President of the Colonies on why he will not lend out his military for the purposes of policing the civilian population.
"To know the face of God is to know madness."
This is a quote from Leoben, a Cylon that believes in one God that looks down on the whole universe. This is significant because the human population fighting the Cylons is polytheistic.
"If you keep running from the school yard bully, he keeps on chasing you but the moment you turn around and stop you punch him really hard in a sensitive spot. He’ll think twice about coming back."
This is Commander Adama describing why they should launch an offensive strike against the Cylons, as opposed to continuing to run away from them. His next sentence is the below iconic quote:
"Sometimes you have to roll the hard six."
However, a Redditor points out that if Adama is talking about the game craps, the quote doesn't make any sense.
"Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that."
This is from Colonel Tigh arguing with Chief Tyrol in favor of attacking the Cylons with suicide bombings that harm humans. Later in the same episode, Colonel Tigh says the below quote to Laura Roslin.
"I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something - it don't make a godsdamn bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground. In the end, they're just as dead."
For reference, a Viper is the humans' spaceworthy single-pilot fighter-interceptor craft.
"Their enemies will divide them, their colonies broken in the firey chasm of space. The shining days renounced by a multitude of dark sacrifices. Yet still they will remain. Always together."
This is a quote from Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson during a religious ceremony before the Colonial Fleet rescues the human population from the Cylons on New Caprica.
"When God's anger awakens, even the mighty shall fall."
This is a quote from Athena--a Cylon working for the humans--when she encounters a ship full of dying Cylons.
"What is the most basic article of faith? This is not all that we are. The difference between you and me is, I know what that means and you don't. I know that I'm more than this body, more than this consciousness. A part of me swims in the stream. But in truth, I'm standing on the shore. The current never takes me downstream."
This is a quote from Leoben to Kara Thrace.
"I told you when I first came aboard this ship that you had changed. I look at you now. I don't see Kara Thrace. I see an angel blazing with the light of God, an angel eager to lead her people home."
This is another quote from Leoben, describing to Kara how his perspective has changed.
"He did what he thought was right. That's all any man can do."
This is from Ellen Tigh, about her husband Saul.
"I don't want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to--I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can't even express these things properly because I have to--I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws! And feel the wind of a supernova flowing over me! I'm a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I'm trapped in this absurd body! And why? Because my five creators thought that God wanted it that way!"
This is a quote from Brother Cavil, who is a humanoid Cylon. Despite looking exactly like a human, Cavil identifies as a machine. In this quote, which is one of the most famous quotes in the Battlestar Galactica franchise, Cavil complains that his humanity limits him from a more true understanding of the universe.