‘Highly Illogical’: 10 Quintessential Spock Quotes

February 27, 2015 Updated: February 27, 2015

Here’s some of the best quotes from Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character following the actor’s death on Friday.


“Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“Change is the essential process of all existence.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“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.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“If I seem insensitive to what you’re going through, Captain, understand – it’s the way I am.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series 


“May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with Humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


‘[Spock]: “Interesting. You Earth people glorify organized violence for 40 centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately.”
[Dr. McCoy]:  “And, of course, your people found an answer?”
[Spock]:  “We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” — from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


‘[Spock]: “Has it occurred to you that there is a certain inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you’ve already made up your mind about?”
[Captain Kirk]:  “It gives me emotional security.”
[Spock]: “A very interesting game, this poker.” — from Star Trek: The Original Series


And here’s the iconic quote from William Shatner’s James T. Kirk after Spock dies in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan:

“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of 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… [voice breaks] human.”