25 Quotes from ‘Star Trek’ Space Philosopher Captain Kirk

There are two types of people in this world — those who love William Shatner as the “Priceline Negotiator,” and those who love him as space philosopher and Adonis Captain James Tiberius Kirk. We tend to side with the latter. No one pauses during a speech like old Jim, commanding his fleet with the wisdom of an ancient sage (when he wasn’t busy wooing space’s female population). Today is Shatner’s 84th birthday, so join us in remembering these philosophical musings from one of pop culture’s greatest characters.

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Genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. . . . You can’t simply say, ‘Today I will be brilliant.'”

“A little suffering is good for the soul.”

“How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.”

“Conquest is easy. Control is not.”

“Without freedom of choice there is no creativity. The body dies.”