Spock's Wisdoms

On Being a Vulcan

"To be Vulcan, means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life which is logical and beneficial. We can not disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain - no matter how important that gain may be." (Spock to Amanda - Journey to Babel)

"I too am a Vulcan, bred to peace." (Spock - Savage Curtain)

On Logic

"Logic is the begining of wisdom not the end" (Spock to Valeris STII)

"Logic is a little bird tweeting in meadow; logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which ... smell bad..." (Spock - I Mudd)

On Existence

"Change is the essential process of all existence."

On Death

"I would remind you, though, that the word for 'decide' is descended from older words meaning to kill; options and opportunities die when decisions are made. Be careful what you kill." (Spock, "Spock's World" by Diane Duane)

"Is death truly a curse? There is little logic in condemning something one has not experienced...or does not remember experiencing." (Spock - Wounded Sky, Diane Duane)

"Accepting death - by understanding that every life comes to an end, when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted." (Spock to younger Spock in Yesteryear - STA)

On Killing

"It is illogical to kill without reason."

"If there were a reason a Vulcan is quite capable of killing - logically and efficiently." (Spock - Journey to Babel)

On the Warrior Mentality

"Shakespeare understood the warrior mentality:'Witness this army, of such mass and charge/ Exposing what is mortal and usure/To all that fortune, death, danger dare/ Even for an eggshell.' or as a Klingon poet might put it, Captain, any excuse for a fight." (Vulcan Academy Murders: J. Lorrah)

On Intelligence

"A world without intelligence is a primitive place, Doctor, not an enchanted place. Intelligence is part of the advancing scheme of evolution. Without it, nature reaches a plateau very quickly and does not progress beyond raw survival. The full flavor of possibility goes un-savored. And that... is a true shame." (The First Frontier: by Diane Carey & Dr. James Kirkland)

On Fear

"Irrational fear is a construct of an undisciplined intellect" (Spock to Chekov in Deep Domain)*

"Fear is among the strongest and most violent of the emotions." (Spock - Wolf in the fold.)

On vegetarians (sort of)

"In a strict scientific sense, Doctor, we all feed on death - even Vegetarians." (Spock - Wolf in the Fold).

On Computers

"Computers make excellent and efficient servants - but I have no wish to serve under them." *

"...that computers are more efficient - not better than human beings" (Spock - The Ultimate Computer)

On emotion

"However, I have noted, that the 'healthy' release of emotion is frequently very unhealthy for those closest to you." (Spock - Plato's Stepchildren)

"Emotions are alien to me - I am a scientist." (Spock - Paradise syndrome)

"What you do not yet understand is that Vulcans do not lack emotion. This is an all too common misconception. It is merely that our emotions are controlled, kept in check. This adherence to principles of logic offers a serenity that humans rarely experience in full. We have emotions. But we deal firmly with them and do not let them control us." (Elder Spock to young Spock in Yesteryear TOS-animated)

"Humans smile with so little provocation." (Spock- Journey to Babel)

On knowledge

"Not even Vulcans can know the un-known." (Spock - Immunity syndrome)

"If I drop a wrench on a planet with a positive gravity field, I need not see it fall, nor hear it hit the ground, to know that it has in fact fallen." (Spock - Court Martial)

"I object to Intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose." (Spock - Squire of Gothos)

On Humans behaviour

"I do not mean to offend, sir, but it behaves with an almost human pattern." (Spock - The Ultimate Computer)

On Humanoid behaviour

"It is the lot of 'man' to strive, no matter how content he is."

"Each of us at some time in our life turns to someone, a father, a brother, a God and asks Why am I here? What was I ment to be?." (Spock - ST-I)

On Fascinating

"Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected." (Spock - Squire of Gothos)

On diplomacy

"We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." (Spock - A taste of Armagedon)

"The entire key to diplomacy is sincerity. Once that can be faked, the rest is simple." (Spock - The Rift:Peter David).

On madness

"Madness has no purpose or reason but it may have a goal." (Spock - Alternative factor)

On Appreciation

"Appreciation is a noun. It denotes the just valuation or recognition of worth." (Spock - My Enemy My Ally).

On Beauty

"It is our way - Art and Science combined. There is no reason that function should not be beautiful - in fact beauty usually makes it more effective." (Spock - Spock's World)

On Creativity

"Creativity is necessary for the health of the body." (Spock - Return of the Archons)

On Wanting

"Having is not so pleasing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." (Spock to T'Pring in Amok Time).

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