Dr. Zefram Cochrane Quotes in Star Trek: First Contact (1996)


Dr. Zefram Cochrane Quotes:

  • Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Please! Don't tell me it's all thanks to me! I've heard enough about the great Zefram Cochrane! I don't know who writes your history books or where you get your information from, but you people got some pretty funny ideas about me!


    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: You all look at me as if I'm some kind of... saint, or visionary or something!

    Cmdr. William Riker: I don't think you're a saint, Doc. But you did have a vision. And now we're sitting in it.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: You wanna know what my vision is? Dollar signs, money! I didn't build this ship to usher in a new era for humanity. You think I wanna see the stars? I don't even like to fly! I take trains! I built this ship so I could retire to some tropical island... filled with


    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: naked women. THAT'S Zefram Cochrane. THAT'S his vision. This other guy you keep talking about, this historical figure? I never met him. I can't imagine I ever will.

    Cmdr. William Riker: Someone once said "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgements."

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?

    Cmdr. William Riker: [smiles at Cochrane] You did, ten years from now.

  • Dr. Zefram Cochrane: I've gotta take a leak.

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: Leak? I'm not detecting any leak.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Don't you people from the 24th century ever pee?

  • Dr. Zefram Cochrane: A group of cybernetic creatures from the future have traveled back through time to enslave the human race... and you're here to stop them?

    Cmdr. William Riker: That's right.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Hot damn! You're heroic.

  • [Lily and Zefram had a few too much to drink at a bar]

    Lily Sloane: You're going to regret this tomorrow.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: One of the things you should have learned about me by now is that I don't have regrets.

    [leaving the bar, Cochrane pulls Lily back]

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Come on, Lily. One more round.

    Lily Sloane: [pulling Cochrane off her] Z, you've had enough. I'm not going up in that thing with a drunken pilot.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Well I sure as hell am not going up in there sober.

  • [Riker, LaForge and Cochrane have made humanity's first warp speed test flight]

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Is that Earth?

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: That's it!

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: It's so small...

    Cmdr. William Riker: It's about to get a whole lot bigger.

  • Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: Look, Doc, we can't do this without you!

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: I don't care. I don't want to be a statue.

    Cmdr. William Riker: Doctor...

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: You stay away from me!

    [runs off]

    Cmdr. William Riker: We don't have time for this.

    [pulls out a phaser and stuns Cochrane who falls in a creekbed]

    Cmdr. William Riker: [to Geordi] You told him about the statue?

  • Cmdr. William Riker: Deanna! Deanna!

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: Will, don't turn off the that...!

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Who is this jerk? And who told him he could turn off my music?

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: Will Riker, Zefram Cochrane.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Is he a friend of yours?

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: Yes.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Husband?

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: No.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Goood.

  • Dr. Zefram Cochrane: [to Riker] I've got a 4-alarm hangover. It's either from all that whiskey, or your laser beam. Or both. But I'm ready to make history.

  • [Cochrane, Riker and LaForge are on board the Phoenix, preparing to go into warp]

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Engage!

    [Riker and LaForge grin at each other knowingly]

  • Cmdr. William Riker: [looking up at the moon] Wow! Look at that!

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Don't tell me you've never seen the moon before.

    Cmdr. William Riker: It's just looks a lot different, that's all. There are 50 million people living on the moon in my time.

  • Cmdr. William Riker: Doctor, tomorrow morning when they detect the warp signature from your ship and realize that humans have discovered how to travel faster than light, they decide to alter their course and make first contact with Earth, right here.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Here?

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, actually, over there.

    Cmdr. William Riker: It is one of the pivotal moments in human history, Doctor. You get to make first contact with an alien race! And after you do... everything begins to change.

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: Your theories on warp drive allow fleets of starships to be built and mankind to start exploring the Galaxy.

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: It unites humanity in a way no one ever thought possible. When they realize they're not alone in the universe, poverty, disease, war - they'll all be gone within the next fifty years.

    Cmdr. William Riker: But unless you make that warp flight tomorrow morning before eleven fifteen, none of it will happen.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: And you people, you're all astronauts on... some kind of star trek.

  • [the Vulcans have landed to meet Cochrane]

    Vulcan: Live long and prosper.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Thanks.

  • Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Now this, Dena...

    Deanna Troi: Deanna.

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: [as he pours Deanna a drink] ... is the good stuff.

    Cmdr. William Riker: Dr. Cochrane...

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: To the Phoenix... may she rest in peace.

    [both drink, then choke]

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Oohh... Okay, that wasn't so good.

    [tosses bottle away]

  • [as Deanna counts down the Phoenix's ignition, Cochrane jams a tape into the stereo]

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: All right! Let's rock and roll!

    Cmdr. Deanna Troi: Seven... Six...

    [she rips off her headphones as Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" blares over the stereo and the Phoenix takes off]

  • Lt. Barclay: Commander, this is what we're thinking of using to replace the damaged warp plasma conduit.

    [smiles at Cochrane]

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: [examines the unit] Yeah, Reg... yeah, that's good. But you're going to need to reinforce this copper tubing with a nanopolymer.

    Lt. Barclay: [nods quickly and turns to Cochrane] Dr. Cochrane, I know this sounds silly, but could I shake your hand?

    Dr. Zefram Cochrane: [sighs heavily, clearly not wanting to egg on Barclay's enthusiasm, but reluctantly extends his hand]

    Lt. Barclay: Oh! Thank you, Doctor! You have no idea what an honor it is to work with you on this project!

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: Reg...

    Lt. Barclay: I never thought I would ever meet the man who invented warp drive! I...

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge: *Reg!*

    Lt. Barclay: Hmm?

    [realizes he's fawning]

    Lt. Barclay: Oh! Yes, of course, I'm sorry...

    [nervously shuffles off]

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