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CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD
When can you correct the problem?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
We are currently attempting to isolate the corrupted circuit pathways. I reckon the process should take less than two hours.
CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD
What did you say?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
I said the process should take less than two hours.
COMMANDER WILLIAM T. RIKER
No, you just said 'I reckon'.
LT. COMMANDER DATA
According to my memory logs, I did not use those words. Y'all must be mistaken.
COMMANDER GEORDI LA FORGE
There - Data, you did it again.
LT. COMMANDER DATA
[southern accent] Did wha-t?
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
I once had what could be considered a crisis of the spirit.
LIEUTENANT WORF
You?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
Yes. The Starfleet officers who first activated me on Omicron Theta told me I was an android - nothing more than a sophisticated machine with human form. However, I realized that if I was simply a machine, I could never be anything else; I could never grow beyond my programming. I found that difficult to accept. So I chose to believe... that I was a person; that I had the potential to be more than a collection of circuits and subprocessors. It is a belief which I still hold.
LIEUTENANT WORF
How did you come to your decision?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
I made... a leap of faith.
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COMMANDER GEORDI LA FORGE
I must admit, Data, I never get used to seeing you like this.
LT. COMMANDER DATA
I do not understand. You are constantly working on similar electronic systems, yet their appearances do not disturb you.
COMMANDER GEORDI LA FORGE
Yeah, but you're not just another electronic system.
LT. COMMANDER DATA
Thank you, Geordi. Nor are you just another biological organism.
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
Hiya, Doc, what's cookin'?
DOCTOR BEVERLY CRUSHER
You know, I had some trouble getting through. Where's Captain Picard?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
He's on ice.
DOCTOR BEVERLY CRUSHER
Pardon?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
He's being grilled.
DOCTOR BEVERLY CRUSHER
What is he, a fish?
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
Second Officer's personal log, stardate 44390.1 - Record entry for transmission to Commander Bruce Maddox, Cybernetics Division, Daystrom Institute. Dear Commander Maddox. In reference to your most recent letter, I agree that your study lacks sufficient primary source information on my programming and operation. Therefore, in response to your request, this correspondence will include a complete record of my activities during a normal day, with particular emphasis on my perceptions of friendship.
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CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD
You reminded us that there are obligations that go beyond duty.
LT. COMMANDER DATA
I appreciate your seeking other options, sir. Your decision could have been unilateral.
CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD
One of my officers, one of my friends, was troubled. I had to help.
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
My positronic brain has several layers of shielding to protect me from power surges. It would be possible for you to remove my cranial unit and take it with you.
COMMANDER WILLIAM T. RIKER
Let me get this straight. You want me to take off your head?
LT. COMMANDER DATA
Yes, sir. Is something wrong, sir?
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
Why did you create me?
DR. NOONIEN SOONG
Why does a painter paint? Hm? Why does a boxer box? You know what Michelangelo used to say? That the sculptures he made were already there before he started, hidden in the marble. All he needed to do was - ssht - remove the unneeded bits. Wasn't quite that easy with you, Data. But the need to do it, my need to do it, was no different than Michelangelo's need.
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
[voice-over] It is fortunate that I am able to perform my duties without emotional distractions. If that were not the case, a sudden course correction toward the Neutral Zone would make me very... nervous.
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LT. COMMANDER DATA
I find it extremely difficult to predict what you will find acceptable. Perhaps hunger will compel you to try it again.