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Source: Star Trek II: The Wrath of khan

Speaker: Spock

"The needs of the many outweigh the requirements of the few."

That is wise. In any type of case, were i to invoke logic, logic plainly dictates the demands of the countless outweigh the demands of the few.

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Context

This line was talked by Spock (played through Leonard Nimoy) in Star Trek II: The Wrath that Khan, command by Nicholas Meyer (1982).

When girlfriend think about the iconic personality Spock from Star Trek, the second thing that concerns mind, ~ pointy ears, is his obsession v logic. This predisposition has introduced a thousands memes and is an essential to his character and also decisions in Star Trek II: The Wrath the Khan.

Early in the movie, Spock relinquishes regulate of the companies to Kirk for a rescue mission, due to the fact that Kirk to be born to be a Starfleet captain. (Also, Vulcans aren"t burdened by a pesky thing referred to as ego.) The return that the Kirk/Spock combo comes in handy once on this "routine" mission, lock run right into Khan, a super-powered tyrant, who is angry because Kirk marooned him ago in the Star Trek TV show.

And Spock"s quote comes back to do all the Star Trek characters and also fans cry together he goes into a room flooded v radiation and sacrifices himself to solve the Enterprise"s warp drive and also save the day. Due to the fact that he cares an ext about saving the crew than his own life.

But, hey, Spock got brought earlier in the next movie and also even verified up in the 2009 reboot via time travel, so things didn"t revolve out too badly in the end.

Where you"ve heard it

This quote leads to lively disputes in philosophy and ethics classes, depending on how caffeinated the students are.

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Do a small Googling and also you"ll find bloggers saying that the dark next of this quote might be used to justify destructive things like slavery and also genocide. Maybe Spock wasn"t together logical as we thought.

Pretentious Factor

If you were to fall this quote at a dinner party, would you get an in-unison "awww" or would everyone roll their eyes and never invite girlfriend back? here it is, top top a range of 1-10.

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When her party turns into a debate around ethics, you recognize it"s one of two people time come drop the base or fill your bags and go home.