Babylon 5 creator and writer J. Michael Straczynski wrote such engaging, heart felt and often poetic dialogue, that it is impossible to narrow down a collection of quotes from the series that completely does it justice. Though I am sure there are many missing, the collection of quotes here are what I have picked out as the most significant. Quotes can be found within the individual episode guide pages but have also been linked directly below:
Sinclair: It was the dawn of the third age of mankind. Ten years after the Earth Minbari war. The Babylon project was dream giving form. It’s goal to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It’s a port of call. Home away from home for diplomas, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanders. Humans and aliens wrap in two million five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it’s our last best hope for peace. This is the story of last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.
Sheridan: The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind… the year the Great War came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5.
Ivanova: The Babylon project was our last best hope for peace. It failed. But in the year of the shadow war, it became something greater, our last best hope for victory. The year is 2260, the place Babylon 5
Lennier: It was the year of fire. Zack: The year of destruction. G’kar: The year we took back what was ours. Lyta: It was the year of rebirth. Vir: The year of great sadness. Marcus: The year of pain. Delenn: and the year of joy. Londo: It was a new age. Franklin: It was the end of history. Ivanova: It was the year everything changed. Garibaldi: The year is 2261. The place: Sheridan: Babylon 5.
Kosh: And so it begins. Minbari assassin: There is a hole in your mind. Sinclair: What do you want? G’kar: No one here is exactly what he appears. Sinclair: Nothings the same anymore. General Hague: Commander Sinclair is being reassigned. Londo: Why don’t you eliminate the entire Narn homeworld while you are at it. Elric: I see a great hand reaching out of the stars. Sebastian: Who are you? ISN Reporter: President Clark has signed a decree today, declaring martial law. Sheridan: These orders have forced us to declare independence. Bester: Weapons supplies. Sheridan: Unless your people get of their encounter suited butts and do something. Zathras: Your the one who was. Kosh: If you go to Z’ha’dum you will die. Lorien: Why are you here? Lorien: Do you have anything worth living for? Delenn: I think of my beautiful city in flames. Sheridan: Giants in the play ground. Sheridan: Now get the hell out of our galaxy. Sheridan: We are here to place President Clark under arrest.