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Looking back at the wisdom of Jean-Luc Picard on Sir Patrick Stewart's birthday

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is a ficitonal character in Star Trek: The Next Generation, portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart, born on 13 July. Did you know that Stewart was initially uncertain about his casting as Captain Picard as he mentioned in an interview,

" When (Star Trek: The Next Generation) first started, I didn't think that I would survive beyond the pilot. I did not unpack; I didn't see the point. I thought the producers would come to their senses and realize they'd made a grave error in casting me. I was certain that I'd be on my way back to London... Eventually, it became clear to me that not only wasn't I going to go away, the series wasn`t going to go away. I stayed, and have relished every moment."

We are glad that the character received universal acclaim among trekkies and Captain Picard went on to become one of the top two captains in the entire Star Trek franchise. Here's 11 pieces of wisdom from Captain Picard:

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1. On life:

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life." from episode Peak Performance

 

2. On perseverance:

"Things are only impossible until they're not!" from episode When the Bough Breaks

 

3. Learning courage:

"Part of having feelings is learning to integrate them into your life, ...learning to live with them. No matter what the circumstances... Sometimes it takes courage to try... Courage can be an emotion too." from Star Trek: Generations

 

4. On living in the moment:

"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived. After all, ... we're only mortal."  from Star Trek: Generations

 

5. On the importance of aspirations:

"Buried deep within you, beneath all the years of pain and anger, there is something that has never been nurtured: the potential to make yourself a better man. And that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are. Oh, yes - I know you. There was a time you looked at the stars and dreamed of what might be." From Star Trek: Nemesis

 

6. On justice and equality:

"No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another." from episode The Schizoid Man

 

7. About integrity:

"Being first at any cost is not always the point." from episode Tin Man

 

8. Carpe diem:

"Seize the time... Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again." from episode The Inner Light

 

9. More perseverance:

"There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it's just a matter of finding it." from episode Attached

 

10. About passing judgment on others:

"We are what we are, and we're doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we should be judged!" from episode All Good Things

 

11. On trust:

"...villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged." from episode The Drumhead

 

Make it so.

 

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