"Whatever you are, this planet, these people, are precious to me. And I will defend them to my last breath."
"But this is one corner of one country, in one continent, on one planet that's a corner of a galaxy, that's a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying, and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I'm not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever."
"So humans will collect them, hoping to find something beautiful inside. Because that's what they are. Not pests or plague, creatures of hope. Forever building and reaching. Making mistakes, of course, every life-form does. But...But they learn. And they strive for greater, and they achieve it. You want a tally. Put their achievements against their failings, through the whole of time. I will back humanity against the Shakri every time."
"I'd better get going. Things to do, worlds to save, swings to...swing on. I know. You both have lives here. Beautiful, messy lives. That is what makes you so fabulously human. You don't want to give them up. I understand."