"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"

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"So once we open up all the comm channels, they can send a message out to override the system, erase our passwords and lock us out. Cute. They can shut down the defense grid, life support.."
"No problem. I have got the access codes locked away. Shouldn't be too much trouble to go and change the passwords."
	-- Ivanova and Garibaldi in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"We have to reassure everyone that we are in control of the situation. We can't do that hiding in our offices."
"I still think you should have an armed escort."
"Kind of defeats the purpose, Mr. Garibaldi. I can take care of myself."
	-- Sheridan and Garibaldi in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Opinion doesn't enter into it. What is, is. Prophecy said one day we would unite with the other half of our soul in a war with the ancient enemy. This we have done."
"Prophecies are poor guide to the future. You only understand it when the events are already upon you. And .. not all of the prophecies are good ones. There's darkness and fire still ahead of us. There are no guarantees that any of us will survive it."
	-- Lennier and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I told you to wait!"
"I had a clear shot."
"You had nothing! You take him down, he's a martyr. 500 men will stand up where he fell. Now, we do this by the numbers, or not at all. Don't worry, before this is over, we'll have our pound of flesh."
	-- Boggs and Sniper in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts."
"We can handle it. Our resources are greater than you think."
	-- Londo and Lord Refa in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I have gotten into the habit of recording important meetings. One never knows when an inconvenient truth would fall between the cracks and vanish."
	-- Londo to Lord Refa in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Mr. Morden and his associates worry me. After the Narns were defeated, I took steps to put some distance between us. Refa, I have the feeling that he and his associates are carving a great, dark hole in the middle of the universe. And when they go down, anyone nearby will go with them."
"That will not happen. You don't appreciate their strength."
"I appreciate their strength all right. And that is why this unfocused aggression worries me. By drawing our forces into dozen smaller wars you have effectively weakened our main line of defense, should they turn an eye to Centauri Prime."
"They will not do that."
"No, they will not, because you are going to take steps to prevent it. And you start by breaking off your relationship with Mr. Morden."
	-- Londo to Lord Refa in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Oh, Londo, you are a fool. You walk away from the greatest power I have even seen, and now you expect me to do the same. They are the key to my eventual rise to the throne. Why would I abandon them?"
"Because I have asked you. And because your loyalty to our people should be greater than your ambition. And because I have poisoned your drink."
	-- Lord Refa and Londo in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Yes, and it is very interesting poison. It comes in two parts. Both are harmless on their own, but when combined, quite lethal. The first settles into the blood stream and the intestinal walls. It stays there for years, silent, dormant, waiting. When the other half of the poison enters the body, the two meet, have a little party in your cardiovascular system. And suddenly, you .. are .. quite .. dead."
	-- Londo to Lord Refa in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Your drink contained the first half of the poison."
"Why? Why did you do this?"
"To guarantee your co-operation. And because, sooner or later you would do it to me. Yes, we are returning to the old ways, Refa. And poison was always the instrument of choice in the old Republic. Being something of a sentimentalist, I got here first."
"What do you want me to do?"
"You have encouraged that fool Cartagia to attack worlds that have no value to us. You will now encourage him otherwise. You will bolster our lines of defense around Centauri Prime. And you have nothing more to do with Mr. Morden. If you do not comply, one of my agents in the royal palace will introduce you to the second half of the poison. To your health, Lord Refa."
	-- Londo and Lord Refa in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"We have gone through so much pain, John. If we do not put it behind us, if we are not sworn into new possibilities, it will surely destroy us."
	-- Delenn to Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Toebone's connected to the footbone, footbone's connected to the anklebone, the anklebone's connected to the legbone, legbone's connected to the hipbone, now hear the word of the Lord."
	-- Sniper in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"You've been nervous about this ever since I mentioned it. What are you afraid of?"
"Nothing. Well, spiders."
"Marcus, the rebirth ceremony was part of your training on Minbar."
"I missed it, overslept."
"It lasts all day."
"Oh, that's right, I was ill. Wanted to go, .. couldn't. Same as now. Love to, can't really, next time. Ah, someone I have been waiting for."
	-- Delenn and Marcus in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Could you tell me a little more about what is involved in this rebirth ceremony?"
"Reflection, meditation upon what has gone before, what is now, and what is to come."
	-- Londo and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Ah, for a moment I was thinking women, drinking and debauchery. I forgot I was speaking to a Minbari. This, by you, is a good time, is it? What else?"
"You must tell someone a secret that you have never told anyone else before. And you must give away something that is of great value to you."
"Ah, how positively festive!"
	-- Londo and Lennier in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"It is time for us to come together, to restore that which has been torn apart, and to heal the wounds we have suffered."
"With everything that has been going on, I'm surprised you invited me."
"In the matter of confessions, meditation and the closing of past wounds, Ambassador, you were at the top of my list."
"I'm already attending to my past, my present and what remains of my future. I do not require your assistance. Or your approval. Enjoy your ceremony, Delenn. I intend to have other plans."
	-- Delenn and Londo in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I'll try and stop by for the closing ceremonies."
"What matters is everything leading up to that point. Leaving behind the old, preparing to be reborn."
"I have already been born once, and quite sufficiently, I think."
	-- G'Kar and Lennier in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Well, it was a good idea while it lasted."
"It still is a good idea. We will hold the ceremony. If some choose not to attend, the loss is theirs."
	-- Marcus and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Everything I was, everything I had, all of it died that night. I don't have anything left to give."
"And that is exactly what you must give up. Yes, you have lost much, endured much, sacrificed greatly, but you cling to the memory of your sacrifices, of all the things you have lost or left behind. They drag behind you, like chains of your own making. They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus. The power of grief, and loss, and regret. Yes, you have let go of the people, the places, the things, but you have not let go of the pain. You have not forgiven yourself."
"For what?"
"Being alive."
	-- Marcus and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Hello. I'll deal myself in."
"I thought we had an understanding. We don't bother you, you don't bother us."
"That was before a close friend of mine was abducted by some very bad people. Being rather bad people yourselves, it occurs to me one of you might know where she is."
"We don't talk to security, why should we talk to you?"
"Because if you don't, then in five minutes I'll be the only person of this table still standing. Five minutes after that, I'll be the only person in this room still standing. So, who's in?"
	-- Marcus and a 'bad boy' in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Among Minbari, one individual leads, but we move as one. We are at our best when we move together, and we are at our worst when we move together. When our leader was killed by your people, we went mad together. We stayed mad for a very long time, a madness that almost consumed your world, until finally, before it was too late, we woke up together. But you, you are alone, you have no one to awaken you from your madness. For this, and nothing else, I feel pity for you."
	-- Delenn to Sniper in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Oh bugger, now I have to wait for someone to wake up."
	-- Marcus in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I see they trained you well back home."
"Yeah, they always said I was carrying around a lot of repressed anger."
"And?"
"I'm not repressed anymore."
	-- Lennier and Marcus in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I know that Delenn is fated for another, and I have accepted that, in my heart. But I have vowed to stay at her side through all things for as long as I live."
	-- Lennier to Marcus in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"You see, it's like I've always said: 'You can get more with a kind word and a two-by-four than you can with just a kind word.' Please, continue."
	-- Marcus to Lennier in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Always bet on stupidity."
	-- Sniper in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch, no more hostages, no more lies. Not on my station, not on my watch. No more! No more."
	-- Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"Hello Delenn. Now, I was thinking, you couldn't come to the ceremony, the ceremony should come to you. I've given up something that really mattered to me, the uniform and everything that goes with it. I've never told anyone before now.. When you were hurt, when you were in my arms, I was ready to kill that guy with my bare hands. I realized I have never told you how much I cared about you, how much you mean to me. I think it's time you knew that. I can no longer imagine my world .. without you in it. I don't .. know exactly when or how it happened, .. but I'm glad it did."
	-- Sheridan to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"No one knows, but .. I'm afraid all the time .. what I might do if I ever let go."
	-- Garibaldi to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I think I loved Talia."
	-- Ivanova to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"I .. think I have a problem."
	-- Franklin to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"
"What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen someone who's been reborn before? The crisis, for now, is over. Tell the ships .. we are open for business."
	-- Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Ceremonies of Light and Dark"

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