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A collection of quotes by Gene Roddenberry on atheism, community, love, writing, diversity, life, humanity, space, tolerance, maturity and innovation.

29 Insightful Quotes By Gene Roddenberry, The Man Behind The Sci-Fi Juggernaut

Born On: August 19, 1921

Died On: October 24, 1991

Born In: El Paso

Died At Age: 70

Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, popularly known as Gene Roddenberry, was an American television screenwriter and a producer, who is renowned for having created the iconic television series ‘Star Trek’. Roddenberry’s career was a truly chequered one before he started writing scripts. He had initially been a fighter pilot with the ‘American Air Force’ during the ‘Second World War’ and then worked as a commercial pilot before taking up a job with the ‘Los Angeles Police Department’. It was during his time at the LAPD that he first started working on his scripts and some of his early works include the scripts for the shows ‘Have Gun-Will Travel’ and ‘Highway Patrol’. However, Roddenberry hit it big time when he created and produced the show ‘The Lieutenant’. His greatest creation though remains to be ‘Star Trek’, which he wrote in 1964. Roddenberry was also the producer and consultant of the ‘Star Trek Movies’ that followed and his legacy as one of the most influential producers and screenwriters was been cemented. Throughout his life, he expressed his thoughts and views on the craft of screenwriting and the ‘Star Trek’ franchise among other things on a number of occasions. Following are the famous quotes and thoughts by Gene Roddenberry that will give you a glimpse of his creative side.

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

Gene Roddenberry

'Star Trek' was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.

Gene Roddenberry

'Star Trek' speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow - it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.

Gene Roddenberry

'Star Trek' says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.

Gene Roddenberry

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission... to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Gene Roddenberry

It has become a crusade of mine to demonstrate that TV need not be violent to be exciting.

Gene Roddenberry

We stress humanity, and this is done at considerable cost. We can't have a lot of dramatics that other shows get away with - promiscuity, greed, jealousy. None of those have a place in 'Star Trek.'

Gene Roddenberry

His name is 'Mr. Spock.' And the first view of him can be almost frightening - a face so heavy-lidded and satanic you might almost expect him to have a forked tail. Probably half Martian, he has a slightly reddish complexion and semi-pointed ears.

Gene Roddenberry

Earth is the nest, the cradle, and we'll move out of it.

Gene Roddenberry

The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that 'Star Trek' has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.

Gene Roddenberry

It is important to the typical 'Star Trek' fan that there is a tomorrow. They pretty much share the 'Star Trek' philosophies about life: the fact that it is wrong to interfere in the evolvement of other peoples, that to be different is not necessarily to be wrong or ugly.

Gene Roddenberry

I'd been an Army bomber pilot and fascinated by the Navy and, particularly, the story of the Enterprise, which at Midway really turned the tide in the whole war in our favor. I'd always been proud of that ship and wanted to use the name.

Gene Roddenberry

A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Gene Roddenberry

No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids - human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard.

Gene Roddenberry

I remember myself as an asthmatic child, having great difficulties at 7, 8 and 9 years old, falling totally in love with 'Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle' and dreaming of having his strength to leap into trees and throw mighty lions to the ground.

Gene Roddenberry

It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.

Gene Roddenberry

It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.

Gene Roddenberry

'Star Trek' is a 'Wagon Train' concept - built around characters who travel to worlds 'similar' to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which become our stories. Their transportation is the cruiser 'S.S. Yorktown,' performing a well-defined and long-range Exploration-Science-Security mission which helps create our format.

Gene Roddenberry

If 'Trek' is a hit, we'd love to do a series of films - a regular event. Look at James Bond's films. They've been around since the early sixties.

Gene Roddenberry

I wanted to send a message to the television industry that excitement is not made of car chases.

Gene Roddenberry

When you get into an airplane by yourself and take off, you find yourself in this lovely, three-dimensional world where you can go in any direction. There is no feeling any more exciting than that.

Gene Roddenberry

Ancient astronauts didn't build the pyramids. Human beings built the pyramids, because they're clever and they work hard.

Gene Roddenberry

I have felt many times trapped by 'Star Trek.' It cost me dearly. It won't anymore, because I've come to grips with what it is and where it fits in my life.

Gene Roddenberry

Normal television limits what you can do. With science fiction, you can exercise your imagination more. I fell in love with it.

Gene Roddenberry

Can all this just be an accident? Or could there be some alien intelligence behind it?

Gene Roddenberry

Matter of internal security - the age-old cry of the oppressor. Picard

Gene Roddenberry

The Strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.

Gene Roddenberry

I was tired of writing for shows where there was always a shoot-out in the last act and somebody was killed. 'Star Trek' was formulated to change that.

Gene Roddenberry

My model for Kirk was Horatio Hornblower from the C.S. Forester sea stories. Shatner was open-minded about science fiction and a marvelous choice.

Gene Roddenberry