DATE: 2017-08-16 00:00:00
QUOTE:
"I assume you read the confidential findings report from the investigating committee.
"I flipped through it.
"I was especially interested in the section on Arroway's video unit. The one that recorded the static?"
"Continue."
"The fact that it recorded static isn't what interests me."
"Continue."
"What interests me is that it recorded approximately eighteen hours of it."
"That is interesting, isn't it?"

"Those are primes! 2,3,5,7, those are all prime numbers and there's no way that's a natural phenomenon!"

"Your having sent this announcement all over the world may well constitute a breach of national security."
"This isn't a person-to-person call. You can't possibly think that a civilization sending this kind of message would intend it just for Americans."
"I'm saying you might have consulted us; obviously, the contents of this message could be extremely sensitive."
"You want to classify prime numbers now?"

"So it turns out there's life on other planets. Boy, this is really going to change the Miss Universe contest, you know what I mean?"

"We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction."
"Science fiction. Well you're right, it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, nuts. ..........You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history."

"By doing this, you're willing to give your life, you're willing to die for it. Why?"
"For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something, some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer... I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?"

"Doctor Arroway, you come to us with no evidence, no record, no artifacts. Only a story that to put it mildly strains credibility. Over half a trillion dollars was spent, dozens of lives were lost. Are you really going to sit there and tell us we should just take this all... on faith? .....Please answer the question, doctor."
"Is it possible that it didn't happen? Yes. As a scientist, I must concede that, I must volunteer that."
"Wait a minute, let me get this straight. You admit that you have absolutely no physical evidence to back up your story."
"Yes."
"You admit that you very well may have hallucinated this whole thing."
"Yes."
"You admit that if you were in our position, you would respond with exactly the same degree of incredulity and skepticism!"
"Yes!"
"Then why don't you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this "journey to the center of the galaxy," in fact, never took place!"
"Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish."



ANSWER: Contact (1997)