“I had no idea how much it means to just live and now I’m going to return the favor.”

Vic Fontaine (hologram): “It’s time for you to go, kid.”

LTJG Nog: “Go where?”

Vic: “You know where. It’s time to end the program.”

Nog: “But we’ve got work to do. We have a casino to build.”

Vic: “No, we don’t. This is just a fantasy. It’s not real.”

Nog: “It’s real to me and it’s real to you, and don’t say it isn’t. I know better.”

Vic: “You’re right. It’s very real to me. But I’m a Hologram, Nog. I’m not a person. Until you came along, I’d never been on for more than six or seven hours straight.”

Nog: “I know. And now you’re running all the time. Isn’t it great?”

Vic: “It’s incredible. Since you’ve been here I’ve slept in a bed every night, gone to work every day, had time to read the paper, play cards with the boys. I’ve had a life, and I have to tell you it’s a precious thing. I had no idea how much it means to just live and now I’m going to return the favor and give you your life back.”

(Star Trek: DS9 s07e10 – “It’s Only a Paper Moon”)

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