Lily: You son of a bitch.
Picard: This really isn't the time.
Lily: Okay, I don't know jack about the 24th century, but everybody out there thinks staying here and fighting the Borg is suicide. They're just afraid to come in here and say it.
Picard: The crew is accustomed to following my orders. Lily: They're probably accustomed to your orders making sense.
Picard: None of them understand the Borg as I do! No one does. No one can.
Lily: What is that supposed to mean?
Picard: Six years ago... they assimilated me into their Collective. I had their cybernetic devices implanted throughout my body. I was linked to the hive mind. Every trace of individuality erased. I was one of them. So you can imagine, my dear, I have a somewhat unique perspective on the Borg, and I know how to fight them. Now, if you will excuse me, I have work to do.
Lily: I am such an idiot. It's so simple. The Borg hurt you, and now you're going to hurt them back.
Picard: In my century, we don't succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility.
Lily: Bullshit! I saw the look on your face when you shot those Borg on the Holodeck. You were almost enjoying it!
Picard: How dare you?
Lily: Oh, come on, Captain. You're not the first man to get a thrill from murdering someone! I see it all the time.
Picard: Get out!
Lily: Or what?! You'll kill me? Like you killed Ensign Lynch?!
Picard: There was no way to save him.
Lily: You didn't even try! Where was your "evolved sensibility" then?
Picard: I don't have time for this.
Lily: Oh, hey. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest. Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale.
Lily: You do have books in the 24th century?
Picard: This is not about revenge.
Picard: This is about saving the future of humanity!
Lily: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
Picard: No! No! I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far! No further! And I...will make them pay for what they've done!
Lily: You broke your little ships.
Lily and Picard have a heated and lengthy argument as she does not understand why he will not blow up the Enterprise to eliminate the Borg invasion. Picard informs her of his assimilation by the Borg, claiming he now understands them better than anyone. Lily replies that she now understands that he is actually seeking revenge, but he retorts that he is working to save humanity. It ends with him clearly unwilling to sacrifice the Enterprise. In the course of the discussion he has smashed up a glass case with models of the spaceships. Lily's final lines are that he has broken them.