Picard: Let him go. He's not the one you want. The Borg Queen: Are you offering yourself to us? Picard: Offering myself? That's it. I remember now. It wasn't enough that you assimilate me. I had to give myself freely to the Borg. To you. The Borg Queen: You flatter yourself! I've overseen the assimilation of countless millions. You were no different! Picard: You're lying. You wanted more than just another Borg drone. You wanted a human being with a mind of his own, who could bridge the gulf between humanity and the Borg. You wanted a counterpart. But I resisted. I fought you. The Borg Queen: You can't begin to imagine the life you denied yourself.


Picard to the Borg Queen stating that she should let Data go. She retorts by asking if he is offering himself in his place. They begin to argue as he points out that she wanted not just another Borg in him but one who could bridge the gap between humanity and the Borg, with a mind of his own. He points out that he resisted. She angrily tells him that he flatters himself and that he cannot imagine the life he denied himself with her.