Almost everyone and their dog knows about the popular franchise Star Trek and the starship USS Enterprise. We are proud that its captain was none other than William Shatner A.K.A “Captain Kirk”, a proud Canadian – an iconic figure in film and television for decades. William was born on March 22/1931 in the Montreal suburb of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
“My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!”
“If we can clean up our world, I’ll bet you we can achieve warp drive.”
“Fate gives you the finger and you accept.”
“Given the freedom to create, everybody is creative. All of us have an innate, instinctive desire to change our environment, to put our original stamp on this world, to tell a story never told before. I’m absolutely thrilled at the moment of creativity – when suddenly I’ve synthesized my experiences, reality, and my imagination into something entirely new. But most people are too busy working on survival to find the opportunity to create. Fortunately, I’ve been freed by reputation, by the economics of success, and by emotional contentment to turn my ideas into reality. I’ve discovered that the more freedom I have to be creative, the more creative I become.”
“Regret is the worst human emotion. If you took another road, you might have fallen off a cliff. I’m content.”
“There exists nowhere on Earth a “soulful place” — everywhere you are, is the soulful place. The entire world is filled with mystical qualities, including your little slice of the world. Paradise and enlightenment are always within your reach. It’s a joy. And you should work on filling all your years with as much joy as possible.”
“In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making ‘Star Trek.’ But most of the time, I don’t think about it.”
“Montreal is a very cosmopolitan, sophisticated, erudite, educated, glorious city today. But it wasn’t quite that way when I was growing up there. There was a lot of anti-Semitism. And I had to deal with that in an area of the city that had very few Jews.”
“Captain Kirk has been a source of pleasure and income for a long time.”
“The mysteriousness and mystique of space is such, that science fiction attempts to tantalize you by telling you a story that could possibly be out there and that’s the appeal of science fiction.”
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