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Thomas Lasky/Quotes

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This page lists notable quotes by and about Thomas Lasky.


Halo: The Thursday War[edit]

  • "They have physics concepts we don't yet have language for, ma'am. We're the dim kids at the back of the classroom." - Lasky referring to the Huragok.
  • "They're doing a fine job, ma'am. And we take very good care of them." - Lasky responding to Parangosky's concerns with the Huragok's treatment.
  • "People make stupid decisions in war. Wrong kit, wrong assets, wrong places, egos taking precedence over common sense, politics - the men and women at the sharp end up dying when they don't have to because someone further away from danger is more concerned about budgets or votes or ambitions. Well, we cut the politicians out of it. We've only got ourselves to blame now."

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn[edit]

  • "I'd like to take point, sir." - Lasky asking to take charge of Hastati during training.
  • "That's just me, being a leader." - Lasky joking with Chyler, after his team wins the training exercise.
  • "Apparently I'm allergic to war." - Lasky informing Chyler of his allergy.
  • "Because we're under attack." - Lasky realizing that the academy is not being attacked by rebels.
  • "What the hell are those things?" - Lasky referring to the Ceudar-pattern heavy corvettes that just uncloaked in the sky.
  • "One of those things is inside, and it is invisible." - Lasky, informing the surviving members of Hastati that an Elite Zealot is nearby.
  • "Mayday, mayday, mayday. This is Cadet Thomas Lasky. I repeat, mayday! Mayday! There’s been an attack on Corbulo Academy. Excessive casualties. I repeat, excessive casualties." - Lasky, giving out a distress signal.
  • "It's harder than it looks!" - Referring to driving a Warthog.
  • "Chief! Chief! Chyler's been hit!" - Lasky, realizing that a Jackal had shot Chyler.
  • "Hang in there, Chyler. Come on, hang in there." - Lasky attempting to comfort Chyler, seconds before she succumbs to her wound.
  • "No, sir. I'll be the decoy." - Lasky offering to distract a Hunter.
  • "Axios!" - Lasky, before distracting an oncoming Hunter.

Halo 4[edit]

  • "This is Lasky to UNSC Infinity. We're up to our necks in bad guys down here! Does anyone read?" - Lasky asking for support.
  • "Afraid we'll have to give you an IOU on that welcome home party. Tom Lasky, First Officer of Infinity. Never thought I'd see you again." - Lasky after meeting John-117 for the first time in thirty-one years.
  • "I don't know if it's too soon to ask you for a favor, but...we're going to run out of breathing room here real quick. I don't suppose you're any good at clearing LZs?" - Lasky asking John-117 to clear and LZ.
  • "Infinity's mission is to locate the remaining Halo rings, and establish permanent bases to study them for decommission." - Lasky telling the Master Chief about the Infinity.
  • "All units! Unidentified Covenant vehicle incoming!" - Lasky spotting a Lich for the first time.
  • "Thanks, Chief. It was getting a bit dicey there for a minute." - Lasky, after the Master Chief destroyed the Lich.
  • "Sir - what if he's right?" - Lasky questioning Captain Andrew Del Rio, after he disagreed with the Master Chief about the Didact's powers.
  • "You know, I was sent down here with orders to prevent you from leaving... In case you had already gone, I took the precaution of ordering a Pelican, outfitted for full combat pursuit. I hope to God you're wrong about that Forerunner, or whatever he is, Chief. But in the event you're not... And Chief? Good luck. Both of you." - Lasky helping the Master Chief go after the Didact.
  • "FleetCom didn't take too kindly to his abandoning you on Requiem. I'm afraid I'll have to do." - Lasky informing the Chief that he is in charge of the Infinity now.
  • "Whatever you're doing's working! Clear up the approach and Infinity could drop in to punch a hole for you." - After the Chief destroys several turrets inside the Mantle's Approach.
  • "Copy, Cortana. Weapons, prepare firing solution! We promised to get the Chief inside that ship, and I am not about to let that man down!" - Lasky preparing to fire the Infinity's MACs.
  • "Roger that, Chief. You might want to back up a little. Main battery, fire!" - Lasky ordering the Infinity to fire at the Mantle's Approach.
  • "Acknowledged. We'll be on station if you need us. Make sure you give the Didact our regards. Infinity out." - After Master Chief proceeds to make his way to the Didact.
  • "At ease, Chief. It feels kind of odd for you to call me Sir."
  • "Beautiful, isn't she? I don't get to see her often enough. I grew up on New Harmony. Attended Corbulo Military Academy. Never saw Earth in person until I was an adult, but... I still think of her as home."
  • "Chief, I won't pretend to know how you feel. I've lost people I care about, but... never anything like you're going through."
  • "You say that like soldiers and humanity are two different things. Soldiers aren't machines. We're just people." - Lasky attempting to comfort John-117.

Spartan Ops[edit]

  • "Navy disagrees with Spartans on this one. We want you ready. Now." - Lasky ordering Sarah Palmer to get her Spartans combat ready.
  • "We're being pulled towards the planet, I need answers!" - Lasky asking Dr. Henry Glassman to give him a status update.
  • "It's too late for that, Sarah. We need to know what's going on." - In response to Palmer's questioning of whether Dr. Catherine Halsey should be aboard the Infinity or not.
  • "Trust me, Doctor, I know who you are." - Lasky reassuring Halsey of her now known past.
  • "I can type for her, if that'd make you feel better." - Lasky joking with Palmer after the latter complains about Halsey touching equipment.
  • "She installed these engines. No one in the UNSC understands them as well as she does." - Lasky defending Halsey's reason for being aboard the Infinity.
  • "The UNSC is aware that Prometheans are ancient humans." - Lasky admitting that he knows what the Promethean Knights are.
  • "This is impossible, I...I have no idea how the hell these memories got from Earth to here." - Lasky after learning that the Promethean Knights are now humans from the New Phoenix Incident.
  • "Palmer, take Dr. Halsey into custody." - After Halsey is found communicating with Jul 'Mdama.
  • "Doctor Halsey. I've underestimated you long enough. A cryo-tube should hold you unt-" - Lasky gets slapped by Halsey, mid-sentence, for not telling her that John-117 is alive.
  • "Captain Lasky to all hands, battlestations! This is not a drill!" - After Promethean forces invade the Infinity.
  • "Lieutenant James, take us out of orbit. Move us far enough from Requiem that those things can't get on board." - Lasky attempting to leave Requiem.
  • "Admiral Osman. You've seen the report on Halsey?" - Lasky informing Admiral Serin Osman of Halsey's capture.
  • "She's only out here because of me. And we're soldiers, not hitmen."
  • "I'm serious. We-we shouldn't have to execute a civilian." - Lasky attempting to stop Palmer from executing Halsey.
  • "Majestic, I have a personal favor to ask. Doctor Halsey has been abducted." - Lasky asking Fireteam Majestic to rescue Halsey.
  • "Sarah, how's it going on Requiem? It's getting awful warm out here." - Lasky requesting a sitrep from Palmer.
  • "LT, get us the hell out of here!" - Lasky ordering James to enter slipspace.
  • "Captain Lasky to all crew, we made it! Good work, everyone!" - Lasky informing the crew of Infinity's status after escaping Requiem's destruction.

Halo: Escalation[edit]

  • "I'm the captain. Believing's in my job description..."
  • "Infinity became tethered to Requiem's surface by a Forerunner artifact. In order to determine how to sever the link, we required Dr. Halsey's expertise." - Lasky explaining why Halsey was aboard the Infinity.
  • "The Arbiter. Maybe more than any other figure, a symbol of what the galaxy could one day become." - Lasky referring to Thel 'Vadam.
  • "All comm traffic's being jammed. If you are waiting for the cavalry... I'm afraid we're it." - Lasky realizing that the diplomats cannot receive reinforcements.
  • "Lydus is right. We could be stuck here indefinitely unless we restore communications."
  • "These diplomats cannot go home with so much as a scratch or the deal to share Brutes' resources is off - and I can't guarantee that. You can." - Lasky telling Palmer that she must protect the diplomats.
  • "Whatever happens, those VIPs don't leave your sight 'til they're over the finish line." - Lasky ordering Palmer to watch the diplomats.
  • "Subtlety's going to have to take a back seat." - Lasky, after landing in front of several Covenant soldiers.
  • "I know what will happen if the Covenant get their hands on the ambassadors." - Lasky, reminding Palmer of the importance of the diplomats.
  • "We said it because it made us feel secure, because it gave us hope - 'Spartans never die'. But we have no right to take that away from them. Their sacrifices are a legacy that we will no longer deny." - Lasky's eulogy for the Spartans that died at Ealen IV.
  • "Who ever gave away the location of those peace negotiations had higher security clearance than the late Spartan Scruggs."
  • "Petra and I grew up on Mars together... before she decided to become a planet-hopping journalist." - Lasky telling Spartan Naiya Ray how he knows Petra.
  • "Better you don't hear anything that could implicate you later." - Lasky's reason briefly dismissing Ray.
  • "There's a high-ranking mole inside the UNSC. We need someone on the outside to help flush them out." - Lasky asking for Petra's assistance.
  • "What's not to love about visiting a backwater Sangheili waystation in the middle of contested space?" - Lasky joking about Karava.
  • "Captain Daniel Clayton is James Cutter's son." - Lasky telling the others who Clayton is.


  • Vickers: "They're my orders."
  • Lasky: "I don't care."
—Lasky ignoring Vickers orders.
  • Orenski: "Let me guess, Lasky - you ignored orders."
  • Lasky: (panting) "It's just... another strategic casualty, sir."
  • Orenski: "Unacceptable."
—Squad Leader April Orenski and Lasky after the latter is "killed" in an exercise.
  • Lasky: "I'm trying to survive here, okay?"
  • Silva: "You need to respect the chain of command. The UNSC isn't the enemy, the Innies are."
  • Lasky: "Spoken like a true believer."
  • Silva: "Yeah, well, at least I believe in something these days."
—Conversation between Lasky and Chyler Silva after a failed exercise
  • Lasky: You were hanging on her every word.
  • Silva: Why wouldn't I?
  • Lasky: I just hear the drum beat of endless war and that doesn't make me an 'Innie lover'. Tell me how wrong I am.
  • Silva: Look, you want people to change, you want this war to end?
  • Lasky: Yeah, of course.
  • Silva: Then you're going to need people to follow you.
—Chyler Silva and Lasky exchanging words following Colonel Mehaffey's lecture on Hannibal.
  • Lasky: There has to be another way. I-I mean-
  • Palmer: I know what you mean, Tom. And I won't see you court-marshaled over that woman.
  • Lasky: Sarah, stand down!
  • Palmer: Orders are orders, Tom. This isn't my first rodeo.
  • Lasky: I don't suppose it is.
—Conversation between Lasky and Palmer, after Palmer is tasked to execute Halsey.
  • Lasky: This is Captain Lasky of the UNSC Infinity. All fleets are to stand down immediately! We have a situation on Ealen IV, and...
  • Jiralhanae Shipmaster: Your demands mean nothing to me, human!
  • Lasky: Covenant remnants disrupted the summit and are bearing down on your negotiators as we speak. Unless you cooperate and direct your ships to the surface, none of us are going to survive.
—Conversation between Lasky and a Jiralhanae Shipmaster, after the latter refuses to send reinforcements.

Quotes about Thomas Lasky[edit]

  • "There's a soldier inside of you, Thomas. I can see it. Everyone can see it. You need to see it; I know your brother did." - Colonel Mehaffey attempting to motivate Lasky
  • "Well done, soldier." - John-117 complimenting Lasky for his actions during the Battle of Circinius IV.
  • "Tom Lasky deserved better than to play bagman to Del Rio, but this is where Parangosky needed him to be, and XOs had control over the things that most concerned her."