I saw this quote on some Star Trek forums (quoted here, mentioned here) but was not able to authenticate it as coming from actual Star Trek material.

"Well don't. Don't let them promote you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship. Because while you're there, you can make a difference."
—Kirk to Picard on the prospect of retirement or promotion.

Is this a legit Star Trek quote? If so, which movie/TV episode/book is it from?

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    OK, why's this getting upvotes? It was a fairly stupid question, as it turns out. Feb 14, 2013 at 16:00
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    I wouldn't say it's stupid - just easily researched outside of SE.
    – Iszi
    Feb 14, 2013 at 16:08

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It's from Star Trek: Generations. :) IMDB Star Trek: Generations

You can also see it on Memory Alpha as Kirk's flag quote.

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    Also found here via Google.
    – Iszi
    Feb 14, 2013 at 15:50
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    @Iszi - Ugh... I have a tendency to quote my quotes in Google search :( Feb 14, 2013 at 15:54
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    @DVK Given that it was obvious which movie the quote came from, I just looked for a transcript of Generations and then searched within the found page for "promote". Turns out there's only two occurrences of that word in the transcript, once in your quote and earlier during Worf's promotion ceremony.
    – Iszi
    Feb 14, 2013 at 15:57
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    @DVK Ah. Well, it would be the only time (IIRC) where Kirk & Picard were together.
    – Iszi
    Feb 14, 2013 at 16:09
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    @Iszi In canon (tv+movies), yes - IIRC, that was even how that movie was advertised. In novels, I think I vaguely remember reading about 2 or 3 other times they've crossed paths
    – Izkata
    Feb 14, 2013 at 18:57

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