Klingon proverbs

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This is a compilation of known proverbs from the fictional Klingon race in the Star Trek television shows and films. Some of these proverbs are not original to Star Trek, but are likely cited as "Klingon" for entertainment value.

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  • Revenge is a dish best served cold.
    • Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, who refers to this as "an old Klingon proverb".
    • Klingon (CSUR):      
    • tlhIngan Hol: bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay'
    • Literal translation: When cold revenge is served, the dish is always very good
    • Earliest known print reference: Mathilde (1841) by Eugène Sue
      • Original French: Et puis la vengeance se mange très-bien froide, comme on dit vulgairement... books.google


  • Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.
    • Klingon (CSUR):         
    • tlhIngan Hol: qaStaHvIS wa' ram loSSaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD
    • Literal translation: While one night happens, a running man is able to slit four thousand throats
    • Klingon soldier, Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Day of the Dove"
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Dictionary, Marc Okrand


  • Only a fool fights in a burning house.
    • Klingon (CSUR):     
    • tlhIngan Hol: meQtaHbogh qachDaq Suv qoH neH
    • Literal translation: Only a fool fights in a house that continues to burn.
    • Kang, Star Trek: The Original Series, "Day of the Dove"
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Way, Marc Okrand


  • A fool and his head are soon parted.
    • Klingon (CSUR):     
    • tlhIngan Hol: tugh qoH nachDaj je chevlu'ta'
    • Literal translation: Soon a fool and his head will be separated.
    • The Final Reflection, John M. Ford
    • Klingon language source: qurgh lungqIj



  • Destroying an Empire to win a war is no victory. And ending a battle to save an Empire is no defeat.
    • Klingon (CSUR):            
    • tlhIngan Hol: noH QapmeH wo' Qaw'lu'chugh yay chavbe'lu', 'ej wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh lujbe'lu'
    • Literal translation: Victory is not achieved if an Empire is destroyed in order to win a war, and it is not failure if a battle is backed away from in order to preserve an Empire
    • Kahless (quoted), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Way of the Warrior"
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Way, Marc Okrand


  • A leader is judged not by the length of his reign but by the decisions he makes.


  • Great men do not seek power; it is thrust upon them.


  • If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others
    • Klingon (CSUR):   
    • tlhIngan Hol: bISeH'eghlaH'be'chugh latlh Dara'laH'be'
    • Literal translation: If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others.
    • Klingon Honor Guard manual, page 16
    • Klingon language source: Unknown


  • Death is an experience best shared.
    • Klingon (CSUR):     
    • tlhIngan Hol: Heghlu'DI' mobbe'lu'chugh QaQpu' Hegh wanI'
    • Literal translation: When someone dies not alone the death event is good.
    • Klingon Honor Guard manual, page 29
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Way, Marc Okrand


  • Pity the warrior who slays all his foes.
    • Klingon (CSUR):     
    • tlhIngan Hol: Hoch jaghpu'Daj HoHbogh SuvwI' yIvup
    • Literal translation: Pity the warrior that kills all his enemies!
    • Klingon Honor Guard manual, page 39


  • A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye.
    • Klingon (CSUR):     
    • tlhIngan Hol: leghlaHchu'be'chugh mIn lo'laHbe' taj jej
    • Literal translation: A sharp knife is useless if the eye is unable to clearly see.
    • Klingon Honor Guard manual, page 47
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Way, Marc Okrand


  • Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight.
    • Klingon (CSUR):    
    • tlhIngan Hol: Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH
    • Literal translation: While fighting, only power is not enough.
    • Klingon Honor Guard manual, page 55
    • Klingon language source: The Klingon Way, Marc Okrand



Attributed[edit]

  • You cannot loosen a man's tongue with root beer.
    • Original Klingon: Worf


  • Act, and you may eat dinner. Think, and you may be dinner.


  • The enemy of my enemy is the enemy I'll kill last.



  • To those who are overly cautious, everything is impossible.
    • Kahless the Unforgettable


  • If winning is not important, why keep score?
    • Klingon (CSUR):    
    • tlhIngan Hol: potlhbe’chugh yay qatlh pe’’eghlu’. (The Klingon way, p.135)
    • Worf, Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1, episode 15 11001001


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