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.


  • Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.
    • Klingon: qaStaHvIS wa' ram loS SaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD
    • Transliteration: As a single night continues to happen, a man who is running can 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.
    • Kang, Star Trek: The Original Series, "Day of the Dove"
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Mere life is not a victory, mere death is not a defeat.
  • To those who are overly cautious, everything is impossible.
    • Kahless the Unforgettable