Proverbs from the Klingon Way

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There is nothing shameful in falling before a superior enemy.
 
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We are Klingons.
 
Klingons are born, live as warriors, then die.
 
Klingons are born to fight and conquer.
 
When threatened, fight.
 
We fight to enrich the spirit. - We fight in order to buy the spirit.
 
If you are sad, act.
 
Hit them hard and hit them fast.
 
Klingons do not procrastinate.
 
If it's in your way, knock it down.
 
To survive, we must expand.
 
Klingons are a proud race, and we intend to go on being proud.
 
Great deeds, great songs.
 
The memory of you sings in my blood.
 
Choose to fight, not negotiate.
 
If you must negotiate, watch you enemy's eyes.
 
Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight.
 
Real power is in the heart.
 
There is no honor in attacking the weak.
 
When in doubt, surprise them.
 
Trust your instincts.|trust your ship
 
There are no old warriors.
 
Listen to the voice of your blood.
 
A warrior's blood boils before the fire is hot.
 
In space, all warriors are cold warriors.
 
Blood and water don't mix.
 
One is always of his tribe.|A person and his house are always together.
 
Drinking fake ale is better than drinking water.
 
A warrior does not let a friend face danger alone.
 
When a warrior goes to battle, he does not abandon his friends.
 
Klingons do not faint.
 
Klingons do not get sick.
 
Klingons do not lie in bed.
 
To understand life, endure pain.
 
Pleasure is nonessential.
 
A warrior does not complain about physical discomfort.
 
Klingons never bluff.
 
Adhere to virtue honorably.
 
Virtue is the reward.
 
One need not enjoy virtue.
 
There is always a chance.
 
Capture all opportunities.
 
Honor is more important than life.
 
One does not achieve honor while acting dishonorably.
 
When you insult a Klingon's honor, prepare for trouble.
 
If you cannot fail, you cannot succeed.
 
If you cannot be shamed, you cannot be honored.
 
The Klingon who kills without showing his face has no honor.
 
Only an enemy without honor refuses to show himself in battle.
 
A leader must stand alone.
 
Navigate your vessel alone.
 
May you enemies run with fear.
 
May you scare your enemies, may your enemies run.
 
For one mission, there is one leader.|?one must guide onself?
 
A Klingon does not postpone a matter of honor.
 
It is a good day to die.
 
May you die well.
 
If you are afraid to die, you have already died.
 
Death is an experience best shared.
 
To really succeed, you must enjoy eating poison.
 
To die defending his ship is the hope of every Klingon.
 
To die in the line of duty is the hope of every Klingon.
 
To die while serving the Empire is the hope of every Klingon.
 
A Klingon warrior is always prepared to fight.
 
A Klingon warrior is always prepared to die.
 
Never leave without your bat'telh.|?always be prepared, and always maintain your identity as a Klingon?
 
No Klingon ever breaks his word.
 
Focus on but one target.
 
You salute the stars.
 
A beard is a symbol of courage.
 
Stop talking! Drink.
 
A warrior fights to the death.
 
Klingons do not surrender.
 
A Klingon does not run away from his battles.
 
May you die before you are captured.
 
Better to die on our feet than live on our knees.
 
Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not.
 
No one survived Khitomer.
 
Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for.
 
The used kut'luch is always shiny.
 
Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle.
 
Only fools have no fear.
 
The wind does not respect a fool.
 
Fear is power.
 
Only a fool fights in a burning house.
 
Only fools don't attack.
 
A fool's only achievement is death.
 
Fools die young.
 
Mercy or power.
 
Keep holding the hammer.
 
Revenge is the best revenge.
 
Right of Vengeance (?a legal right?)
 
Always it is the brave ones who die.
 
Survival must be earned.
 
Victory must be earned.
 
Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.
 
An honorable death requires no vengeance.
 
Tickle us, do we not laugh? Prick us, do we not bleed? Wrong us, shall we not seek revenge?
 
Revenge is a dish which is best served cold.
 
If winning is not important, then why keep score?
 
The execution of but one warrior brings shame to all.
 
He doesn't eat gagh.
 
If a warrior ignores duty, acts dishonorably, or is disloyal, he is nothing.
 
Gagh is always best when served live.
 
Admire the person with dirt under his fingernails.
 
dirt under fingernails|effrontery, impudence, brazenness
 
You lack dirt under your fingernails.
 
you lack gall. (You lack bile.)
 
Motives are insignificant.
 
When a warrior dies, his spirit escapes.
 
If the warrior's spirit has not escaped, the battle is still going on.
 
Curse well!
 
Conquer what you desire.
 
You have choosen your weapon, so fight.
 
Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die!
 
The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions, and he is responsible for theirs.
 
The dishonor of the father dishonors his sons and their sons for three generations.
 
Remember the scent.
 
Love is always smelled.
 
The hunter does not lie down with the prey.
 
Do not kill an animal unless you intend to eat it.
 
Klingons kill for their own purposes.
 
Don't trust those who frequently smile.
 
A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye.
 
Your father is a part of you always.
 
Pay no heed to glob flies.
 
If you sleep with targs, you'll wake up with glob flies.
 
If the qIvon is cold, the blood is hot.
 
No pain, no gain.
 
The son of a Klingon is a man the day he can first hold a blade.
 
The victor is always right.
 
In war, there is nothing more honorable than victory.
 
History is written by the victors.
 
To find ale, go into a bar.
 
A ship cloaks in order to attack.
 
In order to succeed, we attack.
 
Everyone encounters tribbles occasionally.
 
If you want to eat pipius claw, you'll have to break a few pipiuses.
 
Break a pipius.
 
Trust, but locate the doors.
 
Trust, but verify.
 
The door is locked.
(sometimes heard in reference to a situation with an inevitable, unavoidable outcome)
 
When you begin a mission, remember Aktuh and Melota.
 
Don't trust Yridians who bring gifts.
 
Don't trust Ferengi who give back money.
 
He can sell ice on Rura Penthe.
 
Don't just aim; hit the target.
 
If a warrior does not fight, he does not breathe.
 
Hear the warrior cry out.
 
Anger excites.
 
You pay attention to your Fek'lhr and I will pay attention to mine.
 
Care about your students.
 
When an escaped prisoner looks for a guard, he always finds one.
 
No enemy is boring.
 
Today I am a warrior.
 
I must show you my heart.
 
I travel the river of blood.
 
If you don't use the painstik, the child will never celebrate his Age of Ascension.
 
I am not a merry man.
 
Don't catch any bugs.
 
We succeed together in a greater whole.
 
Destroying an empire to win a war is no victory, and ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat.
 
Have the courage to admit your mistakes.
 
Buy or die.