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Klingon Sayings

    
tlhIngan tIgh: SuvwI' DevmeH paq
The Klingon Way - A Warriors Guide
 
   
Dujeychugh jagh nIv yItuHQo'.
There is nothing shameful in falling before a superior enemy.
 

Qapla'
success
 
 
tlhIngan maH!
We are Klingons!
 
  
bogh tlhInganpu', SuvwI'pu' moj, Hegh.
Klingons are born, live as warriors, then die.
 
    
SuvmeH 'ej charghmeH bogh tlhInganpu'.
Klingons are born to fight and conquer.
 
 
DabuQlu'DI' yISuv.
When threatened, fight.
 
  
qa' wIje'meH maSuv.
We fight to enrich the spirit.|We fight in order to buy the spirit.
 
 
bI'IQchugh yIvang!
If you are sad, act!
 
   
tIqIpqu' 'ej nom tIqIp.
Hit them hard and hit them fast.
 
 
lumbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not procrastinate.
 
 
Dubotchugh yIpummoH.
If it's in your way, knock it down.
 
 
mataHmeH maSachnIS.
To survive, we must expand.
 
      
Hem tlhIngan Segh 'ej maHemtaH 'e' wIHech.
Klingons are a proud race, and we intend to go on being proud.
 
  
ta'mey Dun, bommey Dun.
Great deeds, great songs.
 
  
bomDI' 'IwwIj qaqaw.
The memory of you sings in my blood.
 
    
bISuv 'e' yIwIv; bISutlh 'e' yIwIvQo'.
Choose to fight, not negotiate.
 
   
bISutlhnIS jaghlI' mInDu' tIbej.
If you must negotiate, watch you enemy's eyes.
 
   
Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH.
Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight.
 
  
tIqDaq HoSna' tu'lu'.
Real power is in the heart.
 
  
pujwI' HIvlu'chugh quvbe'lu'.
There is no honor in attacking the weak.
 
 
bISovbejbe'DI' tImer.
When in doubt, surprise them.
 
 
DujlIj yIvoq.
Trust your instincts.|trust your ship
 
  
SuvwI'pu' qan tu'lu'be'.
There are no old warriors.
 
  
'IwlIj ghogh yIQoy.
Listen to the voice of your blood.
 
    
tujpa' qul pub SuvwI' 'Iw.
A warrior's blood boils before the fire is hot.
 
     
loghDaq Suvrupbogh SuvwI'pu' chaH Hoch SuvwI'pu''e'.
In space, all warriors are cold warriors.
 
   
tay'taHbe' 'Iw bIQ je.
Blood and water don't mix.
 
    
reH tay' ghot tuqDaj je.
One is always of his tribe.|A person and his house are always together.
 
       
tlhutlhmeH HIq ngeb qaq law' bIQ qaq puS.
Drinking fake ale is better than drinking water.
 
      
nIteb Qob qaD jup 'e' chaw'be' SuvwI'.
A warrior does not let a friend face danger alone.
 
    
may'Daq jaHDI' SuvwI' juppu'Daj lonbe'.
When a warrior goes to battle, he does not abandon his friends.
 
 
vulchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not faint.
 
 
ropchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not get sick.
 
  
QongDaqDaq Qotbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not lie in bed.
 
   
yIn DayajmeH 'oy' yISIQ.
To understand life, endure pain.
 
 
'utbe' bel.
Pleasure is nonessential.
 
   
loQ 'oy'DI' SuvwI' bepbe'.
A warrior does not complain about physical discomfort.
 
  
not toj tlhInganpu'.
Klingons never bluff.
 
  
batlh ghob yIpab.
Adhere to virtue honorably.
 
  
pop 'oH ghob'e'.
Virtue is the reward.
 
 
ghob tIvnISbe'lu'.
One need not enjoy virtue.
 

tIvnISbe'
does not need to enjoy
 

tIvbe'nIS
needs to not enjoy
 
  
reH 'eb tu'lu'.
There is always a chance.
 
  
Hoch 'ebmey tIjon.
Capture all opportunities.
 
     
batlh potlh law' yIn potlh puS.
Honor is more important than life.
 
   
batlhHa' vanglu'taHvIS quv chavbe'lu'.
One does not achieve honor while acting dishonorably.
 
    
tlhIngan quv DatIchDI' Seng yIghuH.
When you insult a Klingon's honor, prepare for trouble.
 
 
bIlujlaHbe'chugh bIQaplaHbe'.
If you cannot fail, you cannot succeed.
 
 
bItuHlaHbe'chugh bIquvlaHbe'.
If you cannot be shamed, you cannot be honored.
 
      
quv Hutlh HoHbogh tlhIngan 'ach qabDaj 'angbe'bogh.
The Klingon who kills without showing his face has no honor.
 
      
'ang'eghQo' quv Hutlhbogh jagh neH ghobtaHvIS ghaH.
Only an enemy without honor refuses to show himself in battle.
 
  
nIteb SuvnIS DevwI'.
A leader must stand alone.
 
  
nIteb DujlIj yIchIj.
Navigate your vessel alone.
 
  
ghIj qet jaghmeyjaj.
May you enemies run with fear.
 
   
jaghmeylI' DaghIjjaj qetjaj jaghmeylI'.
May you scare your enemies, may your enemies run.
 
    
wa' Qu'vaD wa' DevwI' tu'lu'.
For one mission, there is one leader.|?one must guide onself?
 
  
batlh qelDI' tlhIngan, lumbe'.
A Klingon does not postpone a matter of honor.
 
  
Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam.
It is a good day to die.
 
 
batlh bIHeghjaj.
May you die well.
 
 
bIHeghvIpchugh bIHeghpu'.
If you are afraid to die, you have already died.
 
    
Heghlu'DI' mobbe'lu'chugh QaQpu' Hegh wanI'.
Death is an experience best shared.
 
    
bIQapqu'meH tar DaSop 'e' DatIvnIS.
To really succeed, you must enjoy eating poison.
 
      
DujDaj HubtaHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die defending his ship is the hope of every Klingon.
 
      
Qu'Daj ta'taHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die in the line of duty is the hope of every Klingon.
 
      
wo' toy'taHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die while serving the Empire is the hope of every Klingon.
 
   
reH Suvrup tlhIngan SuvwI'.
A Klingon warrior is always prepared to fight.
 
   
reH Heghrup tlhIngan SuvwI'.
A Klingon warrior is always prepared to die.
 
   
bImejDI' reH betleHlIj yItlhap.
Never leave without your bat'telh.|?always be prepared, and always maintain your identity as a Klingon?
 
  
not lay'Ha' tlhIngan.
No Klingon ever breaks his word.
 
   
wa' DoS neH yIbuS.
Focus on but one target.
 
 
Hovmey Davan.
You salute the stars.
 
  
toDuj 'oS rol.
A beard is a symbol of courage.
 
   
bIjatlh 'e' yImev. yItlhutlh!
Stop talking! Drink!
 
   
wej Heghchugh vay', SuvtaH SuvwI'.
A warrior fights to the death.
 
 
jeghbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not surrender.
 
  
may'meyDajvo' Haw'be' tlhIngan.
A Klingon does not run away from his battles.
 
 
Dajonlu'pa' bIHeghjaj.
May you die before you are captured.
 
       
QamvIS Hegh qaq law' torvIS yIn qaq puS.
Better to die on our feet than live on our knees.
 
    
vubpu' jon nuchpu'. jonbe' tlhInganpu'.
Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not.
 
  
QI'tomerDaq Heghpu' Hoch.
No one survived Khitomer.
 
      
'etlh QorghHa'lu'chugh ragh 'etlh nIvqu' 'ej jejHa'choH.
Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for.
 
   
reH boch qutluch lo'lu'bogh.
The used kut'luch is always shiny.
 
     
vaj toDuj Daj ngeHbej DI vI'.
Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle.
 
   
not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu'.
Only fools have no fear.
 
  
qoH vuvbe' SuS.
The wind does not respect a fool.
 
  
vay' DaghIjlaHchugh bIHoSghaj.
Fear is power.
 
    
meQtaHbogh qachDaq Suv qoH neH.
Only a fool fights in a burning house.
 
  
HIvbe' qoHpu' neH.
Only fools don't attack.
 
   
Hegh neH chav qoH.
A fool's only achievement is death.
 
  
qanchoHpa' qoH, Hegh qoH.
Fools die young.
 
  
pung ghap HoS.
Mercy or power.
 
 
mupwI' yI'uchtaH!
Keep holding the hammer!
 
   
bortaS nIvqu' 'oH bortaS'e'.
Revenge is the best revenge.
 
 
bortaS DIb
Right of Vengeance (?a legal right?)
 
  
reH Hegh yoHwI'pu''e'.
Always it is the brave ones who die.
 
  
yInlu'taH 'e' bajnISlu'.
Survival must be earned.
 
   
yay chavlu' 'e' bajnISlu'.
Victory must be earned.
 
        
qaStaHvIS wa' ram loS SaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD.
Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.
 
   
batlh Heghlu'chugh noDnISbe' vay'.
An honorable death requires no vengeance.
 
   
cheqotlhchugh maHaghbe''a'? cheDuQchugh mareghbe''a'? cheQIHchugh manoDbe''a'?
Tickle us, do we not laugh? Prick us, do we not bleed? Wrong us, shall we not seek revenge?
 
     
bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay'.
Revenge is a dish which is best served cold.
 
   
potlhbe'chugh yay qatlh pe''eghlu'?
If winning is not important, then why keep score?
 
    
wa' SuvwI' muHlu'DI', tuHchoH Hoch SuvwI'pu'.
The execution of but one warrior brings shame to all.
 
 
qagh Sopbe'!
He doesn't eat gagh!
 
      
Qu' buSHa'chugh SuvwI', batlhHa' vangchugh, qoj matlhHa'chugh, pagh ghaH SuvwI''e'.
If a warrior ignores duty, acts dishonorably, or is disloyal, he is nothing.
 
     
yIntaHbogh qagh jablu'DI' reH nIvqu' qagh.
Gagh is always best when served live.
 
   
butlh ghajbogh nuv'e' yIHo'.
Admire the person with dirt under his fingernails.
 

butlh
dirt under fingernails|effrontery, impudence, brazenness
 
 
butlh DaHutlh.
You lack dirt under your fingernails.
 
 
HuH DaHutlh.
you lack gall. (You lack bile.)
 
 
ram meqmey.
Motives are insignificant.
 
    
HeghDI' SuvwI' nargh SuvwI' qa'.
When a warrior dies, his spirit escapes.
 
    
narghbe'chugh SuvwI' qa' taH may'.
If the warrior's spirit has not escaped, the battle is still going on.
 
  
pe'vIl mu'qaDmey tIbach.
Curse well!
 
  
vay' DaneHbogh yIchargh.
Conquer what you desire.
 
  
nuHlIj DawIvpu', vaj yISuv!
You have choosen your weapon, so fight!
 
   
yIlop! wa'leS chaq maHegh!
Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die!
 
        
vangDI' tlhIngan SuvwI' ngoy' qorDu'Daj; vangDI' qorDu'Daj ngoy' tlhIngan SuvwI'.
The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions, and he is responsible for theirs.
 
         
qaStaHvIS wej puq poHmey; vav puqloDpu' puqloDpu'chaj je quvHa'moH vav quvHa'ghach.
The dishonor of the father dishonors his sons and their sons for three generations.
 
  
vay' DalarghDI' yIqaw.
Remember the scent.
 
  
reH bang larghlu'.
Love is always smelled.
 
   
QotDI' gheD tlhejbe' wamwI'.
The hunter does not lie down with the prey.
 
    
Ha'DIbaH DaSop 'e' DaHechbe'chugh yIHoHQo'.
Do not kill an animal unless you intend to eat it.
 
    
tlhIngan ngoQmey chavmeH HoH tlhInganpu'.
Klingons kill for their own purposes.
 
   
pIj monchugh vay' yIvoqQo'.
Don't trust those who frequently smile.
 
    
leghlaHchu'be'chugh mIn lo'laHbe' taj jej.
A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye.
 
  
reH DuSIgh vavlI'.
Your father is a part of you always.
 
  
ghIlab ghewmey tIbuSQo'.
Pay no heed to glob flies.
 
     
bIQongtaHvIS nItlhejchugh targhmey; bIvemDI' nItlhej ghIlab ghewmey.
If you sleep with targs, you'll wake up with glob flies.
 
   
bIrchugh qIvon tuj 'Iw.
If the qIvon is cold, the blood is hot.
 
 
'oy'be'lu'chugh Qapbe'lu'.
No pain, no gain.
 
        
wa' jaj 'etlh 'uchchoHlaH tlhIngan puqloD; jajvetlh loD nen moj.
The son of a Klingon is a man the day he can first hold a blade.
 
  
reH lugh charghwI'.
The victor is always right.
 
       
noH ghoblu'DI' yay quv law' Hoch quv puS.
In war, there is nothing more honorable than victory.
 
  
qun qon charghwI'pu''e'.
History is written by the victors.
 
   
HIq DaSammeH tach yI'el.
To find ale, go into a bar.
 
  
HIvmeH Duj So'lu'.
A ship cloaks in order to attack.
 
 
maQapmeH maHIv.
In order to succeed, we attack.
 
   
rut yIHmey ghom Hoch.
Everyone encounters tribbles occasionally.
 
     
pIpyuS pach DaSop DaneHchugh; pIpyuS puS DaghornIS.
If you want to eat pipius claw, you'll have to break a few pipiuses.
 
 
pIpyuS yIghor!
Break a pipius!
 
   
yIvoq 'ach lojmItmey yISam.
Trust, but locate the doors.
 
  
yIvoq 'ach yI'ol.
Trust, but verify.
 
 
ngaQ lojmIt.
The door is locked.
(sometimes heard in reference to a situation with an inevitable, unavoidable outcome)
 
     
Qu' DataghDI' 'aqtu' mellota' je tIqaw.
When you begin a mission, remeber Aktuh and Melota.
 
   
nobmey qembogh yIrIDnganpu''e' yIvoqQo'.
Don't trust Yridians who bring gifts.
 
   
Huch nobHa'bogh verenganpu''e' yIvoqQo'.
Don't trust Ferengi who give back money.
 
    
rura' pente'Daq chuch ngevlaH ghaH.
He can sell ice on Rura Penthe.
 
   
yIQeqQo' neH. DoS yIqIp!
Don't just aim; hit the target!
 
   
Suvbe'chugh SuvwI' tlhuHbe' SuvwI'.
If a warrior does not fight, he does not breathe.
 
   
jach SuvwI' 'e' yIQoy!
Hear the warrior cry out!
 
 
SeymoH QeH.
Anger excites.
 
    
veqlarghlI' yIbuS 'ej veqlarghwI' vIbuS.
You pay attention to your Fek'lhr and I will pay attention to mine.
 
 
ghojwI'pu'lI' tISaH.
Care about your students.
 
      
'avwI' nejDI' narghta'bogh qama' reH 'avwI' Sambej.
When an escaped prisoner looks for a guard, he always finds one.
 
  
Dal pagh jagh.
No enemy is boring.
 
  
DaHjaj SuvwI''e' jIH.
Today I am a warrior.
 
 
tIqwIj Sa'angnIS.
I must show you my heart.
 
  
'Iw bIQtIqDaq jIjaH.
I travel the river of blood.
 
     
'oy'naQ Dalo'be'chugh not nenghep lop puq.
If you don't use the painstik, the child will never celebrate his Age of Ascension.
 
  
loD Quch jIHbe'.
I am not a merry man.
 
 
ghewmey tISuqQo'.
Don't catch any bugs.
 
    
wa' Dol nIvDaq matay'DI' maQap.
We succeed together in a greater whole.
 
          
noH QapmeH wo' Qaw'lu'chugh yay chavbe'lu', 'ej wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh lujbe'lu'.
Destroying an empire to win a war is no victory, and ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat.
 
 
QaghmeylIj tIchID, yIyoH.
Have the courage to admit your mistakes.
 
  
bIje'be'chugh vaj bIHegh.
Buy or die.