Klingon Proverbs

We are Klingons!


Klingons are born, live as warriors, then die.

boghtlhInganpu', SuvwI'pu' moj, Hegh.

Klingons are born to fight and conquer.

SuvmeH 'ejcharghmeHboghtlhInganpu'.

When threatened, fight.

DabuQlu'DI' yISuv.

We fight to enrich the spirit.

qa' wIje'meHmaSuv.

If you are sad, act!


Hit them hard and hit them fast.

tIqIpqu' 'ejnomtIqIp.

Klingons do not procrastinate.

lumbe' tlhInganpu'.

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.

Hem tlhInganSegh 'ejmaHamtaH 'e' wIHech.

Great deeds, great songs.

ta'mey Dun, bommey Dun.

The memory of you sings in my blood.

bomDI' 'IwwIjqaqaw.

Choose to fight, not negotiate.

bISuv 'e' yIwIv; bISutlh 'e' yIwIvQo'.

If you must negotiate, watch your enemy's eyes.

bISutlhnISchughjaghlI' mInDu' tIbej.

Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight.

Suvlu'taHvISyapbe' HoSneH.

Real power is in the heart.

tIqDaqHoSna' tu'lu.

There is nothing shameful in falling before a superior enemy.


There is no honor in attacking the weak.

pujwI' HIvlu'chughquvbe'lu'.

When in doubt, surprise them.

bISovbejbe'DI' tImer.

Trust your instincts.


There are no old warriors.

SuvwI'pu' qantu'lu'be'.

Listen to the voice of your blood.


A warrior's blood boils before the fire is hot.

tujpa' qul pub SuvwI' 'Iw.

In Space, all warriors are Cold Warriors

loghDaqSuvrupboghSuvwI'pu' chaHHochSuvwI'pue'.

Blood and water don't mix.

tay'taHbe' 'IwbIQ je.

One is always of his tribe.

reHtay' ghottuqDaj je.

Drinking fake ale is better then drinking water.

tlhutlhmeHHIqngebqaq law' bIQqaqpuS.

A warrior does not let a friend face danger alone.

nItebQobqaDjup 'e' chaw'be' SuvwI'.

When a warrior goes to a battle, he does not abandon his friends.

may'DaqjaHDI' SuvwI' juppu'Dajlonbe'.

Klingons do not faint.

vulchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.

Klingons do not get sick.

ropchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.

Klingons do not lie in bed.

QongDaqDaqQotbe' tlhInganpu'.

To understand life, endure pain.

yInDayajmeH 'oy' yISIQ.

Pleasure is nonessential.

'utbe' bel.

A warrior does not complain about physical discomfort.

loQ 'oy'DI' SuvwI' bepbe'.

Klingons never bluff.


Adhere to virtue honorably.


Virtue is the reward.

pop 'oH ghob'e'.

One need not enjoy virtue.


There is always a chance.

reH 'ebtu'lu'.

Capture all opportunities.

Hoch 'ebmeytIjon.

Honor is more important than life.

batlhpotlh law' yInpotlhpuS.

One does not acheive honor

batlhHa' vanglu'taHvISquvchavbe'lu'.

When you insult a Klingon's honor, prepare for trouble.

tlhInganquvDatIchDI' Seng.

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.

quvHutlhHoHboghtlhIngan 'ach qabDaj 'angbe'bogh.

Only an enemy without honor refuses to show himself in battle.

'ang'eghQo' quvHutlhboghjaghneHghobtaHvISghaH.

A leader must stand alone.


Navigate your vessel alone.


May your enemies run with fear.


For one mission, there is one leader.

wa' Qu'vaDwa' DevwI' tu'lu'.

A Klingon does not postpone a matter of honor.

batlhqelDI' tlhIngan, lumbe'.

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.

Heghlu'DI' mobbe'lu'chughQaQqu' HeghwanI'.

To really succeed, you must enjoy eating poison.

bIQapqu'meHtarDaSop 'e' DatIvnIS.

To die defending his ship is the hope of every Klingon.

DujDajHubtaHvISHegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.

To die in the line of duty is the hope of every Klingon.

Qu'Dajta'taHvISHegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.

To die while serving the Empire is the hope of every Klingon.

wo' toy'taHvISHegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.

A Klingon warrior is always prepared to fight.


Never leave without your bat'leth.

bImejDI' reHbetleHlIjyItlhap.

No Klingon ever breaks his word.

notlay'Ha' tlhnIngan.

Focus on but one target.

wa' DoSneHyIbuS.

You salute the stars.


A beard is a symbol of courage.

toDuj 'oSrol.

Stop talking! Drink!

bIjatlh 'e' yImev. yItlhutlh!

A warrior fights to the death.

wejHeghchughvay', SuvtaHSuvwI'.

Klingons do not surrender.

jeghbe' tlhInganpu'.

A Klingon does not run away from his battles.

may'meyDajvo' Haw'be' tlhIngan.

May you die before you are captured.

Dajonlu'pa' bIHeghjaj.

Better to die on our feet than live on our knees.

QamvISHeghqaq law' torvISyInqaqpuS.

Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not.

vubpu' jonnuchpu'. jonbe' tlhInganpu'.

No one survived Khitomer.

QI'tomerDaqHeghpu' Hoch.

Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for.

'etlhQorghHa'lu'chughragh 'etlhnIvqu' 'ejjejHa'choH.

The used kut'luch is always shiny.


Shooting space garbage is no test of a warriors mettle.

vajtoDujDajngeHbej DI vI'.

Only fools have no fear.

notqoHpue' neHghIjlu'.

The wind does not respect a fool.

qoHvuvbe' SuS.

Fear is power.

vay' DaghIjlaHchughbIHoSghaj.

Only a fool fights in a burning house.


Only fools don't attack.

HIvbe' qoHpu' neH.

A fool's only achievement is death.


Fools die young.

qanchoHpa' qoH, HeghqoH.

Mercy or power.


Keep holding the hammer.

mupwI' yI'uchtahH!

Revenge is the best revenge.

bortaSnIvqu' 'oH bortaS'e'.

Always it is the brave ones who die.


Survival must be earned.

yInlu'taH 'e' bajnISlu'.

Victory must be earned.

yaychavlu' 'e' bajnISlu'.

Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.

qaStaHvISwa' ram loSSaD Hugh SIjlaHqetboghloD.

An honorable death requires no vengeance.

batlhHeghLu'chughnoDnISbe' vay'.

Tickle us, do we not laugh? Prick us , do we not bleed? Wrong us, shall we not seek revenge?

qotlhchughmaHagbea'? cheDuQchughmareghbea'? cheQIHchughmanoDbea'?

Revenge is a dish which is best served cold.

bortaSbIrjablu'DI' reHQaQqu' nay'.

If winning is not important, then why keep score.


The execution of but one warrior brings shame to all.

wa' SuvwI' muHlu'DI', tuHchoHHochSuvwI'pu'.

He doesn't eat gagh!


If a warrior ignores duty, acts dishonorably, or is disloyal, he is nothing.

Qu' buSHa'cughSuvwI', batlhHa' vangchugh, qojmatlhHa'chugh, paghghaHSuvwI

Gagh is always best served when live.

yIntaHboghqaghjablu'DI' reHnIvqu' qagh.

Admire the person with dirt under his fingernails.


Motives are insignificant.


When a warrior dies, his spirit escapes.

HeghDI' SuvwI' narghSuvwI' qa'.

If the warrior's spirit has not escaped, the battle is still going on.

narghbe'chughSuvwI' qa' taH may'.

Curse well!


Conquer what you desire.

vay' DaneHboghyIchargh.

You have chosen your weapon, so fight!

nuHlIjDawIvpu', vajyISuv!

Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die!

yIlop! wa'leSchaqmaHegh!

The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions, and he is responsible for theirs.

vangDI' tlhInganSuvwI' ngoy' qorDu'Daj; vangDI' qorDu'Dajngoy' tlhInganSuvwI'.

The dishonor of the father dishonors his sons and their sons for three generations.

qaStaHvISwejpuqpoHmeyvavpuqloDpu' puqloDpu'chajjequvHa'moHvavquvHa'ghach.

Remember the scent.

vay' DalarghDI' yIqaw.

Love is always smelled.

reH bang larghlu'.

The hunter does not lie down with the prey.

QotDI' gheDtlhejbe' wamwI'.

Do not kill an animal unless you intened to eat it.

Ha'DIbaHDaSop 'e'eDaHechbe'chughyIHoHQo'.

Klingons kill for their own purposes.

tlhIngannqoQmet. chavmeHHoHtlhInganpu'.

Don't trust those who frequently smile.

pIjmonchughvay' yIvoqQo'.

A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye.

leghlaHchu'be'chughmInlo'laHbe' tajjej.

Your father is part of you always.


Pay no heed to glob flies.


If you sleep with targs, you'll wake up with glob flies.

bIQongtaHvISnItlhejchughtarghmeybIvemDI' nItlhejghIlabghewmey.

If the qIvon is cold, the blood is hot.

bIrchughqIvontuj 'Iw.

No pain, no gain.


The son of a Klingon is a man the day he can first hold a blade.

wa' taj 'etlh 'uchchoHlaHtlhInganpuqloD; jajvetlhloDnenmoj.

The victor is always right.


In war, there is nothing more honorable than victory.

noHghoblu'DI' yayquv law' HochquvpuS.

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.

ruTyIHmeyghom Hoch.

If you want to eat pipius claw, you'll have to break a few pipiuses.


Trust, but locate the doors.

yIvoq 'ach lojmItmeyyISam.

Trust, but verify.

yIvoq 'ach yI'ol.

When you begin a mission, remember Aktuh and Melota.

Qu' DataghDI' 'aqtu' mellota' je tIqaw.

Don't trust Yridians who bring gifts.

nobmeyqemboghyIrIDnganpue' yIvoqQo'.

Don't trust Ferengi who give back money.

Huch nobHa'boghverenganpue' yIvoqQo'.

He can sell ice on RuraPenthe.

rura' pente'DaqchuchngevlaHghaH.

Don't just aim; hit the target!

yIQeqQo' neH. DoSyIqIp!

If a warrior does not fight, he does not breathe.

Suvbe'chughSivwI' tlhuHbe' SuvwI'.

Hear the warrior cry out!

jachSuvwI' 'e' yIQoy!

Anger excites.


You pay attention to your Fek'lhr and I will pay attention to mine.

veqlarghhlI' yIbuS 'ejveqlarghwI' vIbuS.

Care about your students.

ghojwI'pu'lI' tISaH.

When an escaped prisoner looks for a guard, he always finds one.

'avwI' nejDI' narghta'boghqama' reH 'avwI; Sambej.

No enemy is boring.

Dal paghjagh.

Today I am a warrior.

DaHjajSuvwIe' jIH.

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.

'oy'naQDalo'be'chugh not nenghep lop puq.

I am not a merry man.


Don't catch anybugs.


We succeed together in a greater whole.

wa' DolnIvDaqmatay'DI' maQap.

Destroying an empire to win a war is no victory, and ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat.

noHQapmeHwo' Qaw'lu'chughyaychavbe'lu' 'ejwo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chughlujbe'lu'.

Have the courage to admit your mistakes.

QaghmeylIjtIchID, yIyoH.

Buyor die.