Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country quotes

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Miscellany


Valeris: Four hundred years ago on the planet Earth, workers who felt their livelihood threated by automation flung their wooden shoes called sabots into the machines to stop them.
[Chekov and Uhura look confused]
Valeris: Hence the word sabotage.
Uhura: We are experiencing technical malfunction. All backup systems inoperative.
Chekov: Excellent-I mean, too bad.


Azetbur: What's happened? What's the meaning of all of this?
James T. Kirk: It's about the future, Madame Chancellor. Some people think the future means the end of history. Well...We haven't run out of history quite yet. Your father called the future...the undiscovered country. People can be very frightened of change.
Azetbur: You've restored my father's faith.
James T. Kirk: And you've restored my son's. ["We haven't run out of history quite yet" is a reference to Francis Fukuyama's argument that the end of the Cold War represented "The End of History".]

Spock: It is a depiction from ancient Earth mythology—the expulsion from Paradise.
Valeris: Why keep it in your quarters?
Spock: It is a reminder to me that all things end.

Commandant: This is the gulag Rura Penthe. There is no stockade. No guard tower. No electronic frontier. Only a magnetic shield prevents beaming. "Punishment" means exile from prison to the surface. On the surface, nothing can survive. [A naked man is dragged out of the prison and thrown into the tundra] Work well, and you will be treated well. Work badly, and you will die. [References to Bridge on the River Kwai and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea]

Gorkon: You don't trust me, do you? I don't blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it. [The phrase "brave new world" is from The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1.]

Chancellor Gorkon: I offer a toast. The undiscovered country...the future.
Everyone: The undiscovered country.
Spock: Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.
Gorkon: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.
Chang: taH pagh taHbe' [Klingons laugh]

Spock: An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. [The fictional character Sherlock Holmes says this in the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.]

Chang: Our revels now are ended, Kirk. Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war! [From The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1, and Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1, respectively.]

Chang: What would your favorite author say, Captain? "Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings." [From Richard II, Act 3, Scene 2.]

Chang: Oh, now, be honest, Captain... warrior to warrior...you do prefer it this way, don't you? As it was meant to be. No peace in our time. Once more unto the breach...dear friends. [From Neville Chamberlain's famous speech after the signing of the Munich Agreement, and Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1, respectively.]

Chang: "To be or not to be?" That is the question which preoccupies our people, Captain Kirk. We need breathing room.
James T. Kirk: Earth. Hitler, 1938.
Chang: I beg your pardon?
Gorkon: Well...I see we have a long way to go.

Chang: Tickle us, do we not laugh? Prick us, do we not bleed? Wrong us...shall we not revenge? [Paraphrased, The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1.]

Chang: Well, most kind. "Parting is such sweet sorrow," hmm, Captain? "Have we not heard the chimes at midnight?" [From Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2, and Henry IV, Part II, Act 3, Scene 2 (paraphrased), respectively.]

Brigadier Kerla: This is Brigadier Kerla, speaking for the High Command. There has been an incident on Praxis. However, everything is under control. We have no need for assistance. Obey treaty stipulations and remain outside the Neutral Zone. This transmission ends now.
Hikaru Sulu: An "incident."
Janice Rand: Do we report this, sir?
Hikaru Sulu: Are you kidding?

Spock: If I were human, I believe my response would be...Go to Hell. [Kirk looks at Spock] If I were human.
Pavel Chekov: Course heading, Captain?
James T. Kirk: Second star to the right... and straight on till morning. [Kirk is paraphrasing J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.]