Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country quotes

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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.

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]

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".]

Chang: Oh, now, be honest, Captain... warrior to 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.]

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.]

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.]

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.]

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.]

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.

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.]

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: 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: Indeed, the record shows that Captain Kirk once held the rank of admiral, and that Admiral Kirk was broken for taking matters into his own hands in defiance of regulations of the law! Do you deny being demoted for these charges?! Don't wait for the translation! Answer me now! [Similar words were originally spoken by Adlai Stevenson to Valerian Zorin in an emergency session of the United Nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis.]