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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country quotes

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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".]

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?

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]

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: 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.]

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.]

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: The game's afoot, huh? [wags index finger at weapons officer, signalling him to fire torpedoes] [From Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1 (also a reference to Sherlock Holmes).]

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: To be... or not... to be... [last words]
[From Hamlet, Act III, Scene I]

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: 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.]

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: [to Kirk] Don't let it end this way, Captain. [last words]

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.]