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<An exo-datologist, eh? The new ideal: warrior, scientist, artist. It's not enough to be a fighter anymore, eh? They want a gentler, more balanced, more intellectual sort of warrior nowadays.>
War-Prince Alloran sneering at Arbron, Animorphs - The Andalite Chronicles

The Derzhi were a warrior race, and though they prized the literacy of their scholars and merchants, it was much in the way they prized their dogs who did tricks ... It was not something they would want to do themselves.
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Live-Action TV

"How many Klingons does it take to change a dilithium crystal? Ten - one to change it, and the other nine to chastise him for performing such a menial task when he's a member of a proud warrior race!"
Ed Byrne, Mock the Week, "Unlikely Things To Hear In A Sci-Fi Movie"

"My father is a mechanical genius. He could've been Chief Engineer of a starship if he'd had the opportunity. But he went into business, like a "good Ferengi." The only thing is, he's not a good Ferengi. Not when it comes to acquiring profit. So now, all he has to live for is the slim chance that someday, somehow, he might be able to take over my Uncle's bar."

Archer: How many cases have you won?
Kolos: Oh, I'm not sure. Over two hundred. But that was a long time ago, when the tribunal was a forum for the truth and not a tool for the warrior class.
Archer: There are other classes?
Kolos: You didn't believe all Klingons were soldiers?
Archer: I guess I did.
Kolos: My father was a teacher. My mother, a biologist at the university. They encouraged me to take up the law. Now all young people want to do is take up weapons as soon as they can hold them. They're told there's honor in victory, any victory. What honor is there in a victory over a weaker opponent? Had Duras destroyed that ship he would have been lauded as a hero of the Empire for murdering helpless refugees. We were a great society not so long ago, when honor was earned through integrity and acts of true courage, not senseless bloodshed.
Archer: For thousands of years, my people had similar problems. We fought three world wars that almost destroyed us. Whole generations were nearly wiped out.
Kolos: What changed?
Archer: A few courageous people began to realize they could make a difference.
Star Trek: Enterprise, "Judgment"
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Video Games

"'Krogan scientist?' Heh. Never met krogan scientist worthy of term."
Mordin Solus, Mass Effect 2

Lord High Researcher Fortack: My predecessor said no one would understand the true worth of my work. As I pulled my blade from his chest, I knew he was telling the truth.
Commander Shepard: Not exactly what I would call effective academic peer review.

"A humie mek fightin' against us? Da sad leadin' da weak, dat is."
Kaptin Bluddflagg spotting an enemy Techmarine, Dawn of War II: Retribution

"'E's a zogging nurse!"
Mr. Nailbrain spotting an enemy Apothecary, Dawn of War II: Retribution

To spill blood outside of battle is a great dishonor. Words burned into all Sangheili since they were young, and to me. And for a time, I believed. I watched my brothers die around me and never dared give aid. "Stitching a wound closed brings dishonor, setting a broken bone brings dishonor." Words of the ignorant who never saw undetonated Needler rounds pulsing beneath a brother's skin. If shame is the price of compassion, so be it.
Sangheili Medic's Personal Log, Halo 5: Guardians
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Web Original

"Predators are the Klingon contradiction: if you're an advanced species that has developed space travel, you don't act like a barbarian. You know what I mean? I can't imagine a Klingon warrior trying to figure out how to make a warp engine. Sitting there with spectacles on and working at a computer? 'It's not the warrior way...NERD! You should be murdering things!' 'I'm trying to develop space travel!'"

"Here, the Klingons are used fleetingly, and [Joe] Menosky seems to have a bit of fun at their expense...I love how they even talk about colonisation in terms like 'worthy.' It suggests that the Klingons were really on a boring mission scouting for potential colonisation sites. They don’t even seem to have a dedicated scientific department, having to forward on their research..It seems more likely they just wanted to boast about generic Klingon stuff to Quark, which is a nice touch. I have to admit I always wondered about Klingon culture. With everything built around glory and honour and victory, one wonders how society finds people to fill menial day-to-day work. Do Klingon janitors get to go to Sto-vo-kor? What about the great Klingon cheese-makers? What of the scientists who research stuff that is important to a space-faring empire, but isn’t necessarily based around killing things?"
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Dramatis Personae"

"Just because you're necessary doesn't mean you're important."

Real Life

"Are you real men or some goddamned faggots?"
Nikita Khrushchev to some avant-garde artists, 1962


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