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Gowron (Character)
from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Redemption (#4.26)" (1991)
Lieutenant Worf: I believe you to be a man of honor, Gowron. I ask you: restore my family name.
Gowron: Worf - you killed Duras. I consider that no small favor. But what you ask is impossible.
Lieutenant Worf: But after your installation...
Gowron: The grasp of Duras reaches out from the grave. Much of the Council is still loyal to his family. I must have the Council's support, to survive. I cannot expose their treachery. You chose to accept this disgrace, for the good of the Empire. Now you must live with your decision, like a Klingon.

Gowron: [after several Council members have sided with the Duras family] Can you not see what you are doing? Are you blind to what they represent? Then go. Your blood will paint the way to the future.

[Worf has refused Gowron's request to ask Picard and Starfleet for their support in a potential Klingon civil war]
Gowron: You come to me and demand the restoration of your family honor and now... you hide behind Human excuses. What are you, Worf? Do you tremble and quake with fear at the approach of combat? Hoping to talk your way out of a fight like a Human? Or do you hear the cry of the warrior, calling you to battle, calling to glory like a Klingon?

Gowron: You both fought as warriors. You have proven your hearts are Klingon. I return your family honor. I give you back that which was wrongfully taken from you. Let your name be spoken once again. You are Worf, son of Mogh.

Gowron: Lursa and B'Etor are feared. And fear is power.

Gowron: We must move quickly if we are too be successful.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Successful?
Gowron: Yes. At preventing a Klingon civil war.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rightful Heir (#6.23)" (1993)
Gowron: Kahless has been dead for a thousand years; but the idea of Kahless is still alive. Have you ever fought an idea, Picard? It has no weapon to destroy, no body to kill. The idea of Kahless's return must be stopped here and now - or it will travel through the Empire like a wave, and leave nothing but destruction behind.

Gowron: Where is he, Picard?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I assume that you're referring to Kahless.
Gowron: I am referring to the filthy pahtak who is using his name!

Lieutenant Worf: [on the impact of Kahless's return] It will be glorious!
Gowron: It will be war!

Gowron: Koroth - I see that not all fools die young.

Gowron: I oppose you. I say you are not Kahless; and I will not bend my knee to you, as long as I can draw breath - or pick up a blade.

Gowron: Kahless - the greatest warrior of them all!
[after defeating Kahless in battle]

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Way of the Warrior (#4.1)" (1995)
Gowron: Come with me Worf; glory awaits you on Cardassia!

Gowron: Surrender the council members, or we will have no choice but to take them by force.
Captain Sisko: And risk an all-out war with the Federation?
Gowron: If a war starts here, the blame will be yours.
Captain Sisko: I doubt very much history will agree.
Gowron: History is written by the victors.

Gowron: You're like a toothless old Grishnar cat trying to frighten us with your roar.
Captain Sisko: I can assure you, this 'old cat' may not be as toothless as you think.

Lt. Commander Worf: Kahless himself said "Destroying an Empire to win a war is no victory."
Gowron: "And ending a battle to save an Empire is no defeat."

Gowron: [in Klingon] Today is a good day to die.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tacking Into the Wind (#7.22)" (1999)
Lt. Commander Worf: We cannot attack Sarpedion.
Gowron: I decide what can and cannot be done!
Lt. Commander Worf: You rule without wisdom and without honor. The warriors that are gathered here will not say this to you, but I will. You are squandering our ships and our lives on a petty act of vengeance!
Gowron: I should have known better than to trust you again. If you were a true Klingon, I would kill you where you stand! Fortunately for you, that 'child's' uniform shields you from you rightful fate.

[Sisko has shifted the blame for the Klingons' failures from Martok to Gowron]
Gowron: That's one of the things I like about you, Captain - your loyalty to your friends.
Captain Sisko: This has nothing to do with loyalty.
Gowron: Of course not.

Gowron: [to Worf, his last words] You will not have this... day...

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Reunion (#4.7)" (1990)
Gowron: K'mpec was also stubborn; he, too, refused to listen. *Now*... he is gone. You need not make the same mistake.
K'Ehleyr: K'mpec was old and weak! I am not!

Gowron: Have you never wondered about serving the Klingon Empire?
K'Ehleyr: I serve in my own way.
Gowron: As a Federation ambassador. A few rewards - but little glory.
K'Ehleyr: What do you want?
Gowron: What do you want? Command of a ship? A seat on the Council? There are many opportunities for you in the Empire.
K'Ehleyr: Opportunities that will present themselves only if *you* come to power. You talk like a Ferengi.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We will begin the ja'chuq.
Gowron: [incredulous] What?
Duras: This woman has been giving you bad advice, Picard! The ja'chuq is obsolete.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It is my choice to respect the ancient rituals. Each of you will have to prove your worthiness to lead the High Council.
Gowron: That will take hours.
K'Ehleyr: Or days - depending on your cooperation.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: When It Rains... (#7.21)" (1999)
Gowron: The son of Mogh...
Lt. Commander Worf: Chancellor.
Gowron: [to Martok] They say you've made him part of your house.
Martok: That's true.
Gowron: [after a long look at Worf] Then what is past is past. If Martok considers you his brother, that's all I need to know. Come, I've brought a barrel of the finest bloodwine, and it must be drunk tonight!
[Klingons leave]
Captain Sisko: [to Admiral Ross] I guess we're not invited.

Gowron: I can see it all so clearly: while our allies sit and do nothing, the Klingon Empire will score the final triumph over the Dominion. We'll be the saviors of the Alpha Quadrant. The glory will be ours - and ours alone.

Gowron: The Dominion will rue the day they heard my name!

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The House of Quark (#3.3)" (1994)
Gowron: The House of Kozak is gone. For the time being it will be known as... as the House of...?
Quark: Quark.
Gowron: Querk?
Quark: Quark!
Gowron: ...the House of Quark.

Gowron: A brave Ferengi - who would have thought it possible?

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising (#5.1)" (1996)
Gowron: You want to kill me, Worf? You're welcome to try.

Gowron: [to Worf] You should have killed me when you had the chance. I promise, you won't get another.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Broken Link (#4.25)" (1996)
[last lines]
Gowron: [from a recorded transmission] Archanis is ours and we will take it back. Resist us in any way, and there will be war!

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Redemption II (#5.1)" (1991)
Toral: The Duras family will one day rule the Empire!
Gowron: Perhaps. But not today.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (#5.15)" (1997)
Gowron: Think of it... Five years ago, no one had ever heard of Bajor or Deep Space Nine, and now... all our hopes rest here. Where the tides of fortune take us, no man can know.
Captain Sisko: They're tricky, those tides.