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I found the following on TV tropes:

In one episode of DS9 we heard a snippet of a Klingon science vessel's log where the captain spoke of winning battles against ignorance, and bringing home vast spoils in the form of new knowledge.

Does anybody know what episode this refers to? The Science Vessel page on Memory Alpha makes no mention of Klingon science vessels, and google is not much help either.

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    I tried to find this a while ago and failed. I think it's someone's headcanon.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 19:53
  • The closest thing I could think of is DS9: Dramatis Personae, but that doesn't quite fit.
    – Politank-Z
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 19:58
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    Yes, in the Dramatis Personae transcript there was this exchange: KIRA: The Klingon said victory just before he died. I wonder what he meant. DAX: According to Klingon High Command, the Toh'Kaht was in the Gamma quadrant on a routine bio-survey mission, O'BRIEN: Victory during a bio-survey? It's possible the TV Tropes editor misremembered "victory during a bio-survey" as actually talking about victory in science, but it turned out the Klingons had discovered some alien technology that caused them to battle one another.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 20:06
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    @joe - This is Ent: Judgement; "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 honour in victory, any victory. What honour 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 honour was earned through integrity and acts of true courage, not senseless bloodshed."
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 20:29
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    @Richard Yet more evidence that Enterprise rocked. :)
    – Lexible
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 0:31

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To the best of my knowledge, there is only one instance where the log of a Klingon ship is reconstructed, in DS9: Dramatic Personae. At no point do the words ascribed to them (about klingon scientists 'winning battles against ignorance' or carrying off 'spoils' in the form of knowledge) appear in any episode of any Trek series.

There are, however some script excerpts that might have been mis-remembered by the Tropes page's author.

KIRA: The Klingon said "victory" before he died. I wonder what he meant.

DAX: According to the Klingon high command, the Toh'Kaht was in the gamma quadrant on a routine bio-survey mission...

O'BRIEN: "Victory"... during a bio-survey... ?

A beat as everyone considers this.

  • and possibly this speech from Enterprise: Judgement

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 honour in victory, any victory. What honour 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 honour was earned through integrity and acts of true courage, not senseless bloodshed

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