In which episode (and in which moment) of Star Trek: The Next Generation did Worf say his famous line?

People have a lot to talk, yet little to say.

I can only recall that it was probably halfway through the series (3rd or 4th season) and that it was most likely the first episode of a two-episode story.

  • 4
    Worf's famous phrase, or Benjamin Franklin's?
    – mattdm
    Dec 11, 2017 at 13:51
  • 1
    @Valorum Yes. From the answer, the actual line is very similar to Poor Richard's, except "some people use humor as a shield" instead of "half wits". This line is either a direct reference to Franklin, or else a play on the aphorism without the writer being aware of its source.
    – mattdm
    Dec 11, 2017 at 14:22
  • 5
    @mattdn the original is by Benjamin Franklin - the famous Klingon pundit.
    – LSerni
    Dec 11, 2017 at 20:49
  • 11
    @LSerni One can never truly appreciate Poor Richard's Almanack until you've read it in the original Klingon. Dec 11, 2017 at 22:09
  • 1
    @trejder I doubt that is this line is "famous" as "Worf's phrase" in any way. It's a phrase that was already famous that Worf uttered a variation of.
    – mattdm
    Dec 13, 2017 at 20:04

1 Answer 1


This is TNG: The Emissary. Note that he's talking about people rather than humans.

K'EHLEYR: Worf, you're the perfect Klingon. The ultimate minimalist. Talk to me.

WORF: I've noted that some people use humour as a shield. They talk much, yet say little.



Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.