[Spock prevents Kirk from reacting to a Klingon's provocation]
Captain James T. Kirk: You didn't really think I was gonna beat his head in, did you?
Mr. Spock: I thought you might.
Captain James T. Kirk: You're right.
Captain James T. Kirk: Well, Commander, I guess that takes care of the war. Obviously, the Organians aren't going to let us fight.
Kor: A shame, Captain. It would have been glorious.
Ayelborne: Oh, eventually, you will have peace; but only after millions of people have died. It is true that in the future, you and the Klingons will become fast friends. You will work together.
Kor: [talking about Mr. Spock] He will be examined. If he is lying, he will die. If he is telling the truth... he will find that business has taken a turn for the worse.
Captain James T. Kirk: What would you say the odds are on our getting out of here?
Mr. Spock: Difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say, approximately 7,824.7 to 1.
Captain James T. Kirk: Difficult to be precise? 7,824 to 1?
Mr. Spock: 7,824.7 to 1.
Captain James T. Kirk: That's a pretty close approximation.
Mr. Spock: I endeavor to be accurate.
Captain James T. Kirk: You do quite well.
Kor: Smile and smile... I don't trust men who smile too much.
[Kirk is posing as an Organian]
Kor: Where is your smile?
Captain James T. Kirk: My what?
Kor: The stupid, idiotic smile everyone else seems to be wearing.
Kor: Do you also welcome me?
Captain James T. Kirk: You're here; there's nothing I can do about it.
Kor: [smiles] Good, honest hatred. Very refreshing.
Captain James T. Kirk: Organia's description, Mr. Spock.
Mr. Spock: Inhabited by humanoids, a very peaceful, friendly people, living on a primitive level. Little of intrinsic value. Approximately class D minus on the Richter scale of cultures.
Captain James T. Kirk: Another Armenia, Belgium.
Mr. Spock: Sir?
Captain James T. Kirk: The weak innocents. They always seem to be located on the natural invasion routes.
Mr. Spock: Captain, our information on these people and their culture was not correct. This is not a primitive society making progress toward mechanization. They are totally stagnant. There is no evidence of any progress as far back as my tricorder can register.
Captain James T. Kirk: That doesn't seem likely.
Mr. Spock: Nevertheless, it is true. For tens of thousands of years, there's been absolutely no advancement, no significant change in their physical environment. This is a laboratory specimen of an arrested culture.
Captain James T. Kirk: Well there it is - war. We didn't want it, but we've got it.
Mr. Spock: Curious how often you Humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
Captain James T. Kirk: Gentlemen, I have no great love for you, your planet, your culture. Despite that, Mr. Spock and I are gonna go out there, and quite probably die - in an attempt to show you that there are some things worth dying for.
Ayelborne: But there're only two of you against an army. Don't you realize that what you intend to do will be hopeless?
Kor: Tell me about the dispersal of your Starfleet.
Captain James T. Kirk: [smiles] Go climb a tree.
Kor: Hm. I can get what I want through our mind scanner, but... there would be very little of your mind left, Captain. I have no desire to see you become a vegetable.
Captain James T. Kirk: Mr. Spock, did I or did I not see something that looked like a munitions dump outside of Kor's headquarters?
Mr. Spock: You did.
Captain James T. Kirk: I think it's time we did a little simple and plain communicating. Tonight.
Mr. Spock: A very meritorious idea, Captain.
Captain James T. Kirk: We're short of tools.
Mr. Spock: I am certain the Klingons will provide whatever is necessary.
Captain James T. Kirk: It's a pleasure doing business with you, Mr. Spock.
[Ayelborne and Claymare have interfered in the quarrel between Kirk and Kor]
Captain James T. Kirk: You have no right to dictate to our Federation...
Kor: Or our Empire!
Captain James T. Kirk: ...how to handle their interstellar relations! We have the right...
Ayelborne: To wage war, Captain? To kill millions of innocent people? To destroy life on a planetary scale? Is that what you're defending?
Mr. Spock: I should say the Organians are as far above us on the evolutionary scale... as we are above the amoeba.
Claymare: We do not wish to seem inhospitable but, gentlemen, you must leave.
Ayelborne: Yes, please leave us. The mere presence of beings like yourselves is intensely painful to us.
Captain James T. Kirk: I'm embarrassed. I was furious with the Organians for stopping a war I didn't want. We think of ourselves as the most powerful beings in the universe. It's unsettling to discover that we're wrong.
Mr. Spock: Captain. It took millions of years for the Organians to evolve into what they are. Even the gods did not spring into being overnight. You and I have no reason to be embarrassed. We did, after all, beat the odds.
Captain James T. Kirk: Oh, no, no, no, Mr. Spock, we didn't beat the odds; we didn't have a chance. The Organians raided the game.
Kor: You speak of courage. Obviously you do not know the difference between courage and foolhardiness. Always it is the brave ones who die. The soldiers. I hope you will continue to savor the sweetness of your life. You disgust me!
Claymare: We find interference in other people's affairs... most disgusting. But you, gentlemen, have given us no choice.
Captain James T. Kirk: You should be the first to be on our side. Two hundred hostages killed!
Ayelborne: No one has been killed, Captain.
Claymare: No one has died here in uncounted thousands of years.
Captain James T. Kirk: [beaming down into the middle of an Organian village, with no reaction from the people around] You'd think they had people beaming down every day.
Mr. Spock: Yes. Curious lack of interest.
Kor: [to Kirk, who is posing as Baroner, an Organian] You do not like to be pushed. Very good. You may be a man I can deal with, Baroner.
Captain James T. Kirk: So - we're stranded here, in the middle of a Klingon occupation army.
Mr. Spock: So it would seem. Not a very pleasant prospect.
Captain James T. Kirk: You have a gift for understatement, Mr. Spock. It's not a very pleasant prospect at all!
Captain James T. Kirk: [to Ayelborne] I am used to the idea of dying. But I have no desire to die for the likes of you.
Kor: I don't blame you, Captain.
Kor: We are similar as a species. Here we are on a planet of sheep, two tigers, predators, hunters... killers. And it is precisely that which makes us great. And there is a universe to be taken.
Captain James T. Kirk: It's a very large universe, Commander, full of people who don't like the Klingons.
Kor: Excellent. Then it shall be a matter of testing each other's wills, and power. Survival must be earned, Captain.
Kor: You have done well to get this far through my guards.
Mr. Spock: I believe you'll find that several of them are no longer in perfect operating condition.
Captain James T. Kirk: I'm a soldier, not a diplomat. I can only tell you the truth.