Battle is not a simulation. It's blood. And screams. And funerals.

Georgiou

Star Fleet doesn't fire first.

Georgiou

Until formal relations were established, whenever the Vulcans crossed paths with the Klingons, the Vulcans fired first. They said 'Hello' in a language the Klingons understood. Violence brought respect. Respect brought peace. Captain, we have to give the Klingons a Vulcan Hello.

Burnham

Great unifiers, few and far between, but they do come. Often such leaders will need a profound cause for their followers to rally around.

Sarek

When a civilization acts in opposition to its instincts, it may be under the influence of something or someone new.

Sarek

How rare to meet one's own demons in the flesh.

Sarek

Sarek: So many years and you still allow emotional considerations to impede your logic.
Burnham: They INFORM my logic.

Georgiou: I have to hope that whatever happens here can serve as a bridge between our civilizations.
Burnham: That's the diplomat in you talking. What does the soldier say?
Georgiou: Nothing good.

Admiral Anderson: Considering your background, I would think you the last person to make assumptions based on race.
Burnham: With respect, it would be unwise to confuse race and culture.

The ideal outcome for any Klingon interaction is battle. They're relentlessly hostile, sir. It's in their nature.

Burnham

Your world has food chains. Mine does not. Our species map is binary. We're either predator or prey. My people were hunted, bred, farmed. We are your livestock of old. We were biologically determined for one purpose and one purpose alone. To sense the coming of death. I sense it coming now.

Saru

Saru: Their hull is covered in hollow, metallic ornamental pods, thousands of them, tightly interlocked, forming a kind of ... armor.... I suspect its purpose is more symbolic than practical. They contain Klingon biological material in various states of decay. Remote dating is wildly divergent, some bones date back thousands of years and others only hours old.
Burnham: Their entire ship is covered with coffins.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

All life is born from chaos and destruction.

Burnham

They are coming. Atom by atom, they will coil around us and take all that we are.

T'Kuvma