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Minbari Proverbs - Sage sayings of the Minbari race featured on the science fiction adventure BABYLON 5/SYN/1995-98.

Mira Furlan as Ambassador DeLenn - BABYLON 5
Ambassador DeLenn

The Minbari are humanoid beings who existed long before the humans of Earth. Their wisdom was reflected in such proverbs as:

  • "A darkness in the heart cannot be cured by moving the body to a different place."
  • "Claim victory in your heart and the Universe will follow."
  • "The only way to understand the battle is to understand the language."
  • "War is as much concept as execution."
  • "A Warrior will fear not death as we are already dead. Only those of the living can fear."
  • "The capacity for self-sacrifice: the conscious ability to override evolution and self-preservation for a cause, a friend or a loved one" (the second Minbari Principle of Sentient Life).
  • "Pale, bloodless, look in their eyes and see nothing but mirrors, infinities of reflection" (words of Renegade Shagh-toth, in the year 2258).

"We believe that the Universe itself is conscious in a way we can never truly understand. It is engaged in a search for meaning, so it breaks itself apart, investing its own consciousness in every form of life. We are the Universe, trying to explain itself."

"The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are star-stuff. We are the Universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And, as we have both learned, sometimes the Universe needs a change of perspective." -- Delenn, Babylon 5


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