Henry IV, Part I was a play written by William Shakespeare, the second part of a tetralogy that includes Richard II, Henry IV, Part II, and Henry V. The play contained the oft-quoted line "The better part of valor is discretion."

In 2270, James T. Kirk referenced the play, explaining that "discretion is the better part of valor" when ordering a retreat from three Romulan vessels. ("The Practical Joker")

In 2293, General Chang paraphrased a line from the play, saying "A game's afoot" while his Bird-of-Prey attacked the USS Excelsior over Khitomer. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2371, Quark described "an old Ferengi saying about discretion being the better part of valor." ("The House of Quark")

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