The Merchant of Venice was a play written by dramatist William Shakespeare.
In 2293, General Chang paraphrased lines from play, saying "Tickle us, do we not laugh? Prick us, do we not bleed? Wrong us, shall we not revenge?" while his Bird-of-Prey attacked the USS Enterprise-A over Khitomer. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In 2364, under the influence of polywater intoxication, Data used a slightly rephrased quote from the play to finish his explanation of his similarity to Humans saying, "I have pores. Humans have pores. I have fingerprints. Humans have fingerprints. My chemical nutrients are like your blood. If you prick me, do I not leak?" (TNG: "The Naked Now")
In that year, and into the next, several pages of this play from The Annotated Shakespeare were on display in Captain Jean-Luc Picard's ready room and quarters on the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "The Battle", "The Arsenal of Freedom")
As Luther Sloan explained to Kimara Cretak in 2375 "The phrase 'never say die' was originally from a nineteenth century poem based on Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'. It has since passed into the vernacular as an exhortation never to give up, no matter what the cost." (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")
|Selected works of William Shakespeare|
|All's Well That Ends Well • As You Like It • Hamlet • Henry IV, Part I • Henry IV, Part II • Henry V • Henry VI, Part II • Henry VI, Part III • Julius Caesar • King Lear • Macbeth • Measure for Measure • The Merchant of Venice • A Midsummer Night's Dream • Othello • Richard II • Richard III • Romeo and Juliet • The Tempest • Timon of Athens • Twelfth Night, or What You Will • sonnets|