Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

1 Once you have their money, you never give it back. Rom The Nagus
1 If they want their money back, give it to them. Quark Prophet Motive
3 Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to. Quark The Maquis, Part II
6 Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity. Zek The Nagus
6 A man is only worth the sum of his possessions. Krem Enterprise:
Acquisition

7 Keep your ears open. Odo Hands of the Prophet
8 Only a fool passes up a business opportunity. Vung,
DS9 Novel #7
Warchild (p174) Non-Canon
8 Small print leads to large risk.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p6) Non-Canon
9 Opportunity plus instinct equals profit. Nog The Storyteller
10 Greed is eternal. Quark Prophet Motive
10 Greed is dead. Rom Prophet Motive
13 Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
From The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (p27) and ST:DS9 TFRoA (p9) Non-Canon
16 A deal is a deal
(...until a better one comes along.)
Quark Melora
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p10)
Add on is Non-Canon
17 A contract is a contract is a contract. But only between Ferengi. Rom Body Parts
18 A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all. Sisko & Nog Heart of Stone
19 Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p12) Non-Canon
21 Never place friendship above profit. Quark Rules of Acquisition
21 Never place profit before friendship. Rom Prophet Motive
22 A wise man can hear profit in the wind. Pel Rules of Acquisition
22 Latinum tarnishes, but family is forever. Rom Prophet Motive
23 Nothing is more important than your health. Except for money. Ulis Enterprise:
Acquisition

23 Money can never replace dignity. Rom Prophet Motive
27 There's nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
ST: DS9 TFRoA (p16) Non-Canon
31 Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother
(...insult something he cares about instead.)
Quark The Siege
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p17)
Add on is Non-Canon
33 It never hurts to suck up to the boss. Quark & Pel Rules of Acquisition
34 War is good for business. Dax & Quark Destiny
35 Peace is good for business. Dax & Quark Destiny
40 She can touch your lobes but never your latinum.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p23) Non-Canon
41 Profit is its own reward.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p24) Non-Canon
44 Never confuse wisdom with luck.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p25) Non-Canon
45 Expand, or die. Krem Enterprise:
Acquisition

47 Never trust anyone whose suit is nicer than your own. Quark Rivals
48 The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife. Pel Rules of Acquisition
52 Never ask when you can take.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p28) Non-Canon
57 Good customers are as rare as latinum, treasure them. Quark Armageddon Game
58 There is no substitute for success.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p30) Non-Canon
59 Free advice is seldom cheap. Quark Rules of Acquisition
60 Let's you and him fight. Tunk,
TNG Novel #33
Balance of Power (p87) Non-Canon
60 Keep your lies consistent.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p33) Non-Canon
62 The riskier the road, the greater the profit. Pel Rules of Acquisition
65 Win or lose, there's always Huyperian beetle snuff.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p36) Non-Canon
69 Ferengi are not responsible for the stupidity of other races. Tunk,
TNG Novel #33
Balance of Power (p179) Non-Canon
74 Knowledge equals profit. Barclay hologram ST:VOY
Inside Man

75 Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum. Quark Civil Defense
76 Every once in a while declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies. Quark The Homecoming
79 Beware of the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p41) Non-Canon
82 The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p42) Non-Canon
85 Never let the competition know what you're thinking.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p43) Non-Canon
89 Ask not what your profits can do for you, ask what you can do for your profits.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p44) Non-Canon
94 Females and finances don't mix.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p46) Non-Canon
97 Enough...is never enough.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p47) Non-Canon
99 Trust is the biggest liability of all.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p47) Non-Canon
102 Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever. Quark & Nog The Jem'Hadar
103 Sleep can interfere ....
[cut off]
Pel Rules of Acquisition
104 Faith moves mountains...of inventory.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p50) Non-Canon
106 There is no honor in poverty.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p51) Non-Canon
109 Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack. Quark Rivals
111 Treat people in your debt like family, exploit them. Sisko Past Tense, Part I
112 Never have sex with the boss' sister. Quark Playing God
113 Always have sex with the boss.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p56) Non-Canon
121 Everything is for sale, including friendship.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p58) Non-Canon
123 Even a blind man can recognize the glow of latinum.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p59) Non-Canon
139 Wives serve, brothers inherit. Odo Necessary Evil
141 Only fools pay retail.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p61) Non-Canon
144 There's nothing wrong with charity...as long as it winds up in your pocket.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p62) Non-Canon
153 Sell the sizzle, not the steak. Quark ST: DS9 Comic #22 Non-Canon
162 Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p63) Non-Canon
177 Know your enemies...but do business with them always.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p64) Non-Canon
181 Not even dishonesty can tarnish the shine of profit.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p65) Non-Canon
184 (See 191)
189 Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p66) Non-Canon
190 Hear all, trust nothing. Nog Call to Arms
191 A Ferengi waits to bid until his opponents have exhausted themselves. Tunk,
Novel #33
Balance of Power (p157) Tunk was corrected as to the number of this RofA as being 184
Non-Canon
192 Never cheat a Klingon...unless you're sure you can get away with it.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p67) Non-Canon
194 It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in your door. Quark Whispers Quark wasn't sure of the number of this one
202 The justification of profit is profit.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p69) Non-Canon
203 New customers are like razor toothed gree worms, they can be succulent, but sometimes they bite back. Rom Little Green Men
211 Employees are the rungs on the ladder to success. Don't hesitate to step on them. Frool The Bar Association
214 Never begin a business negotiation on an empty stomach. Quark The Maquis, Part I
216 Never gamble with an empath. Quark, DS9 Novel #12 The Laertian Gamble (p7) Non-Canon
217 You can't free a fish from water. Quark Past Tense, Part I
218 Sometimes what you get free costs entirely too much. Quark ST: DS9 Comic #12 Non-Canon
218 Always know what you're buying.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p71) Non-Canon
219 Possession is eleven-tenths of the law. Tunk,
TNG Novel #33
Balance of Power (p67) Non-Canon
223 Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p72) Non-Canon
229 Latinum lasts longer than lust.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p74) Non-Canon
236 You can't buy fate.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p75) Non-Canon
239 Never be afraid to mislabel a product. Gint (during Quark's dream) Body Parts
242 More is good...all is better.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p76) Non-Canon
255 A wife is a luxury...a smart accountant a necessity.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p77) Non-Canon
261 A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p78) Non-Canon
263 Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum. Rom The Bar Association
266 When in doubt, lie.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p79) Non-Canon
284 Deep down everyone's a Ferengi.
ST:DS9 TFRoA (p80) Non-Canon
285 No good deed ever goes unpunished. Quark The Collaborator
285 A good deed is its own reward. Rom Prophet Motive
286 When Morn leaves, it's all over. Quark The House of Quark This rule doesn't really exist, Quark made it up.

NOTES

Last rules added: 6, 23, 45
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition - herein abbreviated (ST:DS9 TFRoA)
March 27, 2002
Info also compiled from news posting by Michael J. Baker.

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