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Quotes made by or about the Space Marines.

Contents

Attributed

Imperial Tomes and Chapter Mottos

Tome Quote Source
Ritual and Responses, Tome of Truths Foretold, Legiones Astartes, Library Copy

Without the Dark, there can be no Light,
We have purpose
Without the Lie, there can be no Truth,
We have purpose
Without the War, there can be no Victory,
We have purpose
Without the Death, there can be no sacrifice,
We have purpose
Without the Hope there can be no Future,
We have purpose
Without the Loyalty there can be no one chapter,
We have purpose
Without the Emperor, there is nothing,...
And we would have no purpose

Book of the Astronomican, p. 71
Adeptus Astartes, The Book of Faith At battle's end, speak the Liturgy in a clear voice. Respect the bravery of the living. Give the Rite of Passage to the fallen. Honour the battle gear of the dead. To do all this with reverence, even when exhausted by battle and weary from the field, is the duty of a Chaplain. It is his burden and satisfaction. Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 25
Medic Credo Do not fail your Brothers. Though their bodies die, their spirit must return to the Chapter. That is your charge. Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 28
Excerpt from the Liber Honorus Imperial Fists Chapter, Legiones Astartes During the righteous pacification of the heretical insurgence on Iduno, Lysander (at the time still a sergeant) bravely led his squad in the stubborn defence of the Colonial Bridge. For fourteen hours Lysander and his men held against wave after wave of attacks by the hateful rebels who had forsworn the glorious Emperor of Mankind for the False Glories of the Fallen Gods. Well versed in the Rites of Battle, Lysander guided his men surely and strongly, bringing the vengeance of the Emperor in volleys of controlled, effective bolter fire. When Lysander and the survivors of his squad were relieved, it took several hours to clear the corpses of the shadow-shrouded recreants so the bridge could be crossed. [Needs Citation]
'Leaders Of The Adeptus Astartes', A Most Secret Report, Compiled For His Most Supreme Excellency The Paternoval Envoy By His Humble Servant Master Maximus Pliny Marneus Augustus Calgar is the renowned master of the Ultramarines, and his countless exploits while defeating the enemies of the Emperor (may his divine light always guide us) have earned him no small measure of fame throughout the Imperium. In particular, his stubborn defence and ultimate crushing defeat of the Tyranids during the 1st Tyrannic War has become the stuff of legend amongst the more vulgar elements of the population on those planets that owe allegiance to the Ultramarines. But fame and glory ever begets jealousy and spite, and these heroic tales, fuelled by Marneus' fierce (some might say intractable) pride, has earned him and his brethren many high-ranking enemies. While I can find no direct evidence, it seems probable that these enemies engineered the now infamous Court of Inquiry into Marneus' actions during the suppression of the uprising on Colony Beta//54, where Marneus was quite rightly exonerated of all charges, if his excellency will allow me to put forward my own, very humble, opinion. Recent reports that Marneus was slain during the defence of Ichar IV appear to be based upon nothing but base rumour and tawdry gossip, and all the reliable evidence I have found indicates the he continues to lead the Ultramarines to this day. [Needs Citation]
Preface to Chapter V, 'Warrior Pilgrimages of the Angels of Death' The final destination on my Warrior Pilgrimage to Rynn's World was my voyage to the Jadeberry Hill Necropolis. Upon that blasted knoll are to be found hundreds of hand-carved headstones, each one a memorial to a fellow battle brother of the Crimson Fists. Each stone is engraved with the battle honours of a hero whose mortal remains will never be recovered, his sacrifice an example to us all. I lingered at that bleak place for a day and a night, meditating upon the foes I had defeated and the terrible battles I had fought to return here and atone for my weakness. Come the morn, I was struck by a revelation. Though many of them had died here, my brethren had prevailed in the face of adversity. I would strive to emulate their example and prove myself worthy of the trust placed in me by my Chapter. [Needs Citation]
Litany of Devotion

Where there is uncertainty, I shall bring light
Where there is doubt, I shall sow faith
Where there is shame, I shall point atonement
Where there is rage, I shall show its course
My word in the soul shall be as my bolter in the field.

Accursed Eternity (Novella) - Architect of Fate (Anthology), Ch. 7 pp.100-101
Meditations upon the Fang The Space Wolves revere the Emperor as the greatest warrior of all time, the only being to have ever bested Leman Russ in hand-to-hand combat. When Space Wolves call upon Russ or the Emperor in battle, it is to witness the deeds of men and to judge the fallen. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 27
Second Book of Chantings There is only the Emperor, and he is our shield and protector. [Needs Citation]
Verses of Sigismund, Book CIV, Verse I You carry the Emperor's will as your torch, with it destroy the shadows. [Needs Citation]
Space Marine pledge

What is your life?
My honour is my life.
What is your fate?
My duty is my fate.
What is your fear?
My fear is to fail.
What is your reward?
My salvation is my reward.
What is your craft?
My craft is death.
What is your pledge?
My pledge is eternal service

[Needs Citation]
Litany of the Space Marines What is your Duty? To serve Emperor's Will.

What is Emperor's Will? That we fight and die.

What is Death? It is our duty.

What is your Duty? ...

[Needs Citation]
Inscription upon the Arcus Daemonica, attributed to the Emperor of Mankind One unbreakable shield against the coming darkness

One last blade, forged in defiance of fate
Let them be my legacy to the galaxy I conquered
And my final gift to the species I failed

The Emperor's Gift (Novel) Prologue p.13

A

Speaker Quote Source
Librarian Isador Akios of the Blood Ravens Blessed is the mind too small for doubt. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Through the destruction of our enemies do we earn our salvation! Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Justicar Alaric of the Grey Knights We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy - the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial - carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won. Grey Knights (Novel) by Ben Counter, Chapter Twenty
You had to use the whole Trail. Saint Evisser, the cardinals, every single citizen, you had to move them all into position to beat us. Remember that. You put your plan in motion before the Trail even existed, because you knew it would take nothing less. We made you work, daemon. You feared us so much you had to move star systems to make us dance to your tune.
Artor Amhrad,
Chapter Master of the Astral Knights (deceased)
Victory often rests on the correct weaponry being in the right place and at the right time. Even the most destructive weapons of war are worthless if absent from the battle. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 74
Captain Gabriel Angelos,
Blood Ravens
While the enemies of the Emperor still draw breath, there can be no peace. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Chaplain Hauis Argento,
Crimson Fists 2nd Company
If your life is given in service to the Emperor, your death shall not be in vain. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 58
Commander Argentius,
Silver Skulls
Victory does not always rest with the big guns: but, if we rest in front of them we shall be lost. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 79
Chaplain Aston,
Fire Hawks 10th Company
The uniforms of the Imperial Guard are camouflaged in order to protect their wearers by hiding them from sight.

The principle is that what the enemy cannot see he cannot kill. This is not the way of the Adeptus Astartes. A Space Marine’s armour is bright with heraldry that proclaims his devotion to his Chapter and the beloved Emperor of Mankind. Our principle is that what the enemy can see, he will soon learn to fear…

[Needs Citation]
High Chaplain Astorath of the Blood Angels Treat them with honour, my Brothers. Not because they will bring us victory this day, but because their fate will one day be ours."
-on the Death Company
Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 44
Blood Ravens Devastator Sergeant Avitus Come you aliens, show me what passes for fury amongst your misbegotten kind! Dawn of War 2
We are the Emperor's angels of death, not his angels of mercy. Dawn of War 2
Don't fool yourselves. War is all we are! Killing is all we are good for! The rest is delusion. Dawn of War 2
We are weapons. There is the Emperor, and there is war. Nothing more. Dawn of War 2

B

Speaker Quote Source
Grand Master Belial of the Dark Angels Fenris breeds heroes like a bar breeds drunks - loud, proud and spoiling for a fight. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 21
Bjorn the Fell-Handed,
Venerable Dreadnought of the Space Wolves
I was on Prospero, brothers. I was there when we burned their heresy from the galaxy. I saw Leman Russ lay waste to their cherished places. I saw Traitors weep from corrupted eyes as we turned their pyramids of glass into barren wasteland. That will not happen here. They were made weak by the knowledge of their treachery. We are made strong by the knowledge of our fidelity. Where Tizca fell, the Aett will stand. Though it may cost the lives of us all, the Aett will stand.
-during the Battle of the Fang
Battle of the Fang (Novel) by Chris Wraight, Chapter Fourteen, pg. 304
God-Emperor? Calling him a god was how all this mess started. The Emperor's Gift (Novel)
by Aaron Dembski-Bowden,
Chapter Twenty-Five, pg. 290
Black Templars "Lead us from death to victory, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from faith to slaughter.
Lead us to His strength and an eternity of war.
Let His wrath fill our hearts.
Death, war, and blood;
in vengeance serve the Emperor and the name of Dorn!"

- "Suffer not the Unclean to live", prayer and vow of the Black Templars
Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition)[Needs Citation]
"Trust in the Emperor at the hour of battle.
Trust to him to intercede, and protect his warriors true as they deal death on alien soil.
Turn their seas to red with the blood of their slain.
Crush their hopes, their dreams
And turn their songs into cries of lamentation."

- "Uphold the honour of the Emperor", vow of the Black Templars
Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition)[Needs Citation]
"Smite now the scions of the Witch!
Grant us the strength to pierce their unclean flesh!
To cover their fields with the pale form of the blasphemous dead!
To drown the thunder of guns with the shriek of their dying!
To lay waste to their citadels with hurricanes of fire!
To wring the hearts of their kin with unavailing grief!
To send them into the waste of their desolate land in rags and hunger, broken in spirit, worn with travail and begging for the refuge of the grave.
We ask it, in the spirit of wrath, O Master of Mankind!"

- "Abhor the Witch, Destroy the Witch", prayer and vow of the Black Templars
Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition)[Needs Citation]
"O Emperor, in wrath rejoicing at bloody wars, fierce and untamed,
whose mighty power doth make the strongest walls from their foundations shake.
All-conquering Master of Mankind, be pleased with this war's tumultuous roar.
Delight in swords and fists red with alien blood, and the dire ruins of savage battle.
Rejoice in furious challenge, and avenging strife, whose works with woe embitter human life!"

- "Accept any challenge, no matter the odds", prayer and vow of the Black Templars
Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition)[Needs Citation]
"No Fear! No Pity! NO REMORSE!"
- War Cry of the Black Templars
[Needs Citation]
Ragnar Blackmane, Wolf Lord of the Space Wolves We may be few, and our enemies many. Yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 95
Paulian Blantar, Iron Father of the Kaargul Clan of the Iron Hands The Machine is strong. We must purge the weak, hated flesh and replace it with the blessed purity of metal. Only through permanence can we truly triumph, only through the Machine can we find victory. Punish the flesh. Iron in mind and body. Hail the Machine! [Needs Citation]
War Cry of the Blood Angels "For the Emperor and Sanguinius!" [Needs Citation]
Motto of the Blood Ravens Chapter "Knowledge is power. Guard it well." [Needs Citation]
Blood Ravens Librarian saying An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded. Dawn of War
Captain Eddan Bourne, Silver Skulls No. 2 Assault Company Show me a fortress and I'll show you a ruin. Warhammer Siege, p. 105

C

Speaker Quote Source
Marneus Calgar, Chapter Master of the Ultramarines We pray for our brethren who pilot the Dreadnoughts. Though they take new form, their souls, and their weapon mounts, remain pure. Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 59
Damnation starts with little steps, by arrogantly thinking that you are wiser than our great forbears, by tinkering with truth, by compromising, by departing from the straight and narrow path of the Emperor’s light. [Needs Citation]
Know this, son of Guilliman. The father of our Chapter watches over us always. He knows your soul, your strengths and, aye, even your fears. I share your pain at the loss of Brother-Captain Idaeus, but to dishonour his name with grief is wrong. He gave his life so that his battle-brothers would live and the enemies of the Emperor would be defeated. A warrior can ask for no better death than that. Captain Idaeus was the senior officer, and you were duty bound to follow his orders when they were given. The chain of command must not be broken or we are nothing. Discipline and order are everything on the battlefield and the army that lives by that credo will always triumph.
- to Uriel Ventris, shortly after his promotion to captaincy of the 4th Company
Nightbringer (Novel) - Ultramarines: The Omnibus by Graham McNeill, Ch. 2, p. 47
We are the Ultramarines, the Sons of Guilliman. Whilst we draw breath, we stand. Whilst we stand, we fight. Whilst we fight, we prevail. Nothing shall stay our wrath. Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook[Needs Citation]
We follow in the footsteps of Guilliman. As it is written in the Codex, so shall it be. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 16
You all heard Varro's words. The daemon is vulnerable, exposed, and we have one chance to end this. Right here and right now, the fate of Ultramar is in our hands. You are the best and bravest of your Chapter, and though we may die in these mountains, we will die in service to something greater than blood, something greater than land. We fight for what we know is right. I will lead you in that fight, and all I ask is that you fight like the heroes you are!
- rallying the survivors of the Ultramarines 1st Company on Talassar, for a final charge against the Daemon Prince M'kar
The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Ch. 23, p. 307
For Ultramar! CHARGE!
- on Talassar
The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Ch. 23, p. 308
Memorum Libris de Petronius Caligarus, Ultramarines Captain Only a madman knows no fear. A warrior knows what fear is, he feels it in his stomach, he understands fear better than any other mortal can. What makes us strong is that we have conquered fear, overcome it not once but many times, over and over again, until the process has become instinctive. but no matter how many battles you fight and how many victories you win, your fear will never completely leave you. Learn to live with that fear. Learn to master your fear. But never forget that there are things in this universe that even you cannot face and live, abominations so terrible that their very appearance will sear the flesh from your face and shrivel your eyes. Such things cannot be fought, and to confront them would be nothing but a futile waste of life. In those situations remember your vows to serve the Emperor, and remember also that you serve him best alive and not sacrificed upon the altar of vain glory. [Needs Citation]
Chaplain Carnak, Imperial Fists 3rd Company Everything has a purpose, Proteus. So the Emperor ordains. Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Chaplain Ortan Cassius, Ultramarines Master of Sanctity The blasphemy of the Tyranids is such that only one solution is acceptable. Extermination. There can only be two sides in a fight - choose carefully, lest you and I find ourselves on different sides. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 87
Sergeant Antaro Chronus, Ultramarines The roar of engines, the recoil of cannons. That is where the true joy of battle lies. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 89
Let them hide in their fortress. My crew can use the target practice. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 80
Chaplain Judd Clausel, Ultramarines 4th Company What is the terror of death? That we die with our work incomplete. What is the joy of life? To die knowing our task is done. I stand alongside warriors of honour, and the warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even a warrior's death--if it is honourable--is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, and you will know no fear. A fortress is a living thing: the commander its brain, the walls its bones, the sensors its eyes and ears, the troops its blood, their weapons its fists. If one organ fails, the whole dies. And if the whole dies, no single organ can survive alone. And above all, remember this... for a warrior the only crime is cowardice. Defenders of Ultramar (Graphic Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter 4
Captain Alessio Cortez, Crimson Fists I haven't lost an arm, brother. It's right over there. Rynn's World (Novel) by Steve Parker, Part Three, Chapter 8
Exchange between a Servitor and Ultramarines Sergeant Crastor "Look to your battle gear and it will protect you. "

"We guard it with our lives. "

"As your armour guards your life. "

"As it has my fallen brethren. "

"Honour the craft of death. "

"We serve only the Emperor."

"Honour the battle gear of the dead. "

"We ask only to serve. "

Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Carab Culln of the Red Scorpions If my Marines are ordered to serve alongside these tainted half-animals, they shall do so. But upon their return they shall be quarantined and purified by every means in our Apothecarion.
– on Ogryns
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 52
Camouflage is the colour of fear... I have no need to hide from my foes... I have no fear of death. My colours I wear openly, they proclaim louder than any words, "I am proud to live - I am proud to die". Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 84
They are an effective force in their way, and I do not doubt the Emperor's wisdom in allowing tainted subhuman filth to serve Him. But my men shall not be exposed to the corruption of these beasts.
– on Beastmen
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, h: p. 150
Brother-Captain CyneWolf of the Deathwatch The ethics of booklearning and scholarship I leave to the savants. But for what it's worth, I would have burned it without a second thought.
– on the Necroteuch affair
Xenos (Novel),
by Dan Abnett,
Chapter Twenty-One

D

Speaker Quote Source
Dante, Commander of the Blood Angels For eleven hundred years, I have fought and I have seen the darkness in our galaxy. I have seen the vileness of the alien and the heresy of the mutant. I have witnessed the sin of possession. I have seen all the evil that the galaxy harbours, and I have slain all whose presence defiles the Emperor. I have seen what you will see. I have fought what you must fight, and I have slain what you must slay... so fear not and be proud, for we are the sons of Sanguinius, the protectors of Mankind. Aye, we are indeed the Angels of Death. Codex: Blood Angels (4th Edition), p. 6
Captain Denon of the Salamanders 2nd Company You will fight in the streets, and in the habs! You will fight for the enemy's death, not your own lives! You will fight and you will drive this alien filth from the Emperor's city. You will do these things, or you will face my wrath. [Needs Citation]
Sergeant D'Kestrel,
Raven Guard 1st Company
We go where we wilt. We slay who we wilt. Let the Emperor judge the righteousness of our deeds. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 62
Rogal Dorn, Primarch of the Imperial Fists Give me a hundred Space Marines. Or failing that give me a thousand other troops
– attributed
Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)[Needs Citation]
The Emperor has no like, Loken. There are no gods in this hollow universe to keep him company. So he made us, demi-gods, to stand beside him. I have never quite come to terms with my status. Does that surprise you? I see what I am capable of, and what is expected of me, and I shudder. The mere fact of me frightens me sometimes. Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Part One, Chapter 6, pg. 134
Don't be insulted, but there is something very human about you, Loken, for an Astartes. Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Part One, Chapter 6, pg. 136
-If the Warmaster has turned his back on Terra, what are my orders?
-Tell him his brother Rogal will have him answer for it.
-
to First Captain Sigismund
The Flight of the Eisenstein (Novel)
by James Swallow
, Chapter 14, pg. 348
If there is nobility remaining within Konrad's Legion, then it is hidden deeply beneath too many layers of twisted lusts, deviance, and disobedience. Their ways are foolish, ill-considered and a hindrance to the orderly flow of controlled war. The time is coming when the Night Lords must answer for their behaviour and be brought back into the doctrine of Imperial warfare, lest we lose them to their own deviant hungers. Soul Hunter (Novel) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Part One, Chapter 6, p. 123
There is no enemy. The foe on the battlefield is merely the manifestation of that which we must overcome. He is doubt, and fear, and despair. Every battle is fought within. Conquer the battlefield that lies inside you, and the enemy disappears like the illusion he is.
-Attributed
Seventh Retribution (Novel) by Ben Counter, K-Day + 11 Days, pg. 158

E

Speaker Quote Source
The Emperor of Mankind They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.
– on the Creation of the Space Marines.
The Horus Heresy Book One - Betrayal pg. 26

F

Speaker Quote Source
Captain Ferdina, Lord of the Marches of the Tigers Argent “We face greenskin invasion rimward, Eldar raiding coreward, rebellion trailing and the tendrils of a Hive Fleet incoming spinward. Situation excellent, attacking on all fronts…” Deathwatch: Rites of Battle pg. 36

G

Source Quote Notes
Captain Erikon Gaius, Ultramarines 21st Company For Ultramar and for duty,

For past and for future,
For Terra and the Emperor,
No brother falls forgotten.
-Last rites of the Ultramarines

Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 4: In The Tunnel
Kinsmen, we are being tested. We cannot know what madness has overcome Lorgar, we do not know the fate of our brothers and our primarch. But what we do know is duty. Our duty is to hold this approach to the city, to deny it to the enemy. These were Guilliman's last words to us. Meles gave his life in service of that command, and if called, then so shall we.
-during the Battle of Calth
Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 4: In The Tunnel
Captain Nathaniel Garro,
Death Guard
My name is Nathaniel Garro, and I am a Legion of One. Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 3: The Field of Battle
-You court death, Garro, like some ancient Knight-Errant.

-That's as good a title as any, Brother.
-Exchange between Tylos Rubio and Garro, after Rubio's Captain demands Garro's name and rank

Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 7: Something Approaches
Gerhart of the Black Templars Yes, I have a damn question... what wars must there be in creation that require warriors like you?
-as Aspirant Raclaw, on his first sight of a Space Marine
Damnation Crusade (Graphic Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter One
Sergeant Adar Geronan,
Imperial Fists 4th Company
Raise the flag high. Let those degenerates know who comes to claim their lives this day! Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 55
Grand Master Gideon of the Dark Angels Ravenwing The enemy have been sighted. I am going to engage. In the name of the Emperor: Ravenwing - Attack! Attack! ATTACK! [Needs Citation]
Chaplain Gonzago Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!
– during Operation Carthage (the second pacification of Isstvan V)
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 22,
Warhammer Siege, p. 109
Librarian Franz Grenzstein of the Imperial Fists We of the Librarium must be aware of Chaos. Yet we do not ourselves aim to contend with Chaos, unless compelled to. Space Marine (Novel) by Ian Watson: Chapter Fifteen
Don’t confuse gratitude for a serendipitous event with any cloying compassion towards the author of that event...
True justice is quite simply the will of the Emperor.
The Chaos Power known as Tzeentch conceives plans to alter history schemes which are altogether too devious and far-flung for any human being to hope to comprehend.
Skold Greypelt of the Space Wolves It is the way of Fenris. We stay as long as we can. Fight as hard as we can. Kill as much as we can. Only when we can do no more do we move on.
– on Shadrac
Lone Wolves (Graphic Novel) by Dan Abnett, [Needs Citation]
You ask a lot of questions, Marlin. You know what I think? I think you need another drink.
– on Shadrac to Sergeant Marlin of the Xth Slavok Regiment
Lone Wolves (Graphic Novel) by Dan Abnett, [Needs Citation]
Do you ever go into a fight thinking there's no point giving my best, I'll get another chance later? We only ever get one shot, Marlin. Life is one shot. Making it count is all that matters.
– on Shadrac to Sergeant Marlin of the Xth Slavok Regiment
Lone Wolves (Graphic Novel) by Dan Abnett, [Needs Citation]
Chaplain Grimaldus of the Black Templars, hero of Hive Helsreach To the darkness I bring fire. To the ignorant I bring faith. Those who welcome these gifts may live, but I will visit naught but death and eternal damnation on those who refuse them. [Needs Citation]
Let a wave of repugnance for the enemy wash over you. Let hatred fill you. Hate is good, for our goal is a Human galaxy. We are called by the Emperor with a sacred duty to conquer it in His name.
– at the Sermon of Harnoth
White Dwarf 311 (US), "Assault on Cephian IV," p. 25 by Graham McNeill [Needs Citation]
Logan Grimnar, Great Wolf of the Space Wolves Logan Grimnar, Bloody-Handed Warrior
He piles the skulls of his enemies
He builds a mound of the fallen
His foes weep rivers of blood
Logan Grimnar, strong wolf of the pack
His Sword hungers for red flesh
His guns thirst for battle
He laughs amidst the war-din
Logan Grimnar, father of wolves
His sons haunt his enemies
Slay them where they falter
And bring their pelts to Fenris.

- from The Saga Of The Old Wolf (excerpt)
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 58
Follow me, Sons of Russ! This night our enemies shall feel the fangs of the Wolf!
– during the Assault on Fort Damnation
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), Back Cover
Primarch Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor. [Needs Citation]
The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear. [Needs Citation]
Whatever the Emperor's will is, be sure it will find you out.
-attributed
Nightbringer (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter Eleven
Let them bestride the galaxy like the gods of old, sheltering Mankind from destruction at the hands of an uncaring universe.
- from the teachings of Guilliman, as laid down in the Apocrypha of Skaros, on the Space Marines
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 31
It is the great irony of the Legiones Astartes: engineered to kill to achieve a victory of peace that they can then be no part of.
- shortly before the Battle of Calth
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter 3, p. 30
Space Marines excel at warfare because they were designed to excel at everything. Each of you will become a leader, a ruler, the master of your world and, because there is no more fighting to be done, you will bend your transhuman talents to governance and culture.
- shortly before the Battle of Calth
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter 3, p. 30
'''Never wish for danger. Danger needs no help. There is no such thing as fate that can be tempted, but morale is never improved by an active lust for war.
- Remark 56.xxi
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter 3, p. 40
Two things to note there, Sergeant. One is that there is no such thing as a minor detail. Information is victory. One cannot and should not dismiss any data until one is in a position to evaluate its significance, and that only comes with hindsight. So all detail is important until circumstances render it redundant. Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter 8, pg. 94
My brother, hear me. Warriors of the XVII Legion, hear me. This violence is against the code of the Legiones Astartes and against the will of our father, the Emperor. In the name of the Five Hundred Worlds of Ultramar, I implore you to cease fire and stand down. Open communication with me. Let us speak. Let us settle this. This action is an error of the most tragic kind. Cease fire. I, Roboute Guilliman, give you my solemn pledge that we will deal with each other frankly and fairly if these hostilities can be suspended. I urge you to respond.
- vox transmission, Battle of Calth, Mark 0.00.01
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, System//Kill, Chapter 1, p. 167
Lorgar of Colchis. You may consider the following. One: I entirely withdraw my previous offer of solemn ceasefire. It is cancelled, and will not be made again, to you or to any other of your motherless bastards. Two: you are no longer any brother of mine. I will find you, I will kill you, and I will hurl your toxic corpse into hell's mouth.
- vox transmission, Battle of Calth, Mark 1.57.42
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, System//Kill, Chapter 3, p. 195
What does not kill me... is not trying hard enough. Know No Fear (Novel)
by Dan Abnett,
Ushkul//Thu, Chapter Two, pg. 348
They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, untainted by doubt and unsullied by self-aggrandisement. They will be bright stars on the firmament of battle, Angels of Death whose shining wings bring swift annihilation to the enemies of Man. So it shall be for a thousand times for a thousand years, unto the very end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
Codex Astartes opening
Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition) (e-book) pg. 246
Oath of the Seventh Brotherhood, attributed to its first Grand Master We die, though our war is eternal,
We are doomed, but we walk in darkness,
We are forgotten, yet the future is our gift to humanity.
Crucible (Short Story) by John French

H

Source Quote Notes
Haegr
of the Space Wolves
-It's funny. That time when you saved old Adrian from those fanatics I thought I heard him offer you your heart's desire. He would have sent you home if you asked. Instead you asked for a meat pie.

-...It was a big pie.
-with Torin the Wayfarer

Wolfblade (Novel) by William King,
Chapter Six
Chaplain Hanius of the Blood Angels Within dark and forgotten places hide the enemies of the Emperor. You have been chosen to enter such places and, protected by the best armour the Adeptus Mechanicus can provide, cleanse it. Take with you weapons, a valiant heart and the Emperor's blessing, and engage the enemy where it makes its lair. Acknowledge death as it approaches, but do not succumb to its touch, for your purpose is great. You have proved yourselves to be worthy of the status you now hold. Every one of you standing here, all of whom have declared allegiance to the Emperor and take his will as your guide, have shown your courage and have been rewarded for it. Those that stand before me, I charge you now, go forth and vanquish the foe.
– Sermon to Terminator Squads before the attack on Thain II
[Needs Citation]
Colonel Hassar,
Cadian 7th
Fenrisians are taught to value comradeship and loyalty to their tribes from birth. Within the Space Wolves, their loyalty is given to their Wolf Lord and the Company of his followers. As warrior-barbarians they set great store by personal bravery and great deeds, having little but contempt for authority that is bestowed rather than earned through the proven virtues of combat. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 33
High Marshal Helbrecht of the Black Templars The galaxy is the Emperor's, and anyone or anything who challenges that claim is an enemy who must be destroyed.
– at the Battle of Fire and Blood
[Needs Citation]
The Emperor extends His will to us when we destroy the wicked and impure to reconquer the galaxy in His name. The Emperor leads the galaxy to righteousness, and thus we must petition for His judgement on the wicked... for it is judgement without mercy.
– addressing his warriors prior to the Cleansing of Gemenon Majoris
[Needs Citation]
Balthazar von Heppel, Ministorum Adept The Space Wolves have already proven their ability to stave off the most determined attacks on their realm, so overt action is out of the question. However, I believe that it is imperative that they are closely monitored for signs of abomination. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 30
Of all the Primarchs, the end of Leman Russ is the most mysterious, for he is accounted to have vanished ten thousand years ago. One of the most fundamental of the Space Wolves' tenets is the belief that their Primarch will eventually return for the final battle at the end of the universe. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 9
Ancient Helveticus,
Ultramarines Honour Guard
A foe without honour is a foe already beaten. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 53
Ulfric Hoodclaw of the Space Wolves Guard your tongue, whelp, lest I cut it out. I care not for your moon-touched ramblings, nor for the tales of your grandmother. Mark this well - of the 13th Company we do not speak. Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 17
Hyperion of the Grey Knights The Wolves aren't animals. No beast is bound by honour, nor does it sacrifice itself for others outside its pack. The Emperor's Gift (Novel)
by Aaron Dembski-Bowden,
Chapter Twenty-Four, pg. 284

I

Speaker Quote Source
War Cry of the Imperial Fists Primarch! Progenitor, to your glory and the glory of Him on Earth! [Needs Citation]
Sergeant Daegon Incursa,
Invaders 1st Company
The deeds of one bold warrior can alter the course of a battle. I have four such men under my command and our every deed changes the shape of the galaxy. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 63
Saul Invictus,
First Captain of the Ultramarines
Praise the sun that brings the dawn of our final doom.
-from
The Lament of the First, purported last words
The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter Twenty-Three
Credo of the Iron Hands So it was in the beginning; so ever it shall be. Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 129

J

Source Quote Notes/Context
Commander Mad Chainsaw Johnson of the White Scars Problems? Problems? There is no problem I cannot solve with this...
– attributed
[Needs Citation]

K

Speaker Quote Source
Pedro Kantor,
Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists
We have been wounded sorely. Yet still we stand, with fire in our eyes and valour in our hearts. Let them think us beaten. We shall teach them otherwise. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 29
Commander Karziel, Ultramarines 5th Company A battle for supremacy against many foes is a battle of the best kind. There are few considerations, only those concerning where to place your next shot. It is war in its purest form. [Needs Citation]
Euphrati Keeler,
Remembrancer
-Why do you weep? Is it for us?
-For him, Nathaniel, because he can't. Today you and I have broken a brother's heart, and nothing will ever mend it.
-after showing proof of Horus's treachery on Isstvan III to Rogal Dorn
The Flight of the Eisenstein (Novel)
by James Swallow
Chapter Fourteen, pg. 341
Techmarine Keilor assigned to the Deathwatch from the Doom Eagles Chapter This planet is a graveyard - care to join me?
– shortly before blowing himself up amidst a genestealer cult on Pavia
[Needs Citation]
Veteran Sergeant Kesser Only faith in the Emperor and the training I am going to give you will save you on the battlefield. [Needs Citation]
Why, if it isn’t Brother Marius. The injuries from the last training exercise have healed well I see. And that new bionic eye should prove most useful for this next exercise. Tell me, how many hours have you had on Land Speeders up to now? [Needs Citation]
Khyron, First Grand Master of the Eighth Brotherhood Already, you exalt me for my triumphs,

When I ask only that you remember me for my treacheries


Victory is nothing more than survival.

It carries no weight of honour or worth beyond what we ascribe to it.

If you wish to grow wise, learn why brothers betray brothers.

The Emperor's Gift (Novel) Ch. Twelve p. 153
Captain Kor'sarro Khan,
White Scars 3rd Company, Master of the Hunt
Surround yourself with the greatest warriors at your command, or cower in the deepest and darkest hole you can find. It matters not. I shall take your head for the Great Khan and for the Emperor. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 94
Guardsman Kyod All was lost. The Xenos scum, who smashed us for two days straight, were hurtling towards us again. We readied ourselves for death. And then Death came. Ten Space Marines appeared in the midst of the alien swarm. They were all in black and they set about the foe with the very fury of the Emperor himself! They saved us, and the whole damned Imperial line.
– after the recapturing of Heliad VII
[Needs Citation]

L

Speaker Quote Source
Legion of the Damned

The Damned and the World read the first
The Master of Mankind has work for us here.

The Castle and Chaos read the second
Our Lord guides us against evil.

Fire and the Executioner read the third
We have our duty.

Death and the Emperor read the last
The Legion of the Damned shall accomplish the Imperial will.
- consulting the Tarot of the Emperor

[Needs Citation]
Captain Leitz of the Exorcists 'We shall never rest while a single renegade draws breath. Let them fear our names.' Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 31
Captain Garviel Loken of the Luna Wolves Brother... kinsman... every time the death comes closer, but still I am rejected. Do you know why? Will you not tell me? Death took you! Why not me? WHY NOT ME?!
-on Isstvan III
Garro: Legion of One (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track: Cerberus Alone
Sword Brethren Lorenzo This day shall be our day of reckoning. Look not to the shame of the past, but to the glory of the future. We shall wash away the stain of our dishonour in the hot blood of our enemies.
– address to the warriors of the Varl Crusade
[Needs Citation]
Captain Darnath Lysander,
Imperial Fists 1st Company
I have travelled far and seen much. Yet nothing warms my heart so much as the sight of a gun so massive that its fury makes the very world tremble.
- attributed
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 73
My kind were created to feel no fear, but we understand it. We were all once men who felt fear as does anyone else, and we must know it because it is a weapon we wield. Malodrax (Novel)
by Ben Counter,
Chapter Ten, pg. 229
Sergeant Pasanius Lysane,
Ultramarines 4th Company
That's why you summoned us here. To know where we came from is to know where we are and where we are going.
You do not say much, Pasanius Lysane, but when you speak, it is worthwhile to listen.
I'm a sergeant, my lord. It's what I do.
-to Chief Librarian Varro Tigurius
Courage and Honour (Novel)
by Graham McNeill,
Chapter Three

M

Speaker Quote Source
Lord Solar Macharius If they are so eager to die, and they will not heed the advice of their superiors, then let them rush headlong into the jaws of the lion. We can only hope some of them get caught in its throat.
-on the Space Wolves
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 32
Captain Malachai of the Black Templars Questions are for the briefing room, not the field. [Needs Citation]
Sergeant Malachi,
Ravenwing
SPEED KILLS! [Needs Citation]
It's not just a speeding bike you need, Gamaliel - a quick mind is just as important for victory. [Needs Citation]
Malcador the Sigillite But without a purpose, an Astartes is nothing. A warrior without a war is no warrior at all.
-to Battle-Captain Garro
Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 5: Flashback
Ferrus Manus,
Primarch of the Iron Hands
They are not my hands. This fact is forgotten by my brothers - inexplicably, it has always seemed to me. The hands are strong, to be sure, and have created great things for us all, but they are not mine. And that counts for something. They forget that the silver on my arms comes from a beast that I vanquished. It is the mark of a great evil that I ended, and yet it persists within me... I would struggle to remove it now... I will not remove the silver from my flesh because I have learned to depend on it. The fault is with my mind. I rely on the augmentation given to me by my metal gauntlets, so much so that the flesh beneath them is now little more than a distant memory... A day will come when I will strip it from me, lest I lose the power to master myself forever. Already my Legion's warriors replace their shield hands with metal in my honour, and so they too are learning to doubt the natural strength of their bodies. They must be weaned off this practice before it becomes a mania for them. Hatred of what is natural, of what is human, is the first and greatest of the corruptions. So I record it here: when the time comes, I will strip my hands of their unnatural silver. I will instruct my Legion to recant their distrust of the flesh. I will turn then away from the gifts of the machine and bid them relearn the mysteries of flesh, bone and blood. When my father's Crusade is over, this shall be my sacred task. When the fighting is done, I shall cure my Legion and myself. For if fighting is all there is, if we may never pause to reflect on what such devotion to strength is doing to us, then our compulsion will only grow. Already I see the madness that path leads to, and so I shall excise the silver from my hands. In doing so I shall weaken myself and my sons, but nonetheless it must be done. The hands are strong, and have created great things, but they are not mine.
-attributed
Wrath of Iron (Novel)
by Chris Wraight, Preface, pgs. 7-8
Surgeon-Commander Grigor Markhava The duty of the Medic, my Brethren, is a sacred one. We embody the Emperor's divine will and his holy purpose. We bring death and we bring life. Let those true to Humanity's cause give thanks for our work. Let the impure bow down before our swords!
– attributed to Markhava, distributed as an exemplary text after he died during the storming of the Bourne slave pits (2150982 M41)
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 28
Master of the Apothecarion Aslon Marr Pain and death are illusions of the weak mind. While his gene-seed returns to the Chapter, a Marine cannot die. Without death, pain loses its relevance.

He that may fight, heal him
He that may fight no more, give him peace
He that is dead, take from him the Chapter's due.
– attributed

Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 29
Mephiston, Chief Librarian of the Blood Angels I once was Calistarius. He has been dead for many years. I stand in his place, with death in my right hand, darkness in my left, and I would know who this is who bears the name Mephiston. Mephiston: Lord of Death (Novella)
by David Annandale,
[Needs Citation]
Mentor Legion Knowledge is Power Warhammer 40,000 Compendium[Needs Citation]
Chaplain Mikelus of the Blood Ravens Faith is purest when it is unquestioning. Dawn of War
Pain now! Reward in the afterlife. Dawn of War

N

Speaker Quote Source
Captain Navarre of the Black Templars Your honour is your life. Let none dispute it. [Needs Citation]
Chaplain Fergas Nils As our bodies are armoured with Adamantium, our souls are protected with our loyalty. As our bolters are charged with death for the Emperor's enemies, our thoughts are charged with his wisdom. As our ranks advance, so does our devotion, for are we not Marines? Are we not the chosen of the Emperor, his loyal servants unto death?
– an address to the defenders of Portrein
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, pg. 21 /
Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook, pg. 20
Inquisitor N'Syun Some say that the Blood Angels are tainted: that they harbour a dark secret. I know this to be true. I have seen the infamous Death Company: wild-eyed and foam-mouthed berserkers who tear their enemies limb from limb, crush skulls with a single blow, snap spines and rip out inner organs. I have seen the Sanguinary Priests: the passing of blood filled chalices from lip to lip, heard their wracking lamentations of Sanguinus's death. I have watched their rituals: mighty warriors daubing their armour in the blood of their foes, heard them crying for vengeance against the enemies of the Emperor. [Needs Citation]

O

Speaker Quote Source
Mersadie Oliton, Remembrancer If you know no fear, do you also not know awe? Surprise? Majesty? Have you not seen things so bizarre they left you speechless? Shocked you? Unnerved you even?
- to Garviel Loken
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Part Two, Chapter Nine, p. 172

P

Speaker Quote Source
Priad
of the Iron Snakes
One warrior usually suffices.
- to Perdet Suiton Antoni, on Baal Solock.
Brothers of the Snake (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Part One-XII
'Mingle'? What in the Emperor's name does that mean?
- after he and Damocles Squad are invited to enjoy themselves at a diplomatic reception on Iorgu.
Brothers of the Snake (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Part Six-II, p. 171
Brother Proteus, Ultramarines 2nd Company Everything has a purpose. The Emperor ordains it so. You may corrupt the souls of men. But I am steel! I am doom! I march for Macragge, and I know no fear! Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Apothecary Pythol, Ultramarines 2nd Company Oh, Proteus. You novices are all alike. And I'm the one who has to put you back together. It isn't combat I resent, Brother. It's the thirst for glory that gets men cut to ribbons.
Death will find you soon enough. War is not about glory. War is about victory!
May the Emperor bless and protect this sacred geneseed, so that the strength of these brave warriors may live on in Ultramarines yet unborn, by the abiding honour of our fortress on Macragge, in the name of the Chapter and the Primarch, to whom we owe all.
-while applying his Reductor to fallen Marines
Brother Proteus and Apothecary Pythol, Ultramarines 2nd Company -The Emperor protects.
-And having a loaded bolter never hurt, either.

Q

Speaker Quote Source
Captain Iacton Qruze of the Luna Wolves I'll not be known as a Son of Horus again, mark that well, lad.
-to Nathaniel Garro
The Flight of the Eisenstein (Novel) by James Swallow, Chapter Nine, p. 229

R

Speaker Quote Source
Sergeant Rafen of the Blood Angels This place was built to destroy something precious to us, something each of us shares, no matter which Primarch or Chapter we call our own. I speak of brotherhood. Bile has isolated us, severed all but the most cursory of contacts. He sows distrust and suspicion, wears you down with the slow grind of mindless days and tormented nights. The bastard wants you to believe you are forgotten. He lies. I am here to tell you that he lies and lies! Look within yourselves, brothers, and you will understand. You have been waiting for this day, even if you did not know it. This day, when you are reminded of who you are. My purpose here is the same as yours, to serve the God-Emperor and Holy Terra! Know that each of you is the harbinger of your own freedom! I say to you all that this day, we are not Blood Angels, Doom Eagles, Space Wolves, Taurans, Salamanders, Crimson Fists... We are one great legion, one heart and one mind! We are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, the war gods and terrible swift sword of our Emperor! We are His will, and we have always been so! Black Tide (Novel)
by James Swallow,
, Chapter Twelve
Rhetoricus of the Imperial Fists The Emperor commands us. Dorn guides us. Honour shields us.
Fear our name, for it is vengeance.
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 27
Arjac Rockfist of the Space Wolves As the mountain is Arjac
A snow-capped peak
His rage overshadows the wounded bear.
The Rockfist endures when all seems lost.

- from "The Saga of Arjac Rockfist"
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 64
Tylos Rubio,
Ultramarines 21st Company
-No, NO! You would have me leave the side of my sworn battle-brothers in their darkest hour? I refuse!

-It is The Sigillite's command. His word is the Emperor's word.

-...The Sigillite's command be damned. You give me no recourse, Garro. And so, on my honour as a son of Macragge, I choose to defy it. Even if it means I will perish here, even if you colour me a rebel like Lorgar's turncoats, I defy it!
-
Rubio and Nathaniel Garro, during the Battle of Calth

Garro: Oath of Moment (Audio Book)
by James Swallow, Track 11: Vantage Point
Primarch Leman Russ of the Space Wolves Listen closely Brothers, for my life's breath is all but spent. There shall come a time far from now when our chapter itself is dying, even as I am now dying. Then my children, I shall list'n for your call from whatever realms of death hold me, and come I shall no-matter what laws of life and death forbid. At the end I will be there. For the final battle. For the Wolftime.
– before his final departure into the Eye of Terror
Book of the Astronomican, p. 8
Only in the Space Marines of the Legiones Astartes are courage and expertise perfectly blended. In other troops they are present in varying degrees and proportions, and many scholars have debated their relative merits.

For my own part, I come down on the side of courage. For courage can sometimes make a virtue of inexperience. I myself have commanded Imperial Guard troops whose probitor units have achieved great things, because they were too inexperienced to realise that their goal was impossible.
De Natura Belli, Book XIV

Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 45
You strive for victory. That is obvious. What may be less obvious is the nature of victory. There are circumstances in which you can destroy the enemy utterly, without loss to your own forces, and yet the victory may be his. In all situations, you must first decide on the nature of victory, and then take steps to secure it. Avoid the instinct of fight first and think later.
– attributed, Meditations, Book VI
Adeptus Titanicus Rulebook, p. 40
A fortress circumvented ceases to be an obstacle. A fortress destroyed ceases to be a threat. Do not forget the difference.
– attributed
Warhammer Siege, p. 108
A fortress is built with blood and toil. Only by blood and toil may it be taken.
– attributed
Warhammer Siege, p. 106
Beat your thoughts to the mould of your will.
– attributed
[Needs Citation]
There are those who undervalue the Penal Battalions. But they should consider this: should a man who has wronged the Emperor be allowed to wrong Him further? For each man executed is a man who can no longer serve, and to fail in service to the Emperor is the greatest of sins
– Meditations on Imperial Command, Book XXI
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 148
Do not underestimate the Squats. They survived for millennia cut off from the Imperium and assailed from all sides. Their determination and resilience is an example to all.
– Meditations on Imperial Command, Book XVI
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 167
Harden your soul against decadence. But do not despise it, for the soft appearance of the decadent may be deceptive. One need only consider the Harlequin dancers of the Eldar to see the truth of this proposition.
– A Book of Admonitions for the Legiones Astartes
Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 194
Here I am and here shall I die.
– attributed to Russ at the Battle of Rising Fell
[Needs Citation]
Arm the bastards and they might win a few bloody worlds for us in between verses.
– attributed, grousing about the Remembrancers sent to the front lines during the Great Crusade
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part One, Chapter 3, p. 46
No man nor beast could best the Wolf-King,
No tribe could stand against his armies.
Within Russ' kingdom a truce
Existed between man and wolf,
His court was attended by the fiercest of
Warlords and the most beautiful of maidens.

– from "The Saga of the Wolf-King"
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 8

S

Speaker Quote Source
Battle-cry of the Salamanders Into the fires of battle!
Unto the anvil of war!
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 26
Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels Legion -Hear me, creature. Let Meros hear this. Your gambit has failed. Whatever these powers are that you call master, whatever irrational choice my brother Horus has made to seek a pact with them, you stand defeated upon the cusp of victory. Do you understand the reason why?
-This one. An exemplar of your kind. You were underestimated. The Thirst would have taken you--
-But it did not. Because as long as one single Blood Angel lives, he will be master of his spirit. He will not let the abyss that lies in the hearts of us all take him into darkness. That is the truth you do not understand, the truth that Horus has forgotten. It is not the descent toward the shadow nor the rise toward the light that makes us superior. It is the endless struggle between the two that greatness of character lies. We are tested, and we do not break. We will never fall! Take that to my brother and tell him!

-To the Red Angel on resisting the Red Thirst

Fear to Tread (Novel) by James Swallow, Chapter 19, pg. 482
I made a vow, Kano. I will see it to its bloody end. There may come a day, and sooner than we might wish, when you...when my sons will have to go on without me.

-To Mkani Kano on his dreams

Fear to Tread (Novel) by James Swallow, Chapter 20, pg. 500
Three Legions of Marines stand to defend you, sire. All of us will unflinchingly place ourselves between you and the war’s desolation. We are the greatest humans ever born – we are the flame of Humanity where the rest of the galaxy is just the spark. In centuries of warfare, against the vileness of the alien, the lies of the heretic, the foulness of the mutant, I have never known fear – but your silence terrifies me.
- during the Battle for Terra
[Needs Citation]
Gabriel Seth,
Chapter Master of the Flesh Tearers
We are disorder, that is true. But that is what we were made to be. The wild and the random. If each Successor embodies the traits of The Great Angel, then that is what the Flesh Tearers are, just as the Blood Swords are his martial prowess, the Sanguine his secrecy, the Flesh Eaters his carnivore's fangs! But the Blood Angels are the melding of all of those things, and that is why I will always envy you, cousin. Red Fury (Novel)
by James Swallow,
Chapter Thirteen
For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my battle-brother eternal.
-from the initiation rites for Neophyte Flesh Tearers
Red Fury (Novel)
by James Swallow,
Epilogue
Kayvaan Shrike, Shadow Captain of the Raven Guard 3rd Company From the darkness we strike, fast and lethal, and by the time our foes can react... darkness there and nothing more. [Needs Citation]
In the darkness all men are equal, save those that embrace it. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 25
We are coming. Look to the skies for your salvation.
- to Commissar Lent prior to the Blindhope planetstrike
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 69
Wherever you tread, tread lightly. We are closer than you think, and our blades are sharp. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 92
Cato Sicarius, Captain of the Ultramarines 2nd Company We are the slayers of kings, the destroyers of worlds, bringers of ruination and death in all its forms. These things we do in the name of the Emperor and in the defense of Mankind. Let none stay our wrath. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 19
Brothers! War calls you. Will you answer? Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 85
Slay the beast and the horde will die. The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Ch. 7, p. 91
Sigismund,
First Captain of the Imperial Fists Legion and first High Marshal of the Black Templars
The more we spread the more we find. World after world. New worlds to conquer. Space is limitless, and so is our appetite to master it.
-during the Great Crusade
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part One, Chapter 6, p. 131
We will spend our lives fighting to secure this Imperium, and then I fear we will spend the rest of our days fighting to keep it intact. There is such involving darkness amongst the stars. Even when the Imperium is complete, there will be no peace. We will be obliged to fight on to preserve what we have fought to establish. Peace is a vain wish. Our crusade may one day adopt another name, but it will never truly end. In the far future, there will be only war.
-during the Great Crusade
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part One, Chapter 6, p. 132
-Do you really think you'd have a hope? Honestly? Your yellow ragamuffins against the best of the best?

-Whatever helps you sleep, Tarik. Terra bless us all it is a paradigm that will never be tested.
-during the Great Crusade

Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part One, Chapter 6, p. 133
Silver Skulls While vile mutants still draw breath, there can be no peace. While obscene heretics' hearts still beat, there can be no respite. While faithless traitors still live, there can be no forgiveness.
– Catechism of Hate Verse I of XXV
[Needs Citation]
Battle Litany of the Space Wolves

We are the wolf that stalks
The stars in the sky

And swallows the star-fire

We hide amongst the night
When light is gone

The Light is within us

We run the ruin of Fire
In the darkness

Foes burn in our passing

Book of the Astronomican, p. 22
Kardan Stronos,
Chapter Master of the Iron Hands
I believe in three tenets of battle - firepower, firepower, and more firepower. Should the Omnissiah have wished otherwise, he would not have provided me with such a mighty tool as the Razorback. I long for the day in which my entire Chapter can ride to war in transports such as these, vehicles whose rage can be given voice through their sanctified armament. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 77

T

Speaker Quote Source
Sergeant Torias Telion, Ultramarines 10th Company Forget all your preconceptions of war, of battle-lines clashing in the churned ground. Your mission is to attack before the foe even realises that the war has begun, to strike hard at those vital weaknesses that all armies possess, but that no commander will admit to. Under my tutelage you will learn how to seek out such fragilities and smite them with every weapon at your disposal. Master these duties and I will have nothing more to teach, and you will truly be a Space Marine. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 75
Sergeant Aeonid Thiel, Ultramarines 13th Chapter, 135th Company If he wasn't my brother, he'd be a political embarrassment and an impediment to the effective rule of the Imperium. I know what I'd do with him.
I'm sure I could demonstrate how, lord.
Was that a joke, sergeant?
I may have just made a very unfortunate attempt at humour, lord.
It was actually quite funny.
- Roboute Guilliman and Thiel, shortly before the Battle of Calth
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter Eight, pg. 95
-Aeonid Thiel. 135th Company.
Marked for censure?
-Today started in a different place, Sir.
-Thiel and Marius Gage, during the Battle of Calth
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Engagement, Chapter Four, pg. 244
-Their advantage is shock and surprise. Our counter-advantage must be a lack of convention.
-Expand.
-They know what we are, for they are us. They know the attributes of our armour and our weapons. They also know our tactics and formulae of war, for our beloved primarch has made his codifications available to all his brothers. We never thought we would need to conceal our combat methods from our own kind. Today, we have been disabused of that notion. So we must fight them in ways that they do not expect from us. We must use the unconventional, the improvised and the makeshift. In order to properly honour the combat teachings of Roboute Guilliman, we must cast his rules aside for the day.
- Thiel and Marius Gage, during the Battle of Calth
Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Engagement, Chapter Four, pgs. 246-247
Librarian Secundus Thryn of the Doom Eagles All of creation suffers, young ones. Only in accepting our own mortality can we make a difference. Only in bearing the burden of our failures can we find the strength to go on. Only in detachment from glory, or honour, or jealousy... from life itself can we hope to spare others from grief.

We are Doom Eagles. And we are dead already.

On Mournful Wings (Short Story) by Simon Spurrier
Varro Tigurius,
Chief Librarian of the Ultramarines
Each path must be chosen with care,
Lest disaster swallow us whole.
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 86
Never before or since have I seen fighting such as I witnessed when that host fell upon the Orks. Seizing the moment, I regrouped my Company and led them once more into the fray, yet there was little work for us, for the greenskins lacked stomach for the fight. Soon we secured the great bastion once more and without further loss. Of the dark brotherhood there was no sign.
- on the Legion of the Damned
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 95
It cannot be considered a gift, to peer into the Warp and unravel the possibilities of the future that are, that might be, and that must be prevented. Nor can the burden of a weapon, that each of my brothers looks upon with girded revulsion, be called a gift. No, Master, I do not think my psychic prowess a gift... but a tool. Whether by a quirk of fate, or the will of the Emperor, I possess a weapon the like of which can turn the tide, not just in a battle but in the course of history. To withhold it, to flinch from its use or deny it would not just be counter-productive, it would be heresy. But if it is a gift, it is a cruel one.
- from the journal of Marneus Calgar, quoting Tigurius, 991.M41
Warlords of the Dark Millennium: Tigurius (Background Book),
pg. 3
Captain Tarik Torgaddon, Luna Wolves 2nd Company The answer, always, is the Wolves of Fenris, because they are clinically insane.
-during a friendly debate with Imperial Fists Captain Sigismund, about which Space Marine Legion is toughest
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part One, Chapter 6, p. 132
-You are a base-born cur!
-Just so you know, you'll have to do an awful lot better than that. I'm a base-born cur, and proud of it.
-to Lord Commander Eidolon of the Emperor's Children
Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett,
Part Two, Chapter 6, pg. 297
Captain Nico Trevellias of the White Consuls They believe they are too good for the Codex Astartes, these... these wolf-men? Too good for ten millennia of tested and refined battle wisdom? Then let them fight as savages, I say. Let them fight and die.
-on the Space Wolves
Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), p. 16
Marine Psyker Troos Arm yourselves, fools, the enemy are within us!
– last statement
Book of the Astronomican, p. 66
Tu'shan,
Chapter Master of the Salamanders
My sword is at the Emperor's command. I answer to no other man, living or dead. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 52

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Speaker Quote Source
Inscription on the Ultramarines Chapter Banner Our presence remakes the past [Needs Citation]
Ultramarines Battle-chant "We march for Macragge!"

"And we shall know no fear!"

Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Ultramarines: "His Proud Sons" "From Ancient Terra the Emperor commands His Proud Sons."

"From revered Blood-stock these Warriors are made His Proud sons"

"No fear they shall know as Adeptus Astartes, His Proud Sons"

"Humanity's foes they defend against all, His Proud Sons"

"Warrior Elite, Unbreakable spirit, Astartes"

"Supreme Defenders, Unchallenged in Battle Astartes"

"Warrior Elite, Unbreakable spirit, Astartes"

"Courage and honour, Emperor and Primarch, Astartes!"

Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
- (1:10:34) End Credits Song
Popular Ultramarines Aphorism To take a town, send a legionary. To take a city, send a squad. To take a world, send a company. To take a culture, send a Chapter. Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Target//Acquisition, Chapter 3, p. 40

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Speaker Quote Source
Chaplain Varnus of the Ultramarines Come all you Xeno scum and fallen heretics! Come face the one true might of the universe and wither under the Golden Throne's gaze! Dawn of War: Winter Assault
Macer Varren, Loyalist Captain of the World Eaters Hell? There is no such thing, Garro! It's a figment of old idolatry, nothing more. We have no need for a place of horrors beyond death. Horus makes it for us, here, in the real!
-on Isstvan III
Garro: Legion of One (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 4: The Battlefield
Garro, heed me. We have lost so many of our brethren to this schism, this damned bloody war! A traitor I will kill without hesitation, but we do not speak of a traitor! Our kinsman is lost. Garro: Legion of One (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Track 7: Aftermath
I was not cut out to lead like this, Garro. I am a killer, a meat cutter, not a brood mare struggling to protect a brood of weak and feeble runts! I lead warriors, not common folk! Garro: Sword of Truth (Audio Book) by James Swallow, Disc 2, Track 2: The Daggerline
Chief Librarian Vel'cona of the Salamanders I can pulp your flesh and snap your bones in less than a second, and without so much as lifting a finger. What is the power of technology compared to that? Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 56
Ultramarines Veteran Sergeant Lucian Ventris We commend our souls to the Emperor. Let the story of our sacrifice burn across history like a shooting star. For death and for glory - for the Ultramarines!
- At the Battle for Macragge, 745.M41
[Needs Citation]
Ultramarines Captain Uriel Ventris -But if you fail, Pavonis will die. By my hand or that of de Valtos.
-We will not fail. We are the Ultramarines.
-to Inquisitor Ario Barzano
Nightbringer (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter 16
I have seen my share of death, both honourable and despicable, and yes, I know that war is a brutal, bloody business capable of bringing out the best and the worst in men. This is a harsh, dangerous galaxy, with untold terrors lurking in the dark to devour us, but the minute we turn on our own kind and murder them, we might as well take a blade to our throats. The Killing Ground (Novel)
by Graham McNeill,
Chapter Eighteen, pg. 277
Without the Codex Astartes, the Imperium wouldn't have survived the aftermath of the Great Heresy. It binds every one of the thousand Chapters of Space Marines together, and gives us a common cause, a connection to the past and to one another. Every Chapter, whether they acknowledge it or not, owes its very existence to the Codex Astartes. Courage and Honour (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter 3, p.
And you are wrong.
About what?
About the life of a single individual being irrelevant. Every life is vital, no matter how seemingly insignificant. If we forget that, we are no better than the scum out there.
-to Inquisitor Namira Suzaku
The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill, Chapter 11, p. 217

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Speaker Quote Source
White Scars Walls of stone and walls of iron,

Fall down all the same.

They may delay but don't prevent

The hail of death and pain.
- Assault battle-hymn

Warhammer Siege, p. 93
If you can see us, we are dangerous indeed. But that is nothing to the peril you face if you cannot see us, and all you can hear is our laughter.
- Proverb
Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 28
Thar Ariak Hraldir, "Wyrmblade,"
Wolf Priest of the Space Wolves
It was the Allfather who created Leman Russ, the primogenitor of the Vlka Fenryka, and the Allfather who fashioned the Legion that served under his name. For every Legion he created, there was a purpose. Some were blessed with the power to build, or the skill to administer, or the capacity for stealth. Our gift was different. We were made to destroy. Our whole being is destruction. Such was the will of the Allfather. He made us not to construct empires, but to murder them. We were bred to perform the tasks that no other Legion could, to fight with such extravagance that even our brother warriors would shrink from treachery in the knowledge of what we, the Rout, would do to them. Battle of the Fang (Novel)
by Chris Wraight, Chapter Nineteen, pgs. 418-419

Unattributed

Quote Notes/Context Source
Say what you will: I will not fight alongside these madmen. The past proves nothing, save that the Blood Angels are cursed and but a single step from damnation! An anonymous Imperial Commander [Needs Citation]
Wherever and whenever they appear they leave only destruction in their wake; they are the Lords of Death, Bringers of War. The Dark Angels. [Needs Citation]
A fortress won't stop the Marines. But it may slow them down. Proverb Warhammer Siege, p. 96
Consider the Predator. Let your soul be armoured with Faith, driven on the tracks of obedience which overcomes all obstacles, and armed with the three great guns of Zeal, Duty and Purity. Anonymous Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 85
Honour your Chapter. Space Marine Proverb [Needs Citation]
By thy colour will he know thee,

By thy banners will he fear thee,

By thy standard will he dread thee,

Cry Marine, and let slip the weapons of war.

Unknown Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 137
The enemies of the Emperor fear many things.

They fear discovery, defeat, despair and death.

Yet there is one thing they fear above all others.

They fear the wrath of the Space Marines!

Unknown [Needs Citation]
They'll never get in. Even a chain fist wouldn't break down that barricade."

(A pale blue glow appeared in the corner)

You'd think they'd try though. I mean, they're not even trying to get in.

(The glowing blue mist rapidly coalesced. The crunch of metal echoed from behind them)

What was that?

(The dark shape, now solid, raised an assault cannon and tore the two men apart in one fluid motion. A communicator cut through the static.)

Teleportation complete. Targets terminated. Awaiting further instructions.

Unknown [Needs Citation]
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