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This article collects all quotes made by, or about, the Adeptus Arbites. The quotes themselves are organized in alphabetical order using the speaker's name. Unattributed quotes are at the end of the list.



Speaker Quote Source
Adeptus Arbites Remember that it is the duty of the mighty Adeptus Astartes Chapters and the glorious Imperial Guard to wage the Emperor's wars and the duty of the fearless Imperial Navy to guard the Emperor's spaceways, but it is to his loyal servants the Adeptus Arbites that His Divine Majesty in His infinite wisdom entrusts the most sacred duty of all - Keeping in check the lawless heretic rabble that passes itself off as the Emperor's worthy subjects.
- Familiar old precinct-house joke
Execution Hour (Novel),
Part Three, pgs. 73-74
To serve the Emperor. To protect His domains. To judge and stand guard over His subjects. To carry the Emperor's law to all worlds under His blessed protection. To pursue and punish those who trespassed against His word.
- Oath sworn by cadets
Execution Hour (Novel),
Part Three, pg. 80


Speaker Quote Source
Codex Arbites - the Commandments of Justice We determine the guilty. We decide the punishment. Codex Imperialis (Background Book), [Needs Citation]


Speaker Quote Source
Praetor Kolbe Well he's not getting mine.
-after dispatching a Khornate cultist howling "Blood for the Blood God!"
The Traitor's Hand (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Omnibus) by Sandy Mitchell, Chapter 16, p. 700


Speaker Quote Source
Judge Lemog, Hive Fal-sha, Sheldton's World The violators of the Emperor's law must be punished… how dare they question His will, His judgement… if their deeds go unchecked then chaos will surely reign… I have no choice but to sentence the offenders to death, effective immediately and without appeal… you have your orders gentlemen, may the Emperor's blessing go with you.
- Decree before the Sector 17 Massacre
[Needs Citation]


Speaker Quote Source
Promise of the Pax Imperialis No servant of the Emperor dies unavenged. No enemy of the Emperor escapes unpunished! Eternal Damnation (Graphic Novel), short-story Testament


Speaker Quote Source
Judge Traggat Claims of innocence mean nothing; they serve only to prove a foolish lack of caution.
- Selected Sayings, Vol. III, Chapter IV
Codex Imperialis (Background Book)[Needs Citation]


Speaker Quote Source
Vorkas Zolowski They live there in that great plascrete tower surrounded by walls and razor wire, only emerging to seize some unfortunate who has transgressed against the Imperial Laws or to patrol the city to prove that it belongs to them. There are crystal lenses and sound wave detectors on that tower that can watch citizens and listen to their conversations 100 leagues away, Imperial spy satellites watch what they can't see directly and even the Governor fears them. They aren't from here and have nothing to do with us, no more than Orks or Eldar, if they have families or children we don't know about them and we don't care. They wouldn't so much as buy a glowbulb from us and we would not sell it to them. It's ironic that they have the rather benevolent title of Arbitrators.
-on the Adeptus Arbites prior to his arrest for pernicious sedition against the Emperor
White Dwarf article on Arbites squads[Needs Citation]


Quote Source
To be just, our law must be cruel. Crossfire (Novel) by Matthew Farrer, Chapter Eight, pg. 189
Praise the Emperor! The Emperor's word is the Law, and the Arbites are the voice by which that word is spoken! Crossfire (Novel), Chapter Eight, pg. 185
To stand upon the bedrock of the Law is our great duty. To presume to stand above it is our worst heresy. Crossfire (Novel), Chapter Eight, pg. 188