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Quotes made by members of the Adeptus Mechanicus or about the Adeptus Mechanicus:



Tome Quote Source
Admonitions Mechanae 3:16 Seek not the words of the xenos, lest they infect us with blasphemy. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Aphorisms 7.1 There are horrors in this galaxy that only faith and steel can overcome, and that we should be grateful we shall never fully understand. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

Aphorisms 56
Look not upon the alien, for the alien looks back. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Catechism of the Autoculus of Mars - excerpt Toll the Great Bell Once!

Pull the Lever forward to engage the

Piston and Pumpg...

Toll the Great Bell Twice!

With push of Button fire the Engine

And spark Turbine into life...

Toll the Great Bell Thrice!

Sing Praise to the

God of All Machines

Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook,
from Gathalamorians 60.41 He who prosecutes the alien with zeal, is the ally of Mankind. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
from Psalms Hermeticus 46 The xenos must be purged, for the stars are humanity’s birthright Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
The Litany of Ignition The soul of the Machine God surrounds thee.
The power of the Machine God invests thee.
The hate of the Machine God drives thee.
The Machine God endows thee with life.
White Dwarf 67 (2015),
pg. 27
Lord of the Engines, 16th Tome, Verse 2001 And when at last he came upon the vehicle, he perceived the distress of the engine therein and forthwith struck the rune and it was good. Thereupon the engine ignited and was filled with strength... Warhammer 40,000 Compendium,
pg. 131
The Prima Incubatorta, rite of Titan awakening The will of the Emperor is done.

As the blood of the slain is laid upon you so may you lay the enemy’s blood at the feet of the Emperor.

Lay blood at the Emperor's feet.

As the rune of protection is inscribed upon you so may the litanies of protection ward your soul.

May your soul be guarded from impurity.

As the warriors within you guide your weapons, may you in your turn, guide their lives.

Stand true against the trials of war.

Epic 40,000 Magazine Issue 7,
pg. 10
from Verses Macrologica 17.4 The only logical response to the presence of the xenos, is hatred. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Chant for the prevention of malfunction May your weapon be guarded against malfunction,
As your soul is guarded from impurity.
The Machine God watches over you.
Unleash the weapons of war.
Unleash the Deathdealer.
Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000,
pg. 17
Exhortationes Principiis Titannorum, Divisio Militaris We are all but a weapon in the right hand of the Emperor. Adeptus Titanicus (game) rulebook,
Hymn of Reforging Thus do we invoke the Machine God.

Thus do we make whole that which was sundered.

Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition),
pg. 71
The Book of Five Runes When uttering the incantation, mark well that the rod is upon and not within the intake. The second incantation should not be uttered until all the fumes have come forth, then the way shall be clear for the sacred words to penetrate unto the heart of the engine. If the mounting be hot say the third rune, if it be cold the fourth rune is more appropriate. For then the wrath of the engine will be aroused... Warhammer 40,000 Compendium,
pg. 131
Runic Mechanics - An Introduction The beast of metal endures longer than the flesh of men. Those that tend the beasts of metal must labour long to learn its ways, for a single beast must suffer the mastership of many men until ready to shed its vorpal coils. Those that seek apprenticeship must attended closely to the runes of mobilisation, the rites of maintenance, and the words-of-power that describe the parts of a beast. Nor must they neglect the tutelage of the Adeptus Prefects, nor the casting of the proper roboscopes. Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader,
pg. 118
Runic Spaceflight - An Introduction; Naval Flight Manual W110E Strike the first rune upon the engine's casing employing the chosen wrench. Its tip should be anointed with the oil of engineering using the proper incantation when the auspices are correct. Strike the second rune upon the engine's casing employing the arc-tip of the power-driver. If the second rune is not good, a third rune may be struck in like manner to the first. This is done according to the true ritual laid down by Scotti the Enginseer. A libation should be offered. If this sequence is properly observed the engines may be brought to full activation by depressing the large panel marked "ON". Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader,
pg. 98


Speaker Quote Source
From the foundation charter of the Death Bolts ... And the name of the Order shall be the Death Bolts, and their Forge World shall be Esteban VII.

The Colours of the Death Bolts shall be red over gold. Their banner shall be quartered, gold against chequered blue and silver, bounded red. Their badge shall be a crossbow bolt ordinary, over an inverse triangle gold.

The Grand Master of their founding shall be Maxen Vledig, and their motto shall be "nemo mea poena effugit" - None may escape my vengeance.

Adeptus Titanicus (game) rulebook,


Speaker Quote Source
Technomagos Gaelos The universe is not like a puzzle-box that you can take apart and put back together again and so solve its secrets. It is a shifting uncertain thing which changes as you consider it, which is changed by the very act of observation. A powerful man is not a man who dissects the universe like a puzzle-box, examining it piece by piece and measuring each piece with scientific precision. A powerful man has only to look upon the universe to change it. Codex Imperialis (Background Book),
pg. 44
Binary Hierarch Gethsemorr The weak in mind will seek to understand the xenos. The strong in mind will destroy them, and bless their ignorance. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus


Speaker Quote Source
Archmagos Veneratus Haelon Hark not the alien's words, lest ye unknowingly repeat them. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Hieronymus, High Magos and Arch-heretic of Artemia Majoris (was terminated on request of Fabricator-General) The best way of improving a gun is to improve its ammunition. Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy,
pg. 204


Speaker Quote Source
Haran Jaxx The arming of Titans must, by necessity, always be a compromise. To gain long range you must sacrifice firepower, and vice versa. You must approach this decision at two levels.

Firstly the level of the individual Titan. Consider carefully what it must achieve and how its armament will affect its ability to fulfil its objective.

Secondly, the level of the force itself: this may be the Legion as a whole or a battle group on a particular mission. Never forget that a Titan force is a team - a single body, and may have specialised members designed for specific tasks.

Meditate on the subject if you feel the need, or consult the Imperial Tarot. The decision is important, so do not take it lightly.
- De Bellis Titanicus, attributed

Adeptus Titanicus (game) rulebook,
pg. 38
Tech-Priest Jung, Forge World Gehenna Our enemies may rest but rust never sleeps. Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000,
pg. 59


Speaker Quote Source
Fabricator General Kane You may say, it is impossible for a man to become like the Machine. And I would reply, that only the smallest mind strives to comprehend its limits.
- attributed
Dark Adeptus (Novel),
ch. Two, pg. 19


Speaker Quote Source
The spirit of Ramus Macabee speaking to Ervin Hekate There's no turning back... Triumph or oblivion. Titan: God-Machine (Graphic Novel)
, ca. pg. 16
Garba Mojaro, Prefectus of Adeptus Mechanicus A man may die yet still endure if his work enters the greater work. Time is carried upon a current incepted by forgotten deeds. Events of great moment are but the culmination of a single carefully placed thought. As all men must thank progenitors obscured by the past so we must endure the present that those who come after may continue the greater work.
- The Chime of Eons
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader,
Technographer Adar Millez Take care with that! We have not fully ascertained its function, and the ticking is accelerating. Dark Heresy: The Lathe Worlds,
pg. 69


Speaker Quote Source
Grand Master Thordun Ranxey, Death Bolts The supporting fire of one's brethren is always a comfort. Provided it doesn't hit oneself. Adeptus Titanicus (game) rulebook,
pg. 28


Speaker Quote Source
Legio Victorum Motto For the alien, nothing. Third War For Armageddon - Imperial Forces: The Legio Victorum (archived page, last accessed via Wayback Machine 13 December 2022)


Speaker Quote Source
Techpriest Yaffel The Omnissiah directs our footsteps along the path of knowledge.
- from his own book Soylens Viridians for the Machine-Spirit[Note 1]
The Emperor's Finest (Novel),
ch. 8, pg. 118


Speaker Quote Source
Adept Koriel Zeth, Forge Mistress It is my great regret that we live in an age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of people who try to. Mechanicum (Novel),
ch. 1.07, pg. 139


Note 1

Possible reference to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, a series consisting of inspirational true stories about ordinary people's lives. Soylens Viridians presumably is a pun on Soylent Green ("viridans" is Latin for "greening"), an industrial nutritious wafer made out of human corpses.