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This article collects famous quotes made about the Imperial creed, and quotes made by members of the Ecclesiarchy. The quotes are organized in alphabetical order using the name of the speaker. Unattributed quotes are at the end of the list.

For quotes made by, or about, members of the Adepta Sororitas, see the dedicated article.


Imperial Texts

Tome Quote Source
Fede Imperialis A spiritu dominatus,

Domine, libra nos,

From the lighting and the tempest,

Our Emperor, deliver us.

From plague, temptation and war,

Our Emperor, deliver us,

From the scourge of the Kraken,

Our Emperor, deliver us.

From the blasphemy of the Fallen,

Our Emperor, deliver us,

From the begetting of daemons,

Our Emperor, deliver us,

From the curse of the mutant,

Our Emperor, deliver us,

A morte perpetua,

Domine, libra nos.

That thou wouldst bring them only death,

That thou shouldst spare none,

That thou shouldst pardon none

We beseech thee, destroy them.
-(commonly known as the Battle-prayer of the Adepta Sororitas)

Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition) p. 58;
The Inquisition (Background Book) p. 38
Prime Edicts of the Holy Synod of the Adeptus Ministorum When the people forget their duty they are no longer human and become something less than beasts. They have no place in the bosom of humanity nor in the heart of the Emperor. Let them die and be forgotten Codex Imperialis (Background Book), pg. 10
Excerpt from The Road of Salvation: A Guide to Following in the Steps of the Prophets and Saints of the Imperium Imperial citizens who undertake the arduous seven year 'Pilgrimage of Macharius' must obtain the Solar Medal before they set forth. The medal can only be purchased at the Offices of the Pilgrimorium on the shrine world of Macharia, and entitles the pilgrim to seek passage on any craft traveling along the prescribed pilgrimage routes. Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 1st Codex)
Historica Pilgrimage, Chapter I The Grand Pilgrimage

The most faithful followers of the Imperial Creed will embark on the Grand Pilgrimage from Ophelia VII to Terra, passing through Chiros and Gathalamor. The journey generally takes around nine years, once the pilgrim has safely reached Ophelia VII

Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p.25
Imperial hymnal Love the Emperor

for He is the salvation of mankind

Obey His words

for He will lead you into the light of the future

Heed His wisdom

for He will protect you from evil

Whisper His prayers with devotion,

for they will save your soul

Honour His servants,

for they speak in His voice

Tremble before His majesty,

for we all walk in His immortal shadow

Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition Rulebook p. 70


Speaker Quote Source
Adepta Sororitas We serve the Emperor with our faith and devotion, and with faith there must also sometimes come sacrifice. [Needs Citation]


Speaker Quote Source
from the Sermons of Cardinal Beneficta The Heretic and Blasphemer can offer no excuse for their crimes. Those who are pardoned merely live to further shroud Humanity from the Light of the Emperor with the Darkness of their souls Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 24


Speaker Quote Source
Caddaway, Redemptionist theologian The glory we gain blinds us first with its lustre.
- from "Paths to Damnation"
The Traitor's Hand (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Omnibus)
by Sandy Mitchell,
Editorial Note after Chapter 10, pg. 624
Dolan Chirosius On the Day of Affirmation it is the custom to light a candle, small and sweetly scented, and while it burns to silently think on those days so long ago. For a few minutes every year the whole universe of mankind falls silent and bends its mind to one purpose - billions of billions of souls drawn together in memory of the Great Confessor.
- in the "Ministorum Libra Martyr"
Codex Imperialis (Background Book), pg. 39
I am not asking for blood. I can take your blood.

I am asking for souls. Only you can give me your souls.
- Sermon On the Road to Gathalamor

Wargear, pg. 56
I tread the path of Righteousness. Though it be paved with broken glass, I will walk it barefoot; though it cross rivers of fire, I will pass over them; though it wanders wide, the light of the Emperor guides my step.
- Sermon On the Road to Gathalamor
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), pg. 44
It is the story of a man who did insane things because he put in practice what many Saints have preached.
in the Ministorum Libra Martyr
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), pg. 9


Speaker Quote Source
Ecclesiarch Deacis IX Men united in the purpose of the Emperor are blessed in his sight, and shall live forever in his memory. Daemonifuge, Book I, back cover
The words of the faithful are the mountains. But the deeds of the faithful are the world.
-final words
Dark Adeptus (Novel), Chapter Five, pg. 73
What a tragedy that so many millions of true men should have died under the evil eye of that cruel regime. To the Adepts of Earth it must have seemed that the Emperor has deserted them and the end had finally come. The screams of the innocent rent the night as men were dragged from sleep and taken into the pits of the Assassins.

The Adeptus Astartes held aloof and looked to their own councils, unsure what course history would take. Even the Tech-Priests turned away from the High Lords. The damned Purge of Vandire divided man from man and tore at the Imperium like a wounded beast that claws its own vitals in its agony. What hope was there left for men bereft on the Emperor's love. Yet of all the men of Earth at least one servant had the faith to say In The Emperor's Name Enough!

That man was Sebastian Thor.
-from "The Age of the Apostasy"

Warhammer 40,000: Wargear (2nd Edition)
No army is big enough to conquer the galaxy. But faith alone can overturn the universe Codex Imperialis (Background Book), pg. 40
One man can start a landslide with the casting of a single pebble.
-from The Legend of Thor from the Age of Apostasy
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), pg. 12


Speaker Quote Source
Precepts of Saint Emelia Taking the long view is all well and prudent, but take care that you don’t become so preoccupied with it that you miss what’s right under your nose.
-Chapter XXXIV, Verse XII
For the Emperor (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Omnibus) by Sandy Mitchell, Chapter 13, p. 215
The path to duty is often a stony one, made smoother by thought for others. Duty Calls (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Defender of the Imperium (Omnibus) by Sandy Mitchell, Chapter Twenty-Four, p. 462, fn. 1
Preacher Eran Gudi Never forget you are the walls of steel and iron, between Mankind and a thousand horrors too unspeakable to name. You are the walls of Hell.
-address to the Cadian 17th Armoured Regiment
Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000, pg. 55


Speaker Quote Source
Confessor Ganinimus Prayer may cleanse the soul, but pain cleanses the body. Both are necessary for the survival of humanity. Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 55


Speaker Quote Source
Cardinal Armandus Helfire I long for death, not because I seek peace, but because I seek the war eternal.
-Reflections on the Long Death
Dark Adeptus (Novel), Chapter One, pg. 7


Speaker Quote Source
Malleus Daemonicus, The Declaration of Ecclesiarch Issus XLVII The Daemonic leads to two crimes. You turn away from the path of righteousness. And you abandon the Emperor as the object of your devotion. For the first, death is merely a just retribution. The second is a heresy so terrible that no punishment can be sufficient. Yet the search for an appropriate penalty continues, and it shall be found. Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, p. 260
reprinted in Codex: Daemonhunters (3rd Edition), p. 19


Speaker Quote Source
Uriah Jacobus Death in service to the Emperor is its own reward. Life in failure to Him is its own condemnation.
- Epistles (Verse 93)
Dark Adeptus (Novel), Chapter Fifteen, pg. 261


Speaker Quote Source
Euphrati Keeler,
The Emperor of Mankind is the Light and the Way, and all his actions are for the benefit of mankind, which is his people. The Emperor is God and God is the Emperor, so it is taught in the Lectio Divinitatus, and above all things, the Emperor will protect... Horus Rising (Novel)
by Dan Abnett,
Part Two, Chapter Six, pg. 330
Cardinal Khrysdam, Instructum Absolutio A Heretic may see the truth and seek redemption. He may be forgiven his past and will be absolved in death. A Traitor can never be forgiven. A Traitor will never find peace in this world or the next. There is nothing as wretched or as hated in all the world as a Traitor. Codex: Witch Hunters (3rd Edition), p. 42


Speaker Quote Source
Cardinal Nomura A swarm of mechanised locusts sweeping over the land, stripping it bare of resources, bringing death and destruction to anything that stands in its path. Emperor preserve us against the predations of these so-called Orkish Cults of Speed.
-at the Conclave of Hessen
Fantasy Flight Games teaser of the "Deadly Salvage" - War Pack for the Conquest Card Game (last accessed 7 July 2015)


Speaker Quote Source
Saint Praxides of Ophelia VII When it was over, when the blood had dried and the fires had died down, then we found we were the same as we had always been - small and terrified human beings, with only the light of the Emperor to see by in this dark galaxy of sin.
-Notes on Martyrdom
Dark Adeptus (Novel), Chapter Seventeen, pg. 299


Speaker Quote Source
Saint Sabbat There are no miracles. There are only men.
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade (Background Book), by Dan Abnett, pg. 9
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 17
Betwixt the wash of the river and the waft of the wind, let my sins be transfigured to virtues.
- Catechism of Hagia, Book I, Chapter 3, verse XXXII
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 1
Where there is an enemy, rage!
Where there is a victory, rejoice!

- Epistles
Sabbat Martyr (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 5
Do not shirk! Do not falter!
Give them death in the name of Sabbat!

- At the gates of Harkalon
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 10
If the road is easy, the destination is worthless.
- Proverbs
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 9
Lay a fire within your soul and another between your hands, and let both be your weapons.
For one is faith and the other is victory and neither may ever be put out.

- Lessons
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 4
Let the sky welcome you, for therein dwells the Emperor and his saints.
- Proverbs
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 2
Though my tears be as many as the spots of rain Falling in the Hagian woods, one for every fallen soul loyal to the Throne, there would not be enough.
- Biographica Hagia
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 11
That which was will be.
That which dieth will live. That which falleth will rise up.
This, I say to you, is the nature of things, if you but once believe.

- Epistles
Sabbat Martyr (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 2
As I have been called to the holy work, so I will call others to me.
- Epistles
Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 8
Ephrael Stern Some place their trust in warships, and some in weapons of destruction. But we remember the divine Emperor. They are brought down and fallen; but we are risen and victorious.
-quoting a portion of the Imperial creed
Daemonifuge[Needs Citation]
Unfortunately, duty and fear often follow the same path. We must follow the one, and conquer the other. Daemonifuge (Graphic Novel Series)[Needs Citation]


Speaker Quote Source
Sebastian Thor A single man with faith can triumph over a legion of the faithless. Untold billions of the faithful can never be opposed.
- Sermons, volume XI Chapter IV
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 11
The Emperor is our Father and our Guardian, but we must also guard the Emperor.
- Sermons, volume XIV chapter I
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 15
I will steal from the plate of decadence to feed the mouths of the powerless.
- Sermons, volume XIV chapter XXXVIII
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 16
A war waged by committee is a war already lost. - Sermons, vol. XV, ch. DIV Necropolis (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter 6, p. 83
The strength of the Emperor is Humanity, and the strength of Humanity is the Emperor. If one turns from the other we shall all become the Lost and the Damned.
- Sermons, volume XXVII chapter LXII
Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition), p. 54
The people gathered about Thor, and fell to their knees in adoration, for they realized that all that had come to pass was gone, and all that remained was the future, and it was filled with the love of the Emperor. - (Thor five-six-eight) [Needs Citation]
Give me a gun that never fires! Give me sword that is ever blunt! Give me a weapon that deals no wound as long as it always strikes awe!
-address to the Convent Sanctorum
Dark Adeptus (Novel), Chapter Fourteen, pg. 245
Cardinal Shavo Togandis You are the dark heart of man, Leto. You are the evil that can lurk in any of us, the potential to commit the most heinous acts and do it with a smile on our faces. There is a wall of conscience between acts of good and evil inside most of us, but that's missing in you. I don't know why, but for you there is no concept of evil, just results. The Killing Ground (Novel)
by Graham McNeill,
Chapter Nineteen, pg. 284


Speaker Quote Source
Preacher Veltros Theodorus before the third assault on Tarrisus Ridge Though the darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Let not men's souls be broken in the crucible of war.
Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000, pg. 9


Quote Speaker/Note Source
Fortune deliver you by the nine holy wounds! (Ayatani blessing) Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 3
Light your way in the darkness with the pyres of burning heretics. Unknown Priest of the Ecclesiarchy [Needs Citation]
From this high rock, from this peak, let the light of worship shine so that the Emperor himself might see it from his Golden Throne. Dedication on the high altar of the Tempelum Infarfarid Sabbat. Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Ch. 5
Seek not escape from misery in death for He That Is Most Mighty gathers not the Selfish Dead to his side. Unknown Priest of the Ecclesiarchy in Kultoom [Needs Citation]
Question not your lot in this life. Be content to serve Him-Upon-The-Throne - however humble your station. [Needs Citation]