The Ultimate List of The Best Warhammer 40K Quotes

Explore the essence of Warhammer 40k through memorable quotes from its books and video games. If we've missed any iconic lines, share your favorites in the comments and enrich our journey through the 41st Millennium.
The Best Warhammer 40K Quotes
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Welcome to the dark, sprawling cosmos of Warhammer 40K, where the echo of war is never far. This universe, vast in its scope and rich in its storytelling, offers more than just battles and lore—it gifts us with words that resonate across the void.

In our exploration of “The Best Warhammer 40K Quotes,” we delve deep into the heart of this universe, unearthing the lines that have become legendary among fans.

From the hallowed pages of the Black Library to the epic digital battlefields of its video games, we journey together through the sectors of space where words wield power.

80 Quotes from the Warhammer 40K Books, Novels and Codexes

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The quotes from the lore of W40K, rich with the essence of its grimdark setting, not only capture the essence of their characters and factions but also serve to inspire and resonate with players.

They encapsulate the despair, valor, and eternal struggle that define this universe, offering a glimpse into the minds of those who fight in the name of the Emperor, for the promise of chaos, or the survival of their kind.

Here’s a few of their memorable quotes:

QuoteAuthorSource
The glory we gain blinds us first with its lustre.CaddawayThe Traitor’s Hand (Novel)
It’s amazing how much paperwork an act of heroism requires.Commissar Ciaphas Cain“Ciaphas Cain” series
Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind.Assassin proverbWarhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
Only in death does duty end is no way to live.Roboute Guilliman“Dark Imperium” series
No pity! No remorse! No fear!Chaplain Grimaldus“Helsreach”
Give me a hundred Space Marines. Or failing that give me a thousand other troops.Rogal DornCodex: Space Marines (4th Edition)
Let the galaxy burn!Abaddon the DespoilerVarious Chaos Space Marine contexts
In the Emperor’s name, let none survive!Imperial GuardsmanImperial Guard series
Kill! Maim! Burn!Khârn the BetrayerChaos Space Marines lore
No army is big enough to conquer the galaxy. But faith alone can overturn the universe.Ecclesiarchy QuoteCodex Imperialis (Background Book)
The most dangerous weapon is the one no one expects.Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn“Eisenhorn” series
There is no art more beautiful and diverse as the art of death.Farseer Macha“Dawn of War” series
I’m da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to make war!Ghazghkull Mag Uruk ThrakaOrk lore
Courage and Honour.Ultramarines Motto“Ultramarines” series
Knowledge is power, guard it well.Inquisitor KryptmanInquisition lore
Sly MarboCharacter lore
I’m an inquisitor. I do not get angry.Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn“Xenos (Novel)
Death in service to the Emperor is its own reward. Life in failure to Him is its own condemnation.Uriah JacobusDark Adeptus (Novel)
To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime imaginable.Narrator“Warhammer 40k Introduction”, Various
The galaxy is the Emperor’s, and anyone or anything who challenges that claim is an enemy who must be destroyed.High Marshal HelbrechtBlack Templars lore
Burn the heretic. Kill the mutant. Purge the unclean.Imperial InquisitionInquisition lore
The man who has nothing can still have faith.Reclusiarch Merek Grimaldus“Helsreach”
For in the grim dark future there is only war.NarratorWarhammer 40k Tagline
A mind without purpose will wander in dark places.Ravenor“Ravenor” series
Victory is achieved through mettle. Glory is achieved through metal.Iron Hands MaximIron Hands lore
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.Rogal DornAttributed in various sources
They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me.The Emperor of MankindSpeaking of the Space Marines, Various
Suffer not the unclean to live.Puritan InquisitorInquisition lore
But without a purpose, an Astartes is nothing. A warrior without a war is no warrior at all.Malcador the SigilliteGarro: Oath of Moment Audio Book
It is the blood of martyrs that shall seal the doom of the heretic.Cardinal GerranImperial Creed lore
I have dug my grave in this place and I will either triumph or I will die!Commissar YarrickOrk Wars lore
Faith without deeds is worthless.Sister Miriya“Faith & Fire”
We do not fight for victory, but for the survival of our species.Farseer Eldrad UlthranEldar lore
By His will alone is Terra kept safe.Adeptus Custodes CreedAdeptus Custodes lore
Ruthlessness is the kindness of the wise.Lord Solar Macharius“Macharius” trilogy
My enemy’s enemy is a problem for later: In the meantime, they might be useful.Inquisitor QuixosFor the Emperor (Novel)
In the face of death I shall have no remorse.Dark AngelsDark Angels lore
Let none find us wanting.Jaghatai KhanWhite Scars lore
A small mind is easily filled with faith.Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor“Ravenor” series
Death is the servant of the righteous.Imperial CreedImperial Creed lore
Through the destruction of our enemies do we earn our salvation.Imperial CreedImperial Creed lore
There is no truth in flesh, only betrayal.Tech-PriestAdeptus Mechanicus lore
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.Commissar Severina Raine“Honourbound”
Innocence proves nothing.Inquisitorial MaximInquisition lore
Wisdom is the beginning of fear.N/AWarhammer 40,000 Compendium,
I am the hammer, I am the edge of His Sword, I am the tip of His Spear, I am the mail about His Fist. I am the bane of His foes and the woes of the treacherous. I am the end.Grey KnightsGrey Knights lore
The Emperor Protects.Common Saying among the ImperiumVarious
It is better to die for the Emperor than live for yourself.Imperial GuardImperial Guard lore
Only the insane have strength enough to prosper. Only those who prosper may truly judge what is sane.Night LordsNight Lords lore
Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.Raven GuardRaven Guard lore
A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt.Imperial Guard DoctrineImperial Guard Codex
Blessed is the mind too small for doubt.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
For those who seek perfection there can be no rest on this side of the grave.Adeptus Mechanicus BeliefAdeptus Mechanicus Codex
The difference between heresy and treachery is ignorance.Inquisition TeachingInquisitor Rulebook
Success is commemorated; Failure merely remembered.Space Marine ProverbSpace Marines Codex
Only in death does duty end.Imperial Guard DoctrineImperial Guard Codex
No man died in His service that died in vain.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
Beginning reform is beginning revolution.Inquisition TeachingInquisitor Rulebook
Educate men without faith and you but make them clever devils.Ecclesiarchy TeachingSisters of Battle Codex
Success is measured in blood; yours or your enemy´s.Khorne Worshipper SayingChaos Space Marines Codex
Cowards die in shame.Space Marine ProverbSpace Marines Codex
Faith without deeds is worthless.Ecclesiarchy TeachingSisters of Battle Codex
True Happiness stems only from Duty.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Imperium.Ecclesiarchy SayingSisters of Battle Codex
Heresy grows from idleness.Inquisition TeachingInquisitor Rulebook
There is only the Emperor, and he is our shield and protector.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
Truth is Subjective.Inquisition MaximInquisitor Rulebook
Damnation is Eternal.Ecclesiarchy WarningSisters of Battle Codex
Know the Mutant; Kill the Mutant.Inquisition MaximInquisitor Rulebook
To Question is to doubt.Inquisition TeachingInquisitor Rulebook
He who keeps silent consents.Inquisition MaximInquisitor Rulebook
Prayer cleanses the soul, Pain cleanses the body.Ecclesiarchy TeachingSisters of Battle Codex
Trust in the God-Emperor. But trust your blade, too.Inquisitor Atellus ThraxDark Heresy: Daemon Hunter
Zeal is its own Excuse.Ecclesiarchy SayingSisters of Battle Codex
Work earns Salvation.Imperial CreedVarious Codices
What I cannot crush with words I will crush with the tanks of the Imperial Guard!Lord Commander Solar MachariusThe Killing Ground (Novel)
Claims of innocence mean nothing; they serve only to prove a foolish lack of caution.Judge TraggatCodex Imperialis (Background Book)
Hatred is the emperor’s greatest gift to humanity.Inquisition TeachingInquisitor Rulebook
Victory needs no explanation, defeat allows none.Space Marine ProverbSpace Marines Codex
A list of 80 Warhammer 40K Book and Lore Quotes

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50 Warhammer 40K Quotes from Video Games

The video game adaptations of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, including titles like “Dawn of War” and “Battlefleet Gothic: Armada,” offer players a deep dive into its rich lore and relentless warfare.

Through memorable quotes from characters across various factions, these games capture the essence of the grimdark setting—highlighting themes of duty, faith, and conflict.

These lines not only enrich the gaming experience but also resonate with fans, embodying the spirit of the 41st Millennium’s endless battles and the diverse ideologies that fuel them.

Here’s the ones we like the most:

QuoteAuthorSource
We are the Emperor’s angels of death, not his angels of mercy.Blood Ravens Devastator Sergeant Avitus“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II”
To be Uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.Farseer Taldeer“Dawn of War – Winter Assault”
To question is to doubt.Preacher Josef“Dawn of War” series
We must not mistake duty for blind obedience.Gabriel Angelos, Blood Ravens“Dawn of War” series
We are the Emperor’s chosen.Space Marine Units“Dawn of War” series
None shall find us wanting.Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
From the darkness we strike: fast, silent, and deadly.Raven Guard Units“Dawn of War” series
I fear no evil, for I am fear incarnate!Chaos Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
Purge the unclean.Grey Knights“Dawn of War” series
While the enemies of the Emperor still draw breath, there can be no peace.Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
Faith is our shield.Space Marine Units“Dawn of War” series
We stand ready to serve the Emperor.Imperial Guard Units“Dawn of War” series
To each of us falls a task, and all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand the line and we die fighting. It is what we do best: We die standing.General Castor“Dawn of War II: Retribution”
Suffer not the witch to live.Inquisitorial Units“Dawn of War” series
Feel the wrath of the Emperor’s Hammer!Space Marine Dreadnought“Dawn of War” series
My faith is my shield.Imperial Guard Units“Dawn of War” series
The Emperor’s light is my torch.Sisters of Battle Units“Dawn of War: Soulstorm”
No mercy, no respite.Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
Embrace the Immaterium.Chaos Sorcerer“Dawn of War” series
The fallen shall be forever remembered as the Emperor’s finest.Apothecary“Dawn of War” series
Victory is but a prelude to the next battle.Space Marine Commander“Dawn of War” series
The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.Ork Units“Dawn of War” series
There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.Inquisitors“Dawn of War” series
An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded.Librarian“Dawn of War” series
Burn, heretic!Sisters of Battle Units“Dawn of War: Soulstorm”
The wise man learns from the deaths of others.Ork Warboss“Dawn of War” series
Death before dishonor!Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
Flesh is weak!Techmarine“Dawn of War II”
They will fear the shadows.Raven Guard Scout“Dawn of War” series
Sanity is for the weak!Chaos Lord“Dawn of War” series
Strike them down with all your might!Space Marine Assault Squad“Dawn of War” series
Let the galaxy burn!Chaos Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
This world is a shell. The flesh inside, ours for the taking.Tyranid Hive Tyrant“Dawn of War II”
By the Emperor, it will be done.Imperial Guard Units“Dawn of War” series
Forward, to victory!Space Marines“Dawn of War” series
As the Emperor wills!Imperial Guard Units“Dawn of War” series
We bring death.Dark Eldar Units“Dawn of War: Soulstorm”
See, but do not be seen.Eldar Rangers“Dawn of War” series
Rejoice in the coming oblivion.Chaos Sorcerer“Dawn of War” series
The stars themselves will be our battleground.Space Marine Fleet Admiral“Battlefleet Gothic: Armada”
Our faith is unbreakable.Sisters of Battle Units“Dawn of War: Soulstorm”
We are the harbinger of death.Necron Units“Dawn of War II: Retribution”
A true warrior fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.Space Marine Captain“Dawn of War” series
He who stands with me shall be my brother.Captain Gabriel Angelos“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War”
The Codex Astartes does not support this action.Techmarine“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II”
Knowledge is power, guard it well.Librarian Units“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War”
I have come to destroy you.Chaos Lord Eliphas“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade”
We are the bringers of death.Chaos Space Marines“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War” series
A moment of laxity spawns a lifetime of heresy.Inquisitorial Servitors“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War” series
Walk softly, and carry a big gun.Force Commander“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War”
50 Warhammer 40K Quotes from Video Games
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The quotes we’ve shared above are but a glimpse into the rich tapestry of narratives and ideologies that the video games have woven into the broader lore of the 41st Millennium. Each line carries the weight of empires, the resolve of heroes, and the defiance of the doomed.

Yet, in a universe as expansive and as detailed as Warhammer 40k, there are undoubtedly many more moments of wisdom, courage, and treachery that we may have missed.

We invite you, the guardians of this lore and the champions of its stories, to share the quotes that have struck a chord with you.

Which lines from the Warhammer 40,000 video games have lingered in your mind?

Which speeches have inspired your strategies, and which taunts have fueled your campaigns?

Leave a comment below with the quotes that you believe deserve a place among the most memorable, and let’s continue to celebrate the rich narrative legacy of this dark future together.

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