Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

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A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt.
Foolish are those who fear nothing, yet claim to know everything.
Even a man who has nothing can still offer his life.
I am no stranger to the deaths of planets.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a real-time strategy computer game developed by Relic Entertainment based on Games Workshop's popular tabletop wargame, Warhammer 40,000. It was released in September 2004 in North America. Since then, three expansion packs have been released: Winter Assault in 2005, Dark Crusade in 2006, and Soulstorm in 2008.

The following quotations come from the original game and its expansion packs.

Start menu and Commander quotes: Imperium Thought for the Day

These quotes are displayed at the bottom left hand corner of the main menu screen. Every time you access the game, a different quote from the following list will be selected:

  • A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt.
  • Blessed is the mind too small for doubt.
  • To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor.
  • For those who seek perfection there can be no rest on this side of the grave.
  • The difference between heresy and treachery is ignorance.
  • Knowledge is power, guard it well.
  • An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded.
  • Innocence proves nothing.
  • Success is commemorated; Failure merely remembered.
  • Even a man who has nothing can still offer his life.
  • Only in death does duty end.
  • No man died in His service that died in vain.
  • Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
  • There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.
  • Beginning reform is beginning revolution.
  • Educate men without faith and you but make them clever devils.
  • Success is measured in blood; yours or your enemy´s.
  • The man who has nothing can still have faith.
  • Burn the heretic. Kill the mutant. Purge the unclean.
  • It is better to die for the Emperor than to live for yourself.
  • Fear denies faith.
  • Foolish are those who fear nothing, yet claim to know everything.
  • Brave are they who know everything yet fear nothing.
  • Happiness is a delusion of the weak.
  • All souls call out for salvation.
  • Life is the Emperor's currency, spend it well.
  • A suspicious mind is a healthy mind.
  • Cowards die in shame.
  • Faith without deeds is worthless.
  • True Happiness stems only from Duty.
  • The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Imperium.
  • Heresy grows from idleness.
  • There is only the Emperor, and he is our shield and protector.
  • Truth is Subjective.
  • Damnation is Eternal.
  • Know the Mutant; Kill the Mutant.
  • To Question is to doubt.
  • He who keeps silent consents.
  • Prayer cleanses the soul, Pain cleanses the body.
  • Death by thy Compass.
  • Zeal is its own Excuse.
  • Work earns Salvation.
  • Without him there is nothing.
  • Only the Emperor is all.
  • Hatred is the emperor's greatest gift to humanity.
  • Victory needs no explanation, defeat allows none.
  • A small mind is easily filled with faith.

Character quotes

Space Marines

  • For the Emperor! - General battle cry
  • Space Marines, ATTACK! - General battle cry
  • Cleanse, Purge, KILL! - Tactical Marine battle cry
  • I will destroy their minds and burn their bodies - Librarian
  • An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded - Librarian
  • Walk softly, and carry a big gun - Force Commander
  • What would you have me do? - Force Commander
  • The Emperor guides my blade - Grey Knight battle cry
  • He who stands with me shall be my brother. - Force Commander
  • I am no stranger to the deaths of planets. Cyrene was my home. But when the need was made evident, I did not hesitate to contact the Inquisition. By my hand Cyrene burned. Cyrene's secrets now live solely with me... and so shall they die with me. Whether I am victorious or slain... my sins will know retribution. Such is the final testimony of Gabriel Angelos, Captain of the Blood Ravens 3rd Company. Savior of Tartarus... bane of the Black Legion... servant of the Emperor. —Brother-Captain Gabriel Angelos


  • Do you hear the voices, too? - Chaos Space Marines
  • For the Dark Gods! - Generic battle cry
  • I am destruction incarnate! - Daemon prince
  • Despair, for I am the end of days - Daemon Prince
  • The reign of the false Emperor is over at last - Daemon Prince
  • Who are you to order me, fool? - Daemon Prince
  • MAIM KILL BURN! MAIM KILL BURN! - Khorne Berzerkers
  • Blood for the Blood God! - Khorne Berzerkers
  • Don't think you can order me around - Khorne Berzerkers
  • Sanity is for the weak! - Aspiring Champion (Cultist or Chaos Space Marine Squad leader)
  • Blood Ravens, hear me! I am Araghast The Pillager! Master of Hounds, the Lash of the Black Legion! You, and ALL your kind are cowards! Lowly lickspittles! You must be emulating that pile of bones you call an Emperor! You are as dead and as useless as him! I am destroying your worlds, Blood Ravens, yet you do nothing! I see your precious craft, hanging in orbit above Aurelia! I am here! FACE ME, IF YOU DARE! —Chaos Lord Araghast the Pillager

Apollo Diomedes

  • You have Captain Diomedes.

Indrick Boreale

  • Space Marines, today the enemy is at our door! We know our duty and we will do it. We fight for our honor as Blood Ravens, as Space Marines, and we fight in the name of the Emperor! If we die this day we die in glory. We die hero’s deaths. But we shall NOT die, no— it is the enemy that will taste death and defeat, as you know! Most of our Battle Brothers are stationed in space, preparing to deep strike! Our perimeter has been prepared in the event that our enemy should be so bold and so foolish! We have placed numerous beacons, allowing for multiple, simultaneous and devastating defensive deep strikes. The Codex Astartes names this maneuver "Steel Rain". We will descend upon the foe, we will overwhelm them, we will leave none alive! Meanwhile, our ground forces will ensure the full defense of our headquarters...
  • We are the Space Marines! We are the Emperor’s fury!
  • Space Marines… we have failed… the Emperor…