And we will stand above our city, raising high above her streets
From tops of buildings we will look at all that lies beneath our feet
And we will raise our hands above us, cold steel shining in the sun
And with these hands that will not bleed, my father's battle will be won
— Dr. Light, The Father of Death
"After the completion of the Sharpshooter, our civilization will be left with only one way to include more metal in the flesh; graft flesh on metal rather than the opposite."
— A-volution G02
It's gonna be the future soon
I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange
Get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
When my heart is breaking
I close my eyes
Here on earth, they'll wonder,
As I piece-by-piece
Steel and circuits
Make me whole...
A cuff-terminal was clipped over his right wrist, and two insignia were affixed to his chest: the crossed microscope and mini-welder of the Guild of Computer-Programmers, and an anaglyph of the Circuit of Logic — laser-etched with the first words ever spoken by the Great Calculator: THERE IS NOW. The Circuit was a popular religious movement that worshipped the omnipotent computer, holding as fundamental values its absence of emotion and supremacy of logical thought.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
Colossus: In time you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love.
Dr. Forbin: NEVER!
Toll the Great Bell Once!
Pull the Lever forward to engage the
Piston and Pump...
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!
— Excerpt from the Catechism of the Autoculus of Mars
Everything organic we know of is simply machinery, in one form or another. Tendons replace pistons; flesh in the place of steel; blood is simply biological coolant. To deny this and shun it is more than just Mechanicus orthodoxy, it is idiocy.
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.
— Fabricator General Kane
In ancient times, men built wonders, laid claim to the stars and sought to better themselves for the good of all. But we are much wiser now.
-— Archmagos Ultima Cryol - "Speculations On Pre-Imperial History"
To fail is to be flesh, only metal endures.
— Archmagos Paracelsus
Bio-chauvinism, and on such a small scale, when it comes to the processing of knowledge, is laughable. Give me any savant you care, and I shall match his worth tenfold with even the most basic of Machine Spirits.
— Extract, The Problems of Organic Thinking, Chapter XII
From weakness of the mind, Omnissiah save us,
from the lies of the Antipath, circuit preserve us,
from the rage of the Beast, iron protect us,
from the temptations of the flesh, silica cleanse us,
from the ravages of time, anima shield us,
from this rotting cage of biomatter,
Machine god, set us free.
The Machine is strong. We must purge the weak, hated flesh and replace it with the blessed purity of metal. Only through permanence can we truly triumph, only through the Machine can we find victory. Punish the flesh. Iron in mind and body. Hail the Machine!
— Paullian Blantar, Iron-Father of the Iron Hands
There is no truth in flesh, only betrayal.
There is no strength in flesh, only weakness.
There is no constancy in flesh, only decay.
There is no certainty in flesh but death.
— The Dogma Mechanicus
It is Yawgmoth's will incarnate: an efficient machine that replaces inefficient flesh.
— Tsabo Tavoc
"Father of Machines! Your filigree gaze carves us, and the scars dance upon our grateful flesh."
-— Phyrexian Scriptures, Flavour Text for Sanguine Guard