"Always remember: kingdoms are good, empires are bad. Kings are often okay, but emperors are evil without exception."
—Pat R., "The World Is Square"
"The Imperium! How mighty its aspect! How far-reaching its boundaries! As one world dies ten more are brought into the fold. Fear us, for we count the lives of planets, not men!"
— Cardinal Morius Blate, Ecclesiarch Primus, Warhammer 40,000
"A million worlds. Trillions of lives. Trillions more ways to die."
"And so Abaddon the Despoiler, Supreme Overlord of Chaos, passed through the midst of his servants, not caring whether they lived or died, whether they served him through devotion, so long as they served him first through fear"
"There was once a fine palace, and it sat like a crown of light upon the top of the world.
The Artisan Masters of the many rival Masonic guilds had raised the palace up, block by gilded block, to a statement of unity, regal and unequivocal. After the deary, lightless Age of Strife, the warring tribes and creeds of Terra had been alloyed under one rule and the palace was intended to symbolize that staggering achievement. All the petty dynasts and ethnarchs, all the clan nations and gene septs, all the despots and pan-continental tyrants had been overthrown or annexed. Some, the smartest and most prescient embraced to the bosom of the new rule. Better fealty than the wrath of the warriors in thunder armour.
Better submission than the enmity of the world's new master."
— Dark King, Lighting Tower, Warhammer 40,000
"The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering. A world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons, a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting, three hundred million people all with the same face."
"In order to ensure the security and continuing stability, The Republic will be reorganized into the First! GALACTIC! EMPIRE! For a safe and secure society!"
"For insuring the future safety with prospers, the republic organizes afresh. Become the empire of the first choice! This is for the sake of a more safe the society."
"Rule through fear of force rather then force itself."
— Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Star Wars
"Long live the Empire!"
— Numerous people, In A Mirror, Darkly
"Others have conquered and ruled; we alone conquer for conquest's sake, and dominate for no other purpose than Domination itself; the name we half-consciously chose for our state is no accident. We, and we alone, have spoken aloud the great secret: that the root function of all human society is the production and reproduction of power - and that power is the ability to compel others to do your will, against theirs. It is end, not means. The purpose of power is power."
"We should share this prosperity with the rest of the world. In our hands is the most successful empire in history. It's time we expanded it."
— Fire Lord Sozin, Avatar: The Last Airbender
"It's unthinkable! To act against the Empire?!"
Heyward: "British policies make the world England, sir."
"Federations, Imperiums. Why do you people feel such a need to align yourselves with monolithic organisations?"
— Star Trek: Voyager, "Counterpoint"