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"Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete." ―Emperor Palpatine, to Luke Skywalker[src]
Palpatine: "Listen to me: If this 'Darth Sidious' of yours were to walk through that door right now—and I could somehow stop you from killing him on the spot—do you know what I would do? I would ask him to sit down and I would ask him if he has any power he could use to end this war!"
Anakin: "You would—you would—"
Palpatine: "And if he said he did, I'd bloody well offer him a brandy and talk it out!"
Emperor: "You want this, don't you? The hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it! Give into your anger! With each passing moment, you make yourself more my servant."
Emperor: "It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You, like your father, are now...mine."
"Choose someone as a successor and you will inevitably be succeeded. Choose someone hungrier and you will be devoured. Choose someone quicker and you won't dodge the blade at your back. Choose someone with more patience and you won't block the blade at your throat. Choose someone more devious and you'll hold the blade that kills you. Choose someone more clever and you'll never know your end. Despite these cautions, an apprentice is essential. A Master without an apprentice is a Master of nothing." ―Palpatine, as quoted in the Telos Holocron[src]
"Captain Solo, I've got a bad feeling about this. You expect this court to believe that the Rodian fired upon you from a mere meter away and somehow managed to miss? What was he, a stormtrooper?" ―Palpatine, to Han Solo, during his trial[src]
"Do what must be done, Lord Vader. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy." ―Palpatine[src]
"He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which, eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It's ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself." ―Palpatine, relating the tragedy of Darth Plagueis to Anakin Skywalker[src]
Luke: "I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
"Of all the monsters I have created, I still regard Darth Vader as something of a minor masterpiece. No, he was not an entirely alchemical creation, but he was my monster nevertheless. Even though he failed to live up to his full potential, there was much pleasure in transforming Anakin Skywalker from a bright-eyed, tousle-headed youth into the greatest Jedi killer of all time. Yes, he ultimately turned against his Master, as monsters sometimes do, but that was my fault, not his. Given the opportunity to create Vader again, I would, and with zeal." ―Palpatine, quoting from The Creation of Monsters, in a recording from the Telos Holocron[src]
"Young fool. Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side. You have paid the price for your lack of vision. Now, young Skywalker, you will die." ―Palpatine, before blasting Luke Skywalker with Force lightning[src]
"Curse you, Skywalkers, both of you! I'll tell you the truth about your father! The great Darth Vader was a sick man in an iron mask! Yes, that mask inspired terror throughout the galaxy, but the feeble heart within was forever possessed by the impotent side of the Force!" ―Palpatine, to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo[src]
"I have no doubt the Jedi are doing their very best to ensure the safety of every citizen in the Republic. The accusations that the Jedi created the Clone War to give themselves more power over the government is absurd, and I will not stand for it." ―ChancellorPalpatine, addressing the citizenry via flying billboard[src]
Palpatine: "Do you recall what I told you about the relationship between power and understanding, Lord Vader?"
Vader: "Yes, Master. Where the Jedi gained power through understanding, the Sith gain understanding through power."
Palpatine: "Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace a larger view of the Force."
Palpatine: "Am I? Even if true, that's hardly a crime. My philosophical outlook is a personal matter. In fact—the last time I read the Constitution, anyway—we have very strict laws against this type of persecution. So I ask you again: what is my alleged crime?"
"The difficulty is knowing not who to trust—nobody, absolutely nobody—but who can be allowed to know how much about a given situation. It's no secret that we hold Dr. Uthan in a Republic jail, and the assumption is that we need her expertise to prevent the Separatists from creating another anti-clone virus like hers, or even force her to create a countermeasure. But I prefer to think of her as my insurance policy. Should I ever need to remove the Grand Army—if the clones are not as loyal as the Kaminoans claim, and we all know the claims merchants make—then I have my means." ―Supreme ChancellorPalpatine[src]
"Beings believe what you tell them. They never check, they never ask, they never think. Tell them the state is menaced by quadrillions of battle droids, and they will not count. Tell them you can save them, and they will never ask—from what, from whom? Just say tyranny, oppression, vague bogeymen that require no analysis. Never specify. Then they look the other way when reality is right in front of them. It's a conjuring trick. The key is distraction, getting them to watch your other hand. Only single-minded beings don't join in the shared illusion, and keep watching you too closely. Single-minded beings are dangerous. And they either work for me, or they don't work at all." ―ChancellorPalpatine[src]
"Of all the monsters I have created, I still regard Darth Vader as something of a minor masterpiece. No, he was not an entirely alchemical creation, but he was my monster nevertheless. Even though he failed to live up to his full potential, there was much pleasure in transforming Anakin Skywalker from a bright-eyed, tousle-headed youth into the greatest Jedi killer of all time. Yes, he ultimately turned against his Master, as monsters sometimes do, but that was my fault, not his. Given the opportunity to create Vader again, I would, and with zeal." ―Darth Sidious, in The Creation of Monsters[src]
Cosinga: "Murder has always been in your thoughts, hasn't it? You've merely been waiting for someone to grant you permission to act."
"Though you are wise beyond your years, I would not be dismayed if you do not recognize my simulacrum. You see, I have chosen to appear before you not as I have come to be, but as I was long ago, when I was young. A vanity, perhaps, but I know from experience that a much older teacher, no matter how gifted, can appear antiquated, or even obsolete, and I would be remiss to encourage you to believe I am or ever was your superior. After all, you are full of life, and I…Well, because the Holocron is now in your hands, I must assume I am but a whisper from the past. So please forgive my youthful facade, which I hope will only serve you to more readily accept me as an equal, an ally, and as a friend." ―Palpatine, addressing those that access the Telos Holocron[src]
"There is nothing I do not know. Nothing that is worth knowing, anyway."
Dooku: "I understand politics, my friend. I know that you have to be circumspect about what you say and to whom. But that the disenfranchised worlds of the Outer Rim enjoy any support at all is largely due to you. You speak honestly and you champion the underprivileged, and you may be the only one capable of bringing the Republic back from the brink. Unless, of course, you have been lying to me all these years."
"As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station." ―Emperor Palpatine, to Luke Skywalker on the Death Star II[src]
"Don't get arrogant, child. You are to be commended for putting this action together. It shows greater initiative than I'd foreseen from you. And, of course, you've done us a great service in thinning the ranks, weeding out the treacherous... and the stupid. Did you really think you could do this?" ―Emperor Palpatine, taunting Moff Kadir, after his failed coup d'état[src]
Dooku: "I declined to be a member of the Council in order to devote myself to diplomacy, and look how that has turned out. The Republic is sliding deeper into chaos."
Palpatine: "You're one man against a galaxy full of scoundrels."
Dooku: "One man should be able to make a difference if he is powerful enough."