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"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away."
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin[src]
"Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!"
Grand Moff Tarkin, shortly before the destruction of the Death Star[src]
Leia: "Governor Tarkin. I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board."
Tarkin: "Charming to the last."
Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin[src]
Vader: "Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him."
Tarkin: "If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape."
Vader: "Escape is not his plan. I must face him alone."
Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, aboard the Death Star[src]
"Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself."
Wilhuff Tarkin, giving advice to Emperor Palpatine[src]
Vader: "Don't underestimate the Force."
Tarkin: "The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion."
Darth Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin[src]
"You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration, but don't worry. We will deal with your rebel friends soon enough."
Wilhuff Tarkin, speaking to Leia Organa mere seconds before the destruction of Alderaan[src]
Anakin: "You lack faith in the Jedi."
Tarkin: "I find their tactics ineffective. The Jedi Code prevents them from going far enough to achieve victory, to do whatever it takes to win, the very reason why peacekeepers should not be leading a war. Have I…offended you?"
Anakin: "No. I've also found that we sometimes fall short of victory because of our methods."
Tarkin: "Well, I see we agree on something."
Anakin Skywalker and Wilhuff Tarkin[src]
Daala: "The Rebel Alliance won't know what hit them."
Tarkin: "Oh, they'll know, my dear. Everyone will know. That's the point."
Admiral Daala and Grand Moff Tarkin, meeting on the Death Star[src]
Tarkin: "Thank you for detouring from your course."
Vader: "The Emperor requested it."
Tarkin: "I suppose we can attribute that to the Emperor's astute ability to bring like-minded beings together."
Vader: "Or pit them against one another."
Tarkin: "That, too, Lord Vader."
Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader[src]
"You would prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this. So it'll be the last time. Where is the Rebel base?"
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, to Princess Leia Organa, prior to Alderaan's destruction[src]
Tarkin: "I do small favors for certain people. I once balanced these favors between opposing sides. Lately, my efforts have become a bit more lopsided. Balance is no longer necessary. Some of these people have an appreciation for fingers—not tentacles, my friend, not palps, but human fingers—reaching into a great many stellar soup bowls, testing the temperature to see if they are ready for the eating."
Sienar: "Why the concern that they be human?"
Tarkin: "Humans are the future, Raith."
Sienar: "Some of my best designers are not even remotely human."
Tarkin: "Yes, and we employ nonhumans wherever they are useful, for now. But mark my words, Raith. Humans are the future."
Commander Wilhuff Tarkin, darkly hinting at the Humanocentrism of the coming Empire to engineer Raith Sienar[src]
"Threats of insurrection must be met with strong, centralized power. One must seize the moment, and strike. Forgive the ravings of a lowly lieutenant governor, Supreme Chancellor. Moreover, I realize that it is hardly the Republic's way to answer violence with violence."
Lieutenant Governor Wilhuff Tarkin, to Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum[src]
"The only words which have meaning are the last ones spoken."
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, breaking his word to Leia Organa to spare Alderaan[src]
"The stability of the Empire is at stake. A planet is a small price to pay."
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, justifying his desire to test the Death Star's superlaser on Alderaan to Darth Vader[src]
"Of power, I could tell you much. But the time is not right. I shall only say that the Empire is close to having power such as never before – power of world-shattering proportions, you could say. Mark my words, never again will a citizen of this galaxy watch a moonrise in quite the same way. He will stare at that moon – if such it is – and remember that the Empire is firmly in control."
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, at Imperial pilot graduation ceremony[src]
"The average citizen deals in symbols, not rational analysis. If we present the citizen with a weapon so powerful, so immense as to defy all conceivable attack against it, a weapon invulnerable and invincible in battle, that shall become the symbol for the Empire. We may need only a handful, perhaps only one of these weapons to subjugate thousands upon thousands of worlds containing millions upon millions of beings."
Wilhuff Tarkin promotes the Death Star to Palpatine[src]

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