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Quotes made by Thrawn, Grand Admiral in the Galactic Empire and Commander in the Chiss Ascendancy

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There are things in the universe that are simply and purely evil. A warrior does not seek to understand them, or to compromise with them. He seeks only to obliterate them.
―Thrawn's psychology
I wish to more fully understand this conflict in which you're embroiled. I wish answers of right and wrong, of order and chaos, of strength and weakness. Of purpose and reaction. You asked my identity. I am now prepared to give it. I am Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, officer of hte Expansionary Defense Fleet, servant of the Chiss Ascendancy. On behalf of my people, I ask your assistance in learning of this war before it sweeps its disaster over our own worlds.
―Thrawn introducing himself to Anakin in their first encounter
Thrawn: One additional thought. Chiss names are difficult for many species to properly pronounce. I suggest you address me by my core name: Thrawn.
Anakin: That's all right, Mitt'hraw'nuruodo. I think I can handle it.
Thrawn: Mitth'raw'nuruodo.
Anakin:That's what I said. Mitth'raw'nuruodo.
Thrawn: It's pronounced
Mitth'raw'nuruodo
Anakin: Yes, Mitt'hraw'nuruodo.
Thrawn: Mitt'hraw'nuruodo
Anakin: Fine.
Thrawn.
Thrawn: Thank you. It will make things easier. My shuttle is prepared. Let us depart.
―Thrawn making Anakin use his core name rather than his full name
It is said that one should keep one's allies within view, and one's enemies within reach. A valid statement. One must be able to read an ally's strengths, so as to determine how to best use them. One must similarly be able to read his enemy's weaknesses, so as to determine how to best defeat him. But what of friends? There is no accepted answer, perhaps true friendship is so exceedingly rare. But I had formulated my own. A friend need not be kept within sight or within reach. A friend must be allowed the freedom to find and follow his own path. If one is fortunate, those paths will for a time join. But if paths separate, it is comforting to know that a friend still graces the universe with his skills, and his viewpoint, and his present. For if one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone.
―Thrawn on Vanto
There are things in the universe that are simply and purely evil. A warrior does not seek to understand them, or to compromise with them. He seeks only to obliterate them.
―Thrawn
It is said that one should keep one's allies within view, and one's enemies within reach. A valid statement. One must be able to read an ally's strengths, so as to determine how to best use them. One must similarly be able to read his enemy's weaknesses, so as to determine how to best defeat him. But what of friends? There is no accepted answer, perhaps true friendship is so exceedingly rare. But I had formulated my own. A friend need not be kept within sight or within reach. A friend must be allowed the freedom to find and follow his own path. If one is fortunate, those paths will for a time join. But if paths separate, it is comforting to know that a friend still graces the universe with his skills, and his viewpoint, and his present. For if one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone.
―Thrawn, on Eli Vanto
I will start my operations here, and pull the rebels apart piece by piece. They will be the architects of their own destruction.
―Grand Admiral Thrawn[src]
War. It's all you've ever known, isn't it? You were so young when you survived the Clone War. No wonder you are equipped in spirit to fight us like you do. War is in your blood. I study the art of war. Work to perfect it. But you...You were forged by it.
―Thrawn to Hera
No, Admiral, I want you to handle it yourself. A single light cruiser should be sufficient for a man of your talents."
"You would send me? In one ship?"
"Unless you're not… up to it."
"I will leave immediately.
―Thrawn dispatches Admiral Konstantine to Mykapo[src]
You seem, in surprisingly, good spirits, considering this loss."
"Loss you say? The rebels may have protected the location of their base for now, but, in doing so, they have narrowed my search. Before today, they could have been hiding in any of the thousand systems. But now, now I know they are, almost certainly, on one of the ninety-four planets surveyed by my infiltrators. The rebels have won this battle, but the war will be ours.
―Kallus and Thrawn discussing the outcome of the EXD infiltrator droid sabotage.
I believe Agent Fulcrum will prove far more useful to the Empire than Kallus ever was.
―Thrawn revealing his discovery of the identity of Fulcrum
She could be our key to locating the true rebel fleet.
―Grand Admiral Thrawn on the possible capture of Mon Mothma
I do not require glory, only results for my Emperor.
―Thrawn's response to Kallus after he derided Thrawn for holding his capital ships[src]
You cannot see. But I can."
"What? What do you see?"
"I see your defeat. Like many arms surrounding you in a cold embrace.
―The Bendu and Thrawn[src]
The invasion is coming, Lord Vader. But I have now bought the Empire time to prepare.
―Thrawn, to Darth Vader on the threat of the Grysk to the Empire.[src]
Effective, yes, but you miss the true artistry of this weapon, Governor Saxon. It turns an armor legendary for its strength into a crippling weakness, and it strikes at the very heart of your people's tradition.
―Grand Admiral Thrawn to Governor Tiber Saxon[src]
Your TIE Defender program is at risk. Orson Krennic has been quite persuasive about diverting the funding to his own project: Stardust."
"The Emperor has assured me that he supports my project."
"In my view, Director Krennic's project has been nothing but expenses and excuses for years on end. If construction of the Defender is to continue, you must make your case directly to the Emperor himself. I have already arranged the meeting."
"I'll leave immediately, Moff Tarkin.
―Tarkin and Thrawn discuss the continued support for the TIE Defender program
Whatever happens next happens to both of us."
"That's the idea.
―Thrawn and Ezra Bridger
You are aware, I presume, that I have some skill in anticipating enemies' tactics from a study of their artwork."
"I am."
"That skill can also work in the opposite direction. If I am familiar with a warrior's tactics, I can in some measure identify that warrior's artwork.
―Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader
I am a warrior, Your Majesty. A warrior may retreat. He does not flee. He may lie in ambush. He does not hide. He may experience victory or defeat. He does not cease to serve.
―Thrawn pledging his allegiance to Emperor Palpatine
Thrawn: It was a wise decision for you to surrender.
Ezra: I didn't have much choice.
Thrawn: Nonsense. You could have chosen to let your people die. However, you chose to be a Jedi. Predictable. You follow a long history written by the Jedi, where they choose what they believe to be morally correct, instead of what is strategically sound.
Ezra: And yet, the Jedi have survived.
Thrawn: Mm. The Jedi once numbered in the thousands. What's left are a scattered, frightened lot, mostly beaten and in hiding, or poorly trained children like... yourself. I must admit, the mysteries of the Force are an enigma to me. But for all those abilities... all the power... the Jedi lacked the vision for how to wield it.
Ezra: The Force isn't a weapon! But you'll never understand that.
Thrawn: I don't have to. It was not my intention to utterly destroy Lothal, but that is inevitable now. These are a few of the artifacts I've gathered from your home world. I saved what I could. I have even taken some of Sabine Wren's work. She's quite talented. Or was quite talented.
―Thrawn and Ezra
Ezra: You think you can take whatever you want! Things you didn't make, didn't earn; things you don't even understand! You don't deserve to have this art, or Lothal.
Thrawn: Who deserves what is irrelevant. What matters is who has power. But that is something the Jedi won't teach you, so I'll take you to someone who will.[src]
Thrawn: An unexpected pleasure to meet you, Captain Hera Syndulla.
Hera:Wish I could say the same, Admiral.
Thrawn: It is a pity our first encounter might well be our last. I will keep your Kalikori in a place of honor.
Hera:If I knew you'd take it, I would've smashed it when I had the chance.
Thrawn: You surprise me. Is your history worth so little to you?
Hera:My family legacy belongs to us alone. It is not for some collector's curiosity.
―Hera and Thrawn
My apologies, Captain Slavin. I forgot not everyone is able to appreciate art as I do.
―Thrawn to Slavin after losing his cool
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