A battle of wisdom and wit
So if you’re a lover of the iconic series Game of Thrones, you’ve noticed that it presents more than just bloody war, heartbreaking betrayal and shocking events. Westerose is indeed a land of the witty and wise. Here at Meraki, we love words, especially words that have been masterfully put together like Author George R. R Martin and showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have done. Students of Literature should probably view the series as academic material, no joke.
As the series climaxes in the final season, we’ve put together the most badass quotes from seasons 1 to 7.
Let’s start off with this chilling one from Cersei.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
— Cersei Lannister
“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.” — Tywin Lannister
“You didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks. No, no, that was your mistake. You should have ripped them all out. Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.” — Arya Stark
Lannister soldier: So, why is a nice girl on her own heading to King’s Landing?
Arya Stark: I’m going to kill the queen.
Arya Stark: What would little Lyanna Mormont say? She’s younger than you were when you wrote this. Are you going to say, ‘But I was a child?’
Sansa Stark: You’re angry. Sometimes anger makes people do unfortunate things.
Arya Stark: Sometimes fear makes them do unfortunate things. I’ll go with anger.
“We both wanted to be other people when we were younger. You wanted to be a queen, to sit next to a handsome, young king on the iron throne. I wanted to be a knight, to pick up a sword like Father and go off to battle. Neither of us got to be that other person, did we? The world doesn’t just let girls decide what they’re going to be. But I can now. With the faces, I can choose. I can become someone else. Speak in their voice, live in their skin. I could even become you. I wonder what it would feel like to wear those pretty dresses…to be the Lady of Winterfell. All I’d need to find out…is your face.” –Arya Stark
“Sometimes nothing is the hardest thing to do.” –Tyrion Lannister
“I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago.” — Ned Stark.
“There is a lot that can happen between now and never.” –Petyr Baelish (LittleFinger)
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” — Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger).
“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone. That’s why I read so much.”
— Tyrion Lannister
Sansa Stark: You only see the worst in people.
Arya Stark: Because people are the worst.
“They can live in my world or they can die in their old one.” –Daenerys Targayren
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.” — Ned Stark
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” –Tyrion Lannister
“There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today’ “. — Syrio Forel
“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you.” –Tyrion Lannister
“I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence.” — Tyrion Lannister
“We’ve had vicious kings and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know if we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot boy king.” — Tyrion Lannister
“A minute, an hour, a month. Death is certain. The time is not.” –Jaqen H’ghai
“All men must die, but we are not men.” — Daenerys Targaryen
“Are you a sheep? No, you’re a dragon. Be a dragon.” –Lady Olenna Tyrell
“There’s a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.” — Jorah Mormont
“My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.” – Arya Stark
“I did not kill Joffrey but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it. I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder and I know I’ll get no justice here. So I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.” — Tyrion Lannister
“All rulers are either butchers or meat.” — Daario Naharis
“The powerful have always preyed on the powerless. That’s how they became powerful in the first place.” — Tyrion Lannister
“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.” — Tywin Lannister
“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” — Lord Varys
“The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.”
— Daenerys Targaryen
“It’s easy to confuse ‘what is’ with ‘what ought to be’, especially when ‘what is’ has worked out in your favor.” —Tyrion Lannister
“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”— Ramsay Bolton
“I think mothers and fathers made up the gods because they wanted their children to sleep through the night.” — Davos Seaworth
Here’s our list of the most profound quotes from Game of Thrones. Feel free to add yours in the comments section below. And oh, we think Tyrion Lannister is the wittiest of them all. What he lacks in size, he certainly made up for in brains.