The 45 best “Game of Thrones” quotes (from all 8 seasons)
The show has left us. With a heavy heart and 10 years’ worth of wisdom.
"Game of Thrones"
Dan Weiss and David Benioff
Now that it’s over, HBO’s epic series “Game of Thrones” cascades into the rear-end of our memories. Though it’s no question that it will rest indelible for a long time in our minds, we took it upon ourselves to collect some of the best quotes the show left us with.
These lines are said over the ten years that the show has existed and they culminate to last week’s grim yet hopeful finale. For the sake of those who have yet to see the episode, I’ll speak in very vague terms of what went down. Westeros has broken the wheel, but that’s no thanks to humanity.
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Without any more dilly-dallying, here are 45 of the best “Game of Thrones” quotes pulled from all of its eight seasons.
“Love is the death of duty.” – Master Aemon, Jon Snow
“Any man who must say, ‘I am the king,’ is no true king. I’ll make sure you understand that when I’ve won your war for you.” – Tywin Lannister
“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister
“Remember what you are and what you are not.” – Ramsay Snow
“I will not become a page in someone else’s history book.” – Stannis Baratheon
“Angry snakes lash out. It makes chopping off their heads that much easier.” – Daenerys Targaryen
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” – Arya Stark
“So many men, they risk so little. They spend their lives avoiding danger. And then they die.” – Petyr Baelish
“I failed. Good. Now go fail again.” – Davos Seaworth
“A ruler who kills those devoted to her is not a ruler who inspires devotion.” – Tyrion Lannister
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” – Ned Stark, Sansa Stark
“There is only one thing we say to death: Not today.” – Syrio Forel
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” – Petyr Baelish
“I was nothing at all. And when you’re nothing at all, there’s no reason to be afraid.” – Samwell Tarly
“It’s a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” – Oberyn Martell
“No one can survive in this world without help. No one.” – Jorah Mormont
“The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.” – Cersei Lannister
“People die at their dinner tables, die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies, sooner or later. Don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life, for as long as it lasts.” – Petyr Baelish
“No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you’ll face circumstances beyond your control.” – Cersei Lannister
“It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you’ll drown.” – Three-Eyed Raven
“The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted.” – Mance Rayder
“It doesn’t matter what we want. Once we get it, then we want something else.” – Petyr Baelish
“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone. That’s why I read so much.” – Tyrion Lannister
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” – Cersei Lannister
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.” – Ned Stark
“A lion does not concern himself with the opinion of sheep.” – Tywin Lannister
“The big fish eat the little fish and I keep on paddling.” – Lord Varys
“I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow, now.” – Tywin Lannister
“The past is gone for good. You can sit here mourning its departure, or prepare for the future.” – Petyr Baelish
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” – Petyr Baelish
“I’m not going to stop the wheel, I’m going to break the wheel.” – Daenerys Targaryen
“I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover, and I might be a girl, but I am every bit as much a Northerner as you… and I don’t need your permission to defend the North.” – Lyanna Mormont
“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
“It’s easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor.” – Tywin Lannister
“Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.” – Arya Stark
“There’s a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.” – Jorah Mormont
“By what right does the wolf judge the lion?” – Jamie Lannister
“Nothing isn’t better or worse than anything. Nothing is just nothing.” – Arya Stark
“I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.” – Tyrion Lannister
“The things I do for love.” – Jamie Lannister
“I have always found revenge to be the purest of motivations.” – Petyr Baelish
“There’s no cure for being a cunt.” – Bronn
“All my life men like you have sneered at me. And all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust.” – Brienne of Tarth
“For the night is dark and full of terrors.” – Melissandre
“Dracarys” – Missandei
Beyond its sheer spectacle, “Game of Thrones” left us with words. It’s what we’ll take away from all the scheming and warring.
If you think we missed important quotes, please let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to add them.