The Lannisters – known in Westeros for their riches, influence, and ruthlessness. But in our world, they’re probably mostly known for their uhm, interesting family dynamics. Not exactly a family of role models.
Their unofficial motto, “A Lannister always pays his debts”, is so widely quoted that their actual house words “Hear Me Roar!” are sometimes overlooked. The individual members of House Lannister are also pretty famous for their words; Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime, and even Tywin himself have all delivered cutting insults and surprisingly wise insights.
Here Are 24 of the Best House Lannister Quotes
Best Tyrion Lannister Quotes:
“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.”
“I have a soft spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.”
“Oh, monster? Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and just now Kings are dying like flies.”
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
“I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.”
“I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence.”
Best Jaime Lannister Quotes:
“There are no men like me. There’s only me.”
“I think it passing odd that I am loved by one for a kindness I never did, and reviled by so many for my finest act.”
“So many vows…they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.”
“A man can bear most anything, if he must.”
“I’ve lost a hand, a father, a son, a sister, and a lover, and soon enough I will lose a brother. And yet they keep telling me House Lannister has won this war.”
“By what right does the wolf judge the lion?”
Best Cersei Lannister Quotes:
“When you play the game of thrones you win or you die, there is no middle ground.”
“I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them.”
“Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”
“Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls.”
“An unhappy wife is a wine merchant’s best friend.”
“You want to rule? This is what ruling is; lying on a bed of weeds, ripping them out by the root, one by one, before they strangle you in your sleep!”
Best Tywin Lannister Quotes:
“Any man who has to say ‘I am the King’ is no true King.”
“Explain to me why it is more noble to kill ten thousand men in battle than a dozen at dinner. The price was cheap by any measure.”
“No man is free. Only children and fools think elsewise”.
“Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.”
“You cannot eat love, nor buy a horse with it, nor warm your halls on a cold night.”
“It’s the family name that lives on. It’s all that lives on. Not your honor, not your personal glory, family.”
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