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Top Ten Tyrion Lannister Quotations

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Tyrion Lannister was already a firm fan favourite when he first appeared in the novels of George R. R. Martin. However, since he has been so memorably portrayed on the small screen by Peter Dinklage, the character has only gained more and more interest. One of the reasons that fans of Game of Thrones love him so much is that he has always got some pithy remark to make that cuts through many of the plot twists and intrigues of the show.

Put simply, you can always rely on Tyrion Lannister to make his opinions widely known, both to the viewing audience and to the other Game of Thrones characters. He has certainly uttered some memorable things. If waiting a week for the next episode to see what the combatant dwarf comes out with next seems too long, then you can always jump into Westeros via our fascinating Game of Thrones slot. On the other hand, if you simply want to reminisce over some of the most dramatic things that have slipped off his tongue thus far, then just read on and enjoy!


“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his Warhammer and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.”

In this quotation, Lannister makes it clear to Jon Snow not only why he chooses to spend so long with his nose in a book but that he considers his chief weapon to be his intellect. He’s subtly letting Snow know that he is a serious player in the game of conquests and a man who is not to be underestimated. It is a typical example of Lannister’s political approach to alliances – part threat and part invitation.


Death is so final. Whereas life, ah, life is full of possibilities.”

In this memorable quip from early on in the first season of Game of Thrones, Lannister tells anyone who is listening that he is in the game for the long haul. If that means the occasional tactical retreat, then so be it.


“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”

This is Lannister speaking in full reflective mode. He’s superbly conveying the futility of rivalry and competition whilst being immersed in it in this self-aware quotation.


I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and broken things.”

Way back in the first season of Game of Thrones, Lannister expressed something akin to empathy but – as ever – it appears to be an underhand remark at the same time. Is the tender spot he refers to one that he approves of or would prefer to obliterate?


I much like my head. I don’t want to see it removed just yet.”

Lannister says something that, on the face of it, makes perfect sense. Now is not the time to risk it all, he is saying. However, the ‘just yet’ implies he is willing to gamble if he thinks the conditions are right.

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It is not easy being drunk all the time. Everybody would do it if it were easy.”

Many fans enjoy Lannister’s prodigious drinking ability but in this remark he lets slip that he may not be quite the high functioning alcoholic he appears to be.


All dwarves are bastards in their father’s eyes.”

Talking to Jon Snow, Lannister suggests the two have more in common than which divides them. However, the character’s comment really does betray something of his relationship with his father and the wider Lannister clan.


A wise man once said the true history of the world is the history of great conversations in elegant rooms.”

In the sixth season of Game of Thrones, Lannister cues up a big battle scene perfectly. Somehow this remark seems to have relevance in the real world outside of the confines of Westeros, much like a satirical line or two from the infamous war room scenes in Stanley Kubrik’s Dr. Strangelove.


I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you’re safe and happy but your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you will know the debt is paid.”

This is Lannister in full cold-blooded mode. When he said these words to Cersei in the second season, few people didn’t feel a tingle down their spine.


Everything’s better with some wine in the belly.”

Returning to one of the dwarf’s favourite pastimes, drinking, in this quotation he makes it clear that a sunny outlook is only possible – for him, at least – with some alcohol thrown into the mix.