Quotes / Game of Thrones

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    Season 1 

Old Nan: Oh, my sweet summer child. What do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little lord, when the White Walkers move through the woods. Thousands of years ago there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks. So is this the sort of story that you like?
Brandon Stark: (Nods tentatively, scared but enraptured)
Nan: In that darkness, the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms. Riding on their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders; big as hounds!
Robb Stark: What you telling him now?
Nan: Only what the little lord wanted to hear.

"Ah, what's the line? The King shits, and, the Hand wipes."
Ser Jaime Lannister to Lord Eddard Stark

"One army - a real army. United behind one leader with one purpose. Our purpose died with the Mad King. Now we've got as many armies as there are men with gold in their purse. And everybody wants something different. Your father, wants to own the world. Ned Stark wants to run away and bury his head in the snow. We haven't had a real fight in nine years. Backstabbing doesn't prepare you for a fight and that's all the realm is now - backstabbing and scheming and arse-licking and money-grubbing. Sometimes I don't know what holds it all together."
King Robert Baratheon

"You shall have - a golden crown. That men shall tremble to behold."
Daenerys Targaryen, to her soon-to-be-dead brother, Viserys

Lord Eddard Stark: Inform Tywin Lannister that he has been summoned to court, to answer for the crimes of his bannerman. He will arrive within the fortnight, or be branded an enemy of the crown and a traitor of the realm.
Petyr Baelish: A bold move, and admirable... but is it wise to yank the lion's tail? Tywin Lannister is the richest man in the seven kingdoms. Gold wins wars, not soldiers.
Ned: Then how come Robert is king, and not Tywin Lannister?

"Poor Ned Stark. Brave man, terrible judgement."
Ser Jaime Lannister

"It's the family name that lives on. It's all that lives on. Not your honour, not your personal glory. But family."
Lord Tywin Lannister

Queen Cersei Lannister: My brother is worth a thousand of your friend.
Lord Eddard Stark: your brother... Or your lover?
Cersei: Targaryens wed brothers and sisters for three hundred years to keep bloodlines pure. Jaime and I are more than brother and sister. We shared a womb. We came into this world together, we belong together.
Ned: My son saw you with him...
Cersei: ... Do you love your children?
Ned: With all my heart.
Ned: And they're all Jaime's.
Cersei: Ha! Thank the gods. In the rare event that Robert leaves his whores for long enough to stumble drunk into my bed, I finish him off in other ways. In the morning he doesn't remember.
Ned: You've always hated him.
Cersei: Hated him? I worshipped him. Every girl in the Seven Kingdoms dreamed of him but he was mine by oath. And when I finally saw him on our wedding day in the Sept of Baelor; lean and fierce and black-bearded, it was the happiest moment of my life. And on that night he crawled on top of me stinking of wine and did what he did what little he could do... And whispered in my ear: 'Lyanna...' Your sister was a corpse and I was a living girl and he loved her more than me.
Ned: When the king returns from his hunt I'll tell him the truth. You must be gone by then, you and your children. I will not have their blood on my hands. Go as far away as you can, with as many men as you can. Because wherever you go; Robert's wrath will follow you.
Cersei: And what of my wrath, Lord Stark? You should have taken the Realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King's Landing fell. He was sitting in the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you needed to do was climb the steps yourself. Such a sad mistake...
Ned: I have made many mistakes in my life... But that wasn't one of them.
Cersei: Oh but it was. When you play the game of thrones, you win - or you die. There is no middle ground.

Brandon Stark: They'll be back soon. Robb will free Father, and come back with Mother.
Rickon Stark: ... No they won't.

"Tell Lord Tywin that winter is coming for him. Twenty thousand Northerners marching south to find out if he really does shit gold."
Robb Stark

Syrio Forel: What do we say - to the god of death?
Ayra Stark: Not today.

"Anha vazhok khadoes yeroon virsalat. Anha ochomok yeraan kijinosi... Inte vadakhie tihoa ma khewo afilki vi gadimaan. Eyel varthasoe she ilekaan, rikhoya arrekaan vekha vosi yeroon vosma tolorro!" {"I will not have your body burned. I will not give you that honour... The beetles will feed on your eyes. The worms will crawl through your lungs, the rain will fall on your rotting skin until nothing is left of you but bones!"}
Khal Drogo, about to kill one of his own men for insulting his wife.

Varys: Sansa pleaded so sweetly for your life, it would be a shame to throw it away. Cersei is no fool. She knows that a tame wolf is more use to her than a dead one.
Lord Eddard Stark: You want me to serve the woman who murdered my king, who butchered my men, who crippled my son?!
Varys: I want you to serve the realm! Tell the queen you will confess your vile treason, tell your son to lay down his sword and proclaim Joffrey as the true heir. Cersei knows you as a man of honour. If you give her the peace she needs and promise to carry her secret to your grave, I believe she will allow you to take the Black and live out your days on the Wall, with your brother and your bastard son.
Ned: (Dark chuckle) You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honour for a few more years of... Of what? You grew up with actors. You learned their craft and you learned it well. But I grew up with soldiers... I learned how to die a long time ago...
Varys: ... Pity. Such a pity... What of your daughter's life, my Lord? Is that a precious thing to you?

Maester Aemon: Tell me. Did you ever wonder, why the men of the Night's Watch, take no wives and father no children?
Jon Snow: ... No.
Aemon: So they will not love. Love, is the death of duty. If the day should ever come when your Lord Father was forced to choose, between honour on the one hand, and those he loves on the other; what would he do?
Jon: He— He would do whatever was right. No matter what.
Aemon: Then Lord Stark is one man in ten thousand. Most of us are not so strong. What is honour, compared, to a woman's love? What is duty, against the feel of a newborn son in your arms? Or a brother's smile?
Jon: Sam told you.
Aemon: We're all human. Oh, we all do our duty when there's no cost to it. Honour comes easy then. Yet... Sooner or later, in every man's life, there comes a day when it is not easy. A day when he must choose.

"I am Eddard Stark. Lord of Winterfell and Hand of the King... I come before you to confess my treason... In the sight of gods and men. I betrayed the faith of my King and the trust of my friend Robert. I swore to protect and defend his children. But before his blood was cold, I plotted to murder his son... And seize the throne for myself. Let the High Septon and Baelor the Blessed bear witness to what I say... Joffrey - Baratheon - is the one true heir to the Iron Throne, by the grace of all the gods, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and - protector of the realm."
The Old Wolf, putting his pups before his honour.

(Knocks wine-glass to the floor) "There's your peace. Joffrey saw to that when he decided to remove Ned Stark's head. You'll have an easier time of drinking from that cup than you will bringing Robb Stark to the table now. He's winning, in case you hadn't noticed."
Tyrion Lannister

"My Lords. My Lords! Here is what I say to these two Kings. *Spits* Renly Baratheon is nothing to me! Nor' Stannis 'neither! Why should they rule over me and mine from some - flowery seat in the South?! What do they know of the Wall? Or the Wolfswood? ... Even their gods are wrong! ... Why shouldn't we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we bowed to! And now the dragons - are dead! There! Sits the only King - I mean to bend my knee to. THE KING IN THE NORTH!"
Lord Jon 'The Greatjon' Umber

"When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and the mountains blow in the wind - like leaves."
Mirri Maz Duur

"You will be my Khalasar. I see the faces of slaves. I free you. Take off your collars, go if you wish, no-one will stop you. But if you stay... It will be as brothers and sisters. As husbands and wives. Ser Jorah, bind this woman to the pyre. You swore to obey me. I am - Daenerys Stormborn. Of House Targaryen. Of the Blood of Old Valyria, I am, the Dragon's Daughter and I swear to you, that those who would harm you will die screaming."
Daenerys Targaryen

    Season 2 

"I've always served thieves according to their deserts, as you well know, Ser Davos. Joffrey, Renly, Robb Stark, they're all thieves. They'll bend the knee or I'll destroy them."
Lord Stannis Baratheon

"This link is made of Valyrian steel. Only one Maester in a hundred wears it on his chain. It signifies that I have studied the higher mysteries. And all who study these mysteries try their hand at spells. I was no different. I was young - and what boy doesn't secretly wish for hidden powers, to lift him out of his dull life into a special one? But in the end, for all my efforts, I got no-more out of it than a thousand boys before me. Maybe magic once was a mighty force in the world. But not any more. The dragons are gone. The giants are dead. And the Children of the Forest forgotten..."
Maester Luwin

"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."
Varys, The Master of Whisperers

Lord Tywin Lannister: And what do they say of Robb Stark in the North?
Arya Stark: ... They call him the Young Wolf.
Tywin: And?
Arya: They say he rides into battle on the back of a giant direwolf. They say he can turn into a wolf himself when he wants. They say he can't be killed.
Tywin: (amused) And do you believe them?
Arya: No, my Lord. Anyone can be killed.
(Tywin is not one to take such an oblique challenge lying down and fixes his cup-bearer with a glacial look that has caused other lords to flee his presence. Arya remains resolute and this impresses the old lion even further)
Tywin: ... Fetch that water.

Ser Jorah Mormont: My place is by your side. I shouldn't have left you alone with these people.
Daenerys Targaryen: 'These people?'
Jorah: They are not to be trusted.
Daenerys: And who is to be trusted? Who are my people? The Targaryens? I only knew one, my brother, and he would have let a thousand men rape me if it had gotten him the crown. The Dothraki? Most of them turned on me the day Khal Drogo fell from his horse.
Jorah: Your people are in Westeros.
Daenerys: The people in Westeros don't know I'm alive.
Jorah: They will soon enough.
Daenerys: And then what? They'll pray for my return? They'll wave dragon banners and shout my name? That's what my brother believed and he was a fool.
Jorah: You are not your brother. Trust me, Khaleesi.
Daenerys: There it is. 'Trust me.' And it's you I should trust, Ser Jorah? Only you? I don't need trust any longer. I don't want it and I don't have room for it.
Jorah: You are too young to be so -
Daenerys: - And you are too familiar.

"Get back! I want his head! Any man who stands between a father and his vengeance, asks for death!"
Lord Rickard Karstark

"An upstart and a charlatan? Empires have been built by less. Those on the margins often come to control the centre. And those in the centre make room for them; willingly or otherwise..."
Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Yara Greyjoy: Theon, you're my blood. We both loved our mother, we've both - endured our father. Come home with me, don't die here alone.
Theon Greyjoy: I don't intend to die!
Yara: ... You were a terrible baby, do you know that? Bawling all the time, never sleeping. And one night you just wouldn't shut up; screaming like a dying pig. I walked over to your crib, I looked down at you. I wanted to strangle you... And you looked up at me and you stopped crying. You smiled at me... Don't die so far from the sea.

"I will hurt you for this. A day will come, when you think you are safe and happy. And your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you shall know the debt is paid."
Tyrion Lannister, to Queen Cersei Lannister

Ser Jorah Mormont: Careful, Khaleesi. Xaro owns this city and the warlocks have a thousand eyes watching for you. I've found one, a ship with a good captain. She leaves for Astapor tomorrow.
Daenerys Targaryen: Astapor?
Jorah: We cannot stay here.
Daenerys: They have my dragons, a mother does not flee without her children.
Jorah: They're not your children... I know they call you the Mother of Dragons and I know you love them but you didn't grow them in your womb, they didn't suckle at your breast, they are dragons, Khaleesi. And if we stay in Qarth we'll die.
Daenerys: You should sail to Astapor, I'm sure you'll be safe there!
Jorah: ... You know - I would die for you. I will never abandon you. I'm sworn to protect you, to serve.
Daenerys: Then serve me. If my dragons are in the House of the Undying then take me there.
Jorah: That's what the Warlock wants. He told you so himself! If you enter that place you will never leave again. His magic is strong -
Daenerys: And what of my magic? You saw me step into the fire, you watched the witch burn. What did the flames do to me, do you remember?
Jorah: ... Until my last breath I will remember. After I have forgotten my mother's face.
Daenerys: They are my children... And they are the only children, I will ever have... Take me to them...

Lady Catelyn Stark: You are no knight. You have forsaken every vow you ever took.
Ser Jaime Lannister: So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the King. Obey the King. Obey your father. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. But what if your father despises the King? What if the King massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what you do, you're forsaking one vow or another.

"Fuck the Kingsguard. Fuck the city. Fuck the king."
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, giving his resignation to King Joffrey

"... I'll lead the attack ... I'll lead the attack! Pod, my helmet. Ser Mandon, you will bear the king's banner. Men, form up. Men... Men! They say I'm half a man. But what does that make the lot of you? There's another way out, I'm going to show you. We'll come out behind them and fuck them in their arses. Don't fight for your King and don't fight for his Kingdoms. Don't fight for honour. Don't fight for glory. Don't fight for riches, because you won't get any! This is your city Stannis means to sack. That's your gate he's ramming! If he gets in, it will be your houses he burns, your gold he steals, your women he will rape. Those are brave men knocking at our door... Let's go kill them!"
Tyrion Lannister

Cersei Lannister: Shh... Calm, my sweet.
Tommen Lannister: They're still fighting...
Cersei: No-one's going to hurt you. I'll tell you a story. You know the one about the mother lion and her cub, they lived in the woods?
Tommen: The King's Wood?
Cersei: Yes, my love. In the King's Wood, there lived a mother and her cub. She loved him very much. But there were other things that lived in the woods, evil things.
Tommen: Like what?
Cersei: ... Like stags.
Tommen: Stags aren't evil, they only eat grass.
Cersei: ... Wolves. He could hear them howling in the night. The little cub was frightened. His mother said: you are a lion, my son, you mustn't be afraid. For one day all the beasts will bow to you. You will be King. All the stags will bow, all the wolves will bow. The bears in the North and the foxes of the South. All the birds in the sky and the beasts in the sea. They will all come to you, little lion. To rest a crown upon your head. The cub said: will I be strong and fierce like my father? Yes, said his mother. You will be strong and fierce just like your father. I will keep you safe, my love. I promise you.

"You hear that? That's the mating call of the Northmen. They want to fuck us! Well I haven't had a good fuck in weeks. I'm ready for one! They say every ironborn man is worth a dozen from the mainland. Do you think they're right? We die today, brothers. We die bleeding from a hundred wounds, with arrows in our necks and spears in our guts - but our war cries will echo through eternity. They will sing about the Battle of Winterfell until the Iron Islands have slipped beneath the waves. Every man, woman and child will know who we were and how long we stood! Aggar and Gelmar! Wex and Urzen! Stig and Black Lorren! Ironborn warriors will cry out our names as they leap onto the shores of Seagard and Faircastle! Mothers will name their sons for us! Girls will think of us with their lovers inside them! And whoever kills that fucking horn-blower will stand in bronze above the shores of Pyke!! WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE!!! AHHHHH!!!!"
Theon Greyjoy, seconds before his own men knock him out and sell him to the enemy

"All my life, men like you have sneered down at me. And all my life, I've been knocking men like you into the dirt."
Brienne of Tarth to Jamie Lannister

    Season 3 

"We need to get back to The Wall. It's a long march, we know what's out there. But we have to make it! We have to warn them! Or before winter's end, everyone you've ever known will be dead!"
Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, making it quite clear to his remaining brothers that the White Walkers and their undead servants will steamroll Westeros

"Some people will always need help. That doesn't mean they're not worth helping."
Meera Reed

"It often comforts me to think that even in war's darkest days, in most places in the world, absolutely nothing is happening."
Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully

Ser Jorah Mormont: If you want to sit on the throne your ancestors built you must win it. That will mean blood on your hands before the thing is done.
Daenerys Targaryen: The blood of my enemies. Not of innocents.
Jorah: How many wars have you fought in, Ser Barristan?
Ser Barristan Selmy: Three.
Jorah: Have you ever seen a war where innocents didn't die by the thousands?
Barristan: ... (Shakes head)
Jorah: I was in King's Landing after the sack, Khaleesi. You know what I saw? Butchery. Babies, children, old men. More women raped than you could count. There's a beast in every man and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand but the Unsullied are not men. They do not rape, they do not put cities to the sword unless they're ordered to do so. If you buy them—
Barristan: (Scoffs)
Jorah: the only men they'll kill are the ones you want dead.
Daenerys: Do you disagree, Ser Barristan?
Barristan: When your brother, Rhaegar, led his army into battle at the Trident. Men died for him because they believed in him and because they loved him. Not because they'd been bought at the slaver's auction. I fought beside the Last Dragon on that day, your Grace. I bled beside him.
Jorah: Rhaegar fought valiantly. Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died.
Daenerys: Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?
Barristan: I did, your Grace. The finest man I ever met.
Daenerys: I wish I had known him. But he was not the Last Dragon.

Lady Catelyn Stark: I prayed for my son Bran, to survive his fall... Many years before that, one of the boys came down with the pox. Maester Luwin said that if he made it through the night; he'd live. But it would be a very long night. So I sat with him all through the darkness. Listened to his ragged little breaths, his coughing, his whimpering.
Lady Talisa Maegyr: Which boy?
Catelyn: ... Jon Snow ... When my husband brought that baby home from the war I couldn't bear to look at him. I didn't want to see those brown stranger's eyes staring up at me. So I prayed to the gods, take him away. Make him die... He got the pox. And I knew I was the worst woman who ever lived. A murderer. I'd condemned this poor, innocent child to a horrible death - all because I was jealous of his mother. A woman he didn't even know. So I prayed to all seven gods, let the boy live. Let him live - and I'll love him. I'll be a mother to him. I'll beg my husband to give him a true name, to call him Stark and be done with it, to make him one of us.
Talisa: And he lived?
Catelyn: And he lived... But I couldn't keep my promise. And everything that's happened since then... All this horror that's come to my family... It's all because I couldn't love a motherless child...

Jaime Lannister: There it is. That's the look. I've seen it for 17 years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oath breaker. Man without honour.

Jaime Lannister: You think the honourable Ned Stark wanted to hear my side? He judged me guilty the moment he set eyes on me. By what right does the wolf judge the lion? By what right?

"Zaldrizes buzdari iksos daor... Nyke Daenerys Jelmāzmo hen Targārio Lentrot, hen Valyrio Uēpo ānogār iksan. Valyrio muño ēngos ñuhys issa. Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riñe dōre ōdrikātās. Urnet luo buzdaro tolvio belma pryjātās!" {"A dragon is not a slave... I am Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyria. Valyrian is my mother tongue. Unsullied! Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see!"}
The Last Dragon, about to sack the slave city of Astapor

Ramsay Snow: So, guess! If you guess right, I'll tell you, by the old gods and the new, I swear it. You win the game if you figure out who I am and why I'm torturing you, and I win the game if you beg me to cut off your finger!
Theon Greyjoy: If I win... You'll let me go?
Ramsay: If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention.
The Bastard of the Dreadfort sums up the show

"I've always been a terrible priest. Drank too much rum... Fucked all the whores in King's Landing... It's a terrible thing to say, but, by the time I came to Westeros, I didn't believe in our Lord. I'd decided that He, that all the gods, were stories we told the children to make them behave. So I wore the robes and - every now and then I'd recite the prayers, it was just for show. A spectacle for the locals... Until the Mountain drove a lance through this one's heart. I knelt beside his cold body and said the old words. Not because I believed in them, but... He was my friend. And he was dead. And they were the only words I knew. And for the first time in my life, the Lord replied. Beric's eyes opened - and I knew the truth. Our god is the one true God. And all men must serve Him."
Thoros of Myr

Varys: I did what I did for the good of the realm.
Lord Petyr Baelish: The realm. Do you know what the realm is? It's the thousand blades of Aegon's enemies. A story we agree to tell each other over and over till we forget that it's a lie.
Varys: But what do we have left once we abandon the lie? Chaos. A gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.
Petyr: Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many 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.

Lord Beric Dondarrion: The Red God is the one true god.
Arya Stark: He's not my one true God.
Beric: Who is?
Arya: Death.

Cersei Lannister: So Lord Reyne built a castle as grand as Casterly Rock. He gave his wife diamonds larger than any my mother ever wore. And finally one day, he rebelled against my father. Do you know where House Reyne is now?
Margaery Tyrell: Gone.
Cersei: ... Gone. A gentle word. Why not say - slaughtered? Every man, woman, and child - put to the sword. I remember seeing their bodies hanging high above the gates of Casterly Rock. My father let them rot up there all summer. It was a long summer. And now the rains weep o'er their halls, and not a soul to hear... If you ever call me sister again, I'll have you strangled in your sleep.

"Heh! The King in the North arises!"
Lord Walder Frey

"Enough! Let it end! Please... He is my son! My first son! Let him go and I swear we will forget this! I swear it by the old gods and new! We will take no vengeance!"
Lady Catelyn Stark nee Tully

"The Lannisters send their regards."
Lord Roose Bolton

King Joffrey Baratheon: Everyone is mine to torment. You'd do well to remember that, you little monster.
Tyrion Lannister: Oh, monster? Perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then. Monsters are dangerous... And just now, kings are dying like flies.

Lord Tywin Lannister: Any man who must say 'I am the King', is no true King. I'll make sure you realise that after I've won your war for you.
King Joffrey Baratheon: My father won the real war! He killed Prince Rhaegar. He - took the crown! While you cowered under Casterly Rock!

Sandor Clegane: Is that the first man you've killed?
Arya Stark: The first man.

"People learn to love their chains."
Daenerys Targaryen

    Season 4 

"Do you know why all the world hates a Lannister? You think your gold and your - lions and your gold lions make you better than everyone... May I tell you a secret? You're not a golden lion. You're just a pink little man who's far too slow on the draw..."
Oberyn Martell

"I lie awake - all night, staring at the canopy, thinking about how they died... Do you know what they did to my brother? How they sewed his direwolf's head onto his body. And my mother, they say they cut her throat to the bone and threw her body in the river."
Sansa Lannister nee Stark

Sandor Clegane: You're a talker. Listening to talkers makes me thirsty. (downs his former ally's tankard in one, smacks his lips) Aah... And hungry. Think I'll take two chickens.
Polliver: (checks to make sure his buddies have his back) You don't seem to understand the situation.
Sandor: I understand that if any more words come pouring out your cunt mouth... I'm going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room.
Polliver: You lived your life for the king. You're gonna die for some chickens?
Sandor: Someone is.

Melisandre of Asshai: What do you know of the gods?
Princess Shireen Baratheon: I read 'The Seven-pointed Star.'
Melisandre: Lies and fables. Septons speak of seven gods, there are but two. A God of light and love and joy. And a God of darkness, evil and fear; eternally at war.
Shireen: Then - there are no Seven Heavens? No Seven Hells?
Melisandre: There is only one hell, princess. The one we live in now.

"May you and my daughter Margaery drink deep, and live long."
Lord Mace Tyrell to King Joffrey Baratheon

"But if that's not enough, then consider this. If the Night's Watch are truly brothers, then Lord Commander Mormont was our father. He lived and died for the Watch and he was betrayed by his own men, stabbed in the back by cowards! All we can give him now - is justice."
Jon Snow

"I will do what queens do. I will rule."
Daenerys Targaryen

Ser Davos Seaworth: Er, m'lord.
Tycho Nestoris: I'm not a Lord, 'Ser' Davos Seaworth. You would not be either, here. In Bravos, thieves are not rewarded with titles.
Davos: Well strictly speakin' I didn't do the thieven'. That would be the pirates. I just moved what they stole from one place to another. (Removes glove) This was the payment that was demanded by King Stannis as payment for my crimes, I consider it an honest accountin'. He's an honest man and he's your best chance to get back the money you've sunk into Westeros. Which is a lot, I imagine. Wars are expensive.
Tycho: The war is over.
Davos: As long as Stannis lives, the war is not over. Who's the real power in King's Landing?
Tycho: Ser Davos...
Davos: No, humor me.
Tycho: ... Tywin Lannister.
Davos: How old is Tywin Lannister?
Tycho: Sixty seven.
Davos: Sixty seven. And when he dies, who's in command? A half-grown boy, the product of incest? Cersei Lannister, a queen whose people despise her? Jaime Lannister, a man best known for killing the king he was sworn to protect? When Tywin's gone, who do you back?
Tycho: That is a problem for another time.
Davos: Begging your pardon, I think it's a problem for now. There's only one reliable leader left in Westeros. Stannis. He's got the birthright. He's in his prime. He's a tried and tested battle commander. And he doesn't just talk about paying people back, he does it.

"They skinned our countrymen, and they mutilated my brother! Your prince. Your! Prince! Everything they've done to him, they've also done to you! As long as they can hurt our prince with impunity, the word 'ironborn' means NOTHING!"
Yara Greyjoy

Tyrion Lannister: Father, I wish to confess. I wish...to confess.
Lord Tywin Lannister: You wish to confess?
Tyrion: ... I saved you. I saved this city - and all your worthless lives! I should have let Stannis kill you all!
Tywin: Tyrion! Do you wish to confess?
Tyrion: Yes, father. I'm guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?
Tywin: You admit you poisoned the king?
Tyrion: No, of that I'm innocent. I'm guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I am guilty - of being a dwarf!
Tywin: You are not on trial for being a dwarf.
Tyrion: Oh, yes I am! I have been on trial for that, my entire life!
Tywin: Have you nothing to say in your defense?!
Tyrion: Nothing but this—I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey! BUT I WISH - THAT I HAD! (to Cersei) Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief THAN A THOUSAND LYING WHORES! (to the court) 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!
Tywin: Ser Meryn! Ser Meryn! Escort the prisoner back to his cell!
Tyrion: 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.

"It's tempting to see your enemies as evil - all of them. But there's good and evil on each side of every war ever fought."
Ser Jorah Mormont

"If you want justice, you've come to the wrong place."
Tyrion Lannister, summing up the series with one sentence

"In a better world, one where love could overcome strength and duty, you might have been my child... But we don't live in that world"
Petyr Baelish, just making sure it's absolutely clear yet

"You betrayed me. From the first."
Queen Daenerys Targaryen, condemning her Loyal Bear

Oberyn Martell, as he cuts the Mountain's Achilles tendons and impales the giant through the stomach.

"Elia Martell. I killed her children. THEN I RAPED HER! THEN I SMASHED HER HEAD, IN LIKE THIS!"
Gregor Clegane, as he gouges out the Red Viper's eyes and compresses his skull until it bursts asunder.

"Night gathers and now my watch begins! It shall not end until my death! I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children! I shall wear no crowns! And win no glory! I shall live and die at my post! I am the sword in the darkness! I am the watcher on the walls! I am the shield that guards the realms of men! I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come!!!"
Grenn and the five, reciting their oaths as they make a stand against the Giant's King, Mag The Mighty.

Cersei Lannister: Joffrey is dead, Myrcella's been sold like livestock and now you want to ship me off to Highgarden and steal my boy. My last boy. Margaery will dig her claws in, you will dig your claws in and you'll fight over him like beasts until you rip him apart! I will burn our House to the ground before I let that happen!
Tywin Lannister: And how will you do that?
Cersei: I'll tell everyone the truth.
Tywin: What 'truth' would that be?
Cersei: You don't know, do you? You never believed it. How is that possible? What am I saying, of course it's possible. How can someone so consumed by the idea of his family, have any conception what his actual family was doing? We were right there in front of you and you didn't see us. One look in the past twenty years. One real look at your own children and you would have known...
Tywin: Known what...?
Cersei: Everything they say is true, about Jamie and me -
Tywin: No. No, no, no, no, no.
Cersei: (in delight) Your legacy is a lie!
Tywin: I don't believe you.
Cersei: ... Yes you do.

"They came to us from White Harbor and Barrowton, from Fairmarket and King's Landing. From north and south, from east and west. They died protecting men, women, and children who will never know their names. It is for us to remember our brothers. We shall never see their like again."
Maester Aemon, honouring the brothers who fell defending Castle Black

"People die at their dinner tables, they die in their beds, they die... squatting over their chamber pots, everybody dies sooner or later."
Petyr Baelish

"I am your son. I have always been - your son."
Tyrion Lannister

    Season 5 

"The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted."
Mance Rayder

"Nothing's more hateful, than failing to protect the one you love."
Brienne of Tarth

"Winter is coming, we know what's coming with it. We can learn to live with the wildlings, or we can add them to the army of the dead."
Jon Snow

"This is the time. And I will risk everything."
Stannis Baratheon

"All men must die. But not all can die in glory."
Hizdahr zo Loraq

"Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy, and let the man be born."
Maester Aemon

"All rulers are either butchers or meat."
Daario Naharis

The High Sparrow

"Their faith was clean. Strip away the gold, and the ornaments, knock down the statues and the pillars, and this is what remains. Something - simple... Solid and true."
The High Sparrow

Daenerys Targaryen: Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that one's on top. And on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground.
Tyrion Lannister: It's a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You're not the first person who's ever dreamt it.
Daenerys: I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel.

I'm not asking you to forget your dead. I'll never forget mine. I lost fifty brothers the night that Mance attacked the Wall. But I'm asking you to think about your children now. They'll never have children of their own if we don't band together. The Long Night is coming and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them. The free folk can't stop them. The Night's Watch can't stop them. And all the southern kings can't stop them! Only together, all of us. And even then it may not be enough, but at least we'll give the fuckers a fight!
Lord Commander Jon Snow, speaking to the wildlings at Hardhome

"Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand. If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. He must fulfill his destiny — and become, who he is meant to be. ... However much he may hate it."
King Stannis Baratheon

"It's easy to confuse what is, with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favour."
Tyrion Lannister

Queen Daenerys Targaryen

"I can't see! What's happening?! WHAT'S HAPPENING?!!"
Arya Stark, paying for stealing a face.

"For the Watch."
The mutineers, as they assassinate Lord Commander Jon Snow

    Season 6 

Brienne of Tarth: Lady Sansa, I offer my services once again. I will shield your back and keep your counsel and give my life for yours if need be. I swear it by the old gods and the new.
Lady Sansa Stark: And I vow that you shall always have a place by my hearth and...
Podrick Payne: Meat and mead at my table.
Sansa: Meat and mead at my table. And I pledge to ask no service of you that might bring you dishonour. I swear it by the old gods and the new. ... Arise.

"Yer vost ak. Yornmaraka ye sonji ri. Khaleesi vosi." {"You are nobody. The millionth of your name. Queen of nothing."}
Khal Moro, to Daenerys Targaryen

Ser Jaime Lannister (bares his dirk from its sheath)
The High Sparrow: You would spill blood in this holy place?
Jaime: Oh the gods won't mind. They spill more blood than the rest of us combined.
The High Sparrow: ... Go on then. I deserve it. We all do. We are weak, vain creatures. We live, only by the Mother's mercy.
(a flock of armed poor fellows slowly surround the pair)
Jaime: (not quite so cocksure) They should be closer if you mean for them to save you.
The High Sparrow: I don't. They'd never reach me before you struck.
Jaime: (composure crumbling) I've fought against worse odds.
The High Sparrow: No doubt many of us would fall. But who are we? Hm? We have no names, no family. Everyone of us is poor - and powerless. And yet together, we can overthrow an Empire. (turns his back on Jaime and walks away like a boss)

"When I was a child, an uncle asked: what gift I wanted for my name day? I begged him for one of you. It wouldn't even have to be a big dragon, I told him. It could be little, like me. (places his torch down) Everyone laughed, like it was the funniest thing they'd ever heard. Then my father told me: the last dragon had died a century ago. I cried myself to sleep that night... (places a hand on the green dragon's neck, in awe of the beast) But here you are."
The Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister, to the dragons Rhaegal and Viserion

King Balon Greyjoy: What kind of an ironborn loses his senses in a storm?!
Euron 'The Crow's Eye' Greyjoy: I am the storm, brother. The first storm and the last... And you're in my way.

'The Sword of the Morning' Ser Arthur Dayne: And now it begins.
Lord Eddard Stark: ... No. Now it ends.

"The past is already written — the ink is dry!"
Lord Brynden 'Bloodraven' Rivers, AKA: The Three-eyed Raven and the Last Greenseer

"I fought. I lost. Now I rest. But you, Lord Snow... You'll be fighting their battles forever."
First Ranger, Ser Alliser Thorne's Famous Last Words

Eddison Tollett: We should burn the bodies.
Jon Snow: You should. (hands his cloak to Edd)
Edd: What do you want me to do with this?
Jon: Wear it. Burn it. Whatever you want. You have Castle Black. My watch is ended.

"To the traitor and bastard Jon Snow: you allowed thousands of wildlings to pass the Wall. You have betrayed your own kind. You have betrayed the North. Winterfell is mine, bastard. Come and see. Your brother Rickon is in my dungeon. His direwolf's skin is on my floor. Come and see. I want my bride back. Send her to me, bastard, and I will not trouble you or your wildling lovers. Keep her from me, and I will ride north and slaughter every wildling man, woman and babe living under your protection. You will watch as I skin them living. You will watch as my soldiers take turns raping your sister. You will watch as my dogs devour your wild little brother. Then I will spoon your eyes from their sockets and let my dogs do the rest. Come and see."
The contents of 'The Pink Letter', written by Ramsay Bolton, Lord of Winterfell and the Dreadfort and Warden of the North

"Yeri vos osili vosecchi. Yeri vadrivoe." {You're not going to serve. You're going to die.}
Queen Daenerys Targaryen, about to decapitate the Dothraki leadership in one fell swoop

"HOLD THE DOOR! HOLDTHEDOOR! Holdthedoor! Hodthedoor! Hodtadoor! Hodaoor! Hodoor! Hodor... Hodor... Hodor..."
Wylis the Stable-boy, as Bran is fated to fracture his psyche through greensight and turn him into a boy trapped in the body of a giant, all while he holds the might of Winter's army at bay through the cost of his own innocent life

"Ei khal fin thir nakhaan okke sen dothrakhqoy aloji qisi mae m’avijazeri athdinar mae. Vosma anha vos khal. Anha vo vokkak sen dothrakhqoy. Anha okkak ei yeri! Anha aqafak san ale yeroa ei Khaloon ray qaf khalasaroon mae! Hash yeri adothrae hrazef ido yomme Havazzhifi Kazga? Hash yeri vaddrivi dozge anni ma khogaroon shiqethi mori majin vohhari okrenegwin mori? Hash yeri vazhi anhaan Rhaeshis Andahli, jin azho me-Khal Drogo ast asqoy mehas hatif Maisi Krazaaji kash shieraki vitihir asavvasoon? Hash yeri m’anhoon? MA JINNE! M’AYYEYAAN?!" {"Every khal who ever lived chose three bloodriders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a khal. I will not choose three bloodriders. I choose you all! I will ask more of you than any khal has ever asked of his khalasar! Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me before the Mother of Mountains as the stars looked down in witness? Are you with me? NOW! AND ALWAYS?!"}
Queen Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, to her khalasar of one hundred thousand newly dubbed bloodriders

"I was a soldier once. All my superiors thought I was brave. I wasn't. I mean, I never ran from a fight, but only because I was afraid all my friends would see I was afraid! That's all I was: a coward, who followed orders. No matter the orders. Burn that village? Fine, I'm your arsonist. Steal that farmer's crops? Good, I'm your thief. Kill those young lads so they won't take up arms against us... I'm your murderer. I remember once, a woman, screaming at us, calling us animals as we dragged her son from their hut. We weren't animals. Animals are true to their nature, and we had betrayed ours. I cut that young boy's throat myself, as his mother screamed, and my friends held her back. That night, I felt shame. Shame was so heavy on me I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. All I could do was stare in that dark sky and listen to that mother screaming her sons's name. I've heard her screaming the rest of my life. Now, I know I can never bring that lad back, all I can do with the time I got left, is bring a little goodness into the world. It's all any of us can do, isn't? Never too late to stop robbing people, to stop killing people, to start helping people. Never too late to come back. And it's not about waiting for the gods to answer your prayers, it's not even about the gods. It's about you, learning you have to answer your prayers yourself."
The sermon of Septon Ray, proving even the darkest soul in Westeros can find light

"The real war isn't between a few squabbling houses. It's between the living and the dead. And make no mistake, my lady, the dead are coming."
Ser Davos Seaworth to Lady Lyanna Mormont

"I wonder if you're the worst person I've ever met. At a certain age, it's hard to recall, but the truly vile do stand out through the years. Do you remember the way you smirked at me when my grandson and granddaughter were dragged off to their cells? I do. I'll never forget it... I'm leaving this wretched city as fast as I can before that shoeless zealot throws me into one of his cells. If you're half as bright as you think you are, you'll find a way out of here, too. ... You have no support, not anymore. Your brother's gone. The High Sparrow saw to that. the rest of your family have abandoned you. The people despise you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy I can find in all this misery."
Lady Olenna Tyrell, giving a much needed "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Cersei Lannister

Jaqen H'ghar: Finally, a girl is No One.
Arya Stark: ... A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell. And I'm going home.

Razdal mo Eraz: (to Daenerys) Once before I offered you peace. If you had not been so arrogant, you could have returned to your homeland with a fleet of ships. Instead, you will flee Slaver's Bay on foot. Like the beggar queen you are.
Tyrion Lannister: We are here to discuss terms of surrender. Not to trade insults.
Yezzan zo Qaggaz: The terms are simple. You and your foreign friends will abandon the Great Pyramid and the City of Meereen. the Unsullied you stole from Kraznys mo Nakloz will remain to be sold to the highest bidder. the translator you stole from Kraznys mo Nakloz will remain to be sold again to the highest bidder. The dragons beneath the Great Pyramid will be slaughtered.
Queen Daenerys Targaryen: We obviously didn't communicate clearly. We're here to discuss your surrender not mine.

Jon 'The Smalljon' Umber: Who owns the North?!
Northmen: WE DO!
Northmen: WE DO!
Smalljon: SHOW MAAAY!!!

"Your words will disappear, your house will disappear, your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear."
Sansa Stark to Ramsay Bolton, seconds before his dogs begin to eat him alive

"This pains me, my lord. Whatever your faults, you do not deserve to die alone in such a cold, dark place. But sometimes, before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest."
Qyburn, the Master of Whisperers, to the imminently doomed Grand Maester Pycelle

"I do things because they feel good. I drink because it feels good. I killed my husband because it felt good to get rid of him. I fuck my brother because it feels good to feel him inside me. I lie about fucking my brother, because it feels good to keep our son safe from hateful hypocrites. I killed your High Sparrow, and all his little sparrows, all his septons, all his septas, all his filthy soldiers... Because it felt good to watch them burn. It felt good to imagine their shock and their pain. No thought has ever given me greater joy."
Cersei Lannister to the captive Septa Unella

"If Robert finds out, he'll kill him. You know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned. Promise me..."
Lyanna Stark, on her baby boy conceived between her and the Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen

"Your son was butchered at the Red Wedding, Lord Manderly. But you refused the call. ... You swore allegiance to House Stark, Lord Glover. But in their hour of greatest need, you refused the call. ... And you, Lord Cerwyn. Your father was skinned alive by Ramsay Bolton. Still, you refused the call! But House Mormont remembers. The Northremembers! We know no king but the King in the North who's name is Stark. ... I don't care if he's a bastard. Ned Stark's blood runs through his veins. He's my king. From this day! Until his last day!"
Lady Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island shames the cowed Northern Lords into taking a stand in the Second War for the Dawn

    Season 7 

King Euron Greyjoy: If you hadn't crushed us, I wouldn't have gone into exile. And if I hadn't done that. I wouldn't be the greatest Captain of the Fourteen Seas.
Queen Cersei Lannister: If not the most humble.
Euron: ... You're not humble. You're the queen of a great nation. You don't care about the Iron Islands. They're nothing but... rocks and bird shit and — and a lot of very unattractive people...! The Iron Fleet, on the other hand... That's something else entirely. it's the greatest armada Westeros has ever seen! With the Iron Fleet, you own the seas... You can defeat the invaders in the East... and the pretenders to the North and South.
Cersei: What do you want in return?
Euron: (wistfully) Ever since I was a little boy... I wanted to grow up and marry the most beautiful woman in the world. So here I am. With a thousand ships... and two good hands!

"We're not like the people south of the Twins. And we're not like the people north of the Twins. In the Citadel we lead different lives, for different reasons. We are this world's memories Samwell Tarly. Without us men would be little better than dogs. Don't remember any meal but the last, can't see forward to any but the next. And every time you leave the house and shut the door they howl like you're gone forever! When Robert's Rebellion was raging, people thought the end was near. 'The end of the Targaryen dynasty, how will we survive?' When Aegon Targaryen turned his eye westward, flew his dragons to Blackwater Rush; 'the end is near, how will we survive?' And thousands of years before that, during the Long Night, we can forgive them for thinking it truly was the end. But it wasn't. None of it was. The Wall has stood through it all, and every winter that ever came has ended."
Archmaester Ebrose

"Before I came to power; you favoured my brother. All your spies... your little birds... Did they tell you that Viserys was cruel, stupid and weak? Would those qualities have made for a good king in your learned opinion?"
Queen Daenerys Targaryen, tearing a well-deserved strip off Varys

"Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend. Every possible series of events is happening all at once. Live that way and nothing will surprise you. Everything that happens will be something you have seen before."
Lord Petyr Baelish, wishing for his chess-master credentials back

"I hate to die like your son. Clawing at my neck. Foam and bile spilling from my mouth. Eyes blood red. Skin purple. Must have been horrible for you, as a kingsguard, as a father. It was horrible enough for me. A shocking scene. Not at all what I intended. You see, I had never seen the poison work before. Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me."
Lady Olenna Tyrell, confessing it all to Jaime

"Flee, you idiot... You idiot. You fucking idiot...!"
Tyrion Lannister, upon witnessing his brother's charge against Dany, with Drogon inches from her

King Jon Snow: The Lord of Light never spoke to me. I don't know anything about Him, I don't know what He wants from me.
Lord Beric Dondarrion: He wants you alive.
Jon: Why?
Beric: I don't know.
Jon: That's all anyone can tell me: "I don't know". So what's the point in serving a God if no-one knows what He wants?
Beric: I think about that all the time... I don't think it's our purpose to understand. ... Except one thing. We're soldiers. We have to know what we're fighting for. I'm not fighting for some man or woman I barely know who sits on a throne made of swords.
Jon: So what are you fighting for?
Beric: Life. Death, is the enemy. The first enemy and the last.
Jon: But we all die.
Beric: The enemy always wins. And we still need to fight him. That's all I know. You and I won't find much joy while we're here. But we can keep others alive. We can defend those who can't defend themselves.
Jon: ... "I am the Shield that guards the Realms of Men..."
Beric: Maybe we don't need to understand anymore than that. Maybe that's enough.
Jon: Aye... maybe that's enough.

"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."
Lady Sansa Stark

    Quotes about the series 
"Fuck you. Everyone you like DIES."
Cracked, If TV Show Titles Were Honest

"In the game of thrones. I win. You die...!"
Lord Eddard Stark, stopping his own execution on the steps of Baelor. CollegeHumor - Game of Thrones Wish-Fulfillment

And if you keep writing so slow
You’ll hold up the HBO show!
George R. R. Martin, please write, and write faster
‘cause we won’t stop whining until we’re appeased
Crap out the chapters–and George, while you’re at it
Stop killing our favorite characters, please
And write, George, write…like the wind!
Paul and Storm, Write Like the Wind song

I waited six fucking years for a Dance with Dragons
and now you jump on the fucking bandwagon?! Aargh!
The Axis of Awesome, Rage of Thrones

"It's the abusive show you keep watching, no matter how many times it hurts you; full of disturbing imagery like incest, beheadings, attempted child murder, more incest...and that's just the first episode!"
Honest Trailers

"Remember Ned Stark, he was a lot of fun
But he didn't make past season one
Robert Baratheon was part of that crew
But he never made it to season two
The King of the North, was cool you said
Another favourite that ended up dead
You thought that Joffrey had to survive
He ain't in the credits for season five!"

Rick: Try to sum it up.
Scott: Take the fifty most murderous, duplicitous, treacherous and violent people in the world.
Rick: Got it.
Scott: Now, put them in a room with one seat, and make them play musical chairs to the death.