Game of Thrones: 12 quotes that will stay with fans until Winter returns


When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die

The words of Cersei Lannister to Lord Eddard Stark in season one of Game of Thrones.

These cutthroat words would echo throughout eight seasons, as we watch characters we love and hate come and go, whether by the swing of a sword, fire of a dragon or poisoned by a character who plays a better game.

Game of Thrones has provided us with many memorable quotes from its iconic characters over 73 episodes.

Below are just some of the most enduring words.

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 going to swear an oath I can't uphold. When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything.

Jon Snow

It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone.

Daenerys Targaryen

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

Sansa Stark

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

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!”

Cersei Lannister

If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.

Ramsay Bolton

The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.

Ned Stark

Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again.

Petyr Baelish

Any man who must say ‘I am the King’ is no true King.

Tywin Lannister

There’s a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.

Jorah Mormont

I know that a king protects his people, or he is no king at all.

Davos Seaworth

More on this topic

Lena Headey says she is ‘good’ following Game Of Thrones ending

Charles Dance cites Game of Thrones success to creators' Trinity College education

If a show is greater than 20 hours the show-runners should be compelled by law to end it properly

The Long Night has passed but the cultural impact of Game of Thrones is hard to ignore

More in this Section

Nasa makes Star Trek joke after finding ‘dune footprint’ on Mars

Petition calling on BBC to reverse licence fee move reaches 500,000 signatures

Fathers work alongside sons and daughters on special flight

Ex-Marine donates amputated toe to hotel cocktail collection after winter race


John McCarthy gives standout performance but Evening Train takes safe route

The Currabinny cooks celebrate the courgette

Cork city in the rare oul’ times

What next for Madonna?

More From The Irish Examiner