With a quick wit, big heart, and a sharp tongue, Tyrion Lannister has become one of everybody’s favorite characters in Game of Thrones. Every big fan knows at least one of his quotes.

Already different from everyone in his powerful family, Tyrion (played by Peter Dinklage) was considered an abomination by his own father. Since no one seemed to really care about him, he started to act recklessly. He already brought shame to his family without even wanting to, so adding a little drinking and philandering to it didn’t seem like such a big deal.

However, in spite of all his bad habits, Tyrion always had a way with words. He’s outsmarted most Game of Thrones characters by using words to reason with unreasonable people to create a better world. His diplomatic skills, strategy (and his family name, of course) helped him become both Hand of the King and Hand of the Queen.

And let’s not forget that even if he was not as strong or brave as other fellow characters, Tyrion made it till the end of the story.

Here are 25 Tyrion Lannister quotes that drop some wisdom:

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.

Death is so final, yet life is full of possibilities.

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.

It’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head.

Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.

I try to know as many people as I can. You never know which one you’ll need.

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

Every time we deal with an enemy, we create two more.

That’s what I do. I drink, and I know things.

In my experience, eloquent men are right every bit as often as imbeciles.

It’s easy to confuse ‘what is’ with ‘what ought to be,’ especially when ‘what is’ has worked out in your favor.

I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence.

These bad people are what I’m good at. Outtalking them. Outthinking them. It’s what I am. And I like it. I like it more than anything I’ve ever done.

They say I’m half a man, well what does that make the lot of you?

I’m quite good at spending money but a lifetime of outrageous wealth hasn’t taught me much about managing it

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What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags? Stories. There’s nothing more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it.

Oh… I’m a monster. Perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then. Monsters are dangerous and just now kings are dying like flies.

Sometimes, duty is the death of love. 

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

Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name take it make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.

Perhaps that is the secret. It is not what we do, so much as why we do it.

Just because I pay you for your services doesn’t diminish our friendship.

I wish I was the monster you think i am.

You’re in the great game now — and the great game is terrifying.

A wise man once said that you should never believe a thing simply because you want to believe it.


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