"Well my brother has his sword and I have my mind. And a mind needs books like a sword needs a [sharpening stone]." – Tyrion Lannister, S1E2
"The king takes what he wants, that's why he's king." – Eddard (Ned) Stark
- Robert Baratheon became king because he took what he wanted (the throne). He overthrew the old king.
- The successful clearly define what they want and do anything to get it.
"When Aerys Targaryen sat on the throne, your father was a rebel and a traitor. Some day, you'll sit on the throne and the truth will be what you make it." – Queen Cersei
- History is written by the winners.
"This isn't Westeros, where men honor blood. Here they only honor strength. There will be fighting after Drogo dies. Whoever wins that fight will be the new khal. He won't want any rivals. Your boy will be plucked from your breast and given to the dogs." – Jorah Mormont
Baelish: "Is there someone in your circle whom you trust completely?" Ned Stark: "Yes" Baelish: "The wise answer was 'no', my lord."
"If a man goes through life with his battle visor down, he can often be blind to the enemies at his side." – Grand Maester Pycelle
Eddard Stark: "What you suggest is treason." Baelish: "Only if we lose."
Varys: "When you imagine yourself [as king], how do you look? Does the crown fit? Do all the lords and ladies simper and bow, the ones who sneered at you for years?" Baelish: "It's hard for them to simper and bow without heads." Varys: "A man with great ambition and no morals... I wouldn't bet against you."
"A good king knows when to save his strength, and when to destroy his enemies. Everyone who isn't us is an enemy." – Queen Cersei
"We only make peace with our enemies, my lord. That's why it's called making peace." – Lord Baelish
"If the day ever comes where you're tempted to sell me out, whatever their price, I'll beat it. I like living." – Tyrion Lannister
[On killing Daenerys and her unborn baby:] "It is a terrible thing we must consider – a vile thing. But we who presume to rule must sometimes do vile things for the good of the realm." – Lord Varys
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." – Queen Cersei
"What she doesn't know won't hurt her." "Stupid line. What we don't know is usually what gets us killed." – Lord Baelish
"You think life is some blessed thing to me? Like I would give up my honor 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." – Ned Stark
Varys: "I admire you, Lord Baelish: a grasper from a minor House, with a major talent for befriending powerful men, and women." Baelish: "A useful talent, I'm sure you'd agree."
"I'd rather be dead." – Brandon Stark (when they say he'll never walk again).
- People always say they want to die when they become blind or paralyzed.
"A king should have scars." – Queen Cersei