"Do you think the path from poverty to wealth is always pure and honorable? I have done many things that a righteous man would condemn. Yet here I am, with no regrets." – Xaro, Game of Thrones S2E6
"Power resides where men believe it resides." – Lord Varys, Game of Thrones S2E3
"A man without friends is a man without power." – Renly Baratheon, Game of Thrones S2E4
"No one can survive in this world without help." – Jorah Mormont
"The only way to keep the small folk loyal is to make certain they fear you more than they do the enemy." – Cersei
"Rich men do not become rich by giving more than they get. They'll give you ships and soldiers and they'll own you forever." – Jorah Mormont
"Don't trust anybody. Life is safer that way." – Shae
Cersei: "What do you know about warfare?" Tyrion: "Nothing, but I know people. And I know that our enemies hate each other almost as much as they hate us."
"You want to lead one day? Then learn how to follow." – Jeor Mormont
Baelish: "A simple truth: knowledge is power." Cersei: "[Physical] power is power."
"I'm not Ned Stark, I understand the way this game is played. Do not threaten me again or I'll have you thrown into the sea." – Tyrion Lannister
- Ned Stark's honor and loyalty got him killed.
"Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers someday. The world is built by killers... so you better get used to looking at them." – Sandor
Tyrion: "Lysa is not fond of me, but perhaps the offer of a royal match will convince her to let bygones be bygones." Littlefinger: "She imprisoned you, she tried to execute you and you offer her son a princess?" Tyrion: "For men in our position, holding grudges can be an encumbrance."
- Befriend your enemies.
Tyrion told 3 different people 3 different variations of a story so that he could find out which one was a double agent.
"I've been all over the world, my boy, and everywhere I go people tell me about the 'true gods', they all think they found the right one. The one true god is what's between a woman's legs. And better yet a queen's legs." – Salladhor Saan
When Tyrion makes deals, he puts the thing that the other person wants most at the end of his list. He'll say you get: (1) The gratitude of the people for ending the war, (2) the gratitude of the king, and (3) your own fortress. It turns a one-item offer into an offer stack. It sounds like you get more than if he only said you get a fortress. The fortress would make him 'one of the greatest lords in the realm'. Littlefinger: "What's in it for me?" Tyrion: "The gratitude of the people of Westeros for helping to end this war. The adoration of the king for bringing the veil back into the fold. And Harrenhal [a fortress in the Riverlands]."
"She pretends she doesn't speak the common tongue so people will think she's exotic."
Stannis: "In a real war, the side with the greater number wins 9 times out of 10." Melisandre: "Then we must be the 10th."
"Some say the beauty most desired is the beauty concealed." – Renly Baratheon
"A very small man can cast a very large shadow." – Varys
"If half an onion is black with rot, it is a rotten onion. A man is good, or he is evil." – Melisandre, S2E4
- The quote above is philosophically wrong. All humans have a dark side. From the George R.R. Martin GOT books: "When Craster's wives brought onions, he seized one eagerly. One side was black with rot, but he cut that part off with his dagger and ate the good half raw."
"I've traveled very far in my life and met many women, but none that are immune to flattery." – Xaro
"Those on the margins often come to control the center. And those in the center make room for them – willingly or otherwise." – Xaro
"Tears aren't a woman's only weapon. The best one's between your legs. Learn how to use it." – Cersei
"Look around us, we're all liars here. And every one of us is better than you." – Littlefinger to Sansa Stark
"I'm not like most men." "That's what most men say."
Tyrion: "If I told you to murder an infant girl say, still at her mother breast's, would you do it without question?" Bronn: "Without question? No. I'd ask how much."
"No man gives me a crown. l pay the iron price. l will take my crown, for that is who l am. That is who we have always been." – Balon Greyjoy