“As a clever man once told me, “We make peace with our enemies, not our friends.”
Created by author George R.R Martin for his epic fantasy book series “A Song of Fire and Ice”, which originally was planned as a trilogy and later went on to be expanded into seven volumes (two of which are still on their way), the character of Tyrion Lannister is an unambiguous favorite among critics, readers and viewers of the TV series Game of Thrones.
For all those who have come to revere “The Halfman” or see how his dwarf status (literally and figuratively) in a power-driven family has not made him shine any less or marvelled at the juxtaposition of paradoxes that Tyrion carries with him with a flair.
Here’s an article to go deeper into the mind of a character in literature who’s nothing short of brilliant.
13 Badass Tyrion Lannister Quotes That Make Him The Most Loved Character of GOT
1. “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.”
– S01E01, “Winter is Coming”
That’s what Tyrion Lannister tells Jon Snow when they meet. One needn’t make a wild guess to figure why something said so simply actually rings with a personal truth.
As Ned Stark’s bastard child, Jon Snow has more in common than he thinks with Tyrion Lannister, who isn’t a bastard in the real sense of the term, but is nevertheless treated as one by most members of his family.
When Jon Snow does not take to this suggestion very Kindly, Tyrion also goes on to say, “All dwarfs are bastards in their fathers’ eyes”, revealing the inner workings of a person who can never quite feel like he belongs, and yet is capable of using this to their advantage.
2. “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
This quote is so powerful in its own right, that it makes sense to just sit with it. Such is Tyrion Lannister’s command over complex undertones as they play out in the book and TV series.
This Lannister’s wine is known to turn him into a philosopher who knows himself well and also swears to know the world around him.
3. “The powerful have always preyed on the powerless, that’s how they became powerful in the first place”
As someone born into a family that has consistently questioned his worth, Tyrion Lannister is no stranger to power games. Across the book and TV series, this Lannister is seen saving his skin and maneuvering with ease, only because he’s so adept at detecting subtexts and the way they influence the bigger picture.
He manages his position through an intellectual distancing, which then allows him to see through plots and schemes, perhaps faster than anybody else.
This quote, which is a deep peek into Tyrion Lannister’s own psyche and how it is able to discern difficult truths, is one of his best.
4. “I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence”
Would Season 2 of Game of Thrones be as memorable as it was, without this gem by Tyrion Lannister?
As they wine and dine together, Tyrion Lannister in his incomparable way, throws a question at Janos Slynt’s honor and loyalty. The latter is obviously outraged, but that doesn’t shake Tyrion’s intent at speaking exactly what he believes in.
When considered through the psychological lens, the quote reminds us of a man who’s seen much and been through as much, that he couldn’t speak his authenticity more clearly than this.
5. “I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you’re safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid”
As sinister as this sounds, if you’ve watched Game of Thrones you’ll know this is from a scene that features Tyrion Lannister and his elder sister, Cersei (from Season 2, Episode 8).
Cersei, who is twin to Jaime, detests her younger brother Tyrion for various political reasons. But the one thing that is undoubtable is the blame she puts on Tyrion for their mother’s death (Joanna does while giving birth to Tyrion).
It is also believed that what Maggy, the fortune-teller, tells her, when Cersei is still a young girl, forecasting her death at the hands of “the valonqar” (valonqar in Valyrian means “little brother”), predisposes Cersei to feel a certain underlying wrath towards Tyrion.