Cersei Lannister's Best Quotes From 'Game of Thrones'

The Queen Is Smart -- and Sharp-Tongued

Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey in Game of Thrones. HBO

"Game of Thrones" doesn't have a shortage of sharp-tongued characters. Some deliver advice and wisdom with carefully thought-out lines, and others lash out with less forethought.

Cersei Lannister falls into the latter category. The queen is often unhappy and saves kind words only for her children and occasionally for her brother Jaime. She's often angry and convinced others are out to hurt her family (which is not an entirely unfounded fear), and she uses her words as both shield and sword.

Cersei is an intelligent character, and if she could put aside her loathing and righteous indignation, she could probably accomplish great things. But as it stands, her desire for power and mistrust of basically everyone holds her back and will likely come back to bite her. Her disdain for others has ensured she has no end of memorable quotes, and these are some of the best from the landmark HBO television series and the books.

From "Blackwater"

  • "The gods have no mercy, that’s why they’re gods."
  • "Tears aren't a woman's only weapon."
  • "But this is Stannis Baratheon. I’d have a better chance seducing his horse."

From "Lord Snow"

  • "A good king knows when to save his strength and when to destroy his enemies."
  • "Everyone who isn't us is an enemy."
  • "Someday, you'll sit on the throne, and the truth will be what you make it."
  • "The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road."

From "A Man Without Honor"

  • "The more people you love, the weaker you are. You'll do things for them that you know you shouldn't do. You'll act the fool to make them happy, to keep them safe. Love no one but your children."
  • "Half the Targaryens went mad, didn't they? What's the saying? 'Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.'"

From "You Win or You Die"

  • "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

From "A Clash of Kings"

  • "The only way to keep your people loyal is to make certain they fear you more than they do the enemy."
  • "A woman's life is nine parts mess to one part magic, you'll learn that soon enough ... and the parts that look like magic often turn out to be messiest of all."
  • "Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same."

From "A Dance With Dragons"

  • "I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them."
  • "These Kingsguard knights are as useless as nipples on a breastplate."

From "A Golden Crown"

  • "I should wear the armor, and you the gown."

From "The North Remembers"

  • "Seize him. Cut his throat. Wait! I’ve changed my mind. Let him go. Power is power!"

From "Valar Dohaeris"

  • "If I wanted to kill you, do you think I'd let a wooden door stop me?"

From "The Night Lands"

  • "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!"

From "Second Sons"

  • "If you ever call me sister again, I'll have you strangled in your sleep."

From "Mhysa"

  • "An unhappy wife is a wine merchant's best friend."

From "The Wolf and the Lion"

  • "I'm sorry your marriage to Ned Stark didn't work out. You seemed so good together."