Game of Thrones: Best Quotes from Lord Varys

No one says it quite like Varys.

Conleth Hill as Varys in Game of Thrones
Conleth Hill as Varys in Game of Thrones. HBO

Game of Thrones isn't a series overflowing with honest and good characters. Everyone has his or her own motivations and plans, and for many people, that involves taking the Iron Throne. Not Lord Varys. Also known as the Spider, Varys is seemingly only interested in putting the right person on the Iron Throne. He wants the best man or woman to hold the job and acts for the good of the realm. Though Varys isn't what I would call trustworthy, Westeros is lucky to have a man like him working in its best interest.

Varys knows having the Lannisters behind the throne isn't good for anyone. Cersei isn't the right fit to be a ruler, and as long as one of her children sits on the Iron Throne, Cersei will essentially be ruler. No, Varys wants someone just and is willing to go to whatever lengths are necessary. Because of that, he often has tremendous lines in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. These are some of Lord Varys's most memorable quotes:

"Power is a curious thing... Three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives, who dies? ... Power resides where men believe it resides; it's a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow."

"Prodigies appear in the oddest of places."

"You have one name. As do I. Here only the family name matters."

"If the wrong ears heard what I'm about to tell you, off comes my head. And who would mourn poor Varys then? North or south, they sing no songs for spiders. But there are things you must know. You are the King's Hand and the king is a fool. Your friend, I know, but a fool, and doomed unless you save him."

"The first to arrive and the last to leave. I admire your industry."

"Influence grows like a weed."

"When I see what desire does to people, what it’s done to this country, I am very glad to have no part in it. Besides, the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things."

"I've always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege..."

"Tyrion Lannister is one of the few people alive who could make this country a better place. He has the mind for it, he has the will, he has the right last name. And you - you are a complication."

"Thwarting you has never been my primary ambition, I promise you. Although, who doesn't like to see their friends fail now and then."

"A eunuch has no honor, and a spider does not enjoy the luxury of scruples, my lord."

"There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man."

"Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?"

"Secrets are worth more than silver or sapphires."

"The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling."

"I believe men of talent have a part to play in the war to come."