With "Game of Thrones" George R.R. Martin crafted a universe full of (tons and tons and tons) complicated and complex characters. Many of the main characters have strong, individualized voices and even out of context, almost any quote can be quickly placed to its speaker. Tywin Lannister's quotes are succinct, and ruthless. You can hear the venom dripping off each syllable.
Tywin Lannisteris the one time Hand of the King and father to Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion Lannister. The eldest two he loves dearly (and they each other), though Tyrion he despises in part for being a dwarf and also for killing his beloved Joanna at birth. He is extremely influential in Westeros, arguably the most powerful man in the realm, and he knows it.
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"Any man who must say, 'I am the king' is no true king. I'll make sure you understand that when I've won your war for you."
"And this is the one I'll be remembered for. 'The War of Five Kings,' they're calling it. My legacy will be determined in the coming months. You know what "legacy" means? It's what you pass down to your children, and your children's children. It's what remains of you when you're gone. Harren the Black thought this castle would be his legacy. Greatest fortress ever built. Tallest towers, the strongest walls. The Great Hall had thirty-five hearths. Thirty-five, can you imagine? Look at it now. A blasted ruin."
"You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust, and low cunning. Men's laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors since I cannot prove that you are not mine. And to teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father's sigil and his father's before him. But neither gods nor men will ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse. Go, now. Speak no more of your rights to Casterly Rock. Go!"