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.Vote up the best Tywin Lannister quotes from "Game of Thrones" below, and follow Ranker of Thrones for quotes for other GoT characters.
"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."
On War Etiquette
"Explain to me why it is more noble to kill ten thousand men in battle than a dozen at dinner."
"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're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to one of the most powerful families in the kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. What have you done with these blessings, eh? You served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings - one a mad man, the other a drunk."