Varys (to Tyrion): I found the traitors, but I wasn't the one burning them alive. I was only a purveyor of information. It's what I told myself when I watched them beg for mercy... I'm not the one doing it. When the pitch of their screams rose higher... I'm not the one doing it. When their hair caught fire and the smell of their burning flesh filled the throne room... I'm not the one doing it.
Varys (to Melisandre): Give us common folk one taste of power, we're like the lion who tasted man. Nothing is ever so sweet again.
Daenerys Targaryen: Swear this to me, Varys. If you ever think I'm failing the people, you won't conspire behind my back. You'll look me in the eye as you have done today, and you'll tell me how I'm failing them.
Varys: I swear it, my queen.
Daenerys Targaryen: And I swear this... if you ever betray me, I'll burn you alive.
Varys: I would expect nothing less from the Mother of Dragons.
Varys (to Daenerys): You wish to know where my true loyalties lie? Not with any king or queen, but with the people. The people who suffer under despots and prosper under just rule. The people whose hearts you aim to win. If you demand blind allegiance, I respect your wishes. Grey Worm can behead me or your dragons can devour me. But if you let me live, I will serve you well. I will dedicate myself to seeing you on the Iron Throne because I choose you. Because I know the people have no better chance than you.
Tyrion Lannister: Lord Varys has proven himself a loyal servant.
Daenerys Targaryen: Proven himself loyal? Quite the opposite. If he dislikes one monarch, he conspires to crown the next one. What kind of a servant is that?
Varys: The kind the realm needs.
Varys: I'll walk the rest of the way myself. I can't go off on a secret mission in the company of the most famous dwarf in the city.
Tyrion Lannister: Varys. The most famous dwarf in the world.
Varys: You made a pact with fanatics.
Tyrion Lannister: I did and it worked.
Varys: If you shaved your beard with a straight razor, you'd say the razor worked. That doesn't mean it won't cut your throat.
Tyrion Lannister: Spoken like a man who has never had to shave.
Varys (to Kinvara): I suppose it's hard for a fanatic to admit a mistake. Isn't that the whole point of being a fanatic? Everything is the Lord's will.
Vala: If you're going to torture me, just call them back and get on with it.
Varys: I am not a torturer. Though it so often is what people deserve. And it does provide answers. But they're usually the wrong answers. My job is to find the right answers.
Tyrion Lannister: If I lost my cock, I'd drink all the time. Meaning no offense. He makes dwarf jokes, I make eunuch jokes.
Varys: I do not make dwarf jokes.
Tyrion Lannister: You think them.
Tyrion Lannister: We'll be fine. We're dressed like common merchants.
Varys: You walk like a rich person.
Tyrion Lannister: You've spent a lot of time studying the way rich people walk?
Varys: You walk as though the paving stones were your personal property. I used to steal from people like you when I was a boy.
Tyrion Lannister: I liked it. Power... even as a servant.
Varys: People follow leaders and they will never follow us. They find us repulsive.
Tyrion Lannister: I find us repulsive.
Varys: And we find them... repulsive, which is why we surround ourselves with large comfortable boxes to keep them away. And yet... no matter what we do... people like you and me are never really satisfied inside the box. Not for long.
Tyrion Lannister: And what do you hope to find at the end of the road to Meereen?
Varys: I told you. A ruler.
Tyrion Lannister: We've already got a ruler. Everywhere has already got a ruler. Every pile of shit on the side of every road has someone's banner hanging from it.
Varys: You are quite good, do you know? At ruling. During your brief tenure as Hand.
Tyrion Lannister: I didn't rule, I was a servant.
Varys: Still, a man of talent.
Tyrion Lannister: Managed to kill a lot of people?
Varys: Yes, but you showed great promise in other areas as well.