Varys Quotes

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Varys (to Tyrion): There are many who know that without you this city faced certain defeat. The King won't give you any honors, the histories won't mention you, but we will not forget.

Varys (to Tyrion): The dark arts have provided Lord Stannis with his armies and paved his path to our door. For a man in service to such powers to sit on the Iron Throne, I can think of nothing worse. And tonight, I believe you are the only man who can stop him.

Tyrion Lannister: When I reached manhood, my father put me in charge of all the drains and cisterns in Casterly Rock.

Varys: A most highborn plumber.

Varys: Three great men sit in a room. 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?

Tyrion Lannister: Depends on the Sellsword.

Varys: Does it? He has neither crown nor gold nor favor with the Gods.

Tyrion Lannister: He has a sword, the power of life and death.

Varys: But if it's swordsmen who rule, why do we pretend Kings hold all the power? When Ned Stark lost his head, who was truly responsible? Joffrey? The executioner? Or something else?

Tyrion Lannister: I've decided I don't like riddles.

Varys: 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.

Tyrion Lannister: Threaten me again and I'll have you thrown into the sea.

Varys: You might be disappointed in the results. Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.

Petyr Baelish: When they castrated you, did they take the pillar with the stones? I've always wondered.

Varys: Have you? Do you spend a lot of time wondering what's between my legs?

Varys: When you imagine yourself up there, how do you look? Does the crown fit? Do all the lords and ladies simper and bow, the ones who sneered at you for years?

Petyr Baelish: It's hard for them to simper and bow without heads.

Varys: A man with great ambition and no morals... I wouldn't bet against you.

Eddard Stark: Jon (Arryn) was a man of peace. He was Hand for 17 years,  17 good years. Why kill him?

Varys: He started asking questions.

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