Tyrion may be the finest wordsmith in Westeros, but he isn’t the only one. Ahead of the final season of Game of Thrones (premiering April 14 on HBO), we scoured the Seven Kingdoms to find the 15 best quotes of the series.

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
—Tyrion’s sage advice to Jon about being a bastard

“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.”
—Patriarch Tywin putting his grandson Joffrey in his place after he throws a tantrum when Tyrion speaks to him disrespectfully

“The things I do for love.”
—Jaime to Cersei, while pushing Bran out of a tower when he sees the two siblings, um, getting intimate

“There is only one thing we say to death: Not today.”
—Swordsman extraordinaire Syrio Forel to Arya, while teaching her how to fight

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“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
—A sadistic Ramsay to the subject of his torture, Theon Greyjoy

“You’re going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well.”
—Sansa’s drop-the-mic promise to her horribly abusive husband, Ramsay, ahead of the Battle of the Bastards

“That’s what I do: I drink and I know things.”
—Tyrion on how he knows dragons won’t fare well in captivity (his reason’s good enough for us)

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“Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”
—A feminist-as-hell Daenerys offering an upside to Missandei on the impending war

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”
—The honorable Ned Stark explaining to Bran why he had to kill a Night’s Watch deserter

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.”
—A devilish Littlefinger to Varys on power and his intention to seize it

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“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”
—Shade queen Olenna Tyrell asking Jaime, upon her death, to inform Cersei that she was the mastermind behind Joffrey’s murder

“I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover, and I might be a girl, but I am every bit as much a Northerner as you… and I don’t need your permission to defend the North.”
—Lyanna Mormont shutting down Lord Glover when he opposes Jon’s plan to train everyone from 10 to 60 to fight

“You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
—Ygritte’s catchphrase of sorts for her sometime enemy/sometime lover

“Winter is coming.”
—Anyone who’s anyone

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
—Cersei telling Ned he made a big mistake by not taking the Iron Throne when he had the shot

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