5 Quotes of Lord Varys which Proves he is the Wisest Man in Westeros

Lord Varys once said “ Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling”. He is the Master of Whisperers on the small council, a Spy master, sometimes even called a Spider. He is played by Conleth Hill on the show.  He is one of the most important character of the Game of Thrones series, someone who drives the narrative forward, without being a central character. He is an argumentative intellectual, an astute observer, a skilled informant and a trusted advisor. He is a pacifist, while Little finger is an agent of chaos. His allegiance lies with House Targaryen and he is part of a so called “Targaryen restoration” club. He believes Daenerys Targaryen is the only one who can bring peace and prosperity in the seven kingdoms. He has managed to convince Tyrion Lannister to travel to Meereen and help her claim the Iron Throne. Here is the list of 5 quotes from all seasons which will prove that he is the wisest man living in the Westeros:


Lord Varys to Tyrion Lannister:


“Power is a curious thing. Three great men, 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? 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”.


Lord Varys to Lord Eddard Stark:


“The High Septon once told me that, As We Sin, So Do We Suffer. If that’s true, Lrd Eddard, tell me…why is always the innocents who suffers the most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?”



Lord Varys to Oberyn Martell:


“When I see what desire does to people, what it’s done to this country, I am very glad to have no part in it. Besides, the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things”.


Lord Varys to Little Finger:


“Thwarting you has never been my primary ambition, I promise you. Although, who doesn’t like to see their friends fail now and then”.


Lord Varys to King Robert Baratheon:

I understand your misgivings, my lord. Truly, I do. It is a terrible thing we must consider, a vile thing. Yet we who presume to rule must sometimes do vile things for the good of the realm. Should the gods grant Daenerys a son, the realm will bleed”.


Anuj Aggarwal

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