Originally created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the Witcher book series has also spawned a number of acclaimed video games, and more recently, a hit Netflix TV series starring Henry Cavill.
While the main character, the Witcher Geralt, is the most well-known, there are plenty of others who have become beloved by audiences the world over, from Cirilla, to Yennefer, Vesemir, Lambert, Dijkstra, Dandelion, Triss Merigold and more.
With all these fantastic characters in a rich fantasy-world, it stands to reason there are also plenty of memorable lines. Indeed, The Witcher often features profound quotes about love, destiny, good and evil.
We’ve put together this bumper post with all our favorite Witcher quotes, from the books, video games AND television series, so you can find some wisdom or just be reminded why you love the franchise so much. If you haven’t watched season 2 of the Netflix series, maybe come back after you have to avoid spoilers.
So get your coin ready to toss to your witcher, and let’s get started!
The Most Iconic and Well-Known Witcher Quotes
We’ll start off with the most often repeated and iconic Witcher quotes, although we’re not counting the ‘hmm’ and grunts that Geralt often responds to others with, as they hardly count as lines!
“Geralt: Wind’s howling.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling, makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary, the definitions blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and another, I’d rather not choose at all.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: [to monsters] Damn, you’re ugly!” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Tissaia: Sometimes the best thing a flower can do for us is die.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Jaskier: Toss a coin to your Witcher – O’ Valley of Plenty.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Yennefer: They took my choice. I want it back!” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
The Funniest Witcher Quotes
Even though the Witcher takes place in an often bleak world filled with monsters, there are many light-hearted moments, particularly in the Witcher 3 video game and the television series. These are all the best funny quotes from the games and series, where we often laughed out loud.
“Zoltan: Geralt?! Is that you? Well I’ll be damned!
Geralt: Something wrong? You don’t look well, are you hurt?
Zoltan: True to a Witcher. Died, came back to life, nobody’s seen him for five years, and he wants to know whether something’s wrong.” The Witcher (video game)
“Dandelion: I should probably go get Geralt to take care of things. (Beat) On the other hand, I’ve never ploughed a succubus before…” The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (video game)
“Geralt: [to a goat] Bear! Bear! Run, you stupid piece of shit!” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: Listen, Dandelion is missing. Any idea what might’ve happened to him?
Sigi: Same thing that happens to anyone that steps on Junior’s toes…
Sigi: He’s surrounded by splendid virgins who ply him with sparkling wine and pastries stuffed with nightingale tongues. [Beat] Come, Geralt, what do you think happened?! I reckon he’s at the bottom of the Pontar, trussed up with the strings of his own mandolin.
Sigi: Far as I’m concerned, he might as well be rotting down there with a goddamn trombone.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: You wouldn’t happen to have a bone to pick with Dandelion, would you?
Dijkstra: Course I do.
Geralt: You serious?
Dijkstra: Dead serious… Dandelion published a sonnet recently. Second stanza — the shit uses paired couplets instead of an inserted rhyme! Surely you understand how deeply offended the poetry lover in me was. The bastard shan’t get away with it!
Geralt: I was being serious.
Dijkstra: As am I when I say I have no time to worry about your gigolo boyfriend!” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
Geralt: This mist is as thick as curdled milk.
Lambert: Never took you for a poet.
Geralt: Oh, but I am one. Wanna hear a limerick?
Geralt: Lambert, Lambert — what a prick.
Lambert: Not bad.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Dandelion: In my book, friendship is all that matters. Well, friendship and love. And art. Oh, and wine…” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: [talking to his horse] Want to hear about my first monster? Wasn’t 50 miles outside of Kaer Morhen. He was huge. Stinking. Bald head. Rotten teeth. He pulled that girl from the cart, tore her dress off in front of her father and said ‘It’s time you met a real man.’ I told him it was time he met one too. It took two strikes to kill him. They weren’t clean. But they were spectacular. I turned to that girl afterwards. She was drenched in the man’s blood. She took one look at me, screamed, vomited, and passed out.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Eist: Late wee pups don’t get to bark.
Cirilla: I was playing in the square.
Eist: Knucklebones? Did you win this time? Like I showed you.
Cirilla: I would have, if the horsemen of doom hadn’t ridden up like that.
Eist: If you can’t win a game of knucklebones for fear of a few horses, what’ll you do when you go into battle? [sighs] At least you didn’t shit your kecks.
Queen Calanthe: As members of the Royal Family, is it too much to ask that you exercise a modicum of respect? Especially you. This is your duty as king and grandfather.
Eist: Grant me leave, my Queen. I am worn from my trip to the Isles. And my bedchamber duties before that.
Cirilla: Gross.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Jaskier: I love the way you just… sit in the corner and brood.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Jaskier: Look, I heard your note, and, yes, you’re right, maybe real adventures would make better stories. And you, sir, smell chock-full of them. Amongst other things. I mean, what is that? Is that onion? It doesn’t matter. Whatever it is, you smell of death and destiny. Heroics and heartbreak.
Geralt: It’s onion.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Triss Merigold: [to Geralt] Not answering questions is a pillar of your brooding charm.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 3: “Betrayer Moon”
“Jaskier: It is one night bodyguarding your very best friend in the whole wide world. How hard could it be?
Geralt: I’m not your friend.
Jaskier: Oh, really? Oh, you usually just let strangers rub chamomile onto your lovely bottom?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Jaskier: [sotto] All right, so stay close to me, look mean and pretend you’re a mute. Can’t have anyone finding out who you actually are…
Mousesack: [booming] Geralt of Rivia, the mighty witcher!
Jaskier: Shit…” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Angry Lord: Something about you reminds me of a scoundrel I once saw fleeing my wife’s chambers! Drop your trousers!
Angry Lord: I didn’t get a proper look at the little shit’s face. But that pimply arse, I’d remember anywhere.
Jaskier: Well… uh, uh… Ah, Geralt. [as Geralt walks over]
Geralt: [to the angry lord] Forgive me, my lord. This… happens all the time. It’s true, he has the face of a cad and a coward. But, truth be known, he was kicked in the balls by an ox as a child.
Jaskier: Well, that’s… tr-true.
No longer angry Lord: Apologies. Here, drown your sorrows on me, eunuch. [gives Jaskier some coins]” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Jaskier: Come on, Geralt. Tell me. Be honest. How’s my singing?
Geralt: It’s like ordering a pie and finding it has no filling.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Yennefer: Your heartbeat, it’s extraordinarily slow. You’re… a mutant.
Geralt of Rivia: A witcher. Geralt of Rivia.
Yennefer: The famous White Wolf! I thought you’d have fangs or horns or something.
Geralt of Rivia: I had them filed down.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Yennefer: How’s your throat? Perhaps you should try some scales.
Jaskier: [sings] Toss a coin to your witcher, oh valley of – penis! [as Yennefer grabs him] Oh, God.
Yennefer: [holding a knife to his throat] If you want to keep all you have… make a damn wish. The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Jaskier: Oh, Geralt. Thank the gods. I might live to see another day. We need to go.
Geralt: Jaskier, you’re okay.
Jaskier: I’m glad to hear that you give a monkey’s about it.
Geralt: Let’s not jump to conclusions. What happened?
Jaskier: Well, I was having a rather lovely dream which then turned into a nightmare. There were naked women in both parts. The first one was loving, tender, very generous. The second, significantly more terrifying.
Geralt: Tell me about the second one.
Jaskier: Well, black hair, devilish eyes, was painting an amphora on her abdomen. You know, the usual.
Geralt: She wants to be the vessel.
Jaskier: What, you know this woman? Of course you know this woman.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Jaskier: Are you perhaps short of a marble?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Jaskier: Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Do not tell me that this is finally the moment you’ve decided to actually care about someone other than yourself? Leave the very sexy but insane witch to her inevitable demise!” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Jaskier: [to a Zerrikanian woman] You have the most incredible neck. It’s like a… a sexy goose. Gu-guzzling.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Jaskier: [seeing a creature] There’s something back here. It sort of looks like a faun.
Jaskier: [to the creature] Hello. Hello little fellow. Aw! Aren’t you just the cutest… [creature stands up tall] Most… terrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Right, run away! Run away! Geralt! It’s one of your… friends again. Gah!” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Boholt: [to Yennefer] How would you like to serve me tonight, witch?
Geralt: Careful, Boholt.
Boholt: So, the Witcher wants to play knight too, hmm?
Geralt: No. She’s plenty able of murdering you herself.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Eyck of Denesle: Lady Yennefer, may I escort you to your tent?
Yennefer: Will you be joining me?
Eyck of Denesle: My lady, I would never degrade your honor in such a way.
Jaskier: I hate to break it to you, but that ship has sailed, wrecked and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. [Geralt hits him] Ow.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Yennefer: If you’ll excuse me. I must get my beauty sleep.
Yarpen Zigrin: I don’t think it’ll make me prettier, but I need sleep too.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Jaskier: [after finding Eyck of Denesle dead with his pants down] Who slits a man’s throat while he’s relieving his bowels? Is nothing sacred anymore?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Ciri: Then what about Skellige? I have people there too. I’d be safe there.
Geralt: If you want. But you’d be married off to the nearest Lord of Bad Breath. He’d be seeking to claim your throne too. The food is good there though.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Nivellen: You can bathe in the next room.
Geralt: I’m fine.
Nivellen: You, my friend, are very far from fine. You reek of old horse.
Geralt: Part of my charm.
Nivellen: You always were a horse’s arse, anyway.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Nivellen: Maybe it’s the end of days.
Geralt: I’ve lived through a whole dark age and three supposed end of days. It’s all horseshit.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Lambert: So, there I am, freezing my bollocks off in the middle of a grain field for the second straight night, when the farmer’s wife comes sneaking out to tell me that I’m wasting my time. It wasn’t a mora that her husband saw leaving that room. No. It was the fucking field hand! [everyone laughs] Oh, and now she’s wailing, “Oh, what are we gonna do? My husband won’t pay you if you don’t deliver a mora head!” So I pulled out my sword and I said… “Bet he’ll pay double for the field hand’s.” [All laugh again]
Coen: Good old Lambchop.
Lambert: She returned with two horses and a fur rug. Best job I had all year.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 2: “Kaer Morhen”
“Geralt: How’s your room?
Ciri: It has rats.
Geralt: That’s a good sign. Means it’s one of the warm ones.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 2: “Kaer Morhen”
“Lambert: Coen! What’s the difference between a Witcher and a heap of shit?
Coen: Well, go on, then.
Lambert: Eventually, the shit will stop smelling. [laughs at his own joke]
Coen: That joke’s old as the conjunction.
Lambert: Well, you tell me one then, you comedic fuck.
Coen: All right. What do you call a Witcher with no brains?
Ciri: [walking in] Lambert?
Coen: [laughing] Ok, now she’s funny.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 3: “What Is Lost”
“Lambert: Oh, hell, haven’t even had me fill of grog yet, and already, the women are doubling. Merigold.
Triss: Lambert. I see your wounds have improved, but your manners have not.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
Jaskier: Witch. What are you doing here? And what fresh hell did you just crawl out of?
Yennefer: A sewer. What’s your excuse?
Jaskier: Oh, a sewer? I always knew you were a blood-sucking, joyless… [Yennefer hugs him] hugger? Hugging. We are hugging.
Yennefer: Oh, gods, I miss the days when my biggest problem was an ever-present, sing-songy twit.
Jaskier: Uh, drink? I’m gonna drink. I am not having this conversation unless I’m drinking.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Jaskier: Well, I’ll do what I can. But know this. You, you both… smell truly awful. I mean, it is like something has crawled up your arses and died.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Jaskier: I’ll go first. Stick close to the wall and stay out of sight until I give you the signal. I’m gonna do what I do best.
Cahir: And what’s that?
Jaskier: Oh, I never really know. Yeah, that’s why I’m so good at it.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Jaskier: What happened to you?
Yennefer: I’ve lived a long life. You’ll have to be more specific. [sighs] Chaos appears to be done with me.
Jaskier: You’ve lost your magic? Is– is that even possible?
Yennefer: Go on. Get your gloating in. Time’s limited.
Jaskier: Once upon a time, I would have used this opportunity to call you an empty, lonely, power hungry she-demon, but… I’m an artist, Yennefer. It’s my job to put myself in other people’s shoes. Even if they are, in your case, large, clunky, and, I don’t know, probably full of snakes or something.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Jaskier: You don’t get to play damsel in distress. That’s my job.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 5: “Turn Your Back”
“Ciri: Melitele. Goddess of fertility and harvest.
Geralt: I’m impressed.
Ciri: I do, in fact, read.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Jarre: Well– well, that’s a tool for mages. Uh… I don’t want to brag, but my tool is… bigger. And much more powerful. [Ciri stares at him] Uh… Knowledge.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Ciri: You really expect me to believe that unicorns exist?
Yennefer: Of course they do. I used to own a stuffed one. Until it broke. Under mysterious circumstances.
Ciri: Well, I’d love to see one some day.
Geralt: You’d be in rare company. They only approach those who are pure of heart. Which reminds me, [to Yennefer] how did you get your hands on one?” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Fenn: God, it’s probably pure coincidence that Emhyr wants the princess with the secret power to shatter monoliths for her claim to a throne that he already took by force.
Codringher: You know, Fenn, I– I’ve been thinking. How could we get answers faster?
Codringher: More sarcasm.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Jaskier: Good sir, you would not know talent if I shoved it up your… Geralt. [pause] Fuck it. [they hug]
Geralt: I’ve missed you too.
Jaskier: What are you doing here?
Geralt: No time. We need to go.
Jaskier: Are you sure?
Jaskier: Last time we saw each other, you basically told me to fuck off. Remember? And you left me on a mountain. Have you seen these boots? I mean, I pretty much just slid all the way down that hill back to Caingorn.
Geralt: Jaskier –
Jaskier: Don’t fucking Jaskier me. I’m talking to you. This is how this works.
Geralt: I need your help.
Jaskier: Fine. But first… [to the mice in his cell] Gentlemen, it’s been an honor. [to Geralt] What? I made new friends. Get over it. [snorts] Jealous.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Jaskier: Oh, blessed nectar. I have not washed in quite some time, and I’m beginning to smell like a Nilfgaardian’s ballsack. So if you’ll excuse me, hold this. I have been looking forward to this! God, it’s cold! Whew! Whew, you could hang portraits off my nipples right now. You’re the expert. [to Geralt] How do you get blood out?” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Geralt: [about Yennefer] She wouldn’t.
Jaskier: She would. What? Sacrifice your Child Surprise to get her magic back? You bet your bloated biceps she would.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Geralt: Yarpen Zigrin. Your aim’s gone to shit.
Yarpen Zigrin: [referring to Geralt and Jaskier] And if it isn’t the White fuckin’ Wolf and the big fuckin’ mouth.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Geralt: And I’m sorry, Jaskier.
Jaskier: Gah, you are always so emotional! I mean, it’s just yap, yap, yap with you sometimes. [mimicking in a deep voice] “Oh, Jaskier, I’m so sad and complicated!”
Geralt: Shut up, Jaskier.
Jaskier: You shut up. That’s a perfect impression of you, by the way.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Jaskier: Before you tell me what’s going on, please tell me you’re making a hangover cure. Because my head feels like it’s lodged between the buttocks of a fat and sexually rageful goat.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 8: “Family”
“Jaskier: Oh yay! A little stone. You’ve saved us all.
Yennefer: Active jasper. Provider of warmth, energy, balance. Golden oriole.
Jaskier: Golden what? Areola? Pretty sure that’s got something to do with nipples.
Yennefer: Neutralizes effects of poisons in the blood.
Jaskier: But I’d make everything about nipples–
Yennefer: Possession’s like poison… Jaskier!” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 8: “Family”
“Lambert: What the fuck kind of basilisks are those?
Coen: I’ll tell you after I kill ’em.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 8: “Family”
The Best Witcher Quotes About Destiny
Destiny is a BIG theme in the Witcher series, particularly the books and Netflix series. Since it’s such an important and often-debated idea in the Witcher universe, there are also plenty of interesting lines about it. These are all the best Witcher destiny quotes, whether the character saying it believes in or belittles the idea of destiny.
“Yurga: Well, we’re afeared. And what of it? Do we sit down and weep and tremble? Life must go on. And what will be, will be. What is destined can’t be avoided, in any case.” Sword of Destiny (book)
“Geralt: There is no destiny… It does not exist. The only thing that everyone is destined for is death.” Sword of Destiny (book)
“Stregobor: I’m grateful destiny brought you to me.
Geralt: Marilka brought me to you.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Stregobor: Destiny has many faces, Witcher.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Mousesack: Destiny may yet side with us.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Queen Calanthe: [to Ciri] Find Geralt of Rivia. He is your destiny.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Renfri: You will try to outrun the girl in the woods, but you cannot. She is your destiny.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Renfri: The girl in the woods will be with you always. She is your destiny.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Triss Merigold: There is a vortex of fate around all of us, Geralt, growing with each and every one of our choices, drawing our destinies in closer.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 3: “Betrayer Moon”
“Dara: I would do anything to forget who I was.
Cirilla: I can’t. I have to find my destiny.
Dara: Why? Because your grandmother said you should? Maybe you should start thinking for yourself. Because she is dead. And you are here.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Eist: Asking for payment with the Law of Surprise is as old as mankind itself.
Queen Calanthe: Don’t lecture me, Eist.
Eist: It’s an honest gamble. As likely to be rewarded with a bumper crop as a newborn pup. Or… a child of surprise. He could not know. Destiny has determined the surprise be Pavetta.
Lord Urcheon: When I heard that King Roegner had returned to find a child on the way… I abandoned all thought of claiming the Law of Surprise. I knew… I knew no woman would ever accept me like this. And so I waited. I waited until the twelfth bell when the curse breaks. I never intended to meet her. Just to watch from afar.
Pavetta: Until destiny intervened… and our hearts collided. ” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
Eist: Who are we to challenge destiny? Life was saved, debt must be paid, or the whole order of the world falls apart.
Mousesack: Honor destiny’s wish or unleash it’s wrath upon us. The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Queen Calanthe: I bow to no law made by men who never bore a child! Is there not a man amongst you who does not cower before destiny?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Geralt: I’ve seen mothers lash themselves raw over the death of a child, believing they crossed destiny, ignoring the stench of the 50 other children in the plague cart outside. Destiny helps people believe there’s an order to this horseshit. There isn’t. But a promise made must be honored. As true for a commoner as it is for a queen.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Eist: [to Calanthe after Pavetta’s display of power] Do you believe in destiny now?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Queen Calanthe: [to Pavetta] I thought your grandmother’s gift had skipped you… as it did me. It seems I was wrong. About so many things. [to everyone] Destiny has spoken! And I have listened. The Law of Surprise will be honored. Pavetta will marry Lord Urcheon.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Queen Calanthe: [after Lord Urcheon’s curse is removed] What has happened?
Mousesack: I think your blessing of this marriage… has fulfilled a destiny. The curse has been lifted.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Lord Urcheon: Please, Geralt of Rivia, do not feel like you’re doing me a service. I cannot start a new life in the shadow of a life debt.
Geralt: Fine. I… claim the tradition as you have, the Law of Surprise. Give me that which you already have but do not know.
Queen Calanthe: No! What have you done, Witcher?
Geralt: Fear not, Your Majesty, if I am seen in your kingdom again, it’ll be to kill a real monster, not lay claim to a crop or a new pup. Destiny can go fu– [Pavetta vomits]
Queen Calanthe: Pavetta? Are you… Oh… [everyone looks at Geralt]
Geralt: Fuck.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Mousesack: You can’t outrun destiny just because you’re terrified of it.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Eithne: The sword of destiny has two edges.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Jaskier: You know, the Countess de Stale once said to me that destiny is just the embodiment of the soul’s desire to grow.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Eithne: Your destiny is in your own hands and no one else’s.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Yennefer: [to Geralt] You have a Child Surprise? Isn’t that rich? You lecture me on made-up cures for having a child, meanwhile you cheat with destiny to steal one.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Cahir: [to Ciri] It was never my intention to torment you, Princess. All I want… all I’ve ever wanted is to help you fulfil your destiny.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Borch Three Jackdaws: [to Geralt] What you’re missing is still out there. Your legacy. Your destiny. I know it. And you know it.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Geralt: [grabbing Mousesack and speaking to assassins] You want me, you kill him first!
Mousesack: Geralt! Do something!
Geralt: This is on your Queen.
Mousesack: We will both die.
Geralt: Blame destiny.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before A Fall”
“Mousesack: Money can’t undo the Law of Surprise. Kings who’ve tried to outbid destiny end up on pikes.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before A Fall”
“Geralt: Listen to me.
Queen Calanthe: I did listen once. Let a hedgehog into my court. It got me Pavetta dead. I won’t lose Ciri too. So you and destiny can both fuck right off. Because if Nilfgaard comes, will destiny carry a banner into battle? No.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before A Fall”
“Geralt: You trusted destiny rather than trying to find me yourself.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 8: “Much More”
“Geralt: People linked by destiny will always find each other.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 8: “Much More”
“Ciri: So… I’m your destiny. Whatever that means.
Geralt: You’re much more than that, Cirilla.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Vesemir: According to Geralt, no one knows the Continent’s vegetation better than you. Tell me I’m not crazy. Tell me what I’m looking at here.
Triss: Feainnewedd. This only grows where Elder blood has been spilled. Where did you find this?
Vesemir: Killer Trail. Training course. Everywhere that girl got her ass kicked.
Triss: Elder blood was wiped from the Continent generations ago.
Vesemir: There are legends that Elder blood was one of the key ingredients in the creation of the first Witcher mutagens. Mutagens that were destroyed in the sacking of Kaer Morhen. Not another Witcher’s been created since.
Triss: Vesemir, these are new buds.
Vesemir: Exactly. Destiny has given us a gift. The key to making more Witchers. Ciri.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence
“Geralt: [about Ciri] Now that you’ve had a chance to speak with her, what do you think?
Nenneke: I don’t see any side upon which you are not entirely fucked. She’s a princess. Kingdoms will want her for her status. Nilfgaard already does. You know how many have been killed in pursuit of her?
Geralt: Thousands, yes, I know.
Nenneke: And if she has Elder blood, she’s a fucking tinderbox.
Geralt: By all means, go on.
Nenneke: You said she recited Ithlinne’s Prophecy during one of her episodes.
Geralt: Yes, but I won’t let what may or may not be folklore dictate my path.
Nenneke: What does she know of the Wild Hunt?
Geralt: She believes what most people believe. What are you driving at, Nenneke?
Nenneke: She’s a Child of Destiny. There are forces at play larger than we know.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Geralt: Villentretenmerth told us we were made for each other. Destined for each other. And that nothing would come of it because destiny alone isn’t sufficient. Something more is needed. She [Ciri] is something more.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 8: “Family”
“Geralt: I’m tired too, Ciri. But what of it? Life goes on. Us three, we’ll help each other. What is destined cannot be avoided.
Yennefer: And it shouldn’t be.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 8: “Family”
The Best Witcher Quotes About Fear and Courage
Many of the main characters deal with monsters (both literal and the human kind) so discussions about bravery and the nature of fear in the face of that is also commonplace. These are the best Witcher quotes about fear, courage and being brave.
“Vesemir: When you know about something it stops being a nightmare. When you know how to fight something, it stops being so threatening.” Blood of Elves (book)
“Dandelion: A coward… dies a hundred times. A brave man dies but once. But Dame Fortune favours the brave and holds the coward in contempt.” The Time of Contempt (book)
“Margarita Laux-Antille: Always take action. Wrongly or rightly; that is revealed later. But you should act, be brave, seize life by the scruff of the neck. Believe me, little one, you should only regret inactivity, indecisiveness, hesitation. You shouldn’t regret actions or decisions, even if they occasionally end in sadness and regret.” The Time of Contempt (book)
“Julia Abatemarco: We were all just as brave. Neither of the sides had the strength to be braver. But we … We managed to be brave for a minute longer.” Lady of the Lake (book)
“Ciri: You catch fear. Didn’t you know? Even when something bad happens to you, you have to go straight back to that piece of equipment or you get frightened. And if you’re frightened you’ll be hopeless at the exercise. You mustn’t give up. Geralt said so.” Blood of Elves (book)
“Queen Calanthe: [to Ciri] Continue to be brave. Promise me. You are the Lion Cub of Cintra.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Geralt: Fear is an illness. If you catch it and you leave it untreated, it can consume you.
Ciri: How do you treat it?
Geralt: You face it. Facing your fear is not easy. But I am here for you. I won’t let anything happen to you.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Geralt: This is important. We don’t kill out of fear. We kill to save lives.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 2: “Kaer Morhen”
“Ciri: I’m sorry. About Roach. About all of this…
Geralt: Don’t be. I’m proud of you, Ciri. What you did back there was courageous.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
The Best Witcher Quotes About Good and Evil
Going hand in hand with ideas about courage are also discussions about the nature of good and evil. As a professional monster-hunter, Geralt knows more about what’s truly evil than most, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only character with something to say on the matter.
“Geralt: But first appearances are often deceptive. Not everything monstrous-looking is evil, and not everything fair is good… and in every fairytale, there is a grain of truth.” The Last Wish (book)
“Renfri: Only Evil and Greater Evil exist and beyond them, in the shadows, lurks True Evil. True Evil… is something you can barely imagine, even if you believe nothing can still surprise you. And sometimes True Evil seizes you by the throat and demands that you choose between it and another, slightly lesser, Evil.” The Last Wish (book)
“Geralt: This world is full of Evil which waits for the day none of us are left.” The Last Wish (book)
“Regis: The world is full of evil, so it’s sufficient to stride ahead, and destroy the Evil encountered on the way, in that way rendering a service to Good. The rest takes care of itself.” Baptism of Fire (book)
“Zoltan: Were I to attempt to be good to everyone, to the entire world and to all the creatures living in it, it would be a drop of freshwater in the salt sea. In other words, a wasted effort. Thus, I decided to do specific good; good which would not go to waste. I’m good to myself and my immediate circle.” Baptism of Fire (book)
“Geralt: People like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: You don’t need mutations to strip men of their humanity. I’ve seen plenty of examples.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Geralt: Evil is evil, Stregobor. Lesser, greater, middling… it’s all the same. I’m not judging you. I haven’t only done good in my life either. But now, if I have to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Nivellan: Monsters are more than just horrid looks and claws and teeth. Monsters are born of deeds done. Unforgivable ones.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Rience: What’s that old saying? Better to be at the right hand of the devil than in his path. The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
The Best Witcher Quotes About Love
While love is also a theme in the Witcher series, it’s not often mentioned explicitly, unless it’s to discuss the destruction and pain it can cause. However, there are still some great lines which demonstrate the love different characters have for each other, whether they use the word or not. Here are our favorite Witcher quotes about love in all its many forms.
Geralt of Rivia: Yes, Yen.
Yennefer: When I … When we weren’t together, did you go with any other women?
Geralt of Rivia: No.
Yennefer: Not once?
Geralt of Rivia: Not once.
Yennefer: Your voice didn’t even waver. So I don’t know why I don’t believe you.
Geralt of Rivia: I only ever thought about you, Yen.
Yennefer: Now I believe you.” The Lady of the Lake (book)
“Flourens Delannoy: The king loved his wife, the queen, without limit, and she loved him with all her heart. Something like that could only end in disaster.” The Tower of the Swallow (book)
“Dandelion: We know little about love. Love is like a pear. A pear is sweet and has a distinct shape. Try to define the shape of a pear.” The Time of Contempt (book)
“Yennefer: I see them. What are they?
Istredd: Moon jellyfish.
Yennefer: I…I can hear them.
Istredd: Cicadas in summer.
Yennefer: [gasps] I can taste it. [laughs]
Istredd: It’s warm bread.
Yennefer: Are these the things you love?
Istredd: These are the things I thought you would love.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Yennefer: My father… My real father, he was half-elf. Do you remember the Great Cleansing?
Istredd: Thousands of Elven lives lost.
Yennefer: That’s how my father died. His blood is… why I’m cursed with a twisted spine. Why I’m only worth four marks. Why no one could ever love me.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“King Foltest: I did try to resist, at first, with Adda. We both did. For all it brightens, love casts long shadows. I envy you. To live, and never have to fall in love.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 3: “Betrayer Moon”
“Yennefer: [sarcastically] I love that I traded everything to get my seat at court. I love that I believed that it would all be worth it, that this would be my legacy. The greatest mage to have ever graced a court. And I really, really love that instead, I’ve gotten to spend the last three decades cleaning up stupid political messes. Glorified royal ass-wiper.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Jaskier: Why did Geralt go in there? It doesn’t make any sense. What, to save a mad fucking witch? Why?
Chireadan: Because she was magnificent.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Geralt: You lecture me on a mother’s love yet offer up someone else’s daughter.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 8: “Much More”
“Istredd: I mean, look at you. You could have anyone.
Yennefer: I have. And it was fun to be wanted. The object of desire. After where I came from, I lapped it up. But they all loved the power that came with my position at court. Not my power.
Istredd: And no one’s ever seen that but me? [they kiss] You know, I spent years waiting for this moment where you realized we’re meant for each other. You know, coming up with excuses to study at Aedirn. Henges, dead languages, anything to get closer to you again, and every request I made was denied. You shut them all down.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Istredd: [to Yennefer] You went after the thing you loved. Sorry you chose power.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Queen Calanthe: Go. The world depends on it.
Cirilla: I love you.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Nivellan: You spend a lifetime alone, then you claim a child of an ancient promise of destiny. What changed you?
Geralt: Who. Yennefer of Vengerberg.
Nivellan: Ooh-hoo-hoo! And where is this rarest and fairest of all maidens? The one who could crack an icy witcher’s heart?
Geralt: She’s dead.
Nivellan: I’m sorry, my boy. How long ago?
Geralt: A few days.
Nivellan: How are you not heartbroken?
Geralt: Who says I’m not?” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Istredd: You know Yenna?
Geralt: Yen. I did. Yes.
Istredd: Me too.
Geralt: You loved her.
Istred: Love. I never stopped.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 5: “Turn Your Back”
“Ciri: [lighting a candle] For Mousesack.
Nenneke: Mousesack? Who is that?
Ciri: He, um… he died trying to protect me.
Nenneke: Then he must have loved you very much.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Vilgefortz: You’re my partner. You can tell me if something’s wrong.
Tissaia: Our new position of authority means new responsibilities. I don’t want to burden you.
Vilgefortz: Our new position of authority doesn’t change the fact that I love you. Your pain is my pain.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Ciri: What… what was between you and Geralt?
Yennefer: Longing, regret, hope, and fear. I don’t think I’ve omitted anything.
Ciri: So, you love him too.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
The Best Witcher Quotes by Yennefer
Many of our favorite lines from the Witcher come from the interactions between Geralt and Yennefer. You can read more of those in our list of Geralt quotes, but here are some of the best Witcher quotes Yennefer said that aren’t just about their relationship.
“Yennefer: All around, everywhere you look, is dullness and uncertainty. Even something born of beauty soon leads to boredom and banality, commonplace, the human ritual, the tedious rhythm of life.” The Last Wish (book)
“Yennefer: Cats like sleeping and resting on intersections. There are many stories about magical animals but really, apart from the dragon, the cat is the only creature which can absorb the force. No one knows why a cat absorbs it and what it does with it.” Blood of Elves (book)
“Yennefer: Remember… magic is Chaos, Art and Science. It is a curse, a blessing and progress. It all depends on who uses magic, how they use it, and to what purpose. And magic is everywhere. All around us. Easily accessible.” Blood of Elves (book)
“Yennefer: What is truth? The negation of lies? Or the statement of a fact? And if the fact is a lie, what then is the truth?” Sword of Destiny (book)
“Yennefer: They are not demons, not devils… Worse than that. They are people.” The Tower of Swallows (book)
“Yennefer: It’s good to see you, Geralt. I… I’d even embrace you… were you not covered in blood.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Yennefer: [to a dead baby] I’m sorry you didn’t have a life. But if truth be told, you’re not missing much. I know it’s easy for me to say with warm breath in my lungs, and you with nothing. Still, what would you have had? Parents? Well, they’re the ones who wrote your last act, so not much lost there. Friends? Most likely fair weather. Lovers? Fun for a bit, I’ll admit, but all eventually disappoint. And let’s face it, you’re a girl. Your mother was right about one thing. We’re just vessels. And even when we’re told we’re special, as I was, as you would’ve been, we’re still just vessels, for them to take, and take, until we’re empty, and alone. So, count yourself lucky. You’ve cheated the game and won without even knowing it.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 4: “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials”
“Yennefer: The continent is vast. Just because you don’t know of a cure doesn’t mean there isn’t one. It’s simply beyond your scope.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Geralt: That’s cheating.
Yennefer: Nobody smart plays fair.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 5: “Bottled Appetites”
“Yennefer: How is it that I’ve walked this earth for decades without coming across a witcher, and then the first one I meet, I can’t get rid of?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Yennefer: [about Aretuza] It took five minutes for the lies to start. Why did I expect anything else from a place held together by bullshit?” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Yennefer: Think for yourselves. It’ll save you a lifetime of heartbreak.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Yennefer: Whatever you lack in talent, you make up for in confidence.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 7: “Before a Fall”
“Yennefer: At least conjure me up some decent food before we get to Shitgaard.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Yennefer: Your horse, it’s lame.
Fringilla: I know. If I dismount my men will eat it.
Yennefer: Horses, whores and mages. All useful till we’re not.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Yennefer: Perhaps if you’d thought for yourself instead of licking others’ boots. Eager to please. Easy to wound.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 1: “A Grain of Truth”
“Istredd: I’m leaving for Cintra tomorrow, to help the elves who are migrating, to help people like…
Yennefer: Like me? How heroic. If only you were asked to prove your loyalty by beheading a man.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 3: “What Is Lost”
“Cahir: Why save me?
Yennefer: Don’t flatter yourself. I’m saving me.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 3: “What Is Lost”
“Dermain: [to Yennefer] You’re very pretty.
Cahir: [to Yennefer] It appears you have some use after all.
Yennefer: Thankfully, men remain simple.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Yennefer: Fuck, fuck! What the fuck is the point?
Cahir: Of screaming?
Yennefer: Of anything! You’re born helpless so you find strength. Then that’s all they want you for, to use you. [sobs] And you find love, but it isn’t real. It’s– it’s a wish someone made once, before they even knew who you were. And you– you find power, and it turns to ash in your hands!” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 4: “Redanian Intelligence”
“Ciri: I’m so sorry. I don’t know what happened.
Yennefer: When you have power like this, never apologize.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
“Yennefer: Ci– Ciri… promise me something, if we get separated. Remember what you have. Magic. It’s lodged in you. Like a spiked arrow. It wounds you. Deeply. But it’s a strange sort of pain. Combined with… bliss. Trust me. It’s all you’ll ever need.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 7: “Voleth Meir”
The Wisest Witcher Quotes
There are many wise characters in the Witcher universe, whose words don’t quite fit under the other sections we’ve used here. Here are the best wise Witcher quotes, with some great points worth remembering for our own lives.
“Boholt: To me… wisdom includes the ability to turn a deaf ear to foolish or insincere advice.” Sword of Destiny (book)
“Dandelion: There is never a second opportunity to make a first impression.” Sword of Destiny (book)
“Vesemir: When they’re about to hang you, ask for a glass of water. You never know what might happen before they bring it.” Lady of the Lake (book)
“Geralt: Hatred and prejudice will never be eradicated. And witch hunts will never be about witches. A scapegoat, that’s the key.” The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (video game)
“Queen Calanthe: If we must do this now, here is your first lesson. As in life, it is impossible always to be fully prepared for battle. Keep your sword close and keep moving.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Queen Calanthe: In the face of the inevitable, good leaders should always choose mercy. In the future, you will be wise to do the same.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 1: “The End’s Beginning”
“Jaskier: Respect doesn’t make history.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 2: “Four Marks”
“Geralt: Take my advice. No treasure is worth dying for.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 6: “Rare Species”
“Visenna: We must live and let live.
Young Geralt: What’s that mean?
Visenna: It’s our code. We have to cling to something. If we don’t, the world descends into chaos.” The Witcher, Season 1 Episode 8: “Much More”
“Vesemir: Sometimes our deepest hate is for the things we cannot change about ourselves.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 5: “Turn Your Back”
“Francesca: Death is a part of life.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Codringher: Uh, information is power. And in the wrong hands, it can be a weapon.” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
“Nenneke: Hatred is an endless circle of fear and desperation. And who can tell which came first?” The Witcher, Season 2 Episode 6: “Dear Friend”
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