Our list of best quotes from Netflix’s fantasy adventure series based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher is set in a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as the Continent and the story follows Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Crown Princess Ciri, who are linked to each other by destiny.'Evil is evil. Lesser. Greater. Middling. It's all the same.' - Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
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1. The End’s Beginning
'Know when it's time to stop moving.' - Queen Calanthe (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Geralt of Rivia: [to the wounded deer] Today isn’t your day, is it?
Innkeeper: Go. On your own, or at the end of a rope, your choice.
Geralt of Rivia: Not a hard choice.
Marilka: You don’t scare me.
Geralt of Rivia: That’s too bad.
Stregobor: Not often do we see your likeness here in Blaviken.
Geralt of Rivia: Not many of my likeness left.
Stregobor: I’d offer you my condolences, but I seem to remember that witchers don’t feel anything.
Geralt of Rivia: A reclusive sorcerer who uses an alias, and hires a young girl to procure him a witcher. You don’t want my monster. You want me to kill yours.
Stregobor: Very clever. Indeed.
Geralt of Rivia: What kind?
Stregobor: The worst kind. The human kind. Its name is Renfri.
Stregobor: Destiny has many faces, Witcher. Mine, for example, is beautiful on the outside, but hideous on the inside. She has stretched her bloody talons towards me.
Geralt of Rivia: Wizards are all the same. You talk nonsense while making wise and meaningful faces. Speak normally.
Geralt of Rivia: [to Stregobor] Doesn’t rhyme. All good predictions rhyme.
Stregobor: Kill her. I’ll pay you anything.
Geralt of Rivia: I kill monsters.
Stregobor: The kikimora kills because it’s hungry, Renfri kills for pleasure. She is a monster. She is the last of Lilit’s women. And she possesses the power to destroy us all.
Geralt of Rivia: I don’t believe anyone has that power.
Stregobor: Killing Renfri is the lesser evil.
Geralt of Rivia: 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.
2. Four Marks
'Chaos is the most dangerous thing in this world. It is all around us all the time. Volatile and powerful.' - Tissaia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet 'No matter what you choose, you'll come out bloody and hating yourself.' - Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Yennefer: Am I dead? How did I get here?
Istredd: Well, it looks to me like you portalled in.
Yennefer: I what?
Ciri: I’m on the run. I’m supposed to be going towards someone, but instead, I’m running from someone else.
Jaskier: [to Geralt] I love the way you just sit in the corner and brood.
Jaskier: No one else hesitated to comment on the quality of my performance, except for you. Come on. You don’t want to keep a man with bread in his pants waiting. You must have some review for me. Three words or less.
Geralt of Rivia: They don’t exist.
Jaskier: What don’t exist?
Geralt of Rivia: The creatures in your song.
Jaskier: White hair, big, old loner, two very, very scary looking swords. I know who you are. You’re the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. Called it.
Jaskier: Need a hand? I’ve got two. One for each of the devil’s horns.
Geralt of Rivia: Go away.
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 of Rivia: It’s onion.
Yennefer: You should’ve let me die. At least I had control over that.
Tissaia: Oh, that’s adorable, piglet. You weren’t taking control. You were losing it.
3. Betrayer Moon
'There is not a person alive that does not look into the mirror and see some deformity.' - Tissaia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet 'For all it brightens, love casts long shadows.' - King Foltest (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Danica: [referring to the scar on his leg] I don’t recall the bard singing of this one. Who would dare try and rob you of your treasure? A woman?
Geralt of Rivia: Princess.
Danica: Were you in love? What’s her name?
Geralt of Rivia: When you live as long as I do, all the names start to sound the same.
Geralt of Rivia: [to Roach] Don’t judge me.
Geralt of Rivia: You can’t kill the vukodlak, so you decide to kill your king? Great plan.
Geralt of Rivia: I take payment after the job is done, and for a third of the price. An apology from my guild, to yours.
Tsoka: And if you can’t kill it?
Geralt of Rivia: Then I die.
Triss: You can put down your sword. I’m not here to hurt you.
Geralt of Rivia: Says the witch hiding in the woods.
Geralt of Rivia: Witch.
Yennefer: Fringilla and the others see their ideal selves so clearly. They know exactly what they want for their enchantments.
Istredd: Stop worrying so much.
Yennefer: Easy for a Ban Ard boy. You dolts needn’t change a single wrinkle before heading to court.
Istredd: What do you want?
Yennefer: Remember that scared girl who tumbled at your feet in this cave, totally unaware of her power? I want to go back home to Aedirn and never be her again.
Giltine: [to Yennefer] Let me be candid. You are a first draft of what nature intended, yes? Lucky for you, I’m the final artist. Every girl I enchant leaves Aretuza a living work of art. Hmm? No matter how challenging the clay.
4. Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials
'Destiny helps people believe there's an order to this horses**t. There isn't.' - Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Councilman: What’s that stench?
Geralt of Rivia: Selkiemore guts. Had to get it from the inside. I’ll take what I’m owed.
Jaskier: And now, Witcher, it’s time to repay your debt. “What debt?” you’re probably asking yourself in your head right now. Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve made you famous, Witcher. By rights, I should be claiming ten percent of all your coin, but instead, what I’m asking for is a teeny, teeny-weeny little favor.
Geralt of Rivia: F*** off, bard.
Jaskier: Now, now, stop your boorish grunts of protest. It is one night bodyguarding your very best friend in the whole wide world. How hard could it be?
Geralt of Rivia: I’m not your friend.
Jaskier: Oh. Oh, really? Oh, you usually just let strangers rub chamomile onto your lovely bottom? Yeah, well, yeah. Exactly. That’s what I thought.
Geralt of Rivia: How many of these lords want to kill you?
Jaskier: Hard to say. One stops keeping count after a while. Wives, concubines, mothers sometimes.
Geralt of Rivia: I will not suffer tonight sober just because you hid your sausage in the wrong royal pantry. I’m not killing anyone. Not over the petty squabbles of men.
Jaskier: Yes, yes, yes. You never get involved. Except you actually do, all of the time.
Jaskier: Come on, you must want something for yourself, once all this monster hunting nonsense is over with.
Geralt of Rivia: I want nothing.
Jaskier: Well, who knows? Maybe someone out there will want you.
Geralt of Rivia: I need no one. And the last thing I want is someone needing me.
Jaskier: And yet, here we are.
5. Bottled Appetites
'Destiny is just the embodiment of the soul's desire to grow.' - Jaskier (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Mousesack: [referring to Ciri] You don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t know what she is.
Cahir: She will end up where she belongs.
Beau Berrant: Isn’t it lovely, the life we’ve chosen? Not being bound by the rules of the Brotherhood.
Yennefer: Living off the grid with no resources. Mm. It’s a dream come true.
Beau Berrant: Lucky for you, you found your way to an intolerant kingdom.
Beau Berrant: With mages like us, word of mouth is paramount.
Yennefer: There is no “us”. There’s only me. And I know a thing or two about stirring word of mouth.
Beau Berrant: Perhaps you are not aware of the rules here? If you are casting spells, I need to collect what’s due to the kingdom.
Yennefer: I’m afraid those terms seem rather s**te to me.
Dryad General: We all make decisions. The sword of destiny has two edges.
Ciri: What does that mean?
Dryad General: You must make the choice. You can stay. Or you can continue on your search. What do you want to do?
Jaskier: [to Geralt] What’s it been, months? Years? What is time, anyway? I heard you were in town. Are you following me, you scamp? I mean, I’m flattered and everything, but you should really think about getting a hobby one of these days.
Geralt of Rivia: I’m not fishing. I can’t sleep.
Jaskier: Right. Good. Well, that makes sense. Insomuch that it sort of doesn’t.
Geralt of Rivia: [referring to the djinn] It’ll grant me wishes. It’s in this lake somewhere! And I can’t f***ing sleep!
6. Rare Species
'When your species is on the verge of collapse, perhaps everything becomes more desperate.' - Borch Three Jackdaws (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Jaskier: [as they’re stealing] You stop that, or I’ll, uh…
The Butcher: Or you’ll what? Sing us to death?
Jaskier: This woman just killed a man with her bare hands for trying to steal your horse.
Geralt of Rivia: Maybe she’ll make a better travel companion then.
Jaskier: I can hear it now, a tale of two Zerrikanians, and their valiant poet lover. Oh! We’re so doing this. We’re in.
Geralt of Rivia: You’ve wasted your breath, Borch. I don’t kill dragons.
Geralt of Rivia: Take my advice. No treasure is worth dying for.
Borch Three Jackdaws: Depends on the treasure. What I need is a new adventure. One final first before I’m too old to do anything but die.
Geralt of Rivia: And you think killing a dragon will bring you that?
Borch Three Jackdaws: You feel it just the same as me, that hole inside you. That itch that can’t be scratched that burns your brain, keeps you awake at night. Come with me. I’ll show you what you’re missing.
Geralt of Rivia: What am I missing?
Jaskier: Charming how everyone wants to get their hands on Roach these days, isn’t it?
Geralt of Rivia: He means we won’t make it out alive.
Jaskier: Wait, what? No one mentioned anything about impending death.
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?
Jaskier: I’d say something strange was afoot. But then again, witchers are bound to bump into monsters eventually.
Yennefer: The crow’s feet are new.
Jaskier: Yeah, well, your jokes are old.
7. Before a Fall
'Sometimes, you have to compromise in order to survive.' - Tissaia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Zola: You need to be careful, child. This place isn’t safe if you’re alone.
Ciri: Then it’s the same as every other place.
Mousesack: You’ve come for your Child of Surprise, haven’t you?
Geralt of Rivia: The opposite. I want you to tell me that he’s safe and healthy so I can keep on riding.
Mousesack: He is a girl.
Queen Calanthe: I warned you about coming back.
Geralt of Rivia: I’ve been away twelve years, and I’d planned on staying that way, till you sent eight men to kill me.
Queen Calanthe: Why would I give my only heir to someone who never cared enough to come back for her? Move along, Witcher. I’ll pay whatever you want.
Geralt of Rivia: I can’t be bought. You should remember.
Mousesack: Money can’t undo the Law of Surprise. Kings who’ve tried to outbid destiny end up on pikes.
Queen Calanthe: And if I win the war, but lose Ciri, what victory is that?
Geralt of Rivia: [to Calanthe] Call it destiny, security, what larger forces at work, I don’t care. I will take her, protect her, and bring her back unharmed, I promise you that.
Geralt of Rivia: First, you try to kill me, then you lie to me. I’m just trying to keep Cirilla safe.
Queen Calanthe: Ciri is safe, with me, until the day she takes over my throne.
Geralt of Rivia: 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 f*** right off.
8. Much More
'We have to cling to something. If we don't, the world descends into chaos.' - Visenna (The Witcher) Click To Tweet 'People linked by destiny will always find each other.' - Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) Click To Tweet
Geralt of Rivia: Ill winds follow grave robbers.
Yurga: If I was a robber, I’d be taking their belongings, Butcher.
Geralt of Rivia: If I was a butcher, you’d be amongst the corpses.
Yurga: With the hands of two, I could move quicker.
Geralt of Rivia: The only thing you should do quickly is flee.
Yurga: Don’t leave! Look at these people. Innocent people, killed for what? So Nilfgaard can have more land? We owe it to them to do better.
Geralt of Rivia: I’m not better.
Geralt of Rivia: Not a happy ever after, after all. A fitting end, huh, Roach?
Yennefer: Nilfgaard take people down to their worst, then give them something to cling to. Even if it’s s**tty ale.
Tissaia: That’s why we’re here. Because sometimes it’s not s**tty ale. Sometimes it’s a bed in a pigpen. You have to make a choice to fight back.
Tissaia: There’s nothing like a higher purpose to permit men to do the unspeakable.
Young Alderman: But it’s all any of us have left. We have to defend it.
Sabrina: That’s heroic.
Yennefer: And stupid.
Marites: [as Yennefer creates more arrows] I wish I could do that.
Yennefer: It’s magic. It’s not real.