Who Said It: Tywin Lannister or Sun Tzu?

By: Staff

5 Min Quiz

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

One of the most powerful lords in Westeros, Tywin Lannister is calculating and ruthless. Sun Tzu, the Chinese military general, wrote "The Art of War," which continues to influence culture today. Can you tell which commander said which quote?

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

This particular bit of wisdom comes from Sun Tzu. Surely Tywin would want you to fall like cold steel. Or lion claws.


“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”

Sun Tzu knew about the dangers of oxidation.


"There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool."

It almost sounds cheery enough to have come from the mouth of Mary Poppins, but no. Tywin Lannister meant it in a much more ominous way.


“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”

Sun Tzu's advice is basically a variant on "You make your own luck."


"Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king at all.”

Tywin Lannister believes in showing power rather than talking about it.


“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

Sun Tzu, always looking on the bright side.


"When soldiers lack discipline, the fault lies with their commander."

It's no secret that Tywin Lannister is all about controlling those below him.


“But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”

To create you must destroy, but Sun Tzu knew that the finality of destruction should be taken seriously.


“Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.”

Sometimes, negotiation is better than brute force, according to Tywin Lannister.


“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

The Lannister sigil features a lion, so it's no surpise that this one came from Tywin.


“Like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.”

Tywin Lannister isn't really into the concept of renewal. This is Sun Tzu's quote.


“Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy."

If Sun Tzu could communicate with sea life like Aquaman, we humans would have a lot less fish to eat.


"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness."

This actually seems like some pretty good advice from Tywin Lannister.


"No man is free. Only children and fools think elsewise."

Ever the pessimist, Tywin Lannister sees life as a constant struggle.


“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”

You can see why Sun Tzu's words are quoted by people all the time, even though many of the practices attributed to him are downright ruthless.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!