The Witcher: Best Geralt Quotes from the TV Show & Games

He may not say a lot, but whatever he says always makes an impact. From the profound to the snarky and everything in between, let’s break down Geralt of Rivia’s 6 best quotes from Netflix’s The Witcher television series as well as CD PROJEKT RED’S The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game.

“Fear is an illness. If you catch it and leave it untreated, it can consume you.”

The Witcher

There’s a common misconception about Geralt. Everyone thinks he’s fearless. However, he isn’t. He’s afraid of losing his loved ones, from his beloved horse Roach to his partner Yennefer of Vengerberg. Geralt’s strength and courage come from acknowledging that fear and working through it. Rather than suppressing this emotion, he recognizes and overcomes it.

“Fascinating story. Any chance you’re nearing the end?”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Geralt of Rivia doesn’t have the time or energy for idle chit-chat. He’s very goal-oriented and stoic, preferring to spend his hours slaying beasts, bathing peacefully, or drinking plentifully. But sometimes he gets caught up in a conversation with a long-winded pal. Luckily, Geralt isn’t shy. He’s direct enough to express when he’s grown weary of extensive story-weaving.

“We can’t kill our feelings. Our best chance is to kill the hatred that we may hold onto and move on.”

The Witcher

Once again, Geralt refuses to bury his emotions. This makes him the great man worthy of being our protagonist and the Continent’s hero. By admitting he is hurting, he takes the first step toward forgiveness. And he encourages others to do the same.

“Why men throw their lives away attacking an armed witcher … I’ll never know. Something about my face?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

At times, Geralt can be quite funny. The above quote illustrates his sarcastic tendencies. Knowing how people fear battle scars and witcher’s strange looks, Geralt makes a quip about men attacking him because of his appearance. “Something about my face?” is a typical joke to make when encountering disagreement, but the added layer of Geralt’s gold eyes makes it especially hilarious.

“You don’t need mutations to strip men of their humanity. I’ve seen plenty of examples.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

As a witcher, Geralt is often viewed as something scary. He’s completely Other, and his kind are specifically mutated and trained to inflict pain. In most parts of the Continent, rumors abound that witchers are emotionless warriors solely capable of killing. But simply put, that’s unfair — and inaccurate. Witchers are as different as every being, as caring or as cruel or anything in between. Geralt knows this from experience. He’s faced every single type of monster out there, after all.

“People like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves.”

The Witcher

Like the previous video game quote, this line is all about those metaphorical monsters. What’s actually scary? Differences between people, or how people exploit and ridicule those differences? Here, Geralt makes a profound point about the nature of humanity. We invent things to go bump in the night so that we don’t have to face our own vile hearts. As long as we can excuse bad behavior with other-wordly demons, we can get away with anything.

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