It is no secret that the Dragon Age series has amazing writing. A lot of work is put into the various cultures, regions, and characters. There are even amazing stories within the story. The folklore and books within the universe are just as entertaining.
So of course there are quotes worth mentioning from this game series. Picking out 10 from the thousands of lines is difficult but we tried to get a healthy mix of the funny lines and the more thoughtful ones as well.
10 Alistair’s Big Line
“Swooping is bad.” — Alistair in Dragon Age: Origins
Alistair is a character with a big fandom, so of course one of his most popular lines had to be on this list. This quote is made at the beginning of the game when the player first meets Morrigan. Alistair is immediately suspicious to which Morrigan says, “You fear barbarians will swoop down upon you?” To which Alistair just agrees and says in his awkward little way, “Swooping is bad.”
This Alistair quote is most well remembered by the fans. The line at least ties with “Have you ever licked a lamppost in winter?” That one definitely deserves an honorable mention.
9 The Plummet To The Abyss
“We stand on the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment, and when it comes do not hesitate to leap. For it is when we fall we learn whether we can fly.” — Flemeth in Dragon Age 2
Besides Morrigan, Flemeth is the face of Dragon Age. She has made an appearance in every game and it always seems like she knows far more than she tells. One of her best lines is from Dragon Age 2 when she gives Hawke advice about what to do when the world plummets into a coming unknown force. The quote is beautiful and speaks of risk and bravery.
8 Sten On Taverns
“Is this some form of mass suicide?” — Sten in Dragon Age: Origins
Sten is a character that is loved for his bluntness. He is rarely afraid to say what he is thinking. It is that aspect about him that leads to this line he says when entering a tavern in Orzammar. What makes the line so funny is that it is a rather ordinary tavern. There are drunks and it is a little rowdy. Other party members make comments such as "I hope that's the sound of someone being murdered and not singing."
7 On Wisdom
"Believe in whatever you like; absent creators or whimsical gods. Follow prophets or ashkaari, or omens in the earth and sky. You will find wisdom only if you seek it." — Sten in Dragon Age: Origins
A great part of Dragon Age is that the characters are well-rounded. While Sten can be funny, he can also say really deep and thoughtful lines.
Sten is known as one of the more close-minded Dragon Age characters due to his Qunari religion where much is absolute. Despite that background, he says this deep quote about just seeking meaning in the world. He says it does not matter what you believe, as long as you have the will to seek it out. That wisdom is in the journey of belief, not the destination.
"I like the stories where the villain was the man beside you the whole time. The best villains don’t see themselves as evil. They’re fighting for a good cause and willing to get their hands dirty." — Varric in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Varric says this quote when discussing how he writing villains to The Iron Bull. What makes this quote pack a punch is that it’s Dragon Age’s villain formula in a nutshell. We see this pattern throughout the whole series!
5 Morrigan On Men
“Men are always willing to believe two things about a woman: one, that she is weak, and two, that she finds him attractive.” — Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins
Spoken like a true master of manipulation. Morrigan has managed to keep a cynical personality throughout the series while still having character development in other aspects. For example, now she is raising a son and is being a great mom! He will grow into a man (hopefully?). She definitely would raise him to not fit her line about men from Origins.
4 Alistair’s One-Liners
“That's what I'm here for-to deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners!" — Alistair in Dragon Age: Origins
Honestly though, a lot of characters in the series tend to deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners. That’s why people love it. Alistair in particular deals far more in witty one-liners than bad news. According to Morrigan though, his one-liners are far from witty.
3 Isabella On Regrets
“Our mistakes make us who we are.” — Isabella in Dragon Age 2
Isabella says this line when Anders asks her if she has any regrets. He asks if there are any mistakes to would make right. Knowing Isabella, she has made plenty of them. She’s a pirate who lives on the edge. However she just says that mistakes make us who we are. Even Anders is impressed as he replies, “That was almost profound.”
2 Oghren When His Stuff Gets Stolen
“No one touches Oghren’s junk and lives!” — Oghren in Dragon Age: Awakening
If you are lucky enough to have Oghren with you when the Architect kidnaps your party to experiment on, you got to hear this funny line. While escaping you find that darkspawn creatures are wearing Oghren’s clothes and has his weapon. Along with the line about his junk, Oghren also hilariously says, “Hey, that thing has my things!”
1 Flemeth On Men’s Hearts
“Men's hearts hold shadows darker than any tainted creature." — Flemeth in Dragon Age: Origins
Flemeth’s lines deserve a list of their own. Her quotes all have this touch of mystery, fantasy, and wonder that make her deserving to be a major character in Dragon Age lore.
Being far older than she seems, Flemeth has seen Thedas through hundreds of years. Seeing so much would make someone wise. However Flemeth keeps a ton of secrets. You can tell the things she says are just little musings compared to whatever storm is brewing inside her mind. Still, her lines are fantastical.