Top 20 Quotes from ‘A Game of Thrones’ // Arya’s Perspective

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Arya Stark from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a relatable character who wishes to learn skills of swordsman rather than ballroom dancing. These are the top 20 quotes from the novel, from the chapters of Arya’s perspective:

(I am not affiliated with the author, publisher, etc. I am just a fan of the novels. I own nothing.)

  1. “The wolf pup loved her, even if no one else did.” [Narrator]
  2. “The longer you hide, the sterner the penance.” [Jon]
  3. “Know the men who follow you, and let them know you. Don’t ask your men to die for a stranger.” [Ned]
  4. “You have a wildness in you, child. ‘The wolf blood.’” [Ned]
  5. “Grieve for your friend, but never blame yourself.” [Ned]
  6. “And even the lie was…not without honor.” [Ned]
  7. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter, we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths.” [Ned]
  8. “You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts.” [Ned]
  9. “We have enemies who mean us ill. We cannot fight a war among ourselves.” [Ned]
  10. “She closed her eyes and bit her lip and sent the fear away.” [Narrator]
  11. “The monsters were still there, but the fear was gone.” [Narrator]
  12. A bruise is a lesson, and each lesson makes us better.”[Arya, thinking]
  13. “The cat was an ordinary cat, no more. The others expected a fabulous beast, so that is what they saw.” [Syrio]
  14. “Opening your eyes is all that is needing. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes see true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth.” [Syrio]
  15. “Are you men or dogs that you would threaten a child?” [Syrio]
  16. “…and you will now be speaking to me with more respect.” [Syrio]
  17. “The man who fears losing has already lost.” [Arya, thinking]
  18. “Never do what they expect.” [Arya, thinking]
  19. “This time the monsters did not frighten her. They seemed almost old friends.” [Narrator]
  20. “…and after that the darkness held no more terrors for her.” [Narrator]

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Did Our Best (Poem 8 x 20)

Is it just me?, life, Metaphors in Nature, Poems

Smells like death

Rotting flesh

Nothing left 

Makeshift meds

Bloody mess

All regret 

Clean the wreck 

Make amends 

Start anew

Lose a few

Find the truth

Slice in two 

Waterloo

Flocks that flew

Back to you

In the tomb

Slow runner

Front gunner

Lackluster

Drug buster

Safe summer

Steel cutter

Flow flutter

Green gutter

Makes no sense

Deeper dense

Cleaner cleanse

Dependents

Feeling tense

Falling fence

Soul to rinse

Repentance 

Is it right?

Keep it tight

Start a fight

On this night

Toughest plight 

In hindsight 

You were mine

If I might

Is it wrong?

Sing a song

Play along 

Bang the gong

Don’t take long

Just be gone

Fling ping pong 

Search Hong Kong 

Make a choice

Then rejoice 

Making noise

Finding voice

Rainy moist

Skin so coarse

Racing horse

Frightful Force

Sky is here

Space is near

We have fear

Changing gears

Pouring tears

Losing years

Chasing deer

Life will steer 

Forget me

Set us free

Stop and see

Wipe it clean

Sights unseen

Halo three

I’m in need

Nightmare dream

Is this real? 

I can’t feel

It’s surreal

Voids to fill

They will kill

If we’re still

Moving meals

Rusty wheels 

Soul is hot

I am not

Here to rot

In this pot

Of the lost

On the cross

You forgot 

I can’t stop 

Make it rain

Show disdain

Burn in flames

Never stay

Go away

So ashamed

Fall from Grace

Face will fade 

What am I

In this life?

Who designed 

All this plight?

A disguise 

So outright

Melting eyes

In the sky

Who are we

With disease?

Cutting keen

Reverie

Can this be

All for keeps?

Play for treats

Or we leave

Peace on earth

Myths of dirt

Rip my shirt

Stop the birth

Gait or girth

Gift of myrrh

Hating her

Flesh and fur

Wars in stars

Beating hearts

Saving scars

Rip apart

Fly afar

Doors ajar

Gates to guard

Fight too hard

In this wake

We create

Signs of hate

No debate

Quickly fade

Leaves to rake

Souls forsake

Time to take

Get us home 

Save our souls

We’re alone

Off the road

Outlaw zone 

Broken phone

Losing hope 

Where to go? 

Fly it back

Now attack

Burn to black 

Trim and track

What we lack 

We distract

Make them laugh

They’ll all crack 

Let us rest

No more tests

Disrespect 

Fallen friends

Joking jests 

People pests

Ended less

Did our best 

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Reading ‘Moby-Dick’

Books, life, Metaphors in Nature, Wildlife

Classic pieces of literature can be beautiful and enjoyable to read, analyze, and discuss. For many of these novels and short stories, regardless of the genre, I find it’s a hit or miss if I’ll enjoy dissecting the words and chapters. 

After pushing through several long, tedious chapters, I decided that Moby-Dick, written by Herman Melville, would fall into the category of “miss.” – the category of work I’ll never touch again, and maybe not even finish reading. 

As an adventure lover, this book was disappointing to me. Now, I’ll be honest – the chapters devoted to the narrative, the actual story of Ishmael and his insane Captain – those are great. Wonderfully written and smooth, the lines are clever and clear. 

It’s too bad that only about 10 percent of the novel is narrative. If we could extract those chapters filter out the unnecessary information, this book would be much shorter and a lot more entertaining.

There are far too many pages devoted to explaining whales – quite literally EVERYTHING there was to be know about whales back in 1851. Anatomy, different species, whaling industry, tools used for catching whales, the laws of possession of escaped whales, oil from whales, etc. Whales, whales, whales, whales, and more whales.

Learning and studying whales is one thing. And this could have been a textbook for whale courses in the 1800’s. However, I began reading with an expectation of reading a story. Not a textbook on nineteen century cetology. 

I have much respect for this novel, for what it is. It’s a classic, and I know that it brought joy to readers back when it was released. For me, personally, I didn’t finish it. I found that over halfway through, I stopped caring about the ending. I don’t even feel a desire to search for a summary on how it all plays out. Does the whale meet its end? Does the captain die? What about Ishmael?

I wish I cared more, but I don’t. Life is too short to finish unenjoyable novels. I respect this book. I just don’t like it very much. And if I were to die tonight, I’d rather I spend my last night of reading excited and interested in the characters.

Lots of respect, without love. It’s too bad.

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Quotes from ‘A Game of Thrones’ // Tyrion’s Perspective

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Few characters have the wit and personality of Tyrion Lannister. Here are the top quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire Book One: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin:

(Disclaimer: I own none of these words. I’m just a fan enjoying the fantasy novels. Not affiliated with publishers or the author.)

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  1. “Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.” [Tyrion]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. “My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” [Tyrion]
  3. “The Night’s Watch is a midden heap for all the misfits of the realm.” [Tyrion]
  4. “Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.” [Tyrion]
  5. “If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow at him.” [Tyrion]
  6. “We all need to be mocked from time to time, Lord Mormont, lest we start to take ourselves too seriously.” [Tyrion]
  7. “The young ones need to forget the lives they left behind them, the brothers and mothers and all that. A visit home would only stir up feelings best left alone.” [Mormont]
  8. “…a long summer always meant a long winter to come…” [Mormont]
  9. “You must make them understand. I tell you, my lord, the darkness is coming.” [Mormont]
  10. “They are running, my lord…but running from what?” [Lord Mormont]
  11. “…a vast white road with no beginning and no end and a dark abyss on either side.” [Narrator, on the Wall]
  12. “I decline to deliver any message that might get me killed.” [Tyrion]
  13. “The enemy were all vanquished or vanished.” [Narrator]
  14. “He was a bee in a stone honeycomb, and someone had torn off his wings.” [Narrator]
  15. “Submission and silence would have been his best defenses.” [Narrator]
  16. “Not impregnable, merely inconvenient.” [Tyrion]
  17. “His brother never untied a knot when he could slash it in two with his sword.” [Narrator]
  18. “His mouth had gotten him into this cell; it could damn well get him out.” [Narrator]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  19. “I fought for you, but I do not love you.” [Bronn]
    “It was your blade I needed, not your love.” [Tyrion]
  20. “If a man was mad enough to put out his own eye, he was unlikely to be gentle to his enemies.” [Narrator]
  21. “No sword is strong until it’s been tempered.” [Lord Tywin]
  22. “Would the boy bring his wolves to war with him?” [Narrator, Tyrion thinking]
  23. “He left the living to look after the dead…” [Narrator]
  24. “Tywin was oft quiet in council, preferring to listen before he spoke.” [Narrator]
  25. “A man who fights for coin is loyal only to his purse.” [Kevan]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  26. “Two battles do not make a war. We are far from lost.” [Ser Addam]

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Quotes from ‘A Game of Thrones’ // Bran’s Perspective

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A Game of Thrones gives us the first look into George R. R. Martin’s world of knights, dragons, and fantasy. Here are the best 38 quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One: A Game of Thrones, from the chapters of Bran’s perspective:

(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the author or publisher of this novel. I do not own these words. I am just another fan.)

  1. “It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark.”[Jon]
  2. “Jon’s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.” [Narrator]
  3. “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” [Bran]
    “That is the only time a man can be brave.” [Ned]
  4. “If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” [Ned]
  5. “…you must take no pleasure in the task, but neither must you look away. A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.” [Ned]
  6. “Born with the dead, worse luck.” [Man in Ned’s Crew]
  7. “Easy to say, and harder to do.” [Ned]
  8. “Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night.” [Jaime]
  9. “You should think less about the future and more about the pleasures at hand.” [Jaime]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  10. I told you, the answer is flying, not crying. How hard can it be?” [The Crow]
  11. “There are different kinds of wings.” [The Crow]
  12. Every flight begins with a fall.” [The Crow]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. “Choose. Fly or die.” [The Crow]
  14. “Wings unseen drank the wind and filled and pulled him upward…” [Narrator]
  15. “The stories are, before me and after me, before you too.” [Old Nan]
  16. “Fear is for the winter.” [Old Nan]
  17. “Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness…” [Old Nan]
  18. “The crow had promised him that he could fly.” [Narrator]
  19. “Spare me your false courtesies…” [Tyrion]
  20. “…so long as he did not hear them he was safe.” [Narrator]
  21. “Blood for blood.” [Theon]
  22. “His lean, dark face had a hungry look to it.” [Narrator]
  23. “Folly and desperation are ofttimes hard to tell apart.” [Maester Luwin]
  24. “A man’s worth is not marked by a ser before his name.” [Maester Luwin]
  25. “Let them mock, Bran thought. No one mocked him in his bedchamber, but he would not live his life in bed.” [Narrator]
  26. “The godswood was an island of peace in the sea of chaos.” [Narrator]fullsizeoutput_ccd
  27. “I don’t want to go. I have to.” [Robb]
  28. “She had gone south, and only her bones had returned.” [Narrator, on ‘Lady’ the direwolf]
  29. “You asked them and they’re answering. Open your ears, listen, you’ll hear.” [Osha]
  30. “Who do you think sends the wind, if not the gods?” [Osha]
  31. “So be it. I’ll wear my irons and hold my tongue. A man who won’t listen can’t hear.” [Osha]
  32. “There are some who call my order the knights of the mind.” [Maester Luwin]
  33. “Bran, when a man fights, his arms and legs and thoughts must be as one.” [Maester Luwin]
  34. “You must put these dreams aside, they will only break your heart.” [Luwin]
  35. “He was not made for chains.” [Bran, on ‘Summer’ the direwolf]
  36. “Fear can fever a man’s mind and give him queer thoughts.” [Luwin]
  37. “The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword.” [Luwin]
  38. “They were a people dark and beautiful, small of stature, no tall than children even when grown to manhood. They lived in the depths of the wood, in caves and crannogs and secret tree towns. Slight as they were, the children were quick and graceful.” [Luwin, on the children of the forest]

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this list. Please look out for the next posts containing more quotes from these amazing novels.

Quotes from “Jane Eyre” by Charolette Bronte

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Here is the PDF of all the quotes from Jane Eyre that stuck out to me. Many of them I used in my five part post about what this novel taught me about life. This PDF is quotes only – no insights, no comments, just straight quotes from the book.

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Jane Eyre Quotes

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