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.)
- “The wolf pup loved her, even if no one else did.” [Narrator]
- “The longer you hide, the sterner the penance.” [Jon]
- “Know the men who follow you, and let them know you. Don’t ask your men to die for a stranger.” [Ned]
- “You have a wildness in you, child. ‘The wolf blood.’” [Ned]
- “Grieve for your friend, but never blame yourself.” [Ned]
- “And even the lie was…not without honor.” [Ned]
- “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]
- “You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts.” [Ned]
- “We have enemies who mean us ill. We cannot fight a war among ourselves.” [Ned]
- “She closed her eyes and bit her lip and sent the fear away.” [Narrator]
- “The monsters were still there, but the fear was gone.” [Narrator]
- “A bruise is a lesson, and each lesson makes us better.”[Arya, thinking]
- “The cat was an ordinary cat, no more. The others expected a fabulous beast, so that is what they saw.” [Syrio]
- “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]
- “Are you men or dogs that you would threaten a child?” [Syrio]
- “…and you will now be speaking to me with more respect.” [Syrio]
- “The man who fears losing has already lost.” [Arya, thinking]
- “Never do what they expect.” [Arya, thinking]
- “This time the monsters did not frighten her. They seemed almost old friends.” [Narrator]
- “…and after that the darkness held no more terrors for her.” [Narrator]
“The Martian,” written by Andy Weir is an intelligently written novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars.
The most astounding aspect of this book is the main character – Mark Watney – and his incredible persistence and positive attitude. His actions are admirable and brave in a time when no one would blame him for giving up and panicking.
Mark is the definition of how to act in an emergency situation. Instead of losing his motivation and giving into the harsh climate and near impossible circumstances, he continually skips right past all ideas of panic and self-pity and immediately moves forward with ideas and problem solving techniques. He’s resourceful and clever, extremely intelligent, and level headed to the point of making jokes in his unfortunate situation.
How often in life do we waste time and energy on feeling sorry for ourselves? How much time could be saved by skipping past all the mourning and pity parties and instead, immediately getting to work on how to improve the scenario? We could accomplish so much more if we pushed back the natural impulse to panic and used that energy to focus on brainstorming a solution.
Mark Watney exhibits textbook courage and resourcefulness. He’s a perfect example of how we should all act in emergency events. Lost in the woods, car wrecks, losing a job, missing an important occasion, getting rejected from anything – these are things that happen everyday and require a calm, clever mind in order to push forward successfully. Panic, worry, pity – all of these are the opposite of helpfulness and won’t help anyone move forward with life and healing.
If Mark had, for any moment, lost faith and decided to stop trying, he would have easily died and perished in the Martian climate. He was forced to stay calm and keep his composure in order to survive.
“The Martian” is a great read. We should all follow Mark Watney’s example and skip the urges to panic and feel sorry for ourselves.
Social Media has upsides, but it also has consequences that aren’t so positive. I think the negative hits some people harder than others. I’m one of those that needs a break from the constant checking and wasted time looking at the fabricated lives of others. Okay for some people, not okay for me.
Back in December I decided I’d take a break from social media for the entire year of 2019. Honestly, it hasn’t been difficult. It’s actually pretty nice. Nearing the end of April, I’ve almost had four months free of social media.
I take pictures for my own enjoyment versus taking them with intention to post for others to see. Have you ever heard the saying, “Enjoy it, don’t record it”? I’ve found I live by that saying much more now that I’m not planning to upload photos online after the event.
I hear less about the terrible things going on in the world. A lack of news updates can be good and bad. Sometimes we all need to know what’s happening across the globe. But for the most part, the news channels and media only care about how many viewers they have, versus actually telling a story. And most of whatever is posted on Facebook is made up/false news anyway.
I don’t see anything about celebrities and the daily updates on their lives. Most of the people talked about, I don’t know who they are. So this might not be great for clubs discussing E!News, but it has been awesome for me.
I’ve spent more time reading and writing. It’s insane how much time can be wasted scrolling through social media updates. It’s eye opening. Now I spend more time reading material that is good for my mind. I have more time to write and express myself.
I’m glad I decided to take an extended break from the social media platforms. I think a break would do most people some good.
Try it out.
Wildcat Bridge – Richland Chambers
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.)
- “It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark.”[Jon]
- “Jon’s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.” [Narrator]
- “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” [Bran]
“That is the only time a man can be brave.” [Ned]
- “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]
- “…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]
- “Born with the dead, worse luck.” [Man in Ned’s Crew]
- “Easy to say, and harder to do.” [Ned]
- “Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night.” [Jaime]
- “You should think less about the future and more about the pleasures at hand.” [Jaime]
- “I told you, the answer is flying, not crying. How hard can it be?” [The Crow]
- “There are different kinds of wings.” [The Crow]
- “Every flight begins with a fall.” [The Crow]
- “Choose. Fly or die.” [The Crow]
- “Wings unseen drank the wind and filled and pulled him upward…” [Narrator]
- “The stories are, before me and after me, before you too.” [Old Nan]
- “Fear is for the winter.” [Old Nan]
- “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]
- “The crow had promised him that he could fly.” [Narrator]
- “Spare me your false courtesies…” [Tyrion]
- “…so long as he did not hear them he was safe.” [Narrator]
- “Blood for blood.” [Theon]
- “His lean, dark face had a hungry look to it.” [Narrator]
- “Folly and desperation are ofttimes hard to tell apart.” [Maester Luwin]
- “A man’s worth is not marked by a ser before his name.” [Maester Luwin]
- “Let them mock, Bran thought. No one mocked him in his bedchamber, but he would not live his life in bed.” [Narrator]
- “The godswood was an island of peace in the sea of chaos.” [Narrator]
- “I don’t want to go. I have to.” [Robb]
- “She had gone south, and only her bones had returned.” [Narrator, on ‘Lady’ the direwolf]
- “You asked them and they’re answering. Open your ears, listen, you’ll hear.” [Osha]
- “Who do you think sends the wind, if not the gods?” [Osha]
- “So be it. I’ll wear my irons and hold my tongue. A man who won’t listen can’t hear.” [Osha]
- “There are some who call my order the knights of the mind.” [Maester Luwin]
- “Bran, when a man fights, his arms and legs and thoughts must be as one.” [Maester Luwin]
- “You must put these dreams aside, they will only break your heart.” [Luwin]
- “He was not made for chains.” [Bran, on ‘Summer’ the direwolf]
- “Fear can fever a man’s mind and give him queer thoughts.” [Luwin]
- “The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword.” [Luwin]
- “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.