Everything is instant, fast, and shallow these days. Drive throughs, microwaves, Twitter.
But books are the opposite of that. And with all the nasty political stuff happening with the Presidential race, let’s go back and revisit just some incredible wisdom sprinkled among the passages of Game of Thrones, which rocked the world as few books have. (Commissions earned from links.)
“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”
“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
“Life is not a song, sweetling. Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.”
(On dealing with your weaknesses, such as Tyrion dealing with his lack of height…) “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
(A young boy asking his father about bravery.)
“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.”
“Winter is coming.”
“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
“The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that.”
“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
“What is honor compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother’s smile? Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
“What do we say to the Lord of Death?’ ‘Not today.”
“A bruise is a lesson… and each lesson makes us better.”
If you’ve read the book and have some thoughts to share about it, I’d love to hear them below. How it impacted you. Favorite parts. (Spoilers below, for those who haven’t read it. Proceed with caution.) Favorite characters. Etc.
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Until next time,
Stan R. Mitchell
About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell, and I write exciting, fast-paced thrillers. Both military action and mystery whodunnits. Ten books penned. 70,000+ sold. If you like Tom Clancy, Lee Child, or Vince Flynn, then I’m your man. I also share great writing (from others) on my website, so consider subscribing for that. You can find all ten of my books here: http://amzn.to/1brrc37. (Note: by clicking this link or others, I get a small commission. See below.) #USMC #SemperFidelis
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