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|Quote number||Featured quote|
|1||“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” —Oath of the Night’s Watch|
|2||“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” —Cersei Lannister|
|3||“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” —Eddard Stark|
|4||“What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.” —Aeron Damphair|
|5||“There are no men like me. There’s only me.” —Jaime Lannister|
|6||“He named you Protector of the Realm.” —Renly Baratheon|
“He did.” —Eddard Stark
“She wont care. Give me an hour and I could put a hundred swords at your command.” —Renly Baratheon
“And what should I do with a hundred swords?” —Eddard Stark
“Strike! Tonight, while the castle sleeps. We must get Joffrey away from his mother and into our custody. Protector of the Realm or no, he who holds the king holds the kingdom. Every moment you delay gives Cersei another moment to prepare. By the time Robert dies it will be too late for the both of us.” —Renly Baratheon
|7||“Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died.” —Jorah Mormont|
|8||“Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” —Bran Stark|
“That is the only time a man can be brave.” —Eddard Stark
|9||“The things I do for love.” —Jaime Lannister|
|10||“There will be pain.” —Qyburn|
“I’ll scream.” —Jaime Lannister
“A great deal of pain.” —Qyburn
“I’ll scream very loudly.” —Jaime
|11||“Here’s your law.” —Gold Cloak soldier, drawing out a shortsword|
“That’s no law, just a sword. Happens I got one, too.” —Yoren
|12||“You know nothing, Jon Snow.” —Ygritte|
|13||Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold.|
|14||“First Lesson. Stick them with the pointy end.” —Jon Snow to Arya|
|15||“Men call me Darkstar, and I am of the night.” —Gerold Dayne to Myrcella Baratheon|
|16||“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.” —Eddard Stark to Bran|
|17||“The Iron Throne is mine by rights. All those who deny that are my foes.” —Stannis Baratheon|
“The whole of the realm denies it, brother. Old men deny it with their death rattle, and unborn children deny it in their mothers’ wombs. They deny it in Dorne and they deny it on the Wall. No one wants you for their king. Sorry.” —Renly Baratheon
|18||“Oak and iron guard me well, or else I’m dead and doomed to hell.” —Ser Duncan the Tall|
|19||“We’re children. We’re supposed to be childish.” —Myrcella Baratheon|
|20||“Do you even know what honor is?” —Brynden Tully to Jaime Lannister|
A horse. —Jaime Lannister to himself
|21||“I don’t know who my mother was.” —Jon Snow|
“Some woman, no doubt. Most of them are.” —Tyrion Lannister
|22||“I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.” —Rodrik the Reader|
|23||“There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man.” —Varys|
|24||“Laws are a tedious business and counting coppers is worse.” —Robert Baratheon|
|25||“Those are brave men. Let’s go kill them.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|26||“The gall of them, fighting back!” —Tyrion Lannister|
|27||“Whatever you do, make certain your hands are clean.” —Petyr Baelish|
|28||“Valor is a poor substitute for numbers.” —Doran Martell|
|29||“A bag of dragons buys a man’s silence for a while, but a well-placed quarrel buys it forever.” —Petyr Baelish|
|30||“The dead are likely dull fellows, full of tedious complaints—‘the ground’s too cold, my gravestone should be larger, why does he get more worms than I do...’” —Dolorous Edd|
|31||“Do you have any notion what happens when a city is sacked, Sansa? No, you wouldn’t, would you? All you know of life you learned from singers, and there is such a dearth of good sacking songs.” —Cersei Lannister|
|32||“You may well have the better claim, but I have the larger army.” —Renly Baratheon|
|33||“Once they figure a way to work a dead horse, we’ll be next. Likely I’ll be the first too. ‘Edd,’ they’ll say, ‘dying’s no excuse for laying down no more, so get on up and take this spear, you’ve got first watch tonight.’ Well, I shouldn’t be so gloomy. Might be I’ll die before they work it out.” —Dolorous Edd|
|34||“Father had only gone out to ransom Petyr Pimple. He brought them the gold they asked for, but they hung him anyway.” —Amerei “Gatehouse Ami” Frey|
“Hanged, Ami. Your father was not a tapestry.” —Mariya Darry
|35||In his chainmail shirt with a sword in his hand, Gendry looked almost a man grown, and dangerous. Hot Pie looked like Hot Pie.|
|36||“We’ll never find that one, and I’ll be blamed. Nothing ever goes missing that they don’t look at me, ever since that time I lost my horse. As if that could be helped. He was white and it was snowing, what did they expect?” —Dolorous Edd|
|37||“I think it passing odd that I am loved by one for a kindness I never did, and reviled by so many for my finest act.” —Jaime Lannister|
|38||“Don’t kill him here!” —Masha Heddle, regarding Tyrion|
“Don’t kill him anywhere.” —Tyrion Lannister, regarding himself
|39||“There are no true knights, no more than there are gods. If you can’t protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can. Sharp steel and strong arms rule this world, don’t ever believe any different.” —Sandor Clegane|
|40||“There’s nothing half so mortal as a grey goose feather.” —Theon Greyjoy|
|41||“Is there gold hidden in the village? Is there silver? Gems? Is there food? Where is Lord Beric? Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights? How many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many? Is there gold in the village?” —Arya Stark, stabbing in rhythm|
|42||“What if the wolves come?” —Lommy Greenhands|
“Yield.” —Arya Stark
|43||“Who knows more of gods than I? Horse gods and fire gods, gods made of gold with gemstone eyes, gods carved of cedar wood, gods chiseled into mountains, gods of empty air... I know them all. I have seen their peoples garland them with flowers, and shed the blood of goats and bulls and children in their names. And I have heard the prayers, in half a hundred tongues. Cure my withered leg, make the maiden love me, grant me a healthy son. Save me, succor me, make me wealthy... protect me! Protect me from mine enemies, protect me from the darkness, protect me from the crabs inside my belly, from the horselords, from the slavers, from the sellswords at my door. Protect me from the Silence.” He laughed. “Godless? Why, Aeron, I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray.” —Euron “Crow’s Eye” Greyjoy|
|44||“Another name? Oh, certainly. And when the Faceless Men come to kill me, I’ll say, ‘No, you have the wrong man, I’m a different dwarf with a hideous facial scar.’” —Tyrion Lannister, when suggested by Jaime to take another name|
|45||“In the dark, I am the Knight of Flowers.” —Tyrion Lannister to Sansa Stark, on the night of their marriage|
|46||“A girl should be bloody too. This is her work.” —Jaqen H’ghar to Arya Stark at the battle inside Harrenhal|
|47||“Careful with those, you don’t want to get blood all over those pretty white cloaks.” —Bronn to the Kingsguard, when Tyrion rescues Sansa from Joffrey’s cruelty|
|48||“Men are such faithless creatures.” —Varys |
“Who’s the traitor today?” —Tyrion Lannister
“So much villainy, it sings a sad song for our age. Did honor die with our fathers?” —Varys
“My father is not dead yet.” —Tyrion
|49||“Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood.” —Doran Martell|
|50||“Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?” —Varys, to Ned Stark|
|51||“You tell him this, m’lord. You tell him he’s bound on marching the wrong way. It’s north he should be taking his swords. North, not south. You hear me?” —Osha, to Bran, regarding Robb.|
|52||“You know the saying about the Hand?” —Robert Baratheon|
“What the King dreams, the Hand builds.” —Eddard Stark
“I bedded a fishmaid once who told me the lowborn have a choicer way to put it. The king eats, they say and the Hand takes the shit.” —Robert
|53||Winter is Coming. —House Stark’s words|
|54||“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|55||“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 Lannister|
|56||“You feed your dog bones under the table, you do not seat him beside you on the high bench.” —Tywin Lannister|
|57||“Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.” —Tywin Lannister|
|58||“Mummers and monkeys require applause. So did Aerys, for that matter.” —Tywin Lannister|
|59||“There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.” —Tywin Lannister|
|60||“And any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king at all.” —Tywin Lannister|
|61||“You cannot eat love, nor buy a horse with it, nor warm your halls on a cold night.” —Tywin Lannister|
|62||“This is how you start a war. Not with a crown of gold, but with a blade of steel.” —Gerold Dayne|
|63||“Better to mock the game than to play and lose.” —Genna Lannister|
|64||“Men are such thundering great fools. Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.” —Genna Lannister|
|65||“Words are wind.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|66||“Dreams are what we have.” —Jojen Reed|
|67||“Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.” —Maester Aemon to Jon Snow|
|68||“No man is free. Only children and fools think elsewise.” —Tywin Lannister|
|69||“Kings and corpses always draw attendants.” —Davos Seaworth|
|70||“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” —Jojen Reed to Bran Stark|
|71||“A man must know how to look before he can hope to see.” —Three-eyed crow to Bran Stark|
|72||“Never fear the darkness, Bran. The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong.” —Three-eyed crow to Bran Stark|
|73||“Qarth wants no khalasars seething round our walls. The stench of all those horses... meaning no offense, Khaleesi.” —Xaro Xhoan Daxos, to Daenerys Targaryen|
|74||“If I could pray with my cock, I would be much more religious.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|75||“King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air, and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.” —Ser Barristan Selmy|
|76||It all goes back and back, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads. —Tyrion Lannister|
|77||“All you have I gave you. You would do well to remember that, bastard. As for this... Reek... if you have not ruined him beyond redemption, he may yet be of some use to us. Get the keys and remove those chains from him, before you make me rue the day I raped your mother.” —Roose Bolton, to Ramsay Snow|
|78||“Do you know who I am?” —The Red Viper|
“Some dead man.” —The Mountain
|79||“I shall wear this as a badge of honor.” —Queen Cersei|
“Wear it in silence or I’ll honor you again.” —King Robert
|80||“I seldom fling children from towers to improve their health.” —Jaime Lannister|
|81||“Joffrey, when your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you.” —Tywin Lannister|
|82||“We all need to be mocked from time to time, Lord Mormont, lest we start to take ourselves too seriously.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|83||“Let me give you some counsel, bastard. Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” —Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow|
|84||“So young. Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived, he would have grown up to be a Frey.” —Wyman Manderly|
|85||“In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own. Sometimes they refuse to make the moves you’ve planned for them.” —Petyr Baelish|
|86||“Should I explain to you the meaning of a closed door in a whorehouse?” —Tyrion to Jaime|
|87||“Egg? Egg, I dreamed that I was old.” —Maester Aemon|
|88||“So I will only ask you once, Lord Snow. Are you a brother of the Night’s Watch, or a bastard boy who wants to play at war?” —Lord Commander Mormont|
|89||Reek. Reek. It rhymes with leek. —Theon Greyjoy|
|90||“That sea is colder than a maid and crueler than a whore.” —Tagganaro|
|91||“Jon wants to see me?” —Samwell Tarly|
“As to that I could not say. I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to. I don’t think wanting comes into it. You’d best go all the same. Lord Jon wishes to speak with you as soon as he is done with Craster’s wife.” —Dolorous Edd
|92||“Bring us Sandor’s head, and I know His Grace will be most grateful. Joff may have liked the man, but Tommen was always afraid of him... with good reason it would seem.” —Cersei Lannister|
“When a dog goes bad, the fault lies with his master.” —Kevan Lannister
|93||“The king is my son!” —Cersei Lannister|
“Aye, and from what I saw of Joffrey, you are as unfit a mother as you are a ruler.” —Kevan Lannister
|94||“My wants do not matter. It may be that the Many-Faced God has led you here to be his instrument, but when I look at you I see a child... and worse a girl child. Many have served Him of Many Faces through the centuries, but only a few of His servants have been women. Women bring life into the world. We bring the gift of death. No one can do both.” —The Kindly Man of the House of Black and White, to Arya Stark|
|95||“As for my household, they love me well. None would betray me.” —Illyrio Mopatis, to Tyrion|
Cherish that thought, my fat friend. One day we will carve those words upon your crypt. —Tyrion Lannister, to himself
|96||I should be with them... but no, I had to have a whore. Kinslaying was not enough, I needed a cunt and wine to seal my ruin, and here I am on the wrong side of the world, wearing a slave collar with little golden bells to announce my coming. If I dance just right, maybe I can ring “The Rains of Castamere.” —Tyrion Lannister, contemplating his sorry state of affairs in Meereen.|
|97||“Only cowards dress in iron.” —Khrazz|
“This coward is about to kill you, ser.” The man was no knight, but his courage had earned him that much courtesy. —Ser Barristan Selmy
|98||“In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.” —George R.R. Martin|
|99||They chanted in the tongue of Old Volantis, but Tyrion had heard the prayers enough to grasp the essence. Light our fire and protect us from the dark, blah blah, light our way and keep us toasty warm, the night is dark and full of terrors, save us from the scary things, and blah blah blah some more. —Tyrion Lannister|
|100||“Her name is Brienne. Brienne, the maid of Tarth. You are still maiden, I hope?” —Jaime Lannister|
“Yes.” —Brienne of Tarth
“Oh, good. I only rescue maidens.” —Jaime
|101||“Is Yezzan going to die?” —Penny|
“We are all going to die.” —Tyrion Lannister
|102||“He has a song. He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire. There must be one more. The dragon has three heads.” —Rhaegar Targaryen|
|103||“Power resides where men believe it resides... It’s a trick... A shadow on the wall... And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” —Varys to Tyrion|
|104||“You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children.” —The Red Viper, accusing Gregor Clegane of his sister Elia Martell’s murder|
|105||Fear cuts deeper than swords. —Arya Stark|
|106||Their dreams were full of songs and stories, the way hers had been before Joffrey cut her father’s head off. Sansa pitied them. Sansa envied them. —Sansa Stark|
|107||“Sometimes, the best thing you can do is nothing. When I first came to Winterfell, I was hurt whenever Ned went to the godswood to sit beneath his heart tree. Part of his soul was in that tree, I knew, a part I would never share. Yet without that part, I soon realized, he would not have been Ned. Jeyne, child, you have wed the north, as I did... and in the north, the winters will come.” —Catelyn Tully|
|108||“Art is not a democracy. People don’t get to vote on how it ends.” —George R.R. Martin|
|109||“The singers make much of kings who die valiantly in battle, but your life is worth more than a song. To me at least, who gave it to you.” —Catelyn Tully, to Robb Stark|
|110||“An ant who hears the words of a king may not comprehend what he is saying, and all men are ants before the fiery face of god. If sometimes I have mistaken a warning for a prophecy or a prophecy for a warning, the fault lies in the reader, not the book.” —Melisandre, to Stannis Baratheon|
|111||“I have need of every man who knows which end of the spear to stab into the wildlings.” —Donal Noye|
“The pointy end.” Jon had told his little sister something like that once, he remembered. —Jon Snow
|112||“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” —Jon Snow|
|113||“I dream of it sometimes. Of Renly’s dying. A green tent, candles, a woman screaming. And blood. I was still abed when he died. Your Devan will tell you. He tried to wake me. Dawn was nigh and my lords were waiting, fretting. I should have been ahorse, armored. I knew Renly would attack at break of day. Devan says I thrashed and cried out, but what does it matter? It was a dream. I was in my tent when Renly died, and when I woke my hands were clean.” —Stannis Baratheon, to Davos Seaworth|
|114||“Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you. Remember that, Sansa, when you come to play the game.” —Petyr Baelish|
“What... what game?” —Sansa Stark
“The only game. The game of thrones.” —Petyr Baelish
|115||“Give me sweet lies, and keep your bitter truths.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|116||“It was a hard thing young Samwell asked of me. When Lord Qorgyle was chosen, I told myself, ‘No matter, he has been longer on the Wall than you have, your time will come.’ When it was Lord Mormont, I thought, ‘He is strong and fierce, but he is old, your time may yet come.’ But you are half a boy, Lord Snow, and now I must return to the Shadow Tower knowing that my time will never come. Do not make me die regretful. Your uncle was a great man. Your lord father and his father as well. I shall expect full as much of you.” —Ser Denys Mallister, to Jon Snow|
|117||“I am a man. I am kind to my wife, but I have known other women. I have tried to be a father to my sons, to help make them a place in this world. Aye, I’ve broken laws, but I never felt evil until tonight. I would say my parts are mixed, m’lady. Good and bad.” —Davos Seaworth, to Melisandre|
|118||Rubies flew like drops of blood from the chest of a dying prince, and he sank to his knees in the water and with his last breath murmured a woman’s name... —One of Daenerys Targaryen’s visions in the House of the Undying|
|119||Tyrion had only the vaguest memory of Theon Greyjoy from his time with the Starks. A callow youth, always smiling, skilled with a bow; it was hard to imagine him as Lord of Winterfell. The Lord of Winterfell would always be a Stark.|
|120||“Gentle Mother, font of mercy, save our sons from war, we pray, stay the swords and stay the arrows, let them know a better day. Gentle Mother, strength of women, help our daughters through this fray, soothe the wrath and tame the fury, teach us all a kinder way.” —A prayer to the Mother|
|121||“Justice. I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were king’s men, knights, and heroes... but some knights are dark and full of terrors, my lady. War makes monsters of us all.” —Thoros of Myr|
|122||“The more you give a king, the more he wants.” —Jon Snow|
|123||“This isn’t the bloody line of succession. That didn’t matter when you rebelled against the mad king, it shouldn’t matter now. What’s best for the kingdoms, what’s best for the people we rule? We all know what Stannis is—he inspires no love or loyalty. He’s not a king. I am.” —Renly Baratheon|
“Stannis is a commander. He’s led men into war, twice. He destroyed the Greyjoy fleet.” —Eddard Stark
“Yes he’s a good soldier, everyone knows that. So was Robert. Tell me something, do you still believe good soldiers make good kings?” —Renly Baratheon
|124||“Death by poison can seem natural. Harder to claim that my head simply fell off.” —Jaime Lannister|
|125||Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him. —Theon Greyjoy|
|126||“You swore a vow to guard the king, not to judge him.” —Ser Gerold Hightower, to Jaime Lannister|
|127||“Not that I would trust it. Gorghan of Old Ghis once wrote that a prophecy is like a treacherous woman. She takes your member in her mouth, and you moan with the pleasure of it and think, how sweet, how fine, how good this is . . . and then her teeth snap shut and your moans turn to screams. That is the nature of prophecy, said Gorghan. Prophecy will bite your prick off every time.” —Archmaester Marwyn|
|128||“And when I die, please let them bury with me a crossbow, so I can thank the Father Above for his gifts the same way I thanked the Father Below.” —Tyrion Lannister|
|129||“Where is your father?” —Jaime Lannister|
“Gone. We quarreled. Will you pray with me, Jaime?” —Lancel Lannister
“If I pray nicely, will the Father give me a new hand?” —Jaime Lannister
“No. But the Warrior will give you courage, the Smith will lend you strength, and the Crone will give you wisdom.” —Lancel Lannister
“It’s a hand I need.” —Jaime Lannister
|130||“He died during the Battle of the Bells, of an excess of gallantry and an axe.” —Petyr Baelish to Sansa Stark about Denys Arryn|
|131||“You drink a deal of wine for such a little man.” —Illyrio Mopatis|
“Kinslaying is dry work. It gives a man a thirst.” —Tyrion Lannister
“There are those in Westeros who would say that killing Lord Lannister was merely a good beginning.” —Illyrio Mopatis
“They had best not say it in my sister’s hearing, or they will find themselves short a tongue. And you had best be careful what you say of my family, magister. Kinslayer or no, I am a lion still.” —Tyrion Lannister
“You Westerosi are all the same. You sew some beast upon a scrap of silk, and suddenly you are all lions or dragons or eagles. I can take you to a real lion, my little friend. The prince keeps a pride in his menagerie. Would you like to share a cage with them?” —Illyrio Mopatis
|132||“Man wants to be the king o’ rabbits, he best wear a pair o’ floppy ears.” —Brown Ben Plumm to Daenerys Targaryen|
|133||“Three corns and one roast raven. Very good, m'lord, only Hobb's made boiled eggs, black sausage, and apples stewed with prunes. The apples stewed with prunes are excellent, except for the prunes. I won't eat prunes myself. Well, there was one time when Hobb chopped them up with chestnuts and carrots and hid them in a hen. Never trust a cook, my lord. They'll prune you when you least expect it.” —Dolorous Edd to Jon Snow|
|134||“The three triarchs are chosen from amongst those noble families who can prove unbroken descent from old Valyria, to serve until the first day of the new year. And you would know all this if you had troubled to read the book that Maester Kedry gave you.” —Quentyn Martell|
“It had no pictures.” —Gerris Drinkwater
“There were maps.” —Quentyn Martell
“Maps do not count. If he had told me it was about tigers and elephants, I might have given it a try. It looked suspiciously like a history. —Gerris Drinkwater
|135||“King Robert was well loved, and most men still accept that Tommen is his son. The more they see of Lord Stannis the less they love him, and fewer still are fond of Lady Melisandre with her fires and this grim red god of hers. They complain.” —Bowen Marsh|
“They complained about Lord Commander Mormont too. Men love to complain about their wives and lords, he told me once. Those without wives complain twice as much about their lords.” —Jon Snow
|136||“Perhaps your elephants would sooner be nightingales. Instead of sweet song, Meereen’s nights would be filled with thunderous trumpetings, and your trees would shatter beneath the weight of great grey birds.” —Xaro Xhoan Daxos to Daenerys Targaryen|
|137||“Careful of the rats, my lord. They make an awful squeal if you step on them. My mother used to make a similar sound when I was a boy. She must have had some rat in her, now that I think of it. Brown hair, beady little eyes, liked cheese. Might be she had a tail too, I never looked to see.” —Dolorous Edd to Jon Snow|
|138||“Why shouldn’t we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we married, and the dragons are all dead! There sits the only king I mean to bow my knee to, m’lords. The King in the North!” —Greatjon Umber|
|139||“A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.” —Eddard Stark|
|140||“The winters are hard, but the Starks will endure. We always have.” —Eddard Stark|
|141||“They say it grows so cold up here in winter that a man’s laughter freezes in his throat and chokes him to death. Perhaps that is why the Starks have so little humor.” —Eddard Stark|
|142||“Remember this, boy. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.” —Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow|
|143||“If a girl can’t fight, why should she have a coat of arms?” —Arya Stark|
“Girls get the arms but not the swords. Bastards get the swords, but not the arms. I did not make the rules, little sister.” —Jon Snow
|144||“I should have thought that heat ill suits you Starks. Here in the south, they say you are all made of ice, and melt when you ride below the Neck.” —Petyr Baelish|
|145||“Oh, I think that Lord Tyrion is quite a large man. I think he is a giant come among us, here at the end of the world.” —Maester Aemon|
“I’ve been called many things, my lord, but giant is seldom one of them.” —Tyrion Lannister
“Nonetheless, I think it is true.” —Maester Aemon
“You are too kind, Maester Aemon.” —Tyrion Lannister
“I have been called many things, my lord, but kind is seldom one of them.” —Maester Aemon
|146||“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.” —Jorah Mormont|
|147||“Get out. Monster, monster, get out, get out, GET OUT!” —Rhaenyra Targaryen|
|148||“You have lived too long, nuncle.” —Prince Aemond Targaryen|
“On that much we agree.” —Prince Daemon Targaryen
|149||“An eye for an eye, a son for a son. Lucerys shall be avenged.” —Prince Daemon Targaryen|
|150||“Which one you want t’ lose, Your Grace?” —Cheese to Queen Helaena Targaryen|
|151||Do you see the white one, Quentyn? That is Nymeria's star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. She burned as bright as any man, and so shall I. You will not rob me of my birthright! —Arianne Martell|
|152||My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel. —Sansa Stark|
|153||“What did Viserys ever have that she did not? A little sausage? Is that all it takes to be king? Let Mushroom rule, then. My sausage is thrice the size of his.” —Mushroom, on Princess Rhaenys Targaryen|
|154||“Her blood is on your hands. Her blood is on your cock. May you die screaming.” —Rhaena Targaryen|
“What are you saying, woman? This is the will of the gods. The Stranger comes for all of us. How could it be my doing? What did I do?” —Rogar Baratheon
“You put your cock in her. She gave you one son, that should have been enough. Save my wife, you should have said, but what are wives to men like you? Hear this, my lord. Do not think to wed again. Take care of the whelps my mother gave you, my half-brother and half-sister. See that they want for nothing. Do that, and I will let you be. If I should hear even a whisper of you taking some other poor maid to wife, I will make another Harrenhal of Storm's End, with you and her inside it.” —Rhaena Targaryen
|155||“A dragon in one's courtyard does wonders to resolve one's doubts.” —Ser Elmo Tully|
|156||“Was it one of your eyes he took, or one of your balls? I am so glad you chose my sister. I want a husband with all his parts.” —Maris Baratheon to Prince Aemond Targaryen|
|157||“I swore her my sword. I'm older now, but not so old that I've forgotten the words I said, and it happens I still have the sword.” —Petyr Piper, on his oath to Rhaenyra Targaryen|
|158||Yet that is what you have given us, my lord. You have given us a war.” —Unwin Peake|
“And an elephant. Pray, do not forget the elephant, my lord.” —Alyn Velaryon
|159||“When the dragons come, your flesh will burn and blister and turn to ash. Your wives will dance in gowns of fire, shrieking as they burn, lewd and naked underneath the flames. And you will see little children weeping, weeping till their eyes do melt and slide like jelly down their faces, till their pink flesh falls black and crackling from their bones. The Stranger comes, he comes, he comes, to scourge us for our sins. Prayers cannot stay his wroth, no more than tears can quench the flame of dragons. Only blood can do that. Your blood, my blood, their blood. There the demons dwell, up there. Fire and blood, blood and fire. This is their city. If you would make it yours, first you must destroy them. If you would cleanse yourselves of sin, first must you bathe in dragon's blood. For only blood can quench the fires of hell.” —Shepherd|
“Kill them! Kill them!” — Smallfolk of King's Landing
|160||“The city is yours, Princess. But you will not hold it long. The rats play when the cat is gone, but my son Aemond will return with fire and blood.” —Queen Alicent Hightower to Rhaenyra Targaryen|
|161||“All this of snakes and incest is droll, but it changes nothing. You may well have the better claim, Stannis, but I have the larger army.” Renly's hand slid inside his cloak. Stannis saw, and reached at once for the hilt of his sword, but before he could draw steel his brother produced . . . a peach. “Would you like one, brother? From Highgarden. You've never tasted anything so sweet, I promise you.”—Renly Baratheon|
“I did not come here to eat fruit.”—Stannis Baratheon
“My lords! We ought to be hammering out the terms of an alliance, not trading taunts.”—Catelyn Stark
“A man should never refuse to taste a peach. He may never get the chance again. Life is short, Stannis. Remember what the Starks say. Winter is coming.”—Renly Baratheon
|162||“He left you to rule in Sunspear when he took himself off to his Water Gardens, did he not?” —Arys Oakheart|
“To rule? No. He left his cousin Ser Manfrey as castellan, old blind Ricasso as seneschal, his bailiffs to collect duties and taxes for his treasurer Alyse Ladybright to count, his shariffs to police the shadow city, his justiciars to sit in judgment, and Maester Myles to deal with any letters not requiring the prince's own attention. Above them all he placed the Red Viper. My charge was feasts and frolics, and the entertainment of distinguished guests. Oberyn would visit the Water Gardens twice a fortnight. Me, he summoned twice a year. I am not the heir my father wants, he has made that plain. Our laws constrain him, but he would sooner have my brother follow him, I know it.”—Arianne Martell
|163||I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.—Jon Connington|
|164||“Fool's blood, king's blood, blood on the maiden's thigh, but chains for the guests and chains for the bridegroom, aye aye aye.” —Patchface|
|165||“There's my lord husband. And here's my sweet suckling babe.” —Asha Greyjoy, drawing her axe and dirk.|
|166||"Lady Anya Weatherwax, aged seven, informed His Grace that her horse's name was Twinklehoof and she loved him very much, and asked if His Grace had a good horse too. ('His Grace has a hundred horses,' Lord Unwin answered impatiently.)" —Archmaester Gyldayn, describing the Maiden's Day Ball.|
|167||“I will not fight you, nor will I kneel to you. Dorne has no king. Tell your brother that.” —Meria Martell|
“I shall, but we will come again, Princess, and the next time we shall come with fire and blood.” —Rhaenys Targaryen
“Your words. Ours are Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken. You may burn us, my lady... but you will not bend us, break us, or make us bow. This is Dorne. You are not wanted here. Return at your peril.” —Meria Martell
|168||“Soon I must return to the feast to toast my friends of Frey. They watch me, ser. Day and night their eyes are on me, noses sniffing for some whiff of treachery. You saw them, the arrogant Ser Jared and his nephew Rhaegar, that smirking worm who wears a dragon's name. Behind them both stands Symond, clinking coins. That one has bought and paid for several of my servants and two of my knights. One of his wife's handmaids has found her way into the bed of my own fool. If Stannis wonders that my letters say so little, it is because I dare not even trust my maester. Theomore is all head and no heart. You heard him in my hall. Maesters are supposed to put aside old loyalties when they don their chains, but I cannot forget that Theomore was born a Lannister of Lannisport and claims some distant kinship to the Lannisters of Casterly Rock. Foes and false friends are all around me, Lord Davos. They infest my city like roaches, and at night I feel them crawling over me. My son Wendel came to the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder's bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter … but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer's farce is almost done. My son is home.” —Wyman Manderly|
|169||“Knights die in battle.” —Catelyn Stark|
“As ladies die in childbed. No one sings songs about them.” —Brienne of Tarth
|170||“When will I marry the prince?” —Cersei Lannister|
“Never. You will wed the king.” —Maggy the Frog
“I will be queen, though?” —Cersei Lannister
“Aye. Queen shall you be... until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” —Maggy the Frog
“If she tries I will have my brother kill her. Will the king and I have children?” —Cersei Lannister
“Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands around your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” —Maggy the Frog
|171||A bear there was, a bear, a bear! All black and brown, and covered with hair. -The Bear and the Maiden Fair|
|172||“Are you certain you are not off to some other bed, some other woman? Tell me who she is. I will fight her for you, bare-breasted, knife to knife. Unless she is a Sand Snake. If so, we can share you. I love my cousins well.” —Arianne Martell|
“You know I have no other woman. Only... duty.” —Arys Oakheart
“That poxy bitch? I know her. Dry as dust between the legs, and her kisses leave you bleeding.” —Arianne Martell
|173||"I did what I did for the good of the realm."-Varys
"But what do we have left once we abandon the lie? Chaos. A gaping pit ready to swallow us all."- Varys.
"Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love; illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is."- Petyr Baelish.
|174||“You should think less about the future and more about the pleasures at hand.” —Jaime Lannister|
|175||“If you've had the Horn of Joramun all along, why haven't you used it? Why bother building turtles and sending Thenns to kill us in our beds? If this horn is all the songs say, why not just sound it and be done?” —Jon Snow|
“We free folk know things you kneelers have forgotten. Sometimes the short road is not the safest, Jon Snow. The Horned Lord once said that sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.” —Dalla
|176||“It was different when there was a Stark in Winterfell. But the old wolf's dead and young one's gone south to play the game of thrones.” —Liddle|
“The wolves will come again.” —Jojen Reed
“And how would you be knowing, boy?” —Liddle
“I dreamed it.” —Jojen Reed.
“Some nights I dream of me mother that I buried nine years past, but when I wake, she's not back to us.” —Liddle
“There are dreams and dreams, my lord.” —Jojen Reed
|177||“You always miss your last shot. See?” —Roone|
“The day you make them all is the day you stop improving.” —Alleras
|178||“The crannogman saw a maid with laughing purple eyes dance with a white sword, a red snake, and the lord of griffins, and lastly with the quiet wolf . . . but only after the wild wolf spoke to her on behalf of a brother too shy to leave his bench.” —Meera Reed|
|179||“There are those who say Ser Loras is a better jouster than Leo Longthorn ever was.” —Tyrion Lannister|
“Renly's little rose? I doubt that.” —Oberyn Martell
|180||“When we were sore beset and friendless, hounded from our homes and in peril of our lives, the wolves took us in and nourished us and protected us against our enemies. The city is built upon the land they gave us. In return we swore that we should always be their men. Stark men!” —Wylla Manderly|
|181||“In the wools of Westeros or a gown of Myrish lace, Your Radiance shall forever remain a stranger amongst us, a grotesque outlander, a barbarian conqueror. Meereen's queen must be a lady of Old Ghis.” —Galazza Galare to Daenerys Targaryen|
|182||“Your mother was a septa. Oberyn once told me that she read to you in the cradle from the Seven-Pointed Star. I want you in King's Landing too, but on the other hill. The Swords and the Stars have been re-formed, and this new High Septon is not the puppet that the others were. Try and get close to him.” —Doran Martell|
“Why not? White suits my coloring. I look so . . . pure.” —Tyene Sand
|183||If I am ever a queen, I'll make them love me. —Sansa Stark|
|184||“I've never been quite sure what the point of a eunuch is, if truth be told. It seems to me they're only men with the useful bits cut off.” —Olenna Tyrell|
|185||“Her dreams were full of sundering rivers and windswept plains and towering mountains with their shoulders in the clouds, of green islands verdant in the sun, of strange beasts no man had tamed and queer fruits no man had tasted, of golden cities shining underneath strange stars.” —Archmaester Gyldayn, on Elissa Farman|
|186||“You have nothing to give us but your lives. How would you like to die, Tyrion son of Tywin?” —Gunthor son of Gurn|
“In my own bed, with a belly full of wine and a maiden's mouth around my cock, at the age of eighty.” —Tyrion Lannister
|187||“This is no winter. Up in the hills we say that autumn kisses you, but winter fucks you hard. This is only autumn's kiss.” —Hugo Wull to Corliss Penny|
|188||“I am starting to suspect you have been Bolton's creature all along. Is that the way of it? Did he send you to us to whisper poison in the king's ear?” —Robin Peasebury|
“Lord Pea Pod. If you were a man, I would kill you for that, but my sword is made of too fine a steel to besmirch with craven's blood. Aye, men are dying. More will die before we see Winterfell. What of it? This is war. Men die in war. That is as it should be. As it has always been.” —Hugo Wull
|189||“Do you want to die, Wull?” —Corliss Penny|
“I want to live forever in a land where summer lasts a thousand years. I want a castle in the clouds where I can look down over the world. I want to be six-and-twenty again. When I was six-and-twenty I could fight all day and fuck all night. What men want does not matter. Winter is almost upon us, boy. And winter is death. I would sooner my men die fighting for the Ned's little girl than alone and hungry in the snow, weeping tears that freeze upon their cheeks. No one sings songs of men who die like that. As for me, I am old. This will be my last winter. Let me bathe in Bolton blood before I die. I want to feel it spatter across my face when my axe bites deep into a Bolton skull. I want to lick it off my lips and die with the taste of it on my tongue.” —Hugo Wull
|190||“You are the Lady Asha of House Greyjoy, unless I am mistaken.” —Tycho Nestoris|
“I am Asha of House Greyjoy, aye. Opinions differ on whether I'm a lady.” —Asha Greyjoy
|191||“Peace. Land. Victory. I'll give you Sea Dragon Point and the Stony Shore, black earth and tall trees and stones enough for every younger son to build a hall. We'll have the northmen too ... as friends, to stand with us against the Iron Throne. Your choice is simple. Crown me, for peace and victory. Or crown my uncle, for more war and more defeat. What will you have, ironmen?” —Asha Greyjoy|
“VICTORY! Victory, and Asha!” —Rodrik Harlaw
“ASHA! ASHA QUEEN!” —Baelor Blacktyde
|192||“Why do you love the Starks?” —Barbrey Dustin|
“I ... I wanted to be one of them ...” —Theon Greyjoy
“And never could. We have more in common than you know, my lord.” —Barbrey Dustin
|193||“Lord Wyman is not the only one who lost kin at your Red Wedding, Frey. Do you imagine Whoresbane loves you any better? If you did not hold the Greatjon, he would pull out your entrails and make you eat them, as Lady Hornwood ate her fingers. Flints, Cerwyns, Tallharts, Slates ... they all had men with the Young Wolf.” —Barbrey Dustin|
“House Ryswell too.” —Roger Ryswell
“Even Dustins out of Barrowton. The north remembers, Frey.” —Barbrey Dustin
|194||“Who in seven hells is this one?” —Prostitute|
“The Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. I might ask the same of you, my lady.” —Jaime Lannister
“Lady? I'm no lady. I'm the queen.” —Prostitute
“My sister will be surprised to hear that.” —Jaime Lannister
“Ser Ryman crowned me his very self. I'm the queen o' whores.” —Prostitute
No, my sweet sister holds that title too. —Jaime Lannister
|195||I am Cersei of House Lannister, a lion of the Rock, the rightful queen of these Seven Kingdoms, trueborn daughter of Tywin Lannister. And hair grows back. —Cersei Lannister|
|196||It was gloomy within the sept with the sky so grey outside. If the rain ever stopped, the sun would slant down through the hanging crystals to drape the corpse in rainbows. The Lord of Casterly Rock deserved rainbows. He had been a great man. I shall be greater, though. A thousand years from now, when the maesters write about this time, you shall be remembered only as Queen Cersei's sire. —Cersei Lannister|
|197||“You must feel so much lighter now, clean and innocent as a maid on the morning of her wedding..” —Septa Scolera|
I fucked Jaime on the morning of my wedding. —Cersei Lannister
|198||“None of us wants war. Autumn wanes, and we must gird ourselves for winter.” —Anya Waynwood to Petyr Baelish and the Lords Declarant|
|199||“Everyone talks about snows forty foot deep, and how the ice wind comes howling out of the north, but the real enemy is the cold. It steals up on you quieter than Will, and at first you shiver and your teeth chatter and you stamp your feet and dream of mulled wine and hot fires. It burns, it does. Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it. It's easier just to sit down or go to sleep. They say you don't feel any pain towards the end. First you go weak and drowsy, and everything starts to fade, and then it's like sinking into a sea of warm milk. Peaceful, like.” —Gared|
|200||Jeyne, her name is Jeyne, it rhymes with pain. —Theon Greyjoy|
|201||“All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than ones with crowns.” —Olenna Tyrell|
|202||“There is entirely too much tut-tutting in this realm, if you ask me. All these kings would do a deal better if they put down their swords and listened to their mothers.” —Olenna Tyrell|
|203||“I was saddened when I heard of Lord Renly's death, Your Grace. He was very gallant.” —Sansa Stark|
“You are kind to say so.” —Margaery Tyrell
“Gallant, yes, and charming, and very clean. He knew how to dress and he knew how to smile and he knew how to bathe, and somehow he got the notion that this made him fit to be king.” —Olenna Tyrell
|204||“A daughter. He deserves that. A daughter who could sing to him and grace his hall and bear him grandsons. He deserves a son too, a strong and gallant son to bring honor to his name. Galladon drowned when I was four and he was eight, though, and Alysanne and Arianne died still in the cradle. I am the only child the gods let him keep. The freakish one, not fit to be a son or daughter.” —Brienne of Tarth|
|205||“Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He'll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he's copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.” —Donal Noye|
|206||“Renly offered me a peach. At our parley. Mocked me, defied me, threatened me, and offered me a peach. I thought he was drawing a blade and went for mine own. Was that his purpose, to make me show fear? Or was it one of his pointless jests? When he spoke of how sweet the peach was, did his words have some hidden meaning? Only Renly could vex me with a piece of fruit. He brought his doom on himself with his treason, but I did love him, Davos. I know that now. I swear, I will go to my grave thinking of my brother’s peach..” —Stannis Baratheon to Davos Seaworth|
|207||“Renly and his peach. In my dreams I see the juice running from his mouth, the blood from his throat. If he had done his duty by his brother, we would have smashed Lord Tywin. A victory even Robert could be proud of.” —Stannis Baratheon to Melisandre|
|208||“Promise me, Ned.” —Lyanna Stark to Eddard Stark|
|209||“The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They gave us voices, so we might worship them with song. They gave us hands, so we might build them temples. And they gave us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.” —Chataya|
|210||“My people hold that there is no shame to be found in the pillow house. In the Summer Isles, those who are skilled at giving pleasure are greatly esteemed. Many highborn youths and maidens serve for a few years after their flowerings, to honor the gods.” —Chataya|
|211||“Oberyn was ever the viper. Deadly, dangerous, unpredictable. No man dared tread on him.” —Doran Martell to the Sand Snakes|
|212||“Elia Martell, Princess of Dorne, you raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children.” —Oberyn Martell to Gregor Clegane|
|213||“If you die before you say her name, I will hunt you through all seven hells.” —Oberyn Martell to Gregor Clegane|
|214||Rise, she thought. Rise and eat and run with us. —Arya Stark, warging Nymeria|
|215||“They shall come day and night to see the wonder that has been born again into the world, and when they see they shall lust. For dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power.” —Quaithe to Daenerys Targaryen|
|216||“To go north, you must journey south, to reach the west you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.” —Quaithe to Daenerys Targaryen|
|217||“The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.” —Quaithe|
“Reznak? Why should I fear him? If you have some warning for me, speak plainly. What do you want of me, Quaithe?” —Daenerys Targaryen
“To show you the way.” —Quaithe
|218||High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts ... —Jenny's song|
|219||“Was that their king?” —Jon Snow|
“Giants have no kings, no more'n mammoths do, nor snow bears, nor the great whales o' the grey sea. That was Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg. Mag the Mighty. You can kneel to him if you like, he won't mind. I know your kneeler's knees must be itching, for want of some king to bend to. Watch out he don't step on you, though. Giants have bad eyes, and might be he wouldn't see some little crow all the way down there by his feet.” —Tormund Giantsbane
|220||“It seems to me that most men are grey.” —Davos Seaworth|
“If half of an onion is black with rot, it is a rotten onion. A man is good, or he is evil.” —Melisandre
|221||“Are you good or evil, my lady?” —Davos Seaworth|
“Oh, good. I am a knight of sorts myself, sweet ser. A champion of light and life.” —Melisandre
|222||“These little wars are no more than a scuffle of children before what is to come. The one whose name may not be spoken is marshaling his power, Davos Seaworth, a power fell and evil and strong beyond measure. Soon comes the cold, and the night that never ends. Unless true men find the courage to fight it. Men whose hearts are fire.” —Melisandre|
|223||“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.” —Melisandre to Davos Seaworth|
|224||“When I gaze into the flames, I can see through stone and earth, and find the truth within men's souls. I can speak to kings long dead and children not yet born, and watch the years and seasons flicker past, until the end of days.” —Melisandre|
“Are your fires never wrong?” —Jon Snow
“Never ... though we priests are mortal and sometimes err, mistaking this must come for this may come.” —Melisandre
|225||In this light she could almost be a beauty. In this light she could almost be a knight. —Jaime Lannister, on Brienne of Tarth|
|226||“As swift as the wind he rides, and behind him his khalasar covers the earth, men without number, with arakhs shining in their hands like blades of razor grass. Fierce as a storm this prince will be. His enemies will tremble before him, and their wives will weep tears of blood and rend their flesh in grief. The bells in his hair will sing his coming, and the milk men in the stone tents will fear his name. The prince is riding, and he shall be the stallion who mounts the world.” —The one-eyed crone of the dosh khaleen, on Rhaego|
|227||“When will he be as he was?” —Daenerys Targaryen|
“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.” —Mirri Maz Duur
|228||“It is known.” —Irri|
|229||“It is not known.” —Jhiqui|
|230||“We shall serve him lies and Arbor gold, and he'll drink them down and ask for more, I promise you.” —Petyr Baelish to Sansa Stark|
|231||“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. 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 while the direwolves grow gaunt and hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods.” —Old Nan to Bran Stark|
|232||“The traitors want my city, but I'll give them naught but ashes. Let Robert be king over charred bones and cooked meat.” —Aerys II Targaryen to Rossart|
|233||“Our knees do not bend easily.” —Ser Arthur Dayne|
He rode through the streets of the city,
|235||“We had one king, then five. Now all I see are crows, squabbling over the corpse of Westeros.” —Rodrik Harlaw to Asha Greyjoy|
|236||“We should have stayed well out of all this bloody foolishness if you ask me, but once the cow's been milked there's no squirting the cream back up her udder. After Lord Puff Fish put that crown on Renly's head, we were into the pudding up to our knees, so here we are to see things through.” —Olenna Tyrell to Sansa Stark|
|237||“Margaery, you're clever, be a dear and tell your poor old half-daft grandmother the name of that queer fish from the Summer Isles that puffs up to ten times its own size when you poke it.” —Olenna Tyrell|
“They call them puff fish, grandmother.” —Margaery Tyrell
“Of course they do. Summer Islanders have no imagination.” —Olenna Tyrell
|238||“I am the Greyjoy, Lord Reaper of Pyke, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and no man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown, as Urron Redhand did five thousand years ago.” —Balon Greyjoy|
|239||“It is not a question of wanting. The throne is mine, as Robert's heir. That is law.” —Stannis Baratheon to Davos Seaworth|
|240||“Why the oldest son, and not the best-fitted? The crown will suit me, as it never suited Robert and would not suit Stannis.” —Renly Baratheon to Catelyn Stark|
|241||“Syrio says that every hurt is a lesson, and every lesson makes you stronger.” —Arya Stark|
|242||He went to the window seat, picked up a harp, and ran his fingers lightly over its silvery strings. Sweet sadness filled the room as man and wife and babe faded like the morning mist, only the music lingering behind to speed her on her way. —One of Daenerys Targaryen's visions in the House of the Undying|
|243||He dreamt an old dream, of three knights in white cloaks, and a tower long fallen, and Lyanna in her bed of blood. —Eddard Stark's fever dream|
|244||“I vowed to kill Rhaegar for what he did to her.” —Robert Baratheon|
“You did.” —Eddard Stark
“Only once.” —Robert Baratheon
|245||“Men will always underestimate you, and their pride will make them want to vanquish you quickly, let it be said that a woman tried them sorely. Let them spend their strength in furious attacks, whilst you conserve your own. Wait and watch, girl, wait and watch.” —Ser Goodwin to Brienne of Tarth|
|246||His eyes were a pale green, flecked with gold. A fool more foolish than most had once jested that even Lord Tywin's shit was flecked with gold. Some said the man was still alive, deep in the bowels of Casterly Rock. —Tyrion's description of Tywin Lannister|
The Smith, he labors day and night,
|248||“You cannot hope to rule. You are a woman.” —Victarion Greyjoy|
“Is that why I always lose the pissing contests?” —Asha Greyjoy
|249||“Pissing contests are how lords judge one another's strength, and woe to any man who shows his weakness. A woman must needs piss twice as hard, if she hopes to rule.” —Rohanne Webber|
|250||The queen had to resist an urge to take her by the throat and throttle her. Do not presume to smile at me, you treacherous little bitch. You will be begging me for mercy before I'm done with you. —Cersei's thoughts |
|251||“Death holds no sweetness in this house. We are not warriors, nor soldiers, nor swaggering bravos puffed up with pride. We do not kill to serve some lord, to fatten our purses, to stroke our vanity. We never give the gift to please ourselves. Nor do we choose the ones we kill. We are but servants of the God of Many Faces.” —The Kindly Man of the House of Black and White to Arya Stark|
|252||“Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies.” —Stannis Baratheon|
|253||“Lord Eddard, when last we spoke, you gave me some counsel. Allow me to return the courtesy. Bend the knee, my lord. Bend the knee and swear fealty to my son, and we shall allow you to step down as Hand and live out your days in the grey waste you call home.” —Cersei Lannister|
|254||The more we give these Tyrells, the more they demand of us. —Cersei Lannister|
|255||In the dawn light, the army of Lord Tywin Lannister unfolded like an iron rose, thorns gleaming. —Tyrion's thoughts|
|256||Few of the birds that Aemon had sent off had returned as yet. One reached Stannis, though. One found Dragonstone, and a king who still cared. —Samwell's thoughts|
|257||Let the kings of winter have their cold crypt under the earth. The Tullys drew their strength from the river, and it was to the river they returned when their lives had run their course. —Catelyn's thoughts|
|258||“Viserys says he could sweep the Seven Kingdoms with ten thousand Dothraki screamers.”—Daenerys Targaryen|
“Viserys could not sweep a stable with ten thousand brooms.”—Jorah Mormont
|259||“Your father is called the Mad King in Westeros. Has no one ever told you?” —Barristan Selmy|
“Viserys did. The Usurper called him that, the Usurper and his dogs.” —Daenerys Targaryen
“Why ask for truth, if you close your ears to it?” —Barristan Selmy
|260||“Fools love a fool.” —Stannis Baratheon|
|261||"Wait, let these two kings play their game of thrones. When they are done fighting, we can bend our knees to the victor, or oppose him, as we choose." —Stevron Frey|
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