Words of wisdom can be found almost everywhere even in the most inconspicuous of places. The lyrics of a pop song, conversations with your siblings, a dialogue on your favourite TV show or from your 5 year old cousin. These are a collection of the choicest “words to live by” from my latest obsession, The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George R.R.Martin.
I admit that it’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible…at all! Will try not to be too preachy, excuse me if I become too philosophical.
- “Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it and it will never be used to hurt you.”
― Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones
The basic idea is one that all of us have heard sometime or other in a plethora of versions. Be yourself, Love yourself, Learn to laugh at yourself etc etc. But it will serve you well in this mean world, no matter who you are. Look at it this way: You’re a limited edition; learn to be comfortable in your own skin. Chances are that people may laugh at you only because they want to bring you down! No kidding! Being unconventional makes you stand above the rest.
- “Any man, who says I am King, is no true king.”
― Tywin Lannister, A Game of Thrones
A person who stands above the rest doesn’t need to state or declare his/her position to the world; it becomes pretty obvious to everyone by his/her actions. Have you ever seen Sachin Tendulkar going around praising himself? Nope, he doesn’t need to. But he is The Master Blaster. People who go on and on, desperately trying to make people realise that they’re the best suffer from a superiority complex. Their feelings of superiority exist just to counter or conceal their feelings of inferiority. So just remember, Actions speak louder than words. Want everyone to know that you’re the best, prove it!
If you are among those who has seen the HBO Series but stayed away from the books, stop right there. **Spoiler Alert**.
- “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.”
― Petyr Baelish, A Storm of Swords
Too evil you say? Who in this day and age spends his life plotting and scheming? Well then let’s subtract the evil intent and put our own spin on it. Keep others guessing, try to do different things, Surprise Yourself once in a while. Don’t get in a rut.