Because well, you know, winter is coming…
The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.
Maybe you have read the books from George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Or perhaps you watched the landmark TV series, which became a worldwide phenomenon. Either way, there’s little doubt you know about Game of Thrones and its impact on pop culture.
People know GoT for its twisty plotlines, battle scenes, and frequent betrayals — not to mention giants, dragons, magic, and zombies. But much of the allure of the show comes from its memorable dialogue.
Though I’m a tall guy, I’m a little like Tyrion Lannister — “I drink and I know things”. So here are six of my favorite cerebral assassin quotes from Game of Thrones that might motivate you.
“We march to victory, or we march to defeat. But we go forward. Only forward.” — Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)
Life might beat us down. But retreating from challenges cannot be our primary option. We may need to pivot and change tactics, but if we don’t keep gaining ground then we will surely lose.
“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” — Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
Even if we aren’t blessed with size, riches, or influence, we still all wield some power. We must remain confident, centered, and consistent with our purpose. Eventually, we will shine for the world to notice and then bend to our will.
“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinion of sheep.” — Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)
Haters will always have something to say — that will never change. But we cannot allow the opinions of petty jerks to nudge us off course. We must maintain focus and never allow gossipers and naysayers to siphon away our positive energy.