i prefer my history dead


please, feel free to alter pronouns && phrases to suit your needs ♥ 

  • “Fire consumes, but cold preserves.”
  • ”Live a thrall or die a king.”
  • “I have been despised by better men than you.”
  • “I will teach them what it means to put a lion in a cage.”
  • “When I kissed her cheek, I could taste the salt of her tears.”
  • “A sweet face oft hides a sinner’s heart.”
  • “All men lie when they are afraid.“
  • “No fight is hopeless till it has been fought.”
  • “Anger was better than tears, better than grief, better than guilt.”
  • “My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”
  • “Sometimes there is no happy choice, only one less grievous than the others.”
  • “Men have scars, women mysteries.”
  • “The worst isn’t done. The worst is just beginning, and there are no happy endings.”
  • “Why should you fear?”
  • “I’m sorry that I never trusted you. I don’t know how to do that anymore.”
  • “I don’t want to have a dozen sons, I want to have adventures.”
  • “Too stupid to learn and too stupid to give up.”
  • “How could I not love him, after that?”
  • “Does he think to scare me?”
  • “What is our heart’s desire?”
  • "Are you hungry, child?”
  • “Better to mock the game than to play and lose.”
  • “He used to mess my hair and call me “little sister.”
  • “I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.” 
  • “Words are wind. They cannot hurt you. Let them wash over you.”
  • “Words are like arrows. Once loosed, you cannot call them back.”
  • “Vengeance. Justice. Fire and blood.”
  • “War makes monsters of us all.”
  • “I have a hole where my heart should be, and nowhere else to go.”
  • “Are you saying you are monsters?”
  • “Some men think because they’re afraid to do.”
  • “Kind? How boring that would be. I aspire to be wicked.”
  • “Men are such thundering great fools. Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.”
  • “The man is as useless as nipples on a breastplate.” 
  • “We all dream of things we cannot have.” 
  • “Who will protect us now?” 
  • “There is no shame in loving. Our gods gave us legs to run with, noses to smell with, hands to touch and feel. What mad cruel god would give a man eyes and tell him he must forever keep them shut, and never look at all the beauty in the world? Only a monster god, a demon of the darkness.”
  • “Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.”
  • “The women are the strong ones, truly.”

anonymous asked:

So, quoting directly Tv Tropes on Prince Aemon: "His story is remarkably similar to Jaime's (renowned Kingsguard, dubious relationship with his sister the Queen that eventually resulted in a massive war, possible father of the queen's children), but Aemon is revered as a legendary Knight in Shining Armor, while Jaime is reviled as the dishonorable Kingslayer for being The Oathbreaker." Why do you think is that? Why is Cersei and his incest so much more loathed the (possible) Aemon and Naerys'?

[Link to TV Tropes page on the ASOIAF Kingsguard]

idk, there could be several reasons.

1) Unlike Jaime Lannister, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight didn’t kill his king. Aemon saved Aegon IV, so that’s a big difference. Aemon wasn’t a kingslayer who broke the vow to defend the king, even if he did commit adultery and treason against his king (something that in-world historians dispute). Obviously treason against the king — if it happened — is a heinous act, but when the purpose of the Kingsguard is to defend the king, well, killing the king is about the worst thing a Kingsguard knight can do. Jaime is always going to be viewed as worse than Aemon because of that. 

2) Targaryen incest is (just slightly) more tolerated in Westeros than brother/sister incest between anyone else. Per GRRM, “If you have some huge fire-breathing dragons, you can get people to accept a lot of things that they might otherwise have problems with.”

Even after the dragons died out, normal people in Westeros thought Targcest was just something those wacky Targaryens did, a part of their culture since before coming to Westeros:

“once my sister Rhae put a love potion in my drink, so I’d marry her instead of my sister Daella.” Egg spoke as if such incest was the most natural thing in the world. For him it is. The Targaryens had been marrying brother to sister for hundreds of years, to keep the blood of the dragon pure. Though the last actual dragon had died before Dunk was born, the dragonkings went on. Maybe the gods don’t mind them marrying their sisters.

Sibling incest is generally taboo in Westeros; the Faith disapproves of it. So, to the people of Westeros, Aemon/Naerys is always going to be viewed in a better light than Jaime/Cersei. 

3) ”I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.” History is viewed differently from current events. Jaime’s alive, walking around, and Aemon is dead. It’s easy to romanticize the past, when it’s so far removed from your life. The present is a lot harder to view with rose-colored glasses, if you have a son who died beneath the Golden Tooth, or anywhere else. 

And who is to say how Jaime will be remembered by history, anyway? In a hundred years in Westeros, what will the singers say about Jaime Lannister? That he killed the ~Evil Queen~? That he and Cersei killed each other, and it was sad and doomed? That he saved King’s Landing from the Mad King? 

(Interestingly, while I was googling the quote you sent me, I first stumbled across this TV Tropes page on “Love Ruins the Realm” discussing both Jaime/Cersei and Aemon/Naerys, which is a theme that ties the two relationships together, more so than public opinion, I think.)

hagakureburger  asked:

While you're on the subject, then, I really want to get into Game of Thrones and I don't know whether to start with the books or the show. I'm heavily leaning towards the books, since I'm more of a reader, but the show interests me as well because it looks very well done from a lot of different cinematic standards.

What I did and was pretty pleased with really, was I watched the first season of game of thrones, then read all the books, then the second season started etc etc

I also am much easier to get into books over shows but the fact of the matter is are the books are pretty dense with volume of characters and details. I’m a visual learner so with watching the first season first, I was able to get in my head the who is who and begin to understand the different families and allegiances, which helped me focus more on the plot and such when I started reading the series

So it depends!!! The show has good aspects and visually is pretty good with things but I really am happy that most of the important plot twists and such I got the surprise through reading as opposed to watching