‘Game of Thrones’ and its Lessons on Human Nature

Game of Thrones

Despite being a fantasy show,

‘Game of Thrones’ provides a strikingly realistic portrayal of humanity and human nature.

All characters on the show,
even those reputed for their goodness and honor,

are imperfect beings.

They all have flaws and weaknesses and all have made some crucial mistakes.

Yet it isn’t in humanity’s nature to be purely evil.

“It’s tempting to see your enemies as evil, all of them, but there’s good and evil on both sides in every war ever fought.” –Jorah Mormont (Season 4, Episode 7).

Most men have redeeming qualities and are capable of doing both good and bad. Even the most honorable man on the show, Lord Eddard Stark, is blinded by his absolute sense of right and wrong and his rather simplistic code of honor.

“Stark? You think the honorable Ned Stark wanted to hear my side? He judged me guilty the moment he set eyes on me. By what right does the wolf judge the lion? By what right!?” –Jaimie Lannister (Season 3, Episode 5).

Even seemingly positive traits like honesty can have strong negative consequences and can adversely affect people. Honesty, though it is generally thought of positively, can also be used for spite and revenge.

“Now when- when good old Ned came home with some whore’s baby, did you pretend to love it? No. You’re not very good at pretending. You’re an honest woman. You hated that boy, didn’t you? How could you not hate him? The walking, talking reminder that the honorable Lord Eddard Stark fucked another woman.” –Jamie Lannister (Season 2, Episode 7).

As evidenced by the characters actions on ‘Game of Thrones’ it is obvious that very few men are motivated solely by pure spite or malice. Very few people just want to ‘watch the world burn.’ Instead mankind is driven largely by their survival instincts and their ambitions. These qualities, though morally neutral, can breed the darker ones of distrust and ruthlessness.

“Anyone who isn’t us is our enemy.” –Cersei Lannister (Season 1, Episode 3).

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but refuse. They cling to the realm, or love, or the gods, illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. But they’ll never know this. Not until it’s too late.” –Petry ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Season 3, Episode 6).

“A Lannister always pays their debts.”

Whenever either literal or metaphorical survival is at stake, individuals will minimize their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. This can include sacrificing their innocence, stomping out their idealism, and toughening the ‘softer’ characteristics. Growth, ambition, and survival favor those with flexible moralities.

“Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” –Tyrion Lannister (Season 1, Episode 1).

“The more people you love, the weaker you are… Love no one but your children.” Cersei Lannister (Season 2, Episode 7).

As a result, it will always seem like more men fall on the side of the spectrum closer to ‘evil’ than on the side of ‘good.’ In both reality and in the fictional world of Westeros it appears that lies, deceit, and corruption will always truth, honor, and justice.

“The worst ones always live.” –Sansa Stark (Season 2, Episode 9).

“Look at me! Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers someday. The world is built by killers… so you better get used to looking at them.” –Sandor Clegane (Season 2, Episode 9).

Human nature is messy and yet it really isn’t good or bad. It’s resilient. Mankind, despite even the bleakest circumstances, can find a way to survive and even to thrive. ‘Game of Thrones’ does an excellent job of depicting human nature with all of its contradictions and all of its complexities.

55 of Film’s Best One-Liners

Movie One Liners

Movies can produce great stories, enduring ideas, and catchy soundbites.

The following list has some of film’s most memorable and famous one-lines,

the movies they come from,
and the year they were produced.

Odds are that even if you’ve never seen some of these movies,

you’re familiar with some of these quotes.

These one-liners have transcended their original use and many have become a part of modern day vernacular.

1. Gone With the Wind, (1939), “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, (1939), “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

3. The Wizard of Oz, (1939), “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

4. The Wizard of Oz, (1939), “There’s no place like home.”

5. Casablanca, (1942), “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

6. Casablanca, (1942), “Play it again, Sam.”

7. Casablanca, (1942), “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

8. White Heat, (1949), “Made it, Ma. Top of the world.”

9. All About Eve, (1950), “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

10. Psycho, (1960), “We all go a little mad sometimes.”

11. Dr. No, (1962), “Bond. James Bond.”

12. Goldfinger, (1964), “Shaken – Not stirred.”

13. Cool Hand Luke, (1967), “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

14. Love Story, (1970), “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

15. Dirty Harry, (1971), “Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk.”

16. The Godfather, (1972), “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

17. Jaws, (1975), “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

18. Rocky, (1976), “Yo, Adrienne.”

19. Taxi Driver, (1976), “You talkin’ to me.”

20. Network, (1976), “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

21. Star Wars, (1977), “May the force be with you.”

22. National Lampoon’s Animal House, (1978), “Toga. Toga.”

23. Apocalypse Now, (1979), “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory.”

24. The Shining, (1980), “He-e-e-e-re’s Johnny.”

25. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, (1982), “E.T. phone home.”

26. Scarface, (1983), “Say hello to my little friend.”

27. Sudden Impact, (1983), “Go ahead. Make my day.”

28. Karate Kid, (1984), “Wax on, wax off.”

29. The Terminator, (1984), “I’ll be back.”

30. The Terminator, (1984), “Hasta la vista, baby.”

31. Clue, (1985), “Men should be like Kleenex- soft, strong and disposable.”

32. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (1986), “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

33. Top Gun, (1986), “I feel the need – the need for speed.”

34. Dirty Dancing, (1987), “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

35. Die Hard, (1988), “Yippe-ki-yi-yay, Motherfucker.”

36. When Harry Met Sally, (1989), “I’ll have what she’s having.”

37. Dead Poets Society, (1989), “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

38. A Few Good Men, (1992), “You can’t handle the truth.”

39. A League of Their Own, (1992), “There’s no crying in baseball.”

40. The Shawshank Redemption, (1994), “Either get busy living, or get busy dying.”

41. Apollo 13, (1995), “Houston, we have a problem.”

42. Braveheart, (1995), “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”

43. Jerry Maguire, (1996), “Show me the money.”

44. Jerry Maguire, (1996), “You had me at ‘hello.’”

45. Titanic, (1997), “I’m the king of the world.”

46. The Sixth Sense, (1999), “I see dead people.”

47. Forrest Gump, (1994), “My mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you’re gonna get.”

48. Forrest Gump, (1994), “Stupid is as stupid does.”

49. Gladiator, (2002), “Are you not entertained?”

50. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, (2002), “My precious.”

51. Finding Nemo, (2003), “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”

52. Mean Girls, (2004), “Get in loser. We’re going shopping.”

53. Brokeback Mountain, (2005), “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

54. 300, (2006), “Tonight we dine in hell.”

55. The Dark Knight, (2008), “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Quotes for Surviving Your 20s

Surviving 20's

Your twenties can be a very uncertain and chaotic time in your life.

You might not yet be sure of who you are or who you’re going to be.

No one treats you or acknowledges you as a kid anymore,

even though you may still feel like one.

The following quotes help to comprehend this period in your life

and could help you endure what could be your most difficult and angst-ridden period.

“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” -Kyoko Escamilla

“20-somethings have the tendency to imagine that their 20s are the last chance they’re going to have to experiment, explore, and party. This is a false premise. Restaurants and cafes continue to let people over 29 through their doors. They even serve them alcohol.” -Holden Desalles

“There’s an ‘Everything must go!’ emotional liquidation feel to the end of your twenties, isn’t there? What will happen if we turn thirty and we’re not ‘ready?’ You don’t feel entirely settled in any aspect of your life, even if you are on paper.” -Sloane Crosley

“Here is what I’m trying to tell you: Adult isn’t a noun, it’s a verb. It’s the act of making correctly those small decisions that fill our day. It is one that you can practice, and that can be done in concrete steps. And if you slip up and have Diet Coke for breakfast, no one busts in and snatches away your Adult card. Just move forward and have milk tomorrow.” -Kelly Williams Brown

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

“I believe that we are who we choose to be. Nobody is going to come and save you. You’ve got to save yourself. Nobody is going to give you anything. You’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. So don’t give up your dreams.” -Barry Manilow

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” -Jessica Hische

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” –Tony Gaskins Jr.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anaïs Nin

I’m quirky, silly, blunt, and broken. My days are sometimes too dark, and my nights are sometimes too long. I often trip over my own insecurities. I require attention, long for passion, and wish to be desired. I use music to speak when words fail me, even though words are as important to me as the air I breathe. I love hard and with all that I have… and even with my faults, I am worth loving.” –Danu Grayson

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“I hope you will go out and let stories, that are life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Shakespeare and the Modern World: Phrases the Playwright Invented

Shakespear

William Shakespeare was one of the most prolific and popular playwrights of his era.

Over the centuries, his works have proved enduringly influential.

Many individuals are unaware that Shakespeare actually coined many of the

most popular phrases in today’s common vernacular.

You may even quote Shakespeare everyday in your day-to-day life and never realize it.

Here is a moderately-sized sample of terms and phrases that Shakespeare invented:

• All that glisters [glitters] is not gold – The Merchant of Venice

• All’s well that ends well – All’s Well That Ends Well

• As good luck would have it -The Merry Wives of Windsor

• Bated breath – The Merchant of Venice

• Be-all and the end-all – Macbeth

• Better foot before [Best foot forward] – King John

• Brave new world – The Tempest

• Break the ice – The Taming of the Shrew

• Brevity is the soul of wit – Hamlet

• Refuse to budge an inch – Measure for Measure & Taming of the Shrew

• Cold comfort – The Taming of the Shrew & King John

• Dead as a doornail – Henry VI, Part 2

• A dish fit for the gods – Julius Caesar

• Devil incarnate – Titus Andronicus & Henry V

• Eaten me out of house and home – Henry IV, Part 2

• Faint hearted – Henry VI, Part 1

• Fair play – The Tempest

• Forever and a day – As You Like It

• For goodness’ sake – Henry VIII

• Foregone conclusion – Othello

• Full circle – King Lear

• The game is up – Cymbeline

• Give the devil his due – I Henry IV

• Good riddance – Troilus and Cressida

• Jealousy is the green-eyed monster – Othello

• It was Greek to me – Julius Caesar

• Heart of gold – Henry V

• ‘Tis high time – The Comedy of Errors

• Improbable fiction – Twelfth Night

• In a pickle – The Tempest

• In my heart of hearts – Hamlet

• In my mind’s eye – Hamlet

• Kill with kindness – Taming of the Shrew

• Knit brow -The Rape of Lucrece

• Knock knock! Who’s there? – Macbeth

• Laughing stock -The Merry Wives of Windsor

• Laugh yourself into stitches – Twelfth Night

• Lean and hungry look – Julius Caesar

• Lie low – Much Ado about Nothing

• Love is blind – Merchant of Venice

• Melted into thin air – The Tempest

• Though this be madness, yet there is method in it [There's a method to my madness] – Hamlet

• Neither here nor there – Othello

• One fell swoop – Macbeth

• Out of the jaws of death – Twelfth Night

• Own flesh and blood – Hamlet

• Play fast and loose – King John

• Pound of flesh – The Merchant of Venice

• Snail paced – Troilus and Cressida

• Something wicked this way comes – Macbeth

• Spotless reputation – Richard II

• Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep [Still waters run deep] – Henry VI, Part 2

• Too much of a good thing – As You Like It

• Vanish into thin air – Othello

• Wear my heart upon my sleeve – Othello

• What’s done is done – Macbeth

• Wild-goose chase – Romeo and Juliet

• The world’s my oyster – Merry Wives of Windsor

As is evidences, Shakespeare had a huge influence on the development of the English language. Not only did he coin many of his own phrases, but he also created a number of words that are still extremely popular today. His literary works and invented words and phrases are so ingrained in the public consciousness, that it’s hard to imagine the modern English language without Shakespeare’s contributions.