"The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them."
"Jon Arryn’s bannermen will never love me, nor our silly, shaking Robert, but they will love their Young Falcon…"
Petyr Baelish, “A Feast for Crows” by George R. R. Martin
"Without passion you can’t succeed"
"It turns out, people lie to themselves about three things: they view themselves in implausibly positive ways, they think they have far more control over their lives than they actually do, and they believe the future will be better than the evidence of the present can possibly justify."