A Feast For Crows Quotes


I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.

Sir Rodrik Harlow, The Kraken's Daughter

The words are said by Sir Rodrik Harlow, uncle of Asha Greyjoy and Lord of Harlow island, the richest on Pyke. He says this in response to Asha's urging him to attend the Kingsmoot saying it will be like watching history being made alive. Rodrik who has seen the carnage caused when people fight for power understands that the Kingsmoot will be bloody. He means that whenever history is created, it is usually a story of war and destruction.

Men have scars, women mysteries.

Cersei Lannister, Cersei III

Cersei says this as a remark to Taena's confession that she was not a virgin bride to Lord Merryweather. Taena had said earlier in response to Cersei's suggestion that Joyce might like young Kettleblack's scars, as scars make a man appear dangerous making him more exciting. Cersei says that same is the case with women, a woman who has secrets appear exciting to men as she has a certain mystery that they can't understand.

Egg, I dreamed that I was old.

Maester Aemon, Samwell II

Maester Aemon says this as he falls asleep on the deck of the ship sailing them towards Oldtown. In his final days, Aemon would often fall into hallucinations, imagining himself to be young with his baby brother Aegon. His words reflect the paradox that is often questioned, that what is real? Maester Aemon begins to imagine himself as a young person who has dreamed of his real life of being an old Maester. This also hints at the show's suggestion that the whole story is a dream or a tale narrated by someone.

Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.

Victarion Greyjoy, The Iron Captain I

Victarion says this to Asha Greyjoy when she chides him with the fact that he has lost more battles than her. Victarion states that it is important for a man to lose while he is young, so he would not become overconfident and learn a thing or two about warfare for later years.

Bones were bones; these days, nothing was easier to come by.

Jamie Lannister, Jamie V

Jamie thinks of this while talking to Genna Lannister about her son's death. Genna feels that her son's bones should be interred at Casterly Rock in the Hall of Heroes. Jaime lies to Genna that her son died bravely while fighting outlaws while in reality he was ambushed and his body was left for Crows after his possessions were divided by the outlaws. Jaime lies that he was buried next to a stream to placate her as he intended to fool her by giving any random bones, a task easy as bodies were strewn around Westeros due to the recent wars.

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