Note regarding *SPOILERS*: If you haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s Epic Fantasy Series A Song of Ice and Fire and plan to read it in future, please avoid proceeding further as it may contain important plot points. You have been warned.
1. Honesty is overrated: Aye, I do believe so. If you have read the series and/or watched the show, you would be aware of the things which happen to honest people in Westeros (or Essos, for that matter). I have come to realise that the real world isn’t much different in this facet. Honesty has no place here either.
2. Always keep your animal friends close: Or you die. Simple. Your enemies howl for your blood perpetually. Only the presence of your animal friends discourages their advances. If you don’t believe me, well, see what happened to *cough* Robb Stark and, later, to *cough* Jon Snow. Even if you think you are completely safe, you will miss out on their unconditional affection and warmth. KEEP THEM GODDAMN CLOSE.
3. Don’t let those nasty taunts bother you. Learn to ignore: Simply because Tyrion Lannister told you to. You can’t just dismiss the Halfman.
4. Books are awesome. Period: As Jojen Reed said, a reader lives thousands of lives while the people who don’t read live only one miserable, deplorable life. And Jojen is a seer for Old Gods’ sake.
5. Life is not a song: Littlefinger is SO right here. Unlike the songs and stories, the real life lets monsters win.
6. You can’t have courage without fear: Stolen shamelessly from a private father-to-son conversation between Ned And Bran: “Can a many still be brave if he’s afraid?” “That is the only time a many can be brave.” It may seem like a simplistic statement at first glance, I admit. But boy, when you REALLY think about it…
7. Enjoy the current moment, screw everything else: A simplified and more relevant form of “And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow. But first, we’ll live.” as said by Ygritte to Jon Snow is one of their *ahem* passionate moments.
8. Sometimes ruthlessness is a necessity: Just one word. Lannisters.
9. When you are afraid, guffaw at the top of your voice. Your fear will disappear like mist in the sun: Because: Laughter is poison to fear. Unless, of course, you have a hideous way of laughing. In which case, don’t laugh. Try something else.
10. Winter is Coming: The tagline of the series. And certainly not the most cheerful. A metaphorical form of “No matter how well-off you are, things can always go bad.” So watch out!