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The Best Ned Stark Quotes

Updated November 5, 2019 883 votes 292 voters 55.2k views13 items

With "Game of Thrones" George R.R. Martin crafted a universe full of (tons and tons and tons) complicated and complex characters. Many of the main characters have strong, individualized voices and even out of context, almost any quote can be quickly placed to its speaker. Ned Stark's quotes are regal, just, and bursting with honor and respect.

Eddard 'Ned' Stark is the head of the House of Stark, and is the Lord Paramount of the North. He's arguably the most honorable and just man in the series. He becomes Hand of the King under his lifelong friend King Robert Baratheon, but resigns after differences over how to deal with Daenerys Targaryen. Ned has five children, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon Stark, as well as his bastard son, Jon Snow.

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  • 1. On Responsibility

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    "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."
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  • 2. On Life and Death

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    "You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years... of what? You grew up with actors. You learned their craft and you learnt it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned to die a long time ago."
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  • 3. Re: What Is Coming?

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    "Winter is coming."
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  • 4. On Being a Boss

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    "I don't fight in tournaments because when I fight a man for real, I don't want him to know what I can do."
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