50+ Best Ned Stark Quotes ‘Game Of Thrones’

Best Ned Stark quotes

If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, you know who Ned Stark is. You will get Ned Stark quotes as you continue to complete this post. We are very fond of Ned Stark from the first episode of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones has a different tragedy in that the character you see survives will not last. Another character will be added. If you are looking for Ned Stark dialogues to use on social media or as a status then this post is for you. This post contains over 50 quotes that you can copy.


1. “Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?”Ned Stark Quotes

2. “The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.”― Ned Stark Quotes

3. “Who do you think our champion will be today? Have you seen Mace Tyrell’s boy? The Knight of Flowers, they call him. Now there’s a son any man would be proud to own to. Last tourney, he dumped the Kingslayer on his golden rump, you ought to have seen the look on Cersei’s face. I laughed till my sides hurt.”― Ned Stark Quotes

4. “I am sorry for your girl, Ned. Truly. About the wolf, I mean. My son was lying, I’d stake my soul on it. My son … you love your children, don’t you?”

“With all my heart,” Ned said.

“Let me tell you a secret, Ned. More than once, I have dreamed of giving up the crown. Take ship for the Free Cities with my horse and my hammer, spend my time warring and whoring, that’s what I was made for. The sellsword king, how the singers would love me. You know what stops me? The thought of Joffrey on the throne, with Cersei standing behind him whispering in his ear. My son. How could I have made a son like that, Ned?”

“He’s only a boy,” Ned said awkwardly. He had small liking for Prince Joffrey, but he could hear the pain in Robert’s voice. “Have you forgotten how wild you were at his age?”

“It would not trouble me if the boy was wild, Ned. You don’t know him as I do.” He sighed and shook his head. “Ah, perhaps you are right. Jon despaired of me often enough, yet I grew into a good king.” Robert looked at Ned and scowled at his silence. “You might speak up and agree now, you know.”

“Your Grace …” Ned began, carefully.

Robert slapped Ned on the back. “Ah, say that I’m a better king than Aerys and be done with it. You never could lie for love nor honor, Ned Stark. I’m still young, and now that you’re here with me, things will be different. We’ll make this a reign to sing of, and damn the Lannisters to seven hells.” ―Ned Stark Quotes

5. “You realize I had half my guard out searching for you?” Eddard Stark said when they were alone. “Septa Mordane is beside herself with fear. She’s in the sept praying for your safe return. Arya, you know you are never to go beyond the castle gates without my leave.”

“I didn’t go out the gates,” she blurted. “Well, I didn’t mean to. I was down in the dungeons, only they turned into this tunnel. It was all dark, and I didn’t have a torch or a candle to see by, so I had to follow. I couldn’t go back the way I came on account of the monsters. Father, they were talking about killing you! Not the monsters, the two men. They didn’t see me, I was being still as stone and quiet as a shadow, but I heard them. They said you had a book and a bastard and if one Hand could die, why not a second? Is that the book? Jon’s the bastard, I bet.” ― Ned Stark Quotes

6. “It was all too much. For a moment Eddard Stark wanted nothing so much as to return to Winterfell, to the clean simplicity of the north, where the enemies were winter and the wildlings beyond the Wall. “Surely Robert has other loyal friends,” he protested. “His brothers, his—”

“—wife?” Varys finished, with a smile that cut. “His brothers hate the Lannisters, true enough, but hating the queen and loving the king are not quite the same thing, are they? Ser Barristan loves his honor, Grand Maester Pycelle loves his office, and Littlefinger loves Littlefinger.” ― Ned Stark Quotes

7. “They killed Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn and King Robb,” she said. “He was our king! He was brave and good, and the Freys murdered him. If Lord Stannis will avenge him, we should join Lord Stannis.” ― Ned Stark Quotes

8. “Ned Stark was here?”
“At the dawn of Robert’s Rebellion. The Mad King had sent to the Eerie for Stark’s head, but Jon Arryn sent him back defiance. Gulltown stayed loyal to the throne, though. To get home and call his banners, Stark had to cross the mountains to the Fingers and find a fisherman to carry him across the Bite. A storm caught them on the way. The fisherman drowned, but his daughter got Stark to the Sisters before the boat went down. They say he left her with a bag of silver and a bastard in her belly. Jon Snow, she named him, after Arryn.” ― Ned Stark Quotes

9. “The Man Who Passes The Sentence Should Swing The Sword.”

This gem has probably been passed down, but there is logic and honor to it. This statement in the first episode helps demonstrate how effective and righteous a leader Ned is, and how effective a father he is. It may seem overboard taking a 10-year-old to witness an execution and explain why it had to happen, but in Westeros, it’s a good age to learn that lesson. A then relatively innocent Joffrey could’ve learned a lot if he’d been invited along. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

10. “You Grew Up With Actors, You Learned Their Craft And You Learnt It Well. But I Grew Up With Soldiers. I Learned How To Die A Long Time Ago.”

It is only once Ned is imprisoned for treason that his code of honor starts to get called into question, and when questioned by Varys it seems his pride starts to get in the way of his unflinching devotion to doing the right thing. Of course, as soon as Varys reminds him he has a daughter he knows what he has to do and sacrifices the honor that defined him to save his daughter’s life. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

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Eddard Stark Quotes

Those of you who have seen Game of Thrones must know Eddard Stark and have become a fan of him. Because the curry is a heart ban honest etc. So for your convenience, I have come up with quotes for the characters of Game of Thrones.

If you are a fan of any other character in Game of Thrones, then there is another question for you. Go to the search box and search with the name of the character. If you read this post in its entirety, you will remember some of Ned Stark dialogues that you heard in the Game of Thrones series.


11. “The Madness Of Mercy. That She Might Save Her Children.”

One of the reasons Ned Stark is such a great character – made possible by Sean Bean’s very humanizing performance – is that the man is one of the greatest soldiers on the planet, and has spent half his life at war by the side of Robert Baratheon, and yet he shows extraordinary compassion towards his enemies even when his own life is on the line. Cersei does indeed save her children (for a time), puts a crown on the nasty one, and has Ned locked up for treason… ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

12. “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.”

Ned Stark was always an honorable warrior, yet his attitude towards Jaime Lannister suggests a certain level of denial. He made his mind up about Jaime Lannister in the heat of the moment when he killed the Mad King, and Jaime Lannister being an asshole since became one of the foundations of his worldview. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

13. “You’re Too Fat For Your Armor.”

Ned Stark is known for telling it like it is – Jon Snow being the exception that proves the rule – and it’s healthy that there’s someone in the seven kingdoms who can tell the King how it is, an honor he’s earned through years of friendship and loyalty, and also being Lyanna Stark’s brother. Even Tywin Lannister admits to having little control over the King’s actions despite the necessity of their partnership. “He used to pat me on the back a lot…” ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

14. “I Followed You Into War, Twice, Without Questions, Without Second Thoughts… But I Will Not Follow You Now.”

Exhibit A for Ned Stark doing “whatever is right, no matter what” as claimed by Jon Snow is when he turns against King Robert Baratheon, his best friend and one of the most powerful men in Westeros. He knows going in that the move is political suicide at the very least, but he simply cannot stand by and permit the murder of an innocent. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

15. “The Robert I Grew Up With Didn’t Tremble At The Shadow Of An Unborn Child.”

In hindsight, killing Daenerys may have saved countless lives. Sure she freed a lot of slaves, but you could also argue her world conquest got very lucky to stumble on a guilt-free way to ransack cities. Either way, Robert’s decision to have a young, pregnant Daenerys killed disgusts Ned. “I thought you were a better man” he goes on to say as he drops his pin on the table. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

16. “We’ve Come To A Dangerous Place. We Can’t Afford To Fight A War Amongst Ourselves.”

Said the man who tells his best mate/The friggin King where to stick his Hand of the King badge in the midst of doing The War of the Roses with the Lannisters. The life lessons he gives Arya are very effective though. It’s just a shame he doesn’t listen to himself more. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

17. “The Madman Sees What He Sees.”

For such a straight-talking man, Ned does tend to slip into enigmatic non-answers sometimes, especially when it comes to matters of the supernatural and Jon Snow’s parentage. We never actually find out what Ned did or didn’t believe about White Walkers or if the Starks had any connection to them. In fact, the whole White Walker storyline teased from the very first scene ultimately had ZERO payoff but that’s another article. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

18. “Winter Is Coming…”

It became a running joke that characters kept parroting the iconic Stark family motto “Winter is Coming” every season with no pay-off, but given the direction the show’s writing went when winter hit, and the fact George R. R. Martin still hasn’t released Winds of Winter, maybe the story would’ve been better if winter never came at all. Ned Stark was warning us the whole time but we refused to hear him.. ~~Eddard Stark Quotes

19. “The winters are hard but the Starks will endure. We always have.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game Of Thrones’, Chapter Four.

20. “Robert, I beg of you, hear what you are saying. You are talking of murdering a child.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game Of Thrones’, Chapter 33.

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Ned Stark Quotes Winter is Coming

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21. “If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game Of Thrones’, Chapter One.

22. “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game of Thrones’, Chapter 33.

23. “I shall wear that as a badge of honor.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game of Thornes’, Chapter 45.

24. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”

– Ned Stark, ‘A Game of Thrones’, Chapter 22.

25. “Is that what you tell yourself at night? You’re a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen’s back?”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Three, ‘Lord Snow’.

26. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood.”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Two, ‘The Kingsroad’.

27. “The next time we see each other, we’ll talk about your mother. I promise.”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Two, ‘The Kingsroad’.

28. “The madness of mercy. That she might save her children.”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Eight, ‘The Pointy End’.

29. 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.”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Nine, ‘Baelor’.

30. “We’ve come to a dangerous place. We can’t afford to fight a war amongst ourselves.”

– Ned Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’, Season One, Episode Three, ‘Lord Snow’.

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