"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."

I'm new to English and have just started watching Game of Thrones. I think the above quote has a deep meaning. Could anybody please elaborate on this?

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    I'm not sure what you're asking. Could you clarify what you mean by "deep meaning"?
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    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 15:24
  • By "deep meaning" I mean what does that quote mean (in life values). I'm sorry I'm new to English. You can give me the easy meaning of it. Please.
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    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 16:53
  • No need to apologize for anything, I just wanted to be sure that I'm providing information you are interested in.
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    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 16:54
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If I recall correctly, this is something that Tyrion says to Jon Snow about being a bastard. Tyrion is saying that other people will be aware that Jon was born out of wedlock and that this fact will influence how they treat him (specifically, they will treat him more poorly).

Tyrion's advice is to not bother trying to hide that fact or to pretend that it isn't true, since other people won't cooperate with those efforts. Instead, Tyrion suggests that Jon embrace it. If Jon never pretends to be legitimately born to Ned, no one can hurt him by revealing the truth. If Jon accepts the conditions of his birth as a part of his identity, no one can hurt him by reminding him of something he's trying to ignore.

Opinions can differ on the deeper meaning of the quote, but my read of it is that other people will try to hurt him in various ways due to his illegitimate birth, but they won't succeed if Jon always remembers and is true to who he is.


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