Varys: I did what I did for the good of the realm.
Baelish: The realm. Do you know what the realm is? It’s the thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies — a story we agree to tell each other over and over, until we forget that it’s a lie.
Varys: But what do we have left, once we abandon the lie? Chaos? A gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.
Baelish: Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, given a chance to climb, they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.
Game of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 6: “The Climb.”