George R. R. Martin Quotes


Best 54 Quotes by George R. R. Martin – Page 1 of 2

“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.

The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”

“It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.”

“Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post.

I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real – for a moment at least – that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab.

Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end.

Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot.

Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang.

There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”

“There are no heroes. In life, the monsters win.”

“They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-earth.”

“We all need to be mocked from time to time, lest we take ourselves too seriously.”

“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

A Clash of Kings Quotes

“I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.”

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“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up.”

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“Power resides only where men believe it resides. A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

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“So many vows – they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws.

It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.”

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“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”

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“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”

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“There's no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”

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“Valar Morghulis.”

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“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

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A Dance with Dragons Quotes

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

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A Feast for Crows Quotes

“My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”

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A Game of Thrones Quotes

“A bruise is a lesson... and each lesson makes us better.”

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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

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“All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.”

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“Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?
– That is the only time a man can be brave.”

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“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”

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“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”

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“Every flight begins with a fall.”

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“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

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“Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I'll sleep more easily by night.”

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“Poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God's language – it's better, it's finer, it's language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives.”

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