George R.R. Martin Quotes

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.

- George R.R. Martin

The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. 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.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

# Truth

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

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results, but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.

- George R.R. Martin

# Inspirational

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.

- George R.R. Martin

# Writing

Give me a good sharp knife and a good sharp cheese and I’m a happy man.

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

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

- George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

# Books

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Fear cuts deeper than swords.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

# Truth

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

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

# Death, Life

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.

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Life is not a song, sweetling. Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

# Life

A woman's life is nine parts mess to one part magic, you'll learn that soon enough. And the parts that look like magic turn out to be the messiest of all.

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

# Women

He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

- George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

# Friends

When you know what a man wants you know who he is, and how to move him.

- George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow on him.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you.

- George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

# Strategy

You were made to be kissed, often and well.

- George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

# Romance

A Lannister always pays his debts.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.

- George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Politicians were mostly people who'd had too little morals and ethics to stay lawyers.

- George R.R. Martin, Ace in the Hole

Men have scars, women mysteries.

- George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

# Men, Women

A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Minds are like swords, I do fear. The old ones go to rust.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it.

- George R.R. Martin

# Writing

Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.

- George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

# Strategy

Everything's better with some wine in the belly.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Schemes are like fruit, they require a certain ripening.

- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

# Strategy