George R. R. Martin may, in fact, be a wizard. To be able to jump through as many characters’ heads as he does—that’s magic. ‘Tis. Need some wisdom? Let me put my Tyrion hat on. How about some battle expertise? Hold on, where did I put my Jon Snow cap… Oh, dragon knowledge is what you’re looking for, well, good thing I’ve got my Daenerys bowler right here on my head.
But he is a slow writer. I know, low hanging fruit. But it’s true. He writes slowly. That’s fine, no judgment. Still, the fans are craving his words. It’s a good thing he’s accumulated quite a backlog of awesome words already. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
1. Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.
2. 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.
3. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”
4. 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.
5. Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.
6. Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?
7. Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.
8. … a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
9. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
10. Bran thought about it. “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?”
“That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him.
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