23 of the Best George R. R. Martin Quotes

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2020)

Hey, remember that time HBO’s Game of Thrones ended and everyone hated it? And then now, a full year later, everyone is actually still mad about it. No seriously, people are still signing that change.org petition. Anyway, George R. R. Martin is known for writing the books that the show is based on. You know, the book series that came first but still isn’t done? Well, while we wait on the last two books, here are a few George R. R. Martin quotes to keep you entertained. And we promise this will have a better ending than Season 8.  

Further Reading: When Is the Next Game of Thrones Book Coming Out*

*Yes, the post is still just as relevant 2 years later

George R. R. Martin Quotes

On Just Being You

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Armor yourself in it.”

“Every man who walks the earth casts a shadow on the world.”

“We look up at the same stars, and see such different things.”

On Writing & Books

 “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams.”

“Sleep is good. And books are better.”

“I try to make readers feel they’ve lived the events of the book.”

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

“All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.”

“Some writers enjoy writing. I enjoy having written.” (Maybe that’s why you still can’t read The Winds of Winter)

“The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life.”

“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.”

“Art is not a democracy. People don’t get to vote on how it ends.”

“The end needs to be as strong as the beginning.”

On Life

“Words are like arrows. Once loose, you cannot call them back.”

“Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories.”

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

“It is the journey that matters, not how fast you arrive at the destination.”

“Of all the bright cruel lies they tell you, the crudest is the one called love.”

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

“Only a fool humbles himself when the world is so full of men eager to do the job for him.”

On Fear

“The man who fears losing has already lost.”

“Laughter is poison to fear.”

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