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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. 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
“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
“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.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.”
George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 5-Book Boxed Set: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons
“There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: “Not today.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Sleep is good, he said, And books are better.”
George R.R. Martin
“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.”
George R.R. Martin
“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“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
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
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
“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what's on the other side?”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle Earth. ”
George R.R. Martin
“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“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.”
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Every man must die, Jon Snow. But first he must live.”
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
“It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.”
George R.R. Martin
“If I look back I am lost.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Nothing burns like the cold.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died.”
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
“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.”
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
“We all need to be mocked from time to time, lest we take ourselves too seriously.”
George R.R. Martin

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