Quotes from A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin ·  848 pages

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“... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from 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, quote from 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, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from 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, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from 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, quote from A Game of Thrones



“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, quote from A Game of Thrones


“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“If I look back I am lost.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Every flight begins with a fall.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones



“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind...and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That's why I read so much Jon Snow.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Oh, my sweet summer child," Old Nan said quietly, "what do you know of fear?
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet
deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long
night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children
are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and
hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Life is not a song, sweetling.
Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I'll sleep more easily by night.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones



“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“You are your mother's trueborn son of Lannister."

"Am I?" the dwarf replied, sardonic. "Do tell my lord father. My mother died birthing me, and he's never been sure."

"I don't even know who my mother was," Jon said.

"Some woman, no doubt. Most of them are." He favored Jon with a rueful grin. "Remember this, boy. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs."

And with that he turned and sauntered back into the feast, whistling a tune.

When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“The things I do for love.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


“A bruise is a lesson... and each lesson makes us better.”
― George R.R. Martin, quote from A Game of Thrones


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George R.R. Martin
Born place: in Bayonne, New Jersey, The United States
Born date September 20, 1948
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