George R. R. Martin Quotes

”As Faulkner says, all of us have the capacity in us for great good and for great evil, for love but also for hate. I wanted to write those kinds of complex character in a fantasy, and not just have all the good people get together to fight the bad guy.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I prefer to work with grey characters rather than black and white.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes
Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”An awful lot of fantasy, and even some great fantasy, falls into the mistake of assuming that a good man will be a good king, that all that is necessary is to be a decent human being and when you’re king everything will go swimmingly.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”If I was a soldier going to war, I’d be pretty scared the night before a battle. It’s a scary thing. And I want my readers to feel that fear as they turn the page.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”As much as I love historical fiction, my problem with historical fiction is that you always know what’s going to happen.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I have files, I have computer files and, you know, files on paper. But most of it is really in my head. So God help me if anything ever happens to my head!”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”Start with short stories. After all, if you were taking up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”There is magic in my universe, but it’s pretty low magic compared to other fantasies.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I’ve been many kinds of writers in my career: novelist; tele-playwright; short story writer. As a high-school student, I wrote amateur pieces for fanzines, and I’ve written for Hollywood.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I have always regarded historical fiction and fantasy as sisters under the skin, two genres separated at birth.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”One of the great things about books is you can afford to do anything.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I’ve said in many interviews that I like my fiction to be unpredictable. I like there to be considerable suspense.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”Nothing bores me more than books where you read two pages and you know exactly how it’s going to come out. I want twists and turns that surprise me, characters that have a difficult time and that I don’t know if they’re going to live or die.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”Of course it’s not enough to be a good man to be an effective ruler and it never has been.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”Boy, there are days where I get up and say ‘Where the hell did my talent go? Look at this crap that I’m producing here. This is terrible. Look, I wrote this yesterday. I hate this, I hate this.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”You can have the power to destroy, but it doesn’t give you the power to reform, or improve, or build.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I find religion and spirituality fascinating. I would like to believe this isn’t the end and there’s something more, but I can’t convince the rational part of me that that makes any sense whatsoever.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”I’ve never been good with deadlines. My early novels, I wrote by myself. No one knew I was writing a novel; I didn’t have a contract.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

”There was part of me that wanted to see the world and travel to distant places, but I could only do it in my imagination, so I read ferociously and imagined things.”
-George R.R. Martin

Top 20 George R.R. Martin Quotes

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