I've always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.— David Benioff
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There are a few moments in your life when you are truly and completely happy, and you remember to give thanks. Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment, you are tucking it away in your scrapbook.
I'll tell you a secret. Something they don't teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
I've never flown a kite.
She leaned forward and kissed me on the lips.
He mouth was cold, her lips rough from the winter wind, and if the mystics are right and we are doomed to repeat our squalid lives ad infinitum, at least I will always return to that kiss
This is good, life must continue, we are fighting barbarians, but we must remain human.
Truth might be stranger than fiction, but it needs a better editor.
Contrary to popular belief, the experience of terror does not make you braver.
Perhaps though, it is easier to hide your fear when you're afraid all the time.
You don't like the girl. You don't know what color eyes she has, you don't like her.
'Breaking Bad.' Because it's the best American narrative fiction of the last ten years.
To shoot a decent fight, you need to cover all the different angles, and it ends up eating a lot of days.
I was like a well trained pianist who knows which note to hit, but can't make the music his own.
There's never been a fantasy movie of the epic battle of good versus evil that ended with evil winning.
Hollywood screenwriters tend to have the longevity of NFL running backs.
So the truth is no one can put more pressure on us than we put on ourselves.
I was cursed with the pessimism of both the Russians and the Jews two of the gloomiest tribes in the world. Still if there wasn't greatness in me maybe I had the talent to recognize it in others even in the most irritating others.
I think, in a weird way, the reason I was drawn to screenwriting and the reason I really love doing it is because I love writing dialogue.
It is actually a lot harder to sit down and write from A to Z.
But for me at least, it's the only way I can do it, at this point, with any moderate success.
I like having my own story remain my story.
I never understood people who said their greatest fear was public speaking, or spiders, or any of the other minor terrors. How could you fear anything more than death? Everything else offered moments of escape: a paralyzed man could still read Dickens; a man in the grips of dementia might have flashes of the must absurd beauty.
A certain luxury when you get to writing a novel is to have the space to have your characters just banter.
This wasn't the way I had imagined my adventures, but reality ignored my wishes from the get-go, giving me a body best suited for stacking books in the library, injecting so much fear into my veins that I could only cower in the stairwell when the violence came. Maybe someday my arms and legs would thicken with muscle and the fear would drain away like dirty bathwater. I wish I believed these things would happen, but I didn't.
Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying.
The secret to winning a woman is calculated neglect.
With the movies, people are not going to wait around.
The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion.
And I didn't grow up wanting to be a director.
I grew up wanting to be a writer, so for me, that was always the goal - to be a novelist, not a screenwriter. And I think, again, if I didn't have the novels, maybe I'd be much more frustrated by not having directed yet.
the lonliest sound in the world is other people making love.
That's our plan? We're going to walk fifty kilometers, right past the Germans, to a poultry collective that maybe didn't get burned down, grab a dozen eggs, and come home?" "Well, anything would sound ridiculous if said it in that tone of voice." "Tone of....I'm asking you a question!
The eternal challenge for screenwriter adapters is figuring out how to make something work on screen, when so much of what made it work in the book were the thoughts of the character, and obviously wanting to avoid voiceover.
I was half asleep but I smiled. In spite of all his irritating qualities, I couldn't help liking a man who despised a fictional character with such passion.
Everyone knew this was the episode that was going to make or break the season.
The fire was silent, the little houses collapsing into the flames without complaint, flocks of sparks rising to the sky. At a distance it seemed beautiful, and I thought it was strange that powerful violence is often so pleasing to the eye.
I'm just not a natural teacher.
Perhaps a hero is someone who doesn’t register his own vulnerability.
Is it courage, then, if you’re too daft to know you’re mortal?
Fiction novels, that's my game.
The longer you work in this business [movie], the more you start to be able to see the carpentry. You can see where things are going, and it's harder to surprise you, as a reader
I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.
Every time something bad happens, like we lose a day because of weather or an actor gets injured or anything else happens, the schedule has to change. It's the most challenging Tetris puzzle.
You're a writer. Make it up.
Showrunner I admire: Weiss: "All friendship bias duly acknowledged: Rob McElhenney and the guys at 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' have been doing their show for longer than any live action comedy. To make something that consistently great for that long, and to keep it fresh ... I think that's a tremendous accomplishment.
Every adaptation requires that the screenwriter make difficult choices - and in particular, difficult cuts.