David Benioff quotes

  • 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

    #Sleep #Insomnia #Skulls

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Book #Character #Challenges

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Giving #Thanks #Nostalgia

  • To shoot a decent fight, you need to cover all the different angles, and it ends up eating a lot of days.
    -- David Benioff

    #Fighting #Different #Needs

  • Talent must be a fanatical mistress. She's beautiful; when you're with her, people watch you, they notice. But she bangs on your door at odd hours, and she disappears for long stretches, and she has no patience for the rest of your existence; your wife, your children, your friends. She is the most thrilling evening of your week, but some day she will leave you for good. One night, after she's been gone for years, you will see her on the arm of a younger man, and she will pretend not to recognize you.
    -- David Benioff

    #Beautiful #Children #Night

  • There's never been a fantasy movie of the epic battle of good versus evil that ended with evil winning.
    -- David Benioff

    #Epic #Winning #Evil

  • Truth might be stranger than fiction, but it needs a better editor.
    -- David Benioff

    #Editors #Needs #Fiction

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Writing #Down And #Way

  • 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
    -- David Benioff

    #Kissing #Winter #Wind

  • 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!
    -- David Benioff

    #Home #Past #Eggs

  • You're a writer. Make it up.
    -- David Benioff

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Passion #Character #Men

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Doe #Belief #Easier

  • I was like a well trained pianist who knows which note to hit, but can't make the music his own.
    -- David Benioff

    #Notes #Pianist #Wells

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Men #People #Spiders

  • That is the way we decided to talk, free and easy, two young men discussing a boxing match. That was the only way to talk. You couldn't let too much truth seep into your conversation, you couldn't admit with your mouth what your eyes had seen. If you opened the door even a centimeter, you would smell the rot outside and hear the screams. You did not open the door. You kept your mind on the tasks of the day, the hunt for food and water and something to burn, and you saved the rest for the end of the war.
    -- David Benioff

    #War #Eye #Men

  • ‎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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Greatness #Two #Tribes

  • 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...
    -- David Benioff

    #Beautiful #Powerful #Distance

  • You don't like the girl. You don't know what color eyes she has, you don't like her.
    -- David Benioff

    #Girl #Eye #Color

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Growing Up #Thinking #Goal

  • I like having my own story remain my story.
    -- David Benioff

    #Stories

  • Fiction novels, that's my game.
    -- David Benioff

    #Games #Fiction #Novel

  • A certain luxury when you get to writing a novel is to have the space to have your characters just banter.
    -- David Benioff

    #Writing #Character #Luxury

  • Every adaptation requires that the screenwriter make difficult choices - and in particular, difficult cuts.
    -- David Benioff

    #Cutting #Choices #Adaptation

  • Everyone knew this was the episode that was going to make or break the season.
    -- David Benioff

    #Break #Episodes

  • The secret to winning a woman is calculated neglect.
    -- David Benioff

    #Winning #Secret #Neglect

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Dirty #Book #Adventure

  • I have never been much of a patriot. My father would not have allowed such a thing while he lived, and his death insured that his wish was carried out. Piter commanded far more affection and loyalty from me than the nation as a whole. But that night, running across the unplowed fields of winter wheat, with the Fascist invaders behind us and the dark Russian woods before us, I felt a surge of pure love for my country. We ran for the forest, crashing through the stalks of wheat, beneath the rising moon and the stars spinning farther and farther away, alone beneath the godless sky.
    -- David Benioff

    #Loyalty #Running #Country

  • the lonliest sound in the world is other people making love.
    -- David Benioff

    #People #Making Love #Sound

  • This is good, life must continue, we are fighting barbarians, but we must remain human.
    -- David Benioff

    #Good Life #Fighting #Barbarians

  • 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?
    -- David Benioff

    #Hero #Register #Vulnerability

  • 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.
    -- David Benioff

    #Writing #Thinking #Way

  • I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.
    -- David Benioff

    #Growing Up #Games #Dungeons

  • I've never flown a kite.
    -- David Benioff

    #Kites

  • Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying.
    -- David Benioff

    #Hero #Realising

  • With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion.
    -- David Benioff

    #People #Waiting #Suggestions

  • I'm just not a natural teacher.
    -- David Benioff

    #Teacher #Natural