“I know you don’t understand pain, Pete. You’ve hardened yourself to it, like a lot of people, by pretending it doesn’t exist. So you convinced everybody you’re a real tough guy, a strong man, real independent. And you gave up some of your humanity, too. Well, I won’t play that game. I’ll cling to my humanity, and fight for it if I must. I loved once, really loved. And now I hurt. And I won’t deny either of these things, or pretend they mean any less to me than they do.”
“…For a Single Yesterday”
written by George R.R. Martin
This is one in a series of quotations.
I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years. I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations. I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people. In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author. As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say. These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.
Hope you enjoy them!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.