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626 Inspiring Quotes by Neil Gaiman

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Wikipedia Summary for Neil Gaiman

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.




stars in the sky during night time

You don't have to stay anywhere forever.

--Neil Gaiman

panoramic photography of mountains

I must confess, I have always wondered what lay beyond life, my dear.
Yeah, everybody wonders. And sooner or later everybody gets to find out.

--Neil Gaiman

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

This was the void. Not blackness, not nothingness. This was what lay beneath the thinly painted scrim of reality.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow flower field under clear sky

You're alive. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything.

--Neil Gaiman

forest and body of water

Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and white abstract painting

The dead can't hurt you, they're dead. Living things can hurt you, living people can hurt you but the dead can't.

--Neil Gaiman

galaxy

The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked... that's the moment you may be starting to get it right.

--Neil Gaiman

saguaro

I'm never quite sure if I'm me when I'm dressed up.

--Neil Gaiman


black and yellow wall sconce

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.

--Neil Gaiman

golden retriever inside car

She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful.

--Neil Gaiman




worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

How would you feel about life if Death was your older sister?

--Neil Gaiman



coconut tree near body of water

You don't want to ask after the health of anyone, if you're a funeral director. They think maybe you're scouting for business.

--Neil Gaiman

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

By the windmills of Babyland he sat down and wept.

--Neil Gaiman


white desk lamp beside green plant

It has occasionally been remarked upon that it is as easy to overlook something large and obvious as it is to overlook something small and niggling, and that the large things one overlooks often cause problems.

--Neil Gaiman

brown wooden door

If I were only allowed to read or enjoy art or listen to music made by people whose opinions and beliefs were the same as mine, I think the world would be a pretty dismal sort of a place.

--Neil Gaiman


fire near trees

A page turns. Destiny continues to walk.

--Neil Gaiman


photo of brown parquet

What are these fundamental principles, if they are not atoms?"
"Stories. And they give me hope.

--Neil Gaiman


silhouette of kneeling man

It is sometimes a mistake to climb. It is always a mistake to never make the attempt.

--Neil Gaiman

man standing on cliff under white sky

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!

--Neil Gaiman

brown textile in close up image

But I have always thought that these tulips must have had names. They were red, and orange and red, and red and orange and yellow, like the ember in a nursery fire of a winter's evening. I remember them.

--Neil Gaiman

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

The world is always ending, and the end is always being averted, by love or foolishness or just plain old dumb luck.

--Neil Gaiman

green and white painted wall

And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.

--Neil Gaiman



stars across the sky view at the desert

A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.

--Neil Gaiman



pink and white tulips on white surface

Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?

--Neil Gaiman


fawn pug on bed

When you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.

--Neil Gaiman


sea during daytime

Approaching the state of Delaware, the dreamer is a small dog, dreaming impatiently of a past life, long forgotten, when he sailed tall ships across uncharted. The salt spray of the ocean stings my face.

--Neil Gaiman

green ceramic mug beside book

It occurred to me then that the man might not be mad; I found this far more disquieting than the alternative.

--Neil Gaiman

rocky mountain

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.

--Neil Gaiman

grayscale photography of pug

Writing imaginative tales for the young is like sending coals to Newcastle. For coals.

--Neil Gaiman

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I loved writing a book in which, in some ways, it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.

--Neil Gaiman




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There was Virginia Boote, the food and restaurant critic, who had once been a great beauty but was now a grand and magnificent ruin, and who delighted in her ruination.

--Neil Gaiman


brown textile

When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.

--Neil Gaiman

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable -- but I think that can also add to the glory of it.

--Neil Gaiman

red flame

You do your own time in prison. You don't do anyone else's time for them.

--Neil Gaiman

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You are not dead, until every person who knew you is dead as well." Where did I hear that? It doesn't matter. There is a village in my head.

--Neil Gaiman


fine trees waving

I loved that place as if it was a part of me, and perhaps, in some ways, it was.

--Neil Gaiman


Arizona landscape

Have you ever had one of those days when something just seems to be trying to tell you somebody?

--Neil Gaiman


couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Instead we have to understand that even lost and forgotten myths are compost, in which stories grow.

--Neil Gaiman

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement the while.

--Neil Gaiman

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good at making outlines and sticking to them. I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it. It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.

--Neil Gaiman

body of water

The best way to show people true things is from a direction that they had not imagined the truth coming.

--Neil Gaiman

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?

--Neil Gaiman



body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose.

--Neil Gaiman

closeup photography of wall

You can buy a book new, buy it in hardback or wait for the paperback, find it used or as a collectible. I don't mind. What I care about most is that people are reading.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow painted wall

You must have a bladder like Lake Erie. I think empires rose and fell in the time it took you to pee. I could hear it the whole time." Thank you. Do you want something?

--Neil Gaiman


mountains covered with fog

The boy had the towering arrogance only seen in the greatest of artists and all nine-year-old boys.

--Neil Gaiman


red rose illustration

It's not sipping wine. It's a mourning wine. You drain it. Like this.

--Neil Gaiman


person holding brown leaf

Behind the curtain's mystic fold The glowing future lies unrolled.

--Neil Gaiman



people raises hands

Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

--Neil Gaiman


silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Nice' in a bodyguard is about as useful as the ability to regurgitate whole lobsters.

--Neil Gaiman


pink and white light illustration

Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.

--Neil Gaiman

purple and black skies

I think I'll dismember the world and then I'll dance in the wreckage.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

Oh. I didn't know you could stop being a god.
You can stop being anything.

--Neil Gaiman

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories.

--Neil Gaiman

purple and blue light illustration

One of the dwarfs walked in front of Thor to get a better view of the prye, and Thor kicked him irritably into the middle of the flames, which made Thor feel slightly better and made all the dwarfs feel much worse.

--Neil Gaiman


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Everything in journalism is about the detail that makes the whole, the attempts to reproduce speech patterns while not actually quoting the whole thing the person said.

--Neil Gaiman

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

We often confuse what we wish for with what is.

--Neil Gaiman



statue of liberty new york city

Libraries are our friends.

--Neil Gaiman

pen on brown board

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can."
Keynote Address, University of the Arts, 134th Commencement (Philadelphia, PA, May 17, 2012).


orange and white stone fragment

Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation.

--Neil Gaiman

green and white painted wall

There aren't any good guys, and there aren't any bad guys. There's just us. People. Doing our best to get by.

--Neil Gaiman



sunset

I found English to be a sort of Thomas Hardy aversion therapy.

--Neil Gaiman

white and blue building under clear sky

The comic convention itself tends to come second to the giant announcements in Hall H and the movies and the TV. So I think it's always good to remind people that there is a wonderful comic convention going on.

--Neil Gaiman

band performing on stage in front of people

I spent much of my time reminding Matt Groening that I really need to be a head in a jar on Futurama.

--Neil Gaiman

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

I am a Hound of God. I travel my own road, into Hell and out of it.

--Neil Gaiman


sunset

I love making things. I love building things. I love the idea that something's in the world that wasn't there before.

--Neil Gaiman

stars across the sky view at the desert

It's more than saying sorry. It's meaning it. It's letting the apology change things. But an apology is where it has to begin.

--Neil Gaiman

blue wall during daytime

People named Tinkerbell name their daughters Susan.

--Neil Gaiman

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

The future had suddenly become unknowable: anything could happen: the train of my life had jumped the rails and headed off across the fields and coming down the lane with me, then.

--Neil Gaiman



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It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.

--Neil Gaiman

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Life and death are different sides of the same coin.

--Neil Gaiman

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

And if there's a moral there, I don't know what it is, save maybe that we should take our goodbyes whenever we can.

--Neil Gaiman




Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

--Neil Gaiman

shoreline during golden hour

If there's one thing that a study of history has taught us, it is that things can always get worse.

--Neil Gaiman

photography of lake near tree

Rule number one: Don't fuck with librarians.

--Neil Gaiman



sunset

Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.

--Neil Gaiman

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And all the ghouls around the coffin-wood fire howled at this statement, and growled and sang and exclaimed at how wise they were, and how mighty, and how fine it was to be scared of nothing.

--Neil Gaiman


water color palette on white surface

The really important thing to be was yourself, just as hard as you could.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow and green forest during daytime

I am not in my gallery and neither do I hold your sigil. Will you speak to me?

--Neil Gaiman

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

The irritating question they ask us -- us being writers -- is: "Where do you get your ideas?"
And the answer is: Confluence. Things come together. The right ingredients and suddenly: Abracadabra!

--Neil Gaiman

photo of pine trees

Sometimes I think that ideas float through the atmosphere like huge squishy pumpkins, waiting for heads to drop on.

--Neil Gaiman


photo of woman climbing mountain

Loyalty was a great thing, but no lieutenants should be forced to choose between their leader and a circus with elephants.

--Neil Gaiman

people inside temple painting

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

--Neil Gaiman

raging waves through shores

B is for boat, pushing off into the dark. C is the way that we find and we look. D is for diamonds, the bait on the hook.

--Neil Gaiman

body of water under blue sky during daytime

Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.

--Neil Gaiman

brown sand beach during daytime

George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

--Neil Gaiman


three person looking stars and milky way

Really, he thought, if you couldn't trust a poet to offer sensible advice, who could you trust?

--Neil Gaiman



purple petaled flower

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it.

--Neil Gaiman

orange moon during nighttime

The converse held reassuringly true: daylight was safe. Daylight was always safe.

--Neil Gaiman


yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.

--Neil Gaiman

milky way wallpaper

It's harder to pick and choose when you're dead. It's like a photograph, you know. It doesn't matter as much.

--Neil Gaiman

white textile on brown textile

It's not what I'd want for at my funeral. When I die, I just want them to plant me somewhere warm. And then when the pretty women walk over my grave I would grab their ankles, like in that movie.

--Neil Gaiman

running white, brown, and black dog

Oh, monsters are scared. That's why they're monsters.

--Neil Gaiman

brown wooden board

The great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are better than most of the stories they are in.

--Neil Gaiman


sunset

I never fell. I don't care what they say. I'm still doing my job, as I see it.

--Neil Gaiman


white petaled flowers beside gray wall

Oh, tweeting prolifically is the most easy thing in the world. Tweeting prolifically is like somebody saying, 'Boy, you're a really good walker around,' you know. It's not really hard.

--Neil Gaiman


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M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them, and dreams, and, I hope, even a few surprises.

--Neil Gaiman



leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Everything here is so weak, little girl. Everything breaks so easily. They want such simple things.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and white abstract painting

There may be a parallel between woodcuts and radio; radio plays are a living art form everywhere except the USA.

--Neil Gaiman

close up shot of white flower

I see libraries and librarians as frontline soldiers in the war against illiteracy and the lack of imagination.

--Neil Gaiman

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams and a world in which there is hope.

--Neil Gaiman


pink and white light illustration

That's the trouble with you young people. You think because you ain't been here long, you know everything. In my life I already forgot more than you ever know.

--Neil Gaiman




Longer Version:

Dream! Dreams shape the world. Dreams create the world anew, every night. Do not dream the world the way it is now, in thrall to our feline masters and mistresses.




white and blue floral textile

We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.

--Neil Gaiman





blue and white abstract painting

'Doctor Who' was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies.

--Neil Gaiman

shorebird on pier

It's too late for sorries, but I appreciate the sentiment.

--Neil Gaiman

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

It's a given that we exist in a world where we have to live in continuity every day; no one is immune to that, in life or romance novels. By the same token, it's not something I find terribly important.

--Neil Gaiman

three person looking stars and milky way

Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together: they like being solitary together.

--Neil Gaiman




cluster of stars in the sky

But that's how it goes; you think you're on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you.

--Neil Gaiman



black and white abstract illustration

Nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience.

--Neil Gaiman

milky way wallpaper

There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubble in amber.

--Neil Gaiman


silhouette of pine trees photo

The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do.

--Neil Gaiman

blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

I hope that this year, you make mistakes. If you do, then it means you have tried, learned, lived, pushed yourself, changed you and your world, and most importantly, you've done something.

--Neil Gaiman

golden retriever inside car

You don't have to test everything to destruction just to see if you made it right.

--Neil Gaiman






yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

If I could talk about it, I would not have to do it.

--Neil Gaiman

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Scissors! Scissors! Have ye got yer ane scissors? Are ye deaf?

--Neil Gaiman

crescent moon above mountain

If people are standing up there saying, my football team just won with help from God, then obviously God just pissed over the other team.

--Neil Gaiman




green grass field with smoke

There is a madness, yes, this is true. Few mortals possess it, the willingness to step away from the protection of sanity. To walk into the wild wood of madness.

--Neil Gaiman


yellow Labrador puppy running on field

When things go wrong, this is what you should do. Make good art.

--Neil Gaiman

mountains covered with fog

I wanted to shout down to him, to warn him that he was giving flowers to a monster, but I did not.

--Neil Gaiman

forest at sunset

I've learned over the years that everything is more or less the same amount of work, so you may as well set your sights high and try and do something really cool.

--Neil Gaiman

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick -- a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.

--Neil Gaiman

aerial view of foggy forest

Start telling the stories that only you can tell.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there'll always be better writers than you and there'll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that -- but you are the only you.
Tarantino -- you can criticize everything that Quentin does -- but nobody writes Tarantino stuff like Tarantino. He is the best Tarantino writer there is, and that was actually the thing that people responded to -- they're going ‘this is an individual writing with his own point of view'.
There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better -- there are all those kinds of things, but there's nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can.



aerial photography of forest

Being a writer of fiction isn't like being a compulsive liar, honestly.

--Neil Gaiman

woman standing on forest

I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.

--Neil Gaiman



aerial photography of forest

You can't trust other people. If it's important, you have to do it yourself.

--Neil Gaiman

man in black jacket and blue denim jeans jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

There's none so blind as those who will not listen.

--Neil Gaiman

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Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.


person holding white and yellow flower painting

In this sorry world, the symbol is the thing.

--Neil Gaiman

galaxy wallpaper

The only people I ever get irritated with are the ones who announce, using my Twitter handle, that they are no longer following me and why.

--Neil Gaiman


gray concrete surface

It was not that he was feckless, more that he had simply not been around the day they handed out feck.

--Neil Gaiman

aerial photo of foggy mountains

When you dream, sometimes you remember. When you wake, you always forget.

--Neil Gaiman

pink and white flower in close up photography

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.

--Neil Gaiman

green grass field

It does not matter where you come from, if you walk toward the truth you will reach it, whatever path you take.

--Neil Gaiman


purple flowered hedge plants

I came to the conclusion that in comedy, everybody gets what they need, whereas in horror, everybody gets what they deserve. I decided that at the end of the day, I was going to give everybody what they needed.

--Neil Gaiman



person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

We all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable.

--Neil Gaiman



aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

They all do the same things. They may think their sins are original, but for the most part they are petty and repetitive.

--Neil Gaiman


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Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything,' Ray said once, in an interview.
He gave people so many reasons to love him. We did. And, so far, we have not forgotten.

--Neil Gaiman


purple and blue light illustration

She decides to make a list of the things that make her happy. She writes 'plum-blossom' at the top of a piece of paper. Then she stares at the paper, unable to think of anything else. Eventually it begins to get dark.

--Neil Gaiman

full moon during day

Now there were stars overhead, hanging like frozen spears of light, stabbing the night sky.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

It sounded like a piece of blackboard being dragged over the nails of a wall of severed fingers.

--Neil Gaiman


boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

She had a face which was not so much freckled as one big freckle with occasional areas of skin.

--Neil Gaiman

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

Honesty matters. Vulnerability matters. Being open about who you were at a moment in time when you were in a difficult or an impossible place matters more than anything.

--Neil Gaiman

grass field under cloudy sky

Real life is rubbish at staying in genre boundaries.

--Neil Gaiman

person wearing red running shoe

If you dare nothing,
then when the day is over,
nothing is all you will have gained.

--Neil Gaiman



black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Never trust a demon. He has a hundred motives for anything he does ... Ninety-nine of them, at least, are malevolent.

--Neil Gaiman

blooming yellow sunflower field

Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit. 'Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.

--Neil Gaiman


saguaro

Black as night, sweet as sin.

--Neil Gaiman


body of water under blue sky during sunset

They were having an argument as old and comfortable as an armchair, the kind of argument that no one ever really wins or loses but which can go on forever, if both parties are willing.

--Neil Gaiman

rock formation under starry skies

Agnes was the worst prophet that's ever existed. Because she was always right. That's why the book never sold.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

The Sky was red, but not warm red of a sunset. This was an angry, glowering red, the colour of an infected wound.

--Neil Gaiman

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

I love mythic stuff. I love playing with gods, I love playing with myths. A lot of it has to do with that they're the basic places stories come from. They're the clay that you make the bricks out of.

--Neil Gaiman

flying blue and green hummingbird

You can always cheat an honest man, but it takes more work.

--Neil Gaiman



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Inside the pub, Richard's friends continued to celebrate his forthcoming departure with an enthusiasm that, to Richard, was beginning to border on the sinister.

--Neil Gaiman






close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Entropy and optimism: the twin forces that make the world go around.

--Neil Gaiman

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Gentlemen, consider: of course the ancient Egyptians made beer cans; where else would they have kept their beer?

--Neil Gaiman


woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

If writing a novel is a year's exile to a foreign country, writing a short story is a weekend spent somewhere exotic. They're much more like vacations, more exciting and different, and you're off.

--Neil Gaiman

blue painted concrete wall during daytime

Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.

--Neil Gaiman

two gray pencils on yellow surface

When I started out, there were a lot of things I knew I couldn't do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn't do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching, and nobody cared.

--Neil Gaiman





white and pink plastic bottles

Leave no stone unturned. Deeply explore the beauty of your life.

--Neil Gaiman


black and gray floral textile

I think you're doing better than you were the last time we saw you. You're growing a new heart, for a start.

--Neil Gaiman

green bird perching on stem

Take what you have learned, and move on.

--Neil Gaiman

bird in the sky

The ideas aren't that important. Really they aren't. Everyone's got an idea for a book, a movie, a story, a TV series.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That's how well they go together.

--Neil Gaiman


man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

You can't run away from home without destroying somebody's world.

--Neil Gaiman


white brick wall

What power would Hell have if those imprisoned were not able to dream of Heaven?

--Neil Gaiman

city lights from hill

The quickest way is sometimes the longest.

--Neil Gaiman

red textile in close up photography

Going off the grid is always good for me. It's the way that I've started books and finished books and gotten myself out of deadline dooms and things.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

I'm sure there's an alternate universe where I got to become a pulpy science fiction writer.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of children's running on hill

Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.

--Neil Gaiman

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism.

--Neil Gaiman


group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Names, names, names... The names are the first things to go.

--Neil Gaiman

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

In many ways, it was much, much harder to get the first book contract. The hardest thing probably overall has been learning not to trust people, publicists and so forth, implicitly.

--Neil Gaiman

empty gray floor beside pool

Sister Mary chose that moment to come in with the tea. Satanist or not, she'd also found a plate and arranged some iced biscuits on it.

--Neil Gaiman

rocky mountain under starry night

Let her tell stories and dance in the rain, somersault, tumble and run, her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep, let her grow like a weed in the sun.

--Neil Gaiman

city lights from hill

There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong.

--Neil Gaiman

photo of pine tree

She was the storm, she was the lightning.

--Neil Gaiman



crack in wall

Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions are too huge to be felt.

--Neil Gaiman

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Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind, Now slip, now slide, now move unseen, Above, beneath, betwixt, between.

--Neil Gaiman


Painting of Stonehenge

Door folded her arms, and stood taller, putting her head back, raising her pointed chin. She looked less like a ragged street-pixie; more like someone used to getting her own way.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

What need, Dunstan wondered, could someone have of the storm-filled eggshells?

--Neil Gaiman

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

The world seemed to shimmer a little at the edges.

--Neil Gaiman




pink and yellow flower painting

That's sexism, that is. Going around giving people girly presents just because they're a girl.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of a person during sunset

I could be blindfolded and dropped into the deepest ocean and I would know where to find you. I could be buried a hundred miles underground and I would know where you are.

--Neil Gaiman


pink and blue sky with moon

The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe that will grow to slay me.

--Neil Gaiman

white sailboat on ocean

If you are protected from dark things then you have no protection of, knowledge of, or understanding of dark things when they show up.

--Neil Gaiman

green trees under blue sky at daytime

The parameters are the things you bounce off of to create art.

--Neil Gaiman

purple and white clouds during night time

You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.

--Neil Gaiman



blue and white water surface

The TV's the altar. I'm what people are sacrificing to.' 'What do they sacrifice?' asked Shadow. 'Their time, mostly,' said Lucy. 'Sometimes each other.

--Neil Gaiman

two gray pencils on yellow surface

Reading is important.
Books are important.
Librarians are important. (Also, libraries are not child-care facilities, but sometimes feral children raise themselves among the stacks.).

--Neil Gaiman



snow covered mountain under blue sky

If you're making mistakes it means you're out there doing something.

--Neil Gaiman

Bright orange to dark red gradient

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.

--Neil Gaiman

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Words can be worrisome, people complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.

--Neil Gaiman

grayscale photography of pug

Work. Home. The pub. Meeting girls. Living in the city. Life. Is that all there is?

--Neil Gaiman

woman in white dress holding hands with girl in white dress

Writers are liars my dear, surely you know that by now?

--Neil Gaiman

blue sky

Biting's excellent. It's like kissing -- only there is a winner.

--Neil Gaiman

green leaf

Richard opened his hand, and the key stared up at him from his palm. "By my crooked teeth," asked Richard, remembering, "who am I?

--Neil Gaiman

pink flower

Perhaps this is the ultimate freedom, eh, Dreamlord? The freedom to leave.

--Neil Gaiman

man riding on white horse on the hill

I like the stars. It's the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they're always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend... I can pretend that things last.

--Neil Gaiman

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

And then he'd tried to become an official Atheist and hadn't got the rock-hard self-satisfied strength of belief even for that.

--Neil Gaiman

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.

--Neil Gaiman


photo of mountains

Continuity isn't actually something that I ever worry about. You use it where you need to, and you don't use it where you don't need to.

--Neil Gaiman


yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Pain shared, my brother, is pain not doubled but halved. No man is an island.

--Neil Gaiman

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

In a perfect world, you could fuck people without giving them a piece of your heart. And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you'll never see again.

--Neil Gaiman

cat with flower

Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.

--Neil Gaiman

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

I'm English, and 'Doctor Who' was this thing that I've been watching since I was three.

--Neil Gaiman


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

When angels go bad they are worse than anyone else. Remember Lucifer used to be an angel.

--Neil Gaiman


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As a teenager I wrote to R.A. Lafferty. And he responded, too, with letters that were like R.A. Lafferty short stories, filled with elliptical answers to straight questions and simple answers to complicated ones.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.

--Neil Gaiman

black mountain under blue sky during night time

When I was young, I was reading anything and anything I could lay my hands on. I was a veracious-to-the-point-of-insane reader.

--Neil Gaiman



black pug standing tiled floor

Each insult is woven with just enough truth to make it wound.

--Neil Gaiman


forest trees photograph

I want to write a play. I'd like to do an original musical. I should probably put together a poetry collection.

--Neil Gaiman



green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

Everybody who has ever read Sandman knows exactly what the Sandman looks like, which is more than anybody who has ever read The Catcher in the Rye can say about Holden Caufield.

--Neil Gaiman

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

The cartoon me writes the books cartoon people read in the cartoon world, because they need things to read there too.

--Neil Gaiman

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Classic authors should be older than I am, and wiser, and on-top of all their deadlines.

--Neil Gaiman


green leaf

Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and white abstract painting

Oh- my twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you bowls of ice Cream. I give you lots of kisses, And I give lots of hugs, But I never give you sandwiches With bugs In.

--Neil Gaiman

bird's eye view of desert

However you must have sensed a lurking 'but' skulking beneath my happy, blithe, and chipper exterior. A minuscule vexation, like the teeniest lump of raw liver sticking to the inside of my boot.

--Neil Gaiman


red strawberry fruit on red surface

She had the feeling that the door was looking at her, which she knew was silly, and knew on a deeper level was somehow true.

--Neil Gaiman

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

--Neil Gaiman

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

The stuff you bring back from dreams is free.

--Neil Gaiman

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There are a number of paths that lead to this place. I have been avoiding them for some small time, now.

--Neil Gaiman


blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

After that he had more or less stopped reading. You could not trust fiction. What good were books, if they couldn't protect you from something like that?

--Neil Gaiman

gray concrete surface

Anyone who calls you "little lady" has already excluded you from the set of people worth listening to.

--Neil Gaiman


Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

--Neil Gaiman


green and red flowers

Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.

--Neil Gaiman

Light blue to dark blue gradient

I was the kind of kid whose parents would drop him off at the local town library on their way to work, and I'd go and work my way through the children's area.

--Neil Gaiman


group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.

--Neil Gaiman

gray and white concrete floor

But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart's desire, their dream... But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted.

--Neil Gaiman

white and blue ice in water

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.

--Neil Gaiman

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People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe.

--Neil Gaiman



orange petaled flowers

Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.

--Neil Gaiman

two women walking on bridge during daytime

I have a really high tolerance level for twits. I really do.

--Neil Gaiman

body of water during sunset

It's not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers -- we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.

--Neil Gaiman





woman in white dress holding hands with girl in white dress

Everybody going to be dead one day, just give them time.

--Neil Gaiman

tree frog

If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist.

--Neil Gaiman


red strawberry fruit on red surface

When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf.

--Neil Gaiman


four white balloons on white wall

I would feel infinitely more comfortable in your presence if you would agree to treat gravity as a law, rather than one of a number of suggested options.

--Neil Gaiman



white and blue ice in water

You could fire a machine gun randomly through the pages of Lord of the Rings and never hit any women.

--Neil Gaiman


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For me, the glory of my first 25 years as a writer was I could put things off as long as I wanted.

--Neil Gaiman

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden paths, while adults take roads and official paths.

--Neil Gaiman



red flame

It symbolizes a spear, and in this sorry world the symbol is the thing.

--Neil Gaiman






man standing outdoors

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.

--Neil Gaiman



forest trees photograph

I imagine the world dividing into the people who want to feed their children, and the ones shooting at them.

--Neil Gaiman

saguaro

Dreams shape the world.

--Neil Gaiman

green grass field

Books are defensive, not offensive (unless you're the puzzled adult trying to make the kid with the book interact).

--Neil Gaiman


Arizona landscape rocks

There is a proverbial saying chiefly concerned with warning against too closely calculating the numerical value of un-hatched chicks.

--Neil Gaiman


galaxy wallpaper

Once you've got to the end, and you know what happens, it's your job to make it look like you knew exactly what you were doing all along.

--Neil Gaiman


long exposure photography of lights

There is something about riding a unicorn, for those people who still can, which is unlike any other experience: exhilarating, and intoxicating, and fine.

--Neil Gaiman


None

I think radio plays are my favourite medium, as they make the listener work and create and contribute in a way that TV and film can never do, and they have an immediacy that written prose often lacks.

--Neil Gaiman



None

Stories are webs, interconnected strand to strand, and you follow each story to the center, because the center is the end. Each person is a strand of the story.

--Neil Gaiman

mountains under white mist at daytime

It's always too late for sorries, but I appreciate the sentiment.

--Neil Gaiman



bird on pier

Can you believe it? Fifty miles from McDonald's. I didn't think there was anywhere in the world that was fifty miles from McDonald's.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of trees during sunset

Mr. Vandemar showed them his teeth, demonstrating his sunny and delightful disposition. It was unquestionably the most horrible thing Richard had ever seen.

--Neil Gaiman

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

I fought for America. My country. I protected America. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy. Not something you people have seen much of yet. But it's worth fighting for.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies.

--Neil Gaiman


flowers beside yellow wall

We get to experience the same thing in very different ways with different parts of ourselves.

--Neil Gaiman

brown and white humming bird

Ray Bradbury was not ahead of his time. He was perfectly of his time, and more than that: he created his time and left his mark on the time that followed.

--Neil Gaiman

assorted books on wooden table

Rattle his bones
over the stones
its only a pauper
who nobody owns.

--Neil Gaiman

lion on green grass during golden hour

Will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.

--Neil Gaiman

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Anything electronic seemed fundamentally magical to Shadow, and liable to evaporate at any moment.

--Neil Gaiman


Longer Version:

I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing."
The Guardian, 15 October 2013.


red strawberry fruit on red surface

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.

--Neil Gaiman

black and white abstract illustration

I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies.

--Neil Gaiman


yellow and white abstract painting

Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it's a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.

--Neil Gaiman

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The real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.

--Neil Gaiman

brown and black leaf in close up photography

After four days of flight, she had found a hiding place.

--Neil Gaiman

calm ocean

Touched by her fingers, the two surviving chocolate people copulate desperately, losing themselves in a melting frenzy of lust, spending the last of their brief borrowed lives in a spasm of raspberry cream and fear.

--Neil Gaiman


photo of mountains

Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.

--Neil Gaiman



religious painting

Mind the gap!

--Neil Gaiman


None

If it's true that every seven years each cell in your body dies and is replaced, then I have truly inherited my life from a dead man; and the misdeeds of those times have been forgiven, and are buried with his bones.

--Neil Gaiman

white and blue ice on water

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like.

--Neil Gaiman

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

When you say words a lot they don't mean anything. Or maybe they don't mean anything anyway, and we just think they do.

--Neil Gaiman


milky way wallpaper

You don't get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.

--Neil Gaiman


silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Friday's a free day. A woman's day.

--Neil Gaiman

pink and teal striped textile

My stuff gets published in some countries as fiction and in some countries as fantasy. It's just where they think it will do best in the bookshops.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and white light digital wallpaper

If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future.

--Neil Gaiman

black pug standing tiled floor

That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.

--Neil Gaiman


person holding yellow petaled flower

Call no man happy, said Shadow, until he is dead.

--Neil Gaiman



grayscale photography of raindrops

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.

--Neil Gaiman

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My theory on genre is that while there are people out there who believe that genre tells people what to read, actually I believe that genre exists as a marketing tool to tell you what to avoid.

--Neil Gaiman

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Because if you don't stand up for the stuff you don't like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you've already lost.

--Neil Gaiman


flowers

Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

--Neil Gaiman

snowflake

Do not lose hope -- what you seek will be found.

--Neil Gaiman

pug puppy

You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.

--Neil Gaiman

Arizona landscape donkey

The universe is amply supplied with night.

--Neil Gaiman

Texas buildings

Some of us have resolved to escape into drunkenness before the sleep takes us.

--Neil Gaiman

Texas buildings

I thought I was your destination. Looks like I was just another stop on the line.

--Neil Gaiman



purple and white light illustration

I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped up in adult bodies, like children's books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult books, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

--Neil Gaiman


brown desert under sunny sky

Until that moment she had never thought she could do it. Never thought she would be brave enough or scared enough, or desperate enough to dare.

--Neil Gaiman

gray concrete painted wall

Can't say I've ever been too fond of beginnings, myself. Messy little things. Give me a good ending anytime. You know where you are with an ending.

--Neil Gaiman


grayscale photo of pug on floor

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.

--Neil Gaiman

rock formation surrounding by body of water

It has been said that civilization is twenty-four hours and two meals away from barbarism.

--Neil Gaiman

black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

Everything had been going so well, he'd had it really under his thumb
these few centuries. That's how it goes, you think you're on top of the world, and suddenly they spring
Armageddon on you.

--Neil Gaiman


water droplets on green leaf

If I could grant wishes do you think I would be driving a cab?

--Neil Gaiman

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really..."Do the stars gaze back?" Now that's a question.

--Neil Gaiman

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.

--Neil Gaiman

pair of white lace-up shoes

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.

--Neil Gaiman

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

What a refreshing mind you have, young man. There really is nothing quite like total ignorance, is there?

--Neil Gaiman



yellow and white color illustration

I took delight in hurling books across the room if I knew I would not be reading the second chapter. Then I'd go and pick them up again, because they are books, after all, and we are not savages.

--Neil Gaiman

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

When things get tough... Make good art.

--Neil Gaiman

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.

--Neil Gaiman

green grass field

If you, as a parent, raise your children well, they won't need you anymore. If you did it properly, they go away.

--Neil Gaiman


car passing by in between trees

The only water in the forest is the river.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset with storm clouds

I still love the book-ness of books, the smell of books: I am a book fetishist--books to me are the coolest and sexiest and most wonderful things there are.

--Neil Gaiman

panoramic photography of mountains

I watch with envious eyes and mind, the single-souled who dare not feel
The wind that blows beyond the moon, who do not hear the fairy reel.

--Neil Gaiman

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

One thing that I get from a lot of people with American Gods is people saying that they would love some kind of glossary with a list of all the Gods and who they are, so that they can look them up.

--Neil Gaiman

yellow painted wall

In order for stories to work -- for kids and for adults -- they should scare. And you should triumph. There's no point in triumphing over evil if the evil isn't scary.

--Neil Gaiman

green and white painted wall

Sharper than a serpent's tooth is a daughter's ingratitude. Still, the proudest spirits can be broken, with love.

--Neil Gaiman



person holding white and yellow flower painting

Without dreams, there could be no despair.

--Neil Gaiman

silver round analog wall clock

Oh ... My twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you bowls of ice-cream.

--Neil Gaiman


purple and blue light illustration

So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech.

--Neil Gaiman


green leafed plants on forest

Old but contented, the face of a man who had sipped life's vinegar and found it, by and large, to be mostly whiskey, and good whiskey at that.

--Neil Gaiman

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.

--Neil Gaiman

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Rosies mother was a highly strung bundle of barely thought-through prejudices, worries and feuds.

--Neil Gaiman

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.

--Neil Gaiman

clear liquid on leaf

I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.

--Neil Gaiman

white flower

Sometimes there is nothing you can do.

--Neil Gaiman


forest and body of water

Adult helplessness destroys children. Or it forces them to become tiny adults of their own.

--Neil Gaiman




white and blue building under clear sky

In their huge bedroom that night, Tyr said to Thor, "I hope you know what you are doing."
"Of course I do," said Thor. But he didn't. He was just doing whatever he felt like doing. That was what Thor did best.

--Neil Gaiman

top view of green succulent plants

Where does contagion end and art begin?

--Neil Gaiman

white wall paint beside white wall

It goes without saying that all of the people, living, dead, and otherwise, in this story are fictional or used in a fictional context. Only the gods are real.

--Neil Gaiman

Arizona landscape

Different people remember things differently, and you'll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

Different people remember things differently, and you'll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything.


gray concrete painted wall

In a novel, you can always go back and make it look like you knew what you were doing all along before the thing goes out and gets published.

--Neil Gaiman

brown butterfly perched on flower

The price of getting what you want, is getting what once you wanted.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and black abstract painting

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands."
(As quoted on <a href="http: bookriot.com 2013 06 18 you-versus-a-blank-sheet-of-paper-gaiman-on-books-and-writing " rel="nofollow noopener">BookRiot< a>, June 18, 2013).


selective photography of green leaf plant

I wish being a beekeeper, which I am, gave you a free pass on the carbon footprint, but it doesn't.

--Neil Gaiman


men's white dress shirt

I missed her, deeply, painfully. But life goes on.

--Neil Gaiman


river painting

This book is the book you have just read. It's done.

--Neil Gaiman


adobe wall

For me, I would rather read a good book, from a contented author. I don't really care what it takes to produce that.

--Neil Gaiman



green grass field with smoke

We must have bearers, and outriders, and perhaps an elephant -- they are so imposing, nothing says ‘Get out of the way' quite like an elephant in the front.

--Neil Gaiman

photo of fogs during nighttime

Since the dawn of humanity, stories have allowed each of us to be many.

--Neil Gaiman




silhouette of off-road car

She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.

--Neil Gaiman

forest trees photograph

We are small but we are many We are many we are small We were here before you rose We will be here when you fall.

--Neil Gaiman

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

This aye night, this aye night; Every night and all; Fire and fleet and candlelight; And Christ receive thy soul.

--Neil Gaiman

person wearing black top

Whenever it rains you will think of her.

--Neil Gaiman

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

In Hollywood the man who cleans your pool is an actor. The man who sells you your copy of Variety is an actor. I don't think there's a real person left in the place.

--Neil Gaiman

black textile in close up photography

Stories are the lies that we need to make sense of our world and for our existence not to be meaningless.

--Neil Gaiman

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

It was a dream, and in dreams you have no choices: either there are no decisions to be made, or they were made for you long before ever the dream began.

--Neil Gaiman

blue and white floral textile

The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of pine trees photo

You shone like a star. The funniest, wisest writer and the finest friend.

--Neil Gaiman

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

Anything that keeps you happy and writing is part of my writing ritual: I like music, so I tend to have it playing in the background. But if I'm interested, I can write in an airport waiting areas.

--Neil Gaiman


purple flower on purple textile

I will be a wise and tolerant monarch, dispencing justice fairly, and only setting nightmares to rip out the winds of the evil and the wicked. Or just anybody that I don't like.

--Neil Gaiman

three books on surface

We do not always remember the things that do no credit to us. We justify them, cover them in bright lies or with the thick dust of forgetfulness.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

We do not always remember the things that do no credit to us. We justify them, cover them in bright lies or with the thick dust of forgetfulness. All of the things that Shadow had done in his life of which he was not proud, all the things he wished he had done otherwise or left undone, came at him then in a swirling storm of guilt and regret and shame, and he had nowhere to hide from them. He was as naked and as open as a corpse on a table, and dark Anubis the jackal god was his prosector and his prosecutor and his persecutor.


brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

Your kiss is honey and your touch scorches like fire, and I worship it.

--Neil Gaiman

black pug puppy

Style is made up of whatever an author can't avoid doing.

--Neil Gaiman

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.


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Mister whoever-the-fuck you are," said Shadow, just loud enough to be heard over the din of the engines, "there isn't enough money in the world.

--Neil Gaiman


lights pattern swirls

We wants you to surprise us and disappoint us and impress and amaze us. Come home, Bod.

--Neil Gaiman

gray cactus plant on white pot

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.

--Neil Gaiman

water droplets on green leaf

An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.

--Neil Gaiman

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

I enjoy writing scripts. I can find out what happens. With an outline, I feel like I'm doing an architectural diagram of something.

--Neil Gaiman

white petaled flower

But then it occured to him that any progress he had made on his quest so far he had made by accepting the help that had been offered to him.

--Neil Gaiman

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There are some dogs which, when you meet them, remind you that, despite thousands of years of manmade evolution, every dog is still only two meals away from being a wolf.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.

--Neil Gaiman



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It's a wonderful thing, as a writer, to be given parameters and walls and barriers.

--Neil Gaiman

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Never use five words if you can get away with one, eh? I've known dead men talk more than you do.

--Neil Gaiman

brown and black tiger near body of water

Books were safer than other people anyway.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful.

--Neil Gaiman

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Names come and names go.

--Neil Gaiman

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Eyes as black and as shiny as chips of obsidian stared back into his. They were eyes like black holes, letting nothing out, not even information.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset

I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

--Neil Gaiman

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What should I believe? thought Shadow, and the voice came back to him from somewhere deep beneath the world, in a bass rumble: Believe everything.

--Neil Gaiman


green water in close up photography

You need more than a beginning if you're going to start a book. If all you have is a beginning, then once you've written that beginning, you have nowhere to go.

--Neil Gaiman

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It's just I might get distracted, and I get lost kind of easily, and sometimes I have really bad days...when, you know, I just want to hide or scream or bleed or something, and...all that.

--Neil Gaiman

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

I kept starting 'Anansi Boys' as a movie and stopping, and eventually wrote the novel and was happy.

--Neil Gaiman

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Don't be a moronic lump of blubbering, quaking, pathetic lard.

--Neil Gaiman


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This isn't about what is ... it's about what people think is. It's all imaginary anyway. That's why it's important. People only fight over imaginary things.

--Neil Gaiman


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We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails we have teeth
You'll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath.

--Neil Gaiman

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So you all remember: just because you're small, doesn't mean you got no power.

--Neil Gaiman


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I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.



sunset

You know what killed off the dinosaurs, Whateley? We did. In one barbecue.

--Neil Gaiman

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It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.

--Neil Gaiman

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Growing up, I took so many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave. They were my teachers and my advisers.

--Neil Gaiman

blue sky

The sky had never seemed so sky; the world had never seemed so world.

--Neil Gaiman

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You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.

--Neil Gaiman

white pendant lamp

I've known ambitious people with no aptitude for the thing they did. Most of whom, rather terrifyingly, tended to succeed.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette of mountain

But we do not need to recount every sermon and eulogy. After all, you were there.

--Neil Gaiman


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How can you be happy in this world? You have a hole in your heart. You have a gateway inside you to lands beyond the world you know. They will call you, as you grow.

--Neil Gaiman

Longer Version:

How can you be happy in this world? You have a hole in your heart. You have a gateway inside you to lands beyond the world you know. They will call you, as you grow. There can never be a time when you forget them, when you are not, in your heart, questing after something you cannot have, something you cannot even properly imagine, the lack of which will spoil your sleep and your day and your life, until you close your eyes for the final time.


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You shine like a beacon in a dark world.

--Neil Gaiman





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People tend to find books when they are ready for them.

--Neil Gaiman

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I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

--Neil Gaiman


sunset

Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.

--Neil Gaiman

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Before that no one thought of us as colored-foreign maybe, exotic and dark, but not colored.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette photography of person

Life is a disease, sexually transmitted and fatal.

--Neil Gaiman


green bird perching on stem

Read it first, then tell me it's cool.

--Neil Gaiman

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I sat in the dark and thought: There's no big apocalypse. Just an endless procession of little ones.

--Neil Gaiman

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

Whereas there are lots of good novels out there; there are a few good movies out there. People have been writing great poems for years, but there aren't a lot of good comics. I like trying to write them.

--Neil Gaiman

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If you read enough Lionel Fanthorpe, your brain starts to turn to jelly and just dribbles out of your ears.

--Neil Gaiman

None

I don't know if any single book made me want to write. C.S. Lewis was the first writer to make me aware that somebody was writing the book I was reading -- these wonderful parenthetical asides to the reader.

--Neil Gaiman

brown wooden board

There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up -- or didn't -- and Jamaican stories.

--Neil Gaiman


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I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence.

--Neil Gaiman

sunset highway

One thing I've learned: you can know anything, it's all there, you just have to find it.

--Neil Gaiman

body of water under blue sky during sunset

People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

--Neil Gaiman


stars across the sky view at the desert

Trees there were, old as trees can be, huge and grasping with hearts black as sin. Strange trees that some said walked in the night.

--Neil Gaiman


green leaf

I think I would rather be a man than a god. We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

--Neil Gaiman

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

You people talk about the living and the dead as if they were two mutually exclusive categories. As if you can not have a river that is also a road, or a song that is also a color.

--Neil Gaiman

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

I think of myself as a very lazy author.

--Neil Gaiman

lightning strike at night

I watch my heart disappearing into her rosebud mouth. My Valentine's jest somehow seems less funny.

--Neil Gaiman

calm ocean

I always wanted to be a writer, but Alan Moore's work and help inspired me to write comics. In some ways the biggest influence on me writing was Punk. There was the idea that you could do something by simply doing it.

--Neil Gaiman


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