Neil Gaiman

Born: November 10, 1960

Occupation: Author

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When you love something you just don't want to stop talking about it.

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I knowed a man in Paphlagonia who'd swallow a live snake every morning, when he got up. He used to say, he was certain of one thing, that nothing worse would happen to him all day. 'Course they made him...

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Tristan and Yvaine were happy together. Not forever-after, for Time, the thief, eventually takes all things into his dusty storehouse, but they were happy, as these things go, for a long while

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If ever you get to be my age," said the old woman, "you will know all there is to know about regrets, and you will know that one more, here or there, will make no difference in the long run.

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That doesn't happen," she explained. "Stars fall. They don't go back up again." "You could be the first," he told her.

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

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Take one, and you cannot take the other," she said. "But neither path is safe. Which way would you walk — the way of hard truths or the way of fine lies?

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The stuff you bring back from dreams is free.

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I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn't a proper place. I like in betweens.

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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.

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You know what the really scary thing about bad dreams? It's that something's going on in your head, and you can't control it. I mean, It's like there's these bad worlds inside you. But it's just you......

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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.

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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.

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One cannot begin a new dream without abandoning the last [one].

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I will be brave, thought Coraline. No, I am brave.

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

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

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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...

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And because nobody's done it before, they haven't made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.

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I decided that I would do my best in the future not to write books just for money. If you didn't get the money then you didn't have anything. If I did the work I was proud of and I didn't get the money,...

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Often you will discover that the harder you work, and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. But there is luck, and it helps.

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Coraline shivered. She preferred her other mother to have a location: if she were nowhere, then she could be anywhere. And, after all, it is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see.

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The only advice I can give you is what you're telling yourself. Only, maybe you're too scared to listen.

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All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then...

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Where does contagion end and art begin?

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I will write in words of fire. I will write them on your skin. I will write about desire. Write beginnings, write of sin. You’re the book I love the best, your skin only holds my truth, you will be a...

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

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

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America was, to them, the place that good people went to when they died. They were prepared to believe just about anything could happen in America.

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

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Night was spreading slowly around the spinning Earth. It should have been full of pinpricks of light. It was not. There were five billion people down there. What was going to happen soon would make barbarism...

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Take what you have learned, and move on.

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To be Despair. It is a portrait. Only close your eyes and feel.

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You hurt. It's okay. I hurt too. Hold my hand.

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I finally made friends with my father when I entered my twenties. We had so little in common when I was a boy, and I am certain I had been a disappointment to him. He did not ask for a child with a book,...

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I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

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I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.

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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.

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They could not truly look dead, because they did not ever look alive.

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You were her way here, and it's a dangerous thing to be a door.

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Adults should not weep, I knew. They did not have mothers who would comfort them.

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Peas baffled me. I could not understand why grown-ups would take things that tasted so good raw, and then put them in tins, and make them revolting.

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Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things...

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Does it make you feel big to make a little boy cry?

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I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.

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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. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments...

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Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when...

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As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time.

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There was a table laid with jellies and trifles, with a party hat beside each place, and a birthday cake with seven candles on it in the center of the table. The cake had a book drawn on it, in icing....

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Books were safer than other people anyway.

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Doing fine, thank you, I would say, never knowing how to talk about what I do. If I could talk about it, I would not have to do it. I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty...

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I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all.

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[D]on't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books...

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Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.

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Nothing's ever the same," she said. "Be it a second later or a hundred years. It's always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.

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A flash of resentment. It's hard enough being alive, trying to survive in the world and find your place in it, to do the things you need to do to get by, without wondering if the thing you just did, whatever...

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And did I pass?" The face of the old woman on my right was unreadable in the gathering dusk. On my left the younger woman said, "You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear.

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Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should...

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Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you'll have to balance your goals...

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I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children stories. They were better than than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel...

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

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Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.

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I knew enough about adults to know that if did tell them what had happened, I would not be believed. Adults rarely seemed to believe me when I told the truth anyway.

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That's the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.

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I lay on the bed and lost myself in stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyways.

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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.

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It doesn't matter that I can't remember the details any longer: death happened to her. Death happens to all of us.

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But standing in that hallway, it was all coming back to me. Memories were waiting at the edges of things, beckoning to me.

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People talk about escapism as if it's a bad thing... Once you've escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn't...

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You wouldn't die in here, nothing ever dies in here, but if you stayed here for too long, after a while just a little of you would exist everywhere, all spread out. And that's not a good thing. Never enough...

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Be boring, knowing everything. You have to give all that stuff up if you're going to muck about here.

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I am remarkably likeable. Few people have ever been as likeable as I am. There is, frankly, no end to my likeability. People gather together in public assemblies to discuss how much they like me. I have...

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Diana used to tell me she had a travel jinx, something I only really started to believe when the plane door fell off.

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

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

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I remembered that, and, remembering that, I remembered everything.

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She didn't have a daddy?" I asked. "No." "Did you have a daddy?" "You're all questions, aren't you? No, love. We never went in for that sort of thing. You only need men if you want to breed more men.

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A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.

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I was a normal child. Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I was certain, rock-solid, unshakeably certain, that I was the most...

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What about volcanoes?" "What about them?" "All that lava comes up from center of the earth where it is all hot. I saw a program, it had David Attenborough, so it's true.

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25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying 'Where is the flaming sword that was given unto thee?' 26 And the Angel said, 'I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put...

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There's this thing, they have in french: L'espirit d'escalier. The spirit of the stairway. I don't think we have a word for it in English. It means, well, the clever things to say that you only think to...

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It's only a world, after all, and they're just sand grains in the desert, worlds.

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You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear.

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She really was pretty, for a grown-up person, but when you are seven, beauty is an abstraction, not an imperative. I wonder what I would have done if she had smiled at me like that now: whether I would...

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She smiled at Coraline, as if it had been a very long time since she had smiled and she had almost, but not quite, forgotten how.

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

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If you have something specific and visible to fear, rather than something that could be anything, it is easier.

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They were not my friends, after all. They were just the people I went to school with.

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She was the storm, she was the lightning, she was the adult world with all its power and all its secrets and all its foolish casual cruelty.

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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.

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Hasn't there always been a moon?" "Bless you. Not in the slightest. I remember the day the moon came. We looked up in the sky--it was all dirty brown and sooty gray here then, not green and blue...

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You can't just boss bacteria around like that," said the younger Mrs. Hempstock. "They don't like it." "Stuff and silliness," said the old lady. "You leave wigglers alone and they'll be carrying on like...

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Small children believe themselves to be gods, or some of them do, and they can only be satisfied when the rest of the world goes along with their way of seeing things.

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My bed was pushed up hard against the wall just below the window. I loved to sleep with the windows open. Rainy nights were the best of all: I would open my windows and put my head on my pillow and close...

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

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

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Words save our lives, sometimes.

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But there was a kitten on my pillow, and it was purring in my face and vibrating gently with every purr, and, very soon, I slept.

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A god's relationship to the world, even a world in which he was walking, was about as emotionally connected as that of a computer gamer playing with knowledge of the overall shape of the game and armed...

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I would read. I would explore

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I was not scared of anything, when I read my book...

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

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You get on with your own life. Lettie gave it to you. You just have to grow up and try and be worth it.

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Writing is flying in dreams. When you remember. When you can. When it works. It's that easy.

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

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Just go with it. It won't hurt.' I stared at him. Adults only ever said that when it, whatever it happened to be, was going to hurt so much.

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I couldn't get you to the ocean, but there was nothing stopping me bringing the ocean to you.

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She took my hands in her, then, and squeezed them. 'But you stayed where you were meant to be, and you didn't listen to them. Well done. That's quality, that is,' and she sounded proud. In that moment...

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I wondered how I looked to her, in that place, and knew that even in a place that was nothing but knowledge that was the one thing I could not know. That if I look inward I would see only infinite mirrors...

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So you used to know everything?" She wrinkled her nose. "Everybody did. I told you. It's nothing special, knowing how things work. And you really do have to give it all up if you want to play." "To play...

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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.

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If you can't eat it, drink it, smoke it, or snort it... then f*ck it!

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Whatever's happening," she said, eventually, "it can all be sorted out." She saw the expression on my face then, worried. Scared even. And she said, "After pancakes.

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All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.

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It’s part of growing up, I suppose…you always have to leave something behind you.

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You must never imagine, that just because something is funny, it is not also dangerous.

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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.

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For some folks death is release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them.

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I think that pretty much every form of fiction (I’d include fantasy, obviously) can actually be a real escape from places where you feel bad, and from bad places. It can be a safe place you go, like...

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Also, in my bedroom, nobody minded if I kept the hall door half-open, allowing in enough light that I was not scared of the dark, and, just as important, allowing me to read secretly, after my bedtime,...

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She was also an adult, and when adults fight children, adults always win.

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I was not happy as a child, although from time to time I was content. I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

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

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I think I could be a perfectly decent cat. I've been around cats long enough to know what the rules of being a cat are. When all else fails, wash. And I think I could master the thing that cats do, where...

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If he didn't care about you, you couldn't upset him.

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It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

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I’m an author. We don’t want to lead. We don’t need to follow. We stay home and make stuff up and write it down and send it out into the world, and get inside people’s heads. Perhaps we change...

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I thought, I'm going to die. And, thinking that, I was determined to live.

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She had such unusual eyes. They made me think of the seaside, and so I called her Ocean, and could not have told you why.

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It stared at them, and it paused for a hundred years, which transpired in a dozen heart beats.

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No, look, there's a blue box. It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it's meant to go. And when it turns up, there's a bloke...

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Bod shrugged. "So?" he said. "It's only death. I mean, all of my best friends are dead.

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And, selfish and scared, I wonder how much more he has to give.

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I wondered, as I wondered so often when I was that age, who I was, and what exactly was looking at the face in the mirror. If the face I was looking at wasn't me, and I knew it wasn't, because I would...

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In my dream, it was the tongue of what is, and anything spoken in it becomes real, because nothing said in that language can be a lie. It is the most basic building brick of everything.

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I like 'pencil-necked weasel'. It has 'pencil' in it. Pencils are good things. You can draw or write things with pencils. I think it's what you call someone when you're worried that using a long word like...

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I am anti-life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds…of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?" "I am hope.

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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...

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

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Lucifer protests he was never to blame for inducing anyone to sin, and that he’s never had an interest in owning souls: 'They die, and they come here – having transgressed against what they believed...

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There are new gods growing in America, clinging to growing knots of belief: gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper...

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Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside.

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Richard did not believe in angels, he never had. He was damned if he was going to start now. Still, it was much easier not to believe in something when it was not actually looking directly at you and saying...

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If the same object from two different times touches itself, one of two things will happen. Either the Universe will cease to exist. Or three remarkable dwarfs will dance through the streets with flowerpots...

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Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’ Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘... Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly.

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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.

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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something.

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I think I've got Fear down, but how do I take it all the way up to Terror?

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You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone....

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

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You are obvious, boy. You are difficult to miss. If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do...

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

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I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?

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Normally, in anything I do, I'm fairly miserable. I do it, and I get grumpy because there is a huge, vast gulf, this aching disparity, between the platonic ideal of the project that was living in my head,...

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Truly, life is wasted on the living, Nobody Owens. For one of us is too foolish to live, and it is not I.

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If you want to call it that. But it is a very specific sort of magic. There's a magic you take from death. Something leaves the world, something else comes into it.

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Because there are mysteries. Because there are things that people are forbidden to speak about. Because there are things they do not remember.

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The view changes from where you are standing. Words can wound, and wounds can heal. All of these things are true.

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I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn't that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they'll...

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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. I can pretend that...

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And I would try and walk far enough away that people would not assume I was with him.

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Soon enough his head would be swimming with tales of derring-do and high adventure, tales of beautiful maidens kissed, of evildoers shot with pistols or fought with swords, of bags of gold, of diamonds...

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There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.

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He was walking into Faerie, in search of a fallen star, with no idea how he would find the star, nor how to keep himself safe and whole as he tried. He looked back and fancied that he could see the lights...

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The moonlight was enough. It would do.

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It doesn't matter that you didn't believe in us," said Mr. Ibis. "We believed in you.

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Even nothing cannot last forever.

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He was alone in the darkness once more, but the darkness became brighter and brighter until it was burning like the sun.

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She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon. You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is...

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

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I wonder if I shall ever see her again, and I realize that I scarcely care. I can feel the sheets beneath me, and the cold air on my chest. I feel fine. I feel absolutely fine. I feel nothing at all.

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Lies and half-truths fall like snow, covering the things that I remember, the things I saw. A landscape, unrecognizable after a snowfall; that is that she has made of my life.

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Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams

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We owe it to each other to tell stories.

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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.

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I think you have to accept that an artist also has a relationship with his or her art and his or her fans: you are in an open relationship whether you like it or not. Give the artist room to go into the...

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EVERY ENDING IS A NEW BEGINNING. YOUR LUCKY NUMBER IS NONE. YOUR LUCKY COLOUR IS DEAD. Motto: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.

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When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician -- make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor -- make good...

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The only water in the forest is the River.

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People who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.

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The ducks in St James's Park are so used to being fed bread by secret agents meeting clandestinely that they have developed their own Pavlovian reaction. Put a St James's Park duck in a laboratory cage...

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Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital...

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He..." Richard began. "The marquis. Well, you know, to be honest, he seems a little bit dodgy to me." Door stopped. The steps dead-ended in a rough brick wall. "Mm," she agreed. "He's a little bit dodgy...

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I am selfish, private and easily bored. Will this be a problem?

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You shine like a beacon in a dark world.

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He tried to listen to the conversations going on at the table and he found that he could no longer concentrate on what anyone was saying and which was worse that he was not interested in any of what he...

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

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Neil Gaiman

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!

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I have no plans to love you," said Coraline. "No matter what. You can't make me love you.

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Neil Gaiman

Have you ever spent days and days and days making up flavors of ice cream that no one's ever eaten before? Like chicken and telepone ice cream? Green mouse ice cream was the worst. I didn't like that at...

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Never a possession, always the possessor, with skin as pale as smoke, and eyes tawny and sharp as yellow wine: Desire is everything you've ever wanted. Whoever you are. Whatever you are. Everything.

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The thin girl was gulping down one of Richard's bananas in what was, Richard reflected, the least erotic display of banana-eating he had ever seen.

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Neil Gaiman

Stories are in one way or another mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work. Like mirrors stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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There was no moon but the night sky was a riot of crisp and glittering autumn stars. There were streetlights too and lights on buildings and on bridges which looked like earthbound stars and they glimmered...

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Neil Gaiman

Be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.

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Neil Gaiman

I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something.

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Neil Gaiman

The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are...so make up your own rules.

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Neil Gaiman

Some people have great ideas maybe once or twice in their life, and then they discover electricity or fire or outer space or something. I mean, the kind of brilliant ideas that change the whole world....

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Neil Gaiman

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

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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.

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Neil Gaiman

You see with your eyes. This means you can be misled by charm, by outward appearance. By webs of glamour, by surface pretences. I do not see with my eyes. I see good and I see evil. Nothing else.

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Neil Gaiman

We were never lovers, and we never will be, now. I do not regret that, however. I regret the conversations we never had, the time we did not spend together. I regret that I never told him that he made...

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The world is always ending for someone

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

There are three things, and three things only, that can lift the pain of mortality and ease the ravages of life. These are wine, women and song.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He goes his way. We travel a spiral. The quickest way is sometimes the longest.

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Neil Gaiman

Shadow looked down at the girl on the table. “What happened to her?” he asked. “Poor taste in boyfriends,” said Jacquel. “It’s not always fatal.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Soon,” said the crackling voice of the flame, coming from behind him, “they will fall. Soon they will fall and the star people will meet the earth people. There will be heroes among them, and men who...

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Neil Gaiman

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies.

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Neil Gaiman

It’s easier to believe in aliens than in gods,

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Neil Gaiman

You got to understand the god thing. It’s not magic. It’s about being you, but the you that people believe in. It’s about being the concentrated, magnified, essence of you. It’s about becoming...

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Neil Gaiman

She had forgotten them all; forgotten Richard down in the mud, and the marquis and his foolish crossbow, and the world. She was delighted and transported, in a perfect place, the world she lived for. Her...

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Neil Gaiman

We build a shell around it, like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit, coating it with smooth pearl layers in order to cope. This is how we walk and talk and function , day in, day out. Immune...

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Neil Gaiman

The important thing to understand about American history, wrote Mr. Ibis, in his leather-bound journal, is that it is fictional, a charcoal-sketched simplicity for the children, or the easily bored.

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This is a roadside attraction,' said Wednesday. 'One of the finest. Which means it is a place of power.

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Neil Gaiman

Names come and names go.

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Neil Gaiman

I don't think it would be fun to write after inhaling art fumes. (What are art fumes?) No, I just make stuff up. It's easier that way.

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Neil Gaiman

So," he asked. "How's death?" "Hard," she said. "It just keeps going.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

The only reason people die, is because EVERYONE does it. You all just go along with it. It's RUBBISH, death. It's STUPID. I don't want nothing to do with it.

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Neil Gaiman

We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who...

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Neil Gaiman

Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone...

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Neil Gaiman

Spiders' webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.

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Neil Gaiman

You're sick. Sick and evil and weird.

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Neil Gaiman

I want to go home. Then he mentally underlined the last sentence three times, rewrote it in huge letters in red ink, and circled it before putting a number of exclamation marks next to it in his mental...

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Neil Gaiman

When most people said "I'm psychic, you see," they meant "I have an overactive but unoriginal imagination/wear black nail varnish/talk to my budgie;" when Anathema said it, it sounded as though she was...

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Neil Gaiman

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked,...

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Neil Gaiman

For some, it was easier to take the leap from the leafless tree and dance on nothing until dancing was done.

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Neil Gaiman

What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?' 'Cats don't have names,' it said. 'No?' said Coraline. 'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know...

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Neil Gaiman

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all...

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Neil Gaiman

All around me darkness gathers, Fading is the sun that shone, We must speak of other matters, You can be me when I'm gone Flowers gathered in the morning, Afternoon they blossom on, Still are withered...

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Neil Gaiman

Jesus. Low-Key Lyesmith," said Shadow. and then he heard what he was saying and he understood. "Loki," he said. "Loki Lie-smith." "You're slow," said Loki, "but you get there in the end." And his lips...

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Neil Gaiman

There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubbles in amber,” she explained. “There’s a lot of time in London, and it has to go somewhere—it doesn’t...

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Neil Gaiman

And weren't, when you got right down to it, particularly evil. Human beings mostly aren't. They just get carried away by new ideas, like dressing up in jackboots and shooting people, or dressing up in...

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Neil Gaiman

Be proud of your mistakes. Well, proud may not be exactly the right word, but respect them, treasure them, be kind to them, learn from them. And, more than that, and more important than that, make them....

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Neil Gaiman

My parents would frisk me before family events. Before weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, and what have you. Because if they didn't, then the book would be hidden inside some pocket or other and as soon...

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Neil Gaiman

You see, evil always contains the seeds of its own destruction. It is ultimately negative, and therefore encompasses its downfall even at its moments of apparent triumph. No matter how grandiose, how well-planned,...

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Neil Gaiman

A typical National World Weekly would tell the world how Jesus' face was seen on a Big Mac bun bought by someone from Des Moines, with an artist's impression of the bun; how Elvis Presley was recently...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

There are so many places we have not yet seen. So many people still to meet.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

It felt like a small forever.

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Neil Gaiman

I feel like I am involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell me the rules, and who smiles all the time.

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Neil Gaiman

You know I love you,' said the other mother flatly. 'You have a very funny way of showing it,' said Coraline.

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This is the only country in the world," said Wednesday, into the stillness, "that worries about what it is." "What?" "The rest of them know what they are. No one ever needs to go searching for the heart...

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Neil Gaiman

You made peace,” said the buffalo man. “You took our words and made them your own. They never understood that they were here—and the people who worshiped them were here—because it suits us that...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

You're a big one,[...] a tall drink of water, but I got to tell you, you don't look too bright. I got a son, stupid as a man who bought his stupid at a two-for-one sale, and you remind me of him.

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Neil Gaiman

Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He entertained these thoughts awkwardly, as a man entertains unexpected guests. Then, as he reached his objective, he pushed these thoughts away, as a man apologizes to his guests, and leaves them, muttering...

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Neil Gaiman

The cat looked as if it were about to say something sarcastic. Then it flicked its whiskers and said, "Challenge her. There's no guarantee she'll play fair, but her kind of thing loves games and challenges.

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Neil Gaiman

Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they're scared for the fear to become real. Mo was terrified, and now Nick was too.

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Neil Gaiman

I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

The only ones who ever come here from your lands are the minstrels, and the lovers, and the mad. And you don't look like much of a minstrel, and you're— pardon me for saying so lad, but it's true—...

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Neil Gaiman

She sat down on one of her grandmother's uncomfortable armchairs, and the cat sprang up into her lap and made itself comfortable. The light that came through the picture window was daylight, real golden...

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Neil Gaiman

But how can you walk away from something and still come back to it?

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Actually I didn't shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die, but he could tell I was extremely cross.

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Neil Gaiman

You have a very open relationship with your fans." "Yes. We have an open relationship. Obviously they can see other authors if they want, and I can see other readers.

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Neil Gaiman

All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.

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Neil Gaiman

Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don’t ‘network’ or ‘promote.’ Just talk.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

It is neither fair nor unfair, Nobody Owens. It simply is

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Neil Gaiman

I know not whether you came to me or I to you. Not whether it was a dream, asleep or awake. I am lost in the darkness of a downcast heart. Dream or reality. Let it be decided tonight.

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Neil Gaiman

It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing...

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Neil Gaiman

Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism.

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Neil Gaiman

So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes I wish that just solving the plot problems was enough. And then elves would go and do all the actual work moving the words around.

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Neil Gaiman

To be a good writer... read a lot and write every day.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I guess it's just another one of life's little mysteries." "I'm tired of mysteries." "Yeah? I think they add a kind of zest to the world. Like salt in a stew.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

You've a good heart. Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it's not.

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Neil Gaiman

You see, the outcome of the battle is unimportant. What matters is the chaos, and the slaughter.

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Neil Gaiman

The Doctor: Sorry, do you have a name? Idris: Seven hundred years and finally he asks. The Doctor: But what do I call you? Idris: I think you call me... Sexy? The Doctor: [embarrassed] Only when we're...

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Neil Gaiman

Amy: This time can we... lose the bunk beds? The Doctor: No Bunk beds are cool, a bed with a ladder, you can't beat that!

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Neil Gaiman

You don't have to stay anywhere forever.

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The young man shivered. He rolled the stock themes of fantasy over in his mind: cars and stockbrokers and commuters, housewives and police, agony columns and commercials for soap, income tax and cheap...

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Neil Gaiman

Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly. "Would you like one?" she asked the little dog. "Yes, please," whispered the dog. "Only not toffee ones. They make me drool." "I...

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Neil Gaiman

Her other mother smiled brightly and the hair on her head drifted like plants under the sea.

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The world seemed to shimmer a little at the edges.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

All that I did," she said, "everything I tried to do. All for nothing." Nothing is done entirely for nothing, said the fox of dreams. Nothing is wasted. You are older, and you have made decisions, and...

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Neil Gaiman

He told me not to seek revenge, but to seek the Buddha,' said the fox spirit, sadly. 'Wise counsel,' said the fox of dreams. 'Vegeance can be a road that has no ending. You would be wise to avoid it. And...?'...

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Neil Gaiman

In every way that counted, I was dead. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and howling like an animal, but that was another person deep inside, another person who had no access to the lips...

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Neil Gaiman

The fallen autumn leaves were slick beneath Bod's feet, and the mists blurred the edges of the world. Nothing was as clean-cut as he had thought it, a few minutes before.

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Neil Gaiman

He's out here, somewhere, and he wants you dead,' she said. 'Him as killed your family. Us in the graveyard, we wants you to stay alive. We wants you to surprise us and disappoint us and impress us and...

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Neil Gaiman

I think . . . I said things to Silas. He'll be angry.' 'If he didn't care about you, you couldn't upset him,' was all she said.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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So, you figure they won't notice you're back?" sneered the marquis. "Just, 'oh look, there's another angel, here, grab a harp and on with the hosannas'?

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Right," said Fat Charlie conversationally. "You realize, of course, that this means war." It was the traditional war cry of a rabbit when pushed too far.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

If a Devil is one who dares, when others hold back, then I am happy to play the Devil in this Mystery, boy.

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And so there is magic.

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Neil Gaiman

Yes. We both have a bad feeling. Tonight we shall take our bad feelings and share them, and face them. We shall mourn. We shall drain the bitter dregs of mortality. Pain shared, my brother, is pain not...

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Neil Gaiman

You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I'll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

And I thought, eight years ago, when I began carefully charting the progress of American Gods, nervously dipping my toes into the waters of blogging, would I have imagined a future in which, instead of...

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Neil Gaiman

Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you...

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Neil Gaiman

What makes you think I'm giving you a ride?” “Because I'm a damsel in distress,” she said. “And you are a knight in whatever. A really dirty car.

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Neil Gaiman

Gods, religions and national boundaries are absolutely imaginary. They don't tend to exist. As soon as you pull back half a mile and look down at the Earth there are no national boundaries. There aren't...

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Neil Gaiman

I can get away before the storm hits. Away from a world in which opiates have become the religion of the masses.

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Neil Gaiman

I think most things are pretty magical, and that it's less a matter of belief than it is one of just stopping to notice.

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Neil Gaiman

Any view of things that is not strange, is false.

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Neil Gaiman

Delirium: "What's the name of the word for the precise moment when you realize that you've actually forgotten how it felt to make love to somebody you really liked a long time ago?" Dream: "There isn't...

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Neil Gaiman

And, too ignorant to be scared, too young to be awed, Tristan Thorn traveled beyond the fields we know...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Bod said, 'I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want,' he said, and then he paused and he...

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Neil Gaiman

CHOW^TM contained spun, plaited, and woven protein molecules, capped and coded, carefully designed to be ignored by even the most ravenous digestive tract enzymes; no-cal sweeteners; mineral oils replacing...

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Neil Gaiman

People kill what they fear. They burned, and drowned, and hanged those they saw as witches, the devil's servants: the wise women and the cunning men, the unfortunate, the lost and the strange

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I learned to write by writing.

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Neil Gaiman

HERE ARE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS, CROWLEY. And suddenly he knew. He hated that. They could just as easily have told him, they didn't suddenly have to drop chilly knowledge straight into his brain.

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Neil Gaiman

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?

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Neil Gaiman

The tongue is the most remarkable. For we use it both to taste out sweet wine and bitter poison, thus also do we utter words both sweet and sout with the same tongue.

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Neil Gaiman

You know what my mum once said?’ said Rosie… ‘She said that if a just-married couple put a coin in a jar every time they make love in their first year, and take a coin out for every time that they...

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Neil Gaiman

A piratical ghost story in thirteen ingenious but potentially disturbing rhyming couplets, originally conceived as a confection both to amuse and to entertain by Mr. Neil Gaiman, scrivener, and then doodled,...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

It’s easier to kill people, when you’re dead yourself,” she told him. “I mean, it’s not such a big deal. You’re not so prejudiced any more.

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Neil Gaiman

Daisy looked up at him with the kind of expression that Jesus might have given someone who had just explained that he was probably allergic to bread and fishes, so could He possibly do him a quick chicken...

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Neil Gaiman

They were kissing. Put like that, and you could be forgiven for presuming that this was a normal kiss, all lips and skin and possibly even a little tongue. You'd miss how he smiled, how his eyes glowed....

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I'm bored," she said. "Learn how to tap-dance," he suggested, without turning around.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I think there are several aspects of our marraige we're going to have to work on." "Babes," he told her. "You're dead." "That's one of those aspects, obviously.

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Neil Gaiman

Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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Neil Gaiman

Shadow had heard too many people telling each other not to repress their feelings, to let their emotions out, let the pain go. Shadow thought there was a lot to be said for bottling up emotions. If you...

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Neil Gaiman

Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.

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Neil Gaiman

We have to get the... the thing I got... to the Angel. And then he'll tell Door about her family, and he'll tell me how to get home." Lamia looked at Hunter with delight. "And he can give you brains,"...

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What's it like then?" asked Old Bailey. "Being dead?" The marquis sighed. And then he twisted his lips up into a smile, and with a glitter of his old self, he replied, "Live long enough, Old Bailey, and...

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Neil Gaiman

It's like you said the other day," said Adam. "You grow up readin' about pirates and cowboys and spacemen and stuff, and jus' when you think the world's full of amazin' things, they tell you it's really...

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Neil Gaiman

Nothing [the demon] could think up was half as bad as the stuff [people] thought up themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into their design somehow. They were born into a world...

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Neil Gaiman

The names are the first things to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names.

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Neil Gaiman

We...we could be friends.' We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of dancing African elephants, but we're not. At least, I'M not.

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Neil Gaiman

A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Dreams are hopes, and echoes of hope.

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Neil Gaiman

Nobody's seen Jesus in years.

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Neil Gaiman

I was not so old that I would deny my own senses.

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

Making fiction for children, making books for children, isn't something you do for money. It's something you do because what children read and learn and see and take in changes them and forms them, and...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Bod quite liked crows. He thought they were funny and he liked the way they helped to keep the graveyard tidy.

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Neil Gaiman

Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down.

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Neil Gaiman

Rule one of reading other people's stories is that whenever you say 'well that's not convincing' the author tells you that's the bit that wasn't made up. This is because real life is under no obligation...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Someone killed my Mother and my Father and my Sister?" "Yes, someone did." "A Man?" "A Man." "Which means," said Bod, "you're asking the wrong question." Silas raised an eyebrow. "How so?" "Well," said...

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Neil Gaiman

I think if you decide that any book is about Only One Thing you're probably wrong. Even if that thing is in there.

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Neil Gaiman

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

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Neil Gaiman

The best advice I can give on this is, once it's done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. Finish the short story, print it out, then put it in a drawer and write other things. When you're...

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Neil Gaiman

Now Coraline," said Miss Spink, "what's your name?" "Coraline," said Coraline. "And we don't know each other, do we?" Coraline looked at the thin young woman with black button eyes and shook her head slowly.

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Neil Gaiman

I don't think you should ever insult people unintentionally: if you're doing it, you ought to mean it.

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Neil Gaiman

Some of us claim that he was a messiah, and some think that he was just a man with very special powers. But that misses the point. Whatever he was, he changed the world.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I asked him if it were a mirage, and he said yes. I said it was a dream, and he agreed, But said it was the desert's dream not his. And he told me that in a year or so, when he had aged enough for any...

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Neil Gaiman

I think there should be an Occupy Gallifrey. Because 0.000001% of the people have 99.99999% of the Time.

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Neil Gaiman

There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue,...

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On the first day Coraline's family moved in, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible made a point of telling Coraline how dangerous the well was, and they warned her to be sure she kept away from it. So Coraline...

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Then, one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...you give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you or...

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Neil Gaiman

Richard wrote a mental diary in his head. Dear Diary, he began. On Friday I had a job, a fiance, a home, and a life that made sense. (Well, as much as an life makes sense). Then I found an injured girl...

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Neil Gaiman

Libraries really are the gates to the future.

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Neil Gaiman

It’s not that they’re small, the fair folk. Especially not the queen of them all, Mab of the flashing eyes and the slow smile with lips that can conjure your heart under the hills for a hundred years....

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Neil Gaiman

He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.

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Neil Gaiman

He would go somewhere no one knew him, and he would sit in a library all day and read books and listen to people breathing.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years: there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Why are we talking about this good and evil? They're just names for sides. We know that.

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Neil Gaiman

Songs remain. They last...A song can last long after the events and the people in it are dust and dreams and gone. That's the power of songs.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I don't know much more than I did when I was alive. Most of the stuff I know now that I didn't know then I can't put into words.

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Neil Gaiman

I would not wish to marry someone who had already been married. It would be,' she opined, 'like having someone else break in one's own pony.

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Neil Gaiman

He was painfully shy, which, as is often the manner of the painfully shy, he overcompensated for by being too loud at the wrong times.

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Neil Gaiman

He shivered. His coat was thin, and it was obvious he would not get his kiss, which he found puzzling. The manly heroes of the penny dreadfuls and shilling novels never had these problems getting kissed.

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Neil Gaiman

Dreams shape the world

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Neil Gaiman

It is not that I was credulous, simply that I belived in all things dark and dangerous. It was part of my young creed that the night was full of ghosts and witches, hungry and flapping and dressed completely...

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Neil Gaiman

I just want you to know,' said the girl, coldly, 'that whoever you are and whatever you intend with me, I shall give you no aid of any kind, nor shall I assist you, and I shall do whatever is in my power...

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Neil Gaiman

So, having found a lady, could you not have come to her aid, or left her alone? Why drag her into your foolishness?' 'Love,' he explained. She looked at him with eyes the blue of the sky. 'I hope you choke...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Books smell and feel better. They have that wonderful thingness of turning the pages.

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Neil Gaiman

If you are pointing out one of the things a story is about, then you are very probably right; if you are pointing out the only thing a story is about you are very probably wrong - even if you're the author.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Mirrors,' she said, 'are never to be trusted.

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Neil Gaiman

Writer advice... Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot & outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Sleep my little baby-oh Sleep until you waken When you wake you'll see the world If I'm not mistaken... Kiss a lover Dance a measure, Find your name And buried treasure... Face your life Its pain, Its...

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Neil Gaiman

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always...

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Neil Gaiman

I am the most unhappy soul alive." "I'd heard it said that fairies have no souls." "Then do I ache, and bleed, and smart, elsewhere; still, call it soul for it is solely mine.

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Neil Gaiman

Here, far from our homes, we will be forgotten by our gods.

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Neil Gaiman

It doth not hurt", whispered a faint voice, "She will take you life and all you are and all you care'st for, and she will leave you with nothing but mist and fog. She'll take your joy. And one day you'll...

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Neil Gaiman

If not for Death, they’d be content to simply exist, but with Death, well, their lives will have meaning — a boundary beyond which the living cannot cross.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

It seemed to Coraline that it was crouching, and staring down at her, as if it were not really a house but only the idea of a house—and the person who had had the idea, she was certain, was not a good...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Even the proudest spirit can be broken with love.

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Neil Gaiman

Children's fiction is the most important fiction of all.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped.

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Neil Gaiman

If you cared enough about your characters, what happened to them was interesting... It's important to care about them. About who they are and what they do.. I don't really care whose side they are on,...

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Neil Gaiman

I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are...

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Neil Gaiman

It's certainly not too late to change to the winning side. But you know, you also have the freedom to stay just where you are. That's what it means to be an American. That's the miracle of America. Freedom...

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Neil Gaiman

Now me,” said Mr. Vandemar. “What number am I thinking of?” “I beg your pardon?” “What number am I thinking of?” repeated Mr. Vandemar. “It’s between one and a lot,” he added, helpfully.

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Neil Gaiman

Most of us only find our own voices after we've sounded like a lot of other people.

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Neil Gaiman

I hope the strong women out there aren't quiet and they don't go away, because when people attack you for speaking, the best way to drive them nuts is to smile and carry on speaking, louder, more wisely,...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Death's a capricious thing, innit?" "Yes. Yes, she is.

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Neil Gaiman

How old are you?" asked Door. Richard was pleased she had asked; he would never have dared. "As old as my tongue," said Hunter, primly, "and a little older than my teeth.

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Neil Gaiman

We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation.

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Neil Gaiman

Black as night, sweet as sin.

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Neil Gaiman

He stared down at the golden curls of the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of...

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Neil Gaiman

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that...

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Neil Gaiman

I wanted to put a reference to masturbation in one of the scripts for the Sandman. It was immediately cut by the editor [Karen Berger]. She told me, "There's no masturbation in the DC Universe." To which...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Memory is the great deceiver. Perhaps there are some individuals whose memories act like tape recordings, daily records of their lives complete in every detail, but I am not one of them. My memory is a...

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Neil Gaiman

There are lots of artists in the world. But there's only one you. And the only person who has your point of view is you. If you decide not to make things, all you've done is deprive the world of all the...

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Neil Gaiman

It's just harder out there in the world of the living, and we cannot protect you out there as easily. I wanted to keep you perfectly safe...But there is only one perfectly safe place for your kind, and...

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Neil Gaiman

People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.

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Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction. Still, given an infinite number of possible worlds, it must be true on one of them. And if a story set in an infinite number of possible worlds is true in one of them, then it...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You'll find what you need to find. Just read.

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Neil Gaiman

There was a tale he had read once, long ago, as a small boy: the story of a traveler who had slipped down a cliff, with man-eating tigers above him and a lethal fall below him, who managed to stop his...

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Neil Gaiman

I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.

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Neil Gaiman

It's easier to lie to yourself when you say things out loud.

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Neil Gaiman

You're a poem?' I repeated. She chewed her lower lip. 'If you want. I am a poem, or I am a pattern, or a race of people whose whose world was swallowed by the sea.' 'Isn't it hard to be three things at...

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Neil Gaiman

Well meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading - do not discourage children from reading because you feel they're reading the wrong thing. There is no such thing as the wrong thing to...

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Neil Gaiman

I'd love to write some porn, but I don't know if I have the right engines. When I was a young man and I was tempted to write porn, imaginary parents would appear over my shoulder and read what I was writing;...

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Neil Gaiman

I felt very much like a hooker who had just been told she was a lady of the evening.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

That is the eternal folly of man. To be chasing after the sweet flesh, without realizing that it is simply a pretty cover for the bones.

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Neil Gaiman

He had kissed her good night that night, and she had tasted like strawberry daiquiris, and he had never wanted to kiss anyone else again.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

The past is always knocking at the door, trying to break through into today.

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Neil Gaiman

The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living! For you, life can be a succession...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

Media. I think I have heard of her. Isn't she the one who killed her children?

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Neil Gaiman

There are accounts that, if we open our hearts to them, will cut us too deeply.

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Neil Gaiman

You know that I love you." And despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true. The other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold. In the other mother's...

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Neil Gaiman

Sexton: I think the whole world's gone mad. Death: Uh-uh. It's always like this. You probably just don't get out enough.

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Neil Gaiman

I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.

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Neil Gaiman

How big are souls anyway?" asked Coraline. The other mother sat down at the kitchen table and leaned against the back wall, saying nothing. She picked at her teeth with a long crimson-varnished fingernail,...

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Neil Gaiman

You don't get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd.

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Neil Gaiman

Writing's a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won't rise, no matter what you do, and every now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could have dreamed it would.

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Neil Gaiman

Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like - the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian 'improving'...

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Neil Gaiman

Genre fiction, as Terry Pratchett has pointed out, is a stew. You take stuff out of the pot, you put stuff back. The stew bubbles on.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Potentially evil. Potentially good, too, I suppose. Just this huge powerful potentiality waiting to be shaped.

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Neil Gaiman

Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He wondered whether home was a thing that happened to a place after a while, or if it was something that you found in the end, if you simply walked and waited and willed it long enough.

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Neil Gaiman

Young man," he said, "understand this: there are two Londons. There's London Above―that's where you lived―and then there's London Below―the Underside―inhabited by the people who fell through the...

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Neil Gaiman

My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you.

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Neil Gaiman

Something feels weird," he told Laura. That wasn't the first thing he said to her. The first thing was "I love you," because it's a good thing to say if you can mean it, and Shadow did.

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Neil Gaiman

I'm writing. The pages are starting to stack up. My morale is improving the more I feel like a writer.

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Neil Gaiman

It was a perfectly normal gerbil. It appeared to be living in an exciting construction of cylinders, spheres and treadmills, such as the Spanish Inquisition would have devised if they'd had access to a...

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Neil Gaiman

Writing fiction is not a profession that leaves one well-disposed toward reading fiction. One starts out loving books and stories, and then one becomes jaded and increasingly hard to please. I read less...

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Neil Gaiman

Suppose we pick a name for him, eh?" Caius Pompeius stepped over and eyed the child. "He looks a little like my proconsul, Marcus. We could call him Marcus." Josiah Worthington said, "He looks more like...

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Neil Gaiman

You have to finish things - that's what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.

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Neil Gaiman

He sighed. It was a long sigh, weary and worldly-wise. The kind of sigh you could picture God heaving after six days of hard work and looking forward to some serious cosmic R&R, only to be handed a...

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Neil Gaiman

Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Whatever you're scared of doing, Do it.

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Neil Gaiman

There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me over.

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Neil Gaiman

The ties of blood," said Spider, "are stronger than water." Water's not strong," objected Fat Charlie.

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Neil Gaiman

Well," he said, "f’r example, if they ask where you’ve come from, you could say ‘Behind me,’and if they asked where you’re going, you’d say ‘In front of me.

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Neil Gaiman

Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say 'what kind of tea?

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Neil Gaiman

If I come back, it will be a place, but it won't be a home any longer.

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Neil Gaiman

There are stories you build and there are stories you construct; then there are the stories that you hack out of rock removing all the things that are not the story.

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Neil Gaiman

Not only are there no happy endings,' she told him, 'there aren't even any endings.

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Neil Gaiman

He had had a severe shock some weeks earlier, when, having narrowly failed to capture a large grey-brown hare for his dinner, it had stopped at the edge of the forest, looked at him with disdain, and said,...

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Neil Gaiman

You know you can set fire to the capacity to say.

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Neil Gaiman

For love is no part of the dreamworld. Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel.

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Neil Gaiman

You're brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don't care if you are imaginary.

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Neil Gaiman

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

And sometimes when you fall... you fly...

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Neil Gaiman

After a while it sort of began to rain, which is to say that it was the kind of rain that never comes to a decision about whether it's actually raining or not. Driving in it, you would never have been...

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Neil Gaiman

In ten years time I’ll be… (dead) sixty.

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Neil Gaiman

I toyed briefly with an image someone once mentioned to me, of a village in the shadow of a twin-peaked mountain. In the morning the sun rises. At lunch it sets behind the mountain. In the early afternoon...

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Neil Gaiman

The world is always ending for someone. It’s a good line. I give it to the father of the child. He says it to his wife. ‘The world is always ending for someone,’ he says. She is trying to quieten...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He left the drapes open, watched the lights of the cars and of the fast food joints through the window glass, comforted to know there was another world out there, one he could walk to anytime he wanted.

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Neil Gaiman

Things bloosom in their time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time.

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Neil Gaiman

When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thick-skinned, to learn that not every project will survive.

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Neil Gaiman

None of this is truly happening," he said to Shadow. He sounded miserable. "It's all in your head. Best not to think of it.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Parameters are the things you bounce off to create art.

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Neil Gaiman

It is sometimes a mistake to climb; it is always a mistake never even to make the attempt. If you do not climb, you will not fall. This is true. But is it that bad to fail, that hard to fall?

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Neil Gaiman

Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind....

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.

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Neil Gaiman

She smiled again. "Do you like cat?" she said. "Yes," said Richard. "I quite like cats." Anaesthesia looked relieved. "Thigh?" she asked, "or breast?

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Neil Gaiman

For a moment he thought she was about to hit him, which would have been bad, or even start crying, which would have been much, much worse.

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Neil Gaiman

I'm going to go home. Everything is going to be normal again. Boring again. Wonderful again.

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Neil Gaiman

The young woman was crying, in the way that grownups cry, keeping it inside as much as they can, and hating it when it still pushes out at the edges, making them ugly and funny-looking on the way.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I have a feeling,’ he said, ‘I have a feeling that we were meant to be together. That we have fought the good fight, side by side, in the past or in the future, I do not know. I am a rational man,...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Know that diamonds and roses are as uncomfortable when they tumble from one's lips as toads and frogs: colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Life - and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison - is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence....

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look for it.

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Neil Gaiman

The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. Other countries don't have that.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus?

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Also, I've already won all the awards.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I like reading. I prefer not reading on my computer, because that makes whatever I am reading feel like work. I do not mind reading on my iPad.

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Neil Gaiman

I started out writing much more science fictiony stuff and writing about science fiction.

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Neil Gaiman

I think the short story is a very underrated art form. We know that novels deserve respect.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I wanted to write something that would be a comedy in the sense of making people feel happier when they finish it than they did when began it.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I've never known anyone who was what he or she seemed; or at least, was only what he or she seemed. People carry worlds within them.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn't.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.

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Neil Gaiman

The biggest difference between England and America is that England has history, while America has geography.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity.

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

I don't know if proud is the right word, but I am somebody who does not, on the whole, have the highest regard for my own stuff in that when I look all I get to see are the flaws.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don't understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

A good writer should be able to write comedic work that made you laugh, and scary stuff that made you scared, and fantasy or science fiction that imbued you with a sense of wonder, and mainstream journalism...

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Neil Gaiman

A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place...

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Neil Gaiman

'American Gods' was designed to be, if not open-ended, at least a trilogy kind of shape, so there's definitely one more book, probably another couple of books there to get written.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

As a kid, I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays, and I would walk home at night. For several years, I read the children's library until...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Every now and then I'll do little things, a short story or something, that doesn't have any fantastical elements, but mostly I like the power of playing God and I like to imagine things.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I don't think I'm mainstream. I think what I am is lots and lots of different cults. And when you get lots and lots of small groups who like you a lot, they add up to a big group without ever actually...

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Neil Gaiman

I had started to feel that somewhere in the second half of the 20th century, the idea of page-turning as a good thing had been lost. You were getting books that were the equivalent of absolutely beautifully...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I started blogging a decade ago because I like blogging. Writing's a kind of lonely thing to do, and I liked the idea of demystifying the process because I loved it as a kid and teenager and as somebody...

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Neil Gaiman

I suspect there are two kinds of novelists. Those who have a point of view and have something to say and then write a novel in order to say that thing, and those of us who write the book in order to find...

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Neil Gaiman

I was a scholarship minor public school day boy at Ardingly College and later Whitgift School. Then, straight into work as a journalist - a wonderful thing for a writer.

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Neil Gaiman

I was one those kids who had books on them. Before weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals and anything else where you're actually meant to not be reading, my family would frisk me and take the book away. If...

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Neil Gaiman

I'll agonize over sentences. Mostly because you're trying to create specific effects with sentences, and because there are a number of different voices in the book.

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Neil Gaiman

I'm never, I hope, stupid enough to believe that Twitter or blogging or any of this stuff is a substitute for actually doing the work or writing a book.

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Neil Gaiman

I've been blogging since February of 2001. When I started blogging, it was a dinosaur blog. It was me and a handful of tyrannosaurs. We'd be writing blog entries like, 'The tyrannosaurus is getting grumpy.'

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

In the case of 'Ocean at the End of the Lane,' it's a book about helplessness. It's a book about family, it's a book about being 7 in a world of people who are bigger than you, and more dangerous, and...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

My guiltiest pleasure is Harry Stephen Keeler. He may have been the greatest bad writer America has ever produced. Or perhaps the worst great writer. I do not know. There are few faults you can accuse...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to...

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

The first author I remember being obsessed by, actually realizing 'I like the way he writes and I like the way he tells stories,' was C.S. Lewis and the 'Narnia' books.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

When I was a kid, we actually lived in a house that had been divided in two at one point, which meant that one room in our house opened up onto a brick wall. And I was convinced all I had to do was just...

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Neil Gaiman

When you're starting off as a young writer, you look at all the stuff that's gone before and the stuff that's influenced you, and you reach the ladle of your imagination into this bubbling stew pot of...

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Neil Gaiman

With 'Stardust', I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they...

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Neil Gaiman

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

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Neil Gaiman

The truth is, it's not the idea, it's never the idea, it's always what you do with it.

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Neil Gaiman

I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing.

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Neil Gaiman

Never mind. There. For good or bad. It's done.

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Neil Gaiman

I don't just randomly kill people... I kill people when it's funny.

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Neil Gaiman

And life is a good thing for a writer. It's where we get our raw material, for a start. We quite like to stop and watch it.

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Neil Gaiman

Nearly' only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.

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Neil Gaiman

Death’s a funny thing. I used to think it was a big, sudden thing, like a huge owl that would swoop down out of the night and carry you off. I don’t anymore. I think it’s a slow thing. Like a thief...

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Neil Gaiman

Dahling, when God put teeth in your mouth, he ruined a perfectly good arsehole.

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Neil Gaiman

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

There's a but, isn't there?" said Coraline. "I can feel it. Like a rain cloud.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I miss you', he admitted. 'I'm here', she said. 'That's when I miss you most. When you're here. When you aren't here, when you're just a ghost of the past or a dream from another life, it's easier then.

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Neil Gaiman

Note for Americans and other aliens: Milton Keynes is a new city approximately halfway between London and Birmingham. It was built to be modern, efficient, healthy, and, all in all, a pleasant place to...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

There are stories that are true, in which each individual's tale is unique and tragic, and the worst of the tragedy is that we have heard it before, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel it to deeply....

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He was having more fun than a barrelful of monkeys.* *Several years earlier Spider had actually been tremendously disappointed by a barrelful of monkeys. It had done nothing he had considered particularly...

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Neil Gaiman

Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. (from 'Instructions')

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

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Neil Gaiman

I'm a stranger," pointed out Bod. "You're not," she said, definitely. "You're a little boy." And then she said, "And you're my friend. So you can't be a stranger.

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Neil Gaiman

Bod was thrilled. He imagined a future in which he could read everything, in which all stories could be opened and discovered.

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Neil Gaiman

I was a stranger and you took me in. -Joji G. Shoji, d. 1921

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Neil Gaiman

There's an expression, deja vu, that means that you feel like you've been somewhere before, that you've somehow already dreamed it or experienced it in your mind.

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Neil Gaiman

Not gay, just never met the right woman.

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Neil Gaiman

I'll find you. Don't worry. Just be on your own and I'll find you.

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Neil Gaiman

Too soon, the sun will rise.

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Neil Gaiman

And he waited. It was only for a few seconds, but it felt like a small forever.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing...

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Neil Gaiman

All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.

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Neil Gaiman

Real life doesn't have to be convincing, but fiction does.

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Neil Gaiman

When things get tough, make good art.

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Neil Gaiman

Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

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Neil Gaiman

It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source...

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Neil Gaiman

Television and cinema were all very well, but these stories happened to other people. The stories I found in books happened inside my head. I was, in some way, there. It's the magic of fiction: you take...

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Neil Gaiman

You get work however you get work, but keep people keep working in a freelance world (and more and more of todays world is freelance), because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with...

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Neil Gaiman

I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating.

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Neil Gaiman

Words can wound, and wounds can heal.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

It is good for children to find themselves facing the elements of a fairy tale - they are well-equipped to deal with these

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Neil Gaiman

Everything that is,casts a shadow

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Neil Gaiman

I know that this is the internet, and we're all anonymous and all that, but really. It doesn't hurt to try to be nice.

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Neil Gaiman

Whenever it rains you will think of her.

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Neil Gaiman

Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine. First they were driving through countryside, then, imperceptibly, the occasional town became a low suburban sprawl, and the sprawl became the city.

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Neil Gaiman

Once, I was a poet, and, like all poets, I spent too long in the Kingdom of Dreams.

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Neil Gaiman

I move from dreamer to dreamer, from dream to dream, hunting for what I need. Slipping and sliding and flickering through the dreams; and the dreamer will wake, and wonder why this dream seemed different,...

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes human beings are very much like bees. Bees are fiercely protective of their hive, provided you are outside it. Once you’re in, the workers sort of assume that it must have been cleared by management...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

He felt her heart beating against his chest. The moment began to transmute, and he wondered if there was something he should do. He wondered if he should kiss her. He wondered if he wanted to kiss her,...

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Neil Gaiman

We wrapped our dreams in words and patterned the words so that they would live forever, unforgettable.

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Neil Gaiman

Repeat after me, there are the living and the dead, there are day-folk and night-folk, there are ghouls and mist-walkers, there are high hunters and the Hounds of God. Also, there are solitary types."...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine.

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Neil Gaiman

I told you I would tell you my names. This is what they call me. I'm called Glad-of-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-Eyed. I am called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and I am the Hooded...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to...

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Neil Gaiman

He had gone beyond the world of metaphor & simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him.

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Neil Gaiman

Being brave doesn't mean you aren't scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.

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Neil Gaiman

If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Freedom of speech gives you the right to stay silent.

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Neil Gaiman

Fictions are merely frozen dreams, linked images with some semblance of structure. They are not to be trusted, no more than the people who create them.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Do you know why I stopped being Delight, my brother? I do. There are things not in your book. There are paths outside this garden.

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Neil Gaiman

When you reach the little house, the place your journey started, you will recognize it, although it will seem much smaller than you remember. Walk up the path, and through the garden gate you never saw...

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Neil Gaiman

Any way, death is so final, isn't it? "Is it?" asked Richard. "Sometimes," said the marquis de Carabas. And they went down.

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Neil Gaiman

There was a hysteria in there, certainly, but there was also the exhaustion of someone who had managed, somehow, to believe several dozen impossible things in the last twenty-four hours, without ever getting...

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Neil Gaiman

Everything he had ever done that had been better left undone. Every lie he had told — told to himself, or told to others. Every little hurt, and all the great hurts. Each one was pulled out of him, detail...

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Neil Gaiman

I really don't know what "I love you" means. I think it means "Don't leave me here alone.

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Neil Gaiman

For the record, I don't expect you to believe any of this. Not really. I'm a liar by trade, after all; albeit, I like to think, an honest liar.

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Neil Gaiman

The lower you start, the more opportunities you have.

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Neil Gaiman

We'll win, of course," he said. "You don't want that," said the demon. "Why not, pray?“ “Listen," said Crowley desperately, "how many musicians do you think your side have got, eh? First grade, I mean."...

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Neil Gaiman

Something told him that something was coming to an end. Not the world, exactly. Just the summer. There would be other summers, but there would never be one like this. Ever again.

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Neil Gaiman

Nobody died. how can you kill an idea? How can you kill the personification of an action?" "Then what died? who are you mourning?" "A point of view.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

From meetings and partings none can ever escape. Nor from magic.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

As I wouldn't wear a costume, I couldn't imagine him wanting to wear one. And seeing that the greater part of my wardrobe is black (It's a sensible colour. It goes with anything. Well, anything black)[...].

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Neil Gaiman

THE MAGIC AND THE DANGER OF FICTION IS THIS: it allows us to see through other eyes. It takes us to places we have never been, allows us to care about, worry about, laugh with, and cry for people who do...

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Neil Gaiman

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them.

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Neil Gaiman

The best thing—in Shadow's opinion, perhaps the only good thing—about being in prison was a feeling of relief. The feeling that he'd plunged as low as he could plunge and he'd hit bottom. He didn't...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

We often confuse what we wish for with what is.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Somebody said that writers are like otters... Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they'll do a better trick or a different trick because they'd already done that one. And...

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Neil Gaiman

Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I am an academic," said Professor Mandalay, "and thus have no finely developed senses that would be comprehensible to anyone who has not ever needed to grade papers without actually reading the blessed...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

The wise man knows when to keep silent. Only the fool tells all he knows.

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Neil Gaiman

What do stars do? They shine.

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Neil Gaiman

Crowley had been extremely impressed with the warranties offered by the computer industry, and had in fact sent a bundle Below to the department that drew up the Immortal Soul agreements, with a yellow...

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Neil Gaiman

I think...that I would rather recollect a life mis-spent on fragile things than spent avoiding moral debt.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I remember making that vow, the one not to forget. Not to remember what happened, but to remember who I was and how I felt.

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Neil Gaiman

If you were close enough to her ruby-red lips you would hear her say, 'I will rise now and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek the one I love.' She is whispering that, and...

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Neil Gaiman

People take on the shapes of the songs and the stories that surround them, especially if they don't have their own song.

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Neil Gaiman

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely...

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Neil Gaiman

When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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I am frightened of nothing." "Nothing?" "Nothing." "Are you extremely frightened of nothing?" "Absolutely terrified of it." "I have nothing in my pockets. Would you like to see it?" "No, I most definitely...

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This little piggy went to Hades This little piggy stayed home This little piggy ate raw and steaming human flesh This little piggy violated virgins And this little piggy clambered over a heap of dead bodies...

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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.

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Neil Gaiman

I had to persuade a dog to swallow a pill. I twittered for advice and I got suggestion after suggestion. Most of them didn't work. 'Put the pill in the sausage.' No - that doesn't work. 'Cheese.' No. Then...

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Richard wondered how the marquis managed to make being pushed around in a wheelchair look like a romantic and swashbuckling thing to do.

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It's not irrelevant, those moments of connection, those places where fiction saves your life. It's the most important thing there is.

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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.)

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

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Here you go, she said. I don't need it anymore. I'm very grateful. I think it may have saved my life, saved some other people's death.

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The cat dropped the rat between its two front paws. "There are those," it said with a sigh, in tones as smooth as oiled silk, "who have suggested that the tendency of a cat to play with its prey is a merciful...

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It won't hurt, said her other father. Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn't hurt it almost always did. She shook her head.

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The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.

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Why does she want me?" Coraline asked the cat. "Why does she want me to stay here with her?" "She wants something to love, I think," said the cat. "Something that isn't her. She might want something to...

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In reality the world is made of thousands of groups of about five hundred people, all of whom will spend their lives bumping into each other, trying to avoid each other, and discovering each other in the...

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On the whole, stories don't write themselves.

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

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Make glorious and fantastic mistakes.

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

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There was a smile dancing on his lips, although it was a wary smile, for the world is a bigger place than a little graveyard on a hill; and there would be dangers in it and mysteries, new friends to make,...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Nothin’ wrong with witchfinding. I’d like to be a witchfinder. It’s just, well, you’ve got to take it in turns. Today we’ll go out witchfinding, an’ tomorrow we could hide, an’ it’d be...

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He couldn’t see why people made such a fuss about people eating their silly old fruit anyway, but life would be a lot less fun if they didn’t. And there was never an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that...

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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.

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This is not a place, after all. It is BETWEEN places. This is NOWHERE. A brief thought: I could stay here, abandon my quest, hang forever in the void, safe and cold and alone.

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But how can you walk away from something and still come back to it?" "Easy," said the cat. "Think of somebody walking around the world. You start out walking away from something and end up coming back...

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To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due.

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She found herself to be quite worried that something would jump out at her, so she began to whistle. She thought it might make it harder for things to jump out at her, if she was whistling.

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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.

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There were people you could hug, and then there was Silas.

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What’s your name, lad?” “Newton. Newton Pulsifer.” “LUCIFER? What’s that you say? Are ye of the Spawn of Darkness, a tempting beguiling creature from the pit, wanton limbs steaming from the...

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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So many things to see, people to do.

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We save our lives in such unlikely ways.

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Can't make an omelette without killing a few people.

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I already killed you once today, what does it take to teach some people?

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Give me boredom. At least I know where I'm going to eat and sleep tonight.

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In a world where people die every day, I think the important thing to remember is that for each moment of sorrow we get when people leave this world there's a corresponding moment of joy when a new baby...

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Fear is contagious. You can catch it.

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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...

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Neil Gaiman

One describes a tale best by telling the tale. You see? The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world, is by telling the story. It is a balancing act and it is a dream. The more accurate the...

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I'm just going to stay here, in the darkness under the arch. I can hear you all out there, trip-trapping, trip-trapping over my bridge. Oh yes, I can hear you. But I'm not coming out.

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This is a book for every fiddler who has realized halfway through playing an ancient Scottish air that the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" is what folk music is really all about, and gone straight into it.

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Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although...

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Whither thou goest...

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

We make choices. No one else can live our lives for us. And we must confront and accept the consequences of our actions.

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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.

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Neil Gaiman

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be...

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Neil Gaiman

She was witchy, yes, and in charge of a cauldron roiling with ideas and stories, but she always gave the impression that the stories, the ones she wrote and wrote so very well and so wisely, had simply...

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Neil Gaiman

You know the best thing about aeroplanes? Apart from the peanuts in little silver bags, I mean. It's looking out of the windows at the clouds and thinking maybe I could go walking in there. Maybe it's...

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Neil Gaiman

Birds are the last of the dinosaurs. Tiny velociraptors with wings. Devouring defenseless wiggly things and, and nuts, and fish, and, and other birds. They get the early worms. And have you ever watched...

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It would have been hard for Fat Charlie to say exactly when the accumulation of birds on the wire mesh moved from interesting to terrifying. It was somewhere in the first hundred or so, anyway. And it...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Time is fluid here', said the Demon.

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Neil Gaiman

It's not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it's yours, and then be willing to let it go.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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

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He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.

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Neil Gaiman

There are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important....

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Neil Gaiman

My people, we stay indoors. We have keyboards. We have darkness. It's quiet.

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Neil Gaiman

Is there any person in the world who does not dream? Who does not contain within them worlds unimagined?

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Neil Gaiman

The only thing that kept me going was stories. Stories are hope. They take you out of yourself for a bit, and when you get dropped back in, you're different- you're stronger, you've seen more, you've felt...

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Neil Gaiman

I have always felt that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.

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Neil Gaiman

When I was young I was a fool. So wrap me up in dreams and death.

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Neil Gaiman

Rain in the graveyard, and the world puddled into blurred reflections.

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Neil Gaiman

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being...

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Neil Gaiman

How do I know you'll keep your word?" asked Coraline. "I swear it," said the other mother. "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline. "Oh yes," said the other mother....

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Neil Gaiman

There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Death and Famine and War and Pollution continued biking towards Tadfield. And Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty To Animals, Things Not Working Properly Even After You've Given Them A Good Thumping but secretly...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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And there are always people who find their lives have become so unsupportable they believe the best thing they could do would be to hasten their transition to another plane of existence.' 'They kill themselves,...

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Neil Gaiman

Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.

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Neil Gaiman

I loved the sound of the words, even if I was not entirely sure what all of them meant.

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Neil Gaiman

Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author.

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Neil Gaiman

Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

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Neil Gaiman

It is your differences that make you glorious.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Without dreams, there could be no despair.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement the while. That is the way of life, from the All-Highest down to the meanest creature in creation...But...

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Neil Gaiman

Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you've never been. Once you've visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that...

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Neil Gaiman

We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain...

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Neil Gaiman

We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of...

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Neil Gaiman

Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction … At best Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands...

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Neil Gaiman

American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

I was a reader. I loved reading. Reading things gave me pleasure. I was very good at most subjects in school, not because I had any particular aptitude in them, but because normally on the first day of...

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Neil Gaiman

The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision

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Neil Gaiman

Death is the second oldest of the Endless. It's hard not to love her. She loves you, after all.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.

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Neil Gaiman

I think of myself as a very lazy author.

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes big things happen, and they echo. Those echoes crash across worlds. They are the ripples in the fabric of things. Often they manifest as storms. Reality is a fragile thing, after all.

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Neil Gaiman

Hunchbacks danced at my wedding for luck. It's a thing you don't see nowadays.

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Neil Gaiman

People ask me what my predictions are for publishing and how digital is changing things and I tell them my only real prediction is that is it's all changing. Amazon, Google and all of those things probably...

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Neil Gaiman

There were faces at the windows and words written in blood; deep in the crypt a lonely ghoul crunched on something that might once have been alive; forked lightnings slashed the ebony night; the faceless...

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Neil Gaiman

He was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring because yesterday has brought it.

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Neil Gaiman

Traveling through the Dragon's Den, it has just been explained that Haroun, the Ifrit, has been caught in a mirror trap. Here is the passage that follows: "So," said Silas. "Now there are only three of...

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Neil Gaiman

Too much talking these days. Talk talk talk. This country would get along much better if people learned how to suffer in silence.

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Neil Gaiman

I only have two kinds of dreams: the bad and the terrible. Bad dreams I can cope with. They're just nightmares, and the end eventually. I wake up. The terrible dreams are the good dreams. In my terrible...

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Neil Gaiman

Nobody's American," said Wednesday. "Not originally. That's my point.

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Neil Gaiman

I am the most miserable person who ever lived," he said... "You are young, and in love," said Primus. "Every young man in your position is the most miserable young man who ever lived.

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Neil Gaiman

Notoriety wasn't as good as fame, but was heaps better than obscurity.

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Neil Gaiman

People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales.

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He had read books, newspapers and magazines. He knew that if you ran away you sometimes met bad people who did bad things to you; but he had also read fairy tales, so he knew that there were kind people...

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Neil Gaiman

It’s an artist’s job to show people the world they live in. We hold up mirrors.

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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.

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He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity. He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars;...

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Neil Gaiman

It's like one of those dreams that changes you. You keep some of the dream forever, and you know things down deep inside yourself, because it happened to you, but when you go looking for details they kind...

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Neil Gaiman

You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime.

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Coraline wondered why so few of the adults she met made any sense.

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Neil Gaiman

Goodbyes are overrated.

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Some things may change," said Wednesday, abruptly. "People, however... People stay the same.

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Mostly you are what they think you are.

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Neil Gaiman

There are stories within stories, whispered in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends. But all are fragile things made...

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People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the...

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People pursue things. As soon as they have them they run away from them.

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The Marquis sighed. "I thought it was just a legend," he said. "Like the alligators in the sewers of New York City." Old Bailey nodded, sagely: "What, the big white buggers? They're down there. I had a...

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It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into...

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Not knowing everything is all that makes it OK, sometimes...

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There was something about being in the vicinity of Grahame Coats that always made Fat Charlie (a) speak in cliches and (b) begin to daydream about huge black helicopters first opening fire upon, then dropping...

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Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn't a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that...

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Stories are made up by people who make them up. If they work, they get retold. There's the magic of it.

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October knew, of course, that the action of turning a page, of ending a chapter or of shutting a book, did not end a tale. Having admitted that, he would also avow that happy endings were never difficult...

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You musn’t be afraid of the dark.’ ‘I’m not,’ said Shadow. ‘I’m afraid of the people in the dark.

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Are you scared?’ asked Mr. Ibis. ‘Not really.’ ‘Well, try to cultivate the emotions of true awe and spiritual terror, as we walk. They are the appropriate feelings for the situation at hand.

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When we consider that each of us has only one life to live, isn’t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men...

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A life that is, like any other, unlike any other.

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I mean, maybe I am crazy. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don't want to be sane.

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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...

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We don't have a clue what's really going down, we just kid ourselves that we're in control of our lives while a paper's thickness away things that would drive us mad if we thought about them for too long...

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I'm not blessed, or merciful. I'm just me. I've got a job to do, and I do it. Listen: even as we're talking, I'm there for old and young, innocent and guilty, those who die together and those who die alone....

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You play your cards so close to your chest," said Shadow, "that I'm not even sure they're really cards at all.

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The war had begun and nobody saw it. The storm was lowering and nobody knew it.

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Neil Gaiman

You are an analog girl, living in a digital world.

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Neil Gaiman

Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly...

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Neil Gaiman

Walk any path in Destiny's garden, and you will be forced to choose, not once but many times.

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

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They kissed for the first time then in the cold spring rain, though neither one of them now knew that it was raining. Tristran's heart pounded in his chest as if it was not big enough to contain all the...

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn't make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. "It's...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

There are some as are what they are. And there are some as aren't what they seem to be. And there are some as only seem to be what they seem to be.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Some of the things are the same no matter which world you're in, kid. One of 'em is this: The quickest way out of something is usually straight through it.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Charitably... I think... sometimes, perhaps, one must change or die. And, in the end, there were, perhaps, limits to how much he could let himself change.

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Neil Gaiman

It's astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into, if one works at it. And astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself out of, if one assumes that everything will, somehow or other, work...

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Neil Gaiman

It is said that scattered through Despair's domain are a multitude of tiny windows, hanging in the void. Each window looks out onto a different scene, being, in our world, a mirror. Sometimes you will...

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Neil Gaiman

They also held that the way to salvation was to give way to lust and temptation in all things. And no greater percentage of them turned up here than of any other religion. Amusing, isn't it?

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They believe themselves Lucifer's equals, Cain, all these pitiful little gnats. But there is only one that we have ever owned to be our superior. There is but one greater than us, and to him... to him...

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Neil Gaiman

Of course you don't believe in fairies. You're fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn't a fairy....

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Neil Gaiman

Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commits acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The devil...

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Neil Gaiman

I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

It's easy, there's a trick to it, you do it or you die.

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Neil Gaiman

Libraries are our friends.

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Neil Gaiman

Look. I brought you here to give you a choice-" "You didn't bring us here," said Nick. "You're here," said Bod. "I wanted you here. I came here. You followed me. Same thing.

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Neil Gaiman

When you die, they can make you into diamonds now. It’s scientific. That’s how I want to be remembered. I want to shine.

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Neil Gaiman

What do I do now?” “I don’t know. Fade away, perhaps. Or find another role.

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Neil Gaiman

Nobody will ever hurt her. She’ll just smile her faint vague wonderful smile and walk away.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Chantal is having a relationship with a sentence. Just one of those things. A chance meeting that grew into something important for the both of them.

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Dreams are composed of many things, my son. Of images and hopes, of fears and memories. Memories of the past, and memories of the future...

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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...

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Neil Gaiman

Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons,...

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Neil Gaiman

He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.

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Neil Gaiman

Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. I will do what I have to do. And I will do what I must.

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Neil Gaiman

What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.

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Neil Gaiman

There was nowhere they could have gone and they went there anyway.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.

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Neil Gaiman

My very small part in WATCHMEN is that, every now and then, Alan would phone me: ''Neil, you're an educated man. Where does it say...'' He would need a quote from the Bible, or an essay about owls. I was...

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Neil Gaiman

Hey, that's life, flick it off if you can't take a joke.

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Neil Gaiman

The right song can turn an emperor into a laughingstock, can bring down dynasties.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and...

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Neil Gaiman

Let's start a new tomorrow, today.

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Neil Gaiman

Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that witches are often betrayed by their appetites; dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always; hearts can be well-hidden, and you can betray them with your...

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Neil Gaiman

I don't know. I had to be something, didn't I?

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Neil Gaiman

Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things,...

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Neil Gaiman

For tea she went down to see Misses Spink and Forcible. She had three digestive biscuits, a glass of limeade, and a cup of weak tea. The limeade was very interesting. It didn't taste anything like limes....

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Neil Gaiman

A novel seemed the easiest way to get what I had had in my head into the inside of other people's heads. Books are good that way.

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Neil Gaiman

Nobody gets through life without losing a few things on the way.

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Neil Gaiman

Human beings do not like being pushed about by gods. They may seem to, on the surface, but somewhere on the inside, underneath it all, they sense it, and they resent it.

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Neil Gaiman

You'll think this is a bit silly, but I'm a bit--well, I have a thing about birds." "What, a phobia?" "Sort of." "Well, that's the common term for an irrational fear of birds." "What do they call a rational...

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Neil Gaiman

Some hats can only be worn if you're willing to be jaunty, to set them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your stride as if you're only a step away from dancing. They demand a lot of...

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Neil Gaiman

His name is Marcus: he is four and a half and possesses that deep gravity and seriousness that only small children and mountain gorillas have ever been able to master.

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Neil Gaiman

Belinda stared into the fire for some time, thinking about what she had in her life, and what she had given up; and whether it would be worse to love someone who was no longer there, or not to love someone...

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Neil Gaiman

Go get your heart broken.

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Neil Gaiman

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.

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Neil Gaiman

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

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Neil Gaiman

Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to you, really listen to you. You’re too clever and too quiet for them to understand. They don’t even...

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Neil Gaiman

The problems with success, frankly, are infinitely preferable to the problems of failure.

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Neil Gaiman

To be honest, I think love is complete bullshit. I don't think anyone ever loves anyone. I think the best people ever get is horny; horny and scared, so when they find someone who makes them horny, and...

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Neil Gaiman

The end of the story of Batman is he's dead. Because, in the end, the Batman dies. What else am I going to do? Retire and play golf? It doesn't work that way. It can't. I fight until I drop. And one day,...

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Neil Gaiman

Often the adult book is not for you, not yet, or will only be for you when you're ready. But sometimes you will read it anyway, and you will take from it whatever you can. Then, perhaps, you will come...

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Neil Gaiman

Just remember, what the French say. No, probably not the French, they've got a president or something. The Brits, maybe, or the Swedes. You know what I mean?" "No, Matthew. What do they say?" "The king...

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Neil Gaiman

Recounting the strange is like telling one's dreams: one can communicate the events of a dream, but not the emotional content, the way that a dream can colour one's entire day.

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Neil Gaiman

I thought about moving south, about continuing to run, continuing to pretend I was alive. But it was, I knew now, much too late for that. There are doors, after all, between the living and the dead, and...

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Neil Gaiman

I remembered something somebody had once said to me. It's okay. Everyday is freshly ground.

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Neil Gaiman

You know how is it when you love someone? And the hard part, the bad part, the Jerry Springer Show part is that you never stop loving someone. There's always a piece of them in your heart.

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Neil Gaiman

There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won't remember and that she can't even let herself think about because that's when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere...

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Neil Gaiman

I suppose I could claim that I had suspected that the world was a cheap and shoddy sham, a bad cover for something deeper and weirder and infinitely more strange, and that, in some way, I already know...

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Neil Gaiman

And then it went, and time passed properly once more, every second following every other second just like they're meant to.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Don't start anything you're not prepared to finish.

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Neil Gaiman

Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.

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Neil Gaiman

Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

You people always hold onto old identities, old faces and masks, long after they've served their purpose. But you've got to learn to throw things away eventually.

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Neil Gaiman

You're no help," he told the lime. This was unfair. It was only a lime; there was nothing special about it at all. It was doing the best it could.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

Of course, everyone's parents are embarrassing. It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing, just as it is the nature of children of a certain age to cringe with...

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Neil Gaiman

Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong—in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.

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Neil Gaiman

If you were to try and pick him out of a group of boys, you’d be wrong. He’d be the other one. Over at the side. The one your eye slipped over.

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Neil Gaiman

I suspect that most authors don't really want criticism, not even constructive criticism. They want straight-out, unabashed, unashamed, fulsome, informed, naked praise, arriving by the shipload every fifteen...

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Neil Gaiman

While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I do not permit affection, or lack thereof, to influence my actions. There is good, and there is evil. The good must be protected; the evil eradicated. I have shown you the triumph of evil, as a caution.

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Neil Gaiman

I suppose the point you grow up is the point you let the dreams go.

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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...

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

I walk across the dreaming sands under the pale moon: through the dreams of countries and cities, past dreams of places long gone and times beyond recall.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Have you thought about what it means to be a god?" asked the man. He had a beard and a baseball cap. "It means you give up your mortal existence to become a meme: something that lives forever in people's...

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Neil Gaiman

As sure as water's wet and days are long and a friend will always disappoint you in the end.

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Neil Gaiman

So, if a city has a personality, maybe it also has a soul. Maybe it dreams.

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Neil Gaiman

All bookshelves are magical.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

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.

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Neil Gaiman

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

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Neil Gaiman

Watch out for that pedestrian!" "It's on the street, it knows the risks it's taking!

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Neil Gaiman

It is going to take more than just a couple of good-hearted souls to raise this child. It will take a graveyard.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss