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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.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“Delirium: You use that word so much. Responsibilities. Do you ever think about what that means? I mean, what does it mean to you? In your head?
Dream: Well, I use it to refer that area of existence over which I exert a certain amount of control or influence. In my case, the realm and action of dreaming.
Delirium: Hump. It's more than that. The things we do make echoes. S'pose, f'rinstance, you stop on a street corner and admire a brilliant fork of lightning--ZAP! Well for ages after people and things will stop on that very same corner, stare up at the sky. They wouldn't even know what they were looking for. Some of them might see a ghost bolt of lightning in the street. Some of them might even be killed by it. Our existence deforms the universe. THAT'S responsibility.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
“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 Bod. "If I go outside in the world, the question isn't who will keep me safe from him?"
"No. It's who will keep him safe from me?”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“Bod was thrilled. He imagined a future in which he could read everything, in which all stories could be opened and discovered.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“I'm the idiot box. I'm the TV. I'm the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I'm the boob tube. I'm the little shrine the family gathers to adore.'

'You're the television? Or someone in the television?'

'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.' She raised two fingers, blew imaginary gunsmoke from the tips. Then she winked, a big old I Love Lucy wink.

'You're a God?' said Shadow.

Lucy smirked, and took a ladylike puff of her cigarette. 'You could say that,' she said.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“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 by detail, inch by inch. The demon stripped away the cover of forgetfulness, stripped everything down to truth, and it hurt more than anything.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
“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, old friends to rediscover, mistakes to be made and many paths to be walked before he would, finally, return to the graveyard or ride with the Lady on the broad back of her great grey stallion.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.”
Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants
“There were people you could hug, and then there was Silas.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
“Words can be worrisome, poeple complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.”
Neil Gaiman, Blueberry Girl
“I couldn't get you to the ocean, but there was nothing stopping me bringing the ocean to you.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“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 and take no notice; various freeloading insects have evolved a mellifluous existence because of this very fact. Humans act the same way.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
“She had the feeling that the door was looking at her, which she knew was silly, and knew on a deeper level was somehow true.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“I remembered something somebody had once said to me. It's okay. Everyday is freshly ground.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
“We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails we have teeth
You'll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“Spiders' webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“Dreams shape the world”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country
“She patted him on the arm. “You’re fucked up, Mister. But you’re cool.”
“I believe that’s what they call the human condition,” said Shadow.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House
“Can you believe it? Fifty miles from McDonald's. I didn't think there was anywhere in the world that was fifty miles from McDonald's.”
Neil Gaiman
“To be a good writer... read a lot and write every day.”
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; just about the point that I managed to banish the imaginary parents, real children would lean over my shoulder and read what I was writing.”
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“If I come back, it will be a place, but it won't be a home any longer.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
“Whatever happened to me in my life, happened to me as a writer of plays. I'd fall in love, or fall in lust. And at the height of my passion, I would think, 'So this is how it feels,' and I would tie it up in pretty words. I watched my life as if it were happening to someone else. My son died. And I was hurt, but I watched my hurt, and even relished it, a little, for now I could write a real death, a true loss. My heart was broken by my dark lady, and I wept, in my room, alone; but while I wept, somewhere inside I smiled. For I knew I could take my broken heart and place it on the stage of The Globe, and make the pit cry tears of their own.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake
“Nobody gets through life without losing a few things on the way.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
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“Each of the dancers took a partner, the living with the dead, each to each. Bod reached out his hand and found himself touching fingers with, and gazing into the grey eyes of, the lady in the cobweb dress. She smiled at him.
“Hello, Bod,” she said.
“Hello,” he said, as he danced with her. “I don’t know your name.”
“Names aren’t really important,” she said.
“I love your horse. He’s so big! I never knew horses could be that big.”
“He is gentle enough to bear the mightiest of you away on his broad back, and strong enough for the smallest of you as well.”
“Can I ride him?” asked Bod.
“One day,” she told him, and her cobweb skirts shimmered. “One day. Everybody does.”
I promise.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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 memo form attached
just saying: "Learn, guys.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
“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 to get to the top”
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