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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.”
Neil Gaiman, Hellblazer: London Streets
“He was alone in the darkness once more, but the darkness became brighter and brighter until it was burning like the sun.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“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
“Be boring, knowing everything. You have to give all that stuff up if you're going to muck about here.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“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
“I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“It's perfectly simple," said Wednesday. "In other countries, over the years, people recognized the places of power. Sometimes it would be a natural formation, sometimes it would just be a place that was, somehow, special. They knew that something important was happening there, that there was some focusing point, some channel, some window to the Immanent. And so they would build temples or cathedrals, or erect stone circles, or...well, you get the idea."

"There are churches all across the States, though," said Shadow.

"In every town. Sometimes on every block. And about as significant, in this context, as dentists' offices. No, in the USA, people still get the call, or some of them, and they feel themselves being called to from the transcendent void, and they respond to it by building a model out of beer bottles of somewhere they've never visited, or by erecting a gigantic bat house in some part of the country that bats have traditionally declined to visit. Roadside attractions: people feel themselves pulled to places where, in other parts of the world, they would recognize that part of themselves that is truly transcendent, and buy a hot dog, and walk around, feeling satisfied on a level they cannot truly describe, and profoundly dissatisfied on a level beneath that.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“Let her tell stories and dance in the rain, somersault, tumble and run, her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep, let her grow like a weed in the sun.”
Neil Gaiman, Blueberry Girl
“Spiders' webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
“The stuff you bring back from dreams is free.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives
“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 have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality.”
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“George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.”
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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 of you all together in one place, so t here wouldn't be anything left that would think of itself as an 'I.' No point of view any longer, because you'd be an infinite sequence of views and of points...”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“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 margin.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
“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, and he realized that he truly didn't know.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
“It's not irrelevant, those moments of connection, those places where fiction saves your life. It's the most important thing there is.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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 all.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives
“Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.”
Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants
“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," she said, cheerfully, "and me a heart.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
“It is sometimes a mistake to climb. It is always a mistake to never make the attempt.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
tags: climb
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
“You're alive,
that means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything.
If you change the world, the world will change.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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.”
“Promise?”
I promise.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“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 as whatever it was got under way I'd be found in a corner. That was who I was...that was what I did. I was the kid with the book.”
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“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other 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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“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 what?"
"This," she said. She waved at the house and the sky and the impossible full moon and the skeins and the shawls and clusters of bright stars.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“The one thing 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. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked…that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art
tags: art, live
“It has occasionally been remarked upon that it is as easy to overlook something large and obvious as it is to overlook something small and niggling, and that the large things one overlooks often cause problems.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
“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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