American Gods Quotes

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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.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Call no man happy, said Shadow, until he is dead”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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 worry that the man was going to get him, because the man had got him. He was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, because yesterday had brought it.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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. 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 to others' pain and loss. If it were to touch us it would cripple us or make saints of us; but, for the most part, it does not touch us. We cannot allow it to.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“The quickest way is sometimes the longest.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“That’s when I miss you most. When you’re here. When you aren’t here, when you’re just a ghost from the past or a dream from another life, it’s easier then”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“It's patterns," he said. "If they think you're a hero, they're wrong. After you die, you don't get to be Beowulf or Perseus or Rama anymore. Whole different set of rules. Chess, not checkers. Go, not chess. You understand?”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived and then, by some means or another, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Without individuals we see only numbers: a thousand dead, a hundred thousand dead, “casualties may rise to a million.” With individual stories, the statistics become people - but even that is a lie, for the people continue to suffer in numbers that themselves are numbing and meaningless.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good,’“ he sang to the crabs and the spiders and the palmetto beetles and the lizards and the night. ‘“Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“And I know an eighteenth charm, and that charm is the greatest of all, and that charm I can tell no man, for a secret that no one knows but you is the most powerful secret there can ever be.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“We all have so many functions, so many ways of existing. In my own vision of myself, I am a scholar who lives quietly, and pens his little tales, and dreams about a past that may or may not have existed. And that is true, as far as it goes. But I am also, in one of my capacities, like so many of the people you have chosen to associate with, a psychopomp. I escort the living to the world of the dead.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“And then this whole deal of new gods, old gods," said his friend. "You ask me, I welcome new gods. Bring the on. The god of guns. The god of bombs. All the gods of ignorance and intolerance, of self-righteousness, idiocy and blame. All the stuff they try and land me with. Take a lot of the weight off my shoulders.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“He was close enough that Shadow could see his face: old but contented, the face of a man who had sipped life's vinegar and found it, by and large, to be mostly whiskey, and good whiskey at that.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“...Before that no one thought of us as colored-foreign maybe, exotic and dark, but not colored.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Shadow turned, slowly, streaming images of himself as he moved, frozen moments, each him captured in a fraction of a second, every tiny movement lasting for an infinite period. The images that reached his mind made no sense: it was like seeing the world through the multifaceted jewelled eyes of a dragonfly, but each facet saw something completely different, and he was unable to combine the things he was seeing, or thought he was seeing, into a whole that made any sense.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Let me tell you something. It can be along time between meals. Someone offers you food, you say yes. I'm no longer young as I was, but I can tell you this, you never say no to the opportunity to piss, to eat, or to get an half-hour's shut eye...”
Neil Gaiman

“Iga tund teeb haiget. Viimane tapab”
vanarahva tarkus

Neil Gaiman
“It's all about the dominant fucking paradigm, Shadow.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“What are gods?" asked the buffalo man.
"I don't know," said Shadow.”
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
“They say this was built by Frank Lloyd Wright's evil twin," said Wednesday. "Frank Lloyd Wrong.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Before that no one thought of us as colored-foreign maybe, exotic and dark, but not colored.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Makes you feel sorry for the gods and goddesses, doesn't it? After their temples fall apart. I wonder what happens to them?

Some of them die. Some of them change. And some of them just keep going. Maybe some even get jobs as dancers.”
Neil Gaiman, Brief Lives

Neil Gaiman
“So you all remember: just because you're small, doesn't mean you got no power.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“Look, I don't know why this happened to me. But it's hard. You know why dead people only go out at night, puppy? Because it's easier to pass for real, in the dark. And I don't want to have to pass. I want to be alive.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Neil Gaiman
“People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe. And then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjurations. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe: and it is that belief that rock-solid belief, that makes things happen.”
Neil Gaiman

Greg Brown
“People are in the dark, they don't know what to do
Had a little lantern oh but it got blown out too
I'm reachin out my hands. I know you are too
Cuz I just want to be in the dark with you”
Greg Brown

Neil Gaiman
“He grinned, like a fox eating shit from a barbed wire fence.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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