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Stories: All-New Tales Stories: All-New Tales by Neil Gaiman
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“Still. Four words.

And I didn’t realize it until a couple of days ago, when someone wrote in to my blog:

Dear Neil,

If you could choose a quote - either by you or another author - to be inscribed on the wall of a public library children’s area, what would it be?

Thanks!

Lynn

I pondered a bit. I’d said a lot about books and kids’ reading over the years, and other people had said things pithier and wiser than I ever could. And then it hit me, and this is what I wrote:

I’m not sure I’d put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I’d just remind people of the power of stories, and why they exist in the first place. I’d put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show that it’s working, and that pages will be turned:

“… and then w”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“You know people don't get better as we get older- we just get more of who we are.”
Jonathan Carroll, Stories: All-New Tales
“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 the words and you build them into worlds.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“It does not matter where you come from, if you walk toward the truth you will reach it, whatever path you take.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“It seemed to us that the fantastic can be, can do, so much more than its detractors assume: it can illuminate the real, it can distort it, it can mask it, it can hide it. It can show you the world you know in a way that makes you realise you've never looked at it, not looked at it.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“I love the word 'fantasy'... but I love it for the almost infinite room it gives an author to play: an infinite playroom, of a sort, in which the only boundaries are those of the imagination. I do not love it for the idea of commercial fantasy. Commercial fantasy, for good or for ill, tends to drag itself through already existing furrows, furrows dug by J. R. R. Tolkien or Robert E. Howard, leaving a world of stories behind it, excluding so much. There was so much fine fiction, fiction allowing free reign to the imagination of the author, beyond the shelves of genre. That was what we wanted to read.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“…and then what happened?”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“When you let it get personal, the cost becomes personal too. You’re opening your own heart here. You sure you want to do that?”
Michael Marshall Smith, Stories: All-New Tales
“There are nonreaders, of course. I knew a man in his nineties who, when he learned that I was a writer, admitted to me that he had tried to read a book, once, long before I was born, but he had been unable to see the point of it, and had never tried again. I asked him if he remembered the name of the book, and he told me, in the manner of someone who tried to eat a snail once and did not care for it, and who does not need to remember the breed of the snail, that one was much like another, surely.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“I wanted stories, and I wanted them always, and I wanted the experience that only fiction could give me: I wanted to be inside them.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“... the sweetest softest melody, as good a sound as the laughter of a pretty girl. or your mother calling you to dinner.”
Joe Hill, Stories: All-New Tales
“When you grow up to be an author and write books, you'll think you're making the books up, but they'll all really be true, somewhere.”
Diane Wynne Jones, Stories: All-New Tales
“Říká se, že příběhy o strašidlech jsou optimistické, protože věří v posmrtný život.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“G. K. Chesterton compared fantastic fiction to going on holiday—that the importance of your holiday is the moment you return, and you see the place you live through fresh eyes.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“Man ain’t happy till he kills everything in his path and cuts down everything that grows. He sees something wild and beautiful and wants to hold it down and stab it, punish it ’cause it’s wild. Beauty draws him to it, and then he kills it.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“Death is never banished, it merely travels elsewhere.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“... the sweetest softest melody, as good a sound as the laughter of a pretty girl, or your mother calling you to dinner.”
Joe Hill, Stories: All-New Tales
“When you let it get personal, the cost becomes personal too. You’re opening your own heart here. You sure you want to do that?”

“I’d do it for free. For the bullshit you are, and have always been.”

“Disbelief is easy, Kane. It’s faith that takes courage, and character.”
Michael Marshall Smith, Stories: All-New Tales
“Disbelief is easy, Kane. It’s faith that takes courage, and character.”
Michael Marshall Smith, Stories: All-New Tales
“When you let it get personal, the cost becomes personal too.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales
“When I was a child, I pestered my elders for stories.”
Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales