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Neil Gaiman quote

Freedom of speech gives you the right to stay silent.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Fear is contagious. You can catch it.

NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book

In Hollywood the man who cleans your pool is an actor. The man who sells you your copy of Variety is an actor. I don't think there's a real person left in the place.

NEIL GAIMAN, Signal to Noise

Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That's how well they go together.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

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. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.

NEIL GAIMAN, The Sandman #65

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 story.

NEIL GAIMAN, Anansi Boys

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

NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book

Liberty is a bitch who must be bedded on a mattress of corpses.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.

NEIL GAIMAN, Neverwhere

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

NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book

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 that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Pain shared, my brother, is pain not doubled, but halved.


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


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

You can't make me love you.


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

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Freedom of speech gives you the right to stay silent.

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

NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book

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

NEIL GAIMAN, Death Talks About Life

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


Gods are great ... but the heart is greater. For it is from our hearts they come, and to our hearts they shall return.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.

NEIL GAIMAN, The Sandman

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 so pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each.


Lives are snowflakes -- forming patterns we have seen before, as like one another as peas in a pod (and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There's not a chance you'd mistake one for another, after a minute's close inspection), but still unique.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

Nothing dates harder and faster and more strangely than the future.

NEIL GAIMAN, foreward, The Stars My Destination

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.

NEIL GAIMAN, "Where do you get your ideas?"

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

NEIL GAIMAN, journal, Nov. 5, 2004

The world is always ending, for someone.

NEIL GAIMAN, Signal to Noise

Information and knowledge: two currencies that have never gone out of style.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

The Devil hardly ever made anyone do anything. He didn't have to. That was what some humans found hard to understand. Hell wasn't a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heaven ... was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.


Language is a virus ... and religion is an operating system ... and prayers are just so much f***ing spam.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

We look about in puzzlement at our world, with a sense of unease and disquiet. We think of ourselves as scholars in arcane liturgies, single men trapped in worlds beyond our devising. The truth is far simpler: there are things in the darkness beneath us that wish us harm.

NEIL GAIMAN, "Only the End of the World Again," Smoke and Mirrors

Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

If you stopped tellin' people it's all sorted out after they're dead, they might try sorting it all out while they're alive.


We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. 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.

NEIL GAIMAN, The Guardian, Oct. 15, 2013

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 still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods


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