110+ Neil Gaiman Quotes On Writing, Reading And Creativity

Top 10 Neil Gaiman Quotes (BEST)

  1. I really don't know what "I love you" means. I think it means "Don't leave me here alone.
  2. Go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.
  3. Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
  4. You’re alive. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything.
  5. Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.
  6. There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.
  7. People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.
  8. She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
  9. Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism.
  10. Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.

Neil Gaiman Short Quotes

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  • Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.
  • She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful.
  • Why are we talking about this good and evil? They're just names for sides. We know that.
  • It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.
  • Dahling, when God put teeth in your mouth, he ruined a perfectly good arsehole.
  • I think hell is something you carry around with you, not somewhere you go.
  • Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.
  • There's none so blind as those who will not listen.
  • The price of getting what you want, is getting what once you wanted.
  • People are icebergs. So much of us is underneath.
 quote I went away in my head, into a book.
I went away in my head, into a book.

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Writing

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Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving. — Neil Gaiman

We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories. — Neil Gaiman

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard. — Neil Gaiman

 quote A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day. — Neil Gaiman

Writing's a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won't rise, no matter what you do, and every now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could have dreamed it would. — Neil Gaiman

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins. — Neil Gaiman

 quote Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for your, and the things
Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for your, and the things they claim are junk. You'll find what you need to find. Just read.

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. — Neil Gaiman

She decides to make a list of the things that make her happy. She writes 'plum-blossom' at the top of a piece of paper. Then she stares at the paper, unable to think of anything else. Eventually it begins to get dark. — Neil Gaiman

You need more than a beginning if you're going to start a book. If all you have is a beginning, then once you've written that beginning, you have nowhere to go. — Neil Gaiman

The ideas aren't that important. Really they aren't. Everyone's got an idea for a book, a movie, a story, a TV series. — Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman Quotes On Love

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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. — Neil Gaiman

Then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. — Neil Gaiman

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken. — Neil Gaiman

Delirium: 'What's the name of the word for the precise moment when you realize that you've actually forgotten how it felt to make love to somebody you really liked a long time ago?' Dream: 'There isn't one.' Delirium: 'Oh. I thought maybe there was.' — Neil Gaiman

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it. — Neil Gaiman

I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time. — Neil Gaiman

You know I love you,' said the other mother flatly. 'You have a very funny way of showing it,' said Coraline. — Neil Gaiman

To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due. — Neil Gaiman

Well meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading - do not discourage children from reading because you feel they're reading the wrong thing. There is no such thing as the wrong thing to be reading and no bad fiction for kids. — Neil Gaiman

To be honest, I think love is complete bullshit. I don't think anyone ever loves anyone. I think the best people ever get is horny; horny and scared, so when they find someone who makes them horny, and they get too scared of the world outside, they stay together and they call it love. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Reading

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Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. — Neil Gaiman

Libraries are our friends. — Neil Gaiman

Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit. — Neil Gaiman

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. — Neil Gaiman

I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful. — Neil Gaiman

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands. — Neil Gaiman

But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information. — Neil Gaiman

I was writing the kind of comic that would make me, at age 26 or 27, go down to a comic book store every month and spend my $2. That was my starting point. I wanted to write a comic that I would read. And that's still my agenda. — Neil Gaiman

When I was young, I was reading anything and anything I could lay my hands on. I was a veracious-to-the-point-of-insane reader. — Neil Gaiman

Reading is important. Books are important. Librarians are important. (Also, libraries are not child-care facilities, but sometimes feral children raise themselves among the stacks.) — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Life

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Leave no stone unturned. Deeply explore the beauty of your life. — Neil Gaiman

As sure as water's wet and days are long and a friend will always disappoint you in the end. — Neil Gaiman

Lives are snowflakes - unique in detail, forming patterns we have seen before, but 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.) — Neil Gaiman

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy. — Neil Gaiman

Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. — Neil Gaiman

If it's true that every seven years each cell in your body dies and is replaced, then I have truly inherited my life from a dead man; and the misdeeds of those times have been forgiven, and are buried with his bones. — Neil Gaiman

And sometimes when you fall... you fly... — Neil Gaiman

You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live. — Neil Gaiman

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. — Neil Gaiman

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

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Creativity

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Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. — Neil Gaiman

People can get involved in wonderfully creative ways that have nothing to do with you, but spark off things you begin with. — Neil Gaiman

The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living! For you, life can be a succession of glorious adventures. Or it can be a monotonous bore. Take your choice! — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Dreams

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But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart's desire, their dream... But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted. — Neil Gaiman

I move from dreamer to dreamer, from dream to dream, hunting for what I need. Slipping and sliding and flickering through the dreams; and the dreamer will wake, and wonder why this dream seemed different, wonder how real their lives can truly be. — Neil Gaiman

A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams and a world in which there is hope. — Neil Gaiman

That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed. — Neil Gaiman

We wrapped our dreams in words and patterned the words so that they would live forever, unforgettable. — Neil Gaiman

Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill. — Neil Gaiman

Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between. — Neil Gaiman

When you dream, sometimes you remember. When you wake, you always forget. — Neil Gaiman

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. — Neil Gaiman

Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Stories

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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

We owe it to each other to tell stories. — Neil Gaiman

She was witchy, yes, and in charge of a cauldron roiling with ideas and stories, but she always gave the impression that the stories, the ones she wrote and wrote so very well and so wisely, had simply happened, and that all she had done was to hold the pen. (On Diana Wynne Jones) — Neil Gaiman

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent. — Neil Gaiman

I lay on the bed and lost myself in stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyways. — Neil Gaiman

Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. — Neil Gaiman

Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction... At best Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem... — Neil Gaiman

Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. (from 'Instructions') — Neil Gaiman

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick -- a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. — Neil Gaiman

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 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. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Art

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Parameters are the things you bounce off to create art. — Neil Gaiman

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. — Neil Gaiman

I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all. — Neil Gaiman

Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there'll always be better writers than you and there'll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you. — Neil Gaiman

When things go wrong, this is what you should do. Make good art. — Neil Gaiman

If I were only allowed to read or enjoy art or listen to music made by people whose opinions and beliefs were the same as mine, I think the world would be a pretty dismal sort of a place. — Neil Gaiman

I don't think it would be fun to write after inhaling art fumes. (What are art fumes?) No, I just make stuff up. It's easier that way. — Neil Gaiman

Where does contagion end and art begin? — Neil Gaiman

There's not much high and low culture any more: there's just mingling streams of art and what matters is whether it's good art or bad art. — Neil Gaiman

There may be a parallel between woodcuts and radio; radio plays are a living art form everywhere except the USA. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Hope

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I hope the strong women out there aren't quiet and they don't go away, because when people attack you for speaking, the best way to drive them nuts is to smile and carry on speaking, louder, more wisely, more intensely, more articulately than ever. — Neil Gaiman

Remember your name. Do not lose hope ---what you seek will be found. — Neil Gaiman

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something. — Neil Gaiman

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something. — Neil Gaiman

Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. — Neil Gaiman

What are these fundamental principles, if they are not atoms? Stories. And they give me hope. — Neil Gaiman

Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you'll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get. — Neil Gaiman

Dreams are composed of many things, my son. Of images and hopes, of fears and memories. Memories of the past, and memories of the future. — Neil Gaiman

The only thing that kept me going was stories. Stories are hope. They take you out of yourself for a bit, and when you get dropped back in, you're different- you're stronger, you've seen more, you've felt more. Stories are like spiritual currency. — Neil Gaiman

M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them, and dreams, and, I hope, even a few surprises. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Librarians

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Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness. — Neil Gaiman

It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding. — Neil Gaiman

I see libraries and librarians as frontline soldiers in the war against illiteracy and the lack of imagination. — Neil Gaiman

Of course you don't believe in fairies. You're fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn't a fairy. He was a librarian. All right? — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Imaginative

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When most people said "I'm psychic, you see," they meant "I have an overactive but unoriginal imagination/wear black nail varnish/talk to my budgie;" when Anathema said it, it sounded as though she was admitting to a hereditary disease which she'd much prefer not to have. — Neil Gaiman

The best way to show people true things is from a direction that they had not imagined the truth coming. — Neil Gaiman

In film, a lot of the time you're not as engaged, it is all being given to you, and you're accepting it as it comes in, but in comics, as a reader, you are going to have to work, your imagination needs to do an awful lot. — Neil Gaiman

I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing. — Neil Gaiman

You must never imagine, that just because something is funny, it is not also dangerous. — Neil Gaiman

As I wouldn't wear a costume, I couldn't imagine him wanting to wear one. And seeing that the greater part of my wardrobe is black (It's a sensible colour. It goes with anything. Well, anything black)[...]. — Neil Gaiman

Writing imaginative tales for the young is like sending coals to Newcastle. For coals. — Neil Gaiman

Why do I have this imagination? It's the only one I've got! — Neil Gaiman

I imagine the world dividing into the people who want to feed their children, and the ones shooting at them. — Neil Gaiman

All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Magical

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All bookshelves are magical. — Neil Gaiman

We live in a world in which the only utopian visions arrive in commercial breaks: magical visions of an impossibly hospitable world, peopled by bright-eyed attractive men, women, children... Where nobody dies... In my worlds people died. And I thought that was honest. I thought I was being honest. — Neil Gaiman

Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible. — Neil Gaiman

First rule of magic: Don't let anyone know your real name. Names have power. — Neil Gaiman

Where magic is concerned, there is always an initial decision, an initial willingness to let it enter your life. If that is not there neither is magic. — Neil Gaiman

It's an America with strange mythic depths. I see it as a distorting mirror; a book of danger and secrets, of romance and magic. It's about the soul of America, really. What people brought to America; what found them when they came; and the things that lie sleeping beneath it all. — Neil Gaiman

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

I think most things are pretty magical, and that it's less a matter of belief than it is one of just stopping to notice. — Neil Gaiman

From meetings and partings none can ever escape. Nor from magic. — Neil Gaiman

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

Neil Gaiman Quotes On True

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There is a madness, yes, this is true. Few mortals possess it, the willingness to step away from the protection of sanity. To walk into the wild wood of madness... — Neil Gaiman

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten. — Neil Gaiman

Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over. — Neil Gaiman

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

What about volcanoes?" "What about them?" "All that lava comes up from center of the earth where it is all hot. I saw a program, it had David Attenborough, so it's true. — Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction. Still, given an infinite number of possible worlds, it must be true on one of them. And if a story set in an infinite number of possible worlds is true in one of them, then it must be true in all of them. So maybe, it's not as fictional as we think. — Neil Gaiman

Are you scared?’ asked Mr. Ibis. ‘Not really.’ ‘Well, try to cultivate the emotions of true awe and spiritual terror, as we walk. They are the appropriate feelings for the situation at hand. — Neil Gaiman

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

The converse held reassuringly true: daylight was safe. Daylight was always safe. — Neil Gaiman

The only ones who ever come here from your lands are the minstrels, and the lovers, and the mad. And you don't look like much of a minstrel, and you're— pardon me for saying so lad, but it's true— ordinary as cheese crumbs. So it's love if you ask me. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes On Making

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Not knowing everything is all that makes it OK, sometimes. — Neil Gaiman

Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Whatever you're scared of doing, Do it. — Neil Gaiman

We make choices. No one else can live our lives for us. And we must confront and accept the consequences of our actions. — Neil Gaiman

Make your mistakes, next year and forever. — Neil Gaiman

We all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable. — Neil Gaiman

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world! — Neil Gaiman

While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe. — Neil Gaiman

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 imagination and the place that dreams come from is so huge and so important. I'm trying to write about the real world, in that I'm trying to write about whatever it is the experience that makes us human, the things that we have in common. — Neil Gaiman

You can't make me love you. — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Famous Quotes And Sayings

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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. — Neil Gaiman

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. — Neil Gaiman

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole 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

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

How do I know you'll keep your word?" asked Coraline. "I swear it," said the other mother. "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline. "Oh yes," said the other mother. "I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back. — Neil Gaiman

He had kissed her good night that night, and she had tasted like strawberry daiquiris, and he had never wanted to kiss anyone else again. — Neil Gaiman

For some folks death is release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them. — Neil Gaiman

Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant. — Neil Gaiman

All around me darkness gathers, Fading is the sun that shone, We must speak of other matters, You can be me when I'm gone Flowers gathered in the morning, Afternoon they blossom on, Still are withered in the evening, You can be me when I'm gone. — Neil Gaiman

What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul. — Neil Gaiman

Do you know why I stopped being Delight, my brother? I do. There are things not in your book. There are paths outside this garden. — Neil Gaiman

Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commits acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The devil made me do it.' I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them. — Neil Gaiman

Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished. — Neil Gaiman

Nearly' only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades. — Neil Gaiman

Somebody said that writers are like otters... Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they'll do a better trick or a different trick because they'd already done that one. And writers tend to be otters. Most of us get pretty bored doing the same trick. We've done it, so let's do something different. — Neil Gaiman

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. — Neil Gaiman

Firstly, there no such person as Death. Second, Death's this tall guy with a bone face, like a skeletal monk, with a scythe and an hourglass and a big white horse and a penchant for playing chess with Scandinavians. Third, he doesn't exist either. — Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. — Neil Gaiman

It has been said that civilization is twenty-four hours and two meals away from barbarism. — Neil Gaiman

American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them. — Neil Gaiman

Let's start a new tomorrow, today. — Neil Gaiman

Everything that is,casts a shadow — Neil Gaiman

Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we? — Neil Gaiman

Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all. — Neil Gaiman

I think that is something that I always like in my work - the sense of inclusion rather than the sense of otherness. — Neil Gaiman

You've a good heart. Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it's not. — Neil Gaiman

You know that I love you." And despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true. The other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold. In the other mother's button eyes, Coraline knew that she was a possession, nothing more. A tolerated pet, whose behavior was no longer amusing. — Neil Gaiman

Eyes as black and as shiny as chips of obsidian stared back into his. They were eyes like black holes, letting nothing out, not even information. — Neil Gaiman

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

A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really..."Do the stars gaze back?" Now that's a question. — Neil Gaiman

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. — Neil Gaiman

Call no man happy, said Shadow, until he is dead — Neil Gaiman

Give me boredom. At least I know where I'm going to eat and sleep tonight. — Neil Gaiman

There is something about riding a unicorn, for those people who still can, which is unlike any other experience: exhilarating, and intoxicating, and fine. — Neil Gaiman

But standing in that hallway, it was all coming back to me. Memories were waiting at the edges of things, beckoning to me. — Neil Gaiman

There's a but, isn't there?" said Coraline. "I can feel it. Like a rain cloud. — Neil Gaiman

This is the only country in the world, that worries about what it is. The rest of them know what they are. No one ever needs to go searching for the heart of Norway. Or looks for the soul of Mozambique. They know what they are. — Neil Gaiman

I noticed a long time ago that the Universe rewards belief systems. It doesn't really matter what you believe - it'll be there and waiting for you if you go and look for it. Decide the universe is, say, run by secret enormous teddy bears, and I can guarantee you'll immediately start running across evidence that this is true. — Neil Gaiman

Touched by her fingers, the two surviving chocolate people copulate desperately, losing themselves in a melting frenzy of lust, spending the last of their brief borrowed lives in a spasm of raspberry cream and fear. — Neil Gaiman

I thought I was your destination. Looks like I was just another stop on the line. — Neil Gaiman

The real world has no obligation to be convincing, so it throws up some very weird moments sometimes. — Neil Gaiman

Of course, everyone's parents are embarrassing. It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing, just as it is the nature of children of a certain age to cringe with embarrassment, shame, and mortification should their parents so much as speak to them on the street. — Neil Gaiman

I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped. — Neil Gaiman

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. — Neil Gaiman

The only reason people die, is because EVERYONE does it. You all just go along with it. It's RUBBISH, death. It's STUPID. I don't want nothing to do with it. — Neil Gaiman

Growing up, I took so many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave. They were my teachers and my advisers. — Neil Gaiman

If you cared enough about your characters, what happened to them was interesting... it's important to care about them, about who they are and what they do...I don't really care whose side they are on, and they can be monstrous on the outside or, worse, on the inside, but you still have to want to spend time with them. — Neil Gaiman

The best thing about doing a signing tour is that numbers become faces. I got to sign books for six or seven thousand people, all of whom were dreadfully nice. Everything else, the interviews, the hotels, the plane travel, the best-seller lists, even the sushi, gets old awfully fast. Well, maybe not the sushi. — Neil Gaiman

Life Lessons by Neil Gaiman

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  1. Neil Gaiman emphasizes the importance of being creative and taking risks to achieve success. He encourages readers to find their own unique path and to never give up on their dreams.
  2. He also emphasizes the importance of being kind and generous, and of appreciating the beauty of the world around us.
  3. Finally, Gaiman reminds us to never be afraid of failure, and to learn from our mistakes and use them to become better versions of ourselves.

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