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Quote: I could be blindfolded and dropped into the deepest ocean and I would know where to find you. I could be buried a hundred miles underground and I would know where you are. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I could be blindfolded and dropped into the deepest ocean and I would know where to find you. I could be buried a hundred miles underground and I would know where you are.


Quote: If writing a novel is a year's exile to a foreign country, writing a short story is a weekend spent somewhere exotic. They're much more like vacations, more exciting and different, and you're off. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

If writing a novel is a year's exile to a foreign country, writing a short story is a weekend spent somewhere exotic. They're much more like vacations, more exciting and different, and you're off.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.




Quote: Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That's how well they go together. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: I imagine the world dividing into the people who want to feed their children, and the ones shooting at them. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden paths, while adults take roads and official paths. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden paths, while adults take roads and official paths.


Quote: Gentlemen, consider: of course the ancient Egyptians made beer cans; where else would they have kept their beer? by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Gentlemen, consider: of course the ancient Egyptians made beer cans; where else would they have kept their beer?


Quote: It's not sipping wine. It's a mourning wine. You drain it. Like this. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

It's not sipping wine. It's a mourning wine. You drain it. Like this.


Quote: What a refreshing mind you have, young man. There really is nothing quite like total ignorance, is there? by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

What a refreshing mind you have, young man. There really is nothing quite like total ignorance, is there?


Quote: Oh ... My twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you bowls of ice-cream. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Oh ... My twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you bowls of ice-cream.


Quote: Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit. 'Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit. 'Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.


Quote: Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.


Quote: After that he had more or less stopped reading. You could not trust fiction. What good were books, if they couldn't protect you from something like that? by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

After that he had more or less stopped reading. You could not trust fiction. What good were books, if they couldn't protect you from something like that?


Quote: I hope that this year, you make mistakes. If you do, then it means you have tried, learned, lived, pushed yourself, changed you and your world, and most importantly, you've done something. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I hope that this year, you make mistakes. If you do, then it means you have tried, learned, lived, pushed yourself, changed you and your world, and most importantly, you've done something.


Quote: There is something about riding a unicorn, for those people who still can, which is unlike any other experience: exhilarating, and intoxicating, and fine. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Whenever it rains you will think of her. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Whenever it rains you will think of her.


Quote: Sister Mary chose that moment to come in with the tea. Satanist or not, she'd also found a plate and arranged some iced biscuits on it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Sister Mary chose that moment to come in with the tea. Satanist or not, she'd also found a plate and arranged some iced biscuits on it.






Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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."
The Guardian, 15 October 2013.


Quote: They all do the same things. They may think their sins are original, but for the most part they are petty and repetitive. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

They all do the same things. They may think their sins are original, but for the most part they are petty and repetitive.


Quote: They talk of me going around buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why. I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul? No. They belong to themselves...they just hate to face up to it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

They talk of me going around buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why. I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul? No. They belong to themselves...they just hate to face up to it.


Quote: When angels go bad they are worse than anyone else. Remember Lucifer used to be an angel. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

When angels go bad they are worse than anyone else. Remember Lucifer used to be an angel.




Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Adult helplessness destroys children. Or it forces them to become tiny adults of their own. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Adult helplessness destroys children. Or it forces them to become tiny adults of their own.


Quote: There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong.








Quote: Black as night, sweet as sin. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Black as night, sweet as sin.


Quote: Really, he thought, if you couldn't trust a poet to offer sensible advice, who could you trust? by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Really, he thought, if you couldn't trust a poet to offer sensible advice, who could you trust?


Quote: Each insult is woven with just enough truth to make it wound. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Each insult is woven with just enough truth to make it wound.


Quote: Don't be a moronic lump of blubbering, quaking, pathetic lard. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Don't be a moronic lump of blubbering, quaking, pathetic lard.


Quote: There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of Neil Gaiman quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.


Quote: People tend to find books when they are ready for them. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

People tend to find books when they are ready for them.




Quote: She had a face which was not so much freckled as one big freckle with occasional areas of skin. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

She had a face which was not so much freckled as one big freckle with occasional areas of skin.




Quote: We make choices. No one else can live our lives for us. And we must confront and accept the consequences of our actions. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.


Quote: Night was spreading slowly around the spinning Earth. It should have been full of pinpricks of light. It was not. 
There were five billion people down there. What was going to happen soon would make barbarism look like a picnic -- hot, nasty, and eventually given over to the ants. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of Neil Gaiman quote: Night was spreading slowly around the spinning Earth. It should have been full of pinpricks of light. It was not. 
There were five billion people down there. What was going to happen soon would make barbarism look like a picnic -- hot, nasty, and eventually given over to the ants.- black text on quotes background

Night was spreading slowly around the spinning Earth. It should have been full of pinpricks of light. It was not.
There were five billion people down there. What was going to happen soon would make barbarism look like a picnic -- hot, nasty, and eventually given over to the ants.


Quote: Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: That's the trouble with you young people. You think because you ain't been here long, you know everything. In my life I already forgot more than you ever know. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

That's the trouble with you young people. You think because you ain't been here long, you know everything. In my life I already forgot more than you ever know.


Quote: There was Virginia Boote, the food and restaurant critic, who had once been a great beauty but was now a grand and magnificent ruin, and who delighted in her ruination. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

There was Virginia Boote, the food and restaurant critic, who had once been a great beauty but was now a grand and magnificent ruin, and who delighted in her ruination.


Quote: The thin girl was gulping down one of Richard's bananas in what was, Richard reflected, the least erotic display of banana-eating he had ever seen. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The thin girl was gulping down one of Richard's bananas in what was, Richard reflected, the least erotic display of banana-eating he had ever seen.


Quote: Mind the gap! by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Mind the gap!




Quote: Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.


Quote: Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.




Quote: Writing imaginative tales for the young is like sending coals to Newcastle. For coals. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails we have teeth
You'll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails we have teeth
You'll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath.


Quote: Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human? by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?


Quote: You don't get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

You don't get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: You could fire a machine gun randomly through the pages of Lord of the Rings and never hit any women. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

You could fire a machine gun randomly through the pages of Lord of the Rings and never hit any women.


Quote: Often you will discover that the harder you work, and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. But there is luck, and it helps. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Often you will discover that the harder you work, and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. But there is luck, and it helps.


Quote: I fought for America. My country. I protected America. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy. Not something you people have seen much of yet. But it's worth fighting for. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I fought for America. My country. I protected America. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy. Not something you people have seen much of yet. But it's worth fighting for.


Quote: Biting's excellent. It's like kissing -- only there is a winner. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Biting's excellent. It's like kissing -- only there is a winner.


Quote: People named Tinkerbell name their daughters Susan. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

People named Tinkerbell name their daughters Susan.


Quote: If you dare nothing,
 then when the day is over,
 nothing is all you will have gained. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Minnesota, Wisconsin, all around there... has the kind of women I liked when I was younger. Pale-skinned and blue-eyed, hair so fair it's almost white, wine-colored lips, and round, full breasts with the veins running through them like a good cheese. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Minnesota, Wisconsin, all around there... has the kind of women I liked when I was younger. Pale-skinned and blue-eyed, hair so fair it's almost white, wine-colored lips, and round, full breasts with the veins running through them like a good cheese.


Quote: Friday's a free day. A woman's day. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Friday's a free day. A woman's day.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: The really important thing to be was yourself, just as hard as you could. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The really important thing to be was yourself, just as hard as you could.


Quote: She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful.




Quote: Libraries are our friends. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Libraries are our friends.


Quote: This book is the book you have just read. It's done. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

This book is the book you have just read. It's done.


Quote: 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! by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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!


Quote: Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside.


Quote: Stories are the lies that we need to make sense of our world and for our existence not to be meaningless. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Stories are the lies that we need to make sense of our world and for our existence not to be meaningless.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Everybody going to be dead one day, just give them time. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Everybody going to be dead one day, just give them time.




Quote: Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.




Quote: You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence.


Quote: It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist.


Quote: Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren't. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren't.


Quote: You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of clear liquid on leaf
Photo Credit: Demi Kwant

You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.


Quote: We often confuse what we wish for with what is. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

We often confuse what we wish for with what is.


Quote: Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.


Quote: Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...
Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...
Face your life
Its pain, 
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...
Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...
Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.


Quote: Richard had no idea who he was, any more; no idea what was or what was not true; nor whether he was brave or cowardly, mad or sane, but he knew the next thing he had to do. He stepped on to the train,and all the lights went out. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Richard had no idea who he was, any more; no idea what was or what was not true; nor whether he was brave or cowardly, mad or sane, but he knew the next thing he had to do. He stepped on to the train,and all the lights went out.




Quote: Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together: they like being solitary together. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together: they like being solitary together.


Quote: The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Loyalty was a great thing, but no lieutenants should be forced to choose between their leader and a circus with elephants. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Loyalty was a great thing, but no lieutenants should be forced to choose between their leader and a circus with elephants.


Quote: By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.
Not that year.
Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of Neil Gaiman quote: By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.
Not that year.
Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold.- black text on quotes background

By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.
Not that year.
Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold.


Quote: But then it occured to him that any progress he had made on his quest so far he had made by accepting the help that had been offered to him. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

But then it occured to him that any progress he had made on his quest so far he had made by accepting the help that had been offered to him.


Quote: Words can be worrisome, people complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Words can be worrisome, people complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of Neil Gaiman quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like.




Quote: That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.


Quote: If you're making mistakes it means you're out there doing something. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

If you're making mistakes it means you're out there doing something.


Quote: I think of myself as a very lazy author. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I think of myself as a very lazy author.


Quote: I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.


Quote: Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.


Quote: 'Doctor Who' was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

'Doctor Who' was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies.


Quote: As a teenager I wrote to R.A. Lafferty. And he responded, too, with letters that were like R.A. Lafferty short stories, filled with elliptical answers to straight questions and simple answers to complicated ones. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

As a teenager I wrote to R.A. Lafferty. And he responded, too, with letters that were like R.A. Lafferty short stories, filled with elliptical answers to straight questions and simple answers to complicated ones.




Quote: There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up -- or didn't -- and Jamaican stories. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up -- or didn't -- and Jamaican stories.


Quote: I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good at making outlines and sticking to them. I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it. It sort of takes a lot of the fun out. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good at making outlines and sticking to them. I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it. It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.


Quote: As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.


Quote: I kept starting 'Anansi Boys' as a movie and stopping, and eventually wrote the novel and was happy. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I kept starting 'Anansi Boys' as a movie and stopping, and eventually wrote the novel and was happy.


Quote: With 'Stardust', I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they got in reading the classic fairy tales as children. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

With 'Stardust', I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they got in reading the classic fairy tales as children.


Quote: It's a given that we exist in a world where we have to live in continuity every day; no one is immune to that, in life or romance novels. By the same token, it's not something I find terribly important. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

It's a given that we exist in a world where we have to live in continuity every day; no one is immune to that, in life or romance novels. By the same token, it's not something I find terribly important.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: It's not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers -- we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

It's not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers -- we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.


Quote: So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech.


Quote: Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it's a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it's a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.


Quote: When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf.


Quote: Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.


Quote: I don't know if any single book made me want to write. C.S. Lewis was the first writer to make me aware that somebody was writing the book I was reading -- these wonderful parenthetical asides to the reader. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I don't know if any single book made me want to write. C.S. Lewis was the first writer to make me aware that somebody was writing the book I was reading -- these wonderful parenthetical asides to the reader.


Quote: The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable -- but I think that can also add to the glory of it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable -- but I think that can also add to the glory of it.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: When I started out, there were a lot of things I knew I couldn't do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn't do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching, and nobody cared. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

When I started out, there were a lot of things I knew I couldn't do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn't do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching, and nobody cared.


Quote: We all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Oh, tweeting prolifically is the most easy thing in the world. Tweeting prolifically is like somebody saying, 'Boy, you're a really good walker around,' you know. It's not really hard. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Oh, tweeting prolifically is the most easy thing in the world. Tweeting prolifically is like somebody saying, 'Boy, you're a really good walker around,' you know. It's not really hard.


Quote: Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation.


Quote: It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.


Quote: I wanted to write something that would be a comedy in the sense of making people feel happier when they finish it than they did when began it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I wanted to write something that would be a comedy in the sense of making people feel happier when they finish it than they did when began it.


Quote: I loved writing a book in which, in some ways, it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I loved writing a book in which, in some ways, it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.

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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. 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. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.


Quote: The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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


Quote: Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


Quote: Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.


Quote: My theory on genre is that while there are people out there who believe that genre tells people what to read, actually I believe that genre exists as a marketing tool to tell you what to avoid. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

My theory on genre is that while there are people out there who believe that genre tells people what to read, actually I believe that genre exists as a marketing tool to tell you what to avoid.






Quote: And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.


Quote: I've known ambitious people with no aptitude for the thing they did. Most of whom, rather terrifyingly, tended to succeed. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I've known ambitious people with no aptitude for the thing they did. Most of whom, rather terrifyingly, tended to succeed.


Quote: The great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are better than most of the stories they are in. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are better than most of the stories they are in.


Quote: The only people I ever get irritated with are the ones who announce, using my Twitter handle, that they are no longer following me and why. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

The only people I ever get irritated with are the ones who announce, using my Twitter handle, that they are no longer following me and why.


Quote: I wish being a beekeeper, which I am, gave you a free pass on the carbon footprint, but it doesn't. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

I wish being a beekeeper, which I am, gave you a free pass on the carbon footprint, but it doesn't.


Quote: A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.




Quote: 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. by author Neil Gaiman overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Gaiman with quote

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.


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