Neil Gaiman Quotes On Life, Love, Books and Writing

Neil Gaiman is a renowned author and artist who has penned numerous books and graphic novels. He is known for his dark, yet witty, sense of humor, and his quotes are no exception. Here are some of our favorite Neil Gaiman quotes.

Neil Gaiman Quotes

Neil Gaiman was born in England on November 10, 1960. He is a critically acclaimed author of books, comics, and screenplays. Gaiman’s work is often dark, imaginative, and provocative. He is known for his novels, The Sandman and American Gods, as well as his children’s books, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s screenwriting credits include the acclaimed BBC miniseries Neverwhere and the feature film Stardust. He is a co-founder of the comics publisher, The Sandman.

 His work has touched millions of people and has inspired many. What is it about Gaiman’s work that has such a profound impact?

For one, Gaiman’s work is deeply personal. He doesn’t shy away from exploring the dark side of human nature or from tackling complex issues. His characters are flawed and real, and his stories are full of both hope and despair. 

Gaiman never paints a simplistic picture of the world. His writing is also lyrical and beautiful. Gaiman has a gift for making the mundane seem magical and for bringing the fantastical to life. His stories are full of surprises and suspense, and they never fail to captivate his readers.

Gaiman’s work is widely acclaimed and has won numerous awards. He is a master storyteller, and his stories are sure to captivate readers for generations to come.

84 Neil Gaiman Quotes

  1. “Life is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.”

2. “You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

3. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”

4. “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

5. “You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime.”

6. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.”

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

8. “Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.”

9. “Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.”

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

11. “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.”

12. “Books were safer than other people anyway.”

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Inspirational Neil Gaiman Quotes

13. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

14. “There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

15. “I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

16. “Even nothing cannot last forever.”

17. “Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians.”

18. “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.”

19. “You’ve a good heart. Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”

20. “Words save our lives, sometimes.”

21. “Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.”

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Neil Gaiman Quotes On Life

22. “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.”

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

24. “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 foolin’ a soul.”

25. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

26. “You’re brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don’t care if you are imaginary.”

27. “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”

28. “Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”

29. “That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.”

30. “I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything? What then?”

Thought-Provoking Neil Gaiman Quotes

31. “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!”

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

33. “You don’t get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd.”

34. “Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”

35. “Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.”

36. “It’s not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it’s yours, and then be willing to let it go.”

37. “There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

38. “But how can you walk away from something and still come back to it?”

39. “As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time.”

40. “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.”

41. “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.”

42. “I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.”

43. “Every hour wounds. The last one kills.”

44. “He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.”

45. “Memories were waiting at the edges of things, beckoning to me.”

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

47. “People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.”

48. “It is a fool’s prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.”

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

50. “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.”

51. “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.”

52. “He was painfully shy, which, as is often the manner of the painfully shy, he overcompensated for by being too loud at the wrong times.”

53. “We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.”

54. “The only advice I can give you is what you’re telling yourself. Only, maybe you’re too scared to listen.”

55. “Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.”

56. “Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”

57. “I don’t think you should ever insult people unintentionally: if you’re doing it, you ought to mean it.”

58. “What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”

59. “I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all.”

60. “Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.”

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

62. “You don’t have to test everything to destruction just to see if you made it right.”

63. “Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.”

64. “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.”

65. “As sure as water’s wet and days are long and a friend will always disappoint you in the end.”

66. “There’s none so blind as those who will not listen.”

67. “I thought I was your destination. Looks like I was just another stop on the line.”

68. “You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

69. “When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave.”

70. “You can’t trust other people. If it’s important, you have to do it yourself.”

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

72. “It’s always too late for sorries, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

73. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

74. “I have always felt that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept.”

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

78. “I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating.”

79. “You don’t have to stay anywhere forever.”

80. “We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories.”

81. “Things bloosom in their time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time.”

82. “Some hats can only be worn if you’re willing to be jaunty, to set them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your stride as if you’re only a step away from dancing. They demand a lot of you.”

83. “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

84. “Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”

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