Neil Gaiman Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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If I had a list of the top 10 writers that have influenced how I now write, Neil Gaiman would be one of them. Referencing his stuff over various content and his fictional style, the man has a lot of quote-worthy sentences and paragraphs that in inspiring you to write and be devoted to its unique tone blending with fantasy and real life.

  • Books are the way the dead communicate with us. – Neil Gaiman
  • As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning. – 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
  • No two readers can or will ever read the same book, because the reader builds the book in collaboration with the author. – Neil Gaiman
  • Go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. – Neil Gaiman
  • 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. – Neil Gaiman
  • You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different. – Neil Gaiman
  • Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – Neil Gaiman
  • Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. – Neil Gaiman
  • Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus? – Neil Gaiman
  • The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies. – 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
  • 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. – Neil Gaiman
  • 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. – Neil Gaiman
  • 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. – 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
  • You know, it’s weird being interviewed! Because the weird thing about being interviewed is you get asked these questions that you’ve never thought about, and you find out what you think as you answer. – Neil Gaiman
  • 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
  • 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. – Neil Gaiman
  • The joy of doing ‘Sandman’ was doing a comic and telling people, ‘No, it has an end,’ at a time when nobody thought you could actually get to the end and stop doing a comic that people were still buying just because you’d finished. – Neil Gaiman
  • Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals. – Neil Gaiman
  • I don’t think I’m mainstream. I think what I am is lots and lots of different cults. And when you get lots and lots of small groups who like you a lot, they add up to a big group without ever actually becoming mainstream. – Neil Gaiman
  • I will write in words of fire. I will write them on your skin. I will write about desire. Write beginnings, write of sin. You’re the book I love the best, your skin only holds my truth, you will be a palimpsest line of age rewriting youth. You will not burn upon the pyre. Or be buried on the shelf. You’re my letter to desire: And you’ll never read yourself. I will trace each word and comma As the final dusk descends, You’re my tale of dreams and drama, Let us find out how it ends. – Neil Gaiman
  • Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn’t a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. So people live their song instead. – Neil Gaiman
  • The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. – Neil Gaiman
  • You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. – Neil Gaiman

Note: There is plenty more in all sorts of medias personal to professional entertainment publishing.

Of the top of my head, I have reviewed a book and graphic novel by him. Watched a lot of the adaptations already made and to come. Took his MasterClass and consumed all his YouTube related and informative experience. Master of thinking outside the box, his work speaks for itself.

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