The 40 Best Neil Gaiman Quotes

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Neil Gaiman is a writer unlike any other.

From graphic novels like “The Watchmen”, to the fantastic novel “American Gods”, Gaiman has a style and substance unlike any other author now or in the past.

Below is a collection of our favorite quotes from Neil Gaiman’s oeuvre. In the interest of simplicity we’ve chosen not to include the source work for each quotation. However, a simple google search will satisfy any curiosity.

There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts. - Neil Gaiman

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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

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. - Neil Gaiman

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

Do the stuff only you can do. The urge starting out is to copy, and that’s not a bad thing. Most of us find our voices only after we sound like a lot of other people. But 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. The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself, that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.- Neil Gaiman

You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen. - Neil Gaiman

Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That’s how well they go together. - Neil Gaiman

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. - Neil Gaiman

Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did. - Neil Gaiman

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it. - Neil Gaiman

Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. - Neil Gaiman

Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t. - Neil Gaiman

Sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

Stories are webs, interconnected strand to strand, and you follow each story to the center, because the center is the end. Each person is a strand of story. - Neil Gaiman

All your tomorrows start here. - Neil Gaiman

I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing. - Neil Gaiman

Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. - 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

You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime. No more no less. - Neil Gaiman

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. - 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

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

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

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You don’t get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd. - Neil Gaiman

I’ve never known anyone who was what he or she seemed; or at least, was only what he or she seemed. People carry worlds within them. - Neil Gaiman

“You’ve a good heart," she told him. “Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go." Then she shook her head. “But mostly, it’s not." - 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

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

I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in. - Neil Gaiman

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

Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different. - 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

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

They were kissing. Put like that, and you could be forgiven for presuming that this was a normal kiss, all lips and skin and possibly even a little tongue. You’d miss how he smiled, how his eyes glowed. And then, after the kiss was done, how he stood, like a man who had just discovered the art of standing and had figured out how to do it better than anyone else who would ever come along. - Neil Gaiman

We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation. We have an obligation to clean up after ourselves, and not leave our children with a world we’ve shortsightedly messed up, shortchanged, and crippled. - 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

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