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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
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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
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As a kid, I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays, and I would walk home at night. For several years, I read the children's library until I finished the children's library. Then I moved into the adult library and slowly worked my way through them. Neil Gaiman
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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. Neil Gaiman
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I kept starting 'Anansi Boys' as a movie and stopping, and eventually wrote the novel and was happy. Neil Gaiman
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Writers are liars my dear, surely you know that by now? Neil Gaiman
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I can get away before the storm hits. Away from a world in which opiates have become the religion of the masses. Neil Gaiman
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May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. Neil Gaiman
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Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years: there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and to die, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It's because spiders think this is funny, and they don't want you ever to forget them. Neil Gaiman
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How old are you?" asked Door. Richard was pleased she had asked; he would never have dared. "As old as my tongue," said Hunter, primly, "and a little older than my teeth. Neil Gaiman
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Something feels weird," he told Laura. That wasn't the first thing he said to her. The first thing was "I love you," because it's a good thing to say if you can mean it, and Shadow did. Neil Gaiman
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Love isn't quite desire... Love is probably a little bit in The Sandman's domain. Love is partly a dream, it's partly to do with desire, and sometimes it's partly to do with death, as well. It's also very often something to do with delirium... Neil Gaiman
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Stories are the things that allow us to persuade each other that we're human. Neil Gaiman
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I suppose I could claim that I had suspected that the world was a cheap and shoddy sham, a bad cover for something deeper and weirder and infinitely more strange, and that, in some way, I already know the truth. But I think that's just how the world has always been. And even now I know the truth, the world still seems cheap and shoddy. Different world, different shoddy, but that's how it feels. Neil Gaiman
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And, selfish and scared, I wonder how much more he has to give. Neil Gaiman
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There was no moon but the night sky was a riot of crisp and glittering autumn stars. There were streetlights too and lights on buildings and on bridges which looked like earthbound stars and they glimmered repeated as they were reflected with the city in the night water of the Thames. It's fairyland thought Richard. Neil Gaiman
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You can always cheat an honest man, but it takes more work. Neil Gaiman
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I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. Neil Gaiman
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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
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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
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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
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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. Neil Gaiman
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A flash of resentment. It's hard enough being alive, trying to survive in the world and find your place in it, to do the things you need to do to get by, without wondering if the thing you just did, whatever it was, was worth someone having...if not died, then having given up her life. It wasn't fair. "Life's not fair," said Ginnie, as if I had spoken aloud. Neil Gaiman
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There's this thing, they have in french: L'espirit d'escalier. The spirit of the stairway. I don't think we have a word for it in English. It means, well, the clever things to say that you only think to yourself when you're on the way out. Neil Gaiman
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Words save our lives, sometimes. Neil Gaiman
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It's part of growing up, I suppose...you always have to leave something behind you. Neil Gaiman
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I'm an author. We don't want to lead. We don't need to follow. We stay home and make stuff up and write it down and send it out into the world, and get inside people's heads. Perhaps we change the world and perhaps we don't. We never know. We just make stuff up. Neil Gaiman
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Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Neil Gaiman
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I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something. Neil Gaiman
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Lucifer protests he was never to blame for inducing anyone to sin, and that he's never had an interest in owning souls: 'They die, and they come here - having transgressed against what they believed to be right - and expect us to fulfill their desire for pain and retribution. I do' make them come here... I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul? No, they belong to themselves. They just hate to have to face up to it. Neil Gaiman
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There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubbles in amber," she explained. "There's a lot of time in London, and it has to go somewhere-it does' all get used up at once." "I may still be hung over," sighed Richard. "That almost made sense. Neil Gaiman
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Sometimes human beings are very much like bees. Bees are fiercely protective of their hive, provided you are outside it. Once you're in, the workers sort of assume that it must have been cleared by management and take no notice; various freeloading insects have evolved a mellifluous existence because of this very fact. Humans act the same way. Neil Gaiman
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I wonder if I shall ever see her again, and I realize that I scarcely care. I can feel the sheets beneath me, and the cold air on my chest. I feel fine. I feel absolutely fine. I feel nothing at all. Neil Gaiman
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You don't have to stay anywhere forever. Neil Gaiman
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Being a writer of fiction isn't like being a compulsive liar, honestly. Neil Gaiman
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You know what my mum once said?' said Rosie... 'She said that if a just-married couple put a coin in a jar every time they make love in their first year, and take a coin out for every time that they make love in the years that follow, the jar will never be emptied.' And this means...?' Well', she said. 'It's interesting, isn't it? Neil Gaiman
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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 the story. Neil Gaiman
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Shadow had heard too many people telling each other not to repress their feelings, to let their emotions out, let the pain go. Shadow thought there was a lot to be said for bottling up emotions. If you did it long enough and deep enough, he suspected, pretty soon you wouldn't feel anything at all. Neil Gaiman
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I never fell. I don't care what they say. I'm still doing my job, as I see it. Neil Gaiman
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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
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Have you ever had one of those days when something just seems to be trying to tell you somebody? Neil Gaiman
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I wanted to put a reference to masturbation in one of the scripts for the Sandman. It was immediately cut by the editor [Karen Berger]. She told me, "There's no masturbation in the DC Universe." To which my reaction was, "Well, that explains a lot about the DC Universe. Neil Gaiman
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I enjoy writing scripts. I can find out what happens. With an outline, I feel like I'm doing an architectural diagram of something. Neil Gaiman
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It would have been hard for Fat Charlie to say exactly when the accumulation of birds on the wire mesh moved from interesting to terrifying. It was somewhere in the first hundred or so, anyway. And it was in the way they didn't coo, or caw, or trill, or song. They simply landed on the wire, and they watched him. Neil Gaiman
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The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies. Neil Gaiman
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If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends. Neil Gaiman
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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. Neil Gaiman
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The TV's the altar. I'm what people are sacrificing to.' 'What do they sacrifice?' asked Shadow. 'Their time, mostly,' said Lucy. 'Sometimes each other. Neil Gaiman
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I think hell is something you carry around with you, not somewhere you go. Neil Gaiman
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Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. Neil Gaiman
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I don't think immediate tragedy is a very good source of art. It can be, but too often it's raw and painful and un-dealt-with. Sometimes art can be a really good escape from the intolerable, and a good place to go when things are bad, but that doesn't mean you have to write directly about the bad thing; sometimes you need to let time pass, and allow the thing that hurts to get covered with layers, and then you take it out, like a pearl, and you make art out of it. Neil Gaiman
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Without dreams, there could be no despair. Neil Gaiman
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We writers - and especially writers for children, but all writers - have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were - to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. Neil Gaiman
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Everything he had ever done that had been better left undone. Every lie he had told - told to himself, or told to others. Every little hurt, and all the great hurts. Each one was pulled out of him, detail by detail, inch by inch. The demon stripped away the cover of forgetfulness, stripped everything down to truth, and it hurt more than anything. Neil Gaiman
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On the whole, anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing. Anything that stops you writing is a bad thing. Neil Gaiman
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When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning. Neil Gaiman
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The war had begun and nobody saw it. The storm was lowering and nobody knew it. Neil Gaiman
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Truly life is wasted on the living... Neil Gaiman
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Sometimes an old idea gets relegated to the back of the line in the mad delight of a new idea, one you've never had before, and that you write fast in the thrill of the new. No rules. Just stories, and you tell as many of them as you can. Neil Gaiman
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There's a tale in the Caballa that suggests that the Angel of Death is so beautiful that upon seeing it (or him, or her) you fall in love so hard, so fast, that your soul is pulled out through your eyes. I like that story. Neil Gaiman
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Off to bed. If squirrels take over in the night, I, for one, welcome our new bushy-tailed scampering overlords, & I know where the nuts are. Neil Gaiman
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It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak. Neil Gaiman
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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. Neil Gaiman
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Every now and then I'll do little things, a short story or something, that doesn't have any fantastical elements, but mostly I like the power of playing God and I like to imagine things. Neil Gaiman
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Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour. Neil Gaiman
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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. Neil Gaiman
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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. Neil Gaiman
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It's a wonderful thing, as a writer, to be given parameters and walls and barriers. Neil Gaiman
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I'm somebody who considers happiness a journey, not a destination. Neil Gaiman
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I very rarely want to go back and fix things, because I'm much more interested in the next thing, and in taking what I learned from the things that don't work, and applying them to new things that may work. Neil Gaiman
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