47 Neil Gaiman Quotes Every Literary Enthusiast Must Read

Neil Gaiman Quotes and ideas gained the popularity after the success of his commendable works. Neil Gaiman is an avid reader since childhood is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films today. His comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book are world popular now. Gaiman’s work is known for a high degree of allusiveness, particularly in The Sandman, literary figures and characters like Fiddler’s Green, modeled visually on G. K. Chesterton, several characters from within A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, as well as both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer, appear as characters in it. Where to start with the works of Neil Gaiman?

In 2008, he became the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. It has been adapted into popular filmographies as well, latest being The Big Bang theory and Lucifer (2018). Here are the best Neil Gaiman Quotes for every literary enthusiast.

1. 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

2. If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would. –Neil Gaiman

3. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous. –Neil Gaiman

4. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world. –Neil Gaiman

5. When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn’t make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. ‘It’s all right’ we whisper, ‘I’m here, I love you.’ and we lie: ‘I’ll never leave you.’ For just a moment or two the darkness doesn’t seem so bad. –Neil Gaiman

6 .Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real. –Neil Gaiman

7. 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. –Neil Gaiman

8. There’s none so blind as those who will not listen. –Neil Gaiman

9. I believe that it is difficult to kill an idea because ideas are invisible and contagious, and they move fast. –Neil Gaiman

10. I mean, maybe I am crazy. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don’t want to be sane. –Neil Gaiman quotes

11. He wondered whether home was a thing that happened to a place after a while, or if it was something that you found in the end, if you simply walked and waited and willed it long enough. –Neil Gaiman

12. You never forget. It must be somewhere inside you. Even if the brain has forgotten, perhaps the teeth remember. Or the fingers. –Neil Gaiman

13. Always worth it to have tried, even if you fail, even if you fall like a meteor forever. Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle. –Neil Gaiman

14. When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave. –Neil Gaiman

15. Life is life, and it is infinitely better than the alternative, or so we presume, for nobody returns to dispute it. –Neil Gaiman

16. There are some as are what they are. And there are some as aren’t what they seem to be. And there are some as only seem to be what they seem to be. –Neil Gaiman

17. I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go. –Neil Gaiman

18. The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do. –Neil Gaiman

19. Everybody going to be dead one day, just give them time. –Neil Gaiman

20. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. –Neil Gaiman quotes

21. ‘Not only are there no happy endings,’ she told him, ‘there aren’t even any endings.’–Neil Gaiman

22. You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear. –Neil Gaiman

23. 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

24. 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

25. It is sometimes a mistake to climb; it is always a mistake never even to make the attempt. If you do not climb, you will not fall. This is true. But is it that bad to fail, that hard to fall? –Neil Gaiman

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

27. It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. –Neil Gaiman

28. 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? –Neil Gaiman

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

30. I must confess, I have always wondered what lay beyond life, my dear. Yeah, everybody wonders. And sooner or later everybody gets to find out. –Neil Gaiman

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

32. You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished. –Neil Gaiman

33. It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. –Neil Gaiman

34. You don’t need princes to save you. I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men. –Neil Gaiman

35. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future. –Neil Gaiman

36. That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together. –Neil Gaiman

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

38. Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all. –Neil Gaiman

39. I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else. –Neil Gaiman

40. I have always felt that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept. –Neil Gaiman

41. You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime. –Neil Gaiman

42. Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human? –Neil Gaiman

43 .Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. –Neil Gaiman

44. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill. –Neil Gaiman

45. Every hour wounds. The last one kills. –Neil Gaiman

46. I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend… I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. –Neil Gaiman

47. We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting. –Neil Gaiman

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