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Neil Gaiman Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Neil Gaiman.

I lost some time once.
It's always in the last place you look for it.
- Neil Gaiman

Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.
- Neil Gaiman

Also, I've already won all the awards.
- Neil Gaiman

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- Neil Gaiman

 

I think of myself as a very lazy author.
- Neil Gaiman

It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.
- Neil Gaiman

I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.
- Neil Gaiman

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Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.
- Neil Gaiman

I started writing when I was about 20,
21 maybe.
- Neil Gaiman

Life - and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison -
is a disease: sexually transmitted,
and invariably fatal.
- Neil Gaiman

Because, if one is writing novels today,
concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up
there with concentrating on your semi-colons,
for wasted effort.
- Neil Gaiman

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good
at making outlines and sticking to them.
I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it.
It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.
- Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction.
All the characters in it, human and otherwise,
are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk,
whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence.
Or lack thereof.
- 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

We all not only could know everything.
We do.
We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable.
- Neil Gaiman

In many ways, it was much, much harder to get the first book contract.
The hardest thing probably overall has been learning not to trust people,
publicists and so forth, implicitly.
- Neil Gaiman

A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics,
because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.
- Neil Gaiman

I loved writing a book in which, in some ways,
it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking
lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.
- 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

I was the kind of kid whose parents would drop him
off at the local town library on their way to work,
and I'd go and work my way through the children's area.
- Neil Gaiman

Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs,
or is it some kind of bonus?
- Neil Gaiman

Things need not have happened to be true.
Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will
endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.
- Neil Gaiman

So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook,
bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked
to editors about ideas for stories.
Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and
articles and went off and did them.
- Neil Gaiman

Great, big, serious novels always get awards.
If it's a battle between a great, big,
serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.
- Neil Gaiman

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

I don't know if proud is the right word,
but I am somebody who does not, on the whole,
have the highest regard for my own stuff in that when
I look all I get to see are the flaws.
- Neil Gaiman

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

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

The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one.
You have guaranteed freedom of speech.
Other countries don't have that.
- Neil Gaiman

I'll agonize over sentences.
Mostly because you're trying to create specific effects with sentences,
and because there are a number of different voices in the book.
- Neil Gaiman

American Gods is about 200,000 words long,
and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them.
I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.
- Neil Gaiman

And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion,
that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.
- Neil Gaiman

It has always been the prerogative of children and
half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes.
But the half-wit remains a half-wit,
and the emperor remains an emperor.
- Neil Gaiman

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

The more we know about how we lost
our spontaneous wonder and creativity,
the more we can find ways to get them back.
- John Bradshaw

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated,
it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
- Washington Irving

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe the horse was lost;
and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
- Benjamin Franklin

He who hesitates is lost.
- Proverb

A child miseducated is a child lost.
- John F. Kennedy

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.
He will end by destroying the earth.
- Albert Schweitzer

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Until you've lost your reputation,
you never realize what a burden it was.
- Margaret Mitchell

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Life cannot be lived fully or joyfully if
our thoughts are focused on regretting the past,
preoccupied with anticipating the future,
or lost in the mind-fog of unconscious habitual behavior.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

There is a time to cry for those we have lost,
and there is a time to wipe the tears and smile again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Though lovers be lost love shall not.
- Dylan Thomas

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Smoking kills.
If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
- Brooke Shields

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have lost friends, some by death ...
others by sheer inability to cross the street.
- Virginia Woolf

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton

While it is natural to feel some degree of
need for the approval of others, be careful.
If you find yourself unwilling to
take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life
and have given your destiny to others.
An excessive need-for-approval
is a sign of low self-esteem,
and in severe cases, a condition termed co-dependency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Experience comprises illusions lost,
rather than wisdom gained.
- Joseph Roux

Are you feeling stressed and upset?
If so, you are worrying about tomorrow.
Events that have already occurred may cause you regret,
but they only appear to cause worry.
If you just lost your job, you are not worrying about losing your job -
that already happened.
You are worrying about paying your bills and finding a new job.
Those are worries about tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Waste your money and you're only out of money,
but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.
- Michael LeBoeuf

Most ball games are lost, not won.
- Casey Stengel


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