Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

English Author of Short Fiction, Novels, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Audio Theatre and Films. Notable works include the comic book series, 'The Sandman' and novels including 'Stardust', 'American Gods', 'Coraline' and 'The Graveyard Book'. Winner of the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal in Literature

Author Quotes

Yes. We both have a bad feeling. Tonight we shall take our bad feelings and share them, and face them. We shall mourn. We shall drain the bitter dregs of mortality. Pain shared, my brother, is pain not doubled, but halved. No man is an island.

You are alive. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change.

You are almost never cool to your children.

Words save our lives, sometimes.

Why are we talking about this good and evil? They're just names for sides. We know that.

Why do I have this imagination? It's the only one I've got!

Why do you think she's scared of anything? She's a grown-up, isn't she? Grown-ups and monsters aren't scared of things. Oh, monsters are scared, said Lettie. That's why they're monsters. And as for grown-ups... She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, I'm going to tell you something important. 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. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one in the whole wide world.

Why does she want me? Coraline asked the cat. Why does she want me to stay here with her? She wants something to love, I think, said the cat. Something that isn't her. She might want something to eat as well. It's hard to tell with creatures like that.

Will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.

With each successive pint he found that he was enjoying himself significantly less; until now he was sitting and shivering on the sidewalk outside the pub in a small Scottish town, weighing the relative merits of being sick and not being sick, and not enjoying himself at all.

With 'Stardust', I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they got in reading the classic fairy tales as children.

Words can be worrisome, people complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.

Words can wound, and wounds can heal.

When you say words a lot they don't mean anything. Or maybe they don't mean anything anyway, and we just think they do.

When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thickskinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.

When you're starting off as a young writer, you look at all the stuff that's gone before and the stuff that's influenced you, and you reach the ladle of your imagination into this bubbling stew pot of all of this stuff, and you pour it out. And that's where you start from.

Whenever it rains, you will think of her.

Where does contagion end and art begin?

When the web started, I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up. They put my stories up. They put my stuff up on the web. I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn?t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright, which actually, is simply not true. And I also got very grumpy because I felt like they were pirating my stuff, that it was bad. And then I started to notice that two things seemed much more significant. One of which was? places where I was being pirated, particularly Russia where people were translating my stuff into Russian and spreading around into the world, I was selling more and more books. People were discovering me through being pirated. Then they were going out and buying the real books, and when a new book would come out in Russia, it would sell more and more copies. I thought this was fascinating, and I tried a few experiments. Some of them are quite hard, you know, persuading my publisher for example to take one of my books and put it out for free. We took American Gods, a book that was still selling and selling very well, and for a month they put it up completely free on their website. You could read it and you could download it. What happened was sales of my books, through independent bookstores, because that?s all we were measuring it through, went up the following month three hundred percent. I started to realize that actually, you?re not losing books. You?re not losing sales by having stuff out there. When I give a big talk now on these kinds of subjects and people say, Well, what about the sales that I?m losing through having stuff copied, through having stuff floating out there? I started asking audiences to just raise their hands for one question. Which is, I?d say, Okay, do you have a favorite author? They?d say, Yes. and I?d say, Good. What I want is for everybody who discovered their favorite author by being lent a book, put up your hands. And then, Anybody who discovered your favorite author by walking into a bookstore and buying a book raise your hands. And it?s probably about five, ten percent of the people who actually discovered an author who?s their favorite author, who is the person who they buy everything of. They buy the hardbacks and they treasure the fact that they got this author. Very few of them bought the book. They were lent it. They were given it. They did not pay for it, and that?s how they found their favorite author. And I thought, You know, that?s really all this is. It?s people lending books. And you can?t look on that as a loss of sale. It?s not a lost sale, nobody who would have bought your book is not buying it because they can find it for free. What you?re actually doing is advertising. You?re reaching more people, you?re raising awareness. Understanding that gave me a whole new idea of the shape of copyright and of what the web was doing. Because the biggest thing the web is doing is allowing people to hear things. Allowing people to read things. Allowing people to see things that they would never have otherwise seen. And I think, basically, that?s an incredibly good thing.

While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe.

When things go wrong, this is what you should do. Make good art.

Whither thou goest...

When we consider that each of us has only one life to live, isn?t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men and women, with hands capable of creating works of art, using those hands only for routine tasks; men and women, capable of independent thought, using their minds as a bowling-alley for popular ideas; men and women, capable of greatness, wallowing in mediocrity; men and women, capable of self-expression, slowly dying a mental death while they babble the confused monotone of the mob?

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.

When writing a novel, that?s pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.'

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English Author of Short Fiction, Novels, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Audio Theatre and Films. Notable works include the comic book series, 'The Sandman' and novels including 'Stardust', 'American Gods', 'Coraline' and 'The Graveyard Book'. Winner of the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal in Literature