Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Neil
Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman
1960

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

When you are scared, but you do it anyway, that's brave.

When you die, they can make you into diamonds now. It?s scientific. That?s how I want to be remembered. I want to shine.

When you don't know where you're going it always seems longer - you ever notice that? First time takes forever, and then ever after it's over in a flash.

When you dream, sometimes you remember. When you wake, you always forget.

When you love something you just don't want to stop talking about it.

When you reach the little house, the place your journey started, you will recognize it, although it will seem much smaller than you remember. Walk up the path, and through the garden gate you never saw before but once. And then go home. Or make a home. And rest.

When I was young I was a fool. So wrap me up in dreams and death.

When I was young, I was reading anything and anything I could lay my hands on. I was a veracious-to-the-point-of-insane reader.

When most people said I'm psychic, you see, they meant I have an overactive but unoriginal imagination/wear black nail varnish/ talk to my budgie; when Anathema said it, it sounded as though she was admitting to a hereditary disease which she'd much prefer not to have.

When people tell you there?s something wrong with a story, they?re almost always right. When they tell what it is that?s wrong and how it can be fixed, they?re almost always wrong.

When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I'll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights, and lock the universe behind me as I leave.

When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf.

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.

When I was a kid, we actually lived in a house that had been divided in two at one point, which meant that one room in our house opened up onto a brick wall. And I was convinced all I had to do was just open it the right way and it wouldn't be a brick wall. So I'd sidle over to the door and I'd pull it open.

When I was very young, somebody ? maybe it was a squirrel, they talk so much, or a magpie, or maybe a fishie ? told me that Pan owned all this forest. Well, not owned owned. Not like he would sell the forest to someone else, or put a wall all around it ... It's not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it's yours, and then be willing to let it go.

What's it like then? asked Old Bailey. Being dead? The marquis sighed. And then he twisted his lips up into a smile, and with a glitter of his old self, he replied, Live long enough, Old Bailey, and you can find out for yourself.

What's the name of the word for the precise moment when you realize that you've actually forgottrn how it felt to make love to somebody you really liked a long time ago?

What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?' 'Cats don't have names,' it said. 'No?' said Coraline. 'No,' said the cat. '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.

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

When he had first arrived, he had found London huge, odd, fundamentally incomprehensible, with only the Tube map, that elegant multicolored topographical display of underground railway lines and stations, giving it any semblance of order. Gradually he realized that the Tube map was a handy fiction that made life easier but bore no resemblance to the reality of the shape of the city above. It was like belonging to a political party, he thought once, proudly, and then, having tried to explain the resemblance between the Tube map and politics, at a party, to a cluster of bewildered strangers, he had decided in the future to leave political comment to others.

When I am a writer, I shall do parenthetical asides. And footnotes. There will be footnotes. I wonder how you do them? And italics. How do you make italics happen?

When I started out, there were a lot of things I knew I couldn't do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn't do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching, and nobody cared.

What?s your name, lad? Newton. Newton Pulsifer. LUCIFER? What?s that you say? Are ye of the Spawn of Darkness, a tempting beguiling creature from the pit, wanton limbs steaming from the fleshpots of Hades, in tortured and lubricious thrall to your Stygian and hellish masters? That?s Pulsifer, explained Newton. With a P. I don?t know about the other stuff, but we come from Surrey. The voice on the phone sounded vaguely disappointed.

Whatever happened to me in my life, happened to me as a writer of plays. I'd fall in love, or fall in lust. And at the height of my passion, I would think, "So this is how it feels," and I would tie it up in pretty words. I watched my life as if it were happening to someone else. My son died. And I was hurt, but I watched my hurt, and even relished it, a little, for now I could write areal death, a true loss. My heart was broken by my dark lady, and I wept, in my room, alone; but while I wept, somewhere inside I smiled. For I knew I could take my broken heart and place it on the stage of The Globe, and make the pit cry tears of their own.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Author Picture
First Name
Neil
Last Name
Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman
Birth Date
1960
Bio

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