“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman. Here are 46 Inspirational Neil Gaiman Quotes.

Neil Gaiman Quotes

1. “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

2. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

3. “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

4. “Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” – Neil Gaiman

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

6. “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

7. “The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies.” – Neil Gaiman

8. “It’s part of growing up, I suppose… You always have to leave something behind you.” – Neil Gaiman

9. “Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” – Neil Gaiman

10. “Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” – Neil Gaiman

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

12. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes

13. “Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.” – Neil Gaiman

14. “Life – and I don’t suppose I’m the first to make this comparison – is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.” – Neil Gaiman

15. “It’s a given that we exist in a world where we have to live in continuity every day; no one is immune to that, in life or romance novels. By the same token, it’s not something I find terribly important.” – Neil Gaiman

16. “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

17. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.” – Neil Gaiman

18. “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

19. “We all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don’t to make it all bearable.” – Neil Gaiman

20. “People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” – Neil Gaiman

21. “I lost some time once. It’s always in the last place you look for it.”  – Neil Gaiman

22. “I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in.” – Neil Gaiman

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

24. “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity.” – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes

25. “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman

26. “Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

27. “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

28. “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

29. “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

30. “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

31. “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

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

33. “Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” – Neil Gaiman

34. “In a perfect world, you could fuck people without giving them a piece of your heart. And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you’ll never see again.” – Neil Gaiman

35. “The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman

36. “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.” – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Quotes

37. “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. If you see what I mean.” – Neil Gaiman

38. “I’ve known ambitious people with no aptitude for the thing they did. Most of whom, rather terrifyingly, tended to succeed.” – Neil Gaiman

39. “You’re always you, and that doesn’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” – Neil Gaiman

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

41. “And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.” – Neil Gaiman

42. “We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.”- Neil Gaiman

43. “It is a fool’s prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.” – Neil Gaiman

44. “Continuity isn’t actually something that I ever worry about. You use it where you need to, and you don’t use it where you don’t need to.”- Neil Gaiman

45. “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

46. “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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