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

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

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

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- Neil Gaiman

 

I think of myself as a very lazy author.
- 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 lost some time once.
It's always in the last place you look for it.
- Neil Gaiman

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.
- 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

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

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

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

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming
a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
- Neil Gaiman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes.
He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
- Chinese Proverb

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

If one does not understand a person,
one tends to regard him as a fool.
- Carl Jung

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens,
you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day;
wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
- Elbert Hubbard

A fool and his money get a lot of publicity.
- Al Bernstein

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted,
but now it happens to everybody.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A fool and his money are soon parted.
- Thomas Tusser

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield

It is not fit that every man should travel;
it makes a wise man better,
and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt

A fool and his money are soon elected.
- Will Rogers

You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.
- Donella Meadows

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50,
and a fool if he doesn't afterward.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I know a lot of people think I'm dumb.
Well, at least I ain't no educated fool.
- Leon Spinks

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power
to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
- Ambrose Bierce

If at first you don't succeed,
try, try, and try again.
Then give up.
There's no use being a damned fool about it.
- W. C. Fields

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made
a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
- Laurence J. Peter

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
- Baltasar Gracian

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool;
it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
- James Huneker

A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
- Stanley Weiser

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,
than to speak and remove all doubt.
- sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or Samuel Johnson

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared,
for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire
to avoid looking like a damn fool.
- Dean Koontz

Fool!
Don't you see now that I could have poisoned you a
hundred times had I been able to live without you.
- Cleopatra

Music is the one part of the entertainment business
where you can't fool anybody into buying a record.
- Nile Rodgers


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