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Great, big, serious novels always get awards.
by 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 was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.
- 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

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

 

I think of myself as a very lazy author.
- 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

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

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

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- 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

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

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

The world always seems brighter when you've just made
something that wasn't there before.
- 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 started writing when I was about 20,
21 maybe.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

From small beginnings come great things.
- Anonymous

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You will become as small as your controlling desire;
as great as your dominant aspiration.
- James Allen

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela


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