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Because, if one is writing novels today,
by 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

I think of myself as a very lazy author.
- 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'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.
- 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

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

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

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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