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So I went out and bought myself a copy of the ...
by 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

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

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

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'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

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I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 think of myself as a very lazy author.
- 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 always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.
- Neil Gaiman

Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.
- 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 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 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

Life - and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison -
is a disease: sexually transmitted,
and invariably fatal.
- 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

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

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

I regret to this day that I never went to college.
I feel I should have been a doctor.
- Ty Cobb

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
- Jonathan Winters

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody
in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution
is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

I went to the doctor and he said I had acute appendicitis,
and I said compared to who?
- Jay London

We went to church every Sunday.
When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
- Darius Rucker

I'm a fun father, but not a good father.
The hard decisions always went to my wife.
- John Lithgow

I never went to business school.
I was just bumbling through a lot of my life.
I was like the guy behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz.
- David Geffen

From Nelson county we went to Logan county to see some relatives we had there,
and after staying until the middle of October,
I returned alone to my home in Missouri.
- Jesse James

My weight went up and down like a yo-yo.
- Judith Light

I had already done Rainbow in Curved Air and had a big record on CBS.
I was launched to have a long career and then I just
dropped out and went to India.
- Terry Riley

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St.
Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with
a scout troop from my school.
- Abbe Pierre

When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my
bed every night before I went to sleep,
and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.
- Olympia Dukakis

People were incredibly kind to our family and went
out of their way to help.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I never had to learn English, French and German because
I was brought up as all three languages.
I had a private French teacher before I even went to school.
That helped a lot.
- Karl Lagerfeld

I went to ballet school for nine years,
and there was an agent for the whole school who happened
to be there visiting one of the performances.
She suggested an audition.
- Sarah Sutton

Nothing had changed in my routine, except that when
I went down the chippy and got me special fried rice,
it would be wrapped in a newspaper that had my picture all over it.
- Robbie Fowler

I had, before I went to college, I had taken a few
years off after high school and really had,
I guess in those days, I had no intentions of going to college.
- Duane G. Carey

Frank Sinatra is the only one that went from teen idol to superstar.
- Leif Garrett

When you drive by Radio City and you see your name
up there and it's only 'your' name.
I just went 'ooh'.
I thought this is really like looking at another person.
- Diana Krall

Why would anyone expect Tyson to come out smarter?
He went to prison for four years,
not Princeton.
- Lou Duva


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