Posts tagged ‘Neil Gaiman’


just do the next thing on the list

Looking back, I’ve had a remarkable ride. I’m not sure I can call it a career, because a career implies that I had some kind of career plan, and I never did. The nearest thing I had was a list I made when I was 15 of everything I wanted to do: to write an adult novel, a children’s book, a comic, a movie, record an audiobook, write an episode of Doctor Who…and so on. I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.

Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts Commencement Address (2012)


write more.

I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote.

Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts Commencement Address (2012)


secret worlds

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.

Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Chapter Six, “I Woke Up And One Of Us Was Crying” (1992)


more than true

Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman, Coraline (2004)
modified from G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, XVII: “The Red Angel” (1909)

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