Storytellers are probably the people who understand human nature better than all of us. Maybe that’s why, even as adults, they manage to keep their childlike innocence and the ability to see miracles in everything. One of these amazing people is the science fiction writer Neil Gaiman, who creates fairy tales which both children and adults admire. He’s the author of the novels ’Neverwhere,’ ’Stardust,’ and ’Coraline.’
Today Bright Side collected 25 quotes from Neil Gaiman’s works, each as ironic as they are truthful.
- Not only are there no happy endings, there aren’t even any endings.
- Evil in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should.
- If there’s one thing that a study of history has taught us, it is that things can always get worse.
- But she knew also that it would not be wise to begin her life with Tristan by arguing with his mother.
- It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.
- They all do the same things. They may think their sins are original, but for the most part they are petty and repetitive.
- Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.
- What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.
- He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.
- Calling cats tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.
- Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
- The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.
- Adults follow paths. Children explore.
- There’s none so blind as those who will not listen.
- With cities, as with people, the condition of the bowels is all-important.
- There’s a lot of things it’s hard to forgive, but then one day you turn around and you’ve got no family left.
- It has been said that civilization is twenty-four hours and two meals away from barbarism.
- People think it’s how hard you kick that hurts. But it’s not how hard you kick. It’s where.
- There are always places to go further down.
- ’The devil made me do it.’ I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.
- The quickest way is sometimes the longest.
- It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.
- They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse.
- Freedom to believe means the freedom to believe the wrong thing, after all. Just as freedom of speech gives you the right to stay silent.
- — But after we win life will be better!
— But it won’t be as interesting.