Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman – Selected Quotes

Neil Gaiman
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If you’re a fan of modern fantasy, there’s a good chance that you’re already aware of the works of Neil Gaiman. Even for a relatively young author, his bibliography is varied and critically acclaimed. Some of his most popular novels are Coraline, American Gods, Stardust, and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman is also an accomplished writer of comic books.

Even from an early age Gaiman had a love for all things literature, capable of reading books from as young as four. Unsurprisingly, he won many of his school’s writing competitions and was a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and the Wonderland series by C.S. Lewis. After graduating, he was offered a job by Penthouse, but smartly declined the author. He had tenures at many other magazines before he became a fully-fledged author, starting with 1990’s Good Omens.

We decided to take a look at some of his favourite quotes for his 55th birthday. Have a favourite? Let us know!


“As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.”

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

“Life – and I don’t suppose I’m the first to make this comparison – is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.”

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.”

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.

“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

“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.”

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”

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