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"Have they started talking? The people at the thingie?  I should go there.  You know what they will be saying?  Blah blah blah blah, that's what they're going to say.  Blah blah blah blah blah."

~ Delight (Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights)


"If you have nothing left to want then you just wait until there's nothing left to wait for, don't you?"

~ Kara (Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights)


"You get life, and breath, a world to walk and a path through the world--and the free will to wander the world as you choose." ~ Destruction ("The Wheel" by Neil Gaiman, in 9-11 Volume Two)


"Some people want to argue.  Some are content to just let it go." ~ Death ("The Wheel" by Neil Gaiman, in 9-11 Volume Two)


"It's always hard.  Ride the wheel..." ~ Death ("The Wheel" by Neil Gaiman, in 9-11 Volume Two)


"To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due." ~ Hob Gadling (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"I could never again be an angel.  Innocence, once lost, can never be regained." ~ Lucifer (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"The price of getting what you want, is getting what once you wanted." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Dream Country")


"Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly." ~ Todd Faber (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables and Reflections")


"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Dream Country")


"You lived what anybody gets. You got a lifetime." ~ Death (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Not knowing everything is all that makes it okay, sometimes." ~ Delirium (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Without dreams, there could be no despair." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"His madness keeps him sane." ~ Delerium (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"I am content to be what I am.  What more than that could any man desire?" ~ Joshua Norton I (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"I must confess, I have always wondered what lay beyond life, my dear." ~ Joshua Norton I

"Yeah, everybody wonders.  And sooner or later everybody gets to find out." ~ Death (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


Liberty is a bitch who must be bedded on a mattress of corpses." ~ Louis Antoine (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"No man knows the future.  It behooves us all to walk with care." ~ a slave (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"Forewarned is seldom forearmed." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"Dreams are composed of many things . . . of images and hopes, of fears and memories." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"...and we're the same age. To the day. Isn't that a wonderful coincidence? It shows that we were meant for each other. Two hearts, beating as one..."--Orpheus (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"...and at times, the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Fables & Reflections")


"This is foolish...why do I hurt so?  I scarcely knew her.  A handful of months, little more...I would have given her worlds of her own, strung like sapphires and emeralds on a silken cord.   I would have given her...I keep thinking of her eyes, toward the end.  Cold eyes.  Weighing me dispassionately, finding me wanting...And in the end, she told me.  But I knew before she told me.  It was there in her eyes.  She had decided she no longer loved me." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"When you dream, sometimes you remember. When you wake, you always forget." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Reason.  It is no more reliable a tool than instinct, myth, or dream.  But it has the potential to be far more dangerous..." ~ Destruction (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Reason is a flawed tool at best..." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Anyway, condemning her to an eternity in hell, just because she turned you down...that's a really shitty thing to do." ~ Death (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"We do what we must . . . Sometimes we can choose the path we follow.  Sometimes our choices are made for us.  And sometimes we have no choice at all." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"The Lord of Hell will do what he damn well likes." ~ Lucifer (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"'The devil made me do it.'  I have never made one of them do anything.  Never." ~ Lucifer (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"It's part of growing up, I suppose...you always have to leave something behind you." ~ Edwin (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Season of Mists")


"What if all men are shits?  I mean, I've never met a guy who didn't come on like a knight on a white horse, and who didn't turn out to be pond scum." ~ Tiffany (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"Drive on the right!  You'll kill us all!  Drive on the goddamned right!  Aaaaaagh!" ~ Matthew the Raven (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Brief Lives")


"It has always been the perogative 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." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"There were only two things I could have done. And one of them would have been to just lie down and never get up again. It's like how many times can life hit you? When do the blows start to hurt? When do you just...stop?" ~ Lyta Hall (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"Even the oldest stories are new to somebody." ~ Amelia Crupp (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"It doesn't matter that you never find it. It's the dreams that keep you going." ~ Rose Walker (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"I suppose the point you grow up is the point you let the dreams go." ~ Rose Walker (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"Destinations are often a surprise to the destined." ~ Thessaly (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"You know what sticks people to something? The desire to know how it's all going to end." ~ Loki (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"There is a madness needed to touch the gods, yes, this is true. Few mortals possess it, the willingness to step away from the protection of sanity. To wander into the wild wood of madness." ~ Loki (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"Rules and responsibilities: these are the things that bind us.  We do what we do, because of who we are.  If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"We make choices.  No one else can live our lives for us.  And we must confront and accept the consequences of our actions." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"What power would Hell have if those imprisoned were not able to dream of Heaven?" ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes")


"People think dreams aren't real because they aren't made of matter, of particles.  Dreams are real.  But they're made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes..." ~ John Dee (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes")


"For dreams are hopes, and echoes of hopes." ~ Despair (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"It's astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into, if one works at it.  And astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself out of, if one simply assumes that everything will, somehow or other, work out for the best." ~ Destruction (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"But you can't kill dreams.  Not really.  I mean, despair may be the thing that comes after hope, but there's still hope, right?  When there's no hope you might as well be dead." ~ Matthew the Raven (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"What's in my heart?  A lot of sorrow.  A little regret.  And the memory of the coolest, strangest, most infuriating boss...friend...boss...I ever had.  That's what." ~ Matthew the Raven (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"I don't know.  Death's a funny thing.  I used to think it was a big, sudden thing, like a huge owl that would swoop down out of the night and carry you off.  I don't anymore.  I think it's a slow thing.  Like a thief who comes to your house day after day, taking a little thing here and a little thing there, and one day you walk round your house and there's nothing there to keep you, nothing to make you want to stay.  And then you lie down and shut up forever.  Lots of little deaths until the last big one." ~ Hob Gadling (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"I don't think Home's a place anymore.  I think it's a state of mind." ~ Barbie (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Game of You)


"It's like, that people...Well, that everybody has a secret world inside of them.  I mean everybody.  All of the people in the whole world--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.  Isn't that a weird thought?" ~ Barbie (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Game of You)


"And if there's a moral there, I don't know what it is, save maybe that we should take our goodbyes whenever we can.  And that's all." ~ Barbie (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Game of You)


"Endings are a mixed blessing..." ~ Dream (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Game of You)


"Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement the while.  That is the way of life, from the All-Highest down to the meanest creature in creation...But whether this is the case or no, it is still a worthy thing to open cages.  It is still a virtuous act to free the imprisoned." ~ Dream  (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"'Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.'" ~ Dream [translating a Roman Soldier]  (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"We cannot evade our responsibilities.  That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be un-dreamed." ~ Master Li  (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"You know the trouble with you, Will?  You live in words, not in the real world.  You think too much.  You dream too much." ~ Mrs. Shakespeare  (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Wake")


"Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel." ~ a father to his son (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Doll's House")


"You know the really scary thing about bad dreams?  It's that something's going on in your head, and you can't control it.  I mean, it's like there's these bad worlds inside you.  But it's just you...It's like you're betraying yourself." ~ Hazel (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Doll's House")


"Have you ever been in love?  Horrible, isn't it?  It makes you so vulnerable.  It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up.  You build up all these defenses.  You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life.  You give them a piece of you.  They don't ask for it.  They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.  Love takes hostages.  It gets inside you.  It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like 'Maybe we should just be friends' or 'How very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart.  It hurts.  Not just in the imagination.  Not just in the mind.  It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain.  Nothing should be able to do that.  Especially not love.  I hate love." ~ Rose Walker (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Kindly Ones")


"There was a moment of silence, then, in the great hall.  You could have heard a silver pin drop to the marble floor.  And I thought to myself, Oh shit." ~ Cluracan (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"It's amazing how much one can accomplish in an evening, if one is willing to expend a little effort, and to walk briskly." ~ Cluracan (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"Why be a sailor, if you're not?"[sailing] ~ "Jim" (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"Women aren't unfaithful.  It's people are unfaithful.  And men tend to get a lot more opportunity than women to mess about." ~ Hob Gadling (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"It's important to have places like this.  Once the spirit's flown and the spark of life has gone, then the rituals of farewell are needed.  All the rituals we go through to help us say goodbye.  You have to say goodbye." ~ Destruction (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"A tavern is not a destination . . . Merely a place to rest upon the way." ~ A Centaur (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


"Gotta powder my nose.  Thass more a figure of speech.  Really planning to puke, piss, and pass out again.  Hopefully after I find the toilets..." ~ Cluracan (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman:  World's End")


Death: The High Cost of Living


"Everybody tells tales . . . it's just the dead talk more quietly than other people." ~ Death (Neil Gaiman's "Death: the High Cost of Living")


"Well, it's no harder to be nice than it is to be creepy.  And it's much more fun." ~ Death (Neil Gaiman's "Death: the High Cost of Living")


"I mean, in books and movies, you get the bad guy, and you know immediately who the bad guy is because, well, he's bad.  And you've got the good guy and it doesn't matter what he goes through, he knows who the bad guy is." ~ Sexton Furnival (Neil Gaiman's "Death: the High Cost of Living")


"I'm sixteen--almost sixteen and a half.  And what have I got to show for it?  For a start I don't have anybody I'm in love with.  To be honest, I think love is complete bullshit.  I don't think anybody ever loves anyone.  I think the best people ever get is horny; horny and scared.  So when they find someone who makes them horny, and they get too scared of the world outside, they stay together and they call it love." ~ Sexton Furnival (Neil Gaiman's "Death: the High Cost of Living")