20 Inspiring Neil Gaiman Quotes to Use as Your Next Instagram Caption

Few authors delight, terrify and astound us quite so consistently as Neil Gaiman.

From stories for younger readers such as Coraline and The Graveyard Book to adult novels like American Gods and Good Omens and epic graphic novels including The Sandman, his words speak volumes, whisking us away to other worlds—and turning even struggling readers into avid bookworms. Of course, his insights also extend beyond the page, which is why we've collected some of our very favorite quotes of his, from both life and writing, to use as your next Instagram caption.

For when you're relishing the pile of books you've just been gifted:

"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!"


For choosing kindness:

"It's no harder to be nice than it is to be creepy. And it's much more fun."

– Death, The High Cost of Living

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For when you're inspired and capable of the impossible:

"You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change."

-The Graveyard Book


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For the shot of the book that's recently been your personal escape from the world:

"A book is a dream you hold in your hands."


For showing the world your one-of-a-kind creativity:

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you."


For when you're pushing yourself and are afraid of stumbling:

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."


For lazing in bed and dreaming up your next story:

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


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For making the very most of every moment:

"You get what anybody gets—you get a lifetime."

-The Sandman


For when someone winds up being completely different than you anticipated:

"I've never known anyone who was what he or she seemed; or at least, was only what he or she seemed. People carry worlds within them."


For when you've started making sure that none of your good ideas ever go to waste:

"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."


For showing the world your favorite place to buy books:

"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."

-American Gods


For when the most unbelievable thing happens:

"Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn't."


For when you're not afraid to embellish and weave fantastical tales:

"Things need not have happened to be true."

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For the shot of yourself staring into space:

"As an author, I've never forgotten how to daydream."


For doing the thing that terrifies you:

"When you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave."



For when you're practicing your art on the way to greatness:

"The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies."


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For when writer's block is getting the best of you:

"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."


For the shelves and piles of books you've called your home:

"I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else."

-The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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For the selfie from your happy place:

"A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it."


For showing off the incredible thing you've made:

"Make good art."


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