86 Powerful Quotes From Netflix's The Sandman to Use as Instagram Captions

Neil Gaiman'The Sandman is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels—and works of fiction in general—of all time, and somehow, someway, the new Netflix adaptation has managed to faithfully bring it to the screen in all of its glory.

The series follows the lord of The Dreaming, Dream of the Endless. After he's captured in a magic ritual intended to snare his sister, Death, humanity suffers as he's unable to tend to the dream world their visit in their sleep—and once he escapes, more than a century later, he's forced to set things right, undo the damage done and stop those who see to take advantage of the powers stripped from him.

We are massive fans of the series, and the first season is only the beginning. Here are our favorite quotes from The Sandman on Netflix to use as your next Instagram caption.

For that post-wakeup selfie:

"We begin in the waking world, which humanity insists on calling the real world."

-Dream

 

For sharing the image that reminds you of the dream world:

"There is another life which awaits you when you close your eyes…"

-Dream

 

For when a lot more of your nightmares than dreams have been coming true:

"Dreams rarely survive in the waking world. Nightmares, on the other hand,
seem to thrive there."

-Lucienne

 

For when you know a gift is on its way:

"Well, let's see what other treasures you have for us."

-Roderick Burgess

 

For when dreams and hope are the main things guiding you:

"And are men not governed by their dreams?"

-The Corinthian

The Sandman: The Corinthian putting on sunglasses

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

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For when you're feeling slightly useless:

"Can't do much of anything, really."

-Alex Burgess

 

For boosting up the person who can do anything:

"You're more powerful than you know."

-Ethel Cripps

 

For when you've been struggling to get into your summer read:

"I'm afraid I'm doing much more sleeping than I am reading at the moment."

-Alex Burgess

 

For when you and your best friend decide to carve out your own path:

"From now on … you and I are going to have to make our own dreams come true. And nothing and no one is going to stand in our way."

-Ethel Cripps

 

For showing off your darkest look:

"I think it's one of them Draculas."

-Ernie

The Sandman: Dream in the dome

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you just need to kick back and recuperate:

"You need rest … And food and perhaps a bit more rest, and then you'll be back at full strength."

-Lucienne

 

For when someone tells you what you really don't want to hear:

"They speak in riddles. They never tell you what you want to know, only things you should never know."

-Lucienne

 

For when you team up with your siblings to do some good:

"Perhaps just this once you could ask one of your siblings for help."

-Lucienne

 

For the shot of your tea party:

"I have tea and biscuits."

-Cain

 

For when you show up intending to do business:

"I'm afraid this is not a social call."

-Lucienne

The Sandman: Dream With Lucienne in The Dreaming

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

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For when someone keeps stealing your look:

"I see you've turned your talent for theft into a successful career."

-The Corinthian

 

For when someone's being the worst:

"You really are a Nightmare, aren't you?"

-Ethel Cripps

 

For when insomnia's been getting the best of you:

"Haven't had a decent night's sleep in ages."

-Johanna Constantine

 

For when someone's being way too bossy for your liking:

"Does this approach generally work for you? You just turn up and order people about?"

-Johanna Constantine

The Sandman: Dream and Johanna Constantine in London

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For showcasing the collection you're so proud of:

"Why do you humans love objects so much?"

-Dream

 

For when you're feeling distrustful of the world:

"I say this as someone who was recently human. Human beings cannot be trusted."

-Matthew

The Sandman: Matthew the Raven with Dream

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you finally listen to your friends about your ex:

"They all told me to just get over you. Because you're a selfish, ruthless coward."

-Rachel

 

For when someone just had one job:

"What is the point of you?"

-Johanna Constantine

 

For when you've been begging to go somewhere with someone:

"Or, hear me out, you could take me with you, and we'll never have to have this conversation ever again."

-Matthew

 

For when believing in something makes it reality:

"Does that mean it doesn't exist if you don't believe in it?"

-Matthew

 

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For the cutest PJ selfie:

"Listen, if it were up to me, I'd never get out of my pajamas."

-Rosemary

 

For when you're learning the strange etiquette of a friend's house:

"A king may not enter another monarch's realm uninvited There are rules, protocols which must be followed."

-Dream

 

For admitting you've been up to no good:

"I admit that in the past I may have done some things that are morally… ambiguous."

-John Dee

 

For when you understand everyone's after their own piece of life:

"This is going to sound rather odd, but the secret to having compassion for people is knowing that they are fundamentally selfish."

-John Dee

The Sandman: John Dee outside the asylum

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you realize you've been avoiding the truth so you don't get your feelings hurt:

"People will say anything. Do anything to keep from being hurt. That's what I think, anyway."

-Rosemary

 

For when you have a meeting with someone who terrifies you:

"I presume the Ruler of Hell knows this is no social call."

-Dream

 

For when you realize it's time for something totally different:

"Feelings change."

-Lucifer Morningstar

 

For when you were without your phone for a little bit and you felt useless:

"Tools are the subtlest of traps. We become reliant upon them and in their absence we are vulnerable, weak, defenseless."

-Lucifer Morningstar

The Sandman: Lucifer and Dream battling in hell;

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For beginning to understand your own depths:

"I am a world. Space-floating, life-nurturing."

-Dream

 

For when you have a sense of hope that can't be put out:

"It's your move. What is it that kills hope?"

-Dream

 

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For when you'd only have to take one risk to get what you've always wanted:

"I think some people are just afraid to be happy, you know?"

-Bette

The Sandman: Bette with John Dee at the diner

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when your bluntness gets you in trouble:

"Don't you wish we could live in a world where we could say what we actually think?"

-John Dee

 

For when revenge isn't as sweet as you've always heard:

"Vengeance. It wasn't as satisfying as I'd expected."

-Dream

 

For when you finally get what you've wanted and it doesn't bring the satisfaction you'd hoped:

"You see, until then, I'd had a true quest. A purpose beyond my function and then suddenly, it was over, and… I felt disappointed. Let down. Empty."

-Dream

 

For when being a brainiac doesn't mean you're not occasionally boneheaded:

"You are utterly the stupidest, most self-centered, pathetic excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane."

-Death

 

For your fave pic with your brother:

"He's not my friend. He's my brother. And he's an idiot."

-Death

The Sandman: Dream and Death Feeding Pigeons

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when someone you know just has a way with people:

"You are good with them. Humans."

-Dream

 

For when you're not wearing any shoes:

"It's good to touch the Earth with your bare feet. It's grounding."

-Death

 

For when you're trying your best to be a force of kindness in the world:

"But eventually, I learned that all they really need is a kind word and a friendly face."

-Death

 

For when class seems to be dragging on forever:

"Why would any sensible creature crave an eternity of this?"

-Dream

 

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For when humanity surprises you:

"People are almost always better than you think they are."

-Hob Gadling

The Sandman: Dream and Hob Gadling meeting

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when all of life is a learning process:

"I may have learnt a bit from my mistakes. But, uh… doesn't seem to stop me from making them."

-Hob Gadling

 

For when the things that get in your way actually drive you in the right direction:

"Maybe that's what life is. Just a series of interruptions."

-Rose Walker

 

For when you know who'really in charge:

"Everyone knows you secretly run this place."

-Merv Pumpkinhead

The Sandman: Merv Pumpkinhead

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you do something meaningful in the name of family:

"Family's why we're here."

-Rose Walker

 

For when you can tell your bestie is on the path to stardom:

"Enjoy being famous."

-Rose Walker

 

For cheering on your writer friend:

"Write a novel about me, but do it now while I'm still cute enough to play myself in the movie."

-Hal Carter

 

For when you feel duty-bound to your path:

"We are, each of us, born with responsibilities. Even I am not free to choose to be other than I am."

-Dream

 

For when you haven't been so kind on the path to getting what you want:

"Even a Nightmare can dream."

-Gault

 

For when you've been hearing your name a lot lately:

"Have you ever noticed how people only ever use your name when you're in trouble?"

-The Corinthian

 

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For your most glorious travel pics:

"When I left home, I made it my mission to see as much of this world as possible."

-Gilbert

 

For when you intentionally seek out the things that make you happy:

"What fascinates me about humanity is that so many people are looking for reasons to be unhappy."

-Gilbert

The Sandman: Gilbert holding flier with Rose Walker

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when things aren't looking good, but you have faith they'll work out for the better:

"Hope means hoping even when everything seems hopeless."

-Gilbert

 

For when you discover just how deeply rich the human experience is:

"It turns out that life as a human contains substance I never even imagined when I was here."

-Gilbert

 

For when you decide to have to make your own future:

"If I'm as powerful as you say I am, then I will find my own way."

-Rose Walker

The Sandman: Dream and Rose Walker in The Dreaming

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you've fully called someone out:

"For this is my judgment upon you, that you shall know from this moment on exactly how craven and selfish and monstrous you are."

-Dream

 

For when someone just does not get that you like them:

"You're not very bright, are you?"

-Unity Kincaid

 

For when someone close to you is on their last warning:

"Mess with me or mine again and I shall forget you are family."

-Dream

 

For when you're turning your dearest wishes into reality:

"I am finishing a Dream."

-Dream

 

For when you're ready to set off on an entirely novel adventure:

"New Dreams. New Nightmares. A new age."

-Dream

The Sandman: Dream creating new dreams

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For wishing your favorite furry friend a lovely evening:

"Good night, fluff-ball."

-Don

 

For when you're in a hurry to see something special:

"Shake your tail, little one. We mustn't miss this."

-The Grey Cat

 

For when you're hanging out with your nocturnal friends:

"Well met, fellow night-threaders."

-The Black Cat

 

For the pic of your can that makes them look extra pointy:

"His claws and teeth were sharp as winter."

-The Prophet

The Sandman: The Prophet, a Siamese cat, addresses her audience in front of the full moon

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you're just trying to figure things out:

"I have come for justice. For revelation. For wisdom."

-The Prophet

 

For when your dreams point you in the direction of truth:

"Justice is a delusion. And wisdom has no place here either. But revelation… that is the province of Dream, if your heart is strong and you are not afraid."

-Skull Bird

 

For when you know you're setting off on a dangerous mission:

"A little cat could come to much harm, if she strays from the path."

-Skull Bird

 

For carving your own way:

"Cats walk their own paths."

-The Prophet

 

For when you keep going, even when it gets tough:

"I walked through the Darkness, through the void, where everything was sucked from me. Everything that makes me what I am. And even when I no longer knew why, I walked forward."

-The Prophet

 

For the shot of your extra-spoiled feline companion:

"Many, many seasons ago, cats truly ruled this world."

-The Prophet

The Sandman: The Prophet visits the cat version of Dream

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For the pic that shows that your cats are in charge of you:

"The game of cat and man."

-The Prophet

 

For sharing your ambitions for something more:

"Dreams shape the world. Dreams create the world anew every night. Do not dream the world the way it is now. Dream of a new world."

-Golden-Haired Man

 

For when your cat simply won't listen:

"I'd like to see anyone, prophet, God or king, persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time."

-The Grey Cat

 

For the cutest video of your sleeping kitty:

"I wonder what cats dream about."

-Don

 

For when you can't make yourself do anything you don't want to do:

"You can't force a character to do something just because it's easier for you as a writer. The character has to come first."

-Richard Madoc

 

For when you're trying to stick to good habits but it's not easy:

"I am sad to report that I've been doing this for a very long time, and… it doesn't get any easier."

-Richard Madoc

The Sandman: Richard Madoc lecturing

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

For when you've written something that's anything but the truth:

"Writers are liars, my dear."
-Erasmus Fry

 

For when you're hoping and praying for a little push to get creative:

"An artist prays to the Muses. He offers vows of service and devotion to the goddesses in exchange for divine inspiration."

-Calliope

For a shot of something that inspires you:

"For me… ideas don't come from anywhere. They're all around us, all the time."

-Richard Madoc

For when you're coming up with projects faster than you can dream of getting to them:

"I said I needed the ideas, but they, they, they're coming too fast."

-Richard Madoc

For when you decide to let go of the pain of the past:

"Without forgiveness, wounds will never heal."

-Calliope

The Sandman: Dream and Calliope reunite

(The Sandman via Netflix)

 

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