fantasy

I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped up in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult books, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

If you have something specific and visible to fear, rather than something that could be anything, it is easier.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It’s always too late for sorries, but I appreciate the sentiment.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I was a normal child. Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I was certain, rock-solid, unshakeably certain, that I was the most important thing in creation. There was nothing that was more important to me than I was.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Adults should not weep, I knew. They did not have mothers who would comfort them.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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