Neil Gaiman Quotes To Inspire You In 2017

by Julia Seales
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I believe that words have the power to inspire, motivate, and can even change your life for the better. This makes quotes perfect New Year’s encouragement. Whether you had an amazing past year, or a difficult one,starting a fresh new year is a great change. And quotes can help you reach all your goals and resolutions. Write them in the margins of your planner, paint them on canvas, or just keep them in your mind — however you hold onto words, the right arrangement of just 26 letters can make all the difference.

Neil Gaiman has a particular way with words, and he often writes messages in his journal to inspire readers around the new year (Gaiman also gives great writing advice). His books, from children’s favorites like Coraline and The Graveyard Book to fantasy classics like American Gods, also have inspiring quotes that are perfect for January. Whether you’ve read every book he’s ever written, or you’re just learning who he is upon reading this article, you will probably feel inspiration from the following quotes. So grab your journal and scribble down the following words as encouragement for the new year,because Neil Gaiman has some great lines to inspire you in 2017.

"...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind."

—Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman's Journal

"I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

–Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

―Neil Gaiman, Coraline

"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. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

—Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman's Journal

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

―Neil Gaiman, Coraline

"Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story."

—Neil Gaiman, Instructions

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

"People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”

―Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

―Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“Things blossom in their time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“You don't have to stay anywhere forever.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends.”

―Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

"You have a gateway inside you to lands beyond the world you know. They will call you, as you grow.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

—Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman's Journal