If Ideas Had Shapes

A quoteblog ranging from philosophers in bathrobes to galaxy-rises

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

– Hold on, I thought you said it wasn’t the Emerald Heart of Koschei the Deathless. You said the old peddler woman had lied.

– Maybe I was mistaken. Maybe Baba Yaga was easily fooled. Who knows? You shouldn’t trust the storyteller; only trust the story.

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Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Behind the camp was a small hut on chicken legs, scratching idly in the dirt.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Vassily: My father says that the things you showed me are valueless, gewgaws and trinkets.

Peddler: …Value’s in what people think. Not in what’s real. Value’s in dreams, boy.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

It is forever a matter of Amazement to me what trifling Consolations the Mind will seize upon, in Times of Misery.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Delirium: Challenge? Oh…yeah. She said something about that. I don’t know. He ought to be mine, but he isn’t, is he?

Dream: No.
Delirium: He’s so sane…except about being emperor, of course…and I’m not even sure about. That.

He’s not mine…is he? His madness…his madness keeps him sane.
Dream: And do you think he is the only one, my sister?

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Delirium, in San Francisco: Um. Hello, Dream. This is a … weird … little town, brother. I mean, everywhere’s strange. But I feel at home here. Kind of.

Gene Wolfe – intro to The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

The People—werewolves—are entirely legendary. All evidence to the contrary results from superstition, mass hysteria, or outright falsehood. Pay no attention to Neil Gaiman on this, we weren’t within miles of the place and he can’t prove a thing. “The Hunt” is pure fiction from beginning to end.

Gene Wolfe – intro to The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

What is important and central here is that, time after time, the stories themselves are true. I don’t mean simply that Neil Gaiman’s history is good history and that his myth is good myth—although they are. I mean that you will understand yourself and the world better for having read them, and that you will have been both ennobled and troubled by the experience; that this is not just art—all sorts of ugly and foolish things are art—but great art.

Gene Wolfe – intro to The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Do you read introductions? I do, and after having read a good many of them, I am sadly aware that most of us who write them do not know what they are supposed to accomplish, which is to enable you to start the stories without embarrassment. Like a social introduction—some friend says, “This is Nina. She likes mint juleps and breeds ferrets,” and you’re off.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)

Janet: You seem different today.
Todd: I met someone who changed my mind about a lot of things.
J: I’d like to meet her.
T: It’s a he. And I don’t even think he exists. He’s just a little voice in the back of my head, saying…
J: Yes?
T: Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes when you fall, you fly.