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Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Destruction: Then she told me everyone can know everything Destiny knows. And more than that. She said we all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don’t to make it all more bearable.
Dream: It sounds unlikely.
Destruction: That was what I said to her. I said, if they do that, why do they keep wandering around and falling down manholes and tripping on banana skins? Why does it seem like none of us—Endless or mortal, ghost or god—knows what we’re doing?
Dream: And she said?
Destruction: I told you. She said everyone knows everything. We just pretend to ourselves we don’t. I never knew what to make of that.
Delirium: She is. Um. Right. Kind of. Not knowing everything is all that makes it okay, sometimes.

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Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Delirium: I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn’t a proper place. I like in-betweens.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Delirium: Have you ever spent days and days and days making up flavors of ice cream that no one’s ever eaten before? Like chicken and telephone ice cream?
Dream: No.

Delirium: What’s a false move? is it very different from a real one? Green mouse ice cream was the worst. I didn’t like that at all.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

All labyrinths are one labyrinth. All mazes meet in the center. There is a portion of space that all labyrinths share, a space common to every place in which paths fork and join and diverge once more.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Matthew: So what’s the deal?
Dream: The deal? Delirium will drive. You will advise her. I am sure you will find the experience one of great interest and variety.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Agent: Mr Farrell doesn’t see people without an appointment.
Dream: He will see me. Please, let him know that I am here.
Agent: Can I have a name?
Delirium: Don’t you have one? That’s sad. I used to have one name, then I had to get another one. If you don’t have a name, what do people call you? I mean, do they just wave and smile, or jingle little silver bells or what?
Agent: Can I have your name?
Delirium: You don’t want my name. Trust me. You really don’t. Sometimes I don’t want my name, and I’m sort of used to it by now. It would really mess you up.
Agent: I’m sorry. Is this person with you?
Delirium: I’m not a person.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

Loki’s green eyes flashed with anger and with admiration, for he loved a good trick as much as he hated being fooled.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

“I have persuaded him to return it to you, but he demands a price.”
“Fair enough,” said Thor. “What’s the price?”
“Freya’s hand in marriage.”
“He just wants her hand?” asked Thor hopefully. She had two hands, after all,…

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

Odin watched it with his one eye until it was lost on the horizon, and he wondered if he had done the right thing. He did not know. He had done as his dreams had told him, but dreams know more than they reveal, even to the wisest of the gods.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

At this the gods all nodded and grunted and looked impressed. All of them except for Freya, and she looked angry. “You are fools,” she said. “Especially you, Loki, because you think yourself clever.”