Quotes from Sandman

Neil Gaiman

The Sandman is the most famous creation of Neil Gaiman. They are a set of graphic novels that follow the adventures of Dream - and his family the seven Endless.

This is a set of some of the best quotes from the seventy five issues.

"-I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything.
And what will you be then, Dreamlord?
- I am hope."

Choronzon and Dream, playing the oldest game, in Preludes and Nocturnes.

"-What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?"

Dream to Lucifer and the citizens of Hell, in Preludes and Nocturnes.

"-People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes."

John Dee, in Preludes & Nocturnes.

"It means that we're just dolls. We don't have a clue what's really going down, we just kid ourselves that we're in control of our lives while a paper's thickness away things that would drive us mad if we thought about them for too long play with us, and move us around from room to room, and put us away at night when they're tired, or bored."

Rose Walker, in The Doll's House.

"-I'm not blessed, or merciful. I'm just me. I've got a job to do, and I do it. Listen: even as we're talking, I'm there for old and young, innocent and guilty, those who die together and those who die alone. I'm in cars and boats and planes; in hospitals and forests and abbatoirs. For some folks death is a release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them."

Death, talking about herself, in Dream Country.

"A king will forsake his kingdom.
Life and death will clash and fray.
The oldest battle begins once more."

The Grey Ladies, talking to Destiny in Season of Mists.

"-To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due."

Hob Gadling, toasting upon Dream's journey to Hell in Season of Mists.

"-You don't have to stay anywhere forever."

Edwin Payne, in Season of Mists.

"-I didn't know you could stop being a God.
-You can stop being anything."

Delirium and Dream conversating, in Brief Lives.

"I walk across the dreaming sands under the pale moon: through the dreams of countries and cities, past dreams of places long gone and times beyond recall."

Dream, in Brief Lives.

"-You are mortal: it is the mortal way. You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell.
You grieve. Then you continue with your life.
And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on.
She is dead.
You are alive.
So live."

Dream to his son Orpheus, in Brief Lives

"-His madness... His madness keeps him sane."
- And do you think he is the only one, my sister?"

Delirium and Dream, in Fables and Reflections.

"I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn't that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they'll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don't know. She probably didn't even know I was there. But I'll always love her. All my life."

Brant Tucker, in World's End.

"-Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like "maybe we should just be friends" or "how very perceptive" turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart."

Rose Walker, talking to Desire about love in The Kindly Ones.

"-On reflection, while I cannot give you the thing itself, I could give you a dream of my love.
- I already have that, my lord."

Dream and Nuala, in The Kindly Ones.

"All around me darkness gathers,
Fading is the sun that shone;
We must speak of other matters:
You can be me when I'm gone
Flowers gathered in the evening,
Afternoon they blossom on;
Still are withered by the evening:
You can be me when I'm gone"

Two-part poem in The Kindly Ones.

"What was it like, in the end?
- What it always is. A handful of yarn; a little weaving and stitching; some embroidery perhaps. A few loose ends, but that's only to be expected..."

Clotho and Lachesis, talking about the death of Morpheus, in The Kindly Ones.

"-Are you crying?
-No, I'm bleeding"

Conversation between two dreamers in The Wake.

"-I am not here to mourn.
I mourned the loss of my man a long time ago.
I am here to say good-bye to a stranger who once gave me a good turn.
And to a man who gave my son the death he craved."

Calliope, talking about Dream in The Wake.

"- The one I just hate is when I'm just an actor on a strange television version of my life. Have you ever had that dream?
- Doesn't everyone?"

Clark Kent to Batman, in The Wake.

"- Anyone here?
- I'm here, Matthew. Should you not be at the ceremony?
- What ceremony? All I saw was a shitload of people I didn't know and a bombed pumpkin."

Matthew to Dream in The Wake.

"-Just remember, what the French say. No, probably not the French, they've got a president or something.
The Brits, maybe, or the Swedes. You know what I mean?
- No, Matthew. What do they say?
- The king is dead, that's what they say. The king is dead. Long live the king."

Matthew to Dream, in The Wake.

"Only the Phoenix rises and does not descend.
And everything changes.
And nothing is truly lost."

Master Li, in The Wake.

"- I think the whole world's gone mad.
- Uh-Uh. It's always been like this.
You probably just don't get out enough."

Sexton and Death, in Death: The High Cost of Living.

"Maybe she really was death. I mean, it would be really nice if death was somebody, and not just nothing, or pain, or sadness. And it would be really good if death could be someone like Didi. Somebody funny, and friendly, and nice. And maybe just a tiny bit crazy. And I wish I could see her again. I wish she wasn't dead. But if it means dying first... Well... I suppose I can wait. For a while."

Sexton Furnival, talking about Didi/Death in Death: The High Cost of Living.

"- Considering the damage he must have done to that body --- thirty years of every drug a man could snort, sniff or shoot, and the last ten years as a practicing health-freak and gourmand... it's a blessing he got as long as he did. Probably how he would have wanted to go. Me, i want to be squashed by a bull elephant at the moment of orgasm while sandwiched ecstatically between two or three agile greased nubian virgins."

Boris, reflecting over Larry's death in Death-The Time of your Life.

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