As we continue to observe our tenth year anniversary online, Avalon.ph will be giving away a hardbound Signed Copy of Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves. Copy is signed only by Neil Gaiman.
Just enter in the comments section your favorite Neil Gaiman quote. For verification and fairness purposes we will limit quotes from any of his published fiction or non-fiction books, or comic books.
We’re not going to make it complicated but make sure the quote can be verified, if necessary. It is not required but it would be more fun to read if you mention the source or character who said it. Only one (1) comment/entry allowed per person.
Blog about this contest with a link back to this entry gives you one (1) extra point PLUS I will read each one and the best post (my preference) will win a brand new Moleskine Pocket Plain Reporter Notebook.
Enter a comment/entry then make any online purchase on Avalon.ph and earn more points. Each item purchased is equal to 1 point. If your order has 3 items, you earn 3 extra points.
Avalon.ph Auctions is also doing a Php10.00 book auction on select titles concurrent with this post. This is the easiest way to increase your chances. The auction site may have different user IDs, only purchases under account avalonph will qualify as points. To avoid confusion just click on the given links.
Only orders made online between March 3, 12:01am to March 27, 11:59pm will be counted. All extra points will only be valid when orders are fully paid before March 29, 2009. Winner will be determined through Random.org, the drawing will be made anytime on March 30, 2009. Disputes or loopholes regarding contest rules- common sense apply. If you have any questions, contact us.
Contest is only open for those with a valid Philippine mailing address.
Good luck everyone!
“What power would HELL have if those here imprisoned were not able to dream of heaven?” – Morpheus to Lucifer/Hell, from The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 (Preludes & Nocturnes)
Note: Some personal Neil Gaiman signed book collection are posted on the website, you may click here. Some are priced not exactly to sell unless there’s a very good offer!
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Hi! This is actually my 2nd fave quote since my favorite one is the one you used as an example wehehehe ^^0
“The bonds of family bind both ways. They bind us up, support us, help us. And they are also a bond from which it is difficult, perhaps impossible to extricate oneself.” – Desire to the crowd gathered for Morpheus’ wake, from The Sandman Volume 10 (The Wake)
Here’s my blog entry as well: http://feifu.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-avalonph-contest-entry.html
*crossing my fingers*
Oh, and good luck to all other contest entries!
And happy 10th year anniv, avalon.ph! Thanks for this contest. It was fun going through my Sandman books again ^_^
Happy 10th anniversary, Avalon.ph! =)
It’s hard to pick a single favorite quote, but this is one of my very favorites, from The Sandman:
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life. You give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. 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. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.”
– Rose Walker in “The Sandman: The Kindly Ones” by Neil Gaiman
One decade old, hurrah! Cheers to more decades of books and comics and moleskine notebooks!
Here’s my favorite quote:
“Potentially evil. Potentially good, too, I suppose. Just this huge powerful potentiality, waiting to be shaped. Anyway, why’re we talking about this good and evil? They’re just names for sides. We know that.”
-the demon Crowley, from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Here’s my blog link (I opened it to contacts only): http://kellybellybutton.multiply.com/journal/item/229/Morally_Ambiguous_and_Shades_of_Gray
Thank you! 🙂
Hey Jasper, I’m looking forward to this one hehe. Here’s my quote:
“I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want… I want everything.”
– Nobody Owens, The Graveyard Book
I also posted about the contest here. Cheers!
Hi Jasper. Congratulations on Avalon’s 10th year anniversary ^^
Favorite quote is:
“‘Omnia mutantur, nihil interit‘ Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost”
-Dream (Daniel) from Sandman #74 “The Exile”
And of course, posted about the contest (amongst other things) here
Good luck with this, and more power! ^^
Delirium, who was once known as Delight, wanted to look for Destruction and Dream/Morpheus went with her in her search.
She then had this “guess that word game” going on which I believe most of us do especially when we are looking for a common word that suddenly escapes us. So here she goes, asking about this pseudo big word and Dream answers her nonchalantly – Change. She was looking for the word Change.
It struck me because the Endless who are little – if not at all – affected of Change seems to be more aware and concerned of change’s nature rather that us who are prone to the effects of time passing.:)
“Um. What’s the name for things not being the same always. You know, I’m sure there is one. Isn’t there? there must be a word for it… The thing that let’s you know Time is happening. is there a word?”
– Dream and Delirium, Sandman: Brief Lives 3
…and here is my post about this contest, created with high hopes that i win the Moleskine. hehe -> http://tinyurl.com/b56w75
This is one of my favorite quotes ever! (aside from the one already posted – Rose Walker talking about love)
“I like the stars.
It’s the illusion of permanence, I think.
I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out.
But from here, I can pretend…
I can pretend that things last.
I can pretend that lives last longer than moments.
Gods come, and gods go.
Mortals flicker and flash and fade.
Worlds don’t last;
and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things
that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust.
But I can pretend.”
~ Destruction (of The Endless), The Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
i just came across this contest in facebook. i really love your website! it’s a bummer that we only get to submit one quote. hehehe…
anyway, here goes…
ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end. from american gods.
here’s my post…
One for sorrow, two for sorrow, three for sorrow, four for for for I don’t know. But I’m bored of sorrow, five for three two one, six for gold, seven for a magpie who tells me where to go…
Delirium -The Wake
endings are sad but somehow I can relate to deliriums incoherent whimsical take on things.
Here the link to my blogpost
One describes a tale best by telling the tale. You see? The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world is by telling the story. It is a balancing act and it is a dream. The more accurate the map, the more it resembles the territory. The most accurate map possible would be the territory, and thus would be perfectly useless.
The tale is the map that is the territory.
You must remember this.”
The Mapmaker is taken from the short story entitled Other People (from Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things). He also used this quote as a chapter starter for Ch19 in his novel American Gods (labeled: – from the Notebooks of Mr. Ibis).
It’s creative, it requires the reader to think, and it has a great message (qualities seen in all of his stories). It was stuck in my mind for the longest time and i think i STILL have it memorized since the last time I read Fragile Things (a few years ago…). 😀
this one’s good:
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.???
Picking my favorite Gaiman quote would be next to impossible! Then you took a step further by limiting it to ONE! Oh agony!! (Also because most of the quotes posted before me were so wonderful. Those were my faves too! T_T) But here’s mine:
“Is the story less true because it is a lie?” – Signal to Noise (Probably the Gaiman work I least enjoyed… because it hurt.)
I’ve written this quote down, memorized it, read it over and over again, and yet there is something about it I can never grasp. I never really understood it… Maybe that’s why I’ll never forget.
Here’s my favorite quote (for the moment, as it seems to be most appropriate at this time of my life):
“I lost some time once. It’s always in the last place you look for it.”
Season of Mists
Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have
helped to help you in their turn.
Trust your heart, and trust your story.
~Instructions, from Fragile Things
“I seek the King of All Night’s Dreaming,” called the Monk. “Am I going the right way?”
“How can you not go to him?” asked the first of the men, “when all the ways are his?”
-From Sandman: The Dream Hunters
“In every way that counted, I was dead.”
(the opening line of the short story “Bitter Grounds”)
Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
– “The Sandman”
“Nothing is done entirely for nothing. Nothing is wasted. You are older, you have made decisions, and you are not the fox that you were yesterday. Take what you have learned and move on.” — Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Here’s my blog entry – http://animetric.multiply.com/journal/item/286/Win_a_signed_hardbound_Neil_Gaiman_book
“It is a fool’s prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.??? – The Sandman
Below is my blog entry:
Thanks and more power!
“It’s not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it’s yours, and then be willing to let it go.” — Stardust
One of the best quotes that i can somehow relate to
“If I tell you something weird… will you think I’m crazy?”- Helena from mirror mask
“There are some of us alive today who remember him. And some of us claim that he was a messiah, and some think that he was just a man with very special powers. But that misses the point. Whatever he was, he changed the world.”
-Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot, Fragile Things.
“I left because I was curious. And because I was tired. Life as a human contains substance I never dreamed of in the Dreaming, Lord. The little victories, and the tiny defeats. I had my reasons.”
–Gilbert, in SANDMAN #16: “Lost Hearts”
What power would Hell have if those imprisoned there were not able to dream of Heaven?
one of the sandman books.
“Sometimes we can choose the path we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.”
~Dream, to Lucien, SANDMAN: Season of Mists
“I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn’t mean anything. What then?”
“Cats don’t need names. They already know who they are.” – Cat, Coraline
“I would go to Australia, at the bottom of the world, and bring you. Um. A kangaroo, and opals.??? -Tristran Thorn, Stardust
My blog entry here:
“I have always felt that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the final sanctuary of the terminally inept.” -Marquis de Carabas (Neverwhere, Ch. 10)
“The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe who will grow to slay me.”
– the witch-queen, Stardust, Chapter Five 🙂
Congratulations for the strong 10 years of your business! Cheers!
This is my favorite Neil Gaiman book quote:
“But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted.” -Dream (Sandman)
Goodluck to everyone joining!
“-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.
“…The pecuiliarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across the ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill.”
My favorite book quote is actually a short conversation from Coraline and her mom. It went like this:
“..where does that door go?”
“It has to go somewhere..”
“I wonder, Titania. I wonder if I have done right. And I wonder why I wonder. Will is a willing vehicle for the great stories. Through him they will live for an age of man; and his words will echo down through time. It is what he wanted.
But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart’s desire, their dream… But the price of getting what you want, is getting what once you wanted.” – Dream in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Dream Country)
“You get what everyone gets. You get a lifetime.”
-Death in Sandman, answering the so-called injustice of some living for just minutes while others lived for thousands of years (i.e. dead baby and fifteen-thousand-year-old Bernie Capaz).
here’s my quote:
“Bodies are strange. Some people have real problems with what goes on inside them. You find out that inside someone you know there’s just mucous and meat and slime and bone. They menstruate, salivate, defecate and cry. You know? Sometimes it can just kill the romance.”
From Fables and Reflections in the story about Adam and his three wives. =)
Here’s my quote.
“Tristane and Yvaine were happy together. Not foreverafter, for Time, the thief, eventually takes all things into his dusty storehouse, but they were happy, as these things go, for a long while.”
My fave quote comes from the book Neverwhere.
“You have a good heart, Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”
More power to your business! Wooot! = )
She found the first body in stairwell.
That night, after the shower, which could not wash what she had to do away, not really, she said to her husband. “I’m scared.”
“That this job is making me hard. That it’s making me someone else. Someone I don’t know anymore.”
He pulled her close and held her, and they stayed touching, skin to skin, until dawn.
-From the short story Strange Little Girls in Fragile Things
I have my own favorites for they ring true to every human life & I believe in them:
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” — Neil Gaiman (American Gods)
“Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn’t a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. So people live their song instead.” — Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys)
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” — Neil Gaiman (The Sandman)
Thanks Jasper! 🙂
“All Bette’s stories have happy endings. That’s because she knows where to stop. She’s realized the real problem with stories — if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.”
–John Dee in Sandman #5 “Passengers”
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