Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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    Bohdan Khoroletshas quoted4 years ago
    “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
    Dmitry Babenkohas quoted3 years ago
    ‘You can’t,’ said Lettie. ‘It would destroy you.’
    I opened my mouth to tell her that nothing could kill me, not now, but she said, ‘Not kill you. Destroy you. Dissolve you. You wouldn’t die in here, nothing ever dies in here, but if you stayed here for too long, just a little of you would exist everywhere, all spread out. And that’s not a good thing. Never enough of you all together in one place, so there wouldn’t be anything left that would think of itself as an “I”. No point of view any longer, because you’d be an infinite sequence of views and of points …’
    Gulhas quoted3 years ago
    Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything.
    Gulhas quoted3 years ago
    I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy.
    Dmitry Babenkohas quoted3 years ago
    And it wasn’t the sea. It was the ocean.
    Lettie Hempstock’s ocean.
    I remembered that, and, remembering that, I remembered everything.
    Sofiia Semenkohas quoted3 years ago
    On my left the younger woman said, “You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”
    Lou Maiohas quoted5 months ago
    Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden paths, while adults take roads and official paths.
    Lou Maiohas quoted5 months ago
    “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.” She thought for a moment. Then she smiled. “Except for Granny, of course.”
    Lou Maiohas quoted5 months ago
    “Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t.”
    Lou Maiohas quoted5 months ago
    “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”
    Lou Maiohas quoted6 months ago
    and, for a fraction of a moment, my entire childhood felt like a lie: it was as if one of the pillars of belief that my world had been built upon had crumbled into dry sand.
    Lou Maiohas quoted6 months ago
    I made friends slowly, when I made them.
    Lou Maiohas quoted6 months ago
    They were not my friends, after all. They were just the people I went to school with.
    Lou Maiohas quoted6 months ago
    Books were safer than other people anyway.
    Meruyert Mirzabekovahas quotedlast year
    you’ll never get any two people to remember anything the same?’
    Meruyert Mirzabekovahas quotedlast year
    Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I was certain, rock-solid, unshakeably certain, that I was the most important thing in creation. There was nothing that was more important to me than I was.
    Meruyert Mirzabekovahas quotedlast year
    Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside
    Lera Averinahas quotedlast year
    Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.
    Zzzekahas quotedlast year
    I was sad not to have won thousands of pounds (I already knew what I would buy with it. I would buy a place to go and be alone
    Zzzekahas quotedlast year
    Books were safer than other people anyway.
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