Quotes from The Sandman:

„There are seven beings, that arent gods. They existed, before humanity dreamed of gods and will exist long after the last god has gone. They are – more or less – embodyments of the forces of the universe. They are named – in order of age – Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium (who was Delight before). That is all you need to know.“

~ (Introduction to „Brief Lives“)

„We of the Endless are the servants of the livivng – we are NOT their masters. We exist because they know, deep in their hearts, that we exist.“

~ Dream („The Doll House“)

„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 („The Kindly Ones“)

„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 Gobling („Season of Mists“)

„The price of getting what you want, is getting what once you wanted.“

~ Dream („Dream Country“)

„Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.“

~ Dream („Dream Country“)

„Not knowing everything is all that makes it okay, sometimes.“

~ Delirium („Brief Lives“)

„Reason. It is no more reliable a tool than instinct, myth, or dream. But it has the potential to be far more dangerous…“

~ Destruction („Brief Lives“)

„We do what we must . . . Sometimes we can choose the path we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.“

~ Dream („Season of Mists“)

„‚The devil made me do it‘. I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.“

~ Lucifer („Season of Mists“)

„We make choices. No one else can live our lives for us. And we must confront and accept the consequences of our actions.“

~ Dream („The Kindly Ones“)

„It’s part of growing up, I suppose…you always have to leave something behind you.“

~ Edwin („Season of Mists“)

„And if there’s a moral there, I don’t know what it is, save maybe that we should take our goodbyes whenever we can. And that’s all.“

~ Barbie („A Game of You“)

„‚Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.'“

~ Dream („The Wake“)

„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 („Brief Lives“)

„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 („Preludes and Nocturnes“)

„You know what happens when you dream of falling? Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you.

And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.“

~ Todd Faber („Fables and Reflections“)

„All right. I admit it. He’s got a point. The sunsets are bloody marvelous, you old bastard. Satisfied?“

~ Lucifer („Season of Mists“)

„Every story has got a happy end – you just have to know when you stop telling.“

~ A Storyteller („Preludes and Nocturnes“)

„If we shadows have offended, think of this and all is mended: that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding than a dream. Gentles — do not reprehend. If you pardon — we will mend. And — as I am an honest puck, if we have unearned luck now to’scape the serpents‘ tongue, we will make amends, ere long. Else the puck a liar call. So good night unto you all. Give me your hands if we be friends and Robin shall restore amends.“

~ Robin Godfellow (William Shakespeare’s „A Midsummer’s Night Dream“)