Neil Gaiman says…

Have you even 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. I hate love.

in Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman


11 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman says…

    1. As I said, Neil, sometimes, I do. They also happen to be the days I feel generally disgruntled at life and the world.
      The sad thing is, as I grew up, those days are become all too frequent. This passage spoke to that part of me.
      The flip side is, there will be days when I will be quoting Shakespeare’s sonnets in a pinch (Or one hopes!)

  1. vinayvasan

    Since you have invoked one of my favorite writers, I reply with a quote from another of my favorite writers, who has a slightly more “positive” (if you can call that) spin on the same.

    Brian K Vaughn: Yorick Brown in Y: The Last Man #60 “Just go out there and get your heart broken in, so it’ll be ready when you really need it”

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