20 Quotes from ‘American Gods’ That Stand the Test of Time

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘American Gods,’ here are 20 quotes that prove this work of fantasy is still relevant to our world today.

Book Culture Favorite Quotes On This Day

On this day, 20 years ago, the fantasy novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman was published. The book went on to win Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards all for best novel, and was even adapted into a TV series by Starz that ran for three seasons. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of American Gods, here are twenty quotes that prove this work of fantasy is still relevant to our world today.



“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.”


“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”


“There’s none so blind as those who will not listen.”


“Even nothing cannot last forever.”




“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 foolin’ a soul.”


“I can believe things that are true and thing that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.”


“Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world beyond the tale we turn the page or close the book, and we resume our lives. A life that is, like any other, unlike any other.”


“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.”


“’It doesn’t matter that you didn’t believe in us,’ said Mr. Ibis. ‘We believed in you.’”




“’You musn’t be afraid of the dark.’ ‘I’m not,’ said Shadow. ‘I’m afraid of the people in the dark.’”


“He wondered whether home was a thing that happened to a place after a while, or if it was something that you found in the end, if you simply walked and waited and willed it long enough.”


“Don’t start anything you’re not prepared to finish.”


“’I want to be alive again,’ she said. ‘Not in this half-life. I want to be really alive. I want to feel my heart pumping in my chest again. I want to feel blood moving through me – hot, salty, and real. It’s weird, you don’t think you can feel it, the blood, but believe me, when it stops flowing, you’ll know.’”


“I think I would rather be a man than a god. We don’t need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It’s what we do.”


“This isn’t about what is… it’s about what people think is. It’s all imaginary anyway. That’s why it’s important. People only fight over imaginary things.”




“He was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring because yesterday has brought it.”


“I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.”


“‘I guess it’s just another one of life’s little mysteries.’ ‘I’m tired of mysteries.’ ‘Yeah? I think they add a kind of zest to the world. Like salt in a stew.'”


“All we have to believe is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted.”


“Information and knowledge: two currencies that have never gone out of style.”


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