Our list of the best quotes from Netflix’s dark fantasy TV series created by Allan Heinberg, based on DC comic book series written by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman centers on Dream (Tom Sturridge), the king of stories and one of the seven Endless, who is accidentally summoned and captured by mortal wizard, Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), instead of Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). Upon escaping after decades of imprisonment, Dream sets out to find his lost objects of power and restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming.
We’ll add the best quotes once the series is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
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1. Sleep of the Just'When the waking world leaves you wanting and weary, sleep brings you here to find freedom and adventure. To face your fears and fantasies.' - Dream (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: We begin, in the waking world, which humanity insists on calling the real world. As if your dreams have no effect upon the choices you make. You mortals go about your work, your loves, your wars, as if your waking lives are all that matter. But there is another life which awaits you when you close your eyes, and enter my realm. For I am the King of Dreams and Nightmares.
Dream: When the waking world leaves you wanting and weary, sleep brings you here to find freedom and adventure. To face your fears and fantasies in Dreams and Nightmares that I create. And which I must control, lest they consume and destroy you. That is my purpose and my function. Or it was, until I left my kingdom to pursue a rogue Nightmare.
'You mortals go about your work, your loves, your wars, as if your waking lives are all that matter. But there is another life which awaits you when you close your eyes, and enter my realm. For I am the King of Dreams.' Click To Tweet
Lucienne: My Lord, you are coming back, aren’t you?
Dream: Why would I not return, Lucienne?
Lucienne: I don’t know, a presentiment. As powerful as you are here in your realm, Dreams rarely survive in the waking world. Nightmares, on the other hand, seem to thrive there.
Roderick Burgess: Tonight, we will achieve what no one before us has even attempted. We will summon and imprison Death. Here in the darkness.
'As powerful as you are here in your realm, Dreams rarely survive in the waking world. Nightmares, on the other hand, seem to thrive there.' - Lucienne (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: Corinthian. My creations stay in The Dreaming. They do not walk amongst the living, killing mortals for pleasure.
The Corinthian: Isn’t this why you created me? Why should we confine ourselves to their sleeping minds? Here, in the waking world, we’re unstoppable. There is nothing preventing us from taking whoever, whatever we want.
Dream: There is though.
Roderick Burgess: I give you a coin made from a stone. I give you a knife from under the hills. And I give you the blood from out of my vein. I give you a song I stole from the dirt. And I give you a feather pulled from an angel’s wing, for you to lift up into the heavens.
2. Imperfect Hosts
Dream: And yet you remained while others fled, the royal librarian of an abandoned kingdom.
Lucienne: I never felt abandoned. I knew you would return.
The Corinthian: You’ve done a very good job of convincing people Ethel Cripps doesn’t exist.
Ethel Cripps: Apparently not good enough.
The Corinthian: Well, I’m not exactly “people”.
'You don't listen, do you? Attractive men seldom do. I suppose they don't have to.' - Ethel Cripps (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: There is only one sure way for me to find my tools. I must summon the Three In One.
Lucienne: Surely it hasn’t come to that.
Dream: The Fates see past, present and future, and they know all.
Lucienne: Yes, but they speak in riddles. They never tell you what you want to know, only things you should never know.
Dream: My siblings have their own realms to attend to, I have mine. We do not interfere in each other’s affairs.
'Supernatural and sexist. You really are a Nightmare, aren't you?' - Ethel Cripps (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Lucienne: The Fates aren’t cheap, you know. They cost a bloody fortune.
Dream: And at present, I cannot muster power enough to summon them, let alone pay that cost.
Cain: Blasted, bulbous, bilge-bubbling bollocks.
3. Dream a Little Dream of Me'I say this as someone who was recently human. Human beings cannot be trusted.' - Matthew the Raven (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Johanna Constantine: What the f*** did you do?
Alex Logue: We was just having a bit of fun.
Johanna Constantine: Bit of fun? Summoning demons for fun?
Mad Hettie: Morpheus. The Oneiromancer. You know, the Sandman. He’s back.
Johanna Constantine: The Sandman? The one who puts the kids to sleep? He’s a fairy story, Hettie.
Mad Hettie: He’s no fairy story, missy. He’s back, and he wants his sand.
Johanna Constantine: Good to know. I’m off to work.
Mad Hettie: You’ll see. I know. I’m two hundred and eighty years-old, and I know.
'Just because a Goldsmiths-educated princess wants to marry some naff winger, does not mean that she needs an exorcist.' - Johanna Constantine (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Johanna Constantine: Just because a Goldsmiths-educated princess wants to marry some naff winger, does not mean that she needs an exorcist.
Johanna Constantine: It’s too risky with the royals. Look, if our chat goes wrong, I’ve a dead princess on my hand, a demon on the loose, and no one to pay my fee.
'Love f***s you up.' - Johanna Constantine (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Johanna Constantine: I can’t just barge in there spouting Latin at her. Has she even been restrained, or is that why she sounds like that?
Erica: She sounds like that because she’s possessed by a f***ing demon.
Johanna Constantine: Can we at least drug her first? Get her drunk, tie her up a little bit?
Erica: She’s British royalty.
Johanna Constantine: They love that s**t.
4. A Hope in Hell'Dreams don't die. Not if you believe in them.' - Matthew the Raven (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Matthew the Raven: So, Hell does exist?
Dream: It does. For some.
Matthew the Raven: Does that mean it doesn’t exist if you don’t believe in it?
Dream: Did you believe in it? When you were a man?
Matthew the Raven: Yeah. I just didn’t expect Hell to be cold.
Matthew the Raven: They make you bring your own fire to Hell?
'Lying is maybe the worst thing you can do to another person.' - Rosemary (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: A king may not enter another monarch’s realm uninvited. There are rules,
protocols which must be followed.
Squatterbloat: There’s one at the door. At the gate of damnation. Is it thief, thug or whore? There’s one at the door. And there’s room for one more. Till the end of creation.
'Tools are the subtlest of traps. We become reliant upon them, and in their absence we are vulnerable, weak, defenseless.' - Lucifer (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: I am the King of Dreams. Ruler of the Nightmare Realms.
Squatterbloat: Yes, my clown. So, where’s your crown?
Dream: Guard your tongue, demon. The Ruler of Hell will not be kind to one who insults an honored guest. And I am a guest in this realm as I am monarch of my own.
Rosemary: I think lying is maybe the worst thing you can do to another person.
'The secret to having compassion for people is knowing that they are fundamentally selfish. It's how human beings are built. It's how we're made.' John Dee (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
John Dee: You see, the problem with having this ruby was that everyone was always trying to take it from me. And so, I just did what I had to do.
Rosemary: You murdered people?
John Dee: They weren’t good people. Not like you and Susie.
5. 24/7'The truth is a cleansing fire, which burns away the lies we've told each other, and the lies we've told ourselves. So that love and hate, pleasure and pain, can all be expressed without shame.' - John Dee (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Bette Munroe: Well, honesty is the best policy.
John Dee: That’s what they say, isn’t it? Well, I hope it’s true.
John Dee: [referring to the ruby] This is my secret.
Bette Munroe: It’s gorgeous.
John Dee: It makes dreams come true.
Bette Munroe: I bet it does. And what are you dreaming about? New house? New job?
John Dee: A new world. A more honest one.
Bette Munroe: That is the dream, isn’t it?
'Their dreams inspired them. Their dreams kept them alive. But if you rob them of their dreams, if you take away their hope, then, yes, this is the truth of mankind.' - Dream (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Bette Munroe: I think some people are just afraid to be happy, you know?
John Dee: The trouble with stories is, if you keep them going long enough, they all end in death, don’t they?
John Dee: Isn’t it a relief to tell the truth for once? Don’t you wish we could live in a world where we could say what we actually think?
Bette Munroe: I do.
John Dee: Well, it starts with us, Bette, you and I. We’re going to change the world. Make a more honest one.
'Some people are just afraid to be happy.' - Bette Munroe (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Bette Munroe: You said you were going to change the world. I didn’t believe you.
John Dee: All I did was take away the lies. You all did the rest. You did what you wanted to.
Bette Munroe: I never wanted this.
John Dee: You didn’t want to be seen, or touched, or loved?
Mark Brewer: I didn’t want to kill anyone.
John Dee: Yes, you did. Or you wouldn’t have done it.
6. The Sound of Her Wings'At the end, each of us stands alone. The Sunless Lands are far away and the journey is hard. Most of us will be glad for the company of a friend.' - Death (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: I’m now more powerful than I have been in eons. And yet…
Death: Here you are, feeding the pigeons.
Dream: I’d had a true quest. A purpose beyond my function, and then suddenly, it was over, and I felt disappointed. Let down. Empty. Does that make sense? I was so sure that once I got everything back, I’d feel good. But in some ways I feel worse than when I started. I feel like nothing.
'When the first living thing existed, I was there. When the last living thing dies, I'll put the chairs on the table, turn out the lights, and lock the universe behind me when I leave.' - Death (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Death: Let me tell you something, Dream. And I’m only going to say this once, so you better pay attention. You are utterly the stupidest, most self-centered, pathetic excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this, or any other plane. Feeling sorry for yourself because your little game is over, and you haven’t got the balls to go out and find a new one. You’re as bad as Desire. No, worse.
Harry: [as Death has come for him] Hear, O Israel. The Lord is our God. The Lord is One. I’m glad I said the Shema. My old man always said it would guarantee you a place in Heaven. If you believe in Heaven.
'People feel as pleased to have been born as if they did it themselves. But they get upset and hurt and shaken when they die. But eventually, I learned that all they really need is a kind word and a friendly face.' - Death (The… Click To Tweet
Harry: [as he looks at his head body] I look so old. So empty. So, I’m dead. Now what?
Death: Now is when you find out, Harry.
Death: It’s good to touch the Earth with your bare feet. It’s grounding.
'The great stories will always return to their original forms.' - Dream (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Dream: How do you do it?
Death: Do what?
Dream: This. Be there, for all of them?
Death: I have a job to do. And I do it.
Death: When the first living thing existed, I was there. When the last living thing dies, I’ll put the chairs on the table, turn out the lights, and lock the universe behind me when I leave.
'People are almost always better than you think they are.' - Hob Gadling (The Sandman) Click To Tweet
Death: They fear the Sunless Lands, yet they enter your realm every night without fear.
Dream: And yet I am far more terrible than you.