35+ Best Coraline Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Coraline is a dark fantasy children’s novella by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002 by Bloomsbury and Harper Collins. It was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers. Profoundly inspirational coraline quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Coraline Quotes

We are small but we are many We are many we are small We were here before you rose We will be here when you fall — Neil Gaiman

It won’t hurt, said her other father. Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn’t hurt it almost always did. She shook her head. — Neil Gaiman

Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave. — Neil Gaiman

I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything? What then? — Neil Gaiman

She had the feeling that the door was looking at her, which she knew was silly, and knew on a deeper level was somehow true. — Neil Gaiman

For tea she went down to see Misses Spink and Forcible. She had three digestive biscuits, a glass of limeade, and a cup of weak tea. The limeade was very interesting. It didn’t taste anything like limes. It tasted bright green and vaguely chemical. Coraline liked it enormously. She wished they had it at home. How are your dear mother and father? asked Miss Spink. Missing, said Coraline. I haven’t seen either of them since yesterday. I’m on my own. I think I’ve probably become a single child family. — Neil Gaiman

I will be brave, thought Coraline. No, I am brave. — Neil Gaiman

The sky had never seemed so sky; the world had never seemed so world. — Neil Gaiman

How big are souls anyway? asked Coraline. The other mother sat down at the kitchen table and leaned against the back wall, saying nothing. She picked at her teeth with a long crimson-varnished fingernail, then she tapped the finger, gently, tap-tap-tap against the polished black surface of her black button eyes. — Neil Gaiman

Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly. Would you like one? she asked the little dog. Yes, please, whispered the dog. Only not toffee ones. They make me drool. I thought chocolates weren’t very good for dogs, she said, remembering something Miss Forcible had once told her. Maybe where you come from, whispered the little dog. Here, it’s all we eat. — Neil Gaiman

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. — Neil Gaiman

I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped. — Neil Gaiman

You know I love you,’ said the other mother flatly. ‘You have a very funny way of showing it,’ said Coraline. — Neil Gaiman

You know that I love you. And despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true. The other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold. In the other mother’s button eyes, Coraline knew that she was a possession, nothing more. A tolerated pet, whose behavior was no longer amusing. — Neil Gaiman

‘Coraline’ is Neil Gaiman’s book, it sold a lot, it has a big fan base. It was originally conceived to be live action, but I never really wanted it to be. I always thought that it would work better as an animated film. — Neil Gaiman

She smiled at Coraline, as if it had been a very long time since she had smiled and she had almost, but not quite, forgotten how. — Neil Gaiman

Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names. — Neil Gaiman

On the first day Coraline’s family moved in, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible made a point of telling Coraline how dangerous the well was, and they warned her to be sure she kept away from it. So Coraline set off to explore for it, so that she knew where it was, to keep away from it properly. — Neil Gaiman

It seemed to Coraline that it was crouching, and staring down at her, as if it were not really a house but only the idea of a house—and the person who had had the idea, she was certain, was not a good person. — Neil Gaiman

What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’ ‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said. ‘No?’ said Coraline. ‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names. — Neil Gaiman

Now Coraline, said Miss Spink, what’s your name? Coraline, said Coraline. And we don’t know each other, do we? Coraline looked at the thin young woman with black button eyes and shook her head slowly. — Neil Gaiman

Coraline shivered. She preferred her other mother to have a location: if she were nowhere, then she could be anywhere. And, after all, it is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see. — Neil Gaiman

Coraline wondered why so few of the adults she met made any sense. — Neil Gaiman

Oh- my twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you bowls of ice Cream. I give you lots of kisses, And I give lots of hugs, But I never give you sandwiches With bugs In. — Neil Gaiman

Why does she want me? Coraline asked the cat. Why does she want me to stay here with her? She wants something to love, I think, said the cat. Something that isn’t her. She might want something to eat as well. It’s hard to tell with creatures like that. — Neil Gaiman

There’s a but, isn’t there? said Coraline. I can feel it. Like a rain cloud. — Neil Gaiman

Mirrors,’ she said, ‘are never to be trusted. — Neil Gaiman

She sat down on one of her grandmother’s uncomfortable armchairs, and the cat sprang up into her lap and made itself comfortable. The light that came through the picture window was daylight, real golden late-afternoon daylight, not a white mist light. The sky was a robin’s-egg blue, and Coraline could see trees and, beyond the trees, green hills, which faded on the horizon into purples and grays. The sky had never seemed so sky, the world had never seemed so world … Nothing, she thought, had ever been so interesting. — Neil Gaiman

I have no plans to love you, said Coraline. No matter what. You can’t make me love you. — Neil Gaiman

Even the proudest spirit can be broken with love. — Neil Gaiman

You can’t make me love you. — Neil Gaiman

How do I know you’ll keep your word? asked Coraline. I swear it, said the other mother. I swear it on my own mother’s grave. Does she have a grave? asked Coraline. Oh yes, said the other mother. I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back. — Neil Gaiman

Spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies. — Neil Gaiman

This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I’ve ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press. — Henry Selick

But how can you walk away from something and still come back to it? Easy, said the cat. Think of somebody walking around the world. You start out walking away from something and end up coming back to it. Small world, said Coraline. It’s big enough for her, said the cat. spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies. Coraline shivered. — Neil Gaiman