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Quotes by Stephen King

A Collection of Quotes by Stephen King

“A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we’re children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they’re scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it’s pretty much in the eye of the beholder.”

“And in real life endings aren’t always neat, whether they’re happy endings, or whether they’re sad endings.”

“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman’s got to hold on to.”

“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”

“The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.”

“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.”

“Americans are apocalyptic by nature. The reason why is that we’ve always had so much, so we live in deadly fear that people are going to take it away from us.”

“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

“The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”

“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.'”

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”

“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.”

“Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.”

“French is the language that turns dirt into romance.”

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”

“But I think there are a set of experiences that turn a potential writer into a working writer, and then there are places in your life were you start to recognize what you want to do.”

“Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”

“God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.”

“A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

“When all else fails, give up and go to the library.”

“Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again.”

“Nobody likes a clown at midnight.”

“Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.”

“If you liked being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you.”

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet.”

“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”

“It’s a mystery. That’s the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it’s mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously.”

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.”

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

“I think that we’re all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better – and maybe not all that much better after all.”

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”

“Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.”

“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”

“Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.”

“Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.”

“It’s better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.”

“I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.”

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”

“People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”

“Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.”

“And as a writer, one of the things that I’ve always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that’s what we’re supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.”

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

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