Stephen King Quotes

Stephen Edwin King, an American novelist celebrated for his contributions to horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science fiction, and fantasy genres, holds the title of “King of Horror.” His literary works, boasting sales exceeding 350 million copies as of 2006, have found their way onto screens as films, television series, miniseries, and comic book adaptations. Wikipedia

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

“He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.” ~ Stephen King

“The battle between good and evil is endlessly fascinating because we are participants every day.” ~ Stephen King

“Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?” ~ Stephen King

“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” ~ Stephen King

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ~ Stephen King

“It’s a long way back to Eden, Sweetheart, so don’t sweat the small stuff.” ~ Stephen King

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ~ Stephen King

“You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.” ~ Stephen King

“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” ~ Stephen King

“The monster nevers dies.” ~ Stephen King

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

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” ~ Stephen King

“A man without a sense of purpose, even one whose bank accounts are stuffed with money, is always a small man.” ~ Stephen King

“Time heals all wounds.” ~ Stephen King

“Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren’t prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets.” ~ Stephen King

“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.” ~ Stephen King

“If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?” ~ Stephen King

“Only God gets things right the first time.” ~ Stephen King

“Go now. Our journey is done. And may we meet again, in the clearing, at the end of the path.” ~ Stephen King

“Writing is like sex. The more you think about it, the harder it is to do. It’s better not to think about it so much and just let it happen.” ~ Stephen King

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

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” ~ Stephen King

“Do it for joy and you can do it forever.” ~ Stephen King

“Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.” ~ Stephen King

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

“Talent is never static. It’s always growing or dying.” ~ Stephen King

“Madness is a kind of mental suicide.” ~ Stephen King

“First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.-Roland Deschain, of Gilead.” ~ Stephen King

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

“Terrible thing to live in fear. Brooks Hatlen knew it. Knew it all too well. All I want is to be back where things make sense. Where I won’t have to be afraid all the time.” ~ Stephen King

“I write to find out what I think.” ~ Stephen King

“A change is as good as a rest.” ~ Stephen King

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright.” ~ Stephen King

“I’m most afraid of losing my mind. You lose your identity, your sense of who you are, where you are.” ~ Stephen King

“In polite society, we call our obsessions hobbies.” ~ Stephen King

“I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It’s you I’m not entirely sure of.” ~ Stephen King

“The turtle couldn’t help us.” ~ Stephen King

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

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

“If you don’t control your temper, your temper will control you.” ~ Stephen King

“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.” ~ Stephen King

“You should never trust a person who prays in public.” ~ Stephen King

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” ~ Stephen King

“As a species we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?” ~ Stephen King

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

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” ~ Stephen King

“I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.” ~ Stephen King

“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. ”

“When the time is gone, you can never get it back.” ~ Stephen King

“The past is obdurate.” ~ Stephen King

“Time and tide wait for no man.” ~ Stephen King

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~ Stephen King

“Long days and pleasant nights.” ~ Stephen King

“It’s a little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.” ~ Stephen King

“Once I fell in love with books, I fell in love completely.” ~ Stephen King

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” ~ Stephen King

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

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

“I work until beer o’clock.” ~ Stephen King

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” ~ Stephen King

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

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King

“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.” ~ Stephen King

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

“Murder is like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.” ~ Stephen King

“Your hair is winter fire January embers My heart burns there, too.” ~ Stephen King

“Writers are often the worst judges of what they have written.” ~ Stephen King

“If you want to play, you gotta pay.” ~ Stephen King

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~ Stephen King

“Only library books speak with such wordless eloquence of the power good stories hold over us.” ~ Stephen King

“The brain is a muscle that can move the world.” ~ Stephen King

“A short story is like a kiss in the dark.” ~ Stephen King

“Reading a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair.” ~ Stephen King

“JK Rowling created seven Horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and now her books will live forever.” ~ Stephen King

“You cannot condemn a man for what may only be a figment of your own imagination.” ~ Stephen King

“The most important things are the hardest to say.” ~ Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King

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

“Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” ~ Stephen King

“You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.” ~ Stephen King

“People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.” ~ Stephen King

“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.” ~ Stephen King

“Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” ~ Stephen King

“A boy does not need a father unless he is a good father, but a good father is indispensable.” ~ Stephen King

“When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story.” ~ Stephen King

“Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” ~ Stephen King

“When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too.” ~ Stephen King

“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.” ~ Stephen King

“I was in enough to get along with people. I was never socially inarticulate. Not a loner. And that saved my life, saved my sanity. That and the writing. But to this day I distrust anybody who thought school was a good time. Anybody.” ~ Stephen King

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.” ~ Stephen King

“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.” ~ Stephen King

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” ~ Stephen King

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” ~ Stephen King

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” ~ Stephen King

“The thought process can never be complete without articulation.” ~ Stephen King

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

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

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” ~ Stephen King

“There may be fairies, there may be elves, but God helps those who help themselves.” ~ Stephen King

“Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.” ~ Stephen King

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” ~ Stephen King

“Be true, be brave, stand All the rest is darkness.” ~ Stephen King

“Don’t ask me silly questions I won’t play silly games I’m just a simple choo choo train And I’ll always be the same. I only want to race along Beneath the bright blue sky And be a happy choo choo train Until the day I die.” ~ Stephen King

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them.” ~ Stephen King

“Above all else, be consistent.” ~ Stephen King

“Sarcastic people tend to be marshmallows underneath the armor.” ~ Stephen King

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