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Stephen King Quotes

stephen king quotesStephen Edwin King (famously known as Stephen King) is an American author known for his  writings in the genres of horror, supernatural, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. A world widely  renowned author whose books have sold more than 350 million copies and many have been adapted into TV shows, films, series and comic books.

Through these achievements, Stephen King was awarded graciously, to name a few are Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Award. He was named ‘’The King of Horror’’ to eternally commemorate his works and as reference to his standing in pop culture.

As a form of praise and understand his life philosophy, here are some of famous  Stephen King quotes:

Famous  Stephen King Quotes 

  • “Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear”
    ― Stephen King, The Stand
  • “Love isn’t soft, like those poets say. Love has teeth which bite and the wounds never close.”
    ― Stephen King, The Body
  • “Murder is like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.”
    ― Stephen King, Under the Dome
  • “God always punishes us for what we can’t imagine.”
    ― Stephen King, Duma Key
  • “Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “True sorrow is as rare as true love.”
    ― Stephen King, Carrie
  • “Humans were built to look back; that’s why we have that swivel joint in our necks”
    ― Stephen King,
  • “Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
    ― Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption
  • “If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you’ve been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.”
    ― Stephen King, Gerald’s Game
  • “Battles that last five minutes spawn legends that live a thousand years.”
    ― Stephen King, The Dark Tower
  • “Sooner or later even the fastest runners have to stand and fight.”
    ― Stephen King, Just After Sunset
  • “Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.” -”
    ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  • “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
    ― Stephen King,
  • “Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
    ― 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,
  • “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
    ― 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,
  • “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”
    ― Stephen King,
  • “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”
    ― 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,

Pet Sematary – Stephen King Quotes 

  • “He bought her six dresses and I brought her goddamn cat back from the dead, so who loves her more?”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “Maybe they should be questioning those feelings of doubt before they question their own hearts.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “I don’t want Church to ever be dead! He’s my cat! He’s not God’s cat! Let God have His own cat!”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “Cat were the gangster of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “That lesson suggests that in the end, we can only find peace in our human lives by accepting the will of the universe. That may sound like corny, new-age crap, but the alternative looks to me like a darkness too awful for such mortal creatures as us to bear.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “God, in His infinite wisdom, seemed much more generous when it came to doling out pain.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “What you bought, you owned, and what you owned eventually came home to you.”
    ― Stephen King, Pet Sematary
  • “Sometimes dead is better”
  • “And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”
  • “The soil of a man’s heart is stonier; a man grows what he can and tends it.”
  • “You learned to accept, or you ended up in a small room writing letters home with Crayolas.”
  • “there is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love.”
  • “Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret.”
  • “A man who lies about beer makes enemies”
  • “The old sleep poorly. Perhaps they stand watch.”
  • “Dead fields under a November sky, scattered rose petals brown and turning up at the edges, empty pools scummed with algae, rot, decomposition, dust… ”
  • “That lesson suggests that in the end, we can only find peace in our human lives by accepting the will of the universe.”
  • “It’s like many other things in life, Ellie. You keep on the path and all’s well. You get off it and the next thing you know you’re lost if you’re not lucky.”
  • “I don’t think children ever forget the lies their parents tell them.”

One of the few recorded interviews with Stephen King

The legendary master of horror covers a lot of ground in this talk with Stephen Colber on “The Late Show”

Best Stephen King Quotes 

  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
  • “It’s strange how pain marks our faces, and makes us look like family.”
  • “No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.”
  • “Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.”
  • “You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
  • “You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”
  • “We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
  • “God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.”
  • “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
  • “Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.”
  • “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”
  • “It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
  • “Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”
  • “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”
  • “Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.”
  • “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
  • “Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.”
  • “Your hair is winter fire January embers My heart burns there, too.”
  • “And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.”

Notable Stephen King Quotes 

  • “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”
  • “You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”
  • “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
  • “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”
  • “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
  • “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”
  • “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
  • “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
  • “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.”
  • “Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
  • “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.”
  • “Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
  • “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.”
  • “A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
  • “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
  • “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

You have reached the end of the road and  I hope you, your friends, or family have enjoyed the life-changing Stephen King Quotes  that bring the best of us and I leave you with this quote of him:

“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.”

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