29 Stephen King Quotes We Cherish Deeply

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Touching Stephen King Quotes

Stephen King is known for writing some seriously disturbing horror and suspense novels. These notable quotes by the author give fans a little glimpse into his wildly talented mind. But beyond this role, King is an inspiration to writers across America. He offers some useful tips and advice to those who want to be as successful as himself.

When you're looking for motivation in life, turn to these Stephen King quotes. He reminds us that everyone has to start somewhere just like he did. Today, his books are being made into blockbuster films! Not to mention, King has a great sense of humor. Although his books may be horrific and grotesque, he reminds us the importance of laughter and smiling through his every day life.

Check out these captivating quotes by Stephen King that will make you appreciate him even more. Everyone can learn from his unique and positive perspective on life.

Charming Stephen King Quotes

  • "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."

  • "Books are a uniquely portable magic."

  • "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."

  • "It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost."

  • "The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet."

  • "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."

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

Top Stephen King Quotes

  • "The devil's voice is sweet to hear."

  • "People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk."

  • "In small towns people scent the wind with noses of uncommon keenness."

  • "The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."

  • "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."

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

  • "You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants."

Memorable Quotes By Stephen King

  • "You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you."

  • "I'm still in love with what I do, with the idea of making things up, so hours when I write always feel like very blessed hours to me."

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

  • "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

  • "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."

  • "You have to stay faithful to what you're working on."

  • "And in real life endings aren't always neat, whether they're happy endings, or whether they're sad endings."

Fascinating Stephen King Quotes

  • "I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged."

  • "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."

  • "We're news junkies in my house."

  • "I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish."

  • "I don't want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share."

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