46 Quotes From 'The Shining' That Will Make You a Dull Boy

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in 'The Shining' wearing a maroon jacket, plaid button down, looking possessed
'The Shining' via Warner Bros.

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These Quotes From 'The Shining' Will Give You Nightmares for Weeks

Stephen King sure knows how to write a scary novel. Whether you've read the author's infamous horror novel or if you've seen Stanley Kubrick's movie then you know how scary The Shining can be.

If you needed a reminder or what to prepare for the sequel, Doctor Strange, we found some quotes from The Shining that will send a shiver up your spine. From scary scenes from the movie to terrifying quotes from the book you'll have to sleep with the light on.

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Quotes From The Shining

  • "I can remember when I was a little boy. My grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it "shining." And for a long time, I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us. Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it. How long have you been able to do it. Why don't you want to talk about it?" - Dick Hallorann

  • "They were a party of settlers in covered-wagon times. They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive." - Jack Torrance

  • "Now, we're going to make a new rule. When you come in here and you hear me typing or whether you don't hear me typing, or whatever the fuck you hear me doing; when I'm in here, it means that I am working, that means don't come in. Now, do you think you can handle that?" - Jack Torrance

  • "My predecessor in this job left a man named Charles Grady as the winter caretaker. And he came up here with his wife and two little girls, I think were eight and ten. And he had a good employment record, good references, and from what I've been told he seemed like a completely normal individual. But at some point during the winter, he must have suffered some kind of a complete mental breakdown. He ran amuck and killed his family with an axe; stacked them neatly in one of the rooms in the West wing and then he, he put both barrels of a shot gun in his mouth." - Stuart Ullman

  • "It is so fucking typical of you to create a problem like this when i have a chance to accomplish something! When I am really into my work! I couldn't do much if I went back to Boulder now, could I?! Shoveling down driveways! Work at a carwash! Does that appeal to you?!" - Jack Torrance

  • "Danny! Daddy's home!" - Jack Torrance

  • "Just like a ghost ship, huh?" - Wendy Torrance

  • "I think you hurt my head real bad." - Jack Torrance

The Shining Quotes

  • "Best God damned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine. Or Portland, Oregon for that matter." - Jack Torrance

  • "White man's burden, Lloyd, my man. White man's burden." - Jack Torrance

  • "You son of a bitch! You did this to him, didn't you!? How could you!? How could you!?" - Wendy Torrance

  • "Larry, just between you and me, we got a very serious problem with the people taking care of the place. They turned out to be completely unreliable assholes." - Dick Hallorann

  • "Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in." - Jack Torrance

  • "Here's to five miserable months on the wagon, and all the irreparable harm it has caused me." - Jack Torrance

  • "If Jack won't come with us, I'll just have to tell them that we're going by ourselves." - Wendy Torrance

  • "Mr. Grady. You were the caretaker here. I recognize you. I saw your picture in the newspapers. You, uh, chopped your wife and daughters up into little bits. And then you blew your brains out." - Jack Torrance

  • "Danny's not here, Mrs. Torrance. Danny can't wake up, Mrs. Torrance. Danny's gone away, Mrs. Torrance." - Danny (as Tony)

  • "Construction started in 1907. It was finished in 1909. The site is supposed to be located on an Indian burial ground, and I believe they actually had to repel a few Indian attacks as they were building it." - Stuart Ullman

The Shining Famous Quotes

  • "Come out, come out, where ever you are." - Jack Torrance

  • "Redrum." - Danny Torrance

  • "Here's Johnny!" - Jack Torrance

  • "Wendy! I have let you fuck up my life so far, but I will not let you fuck this up!" - Jack Torrance

  • "God, I'd give anything for a drink. I'd give my god-damned soul for just a glass of beer." - Jack Torrance

  • "Come play with us Danny. Forever... and ever... and ever." - Grady twins

  • "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." - Jack Torrance

  • "Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in." - Jack Torrance

  • "Hi, Lloyd. Little slow tonight, isn't it? HA-HA-HA-HA!" - Jack Torrance

  • "I dreamed that I, that I killed you and Danny. But I didn't just kill ya. I cut you up in little pieces. Oh my God. I must be losing my mind." - Jack Torrance

  • "I fell in love with it right away. When I came up here for my interview, it was as though I'd been here before. I mean, we all have moments of déjà vu, but this was ridiculous. It was almost as though I knew what was going to be around every corner." - Jack Torrance

  • "Well, obviously some people can be put off by staying alone in a place where something like that happened." - Stuart Ullman

The Shining Book Quotes by Stephen King

  • "Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters."

  • "The world's a hard place, Danny. It don't care. It don't hate you and me, but it don't love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they're things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it's only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don't love you, but your momma does and so do I."

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

  • "Are you sure self-pity is a luxury you can afford, Jack?"

  • "But see that you get on. That's your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. Pull your act together and just go on."

  • "The tears that heal are also the tears that scald and scourge."

  • "Tough old world, baby. If you're not bolted together tightly, you're gonna shake, rattle, and roll before you turn thirty."

  • "I think all mothers shine a little, you know, at least until their kids grow up enough to watch out for themselves."

  • "Danny? You listen to me. I’m going to talk to you about it this once and never again this same way. There’s some things no six-year-old boy in the world should have to be told, but the way things should be and the way things are hardly ever get together. The world’s a hard place, Danny. It don’t care. It don’t hate you and me, but it don’t love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they’re things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it’s only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don’t love you, but your momma does and so do I. You’re a good boy. You grieve for your daddy, and when you feel you have to cry over what happened to him, you go into a closet or under your covers and cry until it’s all out of you again. That’s what a good son has to do. But see that you get on. That’s your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. Pull your act together and just go on."

  • "Once, during the drinking phase, Wendy had accused him of desiring his own destruction but not possessing the necessary moral fiber to support a full-blown deathwish. So he manufactured ways in which other people could do it, lopping a piece at a time off himself and their family."

  • "What Jack didn't understand was that no matter where he went, the same asshole got off the plane."

  • "Children have to grow into their imaginations like a pair of oversized shoes."

  • "God wiped snot out of his nose and that was you."

  • "He rolled in his bed, twisting the sheets, grappling with a problem years too big for him, awake in the night like a single sentinel on picket. And sometime after midnight, he slept, too, and then only the wind was awake, prying at the hotel and hooting in its gables under the bright gimlet gaze of the stars."

  • "The wind sighed through the trees, and the fallen leaves rattled up the deserted walks and around the hubcaps of parked cars. It was a faint and sorrowful sound, and the boy thought that he might be the only one in Boulder awake enough to hear it."

  • "Across the room was a mirror, and deep down in its silver bubble a single word appeared in green fire and that word was: REDRUM."

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