stephen king quotes

25 Best Stephen King Quotes

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

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

Get busy living or get busy dying.

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

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.

If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.

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.

That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.

Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

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

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

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

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand.

Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t really know what he thinks until he writes it down.

Reading a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair.

A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.

For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers—not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels.

If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I’ll be all right as long as there’s a lending library.

But writing is a wonderful and terrible thing. It opens deep wells of memory that were previously capped.

When a long book succeeds, the writer and reader are not just having an affair; they are married.

It ain’t the blows we’re dealt that matter, but the ones we survive.

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Anger is the most useless emotion, destructive to the mind and hurtful to the heart.

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.

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