Stephen King Quotes

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1. “you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

2. “When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

3. “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

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Author : Stephen King

4. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

5. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

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Author : Stephen King

6. “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”

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Author : Stephen King

7. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

8. “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Tags : Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : Different Seasons

9. “Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.”

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Author : Stephen King

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

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Author : Stephen King

11. “he had discovered, as many others had before him, that only the first cussword is really hard; after that, there's nothing quite like them for relieving one's feelings.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Wizard and Glass

12. “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

13. “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

Tags : Birds Freedom Friends Friendship Letting Go
Author : Stephen King
Source : Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

14. “Some werewolves are hairy on the inside.”

Tags : Anger Psychopaths Violence Werewolves
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

15. “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.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

16. “People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Carrie

17. “The things a man sees when he ain't got a gun.--Watson the Caretaker”

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Author : Stephen King

18. “Do you drink?""Of course,I just said I was a writer.”

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Author : Stephen King

19. “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”

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Author : Stephen King

20. “It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Wolves of the Calla

21. “A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.”

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Author : Stephen King

22. “If you drop your Kindle in the toilet, you're done.”

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Author : Stephen King

23. “And that almost killed you?""It wasn't deep but it got infected. Infection means that the bad germs got into it. Infection's the most dangerous thing there is, Tom. Infection was what made the superflu germ kill all the people. And infection is what made people want to make the germ in the first place. An infection of the mind.”

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Author : Stephen King

24. “Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Dolores Claiborne

25. “Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

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Author : Stephen King

26. “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.”

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Author : Stephen King

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

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Author : Stephen King
Source : It

28. “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't.”

Tags : Heartbreak
Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

29. “The turtle couldn't help us.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : It

30. “Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”

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Author : Stephen King

31. “It's just that I take riddling seriously. I was taught that the ability to solve them indicates a sane and rational mind.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Waste Lands

32. “I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.”

Tags : Critics Writing Writing Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

33. “the man in black travels with your soul in his pocket.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

34. “They had discovered one could grow as hungry for light as for food.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

35. “They were close to the end of the beginning . . .”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

36. “Once again there was the desert, and that only.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

37. “All right I think we've been down here in the dark long enough. There's a whole other world upstairs. Take my hand Constant Reader and I'll be happy to lead you back into the sunshine. I'm happy to go there because I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of.”

Tags : Dark Funny Good And Evil Light
Author : Stephen King
Source : Full Dark, No Stars

38. “There'a a phrase, "the elephant in the living room", which purports to describe what it's like to live with a drug addict, an alcoholic, an abuser. People outside such relationships will sometimes ask, "How could you let such a business go on for so many years? Didn't you see the elephant in the living room?" And it's so hard for anyone living in a more normal situation to understand the answer that comes closest to the truth; "I'm sorry, but it was there when I moved in. I didn't know it was an elephant; I thought it was part of the furniture." There comes an aha-moment for some folks - the lucky ones - when they suddenly recognize the difference.”

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Author : Stephen King

39. “The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Bag of Bones

40. “oh shit it's shit”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Different Seasons

41. “And sometimes before I went to sleep I'd think: This is how, this is how you pay off bein' a bitch. And it ain't no use sayin' if you haven't been a bitch you wouldn't have had to pay. Because sometimes the world makes you be a bitch.When it's all doom and dark outside and only you inside to first make a light and then tend it, you have to be a bitch.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Dolores Claiborne

42. “When you’re still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”

Tags : Failure Optimism Young
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

43. “Eddie discovered one of his childhood's great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : It

44. “The monster nevers dies.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Cujo

45. “Read a lot, write a lot is the great commandment.”

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Author : Stephen King

46. “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."[The Writer's Digest Interview: Stephen King & Jerry B. Jenkins (Jessica Strawser, Writer's Digest, May/June 2009)]”

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Author : Stephen King

47. “What you don’t know, you can’t tell. Or made to tell.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

48. “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”

Tags : Advice Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

49. “Çocuklar, gerçek bir yolun içindeki kurgudur, bu kurgunun gerçeği ise çok basit: esrarlı gücün varlığıdır...”

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Author : Stephen King

50. “Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.Art consists of the persistence of memory.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Misery

51. “He fell silent. For several moments they all did, and the quiet had the feel of a deliberate thing. Then Eddie said, "All right, we're back together again. What the hell do we do next?”

Tags : Reunion Uncertainty
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

52. “They had become a fixed star in the shifting firmament of the high school's relationships, the acknowledged Romeo and Juliet. And she knew with sudden hatefulness that there was one couple like them in every white suburban high school in America.”

Tags : Carrie High School Young Love
Author : Stephen King
Source : Carrie

53. “It was the kiss by which all the others of his life would be judged and found wanting.”

Tags : Hearts
Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

54. “True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring — once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome… except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners. And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous.”

Tags : First Love
Author : Stephen King
Source : Wizard and Glass

55. “What we like to think of ourselves and what we really are rarely have much in common....”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Drawing of the Three

56. “There's no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.”

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Author : Stephen King

57. “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”

Tags : Authorship Critical Thinking Editing Revisions Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

58. “For men, I think, love is a thing formed of equal parts lust and astonishment. The astonishment part women understand. The lust part they only think they understand.”

Tags : Love Lust Men
Author : Stephen King
Source : Bag of Bones

59. “Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.”

Tags : Etiquette Norms Politeness Reading Society Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

60. “We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”

Tags : Influence Life Teaching
Author : Stephen King
Source : 11/22/63

61. “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a cheque, if you cashed the cheque and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.”

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Author : Stephen King

62. “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.”

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Author : Stephen King

63. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

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Author : Stephen King

64. “Definition Of A Wanderer: A guy who's always looking beyond”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Wolves of the Calla

65. “At the end of her life she was aware of heat but not pain. She had time to consider his eyes, eyes of that blue which is the color of the sky at first light of the morning. She had time to think of him on the Drop, riding Rusher flat out with his black hair flying back from his temples and his neckerchief rippling; to see him laughing with an ease and freedom he would never find again in the long life which stretched out for him beyond hers, and it was his laughter she took with her as she went out, fleeing the light and heat in to the silkly, consoling dark, calling to him over and over as she went, calling bird and bear and hare and fish.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Wizard and Glass

66. “La muerte es cuando los monstruos se adueñan de uno.”

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Author : Stephen King

67. “We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other ... except through faith.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

68. “But sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. [...] True sorrow is as rare as true love.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Carrie

69. “I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Christine

70. “At the end of almost every AA meeting, someone read the Promises. One of these was 'We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it'. Dan thought he would always regret the past, but he had quit trying to shut the door. Why bother, when it would just come open again? The fucking had no latch, let alone a lock.”

Tags : Doctor Sleep Final Past Quotes
Author : Stephen King
Source : Doctor Sleep

71. “La verdad no es realmente más extraña que la ficción, digan lo que digan. La mayoria de la veces uno sabe exactamente como van a salir las cosas.-Paul”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Misery

72. “Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists by the magic words AUTHOR OF on the covers of their books.”

Tags : Publishing Writing Craft
Author : Stephen King
Source : Bag of Bones

73. “As a young man just beginning to publish some short fiction in the t&a magazines, I was fairly optimistic about my chances of getting published; I knew that I had some game, as the basketball players say these days, and I also felt that time was on my side; sooner or later the best-selling writers of the sixties and seventies would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me.”

Tags : Publishing Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Bag of Bones

75. “The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows”

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Author : Stephen King

76. “Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there's little fun to be had in explanations; they're antithetical to the poetry of fear.”

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Author : Stephen King

77. “And people who don’t dream, who don’t have any kind of imaginative life, they must… they must go nuts. I can’t imagine that.”

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Author : Stephen King

78. “So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You've blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

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Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

81. “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

82. “When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time," and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That's all. One stone at a time. But I've read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.”

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Author : Stephen King

83. “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

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Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

85. “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

Tags : Reading Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : Skeleton Crew

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

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

88. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King

90. “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.”

Tags : Happy Endings
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

91. “There are books full of great writing that don't have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story... don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers who won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”

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Author : Stephen King

92. “The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...”

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Author : Stephen King

93. “The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.”

Tags : On Writing Storytelling
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

94. “You want to remember that while you're judging the book, the book is also judging you.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Night Shift

95. “There’s always someone who knows something.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

96. “What if I fall?', Tim cried.Maerlyn laughed. 'Sooner or later, we all do.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Wind Through the Keyhole

97. “High school isn't a very important place. When you're going you think it's a big deal, but when it's over nobody really thinks it was great unless they're beered up.”

Tags : High School
Author : Stephen King
Source : Carrie

98. “But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : 'Salem's Lot

99. “There came a time when you realized that moving on was pointless. That you took yourself with you wherever you went.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Doctor Sleep

100. “Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.”

Tags : Society
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

101. “All is forgotten in the stone halls of the dead. These are the rooms of ruin where the spiders spin and the great circuits fall quiet, one by one...”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

102. “But in the wake of 'Bullet,' all the guys wanted to know was, 'How's it doing? How's it selling?' How to tell them I didn't give a flying fuck how it was doing in the marketplace, that what I cared about was how it was doing in the reader's heart?”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

103. “Sometimes, he thought, real love is silent as well as blind.”

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Author : Stephen King

104. “It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.”

Tags : Let Go
Author : Stephen King
Source : Joyland

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

Tags : Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

106. “If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered.”

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Author : Stephen King

107. “I tend to scare myself.”

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Author : Stephen King

108. “If it's ka it'll come like a wind, and your plans will stand before it no more than a barn before a cyclone”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Wizard and Glass

109. “Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

110. “Is there a status quo in the house?”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Shining

111. “Oh Christ, he groaned to himself, if this is the stuff adults have to think about I never want to grow up”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : It

112. “Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.”

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Author : Stephen King

113. “The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

114. “In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. . . .”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

115. “He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride--if responsibility robs him of his manhood.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

116. “Take the dead from the dead, the old proverb said; only a corpse may speak true prophecy.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

117. “There was murder, there was rape, there were unspeakable practices, and all of them were for the good, the bloody good, the bloody myth, for the grail, for the Tower.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

118. “My friend wants to get moving and so do I,' Eddie said. 'We've got miles to go yet.'I know that. It's on your face, son. Like a scar.'Eddie was fascinated by the idea of duty and ka as something that left a mark, something that might look like decoration to one eye and disfigurement to another. Outside, thunder cracked and lightning flashed.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

119. “You know what talent is? The curse of expectation. As a kid you have to deal with that, beat it somehow. If you can write, you think God put you on earth to blow Shakespeare away. Or if you can paint, maybe you think--I did--that God put you on earth to blow your father away.”

Tags : David Drayton Expectation Potential Skeleton Crew Talent
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Mist

120. “He did it (listened) as the world's most charming and magnetic people do, always asking the right question at the right time, never fidgeting or taking his eyes from the speaker's face, making the other guy feel like the most knowledgeable, brilliant, and intellectually savvy person on the planet.”

Tags : Attention Conversation Influence Listening
Author : Stephen King

121. “They say bachelors have all the fun. Not so. You just get old and full of sand, nasty.”

Tags : Bachelorhood
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

122. “A broken spoon may become a fork.”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

123. “Sometimes dead is better”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Pet Sematary

124. “For God's sake, Larry, grow up. Develop a little self-righteousness. A lot of that is an ugly thing, God knows, but a little spread over all your scruples is an absolute necessity!”

Tags : Self Righteousness
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

125. “Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity”

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Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

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

Tags : Friends Friendship Privacy
Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

127. “No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.”

Tags : Privacy
Author : Stephen King
Source : Firestarter

128. “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Tags : Dark Tower Horror
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

129. “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”

Tags : Horror
Author : Stephen King

130. “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.”

Tags : Horror
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Shining

131. “I am your number one fan.”

Tags : Horror
Author : Stephen King
Source : Misery

132. “Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”

Tags : Monsters
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Shining

133. “This inhuman place makes human monsters.”

Tags : Philosophy Scary
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Shining

134. “Kill you all!" The clown was laughing and screaming. "Try to stop me and I'll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can't stop me!”

Tags : Clown Death Horror It Kill King Monster Murder Pennywise Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

135. “Seven, Richie thought. That's the magic number. There has to be seven of us. That's the way it's supposed to be.”

Tags : Horror It King Lucky Magic Number Pennywise Richie Seven Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

136. “For a moment he felt a wild hope: perhaps this really was a nightmare. Perhaps he would awake in his own bed, bathed in sweat, shaking, maybe even crying . . . but alive. Safe. Then he pushed the thought away. Its charm was deadly, its comfort fatal.”

Tags : Clown Eddie It King Nightmare Pennywise Reality Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

137. “Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk.”

Tags : Dusk King Man Metaphor Running Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

138. “Do you believe in an afterlife?" the gunslinger asked him as Brown dropped three ears of hot corn onto his plate.Brown nodded. "I think this is it.”

Tags : 1 Dark Deschain Gunslinger King Roland Stephen Tower
Author : Stephen King

139. “The trap had a ghastly perfection”

Tags : Black Chambers Dark Deschain Gunslinger Jake King Man Roland Stephen Tower Trap
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

140. “The woman had looked into the abyss and then walked out across it.”

Tags : King Man Running Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

141. “The woman who preaches has poison religion. Let the respectable ones go”

Tags : Black Chambers Dark Deschain Gunslinger Jake King Man Preach Religion Roland Stephen Tower
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

142. “[Prison Break is] one of the craziest, most unpredictable roller-coaster rides on TV today.”

Tags : Bagwell Break Burrows Company Escape Fox King Lincoln Michael Schofield Prison Show Stephen T Bag Theodore Tv
Author : Stephen King

143. “He had never been a social man. He had shunned causes with contempt and disgust. They were for pig-simple suckers and people with too much time and money on their hands”

Tags : King Man Money Running Social Stephen Time
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

144. “He removed his unvaluable valuables and dumped his shirt, pants, and skivvies into a letter slot.”

Tags : Contradiction King Man Running Stephen
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Running Man

145. “You'd think that the ability to write lucid prose would be the bottom line for any publishing novelist, but it is not so... You would expect that proofreaders and copy editors would pick this sort of stuff up even if the writers of such embarrassing English do not, but many of them seem as illiterate as the writers they are trying to bail out.”

Tags : Editors Grammar Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

146. “Jake went in, aware that he had, for the first time in three weeks, opened a door without hoping madly to find another world on the other side. A bell jingled overhead. The mild, spicy smell of old books hit him, and the smell was somehow like coming home.”

Tags : Books Bookstore Bookstores
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Waste Lands

147. “If you drop a book into the toilet, you can fish it out, dry it off and read that book. But if you drop your Kindle in the toilet, you’re pretty well done.”

Tags : Books Ebooks Kindle Print
Author : Stephen King

148. “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. ...this book...is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. 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.”

Tags : Inspirational Writers On Writing Writing Advice Writing From The Heart Writing Philosophy
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

149. “He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.”

Tags : The Shining Writing Philosophy
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Shining

150. “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”

Tags : Change Life Time
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Green Mile

151. “But on another, more potent level, the work of horror really is a dance—a moving, rhythmic search. And what it’s looking for is the place where you, the viewer or the reader, live at your most primitive level. The work of horror is not interested in the civilized furniture of our lives. Such a work dances through these rooms which we have fitted out one piece at a time, each piece expressing—we hope!—our socially acceptable and pleasantly enlightened character. It is in search of another place, a room which may sometimes resemble the secret den of a Victorian gentleman, sometimes the torture chamber of the Spanish Inquisition . . . but perhaps most frequently and most successfully, the simple and brutally plain hole of a Stone Age cave-dweller. Is horror art? On this second level, the work of horror can be nothing else; it achieves the level of art simply because it is looking for something beyond art, something that predates art: it is looking for what I would call phobic pressure points. The good horror tale will dance its way to the center of your life and find the secret door to the room you believed no one but you knew of—as both Albert Camus and Billy Joel have pointed out. The Stranger makes us nervous . . . but we love to try on his face in secret.”

Tags :
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

152. “Party lights hang over the street, yellow and red and green. Sadie stumbles over someone’s chair, but I’m ready for this and I catch her easily by the arm.“Sorry, clumsy,” she says.“You always were, Sadie. One of your more endearing traits.”Before she can ask about that I slip my arm around her waist. She slips hers around mine, still looking up at me. The lights skate across her cheeks and shine in her eyes. We clasp hands, fingers folding together naturally, and for me the years fall away like a coat that’s too heavy and too tight. In that moment, I hope on thing above all others: that she was not too busy to find at least one good man …She speaks in a voice almost too low to be heard over the music. But I hear her – I always did. “Who are you, George?”“Someone you knew in another life, honey.”

Tags : Deja Vu Lost Love Time Travel
Author : Stephen King
Source : 11/22/63

153. “Beating heroin is child's play compared to beating your childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Heroin
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Waste Lands

154. “Also, I suppose I wanted to say goodbye to someone, and have someone say goodbye to me. The goodbyes we speak and the goodbyes we hear are the goodbyes that tell us we're still alive, after all.”

Tags : Goodbye Goodbyes Parting Parting Ways
Author : Stephen King
Source : Wolves of the Calla

155. “I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

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Author : Stephen King

156. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

Tags : Writing Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

157. “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Tags : Writing Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

158. “It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.”

Tags : Writing Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

159. “A child blind from birth doesn't even know he's blind until someone tells him. Even then he has only the most academic idea of what blindness is; only the formerly sighted have a real grip on the thing. Ben Hanscom had no sense of being lonely because he had never been anything but. If the condition had been new, or more localized, he might have understood, but loneliness both encompassed his life and overreached it.”

Tags : Lonliness
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

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

Tags : Life
Author : Stephen King

161. “Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill,one of the prime reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It's not just a question of how-to, you see; it's a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing.”

Tags : Description Reading Books Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

162. “Pride was the belt you used to hold your pants up when you had no pants.”

Tags : Aliens Friendship Science Fiction
Author : Stephen King
Source : Dreamcatcher

163. “They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn't like to look at them. They were the walking dead.”

Tags : Dystopian Fiction Horror Walking
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Long Walk

164. “Lend me your wings, bird. I'll spread them and fly on the thermals.”

Tags : Fantasy Sf The Dark Tower The Gunslinger
Author : Stephen King

165. “You grew up, became a man, had to adjust to taking less than you hoped for; you discovered the dream-machine had a big OUT OF ORDER sign on it.”

Tags : Dreams Hopelessness
Author : Stephen King
Source : Dreamcatcher

166. “Some of these guys will go on walking long after the laws of biochemistry and handicapping have gone by the boards. There was a guy last year that crawled for two miles at four miles an hour after both of his feet cramped up at the same time, you remember reading about that? Look at Olson, he's worn out but he keeps going. That goddam Barkovitch is running on high-octane hate and he just keeps going and he's as fresh as a daisy. I don't think I can do that. I'm not tired -not really tired- yet. But I will be." The scar stood out on the side of his haggard face as he looked ahead into the darkness "And I think... when I get tired enough... I think I'll just sit down”

Tags : Death Peter Mcvries Resignation Tiredness
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Long Walk

167. “Do any men grow up or do they only come of age?”

Tags : Maturity
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

168. “A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”

Tags : Habits
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

169. “Maybe there's a whole other universe where a square moon rises in the sky, and the stars laugh in cold voices, and some of the triangles have four sides, and some have five, and some have five raised to the fifth power of sides. In this universe there might grow roses which sing. Everything leads to everything.”

Tags : It Moon Roses Universe
Author : Stephen King

170. “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

Tags : Dark Jon Jake Chambers Stephen King Tower
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

171. “You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for... and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you.”

Tags : Flashback Life Experience Memories
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

172. “When the blood came out of my mouth I could taste my own shit.”

Tags : Flashback Humor Jake Cambers
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

173. “and so will the world end, I think, a victim of love rather than hate. For love's ever been the more destructive weapon, sure.”

Tags : Hate Love Power Victim World
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Dark Tower

174. “If you've every been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you'll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be.”

Tags : Homesickness
Author : Stephen King
Source : 11/22/63

175. “The most classic horror tale of this latter type is the Old Testament story of Job, who becomes human Astro-Turf in a kind of spiritual Superbowl between God and Satan.”

Tags : Astro Turf Job Old Testament Stephen King
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

176. “God doesn't bribe, child. He just makes a sign and lets people take it as they will.”

Tags : Prophecy
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Stand

177. “Anyone who thinks impressions of old movie actors is funny absolutely cannot be trusted. I think it's like a law of nature.”

Tags : Actors Humor Movies
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Waste Lands

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

Tags : Inspiration Motivation Talent
Author : Stephen King
Source : Duma Key

179. “Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.”

Tags : Creativity Talent Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

180. “I think that writers are made, not born or created out of dreams of childhood trauma—that becoming a writer (or a painter, actor, director, dancer, and so on) is a direct result of conscious will. Of course there has to be some talent involved, but talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force—a force so great the knife is not really cutting at all but bludgeoning and breaking (and after two or three of these gargantuan swipes it may succeed in breaking itself…which may be what happened to such disparate writers as Ross Lockridge and Robert E. Howard). Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle. No writer, painter, or actor—no artist—is ever handed a sharp knife (although a few are handed almighty big ones; the name we give to the artist with the big knife is “genius”), and we hone with varying degrees of zeal and aptitude.”

Tags : Ability Genius Talent Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : Danse Macabre

181. “He kept seeing the brains dribbling down the wallpaper. It wasn’t the killing that stayed on his mind, it was the spilled talent. A lifetime of honing and shaping torn apart in less than a second. All those stories, all those images, and what came out looked like so much oatmeal. What was the point?”

Tags : Brains Talent Wallpaper
Author : Stephen King
Source : Finders Keepers

182. “Garraty wondered how it would be, to lie in the biggest, dustiest library silence of all, dreaming endless, thoughtless dreams behind your gummed-down eyelids, dressed forever in your Sunday suit. No worries about money, success, fear, joy, pain, sorrow, sex, or love. Absolute zero. No father, mother, girlfriend, lover. The dead are orphans. No company but the silence like a moth's wing. An end to the agony of movement, to the long nightmare of going down the road. The body in peace, stillness, and order. The perfect darkness of death.How would that be? Just how would that be?”

Tags : Death Dying Pain Stress Walk
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Long Walk

183. “I do have one slightly crooked wheel upstairs, but everything else is ticking along just four-o, thank you very much.”

Tags : Charlie Decker Rage
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Bachman Books

184. “Words have weight.”

Tags : Meaning Truth Words Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

185. “We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living.”

Tags : Fools Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : Duma Key

186. “Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.”

Tags : On Writing Plot Story Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

187. “There's an old rule of theater that goes, 'If there's a gun on the mantel in Act I, it must go off in Act III.' The reverse is also true.”

Tags : Plot Writing
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

188. “A change is as good as a rest.”

Tags : Change Rest
Author : Stephen King
Source : Hearts in Atlantis

189. “His single-minded purpose. His unending fury.”

Tags : Last Line
Author : Stephen King
Source : Christine

190. “Why does she have to be such a...such a...""Go on," I said. "The truth is never cussing, Son.""Such a bitch!”

Tags : Full Dark No Stars Name Calling Stephen King Truth
Author : Stephen King
Source : Full Dark, No Stars

191. “Pardon my French if you're a religious man.''I am,' Bill said, grinning.'Then get outta my cab and go to fucking church,' the cabbie said, and they both burst out laughing.”

Tags : Cabbie Laughter Pardon My French Religious Swearing
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

192. “A great whispering noise began to rise in the woods on either side of the tracks, as if the forest had just noticed we were there and was commenting on it.”

Tags : Commenting Different Seasons Forest Noise Noticed Stephen King The Body Tracks Woods
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Body

193. “I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.”

Tags : Evil John Coffey Sins Suffering
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Green Mile

194. “Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?...'You dare not.'And in the gunslinger's mind, those words echoed: You dare not.”

Tags : Metaphors
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Gunslinger

195. “To write is human, to edit is divine.”

Tags : Inspirational
Author : Stephen King
Source : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

196. “Feelings are invulnerable to rational thought.”

Tags : Feelings Love Rational Thought
Author : Stephen King
Source : Doctor Sleep

197. “They're animals, all right. But why are you so goddam sure that makes us human beings?”

Tags : Animals Humanity Humanity And Society Life
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Long Walk

198. “Yeah, but what if you went back and killed your own grandfather?"He stared at me, baffled. "Why the fuck would you do that?”

Tags : Time Travel
Author : Stephen King
Source : 11/22/63

199. “The past is obdurate.”

Tags : Time Travel
Author : Stephen King
Source : 11/22/63

200. “Payback is a bitch, and the bitch is back.”

Tags : Payback Retribution Revenge
Author : Stephen King
Source : End of Watch