Stephen King Quotes

Quotes From Stephen King

If you want a writer who can scare you, Stephen King is definitely the man to do it. As one of the most successful horror writers of our time, he has a knack for finding the things that disturb people the most. Between his writings and his interviews, he has also given many memorable quotes. Most of his books have made the bestseller lists many times over and fans are able to draw upon any number of Stephen King book quotes. Besides his writings, his interviews have given birth to several Stephen King quotes as well. He is an outspoken character and it is easy to see where some of the characters in his books get their wit (and biting sarcasm) from. Whether you are a fan or not, here are some of the best Stephen King writing quotes from his works.

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

“I tend to scare myself.”

“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."

“Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.”

“Death is when the monsters get you.”

~ Salem’s Lot

“When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time."

"We all float down here!" ~ It

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

“I'm not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills.”

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

“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." ~ Salem’s Lot

“French is the language that turns dirt into romance.”

“Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” ~ The Gunslinger

“In bowling and in life, if a person made the spares, the strikes would take care of themselves.”

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

“The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.” ~ Needful Things

"Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.”

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

“He had a massive stroke. He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation's equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on?”

“If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.” ~ On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” ~ Hearts in Atlantis

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet.” ~ The Stand

“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.” ~ The Shining

“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.”

“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.” ~ Danse Macabre

“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.” ~ Different Seasons

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

“The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance ... logic can be happily tossed out the window.” ~ The Stand

“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” ~ Everything You Need To Know About Writing – In Ten Minutes

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair; the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.” ~ On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

“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.” ~ On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.”

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” ~ Wolves of the Calla

“In this day and age when everybody thinks psychology is God's gift to the poor old anally fixated human race and even the president of the United States pops a trank before dinner, it's really a good way to get rid of those Old Testament guilts that keep creeping up our throats like the aftertaste of a bad meal we overate. If you say your father hated you as a kid, you can go out and flash the neighborhood, commit rape, or burn down the Kinights of Pythias bingo parlor and still cop a plea... But it also means that no one will believe you if it's true.” ~ Rage

“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.”

“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.” ~ Night Shift

“When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too.”

“Sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. It's what you say when you spill a cup of coffee or throw a gutterball when you're bowling with the girls in the league. True sorrow is as rare as true love.” ~ Carrie

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.” ~ The Gunslinger

“And the righteous and unrighteous alike were consumed in that holy fire.” ~ The Stand

“Those in the grip of a strong drug---heroin, devil grass, true love---often find themselves trying to maintain a precarious balance between secrecy and ecstasy as they walk the tightrope of their lives.” ~ Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

“Oh, about beer I never lie. A man who lies about beer makes enemies.” ~ Pet Sematary

“I have the heart of a small boy...and I keep it in a jar on my desk.”

“I think it's relatively easy for people to accept something like telepathy or precognition or teleplasm because their willingness to believe doesn't cost them anything. It doesn't keep them awake nights. But the idea that the evil that men do lives after them is unsettling.” ~ Salem’s Lot

“A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ~ Skeleton Crew

“Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.” ~ Cujo

“Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow.” ~ Carrie

“Maybe I did it because kids need to know that sometimes dead is better.” ~ Pet Sematary

“When fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass ... 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.” ~ Salem’s Lot

“It became their motto, and Jonesy couldn't for the life of him remember which of them started saying it first. Payback's a bitch, that was his.” ~ Dreamcatcher

These are but a few of the famous Stephen King quotes. His darkly poetic writing and insightful observations about people make for some great Stephen King book quotes. Some are morbid. Some are twisted in a humorous way. But pick up any of his novels and you are bound to find a phrase or sentence in those pages that marks one of the great Stephen King quotes. But you might want to sleep with a nightlight on.