120+ Stephen King Quotes - Author of The Shining

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Stephen King Quotes on Books

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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.


Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.


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.


I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read

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Eddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.


Your hair is winter fire January embers My heart burns there, too.


Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends – maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.

Stephen King Quotes about The Past

A person who doesn’t learn from the past is an idiot, in my estimation.


It’s funny how close the past is, sometimes. Sometimes it seems as if you could almost reach out and touch it. Only who really wants to?


Not everybody believes in ghosts, but I do. Do you know what they are, Trisha? She had shaken her head slowly. Men and women who can’t get over their past . . . That’s what ghosts are.

Stephen King Quotes about age

Do any men grow up or do they only come of age?


My childhood was pretty ordinary, except from a very early age, I wanted to be scared. I just did. I was scared afterwards. I wanted a light on, because I was scared that there was something in the closet. My imagination was very active, even at a young age.


A kid of your age—any kid—could get hold of matches if she wanted to, burn up the house or whatever. But not many do. Why would they want to?

Stephen King Quotes on Love

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


If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples. I’ll love your face no matter what it looks like. Because it’s yours.


Now I think all of us were born with a hole in our hearts, and we go around looking for the person who can fill it. You… you fill me up.

Stephen King Quotes on Fear

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’ve met tale spinners before, Jake, and they’re all cut more or less from the same cloth. They tell tales because they’re afraid of life.


Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear

Stephen King Quotes The Shining

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


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.


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

Stephen King Quotes about Children

A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we’re children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they’re scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it’s pretty much in the eye of the beholder.


Families, when a child is born Want it to be intelligent. I, through intelligence, having wrecked my whole life, Only hope the baby will prove Ignorant and stupid. Then he


Beating heroin is child’s play compared to beating your childhood.

Stephen King Quotes on Horror

And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.


There are things of such darkness and horror—just, I suppose, as there are things of such great beauty—that they will not fit through the puny human doors of perception.


He supposed that even in Hell, people got an occasional sip of water, if only so they could appreciate the full horror of unrequited thirst when it set in again.

Stephen King Quotes on Death

Death is when the monsters get you.


When a man has died, he wants you to know about it.


It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Stephen King Quotes on Reading

Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it.


Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren’t prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets.


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

Stephen King Quotes on Friendship

I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 – Jesus, did you?


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


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.

Stephen King Quotes on Guns

Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.


Superhero movies and comic books teach a lesson that runs directly counter to the culture-of-violence idea: guns are for bad guys too cowardly to fight like men.


I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy.

Stephen King Quotes on Life

It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.


No matter how many times you shake it the last drop always ends up in your pants


But I believe in love, you know; love is a uniquely portable magic. I don’t think it’s in the stars, but I do believe that blood calls to blood and mind calls to mind and heart to heart.

Stephen King Quotes about Risk

This is how a man looks when he’s deciding that the risk of death is better than the risk of change.


Our time here is brief, our risk enormous. Don’t waste the one or increase the other, if you please.


there is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love.

Stephen King Quotes The Stand

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


The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want for nothing. He makes me lie down in the green pastures. He greases up my head with oil. He gives me kung-Fu in the face of my enemies. Amen


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

Christine Quotes by Stephen King

As soon as you have a child, you see your own tombstone


Maybe that’s one of the ways you recognize really lonely people . . . they can always think of something neat to do on rainy days. You can always call them up. They’re always home. Fucking always. For


I always like to see enlightened parents like that; it gives me hope for the future.

Stephen King Quotes about Change

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.

Stephen King Quotes on Writing

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.


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.


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