50+ Stephen King Quotes

50+ Stephen King Quotes

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” - Stephen King

Stephen King Quotes

Stephen King (Maine, 1947) is an American writer of horror and suspense novels. His works are so good and famous that many of them have been adapted into cinema, series or even comics. King has won many awards, for example, Bram Stoker Awards, or British Fantasy Society Awards, among many others.

Among his most famous novels, we can find The Shining (1977), It (1986) and Carrie (1974). In this article, you will find a compilation with the best Stephen King quotes.


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

2“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

3"And in real life endings aren't always neat, whether they're happy endings, or whether they're sad endings."

4“Some things it don’t pay to be curious about.”

5"The scariest moment is always just before you start."

6"Books are a uniquely portable magic."

7"Get busy living or get busy dying."

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

9“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

10“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.”

11"The devil's voice is sweet to heart."

12“Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.”

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

14"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."

15"We lie best when we lie to ourselves."

16“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”

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

18“Let me say it again: You must not come lightly to the blank page.”

19"And as a writer, one of the things that I've always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that's what we're supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react."

20“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?”

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

22"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."

23"Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."

24“Our memories have voices too.”

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

26“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”

27"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts."

28"You have to stay faithful to what you're working on."

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

30"It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright."

31"If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you."

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

33“It’s alright to feel fear, but sometimes a very bad idea to show it.”

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

35“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”

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

37"God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live."

38"Each life makes its own immitation of immortality."

39“When all else fails, give up and go to the library.”

40“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”

41“The three true ages of man are youth, middle age, and how the fuck did I get old so soon?”

42“Some werewolves are hairy on the inside.”

43“Being needed is a great thing. Maybe the great thing.”

44"There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst."

45"Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to."

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

47"Nobody likes a clown at midnight."

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

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

50“Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

51“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.”

52"I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged."

53"This is not a bad life."

54“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.”