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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“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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“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Stephen King, Different Seasons
“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.”
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“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.”
Stephen King, Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
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“Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”
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“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
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“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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“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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“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
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“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, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“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.”
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“If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you.”
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“A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
Stephen King, Skeleton Crew
“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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“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
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“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.”
Stephen King, Night Shift
“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.”
Stephen King, Dolores Claiborne
“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”
Stephen King, The Stand
“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”
Stephen King, The Gunslinger
“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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“Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.”
Stephen King, Bag of Bones
“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
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“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“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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“Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't.”
Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

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