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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.”
Stephen King
“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.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“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.”
Stephen King
“Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.”
Stephen King
“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla
“Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”
Stephen King
“Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.”
Stephen King
“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. ”
Stephen King
“Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.”
Stephen King
“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
Stephen King, 11/22/63
“Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him. ”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”
Stephen King, The Stand
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Stephen King
“Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.”
Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
“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, It
“God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.”
Stephen King
“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.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.”
Stephen King
“Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.”
Stephen King
“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.”
Stephen King, Carrie
“God grant me to SERENITY to accept what I cannot change the TENACITY to change what I may and the GOOD LUCK not to f*** up too often”
Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot
“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“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.”
Stephen King, The Stand
“The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows”
Stephen King
“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.”
Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot
“Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.”
Stephen King, The Green Mile
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity”
Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
“Hug and kiss whoever helped get you - financially, mentally, morally, emotionally - to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you're too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”
Stephen King


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