Stephen King Quotes

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Born: September 21, 1947, Portland, Maine, USA
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Author

1.
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.
- Stephen King

2.
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.
- Stephen King

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

4.
And poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God's language - it's better, it's finer, it's language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives.
- Stephen King

5.
But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it's all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.
- Stephen King

6.
Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.
- Stephen King

7.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
- Stephen King

8.
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
- Stephen King

9.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
- Stephen King

10.
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.
- Stephen King

11.
I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.
- Stephen King

12.
I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.
- Stephen King

13.
I never saw any of my dad's stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.
- Stephen King

14.
I was in enough to get along with people. I was never socially inarticulate. Not a loner. And that saved my life, saved my sanity. That and the writing. But to this day I distrust anybody who thought school was a good time. Anybody.
- Stephen King

15.
I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged.
- Stephen King

16.
I've always believed in God. I also think that's the sort of thing that either comes as part of the equipment, the capacity to believe, or at some point in your life, when you're in a position where you actually need help from a power greater than yourself, you simply make an agreement.
- Stephen King

17.
It's a mystery. That's the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it's mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously.
- Stephen King

18.
Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
- Stephen King

19.
Only enemies speak the truth friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
- Stephen King

20.
Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
- Stephen King

21.
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
- Stephen King

22.
We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it's all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.
- Stephen King

23.
We've switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics - trying to play a serious part in the world - to a culture that's really entertainment-based.
- Stephen King

24.
Well, I'm like a drug addict, I'm always saying I'm going to stop, and then I don't, what I've said consistently is that I hope I know when to stop: when it starts to get repetitive.
- Stephen King

25.
What charitable 1 percenters can't do is assume responsibility - America's national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts.
- Stephen King

26.
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

27.
Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you're forced back on your own imagination.
- Stephen King

28.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
- Stephen King

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