125+ Best Stephen King Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels. Profoundly inspirational Stephen King quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Stephen King Quotes

The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. – Stephen King

Sooner or later even the fastest runners have to stand and fight. – Stephen King

Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe. – Stephen King

And now, all these years later, it seem to him that the most horrible fact of human existence was that broken hearts mended – Stephen King

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. – Stephen King

As a young man just beginning to publish some short fiction in the t&a magazines, I was fairly optimistic about my chances of getting published; I knew that I had some game, as the basketball players say these days, and I also felt that time was on my side; sooner or later the best-selling writers of the sixties and seventies would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me. – Stephen King

I’m not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills. But I do think that if you have thinks that bother you, things that are unresolved, the more that you talk about them, write about them, the less serious they become. – Stephen King

When you’re five and you hurt, you make a big noise in the world. At ten you whimper. But by the time you make fifteen you begin to eat the poisoned apples that grow on your own inner tree of pain. – Stephen King

If the stuff you’re writing is not for yourself, it won’t work. – Stephen King

Her body was wrapped in shadows like moth wings, like rose-petals. – Stephen King

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

You can go through your whole life telling yourself that life is logical, life is prosaic, life is sane. Above all sane. And I think it is. I’ve had a lot of time to think about that. And what I keep coming back to is [her] dying declaration: ‘So you understand that when we increase the number of variables, the axioms themselves never change.’ – Stephen King

I think reality is thin, you know, thin as lake ice after a thaw, and we fill our lives with noise and light and motion to hide that thinness from ourselves. – Stephen King

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. – Stephen King

We don’t know the days that will change our lives. Probably just as well. – Stephen King

Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness. – Stephen King

People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad. – Stephen King

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

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. – Stephen King

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 – Stephen King

For a moment he felt a wild hope: perhaps this really was a nightmare. Perhaps he would awake in his own bed, bathed in sweat, shaking, maybe even crying . . . but alive. Safe. Then he pushed the thought away. Its charm was deadly, its comfort fatal. – Stephen King

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. – Stephen King

The past is obdurate. – Stephen King

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

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’s a little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory. – Stephen King

Sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. It’s what you say when you spill a cup of coffee or throw a gutter ball when you’re bowling with the girls in the league. True sorrow is as rare as true love. – Stephen King

Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. – Stephen King

By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing. – Stephen King

For every mother who ever cursed God for her child dead in the road, for every father who ever cursed the man who sent him away from the factory with no job, for every child who was ever born to pain and asked why, this is the answer. Our lives are like these things I build. Sometimes they fall down for a reason, sometimes they fall down for no reason at all. – Stephen King

For me, that emotional payoff is what it’s all about. I want you to laugh or cry when you read a story…or do both at the same time. I want your heart, in other words. If you want to learn something, go to school. – Stephen King

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. – Stephen King

The idea for a novel is like a little tiny fire in a dark night. And, one by one, the characters come and stand around it and warm their hands. – Stephen King

May be she’ll learn something about what death really is, which is where the pain stops and the good memories begin. Not the end of life but the end of pain. – Stephen King

It’s best to be ruthless with the past. – Stephen King

A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog. – Stephen King

Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. – Stephen King

I think that friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds. – Stephen King

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page. – Stephen King

The movies have never been a big deal to me. The movies are the movies. They just make them. If they’re good, that’s terrific. If they’re not, they’re not. But I see them as a lesser medium than fiction, than literature, and a more ephemeral medium. – Stephen King

I think it’s relatively easy for people to accept something like telepathy or precognition or teleplasm because their willingness to believe doesn’t cost them anything. It doesn’t keep them awake nights. But the idea that the evil that men do lives after them is unsettling. – Stephen King

Memories are contrary things; if you quit chasing them and turn your back, they often return on their own. – Stephen King

They were nice enough people and all, but there wasn’t much love in them.Because they were too busy being afraid. Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark. – Stephen King

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. – Stephen King

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 – Stephen King

It was life, often unsatisfying, frequently cruel, usually boring, sometimes beautiful, once in a while exhilarating. – Stephen King

A library is a place where you can live a thousand lives. So why are you waiting when you could be living? Visit your library today. – Stephen King

If we don’t have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness. – Stephen King

There is no such thing as a happy ending. I never met a single one to equal Once upon a time. – Stephen King

When all else fails, give up and go to the library. – Stephen King

There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line. It’s tricky thing, and tough to talk about because I don’t think conceptually while I work on a first draft — I just write. To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar. But there’s one thing I’m sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this. – Stephen King

God wiped snot out of his nose and that was you. – Stephen King

Talent is never static. It’s always growing or dying. – Stephen King

She knew with suddeness and ease that this moment would be with her always, within hand’s reach of memory. She doubted if they all sensed it – they had seen the world – but even George was silent for a minute as they looked, and the scene, the smell, even the sound of the band playing a faintly recognisable movie theme, was locked forever in her, and she was at peace. – Stephen King

there’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst. – Stephen King

Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. – Stephen King

A product is something made in a factory; a brand is something that is bought by the customer. A product can be copied by a competitor; a brand is unique. A product can be quickly outdated; a successful brand is timeless. – Stephen King

But sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. […] True sorrow is as rare as true love. – Stephen King

In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives. – Stephen King

Nobody likes a clown at midnight – Stephen King

He did it (listened) as the world’s most charming and magnetic people do, always asking the right question at the right time, never fidgeting or taking his eyes from the speaker’s face, making the other guy feel like the most knowledgeable, brilliant, and intellectually savvy person on the planet. – Stephen King

When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story, he said. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. – Stephen King

You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you. – Stephen King

You can’t polish a turd. – Stephen King

I looked at the ceiling and wished this life was over. This unhappy life that had started out so confidently. I thought I would sleep no more that night but eventually I did. In the end we always wear out our worries. That’s what Wire man says. – Stephen King

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

What we like to think of ourselves and what we really are rarely have much in common. – Stephen King

I still believe in the resilience of the human heart and the essential validity of love;I still believe that connections between people can be made and that the spirits which inhabit us sometimes touch. I still believe that the cost of these connections is horribly, outrageously high… and I still believe that the value received far outweighs the price which must be paid. (From introductory notes.) – Stephen King

If you say, Well, OK, I don’t believe in God. There’s no evidence of God, then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design. – Stephen King

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 most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting. – Stephen King

We lie best when we lie to ourselves. – Stephen King

Passing time adds false memories and modifies real ones. – Stephen King

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

Go then, there are other worlds than these. – Stephen King

A man with a good wife is the luckiest of God’s creatures. – Stephen King

If you’ve ever been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you’ll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be. – Stephen King

You have to stay faithful to what you’re working on. – Stephen King

A cat won’t curry favor even if it’s in their best interests to do so. A cat can’t be a hypocrite. If more preachers were like cats, this would be a more religious country. – Stephen King

You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you. – Stephen King

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. – Stephen King

Don’t give me what I ask for, give me what I need. – Stephen King

Are you sure self-pity is a luxury you can afford, Jack? – Stephen King

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

For a moment everything was clear, and when that happens you see that the world is barely there at all. Don’t we all secretly know this? It’s a perfectly balanced mechanism of shouts and echoes pretending to be wheels and cogs, a dreamclock chiming beneath a mystery-glass we call life. Behind it? Below it and around it? Chaos, storms. Men with hammers, men with knives, men with guns. Women who twist what they cannot dominate and belittle what they cannot understand. A universe of horror and loss surrounding a single lighted stage where mortals dance in defiance of the dark. – Stephen King

God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live. – Stephen King

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? – Stephen King

Invitation to Dance- It’s a Dance. And sometimes they turn the lights off in this ballroom. But we’ll dance anyway, you and I. Even in the Dark. Especially in the Dark. May I have the pleasure? – Stephen King

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

Any thoughts of guilt, any feelings of regret, had faded. The desert had baked them out. – Stephen King

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

If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented. – Stephen King

The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool. – Stephen King

Terror. When you come home and notice everything you own has been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you-you hear it-you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around there’s nothing there. – Stephen King

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. – Stephen King

Let’s talk, you and I. Let’s talk about fear. The house is empty as I write this; a cold February rain is falling outside. It’s night. Sometimes when the wind blows the way it’s blowing now, we lose the power. But for now it’s on, and so let’s talk very honestly about fear. Let’s talk very rationally about moving to the rim of madnessand… and perhaps over the edge. – Stephen King

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. – Stephen King

The only religions I don’t like are the ones that insist their God is bigger than your God. – Stephen King

When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’ – Stephen King

Schizoid behavior is a pretty common thing in children. It’s accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics. – Stephen King

She can’t help it,’ he said. ‘She’s got the soul of a poet and the emotional makeup of a junkyard dog. – Stephen King

The dream might have been more than a dream. It was as if a door in the wall of reality had come ajar… and now all sorts of unwelcome things were flying through. – Stephen King

The family exists for many reasons, but its most basic function may be to draw together after a member dies. – Stephen King

The unconscious mind writes poetry if it’s left alone. – Stephen King

She didn’t see him at first. She was watching the dancers. Her color was high, and there were deep dimples at the corners of her mouth. She looked nine miles out of place, but he had never loved her more. This was Willa on the edge of a smile. – Stephen King

He began to cry, not hysterically or screaming as people cry when concealed rage with tears, but with continuous sobs who has just discovered that he’s alone and will be for long. He cried because safety and reason seemed to have left the world. Loneliness was a reality, but in this situation madness was also remotely a possibility. – Stephen King

The essential and defining characteristic of childhood is not the effortless merging of dream and reality, but only alienation. There are no words for childhood’s dark turns and exhalations. A wise child recognizes it and submits to the necessary consequences. A child who counts the cost is a child no longer. – Stephen King

It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then. – Stephen King

Las personas con un alto nivel de tolerancia al aburrimiento tienen tiempo de sobra para pensar. – Stephen King

Why don’t we all just go crazy when we know were going to croak? Because the mind’s a monkey. You put things in departments and you go ahead. You go on and plan for the future and assume that the future’s going to work out okay. Yet we know that sooner or later we’re all going to be eating worms, whether it’s fifty years or sixty. It might be tomorrow. It might happen today. – Stephen King

The first draft of a book-even a long one-should take no more than three months, the length of a season. – Stephen King

A coward judges all he sees by what he is. – Stephen King

Time apparently did nothing but blunt grief’s sharpest edge so that it hacked rather than sliced. – Stephen King

Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up. – Stephen King

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

I started after him…and the clown looked back. I saw Its eyes, and all at once I understood who It was. Who was it, Don? Harold Gardner asked softly. It was Derry, Don Hagarty said. It was this town. – Stephen King

The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows – Stephen King

When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction. – Stephen King

Be true, be brave, stand All the rest is darkness. – Stephen King

The battle between good and evil is endlessly fascinating because we are participants every day. – Stephen King

JK Rowling created seven Horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and now her books will live forever – Stephen King

Each life makes its own immitation of immortality. – Stephen King

But in high school the business of irrevocable choices began. Doors slipped shut with a faint locking click that was only heared clearly in the dreams of later years. – Stephen King

A life without love is like a tree without fruit. – Stephen King

There is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love. – Stephen King

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