15 Stephen King Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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Stephen King is a literary…king. He is brilliant in more ways than one, and one of these ways is his way with words. He can articulate and illustrate sentiments, feelings, and situations one would have thought could never be expressed on paper. King has also put out statements that are so profound, it makes anyone realize why he and his books have gotten the popularity and acclaim they have. Here are some of his particularly astute quotes:

“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.”  (Different Seasons)

 

“Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”

 

“When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.”

 

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

 

“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.” (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons)

 

“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman’s got to hold on to.” (Dolores Claiborne)

 

“Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.” (Bag of Bones)

 

“Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call ‘society’. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.” (The Stand)

 

“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.”

 

“People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.” (Carrie)

 

“When you’re twenty-one, life is a roadmap. It’s only when you get to be twenty-five or so that you begin to suspect that you’ve been looking at the map upside down, and not until you’re forty are you entirely sure. By the time you’re sixty, take it from me, you’re fucking lost.” (Joyland)

 

“When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights.” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)

 

“Might as well try to drink the ocean with a spoon as argue with a lover.” (The Drawing of the Three)

 

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

 

“Life is fair. We all get the same nine-month shake in the box, and then the dice roll. Some people get a run of sevens. Some people, unfortunately, get snake-eyes. Its just how the world is.” (Full Dark, No Stars)

 

Kaitlyn Seabury | News Cult

 

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