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"Wanting more is just a recipe for heartache."

Stephen King

Born: September 21, 1947

Occupation: Author

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But who can foresee such things? None of us can predict the final outcomes of our actions, and few of us even try; most of us just do what we do to prolong a moment's pleasure or to stop the pain. And...

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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.

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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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Waiting rooms were made for books-of course! But so are theater lobbies before the show, long and boring checkout lines, and everyone's favorite, the john.

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Sometimes when you're young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you're living on someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two.

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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.

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Good days and long nights to ya, sai.

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Most people are optimists, although they may claim they are not. People who call themselves realists are often the biggest optimists of all.

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Remember that the truth is in the details. No matter how you see the world or what style it imposes on your work as an artist, the truth is in the details. Of course the devil's there, too-everyone says...

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This is how a man looks when he's deciding that the risk of death is better than the risk of change.

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There were people who lied for gain, people who lied from pain, people who lied simply because the concept of telling the truth was utterly alien to them . . . and then there were people who lied because...

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Love, the simplest, strongest, and most unforgiving of all emotions.

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Not everybody believes in ghosts, but I do. Do you know what they are, Trisha? She had shaken her head slowly. Men and women who can't get over their past . . . That's what ghosts are.

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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...

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Animals don't know as much about jealousy as people, but they're not ignorant of it, either.

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Anyone who thinks impressions of old movie actors is funny absolutely cannot be trusted. I think it's like a law of nature.

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You're dead, George. You just don't have the sense to lie down.

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I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids.

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If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I'll be all right as long as there's a lending library.

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On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?

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I dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I. We found each other. We found each other in the dark.

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He killed them with their love

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Books are a uniquely portable magic.

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Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers, tommyknockers knocking on my door. I wanna go out, don't know if I can 'cuz I'm so afraid of the tommyknocker man.

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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...

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When you find something at which you have talent, you do that thing (what ever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes pop out of your head.

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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,...

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When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.

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People think first love is sweet, and never sweeter than when that first bond snaps. You've heard a thousand pop and country songs that prove the point; some fool got his heart broke. Yet that first broken...

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Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.

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All I can say is what you already know: some days are treasure. Not many, but I think in almost every life there are a few. That was one of mine, and when I'm blue -- when life comes down on me and everything...

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Our memories have voices, too. Often sad ones that clamor like raised arms in the dark.

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In the years since, I've discovered there's a lot to be said for boredom.

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They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn't like to look at them. They were the walking dead.

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The concept of dreaming is known to the waking mind but to the dreamer there is no waking, no real world, no sanity; there is only the screaming bedlam of sleep.

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Hearts are tough, Most times they don't break. Most times they are only bend

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The wonder is that so many OCDs manage to live productive lives, just the same. They work, they eat (often not enough or too much, it's true), they go to the movies, they make love to their girlfriends...

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If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered.

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He needs to be corrected, if you don't mind me saying so. He needs a good talking-to, and perhaps a bit more. My own girls, sir, didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack...

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Just go on dancing with me like this forever and I'll never tire. We'll scrape our shoe on the stars and hang upside down from the moon.

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In many ways, Eulah-Beulah prepared me for literary criticism. After having a two-hundred-pound babysitter fart on your face and yell Pow!, The Village Voice holds few terrors.

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The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction.

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Oh, there were all sorts of things to wonder about, but the truth was simple: here stood this door alone on an endless stretch of beach, and it was for only one of two things: opening or leaving closed.

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The last good time always comes, and when you see the darkness creeping toward you, you hold on to what was bright and good. You hold on for dear life.

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Roland could not understand why anyone would want cocaine or any other illegal drug, for that matter, in a world where such a powerful one as sugar was so plentiful and cheap.

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My father had taught me - mostly by example - that if a man wanted to be in charge of his life, he had to be in charge of his problems.

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Do you drink?" "Of course,I just said I was a writer.

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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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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.

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They were trying to run, trying to hide. But the rock would not hide them; the dead tree gave no shelter.

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Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.

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...I'd been raised by my parents to believe barfing your feelings on other people was the height of impoliteness...

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I can't understand why people use religion to hurt each other when there's already so much pain in the world.

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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.

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I've spread my legs in the backseat in a creative sense quite a few times.

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Once, during the drinking phase, Wendy had accused him of desiring his own destruction but not possessing the necessary moral fiber to support a full-blown deathwish. So he manufactured ways in which other...

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Kindle, isn’t it?” the waitress asked. “I got one for Christmas, and I love it. I’m reading my way through all of Jodi Picoult’s books.” “Oh, probably not all of them,” Wesley said. “Huh?...

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Terrible thing to live in fear. Brooks Hatlen knew it. Knew it all too well. All I want is to be back where things make sense. Where I won't have to be afraid all the time.

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I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 - Jesus, did you?

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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....

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It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.

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We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other ... except through faith.

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No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.

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And then the world exploded.

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And suddenly it didn't seem to matter any more, nothing would matter if she could turn over, turn over and see the stars, turn over and look once and die.

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...they came to see what happened to their town, to see if it was indeed lying burnt and bleeding. Many of them also came to die.

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You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been...

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I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months…Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch...

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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....

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

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And in the gunslinger's mind, those words echoed: You dare not.

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The shuddering would not stop. The pain was like the end of the world. He thought: There comes a point when the very discussion of pain becomes redundant. No one knows there is pain the size of this in...

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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...

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The color white is the absence of memory.

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You don't always talk with your mouth. Sometimes what you say with your mouth hardly matters at all. You have to signify

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Passing time adds false memories and modifies real ones.

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The old sleep poorly. Perhaps they stand watch.

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The exhilaration was hard to explain. It was a lonely feeling — a somehow melancholy feeling. He was outside; he passed on the wings of the wind, and none of the people beyond the brightly lighted squares...

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What Jack didn't understand was that no matter where he went, the same asshole got off the plane.

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When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.

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I think you're a taker. You've always been one. It's like God left some part of you out when He built you inside of me.

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

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His name is Legion. He is the king of nowhere.

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It's how we see the world that keeps the darkness beyond at bay. Keeps it from pouring through and devouring us. I think all of us might know that, way down deep.

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

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It's best to be ruthless with the past.

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Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it.

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She had never dreamed there could be so much pain in a life when there was nothing physically wrong. She hurt all the time.

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How many times, over how many years, had he—a grown man—asked for the mercy of another chance? He was suddenly so sick of himself, so revolted, that he could have groaned aloud.

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In spite of the problems he was having he was going on with his life. There are thousands who don’t or won’t or can’t and plenty of them aren’t in prison either.

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That's the curse of the reading class. We can be seduced by a good story even at the most inopportune moments.

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There came a time when you realized that moving on was pointless. That you took yourself with you wherever you went.

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He had come to believe that life was a series of ironic ambushes. - Doctor Sleep

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Death was no less a miracle than birth.

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Of course when you were running with the bottom dogs, what you mostly saw were paws, claws, and assholes.

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The Overlook was still not done with him. Written on the mirror, not in lipstick but in blood, was a single word: REDRUM

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The world was the Overlook Hotel, where the party never ended. Where the dead were alive forever.

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The shining. It was a good name, a comforting name, because she had always thought of it as a dark thing.

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You’d be surprised what a person can live with,” Dan said.

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Want a Coke?” Abra asked. “Sugar solves lots of problems, that’s what I think.

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FEAR stands for face everything and recover – Old AA saying

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Life was a wheel, its only job was to turn, and it always came back to where it started.

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We either learn to accept or we end up writing letters home with crayons.

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The good thing about being old, is you don’t have to worry about dying young.

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I changed it. I had to. Do you know why?" She studied him, her eyes grave. "Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.

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I hope you liked them, Reader; that they did for you what any good story should do--make you forget the real stuff weighing on your mind for a little while and take you away to a place you've never been....

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Andy Dufresne: 'That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you...haven't you ever felt that way about music?' Red: 'I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn't...

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Paul Edgecomb: What do you want me to do John? I'll do it. You want me to let you walk out of here and see how far you get? John Coffey: Now why would you want to do a foolish thing like that? Paul Edgecomb:...

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A life without love is like a tree without fruit.

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Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is...

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The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.

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I've given up thinking - it keeps getting me into trouble.

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Maybe that's why God made us kids first and built us close to the ground, because He knows you got to fall down a lot and bleed a lot before you learn that one simple lesson. You pay for what you get,...

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There are a great many ways to commit suicide you know.

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If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.

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It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening, because they're not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm...

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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,...

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The first is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second...

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Writers must be fair and remember even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good—they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting...

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The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding...

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

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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.

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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...

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Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.

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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...

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Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes.

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I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.

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Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. I take a book with me everywhere I go, and find there are all sorts of opportunities to dip in. The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips...

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I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same...

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

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There should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with. If there’s a window, draw the curtains or pull down the shades unless it looks out at a blank...

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I have no opinion. No, none at all. Opinion is politics, and politics is an evil which has caused many a fellow to be hung while he's still young and pretty.

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God pisses down the back of your neck every day but only drowns you once.

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Any statement beginning with the words 'In truth' is almost always a lie.

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Laughter... is like a hurricane: once it reaches a certain point, it becomes self-feeding, self-supporting. You laugh not because the jokes are funny but because your own condition is funny.

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Busy as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

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Was it pretty? Your country. . .your land?" "It was beautiful," the gunslinger said. "There were fields and forests and rivers and mists in the morning. But that's only pretty. My mother used to say that...

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The things a man sees when he ain't got a gun.--Watson the Caretaker

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Absence may or may not make the heart grow fonder, but it certainly freshens the eye.

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Time is a face on the water.

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It occured to her that pleasure, no matter how deep, was a ghostly, ephemeral thing. Love might make the world go round, but she was convinced it ws the cries of the badly wounded andf deeply afflicted...

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At nineteen, it seems to me, one has a right to be arrogant; time has usually not begun its stealthy and rotten subtractions. It takes away your hair and your jump-shot, according to a popular country...

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Time is a keyhole.... We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do--the wind that blows through the keyhole--is the breath of all the living universe.

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It's actually against my religion to laugh at men who are toting guns.

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

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There are things of such darkness and horror—just, I suppose, as there are things of such great beauty—that they will not fit through the puny human doors of perception.

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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

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Everyone needs a hobby, he said. And everyone needs a miracle or two, just to prove life is more than just one long trudge from the cradle to the grave.

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Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin...

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But it's hard for a man to give up all his pleasures, even when they don't pleasure him no more.

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The world's a hard place, Danny. It don't care. It don't hate you and me, but it don't love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they're things no one can explain. Good people die in bad,...

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People can be stunningly unobservant.

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Nobody likes a clown at midnight

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It's hard enough for a person to keep their own socks pulled up, let alone someone else's.

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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.

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

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

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If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.

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The boat dipped and swayed and sometimes took on water, but it did not sink; the two brothers had waterproofed it well. I do not know where it finally fetched up, if it ever did; perhaps it reached the...

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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.

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Am I weird?" "Yeah. But so what? Everybody's weird.

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Put an egg in your shoe and beat it, make like a tree and leave, imitate an amoeba and split.

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Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there...

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A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.

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Ninety-five percent of people who walk the earth are simply inert. One percent are saints, and one percent are assholes. The other three percent are people who do what they say they can do.

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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.

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

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Tracking account planning is rather like counting a mixed batch of tropical fish. You think you see patterns, but they've all changed by the time you've finished counting.

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There are really very few economies of scale in centralising or standardising advertising.

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Advertising tends to be most effective in jogging finally into action those people who are well-enough disposed towards a product, but have not yet got around to buying it.

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The only leverage the manufacturer can apply to the retailer is his relationship with the consumer. And the main element in profit growth is going to have to lie in making his brand more valuable to the...

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One can often trace the sources of a brand personality-here it is the advertising, there the pack, somewhere else some physical element of the product. Of course, the personality is clearest and strongest...

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A campaign, like a brand, is not just a number of bits put together-a claim here, a pack shot there, a reason why somewhere else. If we try to produce it by the atomistic approach, we will end up with...

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It is fairly clear that many of the arguments against proposition testing are really arguments against propositions themselves.

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Research can only present data about the past. No one seriously believes that people's answers to hypothetical questions about the future accurately represent their future behaviour; they merely represent...

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Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the...

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My friend wants to get moving and so do I,' Eddie said. 'We've got miles to go yet.' I know that. It's on your face, son. Like a scar.' Eddie was fascinated by the idea of duty and ka as something that...

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Deep inside her (ih her harrowed soul) she felt a glowing ember of fury at the man responsible for this. Tha man who had put her in this position. She looked at the pistol lying beside the basin, and knew...

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Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult, lonely job; it's like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There's plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.

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Death is when the monsters get you.

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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...

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The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.

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I know I can do it," Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. "I'm sure that in time her death will be a mystery, even to me.

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What if there were no grownups? Suppose the whole idea of grownups was an illusion? What if their money was really just playground marbles, their business deals no more than baseball-card trades, their...

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As infants, our first victory comes in grasping some bit of the world, usually our mother's fingers. Later we discover that the world, and the things of the world, are grasping us, and have been all along.

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Roland grabbed Jake and hauled him to his feet. “You came!” Jake shouted. “You really came!” “I came, yes. By the grace of the gods and the courage of my friends, I came.

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Nobody likes to see a stupid guy wise up.

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Your first impulse is to share good news, your second is to club someone with it.

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Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead.

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She couldn't be on his wavelength all the time. That's all. When you could recognize that and deal with it, you were on your way to an adult relationship.

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Dreams age faster than dreamers.

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We don't know the days that will change our lives. Probably just as well.

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You couldn't not like someone who liked the guitar.

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Every man or woman who loves Him, they hate Him too, because He's a hard God, a jealous God.

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Men who find themselves late are never sure. They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizen should be: partisans but never zealots, respectors of the facts which attend each situation...

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Women's lib, Frannie had decided, was nothing more nor less than an outgrowth of the technological society. Women were at the mercy of their bodies. They were smaller. They tended to be weaker. A man couldn't...

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A person can't change all at once.

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Rationalism is the idea that we can ever understand anything about the state of being. It's a deathtrip. It always has been. . . . And if rationalism is a deathtrip, then irrationalism might very well...

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Who gets to be best-liked in any community? Who is the most trusted? Why, the man who does the dirty job, of course, and does it with a smile. The man who does the job you couldn't bring yourself to do.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

And when there are enough outsiders together in one place, a mystic osmosis takes place and you're inside.

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Stephen King

The thought process can never be complete without articulation.

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Stephen King

God doesn't bribe, child. He just makes a sign and lets people take it as they will.

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Stephen King

He had been (Thinking? Praying?) It was all the same thing.

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Stephen King

I am your number one fan.

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Stephen King

It was really amazing the number of hard hits from which a mind could recover.

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Stephen King

All right I think we've been down here in the dark long enough. There's a whole other world upstairs. Take my hand Constant Reader and I'll be happy to lead you back into the sunshine. I'm happy to go...

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Stephen King

As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?

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Stephen King

He pointed toward the silhouettes on the side of the [bathrooms] instead--black cutout man, black cutout woman. The man had his legs apart, the woman had hers together. Pretty much the story of the human...

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Stephen King

One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household...

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Stephen King

A hurt body and mind aren't just like a dictatorship; they are a dictatorship. There is no tyrant as merciless as pain, no despot so cruel as confusion.

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Stephen King

I just didn't want her to get hurt. I thought she was going to be. But everyone gets their share, don't they? Sure. Pow, in the nose. Pow, in the eye. Pow, below the belt, down you go, and the ref just...

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Stephen King

Make-up covers a multitude of sins.

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Stephen King

If I kept saying it; if I kept reaching out. My accident really taught me just one thing: the only way to go on is to go on. To say 'I can do this' even when you know you can't.

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Stephen King

If you want to play, you gotta pay.

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Stephen King

Reading a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair

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Stephen King

All you need to do is hold on tight...and believe.

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Stephen King

When love leaves the world, all hearts are still. Tell them of my love and tell them of my pain and tell them of my hope, which still lives. For this is all I have and all I am and all I ask.

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Stephen King

he looked to her like an absurd twentieth-century Hamlet, an indecisive figure so mesmerized by onrushing tragedy that he was helpless to divert its course or alter it in any way.

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Stephen King

I believe these stories exist because we sometimes need to create unreal monsters and bogies to stand in for all the things we fear in our real lives: the parent who punches instead of kissing, the auto...

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Stephen King

I win, you win. You win, I win. The gun, I win. The fruit, you win. I win, you win.

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Stephen King

And I guess you judge how well you're doing by how well you sleep at night... and what your dreams are like.

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Stephen King

But you don't do it. Because guys like us, Red, we know there's a third choice. An alternative to staying simon-pure or bathing in the filth and the slime. It's the alternative that grown-ups all over...

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Stephen King

How much courage does it take to fire up your tractor and plow under a crop you spent six or seven years growing? How much courage to go on and do that after you've spent all that time finding out how...

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Stephen King

I write to find out what I think.

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Stephen King

Things were going very fast now. Too fast to suit him. Fantasy and reality had merged.

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Stephen King

It wasn't just love that held people together. There was secrets, and the price you paid to keep them.

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Stephen King

She nods. You're good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

The harder you had to work to open a package, the less you ended up caring about what was inside.

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Stephen King

Ninety-eight percent of what goes on in people's heads is none of their smucking business.

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Stephen King

Because who would ever want to get close to another person if they knew how hard the letting-go part was? In your heart they only die a little at a time, don't they? Like a plant when you go away on a...

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Stephen King

Man has come to dominate the planet thanks to two essential traits. One is intelligence. The other has been the absolute willingness to kill anyone and anything that gets in his way.

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Stephen King

The town kept its secrets, and the Marsten House brooded over it like a ruined king.

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Stephen King

Fools are the only folk on the earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve.

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Stephen King

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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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

The first real terror struck him then, and there was nothing supernatural about it. It was only a realization of how easy it was to trash your life. That was what was so scary. You just dragged the fan...

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Stephen King

All Thing Serve the Beam

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Stephen King

It don't matter if you believe in God Nick, he believes in you.

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Stephen King

An idea is like a cold germ: sooner or later someone always catches it.

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Stephen King

One night when my longing for her was like a fire burning out of control in my heart and my head, I wrote her a letter that just seemed to go on and on. I poured out my whole heart in it, never looking...

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Stephen King

When machines fail, when technology fails, when the conventional religion fails, people have got to have something. Even a zombin lurching through the night can seem pretty cheerful compared to the existential...

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

A person's memory is everything, really. Memory is identity. It's you.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

Anyway, as the old barrelhouse song says, My God, how the money rolled in. Norton must have subscribed to the old Puritan notion that the best way to figure out which folks God favours is by checking their...

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Stephen King

A person can go along quite awhile if they get a good day every once and again.

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Stephen King

I felt lonely and content at the same time. I believe that is a rare kind of happiness.

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Stephen King

The first thing was to get down to Addie Richardson's henhouse, and that was a goodish way, four or five miles. She found herself wondering if the Lord was going to send her an eagle to fly her those four...

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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.

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Stephen King

I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.

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Stephen King

I'm not making an enemy; I'm keepin' one.

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Stephen King

Superstition, like true love, needs time to grow and reflect upon itself.

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Stephen King

I hated school. I don't trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you.

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Stephen King

The brain is a muscle that can move the world.

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Stephen King

I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or...

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Stephen King

Of course they had more chains on him than Scrooge saw on Marley's ghost, but he could have kicked up dickens if he'd wanted. That's a pun, son.

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Stephen King

There was a beautiful feeling of calm in my groin, a sense of peace so remarkable it was almost ecstasy——anyone who' suffered bad pain and then recovered will know what I'm talking about.

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Stephen King

Upon being asked by a fan how to become a writer, Stephen King replied, "Write.

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Stephen King

You know," Glen Bateman said, looking out toward Grand Junction in the early light of morning, "I've heard the saying 'That sucks' for years without really being sure of what it meant. Now I think I know.

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Stephen King

Good luck is just bad luck with its hair combed.

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Stephen King

Dead fields under a November sky, scattered rose petals brown and turning up at the edges, empty pools scummed with algae, rot, decomposition, dust...

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Stephen King

I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like...

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Stephen King

You know what talent is? The curse of expectation. As a kid you have to deal with that, beat it somehow. If you can write, you think God put you on earth to blow Shakespeare away. Or if you can paint,...

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Stephen King

and then woe is you, Pauly. Woe to the max.

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Stephen King

I am in trouble here. This woman is not right.

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Stephen King

There's a lot of things people think they can't do and then discover they can when they find themselves tight-wired.

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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

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Stephen King

At its most basic we are discussing a learned skill (writing), but do we not agree that sometimes the most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools and carpentry,...

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Stephen King

There's a Mr. Hyde for every happy Jekyll face, a dark face on the other side of the mirror.

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Stephen King

I like to hang out clothes on windy days. Sometimes that's all I feel like. A sheet on a line.

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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.

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Stephen King

It's only a little secret, but having a secret makes me feel better. Like a human being again.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

That's the day's business. Thinking. Thinking and isolation, because it doesn't matter if you pass the time of day with someone or not; in the end, you're alone. He seemed to have put in as many miles...

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Stephen King

Even at eleven, he had observed that things turned out right a ridiculous amount of the time.

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Stephen King

Sometimes stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up.

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Stephen King

Some guys-a lot of guys-don't believe what they are seeing, especially if it gets in the way of what they want to eat or drink or believe. Me, I don't believe in God. But if i saw him, I would. I wouldn't...

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Stephen King

The mystery of the universe is not time but size.

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Stephen King

He was a clot looking for a place to happen, a splinter of bone hunting a soft organ to puncture, a lonely lunatic cell looking for a mate - they would set up housekeeping and raise themselves a cozy little...

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Stephen King

Stories are artifacts, not really made things which we create and can take credit for, but pre-existing objects which we dig up.

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Stephen King

When creative people do their best work, they're hardly ever in charge, they're just sort of rolling along with their eyes shut yelling wheee.

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Stephen King

For a woman a man will do many things that he'd turn his back on in an instant when alone; things he'd back away from, nine times out of ten, even when drunk adn with a bunch of his friends egging him...

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Stephen King

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

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Stephen King

he sat upon his throne, which is made of skulls...

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Stephen King

If we don't have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness.

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Stephen King

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

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Stephen King

Zombies are the new vampire.

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Stephen King

... don't let your elders and supposed betters tell you any different. Sure, you've never been to Paris. No, you never ran with the bulls at Pamploma. Yes, you're a pissant who had no hair in your armpits...

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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...

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Stephen King

Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.

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Stephen King

Sometimes loving eyes don't see what they don't want to see.

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Stephen King

The world had moved on and all that was over, done before fairly begun.

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Stephen King

Once I fell in love with books, I fell in love completely.

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Stephen King

Rage-the biggest, truest rage of her adult life-had invaded her like a fever, but it wasn't like any fever she had known previously. It circulated like weird serum, cold on the right side of her body,...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him.

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Stephen King

Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?

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Stephen King

Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your...

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Stephen King

Writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.

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Stephen King

Even when love isn't enough...somehow it is.

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Stephen King

And I wonder if there is really any point to what I'm doing, or what I'm supposed to make of a world where a man can get rich playing "let's pretend

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Stephen King

Fear is the emotion that makes us blind.

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Stephen King

Lying in the bed that had once held two, Lisey thought alone never felt more lonely than when you woke up and discovered you still had the house to yourself. That you and the mice in the walls were the...

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Stephen King

Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

A good reputation is something that must be earned, yet can never be bought.

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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...

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Stephen King

If you can remember all the accessories that go with your best outfit, the contents of your purse, the starting lineup of the New York Yankees or the Houston Oilers, or what label "Hang On Sloopy" by The...

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Stephen King

Must you write complete sentences each time, every time? Perish the thought. If your work consists only of fragments and floating clauses, the Grammar Police aren't going to come and take you away. Even...

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Stephen King

Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren't prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets.

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Stephen King

Don't ask me silly questions I won't play silly games I'm just a simple choo choo train And I'll always be the same. I only want to race along Beneath the bright blue sky And be a happy choo choo train...

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Stephen King

As with all other aspects of fiction, the key to writing good dialogue is honesty.

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Stephen King

Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it.

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Stephen King

The important question has nothing to do with whether the talk in your story is sacred or profane; the only question is how it rings on the page and in your ear. If you expect it to ring true, then you...

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Stephen King

It's dialogue that gives your cast their voices, and is crucial in defining their characters.

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Stephen King

Writing good dialogue is art as well as craft.

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Stephen King

I work until beer o'clock.

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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...

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Stephen King

Remember that 'plumber in space' is not such a bad setup for a story.

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Stephen King

Not every book has to be loaded with symbolism, irony, or musical language, but it seems to me that every book-at least every one worth reading-is about something.

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Stephen King

Rewrite formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft - 10%.

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Stephen King

The man in black smiled. "Shall we tell the truth then, you and I? No more lies?" I thought we had been." But the man in black persisted as if Roland hadn't spoken. "Shall there be truth between us, as...

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Stephen King

Time heals all wounds.

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Stephen King

A book is like a pump. It gives nothing unless first you give to it. You prime a pump with your own water, you work the handle with your own strength. You do this because you expect to get back more than...

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Stephen King

Good books are for consideration after, too.

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Stephen King

And this wasn’t lying, not really. It was leaving out.

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Stephen King

You might question a winkle - a feeling that came to you right out of the blue - but you didn’t question knowing.

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Stephen King

A change is as good as a rest.

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Stephen King

There’s always someone who knows something.

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Stephen King

Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.

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Stephen King

What you don’t know, you can’t tell. Or made to tell.

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Stephen King

I think that's what people most always do with the stuff they can't make out - just forget it.

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Stephen King

The turtle couldn't help us.

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Stephen King

Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.

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Stephen King

I don't have nightmares; I give them all to you.

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Stephen King

I don't take notes; I don't outline, I don't do anything like that. I just flail away at the goddamn thing. I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami. You can't sell it as caviar.

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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...

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Stephen King

If the stuff you're writing is not for yourself, it won't work.

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Stephen King

He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.

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Stephen King

Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me

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Stephen King

As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

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Stephen King

Calling it a simple schoolgirl crush was like saying a Rolls-Royce was a vehicle with four wheels, something like a hay-wagon. She did not giggle wildly and blush when she saw him, nor did she chalk his...

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Stephen King

That's not such a bad thing,' he said to me. 'In nightmares we can think the worst. That's what they're for, I guess.

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Stephen King

On that gray street, with the smell of industrial smokes in the air and the afternoon bleeding away to evening, downtown Derry looked only marginally more charming than a dead hooker in a church pew.

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Stephen King

Working on a new idea is kind of like getting married. Then a new idea comes along and you think, 'Man, I'd really like to go out with her.' But you can't. At least not until the old idea is finished.

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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.

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Stephen King

there's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst.

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Stephen King

It was as hysterical as a woman having a hot flash.

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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....

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Stephen King

Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story's just a story

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Stephen King

Like all sweet dreams, it will be brief, but brevity makes sweetness, doesn't it?

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Stephen King

You cant be too careful on a skateboard.

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Stephen King

And people who don’t dream, who don’t have any kind of imaginative life, they must… they must go nuts. I can’t imagine that.

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Stephen King

The past is obdurate.

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Stephen King

He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute.

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Stephen King

If you can read in the 21st century you own the world.

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Stephen King

If I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross out. I'm not proud.

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Stephen King

Any parting could be forever, and we don't know.

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Stephen King

the late afternoon sunlight, warm as oil, sweet as childhood ...

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Stephen King

This inhuman place makes human monsters.

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Stephen King

So what, ghosts can't hurt you. That's what I thought then.

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Stephen King

Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity.

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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...

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Stephen King

For men, I think, love is a thing formed of equal parts lust and astonishment. The astonishment part women understand. The lust part they only think they understand.

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Stephen King

I see things, that's all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.

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Stephen King

Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark

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Stephen King

The only wat to get better at writing is to write. And read.

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Stephen King

I have no plans to get an iPad. I know it will do more things than my Kindle, but I don’t want more things. If I want other stuff - movies, TV shows, weather forecasts, the forthcoming Josh Ritter album...

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Stephen King

Explanations are such cheap poetry.

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Stephen King

There seems to be no air in the air she breaths.

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Stephen King

How to Draw a Picture (XII) Know when you're finished, and when you are, put your pencil or your paintbrush down. All the rest is only life.

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Stephen King

Dead was the gift that kept on giving. Dead, like diamonds, was forever.

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Stephen King

Like the man said, a little hope never hurt anybody

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Stephen King

Sarcastic people tend to be marshmallows underneath the armor

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

In the end we always wear out our worries. That’s what Wireman says.

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Stephen King

Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again.

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Stephen King

The low bird is not picked tenderly out of the dust by its fellows; rather, it is dispatched quickly and without mercy.

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Stephen King

No one ever really pays for betrayal in silver....The price of any betrayal always comes due in flesh.

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Stephen King

She did not know if her gift came from the lord of light or of darkness, and now, finally finding that she didn't care which, she wad overcome with almost indescribable relief, as if a huge weight, long...

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Stephen King

Whenever anything happens in America, they have to gold-plate it, like baby shoes. That way you can forget it.

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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.

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Stephen King

Grammar is...the pole you grab to get your thoughts up on their feet and walking.

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Stephen King

Do you happen to have another Condom? I think I've discovered the cure for headaches.

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Stephen King

If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples. I'll love your face no matter what it looks like. Because it's yours.

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Stephen King

I know life is hard, I think everyone knows that in their hearts, but why dos it have to be cruel, as well? Why does it have to bite?

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Stephen King

I know your mother lives in your head - almost everyone's mother does, I guess - but you can't let her have her way on this one

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Stephen King

The crazy people of the world...shouldn't get to win. If God won't make it better after they do have their shitty little victories, then ordinary people have to. They have to try, at least.

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Stephen King

Directing teenage actors is like juggling jars of nitro-glycerine: exhilarating and dangerous.

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Stephen King

We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.

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Stephen King

Do I know what people say? Sure. I shrug it off. what else can you do? Stop people from talking? You might as well try to stop the wind from blowing.

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Stephen King

I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they "don't have time to read." This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that...

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Stephen King

...it was more like bleeding than crying.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

Pride was the belt you used to hold your pants up when you had no pants.

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Stephen King

So what he supposed to do? Grab Bobbie's ax and make like Jack Nicholson in The Shinning? He could see it. Smash, crash, bash: Heeeeeeere's GARDENER!

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Stephen King

I have the world's best job. I get paid to hang out in my imagination all day.

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Stephen King

Home is watching the moon rise over the open, sleeping land and having someone you can call to the window, so you can look together. Home is where you dance with others, and dancing is life.

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Stephen King

And didn't they say that, although curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought the beast back?

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Stephen King

Do you believe in an afterlife?" the gunslinger asked him as Brown dropped three ears of hot corn onto his plate. Brown nodded. "I think this is it.

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Stephen King

Panic is highly contagious, especially in situations when nothing is known and everything is in flux.

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Stephen King

Small towns harbor small imaginations.

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Stephen King

If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?

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Stephen King

Relief loosens tongues beyond measure.

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Stephen King

My mother was a reader, and she read to us. She read us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I was six and my brother was eight; I never forgot it.

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Stephen King

Your pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you. Now eat your pie.

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Stephen King

A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless.

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Stephen King

Until that afternoon in October four years ago, I hadn't known dogs could scream.

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Stephen King

‎If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by...

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Stephen King

As a rule, I don't worry about genre. I just want to tell a good story, with characters that interest me and my readers.

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Stephen King

Life turns on a dime.

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Stephen King

A person who doesn't learn from the past is an idiot, in my estimation.

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Stephen King

Although emotionally delicate and eminently bruisable, teenagers are short on empathy. That comes later in life, if it comes at all.

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Stephen King

When you put on a clown suit and a rubber nose, nobody has any idea what you look like inside.

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Stephen King

I'm one of those people who doesn't really know what he thinks until he writes it down.

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Stephen King

Even people capable of living in the past don't really know what the future holds.

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Stephen King

What a paragon of virtue you are, gunslinger!" the man in black laughed.

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Stephen King

Resistance to change is proportional to how much the future might be altered by any given act.

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Stephen King

Read a lot, write a lot is the great commandment.

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Stephen King

What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did? There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, but because you think I should be. I look back on the way I was. A young,...

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Stephen King

A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair. James, what’s wrong?' the friend asked. 'Is it the work?' Joyce indicated...

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Stephen King

They had become a fixed star in the shifting firmament of the high school's relationships, the acknowledged Romeo and Juliet. And she knew with sudden hatefulness that there was one couple like them in...

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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...

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Stephen King

Go now. Our journey is done. And may we meet again, in the clearing, at the end of the path.

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Stephen King

What I'm saying is that I'm trying to find rational reasons to explain irrational feelings, and that's neveer a good sign.

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Stephen King

And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.

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Stephen King

As a species we're fundamentally insane.

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Stephen King

He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts

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Stephen King

Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world.

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Stephen King

On the subject of love at first sight, I’m with the Beatles: I believe that it happens all the time.

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Stephen King

Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.

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Stephen King

Let's get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right...

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Stephen King

stop now before i kill you a word to the wise from your friend PENNYWISE

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Stephen King

There is zero, and there is eternity, and there is mortality, but there is no ultimate.

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Stephen King

It means that no blue ribbon is forever. Someday - if the world doesn't explode itself in the meantime - someone will run a two-minute mile in the Olympics. It may take a hundred years or a thousand, but...

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Stephen King

The monster nevers dies.

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Stephen King

Sometimes dead is better

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Stephen King

Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes. The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story... To make him/her forget, whenever...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them.

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Stephen King

If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples. - Japanese Proverb

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Stephen King

If you can't laugh when things go bad--laugh and put on a little carnival--then you're either dead or wishing you were.

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Stephen King

I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There's some pretty good homegrown dope. I'm sure it would be even...

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Stephen King

I am, when you stop to think of it, a member of a fairly select group: the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit.

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Stephen King

A little arrogance (or even a lot) isn't such a bad thing, although your mother undoubtedly told you different. Mine did. "Pride goeth before a fall, Stephen", she said... and then I found out - right...

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Stephen King

What I'd show you is much more bizarre than anything we have looked at so far, and I warn you in advance that the first impulse will be to laugh. That's all right. Laugh if you must. Just don't take your...

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Stephen King

Do they see the lethal insanity of a race to the brink of oblivion, and then over the edge? Apparently not. If they did, surely they wouldn't be racing to begin with. Or is it a simple failure of imagination?...

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Stephen King

I've met talespinners before, Jake, and they're all cut more or less from the same cloth. They tell tales because they're afraid of life.

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Stephen King

How does it happen that a writer who's not even very good - and I can say that, I've read four or five of his books - gets to be in charge of the world's destiny? Or of the entire universe's?" If he's...

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Stephen King

The road and the tale have both been long, would you not say so? The trip has been long and the cost has been high... but no great thing was ever attained easily. A long tale, like a tall Tower, must be...

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Stephen King

The book is not the important part. The book is the delivery system. The important part is the story and the talent.

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Stephen King

Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don't have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.

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Stephen King

Anger is the most useless emotion," Henchick intoned, "destructive to the mind and hurtful to the heart.

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Stephen King

I hold to no God," Roland said. "I hold to the Tower, and won't pray to that.

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Stephen King

All you imagined, no matter how wild it might seem, was no more than a disguised version of what you already knew.

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Stephen King

You know," King said, "I'm not much good at telling stories. That sounds like a paradox, but it's not; it's the reason I write them down.

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Stephen King

I think telling stories is like pushing something. Pushing against uncreation itself, maybe.

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Stephen King

God turned out to be a bunch of bad little kids playing interstellar Xbox. Isn't that funny?

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Stephen King

She is a cat with a burning tail, an ant under a microscope, a fly about to lose its wings to the curious plucking fingers of a third-grader on a rainy day, a game for bored children with no bodies and...

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Stephen King

If life teaches anything at all it teaches that there are so many happy endings that the man who believes that there is no God needs his rationality called into serious question.

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Stephen King

They walked back into the world together, wearing the gift that had been given them: just life. Pity was not love, Barbie reflected...but if you were a child, giving clothes to someone who was naked had...

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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.

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Stephen King

...stupidity is one of the two things we see most clearly in retrospect. The other is missed chances.

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Stephen King

As always, the blessed relief of starting, a feeling that was like falling into a hole filled with bright light. As always, the glum knowledge that he would not write as well as he wanted to write. As...

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Stephen King

We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long.

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Stephen King

Teddy, Vern, Chris: I don't shut up. I grow up. And when I look at you, I throw up. Aghhh! Gordie: And then your mom goes around the corner and she licks it up.

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Stephen King

Gordie: Do you think I'm weird? Chris: Definitely. Gordie: No man, seriously. Am I weird? Chris: Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

So where do the ideas-the salable ideas-come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that separates the conscious from...

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Stephen King

The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.

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Stephen King

Weird love's better than no love at all.

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Stephen King

I believe that the combination of pencil and memory creates a kind of practical magic, and magic is dangerous.

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Stephen King

It's a cash and carry world. Sometimes you pay a little. Mostly it's a lot. Sometimes, it's everything you have.

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Stephen King

Some part of me knew from the first that what I wanted was not reality but myth.

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Stephen King

It's a hard life if you don't weaken.

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Stephen King

And that almost killed you?" "It wasn't deep but it got infected. Infection means that the bad germs got into it. Infection's the most dangerous thing there is, Tom. Infection was what made the superflu...

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Stephen King

And I believe happiness is the exact opposite of sadness, bitterness, and hatred: happiness should remain unexamined as long as possible.

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Stephen King

I'm going to be dead for a long time, so I have a lot to do now.

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Stephen King

A person’s never too old for stories. Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them. - Roland Deschain

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Stephen King

sure, we need the gypsies. we always have. because if you don't have someone to run out of town once in a while, how are you going to know you yourself belong there?

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Stephen King

there are lots of would-be censors out there, and although they may have different agendas, they all want basically the same thing: for you to see the world they see...or to at least shut up about what...

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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....

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Stephen King

The quiet, singing voice of the rose. The song that promised all might be well, all might be well, that all manner of things might be well.

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Stephen King

When you write, you want to get rid of the world, don’t you? Of course you do. When you’re writing, you’re creating your own worlds.

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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...

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Stephen King

I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers.

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Stephen King

Twas something else. I had come to hate her, you see. I had come to wish her dead, and that was what held me back.

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Stephen King

Sometimes the only thing to do is to take the thing that you must have. Even if someone gets hurt.

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Stephen King

Isn't it too bad that the great truths are all such lies.

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Stephen King

... suicide gets in the air sometimes. Like a cold germ.

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Stephen King

If you were seeing a lot of horseshit, there had to be a pony in the vicinity.

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Stephen King

we need ghost stories because we, in fact, are the ghosts.

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Stephen King

His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was...

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Stephen King

True love always happens in a flash.

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Stephen King

The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.

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Stephen King

I do not kill with my gun; He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.

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Stephen King

Battles that last five minutes spawn legends that live a thousand years.

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Stephen King

You needn't die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end and ka is always served.

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Stephen King

Roland had taught him that self-deception was nothing but pride in disguise, an indulgence to be denied.

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Stephen King

Our time here is brief, our risk enormous. Don't waste the one or increase the other, if you please.

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Stephen King

I wanted to say goodbye to someone, and have someone say goodbye to me. The goodbyes we speak and the goodbyes we hear are the goodbyes that tell us we´re still alive.

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Stephen King

Some of this book—perhaps too much—has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it—and perhaps the best of it—is a permission slip: you...

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Stephen King

Beating heroin is child's play compared to beating your childhood.

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Stephen King

It's best to have your tools with you. If you don't, you're apt to find something you didn't expect and get discouraged.

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Stephen King

...maybe the world needs a cadre of smartasses to liven things up, who knows?

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Stephen King

May you find your Tower, Roland, and breach it, and may you climb to the top!

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Stephen King

The scariest, most terrifying thing that I fear?" Yes." My Imagination." I thought you were going to say "Fear, itself." Then you have a small imagination." Roland and Eddie

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Stephen King

The Tower. He would come to the Dark Tower and there he would sing their names; there he would sing their names; there he would sing all their names. The sun stained the east a dusky rose, and at last...

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Stephen King

We lie best when we lie to ourselves.

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Stephen King

It didn´t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple: greed in a good cause is still greed.

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Stephen King

Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.

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Stephen King

Artistic talent is far more common than the talent to nurture artistic talent.

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Stephen King

...women are better at keeping secrets, but men are more comfortable with them.

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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.

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Stephen King

A person could see a lot without ever leaving his own living room. Especially if he had the right tools.

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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...

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Stephen King

The truth is in the details.

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Stephen King

Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.

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Stephen King

Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won't carry a quitter.

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Stephen King

A library card is good to have, you can never have too much ID.

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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.

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Stephen King

They're animals, all right. But why are you so goddam sure that makes us human beings?

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Stephen King

And all that weirdness isn't just going on outside. It's in you too, right now, growing in the dark like magic mushrooms. Call it the Thing in the Cellar. Call it the Blow Lunch Factor. Call it the Loony...

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Stephen King

He realized now that a lot of the problem had been his own mind, which was usually moving at a speed ten or twenty times that of his classmates. They had thought him strange, weird, or even suicidal, depending...

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Stephen King

What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly?

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Stephen King

Madness is a kind of mental suicide.

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Stephen King

Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

If God gives you something you can do, why in God's name wouldn't you do it?

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Stephen King

Home is where you dance with others, and dancing is life.

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Stephen King

Definition Of A Wanderer: A guy who's always looking beyond

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Stephen King

Guys like Henry and his buddies were an accident waiting to happen; the little kids' version of floods or tornadoes or gallstones.

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Stephen King

C-C-Can you get bones in your buh-buh-brain?' Bill asked. This was turning into the most interesting conversation he'd had in weeks.

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Stephen King

No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.

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Stephen King

A kid of your age---any kid---could get hold of matches if she wanted to, burn up the house or whatever. But not many do. Why would they want to?

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Stephen King

The world, although well-lighted with fluorescents and incandescent bulbs and neon, is still full of odd dark corners and unsettling nooks and crannies.

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Stephen King

The woman had looked into the abyss and then walked out across it.

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Stephen King

He had never been a social man. He had shunned causes with contempt and disgust. They were for pig-simple suckers and people with too much time and money on their hands.

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Stephen King

He removed his unvaluable valuables and dumped his shirt, pants, and skivvies into a letter slot.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

I don’t want to speak too disparagingly of my generation (actually I do, we had a chance to change the world but opted for the Home Shopping Network Instead)…

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Stephen King

It was not fair, it was not fair, it was not fair. So cried his child's heart, and then his child's heart died a little. For that is also the way of the world.

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Stephen King

Maybe there's a whole other universe where a square moon rises in the sky, and the stars laugh in cold voices, and some of the triangles have four sides, and some have five, and some have five raised to...

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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.

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Stephen King

Sometimes a man and a woman reach a crossroads and linger there, reluctant to take either way, knowing the wrong choice will mean the end... and knowing there’s so much worth saving.

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Stephen King

Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?

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Stephen King

Love isn't soft, like the poets say. Love has teeth which bite and the wounds never close.

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Stephen King

the man in black travels with your soul in his pocket.

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Stephen King

Take the dead from the dead, the old proverb said; only a corpse may speak true prophecy.

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Stephen King

Once again there was the desert, and that only.

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Stephen King

Time's the thief of memory

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Stephen King

They had discovered one could grow as hungry for light as for food.

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Stephen King

They were close to the end of the beginning . . .

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Stephen King

If you're going into a very dark place, then you should take a bright light, and shine it on everything. If you don't want to see, why in God's name would you dare the dark at all?

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Stephen King

Poe was the first writer to write about main characters who were bad guys or who were mad guys, and those are some of my favorite stories,

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Stephen King

Writers are often the worst judges of what they have written.

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Stephen King

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

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Stephen King

What can be done when you’re eleven can often never be done again.

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Stephen King

Has it ever occurred to you," he said abruptly, "that parents are nothing but overgrown kids until their children drag them into adulthood? Usually kicking and screaming?" I shook my head. Tell you what...

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Stephen King

Jesus watches from the wall, But his face is cold as stone, And if he loves me As she tells me Why do I feel so all alone?

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Stephen King

Everything's a lot tougher when it's for real. That's when you choke. When it's for real.

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Stephen King

I'm convinced that FEAR is at the root, of all bad writing

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Stephen King

Luck's the word those with poor hearts use for ka...

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Stephen King

What if I fall?', Tim cried. Maerlyn laughed. 'Sooner or later, we all do.

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Stephen King

Murder is like potato chips: you can't stop with just one.

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Stephen King

In the end, the wind takes everything, doesn't it? And why not? Why other? If the sweetness of our lives did not depart, there would be no sweetness at all.

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Stephen King

Successful rebellions always begin in secret.

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Stephen King

where the world ends is where you must begin

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Stephen King

You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

If you don't control your temper, your temper will control you.

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Stephen King

There are all sorts of dream interpretations, Freud's being the most notorious, but I have always believed they served a simple eliminatory function, and not much more - that dreams are the psyche's way...

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Stephen King

I wouldn't have missed a single minute of it, Not for the whole world.

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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...

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Stephen King

But then 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...

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Stephen King

Yes, I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it ... I have written because it fulfilled me ... I did it for the buzz....

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Stephen King

You want to remember that while you're judging the book, the book is also judging you.

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Stephen King

What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers...

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Stephen King

Humans were built to look back; that's why we have that swivel joint in our necks

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Stephen King

Jake went in, aware that he had, for the first time in three weeks, opened a door without hoping madly to find another world on the other side. A bell jingled overhead. The mild, spicy smell of old books...

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Stephen King

Tell him he's wrong. Tell him that even if he's right about waiting, he's right for the wrong reasons, and that makes him all the way wrong.

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Stephen King

Men! She could not understand why so many women feared them. Hadn't the gods made them with the most vurnerable part of their guts hanging right out of their bodies, like a misplaced bit of bowel? Kick...

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Stephen King

Politics always change. Stories never do.

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Stephen King

Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.

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Stephen King

You say true, I say thankya.

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Stephen King

The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease & intimacy with the process of writing... It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn't, what is trite...

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Stephen King

I always drank, from when it was legal for me to drink. And there was never a time for me when the goal wasn't to get as hammered as I could possibly afford to. I never understood social drinking, that's...

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Stephen King

A man who lies about beer makes enemies.

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Stephen King

Everything in moderation. And that includes a couple of beers a day.

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Stephen King

My heart's with you, Bill, no matter how it turns out. My heart is with all of them, and I think that, even if we forget each other, we'll remember in our dreams.

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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

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Stephen King

Once I start work on a project, I don’t stop and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to. If I don’t write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind – they begin to seem like...

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Stephen King

We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand.

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Stephen King

Outside, a gusty October breeze was combing leaves from the trees and sending them across her backyard in colorful skitters.

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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...

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Stephen King

Writing's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

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Stephen King

It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster's shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.

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Stephen King

Let evil wait for the day on which it must fall.

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Stephen King

There will be water if God wills it.

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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,...

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Stephen King

The stories we hear in our childhood are the ones we remember all our lives.

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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...

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Stephen King

Where you think I’m goan?’ ‘Well,’ Eddie said, ‘what was behind Door Number One wasn’t so hot, and what was behind Door Number Two was even worse, so now, instead of quitting like sane people,...

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Stephen King

True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring — once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome… except, of course, to those who share...

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Stephen King

You know, small children take it as a matter of course that things will change every day and grown-ups understand that things change sooner or later and their job is to keep them from changing as long...

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Stephen King

I love you too much to lie to you, Lisey. I love you with all that passes for my heart. I suspect that kind of all-out love becomes a burden to a woman in time, but it's the only kind I have to give. I...

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Stephen King

I’m so afraid that all I can reach will lead me to all I dare not see.

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Stephen King

Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn’t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.

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Stephen King

What is writing? Writing is telepathy.

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Stephen King

There are lots of guys out there who write a better prose line than I do and who have a better understanding of what people are really like and what humanity is supposed to mean - hell, I know that.

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Stephen King

He found himself still with too many questions and not enough answers.

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Stephen King

The most important things are the hardest to say

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Stephen King

With six weeks' worth of recuperation time, you'll also be able to see any glaring holes in the plot or character development. And listen--if you spot a few of these big holes, you are forbidden to feel...

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Stephen King

Semi-automatic s have only two purposes. One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in a while, yell yeehaw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end...

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Stephen King

Love didn't grow very well in a place where there was only fear

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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

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Stephen King

Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward life with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand.

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Stephen King

Your Plan and the stuff that comes out of my asshole bear a suspicious resemblance to each other.

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Stephen King

I saw something even more beautiful than a sense of humor: an appreciation for life’s essential absurdity.

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Stephen King

Best not to look back. Best to believe there will be happily ever afters all the way around - and so there may be; who is to say there will not be such endings? Not all boats which sail away into darkness...

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Stephen King

He lay back, put his arm over his eyes, and tried to hold onto the anger, because the anger made him feel brave. A brave man could think. A coward couldn't.

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Stephen King

no one dies happy, you can only die well

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Stephen King

Nobody lives forever, but we all shine on.

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Stephen King

Kill if you will, but command me nothing!

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Stephen King

Reading is the creative center of a writer's life." -

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Stephen King

Mrs. Cole was a perfect democrat. She hated all kids equally.

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Stephen King

That was what I wanted, but I don't need it to be gone. I can love you and I can love life and bear the pain all at the same time. I think the pain might even make the rest better, the way a good setting...

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Stephen King

The multiple choices of possibilities of daily life are the music we dance to.

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Stephen King

The soil of a man’s heart is stonier; a man grows what he can and tends it.

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Stephen King

Don’t go beyond, no matter how much you feel you need to, Doctor. The barrier was not made to be broken. Remember this: there is more power here than you know. It is old and always restless. Remember.

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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.

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Stephen King

Sometimes life coughs up coincidences no writer of fiction would dare copy.

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Stephen King

Coincidences happen, but I've come to believe they are actually quite rare. Something is at work, okay? Somewhere in the universe (or behind it), a great machine is ticking and turning its fabulous gears.

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Stephen King

Want to know the best thing about teaching? Seeing that moment when a kid discovers his or her gift. There's no feeling on earth like it.

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Stephen King

For most of us, I think it's easier to admit doing wrong than being stupid.

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Stephen King

Sometimes the things presented to us as choices aren't choices at all.

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Stephen King

Everything that goes around comes around, they say, and although I've never been able to figure out who the mysteriously wise sages known as "they" might be, they're certainly right when it comes to time-travel.

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Stephen King

I can see your dirtypillows.

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Stephen King

But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe; along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society. They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed,...

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Stephen King

It's a poorboy sanditch,' Roland said. 'With lots of mayo, whatever that is. I'd want a sauce that didn't look quite so much like come, myself, but may it do ya fine.

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Stephen King

You discarded most of the lies along the way but held on to the one that said life mattered.

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Stephen King

Only library books speak with such wordless eloquence of the power good stories hold over us.

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Stephen King

Human Nature Baby, grab it and growl.

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Stephen King

and the rain went rollin down the windowpanes, and the shadows wiggled n' squiggled on her check and forehead like black veins.

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Stephen King

In the stutter-flashes of light, the clouds look like huge transparent brains filled with bad thoughts.

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Stephen King

But still, sometimes, in the heart of winter when the light outside seemed yellow- sleepy, like a cat curled up on a sofa...

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Stephen King

The sun was a molten coin burning a circle in the low-hanging overcast, surrounded by a fairy-ring of moisture.

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Stephen King

The town has a sense, not of history, but of time, and the telephone poles seem to know this. If you lay your hand against one, you can feel the vibration from the wires deep within the wood, as if souls...

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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...

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Stephen King

The sandwich he made was bologna and cheese, his favorite. All the sandwiches he made were his favorites; that was one of the advantages of being single.

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Stephen King

Crying was like pissing everything out on the ground.

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Stephen King

Thin clouds form, and the shadows lengthen out. They have no breadth, as summer shadows have; there are no leaves on the trees or fat clouds in the sky to make them thick. They are gaunt, mean shadows...

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Stephen King

a cloud-congested caul that is alternately red, orange, vermilion, purple. Sometimes the clouds break apart in great, slow rafts, letting through beams of innocent yellow sunlight that are bitterly nostalgic...

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Stephen King

Lightning flashed dully inside the clouds on the horizon making them look as if they had fireflies of their own, monster fireflies the size of dinosaurs.

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Stephen King

Above, the stars shone hard and bright, sparks struck off the dark skin of the universe.

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Stephen King

He could feel the pores of his body open like a million mouths and slurp the water in like a sponge.

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Stephen King

the year she had run fleetly through the dewy grass under the moon- the night of wine, when dreams condensed out of thin air like the nightmilk of fantasy.

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Stephen King

Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there's little fun to be had in explanations; they're antithetical to the poetry of fear.

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Stephen King

He smiles a lot. But I think there might be worms inside him making him smile.

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Stephen King

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

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Stephen King

The universe (he said) offers a paradox too great for the finite mind to grasp. As the living brain cannot conceive of a nonliving brain — although it may think it can — the finite mind cannot grasp...

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Stephen King

I'm having a magenta day. Not just red, but magenta!

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Stephen King

As always at these times when he felt really in need of God the front of his mind was serene, but the deeper part, where faith did constant battle with doubt, was terrified that there would be no answer.

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Stephen King

You could not turn off love- even the rather absent, sometimes taken for granted love- the way you'd turn off a faucet. Love ran from the heart and the heart had it's own imperatives

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Stephen King

You learned to accept, or you ended up in a small room writing letters home with Crayolas.

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Stephen King

Now panic beats and flutters inside my skull like a flock of starlings locked in an attic.

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Stephen King

Listening to it was like having a mud-slimed piece of silk drawn lightly back and forth across her face.

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Stephen King

The redness was going out of the light now, the remains of the day were a fading pink, the color of wild roses.

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Stephen King

Overhead was a sky blacker than jewlers' velvet, and a billion stars screamed down...

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Stephen King

He remembered waking up once, listening to the wind, thinking of all the dark and rushing cold outside and all the warmth of this bed, filled with their peaceful heat under two quilts, and wishing it could...

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Stephen King

the look of the sky as the day's blue blood runs out of its cheek.

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Stephen King

The water was glassy and calm, still candy-colored in the afterglow of sunset.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as...

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Stephen King

Don't let the door hitcha where the good Lord splitcha.

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Stephen King

Art should be a place of hope.

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Stephen King

So do we pass the ghosts that haunt us later in our lives; they sit undramatically by the roadside like poor beggars, and we see them only from the corners of our eyes, if we see them at all. The idea...

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Stephen King

Bird and bear and hare and fish, give my love her fondest wish.

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Stephen King

A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.

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She ran out of her marriage the way a woman can run out of a pair of sandals when she decides to let go and really dash.

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Stephen King

A great whispering noise began to rise in the woods on either side of the tracks, as if the forest had just noticed we were there and was commenting on it.

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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.

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Stephen King

When I was younger, I used to vacillate between thinking love was this great and glorious mystery and thinking it was just something a bunch of Hollywood move producers made up to sell more tickets in...

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Stephen King

Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dad-a-cham? Ded-a-chek?

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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?

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Stephen King

Close your eyes and click your heals three times...because there's no place like Dome.

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Stephen King

By tomorrow at this time, I think you're going to have a much better idea of what crazy is. -- Ev Hillman

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Stephen King

You can't be careful on a skateboard.

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Stephen King

It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

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Stephen King

Eddie discovered one of his childhood's great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.

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Stephen King

Seven, Richie thought. That's the magic number. There has to be seven of us. That's the way it's supposed to be.

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Oh Christ, he groaned to himself, if this is the stuff adults have to think about I never want to grow up

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Stephen King

Kill you all!" The clown was laughing and screaming. "Try to stop me and I'll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can't stop me!

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Stephen King

Wanting more is just a recipe for heartache.

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Stephen King

But now the joy is gone and the sadness is back, the sadness feels like something deserved, the price of some not-quite-forgotten betrayal.

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Stephen King

If a writer knows what he or she is doing, I'll go along for the ride. If he or she doesn't... well, I'm in my fifties now, and there are a lot of books out there. I don't have time to waste with the poorly...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

It's as if God gave you something-all those stories- and said, "Here you are. Try not to lose it." But children lose everything unless somebody is there to help them, and if your parents are too stupid...

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Stephen King

I'll see you.' He grinned. 'Not if i see you first.

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Stephen King

Time slowed and reality bent; on and on the eggman went.

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Stephen King

The wind makes you ache is some place that is deeper than your bones. It may be that it touches something old in the human soul, a chord of race memory that says Migrate or die - migrate or die.

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Stephen King

Later, going home, I realized they didn't look alike at all; what made them seem to was the aftermath of stress and the lingering of sorrow. It's strange how pain marks our faces, and makes us look like...

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Stephen King

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright.

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Stephen King

Adults are the real monsters.

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Stephen King

You said 'God is cruel' the way a person who's lived his whole life on Tahiti might say 'Snow is cold'. You knew, but you didn't understand." He stepped close to David and put his palms on the boy's cold...

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Stephen King

I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father....

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Stephen King

Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston.

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Stephen King

Friends come in and out of our lives, like busboys in a restaurant.

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Stephen King

Hairstyles change, and skirt lengths, and slang, but high school administrations? Never.

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Stephen King

you must not come lightly to the blank page.

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Stephen King

Go then, there are other worlds than these.

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Stephen King

All is forgotten in the stone halls of the dead. These are the rooms of ruin where the spiders spin and the great circuits fall quiet, one by one...

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Stephen King

There were times . . . when it occurred to me that I was repeating my mother's life. Usually this thought struck me as funny. But if I happened to be tired, or if there were extra bills to pay and no money...

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Stephen King

It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other...

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Stephen King

It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.

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Stephen King

If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.

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Stephen King

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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Stephen King

It is the tale, not he who tells it.

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Stephen King

There may be fairies, there may be elves, but God helps those who help themselves.

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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.

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Stephen King

When you sit down to write, write. Don't do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.

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Stephen King

Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.

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Stephen King

It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY, had asked or expected of him. He...

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Stephen King

The rope by which the great blocks of taxes are attached to any citizenry is simple loyalty.

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Stephen King

When you own a piano, it's harder to think about moving.

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Stephen King

Most books about writing are filled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don’t understand very much about what they do—not why it works when it’s good, not why it doesn’t when...

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Stephen King

Might as well try to drink the ocean with a spoon as argue with a lover.

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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...

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Stephen King

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other...

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Stephen King

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.

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Stephen King

By and large... the good's an illusion, little fables folks tell themselves so they can get through their days without screaming too much.

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Stephen King

I do have one slightly crooked wheel upstairs, but everything else is ticking along just four-o, thank you very much.

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Stephen King

I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami.

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Stephen King

Without story books is like a person with no soul.

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Stephen King

To write is human, to edit is divine.

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Stephen King

Was there ever a trap to match the trap of love?

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Stephen King

I've spent my whole life doing some things because they were logical and not doing others because they were not. I've seen what happens when people act on intuition, or for illogical reasons. Sometimes...

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Stephen King

And she sees that the moonlight is losing its orange glow. It has become buttery, and will soon turn to silver.

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Stephen King

Ka was a wheel; it was also a net from which none ever escaped.

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Stephen King

Black as night and as beautiful as forever.

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Stephen King

Do any of us, except in our dreams, truly expect to be reunited with our hearts' deepest loves, even when they leave us only for minutes, and on the most mundane of errands? No, not at all. Each time they...

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Stephen King

The tears that heal are also the tears that scald and scourge.

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Stephen King

Time continued to pass - the oldest trick in the world, and maybe the only one that really is magic.

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Stephen King

It's hard to make strangers care about the good things in your life.

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Stephen King

Homesickness is not always a vague, nostalgic, almost beautiful emotion, although that is somehow the way we always seem to picture it in our mind. It can be a terribly keen blade, not just a sickness...

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Stephen King

Give a man or woman back his self-respect, and in most cases-not all, but most-you also give back that person's ability to think with at least some clarity.

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Stephen King

First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.-Roland Deschain, of Gilead

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Stephen King

Wow. This makes grand central look like a bus stop in Buttfuck Nebraska.

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Stephen King

Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.

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Stephen King

Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret.

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Stephen King

It's like many other things in life, Ellie. You keep on the path and all's well. You get off it and the next thing you know you're lost if you're not lucky.

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Stephen King

Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.

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Stephen King

Memory is the basis of every journey.

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no knowledge obtained without risk

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Stephen King

Strong delusions travel like cold germs on a sneeze.

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Stephen King

Only children tell the whole truth, you know. That's what makes them children.

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Stephen King

Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.

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Stephen King

The worst advice? 'Don't listen to the critics.' I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they're telling you something is broken that you can fix.

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Stephen King

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.

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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...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.

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Stephen King

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

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Stephen King

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.

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Stephen King

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.

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Stephen King

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.

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Stephen King

Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again.

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Stephen King

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.

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Stephen King

We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.

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Stephen King

I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts.

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Stephen King

I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture...

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Stephen King

The devil's voice is sweet to hear.

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Stephen King

You have to stay faithful to what you're working on.

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Stephen King

When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.

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Stephen King

Let's face it. No kid in high school feels as though they fit in.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.

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Stephen King

I don't want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story. But you never know when it's going to happen.

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Stephen King

I'm still in love with what I do, with the idea of making things up, so hours when I write always feel like very blessed hours to me.

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Stephen King

In small towns people scent the wind with noses of uncommon keenness.

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Stephen King

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.

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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...

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

We're news junkies in my house.

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Stephen King

No, it's not a very good story - its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

After the 9/11 apocalypse happened in New York City, people, particularly New Yorkers, who breathed in the ash, or saw the results of that, have a tendency to keep seeing echoes and having flashbacks to...

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Stephen King

And as a writer, one of the things that I've always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that's what we're supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.

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Stephen King

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,...

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

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....

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Stephen King

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....

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

He had a massive stroke. He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation's equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on?

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Stephen King

But I think there are a set of experiences that turn a potential writer into a working writer, and then there are places in your life were you start to recognize what you want to do.

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Stephen King

That's something that is almost accidental at the beginning of a career, but the more you write, the more trained you are to recognize the little signals.

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Stephen King

You are the grim, goal-oriented ones who will not believe that the joy is in the journey rather than the destination no matter how many times it has been proven to you.

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Stephen King

Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk.

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Stephen King

He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride--if responsibility robs him of his manhood.

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Stephen King

There was a lot they didn’t tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.

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Stephen King

Lover," she whispers, and closes her eyes. It falls upon her. Love is like dying.

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Stephen King

And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.

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Stephen King

What's been tried once had been tried once before... and before... and before...

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Stephen King

Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.

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Stephen King

A dimwit thinks nothing is funny unless it's mean.

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About halfway through I broke down crying, which I hadn't expected. I was a little ashamed, but only a little;it was her, you see, and she never taxed me with the times that I slipped from the way I thought...

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Stephen King

The idea that the creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time. ... Substance abusing writers are just substance abusers — common...

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Stephen King

Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.

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Stephen King

The only religions I don't like are the ones that insist their God is bigger than your God.

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sometimes an accident can be an unhappy womans best friend

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Stephen King

Nora Roberts is cool.

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Stephen King

Bad writing is more than a matter of (expletive deleted) syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do to face the fact,...

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Stephen King

because the hardest boss a man can ever have is himself.

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Stephen King

It hurt, of course, but more often than not the best things do, I've found.

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Stephen King

there is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love.

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Stephen King

The loss of memory isn't always the problem; sometimes--maybe even often--it's the solution.

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Stephen King

True sorrow is as rare as true love.

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Stephen King

Death, but not for you, gunslinger. Never for you. You darkle. You tinct. May I be brutally frank? You go on.

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Stephen King

Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.

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Stephen King

In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. . . .

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Stephen King

They were still all beautiful and there was still enchantment and wonder, but she had crossed a line and now the fairy tale was green with corruption and evil.

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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.

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Stephen King

I’m not particularly keen on writing which exhaustively describes the physical characteristics of the people in the story and what they’re wearing… I can always get a J. Crew catalogue… …So spare...

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Stephen King

A woman who would steal your love when your love was really all you had to give was not much of a woman.

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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.

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Stephen King

There's nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.

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Stephen King

Pray for rain all you like, but dig a well as you do it.

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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.

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Stephen King

We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why. Not until the future eats the present, anyway. We know when it's too late.

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Stephen King

He supposed that even in Hell, people got an occasional sip of water, if only so they could appreciate the full horror of unrequited thirst when it set in again.

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Stephen King

Sometimes the embers are better than the campfire.

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Stephen King

It's strange how pain marks our faces, and makes us look like family.

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Stephen King

Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

Don't wait for the muse. As I've said, he's a hardheaded guy who's not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering. This isn't the Ouija board or the spirit-world we're talking about here, but just another...

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Stephen King

A writer's notebook is the best way in the world to immortalize bad ideas. My idea about a good idea is one that sticks around and sticks around and sticks around.

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Stephen King

The good folks mostly win, courage usually triumphs over fear, the family dog hardly ever contracts rabies: these are things I knew at twenty-five, and things I still know now, at the age of 25 x 2. But...

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Stephen King

As for the end of the universe…I say let it come as it will, in ice, fire, or darkness. What did the universe ever do for me that I should mind its welfare?

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Stephen King

You know how it's going to end, but instead of spoiling things, that somehow increases your fascination. It's like watching a kid run his electric train faster and faster and waiting for it to derail on...

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Stephen King

Don't look back, never look back. How often do people tell themselves that after an experience that is exceptionally good (or exceptionally bad?)? Often, I suppose. And the advice usually goes unheeded....

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Stephen King

Life's simplest answers are often the easiest to overlook.

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Stephen King

When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story.

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Stephen King

I stood for almost an hour in a line of shuffling, bitter - eyed late mailers (Christmas is such a carefree, low - pressure time - that's one of the things I love about it),...

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Stephen King

For," I said, "a murdered man or woman dies not in God's time, but in Man's. He... or she... is cut short before he... or she... can atone for sin, and so all errors must be forgiven. When you think of...

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Stephen King

It was the kiss by which all the others of his life would be judged and found wanting.

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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...

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Stephen King

I worry about you Bev. I worry a lot.

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Stephen King

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...

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Stephen King

Come to a book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it, and draw your own map.... A book is like a pump. It gives nothing unless first you give to it.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

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.

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Stephen King

Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists...

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Stephen King

don't give me what I ask for, give me what I need...

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Stephen King

He's a very nice man and all that, easy to get along with, fun, he never makes me cry. But is that love? I mean, is that all there is to it? Even when you learned to ride your two-wheeler, you had to fall...

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Stephen King

The wife whose sweetly given reply in the face of any problem would be, "Whatever you think is best, dear." Women, take note: a wife like that never needs to fear bubbling away the last of her life through...

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Stephen King

In the end we are all caught in devices of our own making. I believe that. In the end we are all caught.

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Stephen King

We never cease wanting what we want, whether it's good for us or not.

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Stephen King

This was the Darker Life, where every truth was written backward.

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Stephen King

There's a Mr. Hyde for every happy Jekyll face, a dark face on the other side of the mirror. The brain behind that face never heard of razors, prayers, or the logic of the universe. You turn the mirror...

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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.

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Stephen King

If you're just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television's electric plug-wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far. Just...

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Stephen King

If God rewards us on earth for good deeds—the Old Testament suggests it’s so, and the Puritans certainly believed it—then maybe Satan rewards us for evil ones.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

There's something in us that is very much attracted to madness. Everyone who looks off the edge of a tall building has felt at least a faint, morbid urge to jump. And anyone who has ever put a loaded pistol...

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Stephen King

Like some dogs: kick them once and they never trust you again, no matter how nice you are to them.

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Stephen King

The person healed has an obligation to then ask why— to meditate on God's will, and the extraordinary lengths to which God has gone to realize His will.

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Stephen King

You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.

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Stephen King

Rightly tired of the pain İ hear and feel, boss... where we's comin from or goin to or why... If İ could end it, İ would. But İ can't.

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Stephen King

He didn’t know if that was really true or not, but he discovered something which was tremendously liberating: he didn’t care. He was very tired of thinking and thinking and still not knowing. He was...

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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.

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Stephen King

We have once again succeeded in destroying what we could not create.

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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.

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Stephen King

We'll just have to get along. That's what people do, you know? They just get along. And try to help each other.

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Stephen King

Dolls with no little girls around to mind them were sort of creepy under any conditions.

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Stephen King

How else could he go on, except with merciful incomprehension held before him like a shield? How could anyone?

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Stephen King

A man with a good wife is the luckiest of God's creatures...

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Stephen King

Love among the ruins... I'll tell you something, my friend: Weird love's better than no love at all.

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Stephen King

Mister, we deal in lead.

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Stephen King

Time was a face on the water, and like the great river before them, it did nothing but flow.

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Stephen King

No matter how many times you shake it the last drop always ends up in your pants

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Stephen King

The quickest way to learn about a new place is to know what it dreams of.

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Stephen King

How do we remember to remember? That's a question I've asked myself often since my time on Duma Key, often in the small hours of the morning, looking up into the absence of light, remembering absent friends....

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Stephen King

This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit.

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Stephen King

He was one of those quite rare adults who communicate with small children fairly well and who love them all impartially--not in a sugary way but in a businesslike fashion that may sometimes entail a hug,...

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Stephen King

Why' is a crooked letter and can't be made straight.

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Stephen King

Do any men grow up or do they only come of age?

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Stephen King

But this wealth of information produced little or no insight.

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Stephen King

Few if any seemed to have grasped the Principle of Reality; new knowledge leads always to yet more awesome mysteries. Greater physiological knowledge of the brain makes the existence of the soul less possible...

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Stephen King

The greatest mystery the universe offers is not life but Size.

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Stephen King

As it happened, all three of us turned out to be real writers--a coincidence almost too large to be termed mere coincidence in a society where literally tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands)...

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Stephen King

Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters' theses.

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Stephen King

Shall there be truth between us, as two men? Not as friends, but as enemies and equals?

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Stephen King

The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.

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Stephen King

You cannot friend a hawk, they said, unless you are a hawk yourself, alone and only a sojourner in the land, without friends or the need of them.

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Stephen King

A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.

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Stephen King

never's the word God listens for when he needs a laugh.

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Stephen King

God always punishes us for what we can't imagine.

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Stephen King

if you tell yourself the great lie of bad art-that you are in charge-your chance at the truth will be lost. The truth isn't always pretty.

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Stephen King

the only mortal sin is giving up.

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Stephen King

He was a romantic in his own harsh way…yet he was also realist enough to know that some times love actually did conquer all.

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Stephen King

Do it for joy and you can do it forever

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Stephen King

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or despair ... Come to it any way but lightly.

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Stephen King

No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.

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Stephen King

Every liberal in the country must watch Fox News for one year, and every conservative in the country must watch MSNBC for one year. (Middle-of-the-roaders could stick with CSI)

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Stephen King

The idea that America exists in a culture of violence is bullshit. What America exists in is a culture of Kardashian.

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Stephen King

Superhero movies and comic books teach a lesson that runs directly counter to the culture-of-violence idea: guns are for bad guys too cowardly to fight like men.

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Stephen King

Guys, gals, now hear this: No one wants to take away your hunting rifles. No one wants to take away your shotguns. No one wants to take away your revolvers, and no one wants to take away your automatic...

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Stephen King

It might be that the biggest division in the world isn't men and women but folks who like cats and folks who like dogs" - (L.T.'s Theory of Pets)

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Stephen King

Your hair is winter fire January embers My heart burns there, too.

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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,...

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Stephen King

One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the...

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Stephen King

How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?

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Stephen King

Remember in elementary school you were told that in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file from smallest to tallest? What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower?

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Stephen King

I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book — something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale...

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Stephen King

Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s also a question of how...

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Stephen King

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.

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Stephen King

In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep...

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Stephen King

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

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Stephen King

you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

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Stephen King

Sometimes [...] real love is silent as well as blind.

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Stephen King

We all float down here!

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Stephen King

It's a long way back to Eden, Sweetheart, so don't sweat the small stuff.

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Stephen King

She felt like someone who drowns remembering what it was like to still be on the boat, so calm and at ease, so carelessly safe

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Stephen King

It was like drowning, only from the inside out.

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Stephen King

A child blind from birth doesn't even know he's blind until someone tells him. Even then he has only the most academic idea of what blindness is; only the formerly sighted have a real grip on the thing....

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Stephen King

If it's ka it'll come like a wind, and your plans will stand before it no more than a barn before a cyclone

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Stephen King

Ka works and the world moves on.

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Stephen King

Here I am, ninety years old and ready for the cooling board, using a brand new Macintosh computer, and there you sit, twenty-two and gorgeous, fresh as a new peach, yet scrawling on a yellow legal pad...

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Stephen King

I always like to see enlightened parents like that; it gives me hope for the future.

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Stephen King

Some things were better lost than found.

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Stephen King

A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs...

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Stephen King

If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you.

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Stephen King

In these silences something may rise

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Stephen King

I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain....

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Stephen King

love is what moves the world, I've always thought...it is the only thing which allows men and women to stand in a world where gravity always seems to want to pull them down...bring them low...and make...

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Stephen King

Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.

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Stephen King

Until we see each other again, keep your head together, read some good books, be useful, be happy.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living.

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Stephen King

I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of.

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Stephen King

Because things like this you can only ssay once. And you either get it wrong or right, it's the end either way, because it's too hard to ever try to say again.

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Stephen King

Swear to me swear to me that if it isn't dead you'll all come back.

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Stephen King

Everyone loves something for nothing...even if it costs everything.

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Stephen King

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

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Stephen King

Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work. ... Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.

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Stephen King

When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children,...

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Stephen King

Things come in three major degrees in the human experience, I think. There's good, bad, and terrible. And as you go down into progressive darkness towards terrible, it gets harder and harder to make subdivisions.

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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.

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Stephen King

The terror, which would not end for another 28 years-if it ever did end-began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

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Stephen King

Writing is seduction.

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Stephen King

But it's writing, damn it, not washing the car or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can't or won't, it's time for you to close the book and do something else....

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Stephen King

We all do what we can, and it has to be good enough, and if it isn't good enough, it has to do.

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Stephen King

Nothing is ever lost, Sarah. Nothing that can't be found.

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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.

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Stephen King

Long days and pleasant nights

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Stephen King

Just the act of cooking made her feel better, because cooking was life.

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Stephen King

Friends. They aren’t any such thing as good friend or bad friend. Maybe there are just friend. People who stand by you when you're hurt and who helped you feel not so lonely. Maybe there are worth being...

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Stephen King

Never give a good politician time to pray.

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Stephen King

They say that loving eyes can never see, but that's a fool's axiom. Sometimes, they see too much

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Stephen King

See the BEAR of fearsome size! All the WORLD'S within his eyes. TIME grows thin, the past is a riddle; The TOWER awaits you in the middle.

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Stephen King

It's alright to feel fear, but sometimes a very bad idea to show it.

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Stephen King

Flip-flop, hippety-hop, offa your rocker and over the top, life's a fiction and the world's a lie, so put on some Creedence and let's get high.

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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...

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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.

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Stephen King

She looks like the type that might freak out. It's something in the eyes, Frannie. It says if you shoot my sacred cows, I'll shoot yours.

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Stephen King

All I ask is that you do as well as you can, and remember that, while to write adverbs is human, to write he said or she said is divine.

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Stephen King

...knowing that to be a librarian was to come as close as any human being can to sitting in the peak-seat of eternity's engine.

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Stephen King

When the dawn was still long hours away, bad thoughts took on flesh and began to walk. In the middle of the night thoughts became zombies.

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Stephen King

Come on back and we’ll see if you remember the simplest thing of all – how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark.

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Stephen King

Silent white light filled the world. And the righteous and unrighteous alike were consumed in that holy fire.

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Stephen King

There’s always a choice. That’s God’s way, always will be. Your will is still free. Do as you will. There’s no set of leg-irons on you. But... this is what God wants of you.

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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...

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Stephen King

A critical assumption is sometimes made that [Grisham, Clancey, Crichton & myself] have access to some mystical vulgate that other (and often better) writers cannot find or will not deign to use. I...

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Stephen King

you will not falter, because you will have the Everlasting Arm of the Lord God of Hosts to lean on. Yes. With God’s help you will stand.

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Stephen King

At the time we’re stuck in it, like hostages locked in a Turkish bath, high school seems the most serious business in the world to just about all of us. It’s not until the second or third class reunion...

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Stephen King

But see that you get on. That's your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. Pull your act together and just go on.

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Stephen King

Any game looks straight if everyone is being cheated at once.

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Stephen King

Cut him. Cut him while I stand here and watch. I want to see the blood flow. Don't make me tell you twice.

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Stephen King

Clear communication between selves - the surface self and the deep self - is the enemy of self-doubt. It slays confusion.

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Stephen King

Art is the concrete artifact of faith and expectation, the realization of a world that would otherwise be little more than a veil of pointless consciousness stretched over a gulf of mystery.

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Stephen King

Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.

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Stephen King

Money talks, bullshit walks.

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Stephen King

There had never been a shortage of fools in the world

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Stephen King

The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.

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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...

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Stephen King

Sooner or later everything you thought you'd left behind comes around again. For good or ill, it comes around again.

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Stephen King

I realized the shells were talking in a voice I recognized. I should have; it was my own. Had I always known that? I suppose I had. On some level, unless we're mad, I think most of us know the various...

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Stephen King

It was how wars really ended, Dieffenbaker supposed -- not at truce tables but in cancer wards and office cafeterias and traffic jams. Wars died one tiny piece at a time, each piece something that fell...

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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....

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Stephen King

In polite society, we call our obsessions hobbies.

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Stephen King

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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Stephen King

Say your name over two hundred times and discover you are no one.

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Stephen King

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

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Stephen King

I tend to scare myself.

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Stephen King

and so will the world end, I think, a victim of love rather than hate. For love's ever been the more destructive weapon, sure.

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Stephen King

People with a high tolerance for boredom can get a lot of thinking done.

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Stephen King

The dream didn't fade as dreams usually do upon waking.

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Stephen King

I was being paid to do what I loved, and there's no gig on earth better than that; it's like a license to steal.

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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?

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Stephen King

A coward judges all he sees by what he is.

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Stephen King

Working with him was sort of like trying to defuse a bomb with somebody standing behind you and every now and then clashing a pair of cymbals together. In a word, upsetting.

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Stephen King

How life did imitate art sometimes. And the cruder the art, the closer the imitation.

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Wanting more is just a recipe for heartache.

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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

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Historical determinism is a recipe for political quietism.

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I just clipped 2 articles from a current magazine. One is a diet guaranteed to drop 5 pounds off my body in a weekend. The other is a recipe for a 6 minute pecan pie.

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There is a tendency to think that if we engage too directly with moral questions in politics, that's a recipe for disagreement, and for that matter, a recipe for intolerance and coercion.

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You can't have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That's a recipe for disaster. And I don't mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate,...

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The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity. Each religion and each philosophy has pretended to have God to itself, to measure the infinite,...

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It's just as sure a recipe for failure to have the right idea fifty years too soon as five years too late.

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Only yesterday a young woman came to me wanting a trap set for a man with a sweet smile and lithe arms. She was a fool, not for wanting him, but for wanting more of him than that.

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Because it's still a heartache. And nothing makes you want to die more than that.

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What is love but a prelude to sorrow...with heartache ahead for your goal.

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Atul Gawande

You can't make a recipe for something as complicated as surgery. Instead, you can make a recipe for how to have a team that's prepared for the unexpected.

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This, she thought, isn’t just for today. It’s for everything. For the heartache that still felt like a punch in the gut each time it struck, fresh as new, at unpredictable moments; for the smiling...

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In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known.

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