100 Stephen King Quotes About Writing, Love, Life, Horror

These Stephen King quotes will give you the feel of his some of his most popular books.

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. He is someone who has left a historical imprint on the horror and fantasy book genres.

He has written over 63 novels, 130 short stories most of which have been collected in book collections, six non-fiction books, and 20 novellas. 7 of his books were published under a pen name, Richard Bachman and his total work have sold over 350 million copies many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.

Stephen King book quotes on writing

Since childhood, Stephen was interested in reading horror stories. He was used to writing and selling stories to his friends. He started his career as an English teacher and keep writing in his spare time. His first novel was “Carrie” was a hit and helped in establishing his reputation as a writer.

King’s second novel “The Shining” was a horror thriller that become his first bestseller. This book played a significant role in making his career as a horror writer. “Pet Sematary” was another novel that made him win a “World Fantasy Award”.

His many books have been adapted into movies including the novel Pet Sematary (1983) and novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) was adapted into the movie The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Pet Sematary (2019).

King has received numerous awards and honors, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2004 and the National Medal of Arts in 2015 from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature.

He has continued to entertain and thrill us with his amazing writing skills and publishing best-selling books to this date.

Here we are sharing a collection of Stephen King quotes on horror, love, life, writing from some of his best-selling books like Dark Tower and It.

Stephen King Quotes

“I’m not much of a believer in the so-called character story; I think that in the end, the story should always be the boss.” — Stephen King

“You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so.” — 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 on life.” — Stephen King

“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” — Stephen King

“Once I fell in love with books, I fell in love completely.” — Stephen King

“The reason authors almost always put a dedication on a book, Annie, is because their selfishness even horrifies themselves in the end.” — Stephen King

“Be a writer of the soul.” — 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. It constipates the whole process.” — 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.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Book Quotes On Writing

“For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers — not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels.” — Stephen King

“What I didn’t realize was how many doors the act of writing unlocks as if my Dad’s old fountain pen wasn’t really a pen at all, but some strange variety of skeleton key.” — Stephen King

“Isn’t bravery always sort of beautiful?” — Stephen King

“Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel sh-t from a sitting position.” — Stephen King

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” — Stephen King

“I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.” — Stephen King

“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 a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar. Art consists of the persistence of memory.” — Stephen King

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” — Stephen King

“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” — Stephen King

“Book-buyers aren’t attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Dark Tower Quotes

“People forget I’m a real person.” — Stephen King

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

“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.” — Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — 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.” — Stephen King

“Waiting rooms were made for books—of course!” — Stephen King

“The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.” — Stephen King

“If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.” — Stephen King

“Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” — Stephen King

“It’s alright to feel fear, but sometimes a very bad idea to show it.” — Stephen King

Stephen King It Quotes

“FEAR stands for everything and run.” — 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 motherf–kers in the jungle.” — Stephen King

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” — Stephen King

“The terror ran endlessly on in his mind, making him feel like a rat trapped on an exercise wheel. And when he tried to look ahead to some better, brighter time, he could see only darkness.” — Stephen King

“Whoever said misery loves company was full of sh-t. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, however… that guy was onto something.” — Stephen King

“The exhausted mind is obsession’s easiest prey.” — Stephen King

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Stephen King

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” — Stephen King

“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.” — Stephen King

“If you don’t control your temper, your temper will control you.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Quotes On Love

“I’ll die. And you’ll die too, for when love leaves the world, 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.” — Stephen King

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” — Stephen King

“Money talks, bullsh-t walks.” — Stephen King

“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” — Stephen King

“Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call “society”. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.” — Stephen King

“Sometimes the embers are better than the campfire.” — Stephen King

“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” — Stephen King

“We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand.” — Stephen King

“Life turns on a dime.” — Stephen King

“You have to stay faithful to what you’re working on.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Quotes On Life

“A person who doesn’t learn from the past is an idiot, in my estimation.” — Stephen King

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” — Stephen King

“If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.” — Stephen King

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

​“The only mortal sin is giving up.” — Stephen King​

“God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the tenacity to change what I may, and the good luck not to up too often.” — Stephen King

“But children lose everything unless somebody is there to help them, and if your parents are too stupid to do it, maybe I ought to.” — Stephen King

“Anger is the most useless emotion, destructive to the mind, and hurtful to the heart.” — Stephen King

“Nothing in nature is that even; man is the inventor of straight edges.” — Stephen King

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Inspirational Quotes

“Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand.” — Stephen King

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King

“It’s funny how close the past is, sometimes. Sometimes it seems as if you could almost reach out and touch it. Only who really wants to?” — Stephen King

“The most important things are the hardest things to say.” — Stephen King

“It took me twenty years of living with my father to accept the idea that being good could be good enough.” — 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 much in the eye of the beholder.” — Stephen King

“You need to take out the stuff that’s just sitting there and doing nothing. No slackers allowed! All meat, no filler!” — Stephen King

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” — Stephen King

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” — 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.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Best Quotes

“All places are the same unless your mind changes. There’s no magic place to get your mind right. If you feel like —, everything you see looks like —. I know that.” — Stephen King

“I like a woman who will laugh when you don’t have to point her right at the joke, you know” — Stephen King

“Some things you never forgot.” — Stephen King

“Of all the things which make up our Short-Time lives, sleep is surely the best.” — Stephen King

“The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart wants what the heart wants.” — Stephen King

“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.” — Stephen King

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.” — Stephen King

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King

“No great thing is created suddenly.” — Stephen King

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

Stephen King Misery Quotes

“There had never been a shortage of fools in the world.” — Stephen King

“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.” — Stephen King

“There is no bad time for good news.” — Stephen King

“Everybody’s weird.” — Stephen King

“Good luck, goodwill, good fortune, not ill.” — Stephen King

“I have outlived most of my critics. It gives me great pleasure.” — Stephen King

“It’s as if God gave you something — all those stories — and said, “Here you are. Try not to lose it.” — Stephen King

“I work until beer o’clock.” — Stephen King

“People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.” — Stephen King

“I was one in a million. I wasn’t bright enough to realize the circus fat lady is, too.” — Stephen King

Stephen King Horror Quotes

“One of the challenges when you’ve been around as long as I have and you think you’ve explored all the corners of the room, you have to say to yourself, ‘What are the things that really concern me? What are the things that I care about? Well, I care about the friendship. I care about a government that’s too big and that will try to do things where the ends justify the means. I care about defenseless people who try to find a way to defend themselves.” — Stephen King

“You cannot condemn a man for what may only be a figment of your own imagination.” — Stephen King

“No one ever forgets a toy that made him or her supremely happy as a child, even if that toy is replaced by one like it that is much nicer.” — Stephen King

“Our memories have voices too.” — Stephen King

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” — Stephen King

“Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always comes around to where you started again.” — Stephen King

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

“Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.” — Stephen King

“It ain’t the blows we’re dealt that matter, but the ones we survive.” — Stephen King

“When asked, how do you write? I invariably answer, one word at a time.” — Stephen King

Did you enjoy reading Stephen King quotes?

There is no doubt that Stephen King is one of the most popular authors of our time. If you are ever in a mood to watch a movie or read a book, Stephen King is the name that might come to mind.

If you are into horror and suspense movies and books, then you would have already read and watched some of his work. King has a way of playing with the imagination of people and creating a story that keeps you involved from start to end. His work has the quality to enjoy time and time again.

So whether you are looking for a thrilling book to get lost in or want to relax on the couch with popcorn, Stephen King is what you need.

Even know his most preferred genre is horror and fantasy but still you can take away some good and important lessons from his work. We hope you will enjoy reading these inspirational Stephen King quotes on writing, misery, life, and love as much as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.

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