Stephen King Quotes

Most popular Stephen King Quotes

Writing is seduction.


When facts speak, the wise man listens.


There is no tyrant as merciless as pain.


Humor is almost always anger with its makeup on.


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


Talent is never static.  It's always growing or dying.


A place is yours when you know where all the roads go.
— Stephen King
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.


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


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


The act of writing itself is done in secret, like masturbation.


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


Apple pie without a piece of cheese is like a smooch without a squeeze.


The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.


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

parts of speech

Stupid was a prison they never let you out of, no time off for good behavior, you were in for life.


Teaching school is like having jumper cables hooked to your brain, draining all the juice out of you.


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


Most of them are plain fiction for plain folks, the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and a large fries from McDonalds.
Mr. Levin is the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels; he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores.
I think a lot of times dreams are nothing more than a kind of mental or spiritual flatulence.  They're a way of relieving pressure.

dreams (during sleep)

Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.

talent discipline

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 hit him, and the smell was somehow like coming home.


Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.


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