Quote Collection

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

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces, but an old, mouldering house, full of gloom and haunted by ghosts.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped
Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin,
And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing
Hopes of high talk with the departed dead.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

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

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?
~ Algernon H. Blackwood

Now it is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite
In the church-way paths to glide.
~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers,
the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style.
The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
~ Dorothy Parker

There’s no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.
~ Stephen King

“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me.
After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”
~ Ray Bradbury

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


2 Comments on “Quote Collection”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the Stephen King quotes. Have you read his “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft?” I recently listened to the audio book. He reads it himself. It’s part memoir and part “how to” guide on refining our craft. Nothing I did not already know, but it was good to hear one more time from the master himself.

    • Yeah, the page is a little heavy on the King quotes 🙂 He’s my hero.

      Yes, I’ve read On Writing several times … it’s on my shelf of frequently reviewed / referenced books. I also enjoyed his Danse Macabre, which is his love letter to the horror genre. Then there’s all those afterwards with which he closes most of his novels. It’s always good to hear him being himself.


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