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American author (1947- )

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Death is when the monsters get you.

STEPHEN KING, Salem's Lot

I'm not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills.

STEPHEN KING, interview, Sept. 14, 2000

Only equals speak the truth, that's my thought on't. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of regard. How tiresome!

STEPHEN KING, The Gunslinger

There is no tyrant as merciless as pain.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

In bowling and in life, if a person made the spares, the strikes would take care of themselves.

STEPHEN KING (as Richard Bachman), Blaze

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

STEPHEN KING, On Writing

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

STEPHEN KING, Hearts in Atlantis

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 song, but in truth it takes away a lot more than that.

STEPHEN KING, introduction, The Gunslinger

The most important things are the hardest things to say.

STEPHEN KING, The Body

The unconscious mind writes poetry if it's left alone.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

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

STEPHEN KING (as Richard Bachman), Blaze

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.

STEPHEN KING, Danse Macabre

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 can be happily tossed out the window.

STEPHEN KING, The Stand

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

STEPHEN KING, Wolves of the Calla

Parenting is the greatest of hum-a-few-bars-and-I'll-fake-it skills.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

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

STEPHEN KING, "Memory"

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

STEPHEN KING, Needful Things

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

STEPHEN KING, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 17, 2007

You should never trust a person who prays in public.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

It's up to men to build things ... it's up to God to blow them down.

STEPHEN KING, The Drawing of the Three

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

STEPHEN KING, Danse Macabre

In this day and age when everybody thinks psychology is God's gift to the poor old anally fixated human race and even the president of the United States pops a trank before dinner, it's really a good way to get rid of those Old Testament guilts that keep creeping up our throats like the aftertaste of a bad meal we overate. If you say your father hated you as a kid, you can go out and flash the neighborhood, commit rape, or burn down the Kinights of Pythias bingo parlor and still cop a plea... But it also means that no one will believe you if it's true.

STEPHEN KING, Rage

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

STEPHEN KING, On Writing

Pride, that invisible bone that keeps the neck stiff.

STEPHEN KING, The Gunslinger

When facts speak, the wise man listens.

STEPHEN KING, The Wind through the Keyhole

There's nothing as human as hunger. There's no creation without talent, I give you that, but talent is cheap. Talent goes begging. Hunger is the piston of art.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too.

STEPHEN KING, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 17, 2007

Time is a face on the water.

STEPHEN KING, Wolves of the Calla

Sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. It's what you say when you spill a cup of coffee or throw a gutterball when you're bowling with the girls in the leage. True sorrow is as rare as true love.

STEPHEN KING, Carrie

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.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

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 always seemed to me like kissing your sister.

STEPHEN KING, interview, Sept. 14, 2000

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

STEPHEN KING, Wolves of the Calla

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.

STEPHEN KING, The Wind through the Keyhole

If you have given up your heart ... you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast.

STEPHEN KING, The Drawing of the Three

The rope by which the great blocks of taxes are attached to any citizenry is simple loyalty--loyalty to King, to country, to government.

STEPHEN KING, The Eyes of the Dragon

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

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

When it comes to the past, EVERYONE writes fiction.

STEPHEN KING, Joyland

Life is a wheel, and if you wait long enough, it always comes back around to where it started.

STEPHEN KING, Duma Key

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