Top 50 Best Inspiring Stephen King Quotes

Stephen King Quotes: Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 61 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.

Common Ask Questions about Stephen King

Is Stephen King religious?

King was raised Methodist, but lost his belief in organized religion while in high school. While no longer religious, he says he chooses to believe in the existence of God.

Our Favorite Stephen King Quotes

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

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

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

“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 life.”

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

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

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”


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

“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.”

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”

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

“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.”

“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.”

“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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


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

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”

“There's no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.”

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

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

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

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

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

“FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.”

“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”

“Nobody likes a clown at midnight”

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“We all float down here!”

“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.”

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