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    A coward judges all he sees by what he is.
    — Stephen King
    I tend to scare myself.
    — Stephen King
    Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.
    — Stephen King
    tags: book 
     
    Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
    — Stephen King
    tags: live  past  wild  wrong  song 
     
    Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.
    — Stephen King
    tags: animals  living  world  law  dying  fire  cat 
     
    He had never been a social man. He had shunned causes with contempt and disgust. They were for pig-simple suckers and people with too much time and money on their hands.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  men  people  money 
     
    The woman had looked into the abyss and then walked out across it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: women 
     
    Rage-the biggest, truest rage of her adult life-had invaded her like a fever, but it wasn't like any fever she had known previously. It circulated like weird serum, cold on the right side of her body, then hot on the left, where her heart was. It seemed to come nowhere near her head, which remained clear.
    — Stephen King
    tags: heart  adult  body  right 
     
    Little kids' minds are very, very strong. They bend. There's a lot of tensile strength and they don't break. We start our kids off on things like "Hansel and Gretel," which features child abbandonment, kidnapping, attempted murder, forcible detention, cannibalism, and finally murder by cremation. And the kids love it.
    — Stephen King
    My view is that organized religion is a very dangerous tool that's been misused by a lot of people.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  dangerous 
     
    Marriage is referred to in the bible as "mystical union," and it really is in the sense that two people who don't know each other get together. I'm always interested in how much you find out about the other person and how much you don't find out.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  bible  marriage 
     
    I did spend years as an addict, so I know that world, although I wish I didn't.
    — Stephen King
    tags: world  wishes  year 
     
    I think uncertainty is good for things. Certainty breeds complacency and complacency means that you just sit somewhere in your nice little comfortable suburban house in Michigan, looking at CNN and saying, "Oh, those poor immigrant children that are all coming across the border. But we really can't have them here - that isn't what God wants. Let's send them all back to the drug cartels." There's a complacency to it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: children  child  poor  saying  drugs  god 
     
    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.
    — Stephen King
    When it comes to rock music, I'm not much of a player, but I do have entry-level chops. I'm more knowledgeable as a listener, and Revival gave me a way to write about rock and roll without being preachy or boring.
    — Stephen King
    tags: music  write 
     
    God grant me to SERENITY to accept what I cannot change the TENACITY to change what I may and the GOOD LUCK not to f*** up too often
    — Stephen King
    tags: luck  god 
     
    I think we'd all like to believe that after we shuffle off this mortal coil, that there's going to be something on the other side because for most of us, I know for me, life is so rich, so colorful and sensual and full of good things, things to read, things to eat, things to watch, places to go, new experiences, that I don't want to think that you just go to darkness.
    — Stephen King
    I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.
    — Stephen King
    tags: horror  doubt 
     
    I do believe that when we're in the process of dying, that all these emergency circuits in the brain take over. I base what I'm saying not on any empirical evidence. I think it's very possible that when you're dying, these circuits open up, which would explain this whole white-light phenomena - when people clinically die and they see their relatives and stuff and say, "Hello, it's great to see you."
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  believe  dying  process  brain  saying  die 
     
    My feeling of the whole genre, of the terror tale, is this: The best thing that you can do for the readers in this field is to terrify them. It is something that is intellectual, it happens in your mind.
    — Stephen King
    tags: mind 
     
    The death of the music business was insane, but audio recordings have been around now for maybe 120 years. Books have been around for, what, nine centuries? So they're more entrenched than music.
    — Stephen King
    tags: death  music  book  business  year 
     
    Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dad-a-cham? Ded-a-chek?
    — Stephen King
    You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go" well, anywhere at all.
    — Stephen King
    tags: path 
     
    Pray for rain all you like, but dig a well as you do it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: rain  pray 
     
    I like to think that good people win. But even good people have other sides. Most people will slow down to get a good look at an accident, even though they won't admit it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people 
     
    I write in the mornings, in the bright daylight. But I get most of my good ideas after the sun has gone down and the dark is on the land.
    — Stephen King
    tags: dark  gone  write  ideas 
     
    I don't take notes; I don't outline, I don't do anything like that. I just flail away at the goddamn thing. I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami. You can't sell it as caviar.
    — Stephen King
    tags: write  sell 
     
    Fear is the emotion that makes us blind.
    — Stephen King
    tags: fear  emotion 
     
    Writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.
    — Stephen King
    tags: reality  writing 
     
    Once I fell in love with books, I fell in love completely.
    — Stephen King
    tags: book 
     
    The world had moved on and all that was over, done before fairly begun.
    — Stephen King
    tags: world 
     
    At its most basic we are discussing a learned skill (writing), but do we not agree that sometimes the most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style... but as we move along, you'd do well to remember that we are also talking about magic.
    — Stephen King
    tags: magic 
     
    Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult, lonely job; it's like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There's plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.
    — Stephen King
    People can be stunningly unobservant.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people 
     
    The world's a hard place, Danny. It don't care. It don't hate you and me, but it don't love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they're things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it's only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don't love you, but your momma does and so do I.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  world  hate  alone  care  bad  healthy  die 
     
    Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes.
    — Stephen King
    tags: language 
     
    Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear. The house is empty as I write this; a cold February rain is falling outside. It's night. Sometimes when the wind blows the way it's blowing now, we lose the power. But for now it's on, and so let's talk very honestly about fear. Let's talk very rationally about moving to the rim of madnessand perhaps over the edge.
    — Stephen King
    tags: fear  power  night  rain  write 
     
    Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good.
    — Stephen King
    tags: write  worth 
     
    Writers must be fair and remember even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good-they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray-and shades of gray are also a part of life.
    — Stephen King
    tags: character  chance  live  giving  hero  bad 
     
    So okay - there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You've blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.
    — Stephen King
    tags: hell  water  write 
     
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