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    Her body was wrapped in shadows like moth wings, like rose-petals.
    — Stephen King
    tags: body  wings 
     
    The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
    — Stephen King
    tags: trust  liar 
     
    Things were going very fast now. Too fast to suit him. Fantasy and reality had merged.
    — Stephen King
    tags: fantasy  reality 
     
    The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.
    — Stephen King
    tags: read 
     
    Time apparently did nothing but blunt grief's sharpest edge so that it hacked rather than sliced.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  grief 
     
    It's best to be ruthless with the past.
    — Stephen King
    tags: past 
     
    I'm so afraid that all I can reach will lead me to all I dare not see.
    — Stephen King
    tags: afraid 
     
    Relief loosens tongues beyond measure.
    — Stephen King
    No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don't.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  hell 
     
    For every mother who ever cursed God for her child dead in the road, for every father who ever cursed the man who sent him away from the factory with no job, for every child who was ever born to pain and asked why, this is the answer. Our lives are like these things I build. Sometimes they fall down for a reason, sometimes they fall down for no reason at all.
    — Stephen King
    tags: children  men  pain  live  job  child  god  father  mother 
     
    If you're just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television's electric plug-wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far. Just an idea.
    — Stephen King
    tags: ideas 
     
    The essential and defining characteristic of childhood is not the effortless merging of dream and reality, but only alienation. There are no words for childhood's dark turns and exhalations. A wise child recognizes it and submits to the necessary consequences. A child who counts the cost is a child no longer.
    — Stephen King
    The town has a sense, not of history, but of time, and the telephone poles seem to know this. If you lay your hand against one, you can feel the vibration from the wires deep within the wood, as if souls had been imprisoned in there and were struggling to get out.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  soul 
     
    A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.
    — Stephen King
    As a young man just beginning to publish some short fiction in the t&a magazines, I was fairly optimistic about my chances of getting published; I knew that I had some game, as the basketball players say these days, and I also felt that time was on my side; sooner or later the best-selling writers of the sixties and seventies would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me.
    — Stephen King
    tags: chance  time  men  young  die  fiction  games 
     
    We don't know the days that will change our lives. Probably just as well.
    — Stephen King
    tags: live 
     
    The brain is a muscle that can move the world.
    — Stephen King
    tags: world  brain 
     
    True sorrow is as rare as true love.
    — Stephen King
    tags: sorrow  true 
     
    Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  reading 
     
    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
    tags: knowing  faith 
     
    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.
    — Stephen King
    tags: work  live  friends  writing  read  money 
     
    Go then, there are other worlds than these.
    — Stephen King
    tags: world 
     
    It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster's shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.
    — Stephen King
    You want to remember that while you're judging the book, the book is also judging you.
    — Stephen King
    tags: book 
     
    They were nice enough people and all, but there wasn't much love in them. Because they were too busy being afraid. Love didn't grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn't grow very well in a place where it was always dark.
    — Stephen King
    tags: fear  people  dark  afraid 
     
    The battle between good and evil is endlessly fascinating because we are participants every day.
    — Stephen King
    tags: evil  battle  fascinating 
     
    She nods. You're good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time 
     
    Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.
    — Stephen King
    I don't like the idea that I am going to come back as an ant or a sparrow if I don't get along in the great karma of life.
    — Stephen King
    tags: karma  ideas 
     
    If we don't have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness.
    — Stephen King
    tags: crazy  loneliness 
     
    Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story's just a story
    — Stephen King
    tags: stories  smoke  cigar 
     
    Successful rebellions always begin in secret.
    — Stephen King
    tags: secret  successful 
     
    Like all sweet dreams, it will be brief, but brevity makes sweetness, doesn't it?
    — Stephen King
    tags: dreams 
     
    Love, the simplest, strongest, and most unforgiving of all emotions.
    — Stephen King
    tags: emotion 
     
    Do any men grow up or do they only come of age?
    — Stephen King
    tags: men 
     
    You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
    — Stephen King
    I'm most afraid of losing my mind. You lose your identity, your sense of who you are, where you are.
    — Stephen King
    tags: identity  mind  afraid 
     
    People with a high tolerance for boredom can get a lot of thinking done.
    — Stephen King
    don't give me what I ask for, give me what I need...
    — Stephen King
    Few if any seemed to have grasped the Principle of Reality; new knowledge leads always to yet more awesome mysteries. Greater physiological knowledge of the brain makes the existence of the soul less possible yet more probable by the nature of the search.
    — Stephen King
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