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    He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts
    — Stephen King
    tags: ghost 
     
    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.
    — Stephen King
    tags: happiness  live 
     
    Read a lot, write a lot is the great commandment.
    — Stephen King
    tags: write  read 
     
    How to Draw a Picture (XII) Know when you're finished, and when you are, put your pencil or your paintbrush down. All the rest is only life.
    — Stephen King
    The shuddering would not stop. The pain was like the end of the world. He thought: There comes a point when the very discussion of pain becomes redundant. No one knows there is pain the size of this in the world. No one. It is like being possessed by demons.
    — Stephen King
    tags: pain  world  demon 
     
    When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.
    — Stephen King
    tags: past  write  fiction 
     
    Everyone loves something for nothing...even if it costs everything.
    — Stephen King
    Until we see each other again, keep your head together, read some good books, be useful, be happy.
    — Stephen King
    tags: book  read 
     
    Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.
    — Stephen King
    tags: failure 
     
    Black as night and as beautiful as forever.
    — Stephen King
    The wind makes you ache is some place that is deeper than your bones. It may be that it touches something old in the human soul, a chord of race memory that says Migrate or die - migrate or die.
    — Stephen King
    tags: memory  human  soul  die  race 
     
    It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
    — Stephen King
    tags: living  choice  dying 
     
    But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe; along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society. They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed, and then invite us to join them in their fantasies. And we do it, don't we? Yes. We PAY to do it.
    — Stephen King
    Coincidences happen, but I've come to believe they are actually quite rare. Something is at work, okay? Somewhere in the universe (or behind it), a great machine is ticking and turning its fabulous gears.
    — Stephen King
    The stories we hear in our childhood are the ones we remember all our lives.
    — Stephen King
    tags: live  stories  childhood 
     
    Jake went in, aware that he had, for the first time in three weeks, opened a door without hoping madly to find another world on the other side. A bell jingled overhead. The mild, spicy smell of old books hit him, and the smell was somehow like coming home.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  world  book 
     
    What if I fall?', Tim cried. Maerlyn laughed. 'Sooner or later, we all do.
    — Stephen King
    I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
    — Stephen King
    tags: character 
     
    Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn't it?
    — Stephen King
    tags: honey 
     
    Maybe there's a whole other universe where a square moon rises in the sky, and the stars laugh in cold voices, and some of the triangles have four sides, and some have five, and some have five raised to the fifth power of sides. In this universe there might grow roses which sing. Everything leads to everything.
    — Stephen King
    tags: power  star  sky  moon  universe 
     
    They're animals, all right. But why are you so goddam sure that makes us human beings?
    — Stephen King
    tags: animals  human  right 
     
    The Tower. He would come to the Dark Tower and there he would sing their names; there he would sing their names; there he would sing all their names. The sun stained the east a dusky rose, and at last Roland, no longer the last gunslinger but one of the last three, slept and dreamed his angry dreams through which there ran only that one soothing blue thread: There I will sing all their names!
    — Stephen King
    tags: dark  dreams 
     
    The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  creative  ideas 
     
    we need ghost stories because we, in fact, are the ghosts.
    — Stephen King
    tags: facts  ghost  stories 
     
    And I believe happiness is the exact opposite of sadness, bitterness, and hatred: happiness should remain unexamined as long as possible.
    — Stephen King
    Some part of me knew from the first that what I wanted was not reality but myth.
    — Stephen King
    tags: reality 
     
    I believe that the combination of pencil and memory creates a kind of practical magic, and magic is dangerous.
    — Stephen King
    The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease & intimacy with the process of writing... It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn't, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.
    — Stephen King
    Writers are often the worst judges of what they have written.
    — Stephen King
    A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless.
    — Stephen King
    tags: successful 
     
    Small towns harbor small imaginations.
    — Stephen King
    tags: imagination 
     
    Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.
    — Stephen King
    All you need to do is hold on tight...and believe.
    — Stephen King
    tags: believe 
     
    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
    tags: time  live  thinking  mind  learn  writing 
     
    Laughter... is like a hurricane: once it reaches a certain point, it becomes self-feeding, self-supporting. You laugh not because the jokes are funny but because your own condition is funny.
    — Stephen King
    tags: laughter  funny 
     
    A product is something made in a factory; a brand is something that is bought by the customer. A product can be copied by a competitor; a brand is unique. A product can be quickly outdated; a successful brand is timeless.
    — Stephen King
    tags: successful 
     
    But there's one thing I'm sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.
    — Stephen King
    tags: stories 
     
    The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.
    — Stephen King
    Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: work 
     
    But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.
    — Stephen King
    tags: friends  summer  stories 
     
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