8 of Stephen King's Best Quotes

All hail the King. Stephen King, that is. His wisdom is unparalleled.

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  • “I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”

  • “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

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

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

  • “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.”

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

  • “We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it’s all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can’t change it any more than you can choose whether to be right-handed or left-handed.”

  • “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. When you find something at which you have talent, you do that thing (what ever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes pop out of your head.”