Stephen Edwin King (1947) is a famous American writer of horror novels, supernatural fiction, suspense and science fiction. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books, many of which have been adapted to movies, television series and comics.
King has published more than 60 novels, seven of which he did under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. He has also written about 200 stories, most of which have been published in book collections.
King has received numerous awards throughout his life, and in 2015, King received the National Medal of Arts from the National Arts Foundation of the United States for his contributions to literature.
Famous quotes by Stephen King
A life without love is like a tree without fruit.
Monsters are real, and ghosts are also real. They live within us and sometimes they win.
You can, you should, and if you are brave enough to start, you will.
The devil's voice is sweet to hear.
When all else fails, leave and go to the library.
Only enemies tell the truth; Friends and lovers lie incessantly, trapped in the web of duty.
Now I think we were all born with a hole in our hearts, and we look for the person who can fill it.
If you have given your heart ... you have already lost. A creature without a heart is a creature without love, and a creature without love is a beast.
We do not know the days that will change our lives. Probably equally good.
Only enemies tell the truth; Friends and lovers lie incessantly, trapped in the web of duty.
The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle is not real. I know, and I also know that if I'm careful to keep my foot under the sheets, I can never grab my ankle.
No matter how many times you shake it, the last drop always ends in your pants.
Alone. Yes, that is the key word, the most horrible word in the English language. Murder does not sustain him and hell is just a poor synonym.
Don't give me what I ask, give me what I need.
Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man crazy.
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
We lie better when we lie to ourselves.
True love always happens in an instant.
In the year 2025, the best men do not run for president, they run to save their lives ...
What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, not even the most stingy, but because we have always been the craziest and most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle.
It may be that she learns something about what death really is, which is where the pain ceases and good memories begin. It is not the end of life but the end of pain.
True pain is as rare as true love.
Talent is a wonderful thing, don't put it aside.
You must remember that while you judge the book, the book also judges you.
The dream could have been more than a dream. It was as if a door in the wall of reality had ajar ... and now all kinds of unwanted things flew through it.
No one lives happily ever after, but we let the children discover it for themselves.
People who strive to do the right thing always seem angry.
A man with a good wife is the luckiest of God's creatures.
Love among the ruins ... I'll tell you something, my friend: strange love is better than no love at all.
Life is a wheel, and if you wait long enough, always return to where it began.
I am a slow reader, but I usually write between seventy or eighty books a year, mostly fiction. I do not read to study the trade; I read because I like to read.
Discipline and constant work are the stones on which the talent knife is sharpened until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut even the toughest meat.
No one can be as intellectually lazy as a really intelligent person.
The confidence of the innocent is the most useful tool of the liar.
The most important things are the hardest to say.
The battle between good and evil is infinitely fascinating, because we are participants every day.
Love is not soft, as the poets say. Love has teeth that bite and wounds never close.
All you need to do is stand firm ... and believe.
There is nothing as human as hunger.
The first draft of a book, even a long one, should not take more than three months, the duration of a season.
It was the possibility of darkness that made the day look so bright.
I think we are all mentally ill. Those of us who are outside the centers just hide it a little better, or maybe not much better after all.
Talent is never static. It is always growing or dying.
Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; Sometimes the paragraphs accelerate and begin to breathe.
I dreamed of you. I dreamed that you wandered in the dark, and me too. We meet each other. We are in the dark.
It was life, often unsatisfactory, often cruel, generally boring, sometimes beautiful, occasionally exciting.
There are no good friends, there are no bad friends; Only the people you want to be with or need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.
When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.
Some things were better lost than found.
We fall from the womb to the grave, from one darkness and to the other, remembering little of one and not knowing anything about the other ... except through faith.
The mind can calculate, but the spirit craves, and the heart knows what the heart knows.
That was what I wanted, but I don't need it to go. I can love you and I can love life and endure the pain all at the same time. I think the pain can even make the rest better, the way a good fit can make a diamond look better.
It is hard to let go. Even when what you hold is full of thorns, it's hard to let go. Maybe especially then.
In the flashes of light, the clouds look like huge transparent brains full of bad thoughts.
The brain is a muscle that can move the world.
Damage is a reason to change, but all the damage in the world does not change the facts.
If we don't have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with living together.
I don't want to say that creative people are somehow finer, or more sensitive, and therefore have more delicate and sensitive nervous breakdowns. It's just that creative people have creative flaws.
The perfect paranoia is the perfect conscience.
The unconscious mind writes poetry if left alone.
The most important things to remember about the previous story are that (a) everyone has a story and (b) the majority is not very interesting.
God turned out to be a group of bad kids playing the interstellar Xbox. Isn't that funny?
Friends do not spy; True friendship also has to do with privacy.
But I believe in love, you know; Love is a portable magic. I don't think it's in the stars, but I do believe that the blood calls the blood and the mind to the mind and from the heart to the heart.
I hated school. I don't trust anyone who remembers the ages of 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there is something really wrong with you.
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time'.
A cat will not earn a favor, even if it is in his best interest to do so. A cat cannot be a hypocrite. If more preachers were like cats, this would be a more religious country.
I think it is relatively easy for people to accept something like telepathy or precognition or teleplasma, because their willingness to believe costs them nothing. It does not keep them awake at night. But the idea that the evil that men do lives after them is disturbing.
Sooner or later, even the fastest runners have to stand up and fight.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
You left most of the lies along the way, but you kept the one that said life mattered.
The past is stubborn.
Fear can keep you prisoner. Hope can free you.
Sometimes, when you are young, you have moments of such happiness, that you think you are living in a magical place, as Atlantis must have been. Then we grow and our hearts are divided into two.
The description begins in the imagination of the writer, but must end in the reader.
Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.
Writing is not about making money, being famous, dating, having sex or making friends. In the end, it is about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and also your own life. It's about getting up, recovering and overcoming.
Memories are strange things; If you stop chasing them and turn their backs on them, they often come back on their own.
Wanting more is just a recipe for distress.
The absence may or may not grow the love, but it certainly refreshes the eye.
The world, although well lit with fluorescent, incandescent and neon bulbs, is still full of dark corners and disturbing cracks.
Writing is magical, as much as the water of life, like any other creative art. Water is free. So baby Drink and let yourself go.
A library is a place where you can live a thousand lives. So why do you wait when you could be living? Visit your library today.
The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you are ashamed of, because words diminish them.
Sometimes there is absolutely no difference between salvation and condemnation.
May God ask you to grant me serenity to accept what I cannot change. Tenacity to change what I can and good luck so they don't fuck me too often.
Children, fiction is the truth within the lie, and the truth of this fiction is quite simple: magic exists.
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.
Books and movies are like apples and oranges. Both are fruits, but their flavor is completely different.
If a fear cannot be articulated, it cannot be overcome.
We never know what lives we influence, or when or why. Not until the future eats the present, anyway. We know when it's too late.
Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best, and nothing good dies.
And as a writer, one of the things I've always been interested in doing is invading your comfort zone. Because that is what we are supposed to do. Put yourself under your skin, and make you react.
No one can say what happens between the person you were and the person you become. No one can trace that lonely blue section of hell. There are no maps of change. You go out on the other side. Or you don't
If what you are writing is not for you, it will not work.
Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters.
Show me a man or a woman alone and I will show you a saint. Give me two and you will fall in love. Give me three and they will invent how lovely we call 'society'. Give me four and they will build a pyramid. Give me five and you will become an outcast. Give me six and you will reinvent the prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they will reinvent the war. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of his opposite number, and is always trying to return home.
People with a high tolerance to boredom can think hard.
Are you sure that self-pity is a luxury you can afford?
A successful novel should interrupt the life of the reader, make him miss his appointments, skip meals, forget about walking the dog.
In educated society, we call our obsessions hobbies.
Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can be broken. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they break, but we don't.
There is something about us that is very attracted to madness. Everyone who looks from the edge of a tall building has felt at least a slight and morbid need to jump. And anyone who has put a loaded pistol on his head ... Okay, my point is this: even the best suited person clings to his sanity with a greased rope. I really believe it. The rationality circuits are unstably constructed in the human animal.