– Stephen King
The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.
You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again.
There’s no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.
Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.
The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
You have to stay faithful to what you’re working on.
Let’s face it. No kid in high school feels as though they fit in.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts.
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.
It’s better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.
I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
I never saw any of my dad’s stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.
This is not a bad life.
We’re news junkies in my house.
Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.
It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.
Whatever came to mind, whatever came to hand, I would read.
That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.
Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.
If you liked being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you.
Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.
Go then, there are other worlds than these.
Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.
Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.
Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.
Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.