40 Best Stephen King Quotes That Every Horror Fan Needs to Read

"Monsters are real... and sometimes, they win."

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"Your daddy ... sometimes he does things he's sorry for later. Sometimes he doesn't think the way he should. That doesn't happen very often, but sometimes it does." – The Shining (1977)

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"Children have to grow into their imaginations like a pair of oversized shoes." – The Shining (1977)

"It was things like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he thought, that made you believe the world was maybe just as well off destroyed." – The Stand (originally published: 1978)

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." – The Gunslinger (1982)

"Go then, there are other worlds than these." – The Gunslinger (1982)

"Either get busy living or get busy dying." – Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982)

"The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them—words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out." – The Body (1982)

"Am I weird?"
"Yeah. But so what? Everybody's weird." – The Body (1983)

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"It’s been my experience that ninety-five percent of people who walk the earth are simply inert, Johnny. One percent are saints, and one percent are assholes. The other three percent are people who do what they say they can do." – The Dead Zone (1979)

"’Oh, about beer I never lie,’ Crandall said. “A man who lies about beer makes enemies.’" – Pet Sematary (1983)

"He shook his head as if to deny it, but of course you can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants." – Hearts in Atlantis, 1999

"The devil's voice is sweet to hear." – Needful Things (1991)

"Maybe I did it because kids need to know that sometimes dead is better." - Pet Sematary (1983)

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"What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the Earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle." – Cell (2006)

"A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger." – the author’s introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985)

"To those readers who feel that I didn't know any better, I assert that I did ... but the temptation was simply too great to resist." – Author’s note to Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)

"A secret needs two faces to bounce between; a secret needs to see itself in another pair of eyes." – Christine (1983)

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Jud Crandall: [Jud shows Louis how to climb the hill of branches at the Pet Sematary]

"I've climbed it a time or two before. I know all the places to step. Just follow me. Move easy. Don't look down... and don't stop. If you stop, you'll crash through for sure. Just don't stop, and..."

Louis Creed: [falls through the branches]

"And don't look down. Right." – The screenplay for Pet Sematary (1989)

"Jack Nicholson, though a fine actor, was all wrong for the part." – As quoted in Playboy, 1983

"We all float down here!" – IT (1986)

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"I work until beer o'clock." – as quoted in Time magazine, 1986

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

"I believe the road to Hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops" – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

"The scariest moment is always just before you start." – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

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"Book-buyers aren't attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages." – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

"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" – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

"The reason authors almost always put a dedication on a book, Annie, is because their selfishness even horrifies themselves in the end." – Misery (1987)

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"On a couple of occasions, I've shocked myself. Pet Sematary was appalling when it first came out on to the page." - as quoted by The Guardian, 2000

"[The] truth is that monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." – the author's introduction to the 2001 edition of The Shining

"Memory is the basis of every journey." – Dreamcatcher (2001)

"Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone." – Commencement address to University of Maine graduates (2005)

"People forget I’m a real person." – As quoted in The Paris Review, 2006

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"I didn’t know what popular fiction was, and nobody told me at the time." – As quoted in The Paris Review, 2006

"If you don't control your temper, your temper will control you." – Under the Dome (2009)

"I'm one of those people who doesn't really know what he thinks until he writes it down." - 11/22/63 (2011)

"FEAR stands for fuck everything and run." – Doctor Sleep (2013)

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"The Tommyknockers is an awful book." – as quoted in Rolling Stone, 2014

"I don't like Dreamcatcher very much." – as quoted in Rolling Stone, 2014

"One of the challenges when you’ve been around as long as I have and you think you’ve explored all the corners of the room, you have to say to yourself, ‘What are the things that really concern me? What are the things that I care about? Well, I care about friendship. I care about a government that’s too big and that will try to do things where the ends justify the means. I care about defenseless people who try to find a way to defend themselves." – As quoted in The New York Times, 2019

"I have outlived most of my critics. It gives me great pleasure" – As quoted in The Guardian, 2019