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Who would preach at the funeral? This was a question (like who cuts the barber's hair) -- Stephen King
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She felt a calmness in him now, a centered lack of fear, that touched her heart with love, and with some queer darkness, as well. He was so different, her son, so special ... but the world did not love people like that. The world tried to root them out, like tares from a garden. -- Stephen King
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I am what ka and the King and the Tower have made me. We all are. We're caught. -- Stephen King
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It's the world's smallest violin, playing 'My Heart Pumps Purple Piss for You'. -- Stephen King
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the truth was simple: here stood this door alone on an endless stretch of beach, and it was for only one of two things: opening or leaving closed. The -- Stephen King
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There are things of such darkness and horror - just, I suppose, as there are things of such great beauty - that they will not fit through the puny human doors of perception. -- Stephen King
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drove a '61 Ford station wagon: six in a row for more go and three on the tree (if you don't know, ask your dad). -- Stephen King
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Woman, I'm not Roland's sister, or his daughter, either! You maybe didn't notice a small but basic difference in the color of our hides, namely his being white and mine being black. -- Stephen King
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In the old tongue which had once been his world's lingua franca, most words, like khef and ka, had many meanings. The word char, however - char as in Charlie the Choo-Choo - had only one. Char meant death. -- Stephen King
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Louis Creed came to believe that the last really happy day of his life was March 24, 1984. -- Stephen King
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Eddie had seen thousands, and what he was looking at was like one of those moving point-of-view shots they did in ones like Halloween and The Shining. He even knew what they called the gadget they did it with. Steadi-Cam. That was it. -- Stephen King
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If Timlin's right, he thought, the bloodsuckers will inherit the earth instead of the meek. If they can find any blood to suck, that is. -- Stephen King
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I guess we always find excuses to keep on with our bad habits, don't we? -- Stephen King
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Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant, did you ever notice that? -- Stephen King
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The sun had burned through and the day had gone from dull to dazzling, yet in the west blask-satin thunderheads continued to stack up. It was as if night has burst a blood-vessel in the sky over there. -- Stephen King
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Most people are optimists, although they may claim they are not. People who call themselves realists are often the biggest optimists of all. -- Stephen King
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Once, during the drinking phase, Wendy had accused him of desiring his own destruction but not possessing the necessary moral fiber to support a full-blown deathwish. So he manufactured ways in which other people could do it, lopping a piece at a time off himself and their family. -- Stephen King
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Take my hand, Constant Reader, and I'll be happy to lead you back into the sunshine. I'm happy to go there, because I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of. Bangor, -- Stephen King
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Was it possible, she wondered crazily, to prepare for a heart attack? Patty ran her tongue -- Stephen King
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She ran out of her marriage the way a woman can run out of a pair of sandals when she decides to let go and really dash. -- Stephen King
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Elizabeth's doze had deepened into real sleep. Once she might have been young and beautiful. Once she might have been some young man's dream baby. Now she was snoring with her mostly toothless mouth pointed at the ceiling. If there's a God, I think He needs to try a little harder. -- Stephen King
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The wind roared across the empty sky, the cold deepened, but Tim Ross lay safe and warm, with a tyger sleeping beside him. At -- Stephen King
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On the way home I remembered a bit of old folklore about how to boil a frog. You put it in cold water, then start turning up the heat. If you do it gradually, the frog is too stupid to jump out. I don't know if it's true or not, but I decided it was an excellent metaphor for growing old. -- Stephen King
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Monogamous from the chin up. Below the belt-buckle, however, there's a wahoo stampeder who just doesn't give a shit. -- Stephen King
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The death of a loved one may be many things, but work is certainly one of them. She -- Stephen King
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They had become a fixed star in the shifting firmament of the high school's relationships, the acknowledged Romeo and Juliet. And she knew with sudden hatefulness that there was one couple like them in every white suburban high school in America. -- Stephen King
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Then he closed his eyes and put his hands together again before his face, finger to finger. Johnny was struck by the kid's lack of pretension. There was a simplicity about the gesture that had been honed by use into beauty. -- Stephen King
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People always want a reason for the bad things in life. Sometimes there ain't one. -- Stephen King
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I am the last of that green and warm-hued world. -- Stephen King
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Faint and not so pleasant. "Okay," I said. "It's the pantry. Neat and fully stocked. You get an A in supply management, if there is such a thing." "What do you smell?" "Spices, mostly. Coffee. Maybe air freshener, too, I'm not sure. -- Stephen King
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'Salem's Lot," he read. "A novel by Stephen King." He looked up at Eddie, then at Jake. "Heard of him? Either of you? He's not from my time, I don't think." Jake -- Stephen King
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Moonlight flooded in the windows and silvered the room, turning it into a lagoon of dreams -- Stephen King
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Fears locked in small brains are much too large to pass through the orifice of the mouth. -- Stephen King
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Shit. The mind gets up to funny tricks, doesn't it? Shadows grow faces. -- Stephen King
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I deal in lead! Roland called, and Eddie felt goose-bumps pebble his arms. -- Stephen King
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Stephen King's not the water, Susannah - he's only the pipe the water runs through. -- Stephen King
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One of the great things about tales is how fast time may pass when not much of note is happening. Real life is never that way, and it is probably a good thing. -- Stephen King
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That's how you know you're home, I think, no matter how far you've gone from it or how long you've been in some other place. -- Stephen King
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In the end, the wind takes everything, doesn't it? And why not? Why other? If the sweetness of our lives did not depart, there would be no sweetness at all. -- Stephen King
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Thinking, Garraty thought. That's the day's business. Thinking. Thinking and isolation, because it doesn't matter if you pass the time of day with someone or not; in the end, you're alone. -- Stephen King
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With pictures of Patsy, Morrie, and the three -- Stephen King
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Sometimes the only thing to do is to take the thing that you must have. Even if someone gets hurt. -- Stephen King
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This one was Justin Bieber. Justin's teeth had been blacked out, and someone had added a Notzi swat-sticker tattoo to one cheek. -- Stephen King
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Definition of a wanderer, Eddie thought, a guy who's always looking beyond. -- Stephen King
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Ghosts, in the end, adopt the motivations and perhaps the very souls of those who behold them. If they are malevolent, their malevolence comes from us. -- Stephen King
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Never had he seen a man who looked so lonely, so far from the run of human life with its fellowship and warmth. To see him here, in this place of fiesta, only underlined the truth of him: he was the last. There was no other. -- Stephen King
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What you need to remember is that there's a difference between lecturing about what you know and using it to enrich the story. The latter is good. The former is not. -- Stephen King
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You needn't die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end and ka is always served. -- Stephen King
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Bill's voice floated up: Y-You c-c-can stay up th-there if you w-want, Ruh-Ruh-Richie. St-Stand g-g-guard. -- Stephen King
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He knew as well as we in our own world do that the road to hell is paved with good intentions
but he also knew that, for human beings, good intentions are sometimes all there are. Angels may be safe from damnation, but human beings are less fortunate things, and for them hell is always close. -- Stephen King
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When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. I was your teacher. -- Stephen King
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Allie watched them and felt a pang of fleeting despair for the sad times of the world. Things had stretched apart There was no glue at the center of things anymore. She had never seen the ocean, never would. -- Stephen King
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The old sleep poorly. Perhaps they stand watch. -- Stephen King
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Tell your friends I am the last of a dying race,' it said, grinning its sunken grin as it staggered and lurched down the proch steps after her. 'The only survivor of a dying planet. I have come to rob all the women ... rape all the men ... and learn to do the Peppermint Twist! -- Stephen King
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I will scream as the sanity leaves my mind forever. I will scream...but there is no one there to hear me. -- Stephen King
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And so thinking, she slipped not into sleep, but into that umbilical cord which connects sleeping and waking. -- Stephen King
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It is completely raw, the sort of thing I feel free to do with the door shut - it's the story undressed, standing up in nothing but its socks and undershorts. -- Stephen King
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Because when Eddie's in that fuckin zone, he could talk the devil into setting himself on fire. -- Stephen King
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Eventual, as Pug used to say. When he wanted to say something was really good, he's never say it was awesome, like most people do; he'd say it was eventual. How funny is that? The old Pugmeister. I wonder how he's doing. -- Stephen King
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Oh, there were all sorts of things to wonder about, but the truth was simple: here stood this door alone on an endless stretch of beach, and it was for only one of two things: opening or leaving closed. -- Stephen King
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It's always the end for now, and in real life, the only full stop is on the obituary page. -- Stephen King
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I never had an adult student who did less than try his or her ass off. -- Stephen King
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He smiles a lot. But I think there might be worms inside him making him smile. -- Stephen King
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If a book is not alive in the writer's mind, it is as dead as year-old horse shit. -- Stephen King
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All I can do is say again what I've said already: when one isn't sure about ka, it's best to let ka work itself out. If one meddles, one almost always does the wrong thing. -- Stephen King
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He was good and bad and I loved both sides of him. God help me, I guess I still do." "You and most kids," Billy said. "You love your folks and hope for the best. What else can you do? -- Stephen King
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Joy - damn, but that's a cheerful little word. -- Stephen King
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And I guess you judge how well you're doing by how well you sleep at night ... and what your dreams are like. -- Stephen King
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...it was more like bleeding than crying. -- Stephen King
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I work to loud music - hard-rock stuff like AC/DC, Guns 'n Roses, and Metallica have always been particular favorites - but for me the music is just another way of shutting the door. -- Stephen King
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To know, I have to write. -- Stephen King
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It was quarter past four, that deadly time of morning when it's too late to go back to sleep and still too early to rise and shine. -- Stephen King
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Pain is the biggest power of love. That's what Wireman says. -- Stephen King
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Pain is the biggest power of love. -- Stephen King
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As always at these times when he felt really in need of God the front of his mind was serene, but the deeper part, where faith did constant battle with doubt, was terrified that there would be no answer. -- Stephen King
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Confession may or may not be good for the soul, but it's undoubtedly soothing to the nerves. -- Stephen King
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Cancer is the pitbull of diseases, and it had her in its jaws, biting and rending. It would not stop until it had torn her to pieces. -- Stephen King
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Cal thought: A new player. Terrific. Maybe William Shatner's in here, too. Also Mike Huckabee . . . Kim Kardashian . . . the guy who plays Opie on Sons of Anarchy and the entire cast of The Walking Dead. -- Stephen King
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Stories take a person away. If they're good ones, that is. -- Stephen King
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It tried to fold everything," he said to Jackson, tasting bile in his throat. "But a person isn't a sheet, Mark. What I saw ... what was left of her ... " Like Stanner, the hapless foreman, he could not finish. "They took her out in a basket," he said softly. -- Stephen King
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A lot of authority figures want to be good. I sense that, and yet at the same time I sense that authority, after a while, always leads to some kind of oppression. When the minority report comes in, what you do is run the minority out of town with a flaming cross. It's just the way things are. -- Stephen King
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What charitable 1 percenters can't do is assume responsibility - America's national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. -- Stephen King
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When the reader hears strong echoes of his or her own life and beliefs, he or she is apt to become more invested in the story. -- Stephen King
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As a kid, death seemed boring to me. As an adult, I think that it seems more like a waste of everything. Somebody once said every time a professor dies, a library burns. -- Stephen King
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Why did you go and do that? I served you faithfully and you broke me. I never harmed you and you smashed me. I was defenseless. -- Stephen King
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You lost your innocence when you grew up, all right, everyone knew that, but did you have to lose your hope, as well? -- Stephen King
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So I think writers are made and not born. But what you choose to write is buried so deeply inside it's like lodestones inside you and sooner or later you come near something that you're supposed to be doing with your life and it's like a magnet. It attracts. -- Stephen King
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The worst thing about wishes is that sometimes they come true -- Stephen King
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I was raised to be polite, but not to suffer bullshit. -- Stephen King
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The expression Jake saw on all the faces, oldest to youngest, was the same: pure joy. Not just that, he thought, and remembered a phrase his English teacher had used about how some books make us feel: the ecstasy of perfect recognition. -- Stephen King
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Ka speaks and the wind blows! -- Stephen King
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We never know. Any day could be the day we go down, and we never know. -- Stephen King
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But nothing. Accept what's done, Louis, and follow your heart. We did what was right this time . . . at least, I hope to Christ it was right. Another time it could be wrong - wrong as hell. -- Stephen King
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We could argue about what constitutes the creepiest line in pop music, but for me it's early Beatles- John Lennon, actually- singing 'I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man. -- Stephen King
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Any parting could be forever, and we don't know. -- Stephen King
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That one smooth black eye stared, and reflected in it I fancied I could see the cyclopeon city, and the endless column of the marching dead. -- Stephen King
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You have to stay faithful to what you're working on. -- Stephen King
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Do you believe in an afterlife?" the gunslinger asked him as Brown dropped three ears of hot corn onto his plate.
Brown nodded. "I think this is it. -- Stephen King
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If Pete Simmons had been twenty, he might have asked a lot of bullshit questions that didn't matter. -- Stephen King
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The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way. -- Stephen King
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It's true what they say - sometimes the neuros are crazier than the patients. -- Stephen King
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As with all other aspects of fiction, the key to writing good dialogue is honesty. -- Stephen King
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But she stayed where she was a moment longer, like an animal which has been kept in a cage so long it cannot believe in freedom even when it is offered. -- Stephen King
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By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing. -- Stephen King
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Passage between worlds. Then the gunfire. Then the killing. -- Stephen King
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First the smiles, then the lies. Last comes gunfire. -- Stephen King
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First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.-Roland Deschain, of Gilead -- Stephen King
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I've spread my legs in the backseat in a creative sense quite a few times. -- Stephen King
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The wind sighed through the trees, and the fallen leaves rattled up the deserted walks and around the hubcaps of parked cars. It was a faint and sorrowful sound, and the boy thought that he might be the only one in Boulder awake enough to hear it. -- Stephen King
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They are as they are because they live in the light, the gunslinger thought suddenly. That light of civilization you were taught to adore above all other things. They live in a world which has not moved on. -- Stephen King
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This is one of Its places, all right, Ben thought. One of the places like the Morlock holes, where It goes out and comes back in. And It knows we're out here. It's waiting for us to come in. Yuh-yuh-you -- Stephen King
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Bit if you look too long at the small rights, Jake - the ones that lie close at hand - it's easy to lose sight of the big ones that stand farther off. Things are out of joint - going wrong and getting worse. We see it all around us, but the answers are still ahead. -- Stephen King
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If this expansion is something you want, I invite you to come along with me just a little farther. I have lots to tell you, and I think we can talk better around the corner. In the dark. PART -- Stephen King
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Good books are for consideration after, too. -- Stephen King
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If a writer knows what he or she is doing, I'll go along for the ride. If he or she doesn't ... well, I'm in my fifties now, and there are a lot of books out there. I don't have time to waste with the poorly written ones. -- Stephen King
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No. There is no getting away from the word nigger, not now, not in the world we've been given to live in, you and me. Country -- Stephen King
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There is no getting away from the word nigger, not now, not in the world we've been given to live in, you and me. -- Stephen King
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... I doubt if this is God's doing. I suspect he'll keep right out of it as a consequence. -- Stephen King
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When you thought about it, it was sort of a blue-eyed wonder that women could love the best of them, let alone the rest of them. -- Stephen King
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It teekles nozzing like Jock Torrance would like to teekle you, madame. -- Stephen King
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Twas something else. I had come to hate her, you see. I had come to wish her dead, and that was what held me back. -- Stephen King
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Madness is a kind of mental suicide. -- Stephen King
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electroencephalograph, -- Stephen King
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Nothing seems to last. But the bullet. The bullet is constant. The bullet is always there. You wait in line, that's all. And when it's your turn to ride the bullet, maybe you ride, maybe you run. Either way it comes to the same thing. Fun is fun. And done is done -- Stephen King
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On that gray street, with the smell of industrial smokes in the air and the afternoon bleeding away to evening, downtown Derry looked only marginally more charming than a dead hooker in a church pew. -- Stephen King
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I don't want to think too much about art, you see. I don't want to attend symposia, listen to papers, or discuss it at cocktail parties ... What I want to do is clutch my heart and fall down when I see it. (Mr. Nannuzzi to Edgar) -- Stephen King
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Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way. Just don't let go of my arm. And if I should kiss you in the dark, it's no big deal; it's only because you are my love. -- Stephen King
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LISTEN CLOSELY, MY FRIENDS," Blaine's voice boomed. "THERE ARE LARGE STOCKPILES OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE CANISTERS UNDER THE CITY. I HAVE STARTED A SEQUENCE WHICH WILL CAUSE AN EXPLOSION AND RELEASE THIS GAS. THIS EXPLOSION WILL OCCUR IN TWELVE MINUTES. -- Stephen King
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That - we seemed to have decided without saying a word - might go a long way toward spoiling something that was special, and beautiful, by virtue of its strangeness and delicacy. -- Stephen King
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dealing with drunks and hypes and homeless people who've got one foot in reality and the other in the Twilight Zone, you get used to seeing big changes in people, and usually not changes for the better. You teach yourself to see who's under the new bruises and the fresh coats of dirt. -- Stephen King
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Hey, Trash, what did old lady Semple say when you torched her pension check? -- Stephen King
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Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. -- Stephen King
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Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. -- Stephen King
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That smile was dangerous, she thought - a quicksand smile if ever there was one. Easy to wander in; perhaps more difficult to wander back out. -- Stephen King
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In here I'm the guy who can get things for you ... outside all you need is the Yellow Pages. I don't think I could make it. -- Stephen King
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There's nothing I like better than a good book discussion with someone who can hold up his end of the argument. -- Stephen King
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Now I think all of us were born with a hole in our hearts, and we go around looking for the person who can fill it. You ... you fill me up. -- Stephen King
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He was a romantic, he knew it, and he guarded the knowledge jealously. -- Stephen King
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All I'm saying is that your happiness is in your hands and those of your nearest and dearest. And if you think I'm going to show up two decades or so down the line to collect your soul in my moldy old pocketbook, you'd better think again. The souls of humans have become poor and transparent things. -- Stephen King
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I like to think that good people win. But even good people have other sides. Most people will slow down to get a good look at an accident, even though they won't admit it. -- Stephen King
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Okay," she said. "I'm so glad to see someone, who cares if it's a deaf-mute and a retard. -- Stephen King
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When you're five and you hurt, you make a big noise in the world. At ten you whimper. But by the time you make fifteen you begin to eat the poisoned apples that grow on your own inner tree of pain. -- Stephen King
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Thomas Ross appears to have been something of a rarity: a socially conscious young man. -- Stephen King
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It's best to be ruthless with the past. -- Stephen King
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Ninety-five percent of people who walk the earth are simply inert. One percent are saints, and one percent are assholes. The other three percent are people who do what they say they can do. -- Stephen King
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When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too. -- Stephen King
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When you planned rough, you allowed room for improvisation. -- Stephen King
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By definition, though, we are family. And in difficult times-- times like these-- despite our differences, we stand together as family. -- Stephen King
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I spend a lot of time parenting because I'm home. A friend of mine told me that the average father sees each kid an average of twenty-two minutes a week, which I found almost unbelievable. Mine are in my hip pocket all the time. And I like it that way. -- Stephen King
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That the hungover eye had a weird ability to find the ugliest things in any given landscape. -- Stephen King
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But I don't understand things!" Danny burst out. "I do but I don't! People ... they feel things and I feel them, but I don't know what I'm feeling!" He looked down at his lap wretchedly. "I wish I could read. Sometimes Tony shows me signs and I can hardly read any of them. -- Stephen King
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It conjured up an image of fate, not blind at all but equipped with sentient 20/20 vision and intent on grinding helpless mortals between the great millstones of the universe to make some unknown bread. -- Stephen King
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Just the sounds of an old building settling, I tell myself . . . but I wonder. -- Stephen King
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Terror - what Hunter Thompson calls "fear and loathing" - often arises from a pervasive sense of disestablishment; that things are in the unmaking. If that sense of unmaking is sudden and seems personal - if it hits you around the heart - then it lodges in the memory as a complete set. -- Stephen King
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Writing good dialogue is art as well as craft. -- Stephen King
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When I'd come in one day in the late winter and asked him why he was working the grill with a kid's birthday hat on, he'd said Because today I'm fifty-seven, buddy. Which makes me an official Heinz. -- Stephen King
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Did you know that Dairy Queen ice cream is mostly bubbles? -- Stephen King
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Harold glared sullenly at him again, the eyes those of a piggy little boy who wants the whole cookie jar to himself. Ain't he going to be surprised, Stu thought, when he finds out a girl isn't a jar of cookies. -- Stephen King
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There's no tonic like an old friend. -- Stephen King
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yeah. In a movie it would work, yeah. But . . . -- Stephen King
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There will be water if God wills it. -- Stephen King
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Zitner said hell would freeze over before something like that happened. Harold had a brief image of Adolf Hitler and Judas Iscariot handing out ice-skates and went on heaving sandbags. -- Stephen King
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It's not the pain I'm afraid of; I know about the pain. What I'm afraid of is the end of this small, sweet dream. -- Stephen King
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I come to you and you see me whole,' he says. 'You love me all the way around the equator and not just for some story I wrote. When the door closes and the world's outside, we're eye to eye. -- Stephen King
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Don't complicate what's simple. -- Stephen King
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For me, that emotional payoff is what it's all about. I want you to laugh or cry when you read a story ... or do both at the same time. I want your heart, in other words. If you want to learn something, go to school. -- Stephen King
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In standard American English, the word with the most gradations of meaning is probably run. The Random House unabridged dictionary offers one hundred and seventy-eight options, beginning with "to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk" and ending with "melted or liquefied." In -- Stephen King
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That's the day's business. Thinking. Thinking and isolation, because it doesn't matter if you pass the time of day with someone or not; in the end, you're alone. He seemed to have put in as many miles in his brain as he had with his feet. The thoughts kept coming and there was no way to deny them. -- Stephen King
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The face of the clown in the stormdrain was white, there were funny tufts of red hair on either side of his bald head, and there was a big clown-smile painted over his mouth. If George had been inhabiting a later year, he would have surely thought of Ronald McDonald before Bozo or Clarabell. -- Stephen King
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Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when if feels like all you're managing is to shovel sh*t from a sitting position. -- Stephen King
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What sad, short lives humans live! Each life a short pamphlet written by an idiot! Tut-tut, and all that. -- Stephen King
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For a moment she was pissed off, and then the feeling was gone. Jess was just being Jess, trying to protect his image of himself to himself, the way all thinking people do so they can get to sleep at night. -- Stephen King
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You ought to sue that son of a whore -- Stephen King
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She was eighty-five, and her sleep was as thin as her skin. -- Stephen King
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Probably not true, but remember this: someone really did design the Titanic and then label it unsinkable. For -- Stephen King
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Read a lot, write a lot is the great commandment. -- Stephen King
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Your friend the Turtle... He died a few years ago. The old idiot puked inside his shell and choked to death on a galaxy or two. Very sad, don't you think? But also quite bizarre. -- Stephen King
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Getting help from a guy like you is like hiring a pyromaniac to fix the oil-burner. -- Stephen King
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Wandering's the most addictive drug there is, I think, and every hidden road leads on to a dozen more. -- Stephen King
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It's a poorboy sanditch,' Roland said. 'With lots of mayo, whatever that is. I'd want a sauce that didn't look quite so much like come, myself, but may it do ya fine. -- Stephen King
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Question: If you put a psychologist in a room with a man who thinks he's Napoleon and leave them there for a year (or ten or twenty), will you end up with two Skinner men or two guys with their hands in their shirts? Answer: Insufficient data. -- Stephen King
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He invited the driver of the limo to perform an illegal sex act on himself. -- Stephen King
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It proves little, except that perhaps in America even a pig can aspire to immortality. -- Stephen King
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There was a momentary added weight in my stomach, almost like a sickness. There's a name for that sort of sickness. I think it's called falling in love with your best friend's girl. "You've -- Stephen King
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Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand. -- Stephen King
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Ladies and gentlemen, attention, please!
Come in close where everyone can see!
I got a tale to tell, it isn't gonna cost a dime!
(And if you believe that,
we're gonna get along just fine.) -- Stephen King
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Three days ago we not only ruled the earth, we had survivor's guilt about all the other species we'd wiped out on our climb to the nirvana of round-the-clock cable news and microwave popcorn. Now we're the Flashlight People. -- Stephen King
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Power had been passed in some way that none of them knew but all understood. -- Stephen King
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Some memories were all right, but others were dangerous. -- Stephen King
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I don't take notes; I don't outline, I don't do anything like that. I just flail away at the goddamn thing. I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami. You can't sell it as caviar. -- Stephen King
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I think a lot of times dreams are nothing more than a kind of mental or spiritual flatulence. They're a way of relieving pressure. -- Stephen King
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The proverb says revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but Ronson Fast-Lite had yet to be invented when they made that one up. -- Stephen King
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Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness. -- Stephen King
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He didn't like the way things were going.
There were bad omens in the wind, evil portents like bats fluttering in the dark loft of a deserted barn. -- Stephen King
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Husbands were all too often the back door by which secrets escaped into the outside world. -- Stephen King
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And so the argument was begun, progressing more in the silences than in the speeches, like a chess game played by mail. -- Stephen King
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The worst advice? 'Don't listen to the critics.' I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they're telling you something is broken that you can fix. -- Stephen King
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Love isn't soft, like those poets say. Love has teeth which bite and the wounds never close. -- Stephen King
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I started to reply; she hushed me with a wave of her ring-heavy right hand. -- Stephen King
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Hey police? I just saw the world's oldest, slowest kid climbing into Pleasantview Cemetery. Looked like he was dying to get in. Yeah, looked like a grave matter to me. Kidding? Oh no, I'm in dead earnest. Maybe you ought to dig into it. -- Stephen King
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I would not have taken you on. Jack's hands were clenched tightly in his lap, working against each other, sweating. Officious little prick, officious little prick, officious - -- Stephen King
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There were games and activities as well as sermons, because, as he pointed out regularly, most of Jesus's preaching happened outside, and that meant there was more to Christianity than church. -- Stephen King
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The thought process can never be complete without articulation. -- Stephen King
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The day I start hanging out with that bunch of half-starved mix-n-match sluts will be the day I crawl up my own ass and die! -- Stephen King
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Writing may be masturbatory, but God forbid it should be an act off autocannibalism. -- Stephen King
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Death, but not for you, gunslinger. Never for you. You darkle. You tinct. May I be brutally frank? You go on. -- Stephen King
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The lessons which I remember the longest are always the ones that are self-taught -- Stephen King
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The hawk does not fear you, boy, and the hawk never will. The hawk is God's gunslinger. -- Stephen King
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As soon as you have a child, you see your own tombstone -- Stephen King
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Pain skewered his guts again, and fresh blood squirted out into his hand. It felt like warm jelly. He put his head back -- Stephen King
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Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters' theses. -- Stephen King
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I don't spend the day writing. I'll maybe write fresh copy for two hours, and then I'll go back and revise some of it and print what I like and then turn it off. -- Stephen King
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His cock swung from side to side like the pendulum of a grandfather clock on speed. -- Stephen King
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An old man's body is nothing but a sack in which he carries aches and indignities. -- Stephen King
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If you've ever been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you'll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be. -- Stephen King
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You grew up, became a man, had to adjust to taking less than you hoped for; you discovered the dream-machine had a big OUT OF ORDER sign on it. -- Stephen King
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Silent white light filled the world. And the righteous and unrighteous alike were consumed in that holy fire. -- Stephen King
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Sometimes when you're young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you're living on someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two. -- Stephen King
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Time apparently did nothing but blunt grief's sharpest edge so that it hacked rather than sliced. -- Stephen King
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The horror genre is an extremely delicate thing. You can talk to filmmakers and even psychologists who've studied the genre, and even they don't understand what works or what doesn't work. More importantly, they don't understand why it works when it works. -- Stephen King
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I'm not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills. But I do think that if you have thinks that bother you, things that are unresolved, the more that you talk about them, write about them, the less serious they become. -- Stephen King
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The crowd had the plump, righteous, slightly constipated look that seems the exclusive province of businessmen who belong to the GOP. -- Stephen King
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The woman who entered had the plump, matronly figure of the Good Gramma in a children's story and the beady eyes of a dick in a department store. -- Stephen King
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It was strange how some of childhood's words and ways fell at the wayside and were left behind, while others clamped tight and rode for life, growing the heavier to carry as time passed. -- Stephen King
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Opinion is politics, and politics is an evil which has caused many a fellow to be hung while he's still young and pretty. -- Stephen King
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Her heart was pounding hard, not with excitement but with fear. The head could tell the heart all that was eighteen years over, but in matters of emotion the heart had its own brilliant vocabulary. -- Stephen King
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Once my cares were far away,
Yes, once my cares were far away,
Now my love has gone from me
And misery is in my heart to stay. -- Stephen King
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Although deer season doesn't start until November in Maine, the fields of October are often alive with gunshots; the locals are shooting as many peasants as they think their families will eat. -- Stephen King
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The terror ran endlessly on in his mind, making him feel like a rat trapped on an exercise wheel. And when he tried to look ahead to some better, brighter time, he could see only darkness. -- Stephen King
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There's no Texas barbecue as good as Fort Worth barbecue, -- Stephen King
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You think Okay, I get it, I'm prepared for the worst, but you hold out that small hope, see, and that's what fucks you up. That's what kills you. -- Stephen King
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I haven't been thinking at all, not really, I've just been following the steps. The recipe.
& this is like turning a page in the cookbook & finding the next one blank. -- Stephen King
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Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books, they seem to get handed down father to son, mother to daughter. Because they're set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. -- Stephen King
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It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a tremendous cost. -- Stephen King
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I believe instinct's the iron skeleton under all our ideas of free will. Unless you're willing to take the pipe or eat the gun or take a long walk off a short dock, you can't say no to some things. You can't refuse to pick up your option because there is no option. -- Stephen King
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Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work. Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighbourhood can stand for everything. -- Stephen King
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When someone says they're going to be honest with you, they are in most cases preparing to lie faster than a horse can trot. -- Stephen King
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They talk like people, he thought, who have kept the huddled-up secrets of their guilts and inadequacies to themselves for a long time, only to discover that these things, when verbalized, were only life-sized after all. -- Stephen King
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She looked from her son to Bill and back to her son again, touched by wonder that was mostly simple perplexity but partly a fear so thin and sharp that it found its way deep into her inner heart and vibrated there like a tuning-fork made of clear ice. -- Stephen King
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They were nice enough people and all, but there wasn't much love in them. Because they were too busy being afraid. Love didn't grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn't grow very well in a place where it was always dark. -- Stephen King
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I have the world's best job. I get paid to hang out in my imagination all day. -- Stephen King
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Not all of them who waded into the waters of Lethe found it necessary to take a bath in it, but there were enough - kids who had made dreams their protein. -- Stephen King
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Henry did not want to be fixed, was somehow convinced that the fix would be a lie, something that would lessen him. -- Stephen King
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A mob always picked its own leaders, and it always picked the right ones. -- Stephen King
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He kept seeing the brains dribbling down the wallpaper. It wasn't the killing that stayed on his mind, it was the spilled talent. A lifetime of honing and shaping torn apart in less than a second. All those stories, all those images, and what came out looked like so much oatmeal. What was the point? -- Stephen King
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Doc," Jack Torrance said. "Run away. Quick. And remember how much I love you." "No," Danny said. "Oh Danny, for God's sake - " "No," Danny said. He took one of his father's bloody hands and kissed it. "It's almost over. -- Stephen King
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Holly starts to cry. Jerome hugs her clumsily. He's black and she's white, he's seventeen and she's in her forties, but to Hodges Jerome looks like a father comforting his daughter after she came home from school and said no one invited her to the Spring Dance. -- Stephen King
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Pain was a tool, after all. Sometimes it was the best tool. -- Stephen King
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A feeling that all his hard decisions, all the pain and loss and spilled blood, had not been for nothing, after all. There was a reason. There was a purpose. There was life and love. -- Stephen King
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I'll be back as quick as I can," I said awkwardly.
"Sure."
"Stay cool."
"Don't worry, I'm not going to punch anybody."
I trotted to my car. As I slipped behind the wheel I heard the little girl ask Arnie loudly, "Why is your face all messy like that, mister? -- Stephen King
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Stupidity is one of the two things we see most clearly in retrospect. The other is missed chances. -- Stephen King
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The thing about this job is people go to psychiatrists and pay them $60, $70 an hour to tell them all their screwed-up fantasies, and I write mine down and people pay me. That's just how I roll. -- Stephen King
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Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do - the wind that blows through the keyhole- is the breath of all the living universe. -- Stephen King
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Harold knew things. It was good that he did, but it was also rather spooky, as if they had a fifth-rate god traveling with them - more or less omniscient, but emotionally unstable and likely to fragment at any time. -- Stephen King
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The answer seems to be that we make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones. With the endless inventiveness of humankind, we grasp the very elements which are so divisive and destructive and try to turn them into tools - to dismantle themselves. -- Stephen King
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Payback is a bitch, he thought, and I am that bitch. He -- Stephen King
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I did spend years as an addict, so I know that world, although I wish I didn't. -- Stephen King
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If ka will say so, let it be so. -- Stephen King
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Churchbells were calling the faithful to worship, and outside it was a beautiful day -- Stephen King
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And he thought that, had he been wearing his guns, he might well have drawn one and put a bullet in Susan Delgado's cold and whoring little heart. -- Stephen King
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It's a long way back to Eden, Sweetheart, so don't sweat the small stuff. -- Stephen King
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Don't sweat the small stuff, it's a long walk back to EDEN. Carolyn Roberts -- Stephen King
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What you write down sometimes leaves you forever, like old photographs left in the bright sun, fading to nothing but white. I pray for that sort of release. -- Stephen King
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If we don't have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness. When we get together we build miles of summer cottages and kill each other in the bars on Saturday night. -- Stephen King
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I'm seen as somebody who writes for adults because I'm an older man myself. Some of them find me, and a lot of them don't. -- Stephen King
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So it always has been; so shall it be, life sucks, then you die. -- Stephen King
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Love is old slaughterer. Love is not blind. Love is a canibal with extremely acute vision. Love is insectile, it is always hungry -- Stephen King
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There was a big old St. Bernard went rabid downstate a couple of years ago and killed four people. -- Stephen King
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Control the things you can control, maggot. Let everything else take a flying fuck at you and if you must go down, go down with your guns blazing. -- Stephen King
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Trust, a sense of humor, and don't let the sun go down on an argument without trying to make it up. That's all I know about good marriage. I've been married a long time - it seems to be working. -- Stephen King
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Who is going to be the fish in this relationship, and who is going to be the fisherman? -- Stephen King
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For a moment he felt a wild hope: perhaps this really was a nightmare. Perhaps he would awake in his own bed, bathed in sweat, shaking, maybe even crying ... but alive. Safe. Then he pushed the thought away. Its charm was deadly, its comfort fatal. -- Stephen King
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The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. -- Stephen King
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He had locked himself safely away in a place beyond pain. -- Stephen King
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You laugh because what's fearful and unknown is also what's funny, you laugh the way a small child will sometimes laugh and cry at the same time when a capering circus clown approaches, knowing it is supposed to be funny... but it is also unknown, full of the unknown's eternal power. -- Stephen King
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Directing teenage actors is like juggling jars of nitro-glycerine: exhilarating and dangerous. -- Stephen King
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He had great faith in Oy. Or maybe it was love. Or maybe those things were the same. -- Stephen King
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So I turned on the tube (throwback slang from the Nifty Fifties; televisions no longer have tubes) and channel-surfed for awhile. On -- Stephen King
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He gazed up at her seriously from the dust of the dooryard. He knew that however much she might love him, he would always love her more. And as always when he thought these things, the premonition came that ka was not their friend, that it would end badly between them. -- Stephen King
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God grant me the SERENITY to accept what I cannot change, the TENACITY to change what I may, and the GOOD LUCK not to fuck up too often. -- Stephen King
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And poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God's language - it's better, it's finer, it's language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives. -- Stephen King
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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
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I do have one slightly crooked wheel upstairs, but everything else is ticking along just four-o, thank you very much. -- Stephen King
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Yeah," he said. "When Tina came home, I made her peanut butter crackers. -- Stephen King
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On the so-called Kissing Bridge in Bassey Park, amid the declarations of school spirit and undyng love, someone had carved the words I WILL KILL MY MOTHER SOON, and below it someone had added: NOT SOON ENOUGH SHES FULL OF DISEEZE. -- Stephen King
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Sand choked the stainless steel gutters of concentric streets below dark skies full of stars like beds of cold jewels. And through it all, a dying wind of change blew, bringing with it the cinnamon smell of late October. -- Stephen King
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At the time we're stuck in it, like hostages locked in a Turkish bath, high school seems the most serious business in the world to just about all of us. It's not until the second or third class reunion that we start realizing how absurd the whole thing was. -- Stephen King
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If it were possible to go back in a time machine and change the stupid things some of us did in grammar school and junior high, Soups old buddy, that gadget would be booked up right into the twenty-third century. -- Stephen King
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In Derry such forgetting of tragedy and disaster was almost an art, as Bill Denbrough would come to discover in the course of time. -- Stephen King
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No. I was going to say his work changed my life, but that's not right. I don't think a teenager has much of a life to change. I just turned eighteen last month. I guess what I mean is his work changed my heart. -- Stephen King
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Of course when you were running with the bottom dogs, what you mostly saw were paws, claws, and assholes. -- Stephen King
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Andy gave me a leatherbound Bible (which I also read, mostly to spite him) -- Stephen King
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Nobility most fully resides not in success but in trying to do the right thing ... and that when we fail to do that, or willfully turn away from the challenge, hell follows. -- Stephen King
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I was just thinking about how stupid some people can be - you put them in a room with six doors, they'll still walk into the walls. And then have the nerve to bitch about it. -- Stephen King
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The sun was a molten coin burning a circle in the low-hanging overcast, surrounded by a fairy-ring of moisture. -- Stephen King
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And when It woke It would call them back, yes, back, because fear was fertile, its child was rage, and rage cried for revenge. -- Stephen King
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The assertion that Americans love violence and bathe in it daily is a self-serving lie promulgated by fundamentalist religious types and America's propaganda-savvy gun-pimps. It's believed by people who don't read novels, play video games, or go to many movies -- Stephen King
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A life without books is a thirsty life, and one without poetry is ... like a life without pictures. -- Stephen King
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No matter how many times you shake it the last drop always ends up in your pants -- Stephen King
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Pride was the belt you used to hold your pants up when you had no pants. -- Stephen King
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good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. -- Stephen King
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Grammar is ... the pole you grab to get your thoughts up on their feet and walking. -- Stephen King
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We all remember our pleasant dreams more clearly than the scary ones. -- Stephen King
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Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's. -- Stephen King
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Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, but Carrie White eats shit. -- Stephen King
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When things go wrong, they keep going wrong until there's tears. -- Stephen King
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What I didn't realize was how many doors the act of writing unlocks, as if my Dad's old fountain pen wasn't really a pen at all, but some strange variety of skeleton key. -- Stephen King
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How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys? -- Stephen King
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If you have given up your heart ... you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast. -- Stephen King
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I feel that buzz of happiness, that sense of having found the right words and put them in a line. It's like lifting off in an airplane: you're on the ground, on the ground, on the ground... and then you're up, riding on a magical cushion of air and prince of all you survey. -- Stephen King
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It was a thing as alien to this place and time as true love, and yet as concrete as a Judgment, -- Stephen King
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Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston. -- Stephen King
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His head seems to bulge with the story; it is a little scary, the way it needs to get out. He feels that if it cannot escape by way of his racing hand that it will pop his eyes out in its urgency to escape and be concrete. -- Stephen King
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Billy Ederle's leaning in the doorway, drinking a Nozzy. -- Stephen King
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Don't ask me silly questions I won't play silly games I'm just a simple choo choo train And I'll always be the same. I only want to race along Beneath the bright blue sky And be a happy choo choo train Until the day I die. -- Stephen King
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It's ironic to think that behaviors we consider neurotic are actually holding the word in place - but sooner or later whatever protection they offer decays.And it's so much work.So damn much work. -- Stephen King
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UR LOCAL's under construction. Better watch out, traffic fines double. -- Stephen King
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Four young men in motorcycle jackets... set upon the man in khaki shorts and beat him unconscious with his own sandwich board. -- Stephen King
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After all, you're his number one fan. -- Stephen King
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I am your number one fan. -- Stephen King
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It was as if the heart had been burned out of her and the sadness which remained was just another ghost, the memory of love haunting the bones of hate. -- Stephen King
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In many ways, Eulah-Beulah prepared me for literary criticism. After having a two-hundred-pound babysitter fart on your face and yell Pow!, The Village Voice holds few terrors. -- Stephen King
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I just didn't want her to get hurt. I thought she was going to be. But everyone gets their share, don't they? Sure. Pow, in the nose. Pow, in the eye. Pow, below the belt, down you go, and the ref just went out for a hot dog. -- Stephen King
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As he was shaking off, it came to Jake Chambers that the Pere would never do this again, or grin at him and point his finger; or cross himself before eating. They had killed him. Taken his life. Stopped his breath and pulse. Save for dreams, the Pere was now gone from the story. Jake began to cry. -- Stephen King
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Jesus watches from the wall, But his face is cold as stone, And if he loves me As she tells me Why do I feel so all alone? -- Stephen King
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I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 - Jesus, did you? -- Stephen King
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There is a certain mentality that believes in covering up. They believe in it with the sincerity and fanaticism that members of some religious groups believe in the divinity of Jesus. Because, for some people, the necessity to continue covering up even after the damage is done is all-important. -- Stephen King
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Above the TV was a framed picture of Jesus bringing a boy and girl a puppy. I was in no way surprised. In flyover country, they have a way of getting Christ and Santa all mixed up. -- Stephen King
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I understood something else, too - that one kiss didn't change a thing. Anyone can give a kiss, after all; a kiss was how Judas Iscariot showed the Romans which one was Jesus. -- Stephen King
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It was the Trashcan Man," Stan said. "He went hogwild. Jesus Christ only knows what else he's wired up to explode out here. -- Stephen King
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A song on the radio can bring back the past with fierce (if mercifully transitory) immediacy: a first kiss, a good time with your buddies, or an unhappy life-passage. -- Stephen King
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History is the collective and ancestral shit of the human race, a great big and ever-growin pile of crap. Right now we're standin at the top of it, but pretty soon we'll be buried under the doodoo of generations yet to come. -- Stephen King
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The fears of children were simpler and usually more powerful. The fears of children could often be summoned up in a single face ... and if bait were needed, why, what child did not love a clown? -- Stephen King
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When in vice, say it twice. -- Stephen King
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She turned and he was coming for her. It was Jack and yet not Jack. His eyes were lit with a vacant, murderous glow; his familiar mouth now wore a quivering, joyless grin. He -- Stephen King
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I shoot from the hip and keep a stiff upper lip. - AC/DC -- Stephen King
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I'm having a magenta day. Not just red, but magenta! -- Stephen King
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Practice is invaluable ... honesty is indispensable ... -- Stephen King
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And for fifty minutes every Tuesday and Thursday, between two o'clock and two fifty, I talk. How I do talk. -- Stephen King
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Let the old woman have her God, God was as necessary for old women as enemas and Lipton tea bags. -- Stephen King
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God turned out to be a bunch of bad little kids playing interstellar Xbox. Isn't that funny? -- Stephen King
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I'm most afraid of losing my mind. You lose your identity, your sense of who you are, where you are. -- Stephen King
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The multiple choices and possibilities of daily life are the music we dance to. They are like strings on a guitar. Strum them and you create a pleasing sound. A harmonic. But then start adding strings. Ten strings, a hundred strings, a thousand, a million. Because they multiply! -- Stephen King
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The strings that bind you tight to the map of your life, -- Stephen King
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In scenes like these, any man could be Iago. -- Stephen King
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The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story ... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. -- Stephen King
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Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes. The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story ... to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. -- Stephen King
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Whatever came to mind, whatever came to hand, I would read. -- Stephen King
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Just the act of cooking made her feel better, because cooking was life. -- Stephen King
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God the Creator had made man in His own image, and that meant that every man and woman who dwelt under God's light was a creator of some kind, a person with an urge to stretch out his hand and shape the world into some rational pattern. The black man wanted - was able - only to unshape. -- Stephen King
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You know what talent is? The curse of expectation. As a kid you have to deal with that, beat it somehow. If you can write, you think God put you on earth to blow Shakespeare away. Or if you can paint, maybe you think
I did
that God put you on earth to blow your father away. -- Stephen King
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Because it makes me happy when the words fall together and the picture comes and the make-believe people do things that delight me. But it's better with you, Constant Reader. Always better with you. -- Stephen King
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The family exists for many reasons, but its most basic function may be to draw together after a member dies. -- Stephen King
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Acknowledge your good fortune by sharing it. -- Stephen King
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A little arrogance (or even a lot) isn't such a bad thing, although your mother undoubtedly told you different. Mine did. "Pride goeth before a fall, Stephen", she said ... and then I found out - right around the age that is 19 x 2 - that eventually you fall down, anyway. -- Stephen King
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He struggled wildly and got one hand free just as a fist looped down into his face like a runaway moon. -- Stephen King
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It is the laugh of a man in the grip of fond recall- the sight of a sunset, the firm feel of a woman's breast through a thin silk shirt (not that Barry has, in Henry's estimation, ever felt such a thing), or the packed warmth of beach sand. -- Stephen King
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Things conceived by minds and made by hands can never be quite the same, even if they try their best to be identical, because they're never the same from day to day or even moment to moment. -- Stephen King
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Do any men grow up or do they only come of age? -- Stephen King
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She should be snugly tucked into a bed somewhere in a house with a shrinking mortgage, a teddy bear crooked under one arm, ready to go back to school the next morning and do battle for God, country, and second grade. -- Stephen King
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I was really coming back from my Laughing Place. It has a sign over the door that says that. ANNIE'S LAUGHING PLACE, it says. Sometimes I do laugh when I go there. "But mostly I just scream. -- Stephen King
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Little changes at first, maybe, but as the Bruce Springsteen song tells us, from small things, baby, big things one day come. They might be good changes, ones -- Stephen King
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College was for people who didn't know they were smart. -- Stephen King
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Sometimes the world we live in is a truly weird place. -- Stephen King
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There was a beautiful feeling of calm in my groin, a sense of peace so remarkable it was almost ecstasy - anyone who' suffered bad pain and then recovered will know what I'm talking about. -- Stephen King
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There's always a choice. That's God's way, always will be. Your will is still free. Do as you will. There's no set of leg-irons on you. But ... this is what God wants of you. -- Stephen King
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It's hard to make strangers care about the good things in your life. -- Stephen King
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I know life is hard, I think everyone knows that in their hearts, but why dos it have to be cruel, as well? Why does it have to bite? -- Stephen King
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Incunk warriors and sisters who cut themselves and fathers who cut - (hush Lisey hush) She'd only lie there, leave it at that. -- Stephen King
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Lisey didn't care if Darla ate, busted a joint, or took a shit in the begonias. She just wanted to get off the phone. -- Stephen King
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For a moment the dark and fearsomely sad thoughts which inhabit her mind grow even sadder and darker; Lisey thinks they will either kill her or drive her insane. -- Stephen King
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Lying in the bed that had once held two, Lisey thought alone never felt more lonely than when you woke up and discovered you still had the house to yourself. That you and the mice in the walls were the only ones still breathing. -- Stephen King
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Whoever said misery loves company was full of shite. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, however ... that guy was onto something. -- Stephen King
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I loved you then and I love you now and I have loved you every second in between. -- Stephen King
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Babyluv: If you need an anchor to hold your place in the world-not Boo'ya Moon but the one we shared, use the african. You know how to get it back. Kisses-at least a thousand, Scott
P.S. Everything the same. I love you. -- Stephen King
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Also, there had been a period of about ten years when Scott had somehow gotten larger than life - to others, and sometimes to himself. (Not to Lisey; she was the one who had to fetch him a fresh roll of toilet paper if he ran out while he was on the john.) -- Stephen King
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Yes," Amanda said. "It is. The looneybins are full of people like me. Our dreams harness us, and they whip us with soft whips - oh, lovely whips - and we run and we run, always in the same place . . . because the ship . . . Lisey, the sails never open and the ship never weighs its anchor . . . -- Stephen King
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The exhausted mind is obsession's easiest prey. -- Stephen King
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Isn't bravery always sort of beautiful? -- Stephen King
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Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle Brady's mom used to call Old Spaniel Eyes, is getting a medal at the White House. Why is it, Brady sometimes wonders, that people with only a little talent get so much of everything? It's just another proof that the world is crazy. -- Stephen King
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The dream might have been more than a dream. It was as if a door in the wall of reality had come ajar ... and now all sorts of unwelcome things were flying through. -- Stephen King
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blue shower curtain -- Stephen King
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You're my big brother. I knew you'd take care of me. -- Stephen King
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Part of her wanted to run. Never mind how flowing water was bound to take her to people eventually, all that was likely just a crock of Little House of the Prairie shit. -- Stephen King
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Relationship and connection happen in an indefinable space between people, a space that will never be fully known or understood by us. -- Stephen King
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Superstition, like true love, needs time to grow and reflect upon itself. -- Stephen King
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It wasn't fair and part of him knew it wasn't fair, but never in his life had he felt so helpless, so lost, and so consequently mean. He -- Stephen King
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Lovin' you baby, is just like rollin' off a log, But if I can't be your woman, I sure ain't goin' to be your dog. -- Stephen King
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I would argue that - fantasies aside - the majority of men are monogamous from the chin up. -- Stephen King
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The man in black travels with your soul in his pocket. -- Stephen King
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Some part of me knew from the first that what I wanted was not reality but myth. -- Stephen King
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I'll do whatever you want," Trash said gratefully in the dream. "My life for you! My soul for you!"
"I will set you to burn," the dark man said gravely. -- Stephen King
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History repeats itself is another way of saying the past harmonizes. -- Stephen King
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The concept of dreaming is known to the waking mind but to the dreamer there is no waking, no real world, no sanity; there is only the screaming bedlam of sleep. -- Stephen King
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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
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You can't be careful on a skateboard. -- Stephen King
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While I love each and every item, I'm happy to sell them, because I made them especially for you. Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth. -- Stephen King
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London never sleeps deeply, and its dreams are uneasy. -- Stephen King
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It's a writer's job to carve with language, to hew close to the bone. -- Stephen King
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In the stutter-flashes of light, the clouds look like huge transparent brains filled with bad thoughts. -- Stephen King
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Mrs. Bradley's explanation: to make an irrevocable decision. What he learned later, sometimes to his sorrow, is that one comes upon most Rubicons unprepared. -- Stephen King
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Good! he wanted to cry out to her. Good! Because you only had to see it! I had to wear it! -- Stephen King
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You take these." A pair of bulky blue mittens dropped into Hallorann's lap. "You'll need em when you go off the road again, I guess. Cold out. You wear em unless you want to spend the rest of your life pickin your nose with a crochetin hook. -- Stephen King
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By its very nature, film is supposed to be an accessible medium to everybody. -- Stephen King
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He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation's equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on? -- Stephen King
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If you reach the age of twenty-five or thirty without knowing how to spell (TOTALLY, not TODILLY), or capitalize in the proper places (White House, not white-house), or write a sentence containing both a noun AND a verb, you're probably never going to know. -- Stephen King
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I turned off my tape-recorder and just sat looking at him for a moment, this strange time-traveller from the year 1890 or so, who remembered when there were no cars, no electric lights, no airplanes, no state of Arizona. -- Stephen King
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God and heaven lasted about four years longer than the Tooth Fairy -- Stephen King
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As I said, many. They are passing even now. An endless parade of them. They smile, they bow, a child wags his tongue like a dog's tail. Some of them speak. Do you know the poet George Seferis? -- Stephen King
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A strong enough situation renders the whole question of plot moot, which is fine with me. The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a 'what-if' question ... -- Stephen King
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But in the wake of 'Bullet,' all the guys wanted to know was, 'How's it doing? How's it selling?' How to tell them I didn't give a flying fuck how it was doing in the marketplace, that what I cared about was how it was doing in the reader's heart? -- Stephen King
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A man who can't stay a bit shouldn't approach in the first place. Good advice, I think, and not just for priests. -- Stephen King
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He would show them that ... that he ... that he was of managerial timber! (pg. 613) -- Stephen King
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God favors drunks, small children, and the cataclysmically stoned ... -- Stephen King
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Time is not a river, as Einstein theorized - it's a big fucking buffalo herd that runs us down and eventually mashes us into the ground, dead and bleeding, with a hearing aid plugged into one ear and a colostomy bag instead of a .44 clapped on one leg. -- Stephen King
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why would Mr. Keene lie, especially about something so serious? -- Stephen King
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That fat fairy upstairs would scream all the way to Denver when he saw the water bill. Ain't that right?" "I'd say that's a remarkably astute analysis. -- Stephen King
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The soul of a man such as you can never leave the west. -- Stephen King
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Quot libros, quam breve tempus - so many books, so little time -- Stephen King
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All I can say in my own defense is quot libros, quam breve tempus - so many books, so little time (and yes, I have the tee-shirt). -- Stephen King
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Teddy, Vern, Chris: I don't shut up. I grow up. And when I look at you, I throw up. Aghhh!
Gordie: And then your mom goes around the corner and she licks it up. -- Stephen King
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I know I can do it," Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. "I'm sure that in time her death will be a mystery, even to me. -- Stephen King
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He checked in under the name Dee Dee Ramone and paid cash for his room. He -- Stephen King
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When you own a piano, it's harder to think about moving. -- Stephen King
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The trouble with living alone, she had discovered-and the reason why most people she knew didn't like to be alone even for a little while-was that the longer you lived alone, the louder the voices on the right side of your brain got. -- Stephen King
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RIGHT HERE AND NOW, as an old friend used to say, we are in the fluid present, where clear-sightedness never guarantees perfect vision. -- Stephen King
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If you tell yourself the great lie of bad art-that you are in charge-your chance at the truth will be lost. The truth isn't always pretty. -- Stephen King
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All I wanted was eighteen holes of golf on Saturday afternoon, and instead I turned into Snow White with hair on my chest. -- Stephen King
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But I believe in love, you know; love is a uniquely portable magic. I don't think it's in the stars, but I do believe that blood calls to blood and mind calls to mind and heart to heart. -- Stephen King
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I never grew up all at once. I did it one place and another along the way. -- Stephen King
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Adulthood is accretive by nature, a thing which arrives in ragged stages and uneven overlaps. -- Stephen King
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I never read the paper myself. Why bother? It's the same old shit day in and day out, dictators beating the ching-chong out of people weaker than they are, men in uniforms beating the ching-chong out of soccer balls or footballs, politicians kissing babies and kissing ass. -- Stephen King
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There is really nothing so comforting to the beaten of spirit or the broken of skull than a good strong dose of 'Thy will be done. -- Stephen King
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If God rewards us on earth for good deeds - the Old Testament suggests it's so, and the Puritans certainly believed it - then maybe Satan rewards us for evil ones. -- Stephen King
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Hearts are tough, Most times they don't break. Most times they are only bend -- Stephen King
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I love gas," he said, and turned on one of the burners. Blue flame popped into life and he adjusted it down to a faint glow with a delicate touch. "I like to be able to see the flame you're cookin with. You see where all the surface burner switches are? -- Stephen King
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That was what I wanted, but I don't need it to be gone. I can love you and I can love life and bear the pain all at the same time. I think the pain might even make the rest better, the way a good setting can make a diamond look better. -- Stephen King
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It's worked! Our marriage has outlasted all of the world leaders, except for Castro. And if we keep talking, arguing, making love and dancing to the Ramones- it'll probably keep working. -- Stephen King
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I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged. -- Stephen King
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Religious mania is one of the few infallible ways of responding to the world's vagaries, because it totally eliminates pure accident. To the true religious maniac, it's all on purpose. -- Stephen King
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He had an instinct for mischief in his head, just as some people have a way with numbers or a clear sense of direction. -- Stephen King
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Of all the things which make up our Short-Time lives, sleep is surely the best. -- Stephen King
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George Orwell knew when he wrote 1984: if you say a thing often enough, it will be accepted as truth. -- Stephen King
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It's not your bullets I fear, Roland. It's your idea of answers that scares me. -- Stephen King
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Dad-a-jum, dad-a-jiggers, goddam lobsters bit off your fingers, King said, and actually laughed. -- Stephen King
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White America has filled its house with kindling; now it will burn. The -- Stephen King
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I was sitting one day and thinking about cannibalism, because that's what guys like me do ... and I thought, suppose a guy was washed up on a rocky island, how much of himself could he eat? -- Stephen King
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For men, I think, love is a thing formed of equal parts lust and astonishment. The astonishment part women understand. The lust part they only think they understand. -- Stephen King
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For the first time in my life, writing was hard. The problem was the teaching ... by most Friday afternoons I felt as if I'd spent the week with jumper cables clamped to my brain. -- Stephen King
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Life is more than love and pleasure,
I came to dig for treasure.
If you want to play, you gotta pay,
You know it's always been that way
We all came digging for treasure. -- Stephen King
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For those of us who are not members of a biker gang or the Marine Corps, solidarity means little more than the compassionate impulse that leads us to comfort a bereft friend; for Beezer and his merry band, solidarity is the assurance that someone's always got your back. -- Stephen King
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She reflected on how her caller had pronounced husband - almost husbun, as though Scott had been some exotic breakfast treat, now consumed. -- Stephen King
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Because things like this you can only ssay once. And you either get it wrong or right, it's the end either way, because it's too hard to ever try to say again. -- Stephen King
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I don't have anything against either of the Dead movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, none of those movies. If it scares somebody, I think that it is serving a valid purpose. It is doing what the filmmaker intended. But, it is not something that you hand to kids. -- Stephen King
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Question: Death, where is thy sting? Answer: Every-fucking-where. -- Stephen King
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Next up is the fat family psychologist who makes his guests cry (he calls this "breaking through the wall of denial"), and invites them to leave if any of them dare question his methods. Hodges thinks the fat family psychologist might have learned those methods from old KGB training videos. -- Stephen King
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The advantage of horror books is to take the reader and cut him out of the pack and work on him one on one. It has its advantages because the people that are there in the movie theater really are a mob. If you get one guy alone you can do a more efficient job of scaring him. -- Stephen King
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where the world ends is where you must begin -- Stephen King
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You're cheery, which is important, you're cheeky, which is more important, and you've got a lovely bottom, which is all-important. The ass of a man is the piston that drives the world, and you have a good one. -- Stephen King
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The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research. -- Stephen King
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As the light swayed above him and the shadows danced and flapped, he began to swing the cane, bringing it down again and again, his arm rising and falling like a machine. -- Stephen King
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But a spider was, after all, only a spider. Perhaps at the end, when the masks of horror were laid aside, there was nothing with which the human mind could not cope. -- Stephen King
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Mornings belong to whatever is new; the current composition. Afternoons are for naps and letters. -- Stephen King
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Semi-facetiously, when people ask me why I write these kinds of stories, I simply say that I was warped as a child. And, there is some truth to that. -- Stephen King
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I've been worried about you, she says when they're settled in the kitchen. She has the bright, inquisitive gaze of a crow with its eye on a freshly squashed chipmunk. -- Stephen King
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The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time. -- Stephen King
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I started off thinking Eminem was a flash in the pan, a kind of hip-hop Hanson brother. How wrong I was. Recovery is sometimes funny, sometimes terrible, always painfully honest. The matching of Eminem and Rihanna on "Love the Way You Lie" is pure genius. "Not Afraid" is pretty great too. -- Stephen King
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American grammar doesn't have the sturdiness of British grammar (a British advertising man with a proper education can make magazine copy for ribbed condoms sound like the Magna goddam Carta), but it has its own scruffy charm -- Stephen King
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Families, when a child is born Want it to be intelligent. I, through intelligence, Having wrecked my whole life, Only hope the baby will prove Ignorant and stupid. Then he will crown a tranquil life By becoming a Cabinet Minister. -- Stephen King
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I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There's some pretty good homegrown dope. I'm sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses. -- Stephen King
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Belief has a second edge. If there are ten thousand medieval peasants who create vampires by believing them real, there may be one - probably a child - who will imagine the stake necessary to kill it. But a stake is only stupid wood; the mind is the mallet which drives it home. -- Stephen King
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That's your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. -- Stephen King
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I wasn't going to stand out here listening to those quarrelling voices in my head. If I wasn't crazy - and I didn't think I was - listening to those contentious assholes would probably send me there, and by the express. -- Stephen King
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He fell silent. For several moments they all did, and the quiet had the feel of a deliberate thing. Then Eddie said, All right, we're back together again. What the hell do we do next? -- Stephen King
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We had a bad summer here, my friend. Local folks keep it as quiet as they can - even the newspaper doesn't play it up - but there was some nasty work. Murders. Half a dozen at least. Kids. Found one down in the Barrens just recently. Patrick Hockstetter, his name was. All decayed. -- Stephen King
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If you don't control your temper, your temper will control you. -- Stephen King
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In small towns people scent the wind with noses of uncommon keenness. -- Stephen King
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I gradually realized that I was seeing another example of creative ebb, another step by another art on the road that may indeed end in extinction. -- Stephen King
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We're all going to die; I'm just trying to make it a little more interesting. -- Stephen King
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When is a Beryl not a Beryl? 'When it's a Claudia,' he said. -- Stephen King
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Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again. -- Stephen King
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Which is probably why he's never had a gee-eff. You know what that is, right? -- Stephen King
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Yeah, okay. Go on now. You was to run over that little hell-bitch of mine on your way out, you'd prolly be doin me a favor. -- Stephen King
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It was a table that could seat six, but Ben was the only one there. She had never seen Ben with any of the other boys. It was too bad, because she believed Ben Hanscom had treasures buried inside. He would yield them up to a kind and patient prospector...if one ever came along. -- Stephen King
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Things had stretched apart. There was no glue at the center anymore. Somewhere something was tottering, and when it fell, all would end. -- Stephen King
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Mostly I was just plain freaked. Not mentally tottering, I think a human mind that's moderately well-adjusted can absorb a lot of strangeness before it actually totters, but freaked, yes. -- Stephen King
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Things do happen for a reason, but do we like the reason? Rarely. -- Stephen King
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God forbid you should be bereft, Miz Mimi," I'd said. "Tell you what. If you let me pick the play - something not too controversial, I promise - I'll do it." Her frown had disappeared into the brilliant Mimi Corcoran -- Stephen King
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Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. -- Stephen King
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Ka works and the world moves on. Slightman -- Stephen King
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The unconscious mind writes poetry if it's left alone. -- Stephen King
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He responded that the unconscious mind writes poetry if it's left alone. Maybe -- Stephen King
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They say suicides and murderers go to Hell. If so, I will know my way around, because I've been there for the last eight years. -- Stephen King
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I've always believed in God. I also think that's the sort of thing that either comes as part of the equipment, the capacity to believe, or at some point in your life, when you're in a position where you actually need help from a power greater than yourself, you simply make an agreement. -- Stephen King
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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. -- Stephen King
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I don't like people. They fuck me up. -- Stephen King
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There's always someone who knows something. -- Stephen King
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We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long. -- Stephen King
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My sense of time seems to be melting, like a kid's snowman in a January thaw. -- Stephen King
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In a way - I know how crazy this will sound, of course I do, but there is no sense in writing something as long as this if you can't say what feels true to your heart. -- Stephen King
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Yes sir boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same. -- Stephen King
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...some of it's how he acts like he's King Shit of Turd Mountain, but mostly it's that he's sneaky, and he likes to hurt -- Stephen King
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Through most of what followed there were two of me on the phone, George who was speaking out loud and Jake on the inside, saying all the things George couldn't. Maybe there are always two on each end of the conversation when good love hangs in the balance. -- Stephen King
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I sat silently, trying to imagine Pam blown away. I could do it, but the face I saw lighting up in surprise and wonder was a younger face. It had been quite a few years since I'd been able to generate that sort of wind. -- Stephen King
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Everybody likes the ice cream man. -- Stephen King
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Never tell to much. The monster is always scarier when it is still under the child's bed. -- Stephen King
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The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn't real. I know that, and I also know that if I'm careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle. -- Stephen King
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I love you so much, dear. -- Stephen King
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My daddy used to tell me that God loved rocks, houseflies, weeds, and poor people above all the rest of His creations, and that's why He made so many of them. -- Stephen King
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You cant be too careful on a skateboard. -- Stephen King
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And she sees that the moonlight is losing its orange glow. It has become buttery, and will soon turn to silver. -- Stephen King
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Who can remember the pangs and sweetness of those early years? We remember our first real love no more clearly than the illusions that caused us to rave during a high fever. -- Stephen King
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If I told what I knew about his relationship with Oswald, he might spend the rest of his career freezing his ass off in Fargo. -- Stephen King
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Cancer. Rhymes with "dancer" and "you just shit your pants, sir". -- Stephen King
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The stories we hear in our childhood are the ones we remember all our lives. -- Stephen King
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Hope? Yeah, I'm beginning to remember how to spell that word, too. -- Stephen King
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To this, John offered a smile of singular bleakness. He's not the only one. -- Stephen King
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Down the hall I could hear the thud of basketballs, the blare of the time-out horn, and the shouts of the crowd as the sports-beasts fought: Lisbon Greyhounds versus Jay Tigers.
Who can know when life hangs in the balance, or why? -- Stephen King
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The palm of his hand was a dull red. Not a good sign.
I jerk off left-handed, he thought, at least that's something. -- Stephen King
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Perhaps it wasn't all Freud after all. Perhaps a large part of it had to do with the invention of the electric light, which had killed the shadows in men's minds much more effectively than a stake through a vampire's heart - and less messily, too. -- Stephen King
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He'll keep changing tacks, Marcia had said. It's the way he puts people on the defensive. Pretty soon he'll have you hitting out at where you think he's going to be, and he'll get you someplace else. -- Stephen King
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It was safer to walk softly, and surer to ask instead of telling. -- Stephen King
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Boredom can be a very good thing for someone in a creative jam. -- Stephen King
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The adult was Eric "Rusty" Everett, thirty-seven, a physician's assistant working with Dr. Ron Haskell, whom Rusty often thought of as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Because, Rusty would have explained, he so often remains behind the curtain while I do the work. -- Stephen King
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I was no longer just walking around the house of cards; I was living in it. -- Stephen King
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A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh. -- Stephen King
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And if it played its cards right they could end up flitting through the Overlook's halls like insubstantial shades in a Shirley Jackson novel, whatever walked in Hill House walked alone, but you wouldn't be alone in the Overlook, oh no, there would be plenty of company here. -- Stephen King
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It's always easier to kill someone else's darlings than it is to kill your own. -- Stephen King
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I kill with my heart, motherfucker -- Stephen King
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Danny strolled to the town common, sat on one of the benches in Teenytown and took one of the bottles out of the bag, looking down on it like Hamlet with Yorick's skull -- Stephen King
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I believe that the combination of pencil and memory creates a kind of practical magic, and magic is dangerous. -- Stephen King
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Then his lids closed slowly over his slightly bloodshot eyes, and Mort Rainey, who had yet to discover what true horror was all about, fell asleep. -- Stephen King
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Why is it that so many people think all the answers are in their wallet? -- Stephen King
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To the champ, everything is serious business. I'm hoping that he'll live long enough to learn that in this world that is a very dangerous attitude. -- Stephen King
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They were close to the end of the beginning . . . -- Stephen King
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Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right - as right as you can, anyway - it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it. If you're very lucky ... more will want to do the former than the latter. -- Stephen King
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The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there ... and still on your feet. -- Stephen King
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A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we're children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they're scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it's pretty much in the eye of the beholder. -- Stephen King
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What must it be like for a suicide coming down from a high ledge? I'm sure it must be a very sane feeling. That's probably why they scream all the way down. -- Stephen King
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There were fourteen steps exactly fourteen. But the top one was smaller, out of proportion, as if it had been added to avoid the evil number. -- Stephen King
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We're news junkies in my house. -- Stephen King
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Low enough to put on a tophat and crawl under a rattlesnake -- Stephen King
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Stan's father had told him that, before the money ran out, they had intended to put the statue of the soldier back up here again.

'I like the birdbath better, Daddy,' Stan said.

Mr Uris ruffled his hair. 'Me too, son,' he said. 'More baths and less bullets, that's my motto. -- Stephen King
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She pushed the button and like a miracle her head filled with the sound of Jerry Trupiano's voice ... and more importantly, with the sounds of Fenway Park. She was sitting out here in the darkening, drippy woods, lost and alone, but she could hear thirty thousand people. It was a miracle. -- Stephen King
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Before it occurred to me that I might actually need an agent, I had generated well over three million dollars' worth of income, a good deal of it for the publisher. -- Stephen King
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When certain seeds are planted, they nearly always grow. -- Stephen King
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That's all history is, after all: scar tissue. 3 -- Stephen King
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But time changed. That was something only drunks and junkies understood. When you couldn't sleep, when you were afraid to look around because of what you might see, time elongated and grew sharp teeth. -- Stephen King
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What we've got here is a lunatic genius ghost-in-the-computer monorail that likes riddles and goes faster than the speed of sound. Welcome to the fantasy version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. -- Stephen King
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Kids were disappearing and getting murdered back in '58. The Save Our Children Committee is meeting -- Stephen King
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There's little in life that's so disheartening as constant cold. -- Stephen King
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It was the furthest thing in the world from the rosy-fingered dawn of poetry and old Technicolor movies; this was an anti-dawn, damp and as pale as the cheek of a day-old corpse. -- Stephen King
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I scratched the word HELLO in small letters ... And as names go, it's a good one, isn't it? In spite of all the damage that followed, I still think that's the perfect name for a picture drawn by a man who was trying his best not to be sad anymore - who was trying to remember how it felt to be happy. -- Stephen King
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The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one's papers and identification pretty much in order. -- Stephen King
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But even the craziest idea can work its way into your mind if you're lonely and grief-stricken and someone keeps harping on it. It can wriggle in there like a bloodworm, and lay its eggs, and pretty soon your whole brain is squirming with maggots. I -- Stephen King
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Dying was a part of living. You had to keep tuning in to that if you expected to be a whole person. And if the fact of your own death was hard to understand, at least it wasn't impossible to accept. -- Stephen King
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Stories are artifacts, not really made things which we create and can take credit for, but pre-existing objects which we dig up. -- Stephen King
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When some people were in distress, you wanted to enfold them and say there-there as you patted them on the back. With others you wanted to slap them a hard one across the chops and tell them to man up. -- Stephen King
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Sure, and maybe a cabal of Victoria's Secret lingerie models would crack the secret of hydrogen fusion. -- Stephen King
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A gunslinger knows pride, that invisible bone that keeps the neck stiff. -- Stephen King
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His rope, his legs, his luck. Either all would hold or all would break, quite possibly at the same time. -- Stephen King
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She had never dreamed there could be so much pain in a life when there was nothing physically wrong. She hurt all the time. -- Stephen King
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He found himself still with too many questions and not enough answers. -- Stephen King
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As Lily Cavenaugh says in The Talisman (and it was Peter Straub's line, not mine), "You can never be too thin or too rich." And if you don't believe it, you were never really fat or really poor. -- Stephen King