Do you know how cruel your God can be, David. How fantastically cruel? Sometimes he makes us live.~Desperation, Stephen King.
The world has teeth and it can bite you with them any time it wants.~The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King.
When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens,
"Why God? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, "There's just something about you that pisses me off".~Storm of the Century, Stephen King.
God had turned His face away and why not? This horror was as much His doing as hers.~'Carrie', Stephen King.
True sorrow is as rare as true love.~'Carrie', Stephen King.
Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.~Ch. 9, 6 'Salem's Lot, Stephen King.
The town cares for devil's work no more than it cares for God's or man's. It knew darkness. And darkness was enough.~Ch. 10, 1 'Salem's Lot, Stephen King.
In this day and age when everybody thinks psychology is God's gift to the poor old anally fixated human race and even the president of the United States pops a trank before dinner, it's really a good way to get rid of those Old Testament guilts that keep creeping up our throats like the aftertaste of a bad meal we overate.~Rage, Stephen King.
That's what a shrink is for, my friends and neighbors; their job is to fuck the mentally disturbed and make them pregnant with sanity. It's a bull's job and they go to school to learn how, and their courses are all variations on a theme: Slipping It to the Psychos for Fun and Profit, Mostly Profit. And if you find yourself someday lying on that great analyst's couch where so many have lain before you, I'd ask you to remember one thing: When you get sanity by stud, the child always looks like the father. And they have a very high suicide rate.~Rage, Stephen King.
There must be a line in all of us, a very clear one, just like the line that divides the light side of a planet from the dark. I think they call that line the terminator. That's a very good word for it. Because at that moment I was freaking out, and at the next I was as cool as a cucumber.~Rage, Stephen King.
You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens.~The Stand, Stephen King.
Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.~The Stand, Stephen King.
talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.~Danse Macabre, Stephen King.
If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die. Pt. 1, Ch. 5 'Christine', Stephen King.
The reason authors almost always put a dedication on a book, Annie, is because their selfishness even horrifies themselves in the end.~Misery, Stephen King.
When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights.~Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen King.
Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around. C.V., 38 A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King.
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page. What Writing Is, 4 A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. On Writing, 1 A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King.
Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. On Living: A Postscript, 7 A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King.
Luck was a joke. Even good luck was just bad luck with its hair combed.~Everything's Eventual, Stephen King.
Hug and kiss whoever helped get you financially, mentally, morally, emotionally to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you're too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.~Commencement Address University of Maine, Stephen King.
Don't forget that you're a physical being with a power-plant to take care of and maintain. I'm talking about the bod under the blue gown. I'm not going to say that we're a lazy, overweight society,
a fast-food eatin', SUV-ridin', soda-guzzlin', beer-chuggin', TV-watchin', size-XL-wearin', walk-don't-run generation..except I guess I just did.~Commencement Address University of Maine, Stephen King.
Don't forget that you're a mental being, with a humongous trillion gigawatt hard-drive at your disposal. Most of you have been running it like crazy for four years, moaning about all the books you've had to read, the papers you've had to write, and the tests you've had to take. Yet thanks to that hard-drive and about a thousand cups of coffee, you made it. Just...let me put it this way. I can find out where you live. I have my resources. And if I show up at your house ten years from now and find nothing in your living room but The Readers Digest, nothing on your bedroom nighttable but the newest Dan Brown novel, and nothing in your bathroom but Jokes for the John, I'll chase you down to the end of your driveway and back, screaming "Where are your books? You graduated college ten years ago, so how come there are no damn books in your house? Why are you living on the intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?" I sound like I'm joking about this, but I'm not. You've got a brain under the cap you're wearing. Take care of the damned thing. Try to remember there's more to life than Vin Diesel and Tom Cruise. It wouldn't kill you to go to a movie once a month that has subtitles on the bottom of the screen. You can read them, you went to college, right?~Commencement Address University of Maine, Stephen King.
It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.~Unsourced.
A good idea is like a yo-yo-it may go to the end of its string, but it doesn't die there; it only sleeps. Eventually it rolls back up into your palm.~Unsourced/
Who is the great dragon whom the spirit will no longer call lord and god? “Thou shalt” is the name of the great dragon. But the spirit of the lion says, “I will.” “Thou shalt” lies in his way, sparkling like gold, an animal covered with scales; and on every scale shines a golden “thou shalt.” Values, thousands of years old, shine on these scales; and thus speaks the mightiest of all the dragons: “All value of all things shines on me. All value has long been created, and I am all created value. Verily, there shall be no more ‘I will.’” Thus speaks the dragon.~Thus Spake Zarathustra.
"Nothing is true, all is permitted": so said I to myself. Into the coldest water did I plunge with head and heart. Ah, how oft did I stand there naked on that account, like a red crab! Ah, where have gone all my goodness and all my shame and all my belief in the good! Ah, where is the lying innocence which I once possessed, the innocence of the good and of their noble lies! Too oft, verily, did I follow close to the heels of truth: then did it kick me on the face. Sometimes I meant to lie, and behold! then only did I hit the truth.~Thus Spake Zarathustra, "The Shadow".
One can lead a child to knowledge, but one cannot make him think.~Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois, Starship Troopers.
"Value" has no meaning other than in relationship to living beings. The value of a thing is always relative to a particular person, is completely personal and different in quantity for each living human "market value" is
a fiction, merely a rough guess at the average of personal values, all of which must be quantitatively different or trade would be impossible. This very personal relationship, "value", has two factors for a human being: first, what he can do with a thing, its use to him…and second, what he must do to get it, its cost to him. There is an old song which asserts that "the best things in life are free". Not true! Utterly false! This was the tragic fallacy which brought on the decadence and collapse of the democracies of the twentieth century; those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted…and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears."~Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois, Starship Troopers.
Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.~Juan Rico, Starship Troopers.
Ah yes, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life? What 'right' to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What 'right' to life has a man who must die to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of 'right'? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'? And is it 'right'? As to
liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all
the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. The third 'right'? 'the 'pursuit of happiness'? It is indeed unalienable but it is not a right; it
is simply a universal condition which tyrants cannot take away nor patriots restore. Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, crown me king of kings, I can 'pursue happiness' as long as my brain lives but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can insure that I will catch it. a human being has no natural rights of any nature.~Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois, Starship Troopers.
I told you that 'juvenile delinquent' is a contradiction in terms. 'Delinquent' means 'failing in duty.' But duty is an adult virtue indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be a 'juvenile delinquent.' But for every juvenile criminal there are always one or more adult delinquents people of mature years who either do not know their duty, or who, knowing it, fail.~Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois, Starship Troopers
In a mixed ship, the last thing a trooper hears before a drop (maybe the last word he ever hears) is a woman's voice, wishing him luck. If you don't think this is important, you've probably resigned from the human race.~Juan Rico, Starship Troopers.
Lucifer: I'm the paid agent of the Triune Godhead, The King of Heaven. I will not relent. Unless you want to make me a substantially higher offer.~The Morningstar Option Issue 2.
God: You've been unhappy because you've desired things that cannot be.
Lucifer: That's what desire is. The need for what we can't have. The need for what's readily available is called greed.~Issue 75, All we need of Hell.
It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.~East of Eden.
Let's just say 'God' works too slowly.~Magneto.
Police Officer: Drop the knives and put your hands in the air. I said, drop the knives!
Wolverine: This is just a misunderstanding—
Police Officer: Put the knives DOWN!
Logan/Wolverine: I can't.~X2