Stephen King Memorable Book Quotes

“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.” – Glen Bateman, The Stand (C&U), 3rd paragraph of Chapter 42.

“I’m sorry for what I am.” – John Coffey’s last words in “The Green Mile”

“Be brave. Be true. Stand.” – Bill Denborough, IT

“I’m 106 years old and still make my own bread.” – Abagail Freemantle (The Stand)

“God is love.” – David Carver, Desperation

‘When asked,”How do you write ?” I invariably answer, “one word at a time.’ – Stephen King

“It’s a long walk back to Eden, dear, so don’t sweat the small stuff.” – Carolyn (remembered by Ralph), Insomnia

`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.’ – Closing lines of The Stand.

“If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.” – Christine, narration, Part 1, Chapter 5

“Because as soon as you have a kid, you know for sure that you’re going to die.” – Christine, Arnie, Part 1, Chapter 3

“I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids.” – Christine, Arnie, Part 1, Chapter 3

“God is cruel, sometimes he makes you live.” – Desperation

“God said take what you want…and pay for it.” – Johnny Marinville, Desperation

“There are a great many ways to commit suicide you know.” – The Stand (Uncut), Chapter 55 p. 799

“Maybe that’s why God made us kids first and built us close to the ground, because He knows you got to fall down a lot and bleed a lot before you learn that one simple lesson. You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you.” – Ben Hanscom, IT, Part 1 (The Shadow Before), Chapter 3 (Six Phone Calls), subchapter 3 (Ben Hanscom takes a drink).

“I sit on the bench in front of Bell’s Market and think about Homer Buckland and about the beautiful girl who leaned over to open his door when he come down that path with the full red gasoline can in his right hand – she looked like a girl of no more than sixteen, a girl on her learner’s permit, and her beauty was terrible, but I believe it would no longer kill the man it turned itself on; for a moment her eyes lit on me, I was not killed, although a part of me died at her feet.” – Dave in Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, Skeleton Crew.

“‘Jail,’ the big cop said in his stuff, liquid voice. ‘Where anything you bray will be abused against you in a sort of caw.'” – Collie Entragian, Desperation, Book 1, chapter 5.2.4

“I’ve given up thinking – it keeps getting me into trouble.” – Clark, You Know They’ve Got A Hell Of A Band in Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

“You’re dead, George. You just don’t have the sense to lie down.” – Thad Beaumont, The Dark Half, p226

“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human f*ckery.” – Larry Underwood, The Stand

“Oh yes, we all float – and when you’re down here with us, you’ll float too!” – Pennywise the Clown at various stages in It.


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