12 Stephen King Quotes on Fear, Fitting In, and Being Walt Disney’s ‘Evil Twin’

Enjoy our curated round up of the best quotes from irrepressible thriller master Stephen King—from storytelling to bedtime fears to God.

There’s one thing I’m sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know more about this.     From the Atlantic

From a very early age, I wanted to be scared. [I think that] I wanted an emotional engagement with something that was safe, something I could pull back from.     From Fresh Air

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 … with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights.     From Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Pocket Books)

What are we afraid of, as humans? Chaos. The outsider … We’re terrified of disruption. We’re afraid that somebody’s going to steal our mushrooms in the checkout line.    From Paris Review

Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good—they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray—and shades of gray are also a part of life.     From Writer’s Digest

I do feel a little bit like Walt Disney’s evil twin! After all, I’m the guy who invented the clown that eats children … [But] Disney had his Stephen King side—he was the guy who gave us the forest fire [in] Bambi. And there’s the Evil Queen in Snow White.     From Sunday Morning

I choose to believe in God because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength. I don’t ask myself, “Well, does God exist, or does God not exist?” I choose to believe that God exists.    From Rolling Stone

I give because it’s the only concrete way I have of saying that I’m glad to be alive and that I can earn my daily bread doing what I love. Giving … [puts our focus] back where it belongs—on the lives we lead, the families we raise, the communities which nurture us.     From a commencement address at Vassar College

No kid in high school feels as though they fit in. The smartest thing that I ever heard anybody … say about high school was that “if you look back upon that as the happiest time of your life, I don’t want to know you.”    From Nightline

I take a book almost everywhere. 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.     From Entertainment Weekly

Of all the places in the United States, God touches Maine first with sunlight every day. Some people think it’s so we’ll get up early. I think it’s because he likes us best.     From a commencement address at the University of Maine

You know, sometimes people say to me, “Why do you choose to write that creepy stuff?” And I usually say, “What makes you think I have a choice?”    From New York Times magazine

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