What would bestselling author Stephen King say — about talent, coincidences, risk-taking, etc.?
If you’re at least a little curious, welcome to this article. King has written over 90 books plunging the depths of human emotions and behaviors.
He understands human nature and what drives our fears and longings.
If you’re alive and have an appreciation for wisdom and humor, you’ll find something worth reflecting on right now — and plenty worth saving for later with these inspirational Stephen King quotes.
We bet you’ll find some that will surprise you and make you realize that Stephen King isn’t someone whose head is just filled with scary stories!
46 Inspirational Stephen King Quotes
The best Stephen King quotes are those that reveal he’s not just a famous author who thinks everyone needs to hear his opinion — on everything.
He cares about people and about what makes for real happiness and a life well-lived.
That and his hard-earned wisdom are what make these quotes worth passing along to anyone with a pulse and an appreciation for more than what meets the eye.
1. “People say that where there’s life, there’s hope, and I have no quarrel with that, but I also believe the reverse. There is hope, therefore I live.”
2. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
3. “A person can’t change all at once.”
4. “A coward judges all he sees by what he is.”
5. “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.”
6. “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.”
7. “The brain is a muscle that can move the world.”
8. “There is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love.”
9. “Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.”
10. “Because things can get better, and if you give them a chance, they usually do.”
11. “A person’s memory is everything, really. Memory is identity. It’s you.”
12. “We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
13. “Pray for rain all you like, but dig a well as you do it.”
14. “If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples. I’ll love your face no matter what it looks like. Because it’s yours.”
15. “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them―words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
16. “If I kept saying it; if I kept reaching out. My accident really taught me just one thing: the only way to go on is to go on. To say ‘I can do this’ even when you know you can’t.”
17. “A man without a sense of purpose, even one whose bank accounts are stuffed with money, is always a small man.”
18. “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.”
19.“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.”
20. “Anger is the most useless emotion… destructive to the mind and hurtful to the heart.”
21. “Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again.”
22. “If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.”
23. “A good reputation is something that must be earned, yet can never be bought.”
24. “When facts speak, the wise man listens.”
25. “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet.”
26. “The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows.”
27. “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
28. “Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
29. “Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. “
30. “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.”
31. “Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends―maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”
32. “You don’t always talk with your mouth. Sometimes what you say with your mouth hardly matters at all. You have to signify”
33. “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”
34. “Just remember that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him.”
35. “Talent is never static. It’s always growing or dying.”
36. “I still believe in the resilience of the human heart and the essential validity of love; I still believe that connections between people can be made and that the spirits which inhabit us sometimes touch. I still believe that the cost of these connections is horribly, outrageously high… and I still believe that the value received far outweighs the price which must be paid.”
37. “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.”
38. “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.”
39. “Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.”
40. “Don’t give me what I ask for, give me what I need.”
41. “It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
42. “I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”
43. “Artistic talent is far more common than the talent to nurture artistic talent. Any parent with a hard hand can crush it, but to nurture it is much more difficult.”
44. “Give a man or woman back his self-respect, and in most cases―not all, but most―you also give back that person’s ability to think with at least some clarity.”
45. “Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward life with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand.”
46. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Which Stephen King quotes spoke to you?
How many of these Stephen King inspiring quotes made you stop and recall a memory, if only for a moment?
How many made you think, “I want that on a mug” or “I really like this guy”?
You don’t have to love Stephen King’s books — or the horror genre in general — to appreciate the insights he shares in the above quotes.
And I hope you found some that made you smile. Who knows what insights you might share someday that will do the same for others.
May your creative fire and thoughtfulness influence everything you do today.