Stephen King is The Man

I love to read. I read books like other people watch TV or play video games, for hours on end, only stopping to take a leak and grab more snacks and an adult beverage every now and then. I love to read.

One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. I firmly believe that those who have not read him, for fear that his stuff is all gross and scary and creepy, are really missing out. The man has a way with words like no other. Today, there was a Facebook post featuring a quote from my favorite King book, “The Stand.”

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don’t.”

This started me on an interwebs search for Stephen King quotes. And goodness, I myself had underestimated his ability to turn a phrase and speak directly to my soul. So, here are a few of my favorite Stephen King quotes – at least those I’ve found so far:

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And possibly my most favorite:

“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.”

The man is a fucking genius.