These Are The Most Popular Quotes From Stephen King's Bestsellers

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I like to think Stephen King fans are an eclectic bunch, but maybe it's just because the Mainer author has written so many books that Constant Readers' opinions of his "best" works differ. I've got the most highlighted passages from Stephen King's Top Five bestsellers for you below, so you can compare favorite lines from Stephen King books with the rest of his fans.

For those who came here expecting classic King, allow me to issue a warning. The five books on this list are King's best-selling works on the Kindle platform, which means they skew heavily toward newer releases. Four of the five were published within the last 10 years. So, while you may be correct in your assertion that Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, or The Stand is King's all-time bestseller, please don't shoot this messenger over it.

Constant Readers must love King's philosophical meanderings, because all of the quotes below ruminate on things like pain, retrospect, and the writer's duty to their work. If you haven't read Stephen King, I can guarantee that these quotes will not present the author and his work as you imagined them. (And also you should definitely read him, because he's Stephen freakin' King, OK?)

Check out the most highlighted passages from Stephen King's Top 5 bestsellers below, and share your favorite book quotes from the master of horror with me on Twitter!


"But stupidity is one of two things we see most clearly in retrospect. The other is missed chances."

— from 11/22/63


"She had never dreamed there could be so much pain in a life when there was nothing physically wrong."

— from The Shining


"Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue."

— from Mr. Mercedes


"The dead also do not see, unless they look from a brighter place than this darkling plain where ignorant armies clash."


"A good novelist does not lead his characters, he follows them. A good novelist does not create events, he watches them happen and then writes down what he sees. A good novelist realizes he is a secretary, not God."