Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Wisdom from The Green Mile

green-mile-hero.jpg
green-mile-hero.jpg
steven-king-hero-image.jpg
steven-king-hero.jpg
the-green-mile-hero.jpg

“Heavyweight champion” might not be a term often associated with Stephen King. But as far as the literary universe is concerned, it feels like a fitting title.

The 66-year-old author behind many of the most lauded novels of the last century has given us many wise words to live by. But it's The Green Mile set in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary that contains some of his wisest words to date. Let the next 15 quotes prove it:

CHECK OUT THE ULTIMATE GREEN MILE QUIZ HERE

_______________________________________________________

“It's strange how pain marks our faces, and makes us look like family.”

“Sometimes, the embers are better than the campfire. It's strange, but it's true.”

“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”

“Weird love's better than no love at all.”

“A dimwit thinks nothing is funny unless it's mean.”

“Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.”

“Like some dogs: kick them once and they never trust you again, no matter how nice you are to them.”

“What our parents tell us when we are small seldom goes ignored, no matter how foolish it may be”

“When you spend your life taking care of mudmen, you can't help getting a little dirty yourself.”

“The world turns, that's all. You can hold on and turn with it, or stand up to protest and be spun right off.”

“Life is a capricious business.”

“Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”

“A lot of things don't matter, but it doesn't keep a man from wondering about them, I've noticed.”

“I believe that the combination of pencil and memory creates a kind of practical magic, and magic is dangerous.”

“A man with a good wife is the luckiest of God's creatures, and one without must be among the most miserable, I think, the only true blessing of their lives that they don't know how poorly off they are.”

Related

the-stand.jpg

Wisdom from The Stand

king.jpg

20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Stephen King

Comments

More

These bored book store employees deserve all the Instagram followers

Bookface goes French at Librairie Mollat

by Dave Fawbert
21 Mar 2017

Philip Pullman has just saved us all from Real Life

Here's what we know about 'Book of Dust'

15 Feb 2017

Orwell’s 1984 book sales spike after Trump’s inauguration

We've gone full blown Orwellian now

by Jamie Carson
25 Jan 2017

Mark Twain's unfinished children's story to be released this year

Find out when The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine will hit the shelves

24 Jan 2017

These are the books Barack Obama says everyone should read this year

Be like Barack

by Sam Diss
17 Jan 2017

The best new books of 2017

New year, new reads

by Sam Diss
04 Jan 2017

Donald Ray Pollock: Inside the mind of a nightmare specialist

Modern master of disturbing prose on the moments from page & screen that made him who he is

05 Oct 2016

Harry Potter fans can now discover their Patronus

Don't lie, you want to give it a go, don't you?

by David Cornish
23 Sep 2016

20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Stephen King

21 Sep 2016

Your chance to see excellent US author Donald Ray Pollock

And also have a beer! Win win

08 Sep 2016