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30 pieces of wisdom from Stephen King novels

While in various fictional universes, wisdom comes from left, right and centre, in real life, it's sadly lacking. Put your hand up if you have a wise confidante who spouts well-crafted one-liners about what on earth to do with your life. Yeah, didn't think so.

So when it comes to choosing a pop culture sage, you really need to choose well. Truth is, you can do much worse than trusting Stephen King. He's not an international best-selling author for nothing. The guy knows how to spin a good sentence.

Read on and be inspired. Oh and then let us know what we've missed at the bottom.

You can also take the Stephen King quiz here

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  • 30 pieces of wisdom from Stephen King novels

    Christine

    "If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die"

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    Bag of Bones

    "Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on."

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    The Green Mile

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

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    Hearts In Atlantis

    "Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't."

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    It

    "We lie best when we lie to ourselves."

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    Wolves Of The Calla

    “No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.”

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    The Shawshank Redemption

    "There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."

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    The Stand

    “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”

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    The Dark Tower

    "He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute."

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    11/22/63

    "When all else fails, give up and go to the library."

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    Duma Key

    "Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won't carry a quitter."

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    The Drawing Of The Three

    "What we like to think of ourselves and what we really are rarely have much in common...."

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    Under The Dome

    "If you don't control your temper, your temper will control you."

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    Full Dark, No Stars

    "We never cease wanting what we want, whether it's good for us or not."

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    Pet Sematary

    "There is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love."

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    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

    "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted."

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    Dolores Claiborne

    "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto."

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    Storm Of The Century

    "It's a cash and carry world. Sometimes you pay a little. Mostly it's a lot. Sometimes, it's everything you have."

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    Carrie

    "People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings of flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it."

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    The Dead Zone

    "We all do what we can, and it has to be good enough, and if it isn't good enough, it has to do."

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    Lisey's Story

    "You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is."

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    Song Of Susannah

    "Anger is the most useless emotion, destructive to the mind and hurtful to the heart."

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    Wizard and Glass

    “Fools are the only folk on the earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve."

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    Dreamcatcher

    "Memory is the basis of every journey."

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    The Colorado Kid

    "Sometimes loving eyes don't see what they don't want to see."

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    The Tommyknockers

    "You cant be too careful on a skateboard."

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    Rose Madder

    "It's best to be ruthless with the past."

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    The Mist

    “You know what talent is? The curse of expectation."

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    From A Buick 8

    "Sometimes you can grab a chain and use it to pull yourself out of a dark place. Mostly, though, I think you get wrapped up in them."

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    The Shining

    "Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters."

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