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Wisdom from The Dark Tower series

Wisdom from The Dark Tower series

Wisdom from The Dark Tower series
25 June 2014

Arguably Stephen King's magnum opus yet unarguably his longest overall story, the mammoth 4,250 pages of The Dark Tower series have been sold over 30 million times around the world.

Which should mean that a great deal of you reading this are already extremely aware of the following quotes, you're probably predicting what will crop up before you get going.

Here are the 20 greatest pieces of wisdom from The Dark Tower series and let us know if we've missed off your favourite at the bottom.

You can also try our Dark Tower quiz out here


“A coward judges all he sees by what he is.”

“Opinion is politics, and politics is an evil which has caused many a fellow to be hung while he's still young and pretty.”

“Control the things you can control, maggot. Let everything else take a flying fuck at you, and if you must go down, go down with your guns blazing.”

“He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute.”

“Because often, silence is best.”

“A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”

“It seemed to him that the most horrible fact of human existence was that broken hearts mended.”

“Battles that last five minutes spawn legends that live a thousand years.”

“There are people who need people to need them.”

“Our time here is brief, our risk enormous. Don't waste the one or increase the other, if you please.”

“A person’s never too old for stories. Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them."

“Sometimes I think we'd all be better off if the people who mean well would just creep away and die.”

“The prosaic fact of the universe's existence alone defeats both the pragmatist and the romantic.”

“God pisses down the back of your neck every day but only drowns you once.”

“True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring -- once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome... except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners.”

“Anger is the most useless emotion; destructive to the mind and hurtful of the heart.”

“You must never draw until you know how many are against you, or you've satisfied yourself that you can never know, or you've decided it's your day to die.”

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

“When everything's a surprise, experience takes on a dreamlike quality."

“Any statement beginning with the words 'In truth' is almost always a lie.”