Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Later by Stephen King. Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.
When you’re little and it’s your mom, you say okay to everything. Unless she says it’s bedtime, of course. Or to finish your broccoli.
I think that people who say life is all about the choices we make and the roads we go down are full of shit. [...] When the fickle finger of fate points at you, all roads lead to the same place, that’s what I think. I may change my mind when I’m older, but I really don’t think so.
Even a little kid knows certain basic things if he’s not soft in the attic.
So yeah, I see dead people. As far as I can remember, I always have. [...] It can be interesting, it can be scary sometimes, it can be a pain in the ass, but mostly it just is. Like being left-handed, or being able to play classical music when you’re like three years old, or getting early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Grownups have a tough time believing, and I’ll tell you why. When they find out as kids that Santa Claus is a fake and Goldilocks isn’t a real girl and the Easter Bunny is bullshit - just three examples, I could give more - it makes a complex and they stop believing anything they can’t see for themselves.
I don’t mean to scare you, but sometimes a scare is the only lesson that works.
One of the worst things about being a kid, maybe the very worst, is how grownups ignore you when they get going on their shit.
I don’t think the world starts to come into focus until you’re fifteen or sixteen; up until then you just take what you’ve got and roll with it.
It’s hard to like what you’re scared of. Maybe impossible.
You get used to marvelous things. You take them for granted. You can try not to, but you do. There’s too much wonder, that’s all. It’s everywhere.
Tell you what, the worst part of growing up is how it shuts you up.
Although I lean toward the rational, the known, and the empiric - having never seen a ghost, or had a flash of precognition - I must admit there are elements of your story I can’t dismiss out of hand.
Belief is a high hurdle to get over and I think it’s even higher for smart people. Smart people know a lot, and maybe that makes them think they know everything.
If you try to outrun your own shadow, you’re bound to fall on your face.
Certain lines of work are recession-proof. Funeral parlors always make out. Repo companies and bail bondsmen. Liquor stores. And the dope biz. Because, good times or bad, people are going to want to get high.
Parents who can’t carry a tune in a tin pail can produce a singing prodigy; illiterates can produce a great writer. Sometimes talent comes from nowhere, or so it seems.