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41 quotations by Dean Koontz

QuoteYour mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie.Quote

QuoteWhen tempest tossed, embrace chaos.Quote

QuoteWhen I'm working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks.Quote

QuoteWhat we do as a society is seek simple answers.Quote

QuoteWe are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away.Quote

QuoteVladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct.Quote

QuoteThere's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.Quote

QuoteThe only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original.Quote

QuoteThe hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion.Quote

QuoteSometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.Quote

QuoteSomebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.Quote

QuoteSome days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages.Quote

QuoteOne of the things I like enormously about Bob Weinstein is that that he's the only studio head I have ever known who will change his mind and say he was wrong.Quote

QuoteNever, never try to scope the market.Quote

QuoteMy wife is my first audience. She's a tough lady, so I can't say that I ever scare her. Except, of course, when she sees me the way I look before breakfast.Quote

QuoteLiterary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish.Quote

QuoteIn my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.Quote

QuoteIn my books, I never portray violence as a reasonable solution to a problem. If the lead characters in the story are driven to it, it's at the extreme end of their experience.Quote

QuoteIf you want to publish two books a year under your own name and your publisher doesn't, maybe you need a different publisher.Quote

QuoteIf you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that.Quote

QuoteIf something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.Quote

QuoteI've not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.Quote

QuoteI've got a long list of books I wish I'd never written-and I've kept them all out of print for the past 20 years.Quote

QuoteI try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life's too short for that. I don't really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics.Quote

QuoteI think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before.Quote

QuoteI think it's the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don't write very well.Quote

QuoteI think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.Quote

QuoteI receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work.Quote

QuoteI really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.Quote

QuoteI never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it.Quote

QuoteI like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.Quote

QuoteI have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope to read him for many years to come.Quote

QuoteI have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.Quote

QuoteI don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.Quote

QuoteI don't find slashing and blood flying everywhere to be scary. I just find it repulsive.Quote

QuoteI do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari.Quote

QuoteI believe that I was a dog in a past life. That's the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow.Quote

QuoteCivilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.Quote

QuoteBooks were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.Quote

QuoteA politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.Quote

QuoteA fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.Quote