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Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis” Quotes (16 Quotes)


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  • Read sometimes for the story, Bobby. Don't be like the book snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words - the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers that won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • The redness was going out of the light now, the remains of the day were a fading pink, the color of wild roses.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • There are also books full of great writing that don't have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story, Bobby. Don't be like the book snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words-the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers that won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.-Mr. Brautigan says to Bobby.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • There's always someone who knows something.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • What if there were no grownups? Suppose the whole idea of grownups was an illusion? What if their money was really just playground marbles, their business deals no more than baseball-card trades, their wars only games of guns in the park? What if they were all still snotty-nosed kids inside their suits and dresses? Christ, that couldn't be, could it? It was too horrible to think about.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")


  • What you don't know, you can't tell. Or made to tell.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • You might question a winkle - a feeling that came to you right out of the blue - but you didn't question knowing.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • A book is like a pump. It gives nothing unless first you give to it. You prime a pump with your own water, you work the handle with your own strength. You do this because you expect to get back more than you give.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • A change is as good as a rest.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • Adulthood is accretive by nature, a thing which arrives in ragged stages and uneven overlaps.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • And this wasn't lying, not really. It was leaving out.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn't a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • Friends don't spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")

  • Good books are for consideration after, too.
    (Stephen King, "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.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")


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