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Quotes by Suspense Writers

Updated on May 11, 2013

What is Suspense?

Suspense is that mentally challenging period of uncertainty you feel during those times when you are reading your favorite whodunit murder mystery. It's those edge of your seat moments just before the shocking finale that you didn't see coming while watching the lastest thriller.

Not only are the people who write these Best Sellers great fiction writers, they have a very keen sense about human nature, and sometimes a little twist to their views that can put a smile on even a cynics face.

Quote lovers know that sometimes you have to sift through a lot of quotes to find one that is simple and makes sense. Hope you enjoy this collection of all the best quotes from some well known suspense writers on a variety of different subjects.

Stephen King

~ I tend to scare myself. ~

~ Time's the thief of memory. ~

~ Each life makes its own immitation of immortality. ~

~ French is the language that turns dirt into romance. ~

~ I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries. ~

~ Sometimes the embers are better than the campfire. ~

~ The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. ~

~ If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered. ~

~ I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids. ~

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

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

~ The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows. ~

~ Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up. ~

~ It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost. ~

~ Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. ~

~ If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it? ~

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

~ I write to find out what I think. ~

~ Fiction is the truth inside the lie. ~

~ A person can't change all at once. ~

~ Get busy living, or get busy dying. ~

~ Do it for joy and you can do it forever. ~

~ A coward judges all he sees by what he is. ~

~ God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live. ~

~ It was like drowning, only from the inside out. ~

~ Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.~

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

~ There's no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids. ~

~ It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright. ~

~ Schizoid behavior is a pretty common thing in children. It's accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics. ~

~ We lie best when we lie to ourselves. ~

~ Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~

~ Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness. ~

~ The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ~

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

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

~ We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones. ~

~ Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly. ~

~ If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you. ~

~ When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."~

~ Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s. ~

~ You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~

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

~ Was there ever a trap to match the trap of love? ~

~ The most important things are the hardest to say. ~

~ Good books don't give up all their secrets at once. ~

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

~ Do any men grow up or do they only come of age? ~

~ Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation. ~

~ Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. ~

~ Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. ~

~ The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows. ~

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

~ Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~

~ I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of. ~

~ I think that we're all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better, and maybe not all that much better after all. ~

~ Come on back and we’ll see if you remember the simplest thing of all, how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark. ~

~ Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. ~

Dean Koontz

~ Reality isn't what it used to be. ~

~ Intuition is seeing with the soul. ~

~ In this world only the paranoid survive. ~

~What we do as a society is seek simple answers. ~

~ A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in. ~

~ As long as I have laughter, I am not without hope. ~

~ We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. ~

~ When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing. ~

~ There are no explanations for human evil. Only excuses.~

~ Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake. ~

~ Even in the darkest moments, light exists if you have faith to see it. ~

~ I am sustained by the certainty that life has does death. ~

~ Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text. ~

~ The things we worry about the most are never the things that bite us. The sharpest teeth always take their nip of us when we are looking the other way.~

~ Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie. ~

~ Every life is complicated, every mind a kingdom of unmapped mysteries. ~

~ If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends. ~

~ Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton. ~

~ Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time. ~

~ It will all be better in the end and if it is not better then it must not be the end yet. ~

~ Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always ready in the soul. ~

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

~ We have a responsibility to stand watch over one another, we are watchers, all of us, watchers, guarding against the darkness. ~

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

~ Books 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. ~

~ All will be well, if we do what is right. ~

~ The worst happens when you least expect it. ~

~ What has been is no more. Change has come. ~

~ Lies hurt people; imagination makes life more fun. ~

~ Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. ~

~ Best thing that can happen to a man is a good woman. ~

~ When a knot gets to tight, you can always cut the rope. ~

~ Every baby's a seed of wonder, that gets watered or it doesn't. ~

~ We may lack riches, but the greatest fortune is what lies in our hearts. ~

~ Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. ~

~ Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool.~

~ Being polite is not only the right way to respond to people but also the easiest. ~

~ No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make. ~

~ Loss is the hardest thing, I said. But it's also the teacher that's the most difficult to ignore. ~

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

~ Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God given right to be stupid. ~

~ Darkness dwells within even the best of us. In the worst of us, darkness not only dwells but reins. ~

~ The brain acknowledged the approach of death while the heart stubbornly insisted upon immortality. ~

~ There are people who want everybody dead. When you get over being surprised about that, you have a high amazement threshold. ~

~ Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom. ~

Agatha Christie

~ Very few of us are what we seem. ~

~ The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~

~ Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity. ~

~ Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend. ~

~ Never do anything yourself that others can do for you. ~

~ But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price. ~

~ Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human. ~

~ Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. ~

~ If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody. ~

~ Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody. ~

~ Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it. ~

~ There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. ~

~ One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. ~

~ An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her. ~

~ The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn. ~

~ It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ~

~ Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more. ~

~ Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions. ~

~ I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness, to save oneself trouble. ~

~ I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~

H.G. Wells

~ Cynicism is humor in ill health. ~

~ Our true nationality is mankind. ~

~ Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. ~

~ If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. ~

~ The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow. ~

~ The path of least resistance is the path of the loser. ~

~ Fools make researches and wise men exploit them. ~

~ History is a race between education and catastrophe. ~

~ I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.~

~ The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships. ~

~ Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. ~

~ We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.~

~ Some people bear three kinds of trouble: the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have. ~

Edgar Allan Poe

~ Stupidity is a talent for misconception. ~

~ There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. ~

~ Convinced myself, I seek not to convince. ~

~ Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. ~

~ I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~

~ All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ~

~ Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. ~

~ Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.~

~ If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.~

~ That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. ~

~ They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~

~ The true genius shudders at incompleteness, and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. ~

~ Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. ~

Rudyard Kipling

~ He travels the fastest who travels alone. ~

~Every woman knows all about everything. ~

~ Everyone is more or less mad on one point. ~

~ An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. ~

~ Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching. ~

~ Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs. ~

~ Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves. ~

~ A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke. ~

~ For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. ~

~ A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty. ~

~ We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. ~

~ Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~

~ Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. ~

~ If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.~

~ More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies. ~

~ Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade. ~

~ Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors. ~

~ I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards. ~

~ The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. ~

~ Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. ~

~ If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price. ~


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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fabulous hub and so well presented! I liked Stephen King's quote about no one liking a clown at midnight - he's right, except I don't like them at anytime! His book 'It', gave me the creeps!!

      I really enjoyed this absorbing hub and so many of my favourite authors featured! Voted up!

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      Felina Margetty 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow! I am flabbergasted! A lot of work went into this hub and a brilliant job too. Kipling really does it for me and Stephan King was an interesting choice. Well done.


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