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There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
by Dean Koontz

There'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.
- Dean Koontz

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I 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.
- Dean Koontz

Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text.
- Dean Koontz

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

 

I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior,
but not based on race or religion.
- Dean Koontz

Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the
variations in style and genre,
as long as they get that sense of story,
of character, of empathetic involvement.
- Dean Koontz

Somebody 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.
- Dean Koontz

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Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie.
- Dean Koontz

Although I've said a million times that I'm not a horror writer,
I do like horror.
- Dean Koontz

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

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

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

Every book has some real life in it.
I was never pursued by an evil twin clone,
but everything else in Mr. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life.
- Dean Koontz

If you want to publish two books a year under your
own name and your publisher doesn't,
maybe you need a different publisher.
- Dean Koontz

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

We 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.
- Dean Koontz

I have to admit that when I watch a movie in which
there is no moral context for the violence -
I find that offensive.
I think that's potentially damaging to society.
- Dean Koontz

I 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.
- Dean Koontz

Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th
century were Marx and Freud.
He was absolutely correct.
- Dean Koontz

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

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

If 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.
- Dean Koontz

I 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.
- Dean Koontz

What we do as a society is seek simple answers.
- Dean Koontz

The 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.
- Dean Koontz

I'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.
- Dean Koontz

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

In 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.
- Dean Koontz

My 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.
- Dean Koontz

Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford.
In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got
the crap beaten out of him.
- Dean Koontz

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

When tempest tossed, embrace chaos.
- Dean Koontz

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.
- Dean Koontz

A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.
- Dean Koontz

One 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.
- Dean Koontz

Because people see violence on the movie screen,
they're not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody.
It really doesn't correlate.
- Dean Koontz

Some 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.
- Dean Koontz

Like all of us in this storm between birth and death,
I can wreak no great changes on the world,
only small changes for the better, I hope,
in the lives of those I love.
- Dean Koontz

Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts,
the moonless midnight of the mind.
- Dean Koontz

I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would
rather have one than a new Ferrari.
- Dean Koontz

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

I 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.
- Dean Koontz

Writing a novel is like making love,
but it's also like having a tooth pulled.
Pleasure and pain.
Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled.
- Dean Koontz

I don't find slashing and blood flying everywhere to be scary.
I just find it repulsive.
- Dean Koontz

I 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.
- Dean Koontz

When I'm working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks.
- Dean Koontz

If I drive myself to the brink of my ability,
then I don't get stale or bored.
- Dean Koontz

I have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope
to read him for many years to come.
- Dean Koontz

Never, never try to scope the market.
- Dean Koontz

I'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.
- Dean Koontz

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.
- Dean Koontz

A 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.
- Dean Koontz

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do
the right thing most of the time.
- Dean Koontz

If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist,
I've read it.
- Dean Koontz

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you are the master, be sometimes blind,
if you are the servant, be sometimes deaf.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We do not always see what is before our face -
sometimes we see what we hope to see,
or fear we will see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot be totally committed sometimes.
- A Course In Miracles

Love is like the truth,
sometimes it prevails,
sometimes it hurts.
- Victor M. Garcia Jr.

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

With manners comes insincerity.
Truth is sometimes difficult.
- Bono

Sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe


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