Wednesday Wisdom from The Stand

Posted August 26, 2020 by elzaread in Wednesday Wisdom / 10 Comments

You know why I started blogging again? Okay, one of the reasons I started blogging again? I desperately wanted to talk to people about books and how some books can be relevant at a certain time and stage in human history, or just in your own life. 

When Covid 19 hit the news in early January 2020, my first thought was, The Stand by Stephen King is happening…. If you’ve read this epic and classic novel – I’m sure you had the exact same thoughts. 
The Stand was my first Stephen King and ever since I’ve first read it in 2014, I’ve read at least one Stephen King per year. Nope, not my favorite author of all time, but good grief – this man knows how to tell a story! And no better one than The Stand. So many quotes from that book also got stuck in my mind and as the current world events unfold, they keep on popping to the surface. 
“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart the blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.
Or you don’t.”

“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.” 
(Elza is looking at me with big, swear-jar eyes. Mommy, you used a bad word… But I believe this quote is spot on. Swear word or not). The next one is my favorite though:
“Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call ‘society’. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare.”

“Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear.”

“Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead.”
“If we don’t have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness.”

How true is that? Yes, there are still a whole lot of awesome quotes from this epic novel, but I only choose the ones that are currently applicable. At least to me. 
Did I miss any that you would like to share?

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10 responses to “Wednesday Wisdom from The Stand

  1. I really like your Wednesday Wisdom meme. Not exactly uplifting wisdom, which I so desperately crave right now, but true and honest wisdom, and that is the better thing. The counting quote is completely true, and I love to save quotes, but I can't bear to save that one today. Maybe when the hurricanes outside my door go away….

  2. ah, this makes me want to finally start reading The Stand but then I wanted to finish It first because I've been reading it for way too long.

  3. I did read yesterday that Stephen King wrote most of his early books while drunk or on cocaine (at least until 1987 when his family did an intervention). He says he doesn't even remember writing some of his books.