80 Super Inspiring Stan Lee Quotes

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Marvel and superhero fanatics, you’ll love these Stan Lee quotes.

Stan Lee is Stanley Martin Lieber in real life. He is an icon in the comic book industry and has won multiple awards for his achievements. Through his vision and hard work, he was able to grow Marvel Comics from a small publishing house to the giant it now is.

Stan Lee is most remembered for his own works like the much-loved Spiderman, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, DareDevil, Iron Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and so many more. He created superheroes who were flawed and “human” with their own daily struggles in life.

Before his rise in the comic book industry though, he started out filling out inkwells, getting the artists’ lunches, and erasing pencil marks from finished pages. How can one man create and achieve so much? Find out from these Stan Lee quotes.

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I don’t sound disloyal, but I’ve never had a pair of Marvel pyjamas or underwear. I do have a lot of Marvel figurines at home in a cabinet. Every time they make a new Marvel figure I put it in my cabinet. – Stan Lee

Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups. – Stan Lee

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Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and prosaic. It’s a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, and the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon. – Stan Lee

Comics are stories; they’re like novels or anything else. So the first thing you have to do is become a good storyteller. – Stan Lee

Life is never completely without its challenges. – Stan Lee

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing. – Stan Lee

If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going! – Stan Lee

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I couldn’t say no when I received that offer [to re-invent the DC characters]… How can any writer say no to the opportunity of redoing every one of DC’s top superheroes? – Stan Lee

Comic books themselves are getting more literate. And there are people who are screenwriters and television writers and novelists who are writing for the comics, for some reason, they love doing it and some of the art work in the comics, I mean it rivals anything you’ll see hanging on the walls of museums, they’re illustrations more than drawings and all the people are discovering this and they’re turning on to it. – Stan Lee

The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything. – Stan Lee

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I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try to be an anti-bigotry story to show there’s good in every person, – Stan Lee

Technology isn’t a villain. Technology should help, but if you just use the technology for the sake of technology, then you’re cheating your audience. You’re not giving them the best story and the best direction and so forth. – Stan Lee

All I thought about when I wrote my stories was, “I hope that these comic books would sell so I can keep my job and continue to pay the rent.” Never in a million years could I have imagined that it would turn into what it has evolved into nowadays. Never. – Stan Lee

It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game. – Stan Lee

I think it’s just the challenge. It’s not that all my life I’ve wanted to do characters [in Marvel], because I never particularly thought about it, but the challenge of saying, “How could they be done differently that may be more absorbing or more effective?” – Stan Lee

With great power comes great responsibilty. – Stan Lee

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If Shakespeare and Michelangelo were alive today, and if they decided to collaborate on a comic, Shakespeare would write the script and Michelangelo would draw it. How could anybody say that this wouldn’t be as worthwhile an artform as anything on earth? – Stan Lee

Comic books sort of follow with the move – if people see the movie and if they’re interested in the character and want to see more of the character, they start buying the comic books. So a good movie helps the sale of the comic books and the comic books help the movie and one hand washes the other. So, I don’t think there’s any reason to think that comics will die out. – Stan Lee

Reading is very good. And you can quote me! – Stan Lee

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What did Doctor Doom really want? He wanted to rule the world. Now, think about this. You could walk across the street against a traffic light and get a summons for jaywalking, but you could walk up to a police officer and say “I want to rule the world,” and there’s nothing he can do about it, that is not a crime. Anybody can want to rule the world. So, even though he was the Fantastic Four’s greatest menace, in my mind, he was never a criminal! – Stan Lee

I think almost everybody enjoyed fairy tales when they were young, tales of witches and ogres and monsters and dragons and so forth. You get a little bit older, you can’t read fairy tales any more. – Stan Lee

Some people will say, “Why read a comic book? It stifles the imagination. If you read a novel you imagine what people are like. If you read a comic, it’s showing you.” The only answer I can give is, “You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn’t want to see it on the stage? – Stan Lee

I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time. – Stan Lee

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Just because you have superpowers, that doesn’t mean your love life would be perfect. I don’t think superpowers automatically means there won’t be any personality problems, family problems or even money problems. I just tried to write characters who are human beings who also have superpowers. – Stan Lee

I’m sort of a pressure writer. If somebody says, “Stan, write something,” and I have to have it by tomorrow morning, I’ll just sit down and I’ll write it. It always seems to come to me. But I’m better doing a rushed job because if it isn’t something that’s due quickly, I won’t work on it until it becomes almost an emergency and then I’ll do it. – Stan Lee

The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller. – Stan Lee

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The only time I go on the set is when I have a cameo to do in the picture. I go to the set and I do my little cameo and I meet all the people. It’s a great way to spend the day. And then I go back to my own world. – Stan Lee

I never understood why people take drugs. They’re habit forming and they can kill you. I didn’t need anything to pep me up or make me feel more creative, and I didn’t need them to help me with women. – Stan Lee

If there are people who like the work you’ve done, because of that, they like you and want your autograph and to take a photo, that’s really gratifying. You have to be appreciative. – Stan Lee

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I had been writing comic books for years and I was doing them to please a publisher, who felt that comics are only read by very young children or stupid adults. And therefore, we have to keep the stories very simplistic. And that was the thing I hated. – Stan Lee

Most people say, “I can’t wait to retire so I can play golf,” or go yachting or whatever they do. Well, if I was playing golf, I would want that to finish so I could go and dream up a new TV show. – Stan Lee

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If I got a superpower I wouldn’t say, oh, I got to get a costume and put on a mask. I would say hey, I can do something better than other people. How can I turn it into a buck? – Stan Lee

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To my way of thinking, whether it’s a superhero movie or a romance or a comedy or whatever, the most important thing is you’ve got to care about the characters. You’ve got to understand the characters and you’ve got to be interested. If the characters are interesting, you’re half-way home. – Stan Lee

When I was a kid, I loved reading Sherlock Holmes. Now, you don’t think of him as a superhero, but he was so damn much smarter than anybody else. – Stan Lee

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I never thought that Spider-Man would become the world wide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I’d keep my job. – Stan Lee

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These stories of people with unusual powers and unusual appearances, who do unusual things, people are always fascinated by them. – Stan Lee

I’ve been very lucky. All I wanted was to pay the rent. Then these characters took off and suddenly there were Hulk coffee mugs and Iron Man lunchboxes and The Avengers sweatshirts everywhere. Money’s okay, but what I really like is working. – Stan Lee

No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is. – Stan Lee

To me, writing is fun. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing, as long as you can tell a story. – Stan Lee

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I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him. – Stan Lee

I don’t really see a need to retire as long as I am having fun. – Stan Lee

I don’t know where the hell I’ll be in 5 years. Maybe I’ll be producing movies maybe I’ll be on a corner selling apples. I don’t know, but I’m having a hell of a lot of fun. – Stan Lee

Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before. – Stan Lee

If you wanna be an artist carry sketch pad with you, and sketch everything you see. Get so you can draw anything and it looks like what it’s supposed to be. It’s a lot of work, but if you really have it in you, it’s not like work. It becomes fun. – Stan Lee

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Virtually every kid is exposed to giants and ogres and talking wolves, and so forth. And magic. And I think you never outgrow your love for those imaginative, fanciful, farfetched, fantastic characters and situations. – Stan Lee

Singing a song, playing sports – anything that entertains, that takes people away from their own problems, is good. – Stan Lee

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There’s never a time when I’m not working. I don’t take vacations. – Stan Lee

The world has always been like a comic book world to me! What’s happened is that communications got better and better, so now with cell-phones we can be in touch with people half a globe away. – Stan Lee

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I think people are interested in anything that’s a little bigger than life and that’s colorful and – you know, what they like? They like fairy tales for grownups. – Stan Lee

You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn’t want to see it on the stage? – Stan Lee

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I’m very proud of being a hack. It’s why I’ve lived as long as I have, I think. – Stan Lee

I don’t wake up in the morning and say, wow I’ve got a great idea for a story. But I sit down, and I figure well, let’s see. – Stan Lee

To me everything is fun. I’ve started Twittering or tweeting recently and that’s been fun. – Stan Lee

There’s just something that feels nice about holding a comic book! – Stan Lee

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If you’re writing about a character, if he’s a powerful character, unless you give him vulnerability I don’t think he’ll be as interesting to the reader. – Stan Lee

I enjoyed reading Batman, and Superman, and all the super ones, but I never wished I created them. I’ve got to let there be some work for other people! – Stan Lee

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The comic book industry has turned into the wellspring for all of these movies that are all based on the comic books. – Stan Lee

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Every day, there’s a new development. … There’s no limit to the things that are happening. – Stan Lee

Most people say, “I can’t wait to retire so I can play golf,” or go yachting or whatever they do. Well, if I was playing golf, I would want that to finish so I could go and dream up a new TV show. – Stan Lee

I think superheroes are bigger than life and they’re very colorful. – Stan Lee

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I’m just working with ideas in my head and with drawings that the artists did. And suddenly to see these things come to life in movies – it’s just wonderful. – Stan Lee

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. – Stan Lee

The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe. – The Watcher in The Avengers #14 Stan Lee

I think the way you become a good storyteller is to read a lot of stories and evaluate them in your own mind. – Stan Lee

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When you combine the great stories from the comics with the action and visual excitement of the movies, it doesn’t get any better! – Stan Lee

To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as much of a success. – Stan Lee

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I thought it would be great to do superheroes that have the same kind of life problems that any reader – that anybody could have. – Stan Lee

We’re living in a world where everything moves very quickly. We’ve become a very visual society, so I think it’s a very natural thing that people are captivated with the illustrations in a story. – Stan Lee

I think comics will always be around. I think there’s something nice about a comic book. People love to hold ’em, turn the pages, fold ’em up, roll ’em up, stick ’em in their back pocket, show ’em to a friend, and say, “Hey, look at this.” – Stan Lee

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If you enjoy what you do, if you are interested in what you do, I really think that’s the best situation. – Stan Lee

I always figure I’m not unique, and something that would please me hopefully would please a lot of other people that have the same tastes that I do. – Stan Lee

I think people have always loved things that are bigger than life, things that are imaginative. – Stan Lee

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No matter what you write, it’s a matter of putting words in a certain order so that the reader will be interested in what you’re writing. – Stan Lee

I see myself in everything I write. All the good guys are me. – Stan Lee

Every kid loves fairy tales, stories of witches and giants and magicians. Then, when you get a little older you can’t read fairy tales anymore. – Stan Lee

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Luck is one of the most important things in the world and really has a role to play in everything, and in marriage, I’ve been lucky enough to be married to the same girl for all these years. – Stan Lee

I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for things that are bigger than life and more colorful than the average life. And somehow I feel that these comic book stories are like fairy tales for older people, because they have the same qualities. – Stan Lee

Once you get the script, you then hope you can get the director that you want. Then you hope he can get the cast he wants. Again, you can go quickly or there can be a million stumbling blocks. There’s just no way to know. – Stan Lee

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