We all wish we had super powers. We all wish we could do more than we can do.

— Stan Lee

The most mind-blowing Stan Lee quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Life is never completely without its challenges.

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When you work with people whom you like and you admire because they're so good at what they do, it doesn't feel like work. It's like you're playing.

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I guess one person can make a difference.

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I'm a frustrated actor. My ... goal is to beat Alfred Hitchcock in the number of cameos. I'm going to try to break his record.

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

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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.

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

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Achilles, without his heel, you wouldn't even know his name today.

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Everybody learns differently and everybody gets to a certain point from a different direction.

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With great power comes great responsibilty.

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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.

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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.

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About Stan Lee

Quotes 189 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

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.

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Reading is very good. And you can quote me!

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I'm just somebody who tries to write things that entertain people.

And if I can do it in a way that makes them prefer to emulate the good guy than the bad guy, I'm happy.

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

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I know the world expects me to have superpowers, and it'll be quite a disappointment. But I just play myself.

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I have always tried to have a message, not to be a preacher, but a message that shows it's better to be a good guy than a bad guy, and I try to make it clear that doing the right thing is more attractive than not.

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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.

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I think any comic book - or really, any book that you can read - in a sense is an educational tool in that it helps literacy. The more you read, the better you get at it. It almost doesn't matter what you read, the important thing is for young people to become readers.

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

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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 those were all things I hated.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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The comics of course, help the movies, because all of the comic fans want to see the movies. And the most amazing thing about it is these movies seem to appeal to young people, to old people, and to people all over the world. They're as popular in China and Latin America as they are here. That's really amazing and gratifying.

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I think I've got 12... Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Plastic-Man, Green Lantern, Sandman, The Justice League, The Atom Legion of Superheroes and Teen Titans.... Just about all of their top titles.

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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.

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

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

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I hated teenagers in comics because they were always sidekicks.

And I always felt if I were a superhero, there's no way I'd pal around with some teenager, you know.

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Comming from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There's never a time when I'm not working. I don't take vacations.

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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.

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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.

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

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My problem is I don't see and hear that well, so when I go to the movies, I can make out what's going on, but I can't hear what they're saying. And after the movie, I have to ask whoever I'm with "now, what was that all about?"

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I think superheroes are bigger than life and they're very colorful.

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Everything has changed and we're all living in one city now.

What happens somewhere affects things everywhere, so I have to be careful and whatever stories I work on, I want them to have redeeming moral values.

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

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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?

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You remember when Tobey Maguire was first selected, most of the fans were angry.

They felt, what kind of a guy is that for a superhero? Nobody thought it was a good idea. Yet he turned out to be great. The people at Marvel who do these things are really pretty smart. If they chose this guy, he'll probably be terrific.

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I have never had a lap dance in Tampa or any other part of Florida.

If I ever did have a lap dance, I don't think I would be discussing television ideas with the girl that was giving it to me.

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I'm happiest when I'm working. If I'm not working, I feel like I'm wasting my time.

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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.

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When you can sit down with a plain sheet of paper in front of you and make some notes, and, little by little, you see it take shape and become a concept for a movie or a TV show. That's a real thrill. You watch it go from notes on a paper to a meeting with writers and directors and actors. I can't think of anything that's more exciting.

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