65 Stan Lee Quotes On Success In Life

Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics and movie industries. These Stan Lee quotes will motivate you.

Best Stan Lee Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “We all wish we had superpowers. We all wish we could do more than we can do.” ~ Stan Lee
  3. “With great power comes great responsibility.” ~ Stan Lee
  4. “Life is never completely without its challenges.” ~ Stan Lee
  5. “Everybody learns differently and everybody gets to a certain point from a different direction.” ~ Stan Lee
  6. “I guess one person can make a difference.” ~ Stan Lee

  7. “No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” ~ Stan Lee
  8. “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.” ~ Stan Lee
  9. “Achilles, without his heel, you wouldn’t even know his name today.” ~ Stan Lee
  10. “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.” ~ Stan Lee
  11. “If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going!” ~ Stan Lee
  12. “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
  13. “Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups.” ~ Stan Lee

  14. “I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time.” ~ Stan Lee
  15. “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
  16. “From 1940 to about 1960, I had been writing just regular comics, the way my publishers wanted me too. He didn’t want me to use words of more than two syllables if I could help it. He didn’t want me to waste time on worrying about good dialogue or characterization. Just give me a lot of action, lot of fight scenes.” ~ Stan Lee
  17. “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, Stan Lee quotes about marvel
  18. “I think people have always loved things that are bigger than life, things that are imaginative.” ~ Stan Lee
  19. “I see myself in everything I write. All the good guys are me.” ~ Stan Lee

  20. “Singing a song, playing sports – anything that entertains, that takes people away from their own problems, is good.” ~ Stan Lee
  21. “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 halfway home.” ~ Stan Lee
  22. “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
  23. “Your humans slaughter each other because of the color of your skin, or your faith or your politics — or for no reason at all — too many of you hate as easily as you draw breath. – Magneto” ~ Stan Lee
  24. “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.” ~ Stan Lee

  25. “I’m no prophet, but I’m guessing that comic books will always be strong. I don’t think anything can really beat the pure fun and pleasure of holding a magazine in your hand, reading the story on paper, being able to roll it up and put it in your pocket, reread again later, show it to a friend, carry it with you, toss it on a shelf, collect them, have a lot of magazines lined up and read them again as a series. I think young people have always loved that. I think they always will.” ~ Stan Lee
  26. “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
  27. “If you enjoy what you do, if you are interested in what you do, I really think that’s the best situation.” ~ Stan Lee

  28. “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 art form as anything on earth?” ~ Stan Lee
  29. “The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.” ~ Stan Lee
  30. “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.” ~ Stan Lee
  31. “Reading is very good. And you can quote me!” ~ Stan Lee

  32. “When writing, I model all the heroes after myself. Of course, it’s hard to make them quite as wonderful as I am, but I come as close as I can.” ~ Stan Lee, Stan Lee quotes about superheros
  33. “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.” ~ Stan Lee
  34. “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
  35. “I like Silver Surfer because he’s the most philosophical, always philosophizing about the human race and the human condition and why people are the way they are, why they don’t appreciate this wonderful planet they live on… he has a nice moral tone.” ~ Stan Lee
  36. “To me, writing is fun. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing, as long as you can tell a story.” ~ Stan Lee
  37. “I am very lucky because everything that I do is exciting to me. It’s always new.” ~ Stan Lee

  38. “To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as much of a success.” ~ Stan Lee
  39. “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
  40. “One of the keys is, and it may sound funny, talking about characters with super powers, but one of the keys is to make your characters as realistic and believable as possible. Even if they have super powers, you say to yourself, “Well, if somebody had a super power like this, what would his life be like? Wouldn’t he still maybe have to go to the dentist or wouldn’t he have to worry about making a living? What about his love life?” You’ve got to make characters that your reader can believe exists or might exist.” ~ Stan Lee
  41. “If you have a character that seems to be all perfect, it’s hard to relate to him because when you read a story you really want to empathize with the character that you are reading about. And it’s hard to empathize with someone who is flawless and who has no problems.” ~ Stan Lee
  42. “Face front, true believers!” ~ Stan Lee

  43. “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
  44. “I know the world expects me to have superpowers, and it’ll be quite a disappointment. But I just play myself.” ~ Stan Lee
  45. “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
  46. “Every day, there’s a new development. … There’s no limit to the things that are happening.” ~ Stan Lee

  47. “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
  48. “Quality. That’s the first word, the one word that comes to mind when I think of the books published by Abrams. In a world where so many companies are willing to cut corners, to do things the easy way in order to enhance the bottom line, it’s gratifying to know that there’s one company that obviously takes such pride in its finished product, one company that can always be counted on to design and produce a book that is, itself, as much a work of art as the illustrations on its pages.” ~ Stan Lee
  49. “I think superheroes are bigger than life and they’re very colorful.” ~ Stan Lee

  50. “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
  51. “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
  52. “I like Spider-Man because he’s become the most famous. He’s the one who’s most like me – nothing ever turns out 100 percent OK; he’s got a lot of problems, and he does things wrong, and I can relate to that.” ~ Stan Lee
  53. “If you’re going to write something, that’s going to be read by people, a lot of people, you hope it will not only entertain them but maybe do them some good in some way.” ~ Stan Lee
  54. “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
  55. “It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game.” ~ Stan Lee

  56. “Some people are able to not only entertain the public in any way that they can but also in some way to throw in some sort of inspirational message with the entertainment. I have always tried to do that with whatever I wrote. And I’m sure that a lot of other writers do, too.” ~ Stan Lee
  57. “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
  58. “I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I’d keep my job.” ~ Stan Lee
  59. “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
  60. “Nobody likes to be preached to.” ~ Stan Lee

  61. “Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before.” ~ Stan Lee
  62. “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
  63. “I always thought it was more interesting to think about Reed Richards. As you know, he had the ability to stretch, and sexually, that would seem to be a great asset in many areas.” ~ Stan Lee
  64. “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 lunch boxes and The Avengers sweatshirts everywhere. Money’s okay, but what I really like is working.” ~ Stan Lee
  65. “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.” ~ Stan Lee

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