Stan Lee’s Most Inspirational Quotes
"Keep moving forward, and if it's time to go, it's time. Nothing lasts forever."
Sadly, Stan Lee – known as the mastermind behind most Marvel Comics – died on Monday at age 95. After years of battling several illnesses, the creator of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU left his fans in grief.
The comic book writer leaves behind a career that spans over five decades and hundreds of superheroes. In 1961, Lee and Jack Kirby started Marvel Comics with The Fantastic Four, and he co-created other iconic fictional characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Black Panther and the X-Men.
Using his creative skills, Lee was able to create a whole new universe; one which was delicately woven by intricately-developed stories and emotionally relatable characters. He’s the one who brought most of our present-day superhero idols to life. From Spider-Man to The X-Men, he gave us a lot to look up to.
Besides, over the years, the old man also inspired people in interviews. Let’s take a walk down memory lane as we remember some of the greatest words Stan Lee ever uttered:
Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.
There is only one who is all powerful, and his greatest weapon is love. (From Silver Surfer)
To have an idea is the easiest thing in the world. Everybody has ideas. But you have to take that idea and make it into something people will respond to — that’s hard.
The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.
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.
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. When you’re seeing how happy the fans are — as they [see up-close] the people who tell the stories, who illustrated them, the TV personalities — I realize: It’s a great thing to entertain people.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t analyze things too closely. I find the more you analyze, the more you get away from spontaneity. I have only one rule: I just want to write a story that would interest me — that’s the only criterion I have. Am I eager to see how it ends? If these characters really existed, would I want to see what happens to them? … If I like something, there are bound to be millions of people who like it, too. And if they don’t, shame on them.
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?
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.
Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them — even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.
With great power comes great responsibility. (From Spider-Man)
The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe.
Luck’s a revolving door, you just need to know when it’s your time to walk through.
Finally, needless to say: