100+ Most Famous Stan Lee Quotes for Marvel Comics Fans

Stan Lee Quotes

Are you seeking the finest Stan Lee Quotes? I’ve compiled several well-known Stan Lee quotes about Success, Life, Love, Writing, Spiderman, and Excelsior.

American comic book creator, editor, publisher, and producer Stan Lee worked in all of these capacities. He rose through the ranks of Timely Publications, a family-run business that would later become Marvel Comics. In addition to running Marvel Comics, Lee was a co-creator of a number of renowned comic book characters.

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I’ve been the luckiest man in the world because I’ve had friends, and to have the right friends is everything: people you can depend on, people who tell you the truth if you ask something.

Face front, true believers!

I have always included minority characters in my stories, often as heroes. We live in a diverse society—in fact, a diverse world, and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other.

If I’m half as good as everybody said I am, I’m far too good to be wasting time with ordinary people. But I seem to be spending my life with ordinary people, who are the best in the world.

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For years, kids have been asking me what the greatest superpower is. I always say luck. If you’re lucky, everything works. I’ve been lucky.

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.

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.

I don’t have inspiration. I only have ideas. Ideas and deadlines.

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he is worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

The only advice anybody can give is if you want to be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.

Coming from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe.

The world has always been a comic book world to me.

Stan Lee Quotes About Life

Stan Lee Quotes About Life

With great power comes great responsibility.

Duane just kept working, not even looking up.

Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.

Life is never complete without its challenges

It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game

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

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

I guess one person can make a difference.

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

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Nobody likes to be preached to.

It’s a good reminder to always stay humble and do what we love every day; success will always come.

You have to be appreciative.

When I was a kid, Disney was one of my gods. I just loved movies like ‘Snow White’ and ‘Pinocchio.

The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe.

You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.

Stan Lee Quotes about Writing

Stan Lee Quotes about Writing

For men must never feel a cause is hopeless–men must never feel an enemy cannot be beaten!

Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.

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

You know, I guess one person can make a difference.

The pleasure of reading a story and wondering what will come next for the hero is a pleasure that has lasted for centuries and, I think, will always be with us.

America is made of different races and different religions, but we’re all co-travelers on the spaceship Earth and must respect and help each other along the way.

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

Reading is very good.

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

Wolverine is one of the best characters ever created in fiction. I blew it by not coming up with the idea first.

Life is never completely without challenges.

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.

Howard the Duck…should have been good, but every mistake in the book was made with that movie, and it didn’t work. I didn’t want to buttbutt and now until we meet again, may the blessings of Asgard be showered upon you!

Stan Lee Quotes That Person Who Helps Others

Stan Lee Quotes That Person Who Helps Others

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

Luck’s a revolving door, you just need to know when it’s your time to walk through.

Nevermore shall men make slaves of others? Not in Asgard–not on Earth–not any place where the hammer of Thor can be swung–or where men of good faith hold freedom dear!

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

Being a geek has become a badge of honor.

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I think people have always loved things that are bigger than life, these imaginative things are a lot of work, but if you really have it in you, it’s not like work. It becomes fun.

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 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.

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.

We all wish we had superpowers. We all wish we could do more than we can do.

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

Stan Lee Quote about Doing What You Love

Stan Lee Quote about Doing What You Love

There must always be those with the fire of rebellion in their blood! There must always be those who will dare to fight an unbeatable enemy! Only thus can the race of man remain strong and fearless!

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.

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.

‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ may be alien concepts to him, Ben.

It’s got to come from inside of you.

Of what import are brief, nameless lives…to Galactus?

Fans are almost always nice. I really find that they rarely come on too strong.

I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed. Beyond the meaning (of a work of art), it is important to people. Without it, lives can be dull.

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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.

Wherever we find news, excitement, mystery, and adventure, there, too, we find the newspaper reporter. Always on the alert for something new, ready to risk his very life for a scoop and adventure in every corner of the globe.

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 more exciting.

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

Stan Lee Quotes Excelsior

Stan Lee Quotes Excelsior

I had a publisher who felt comics were just for little kiddies, so he never wanted me to use words of more than two syllables.

What did Doctor Doom want 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!

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?

If you want to be an artist, carry a 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.

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.

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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.

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

Superheroes in New York, give me a break!

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

The cliché I tried to avoid was I hated teenage sidekicks. I always figured if I were a superhero, there’s no way on God’s earth that I’m gonna pal around with some teenager. So my publisher insisted I have a teenager in the series because they always felt teenagers won’t read the books unless there’s a teenager in the story; which is nonsense.

I don’t analyze things too closely. I find the more you analyze, the more you get away from spontaneity.

Stan Lee Quotes Spiderman

Stan Lee Quotes Spiderman

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.

I like all the comics’ conventions: The smaller ones are easier, the bigger ones are exciting…Each one I say: Never again. But they’re all great…These things are important because they keep the fans’ interest alive in comics. They keep the fans reading and their imaginations stimulated.

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. (said Magneto in The Uncanny X-Men)

I have a reputation for doing superheroes, but I like all kinds of writing. In fact, hardly anybody knows this, but I’ve probably written as many humor stories as superhero stories.

The ‘problem’ is that Comic-Con is so damned successful. People who are there seem to have a wonderful time. The very size of it makes it exciting. Wherever you look, something exciting. The attendees are always looking around for a familiar face. It’s either ‘There’s a movie star!’ Or, ‘There’s a TV star!’ Or, ‘There’s the guy who drew the Green Lantern!’ It means so much to the fans. It makes them feel like they’re where it’s happening. It’s like Woodstock.

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

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.

No matter how good a story is, if you’re at a newsstand and you see a lot of comic books, you don’t know how good the story is unless you read it. But you can spot the artwork instantly, and you know whether you like the artwork, whether it grabs you or not.

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.

I always thought it was more interesting to think about Reed Richards. As you know, he could stretch, and sexually, that would seem to be a great asset in many areas.

I’ll probably be the next Donald Trump. Instead of saying, ‘You’re fired,’ I’ll have to come up with another line. Maybe, ‘Take off your costume!’ I’ll be the ultimate judge. It’s a great responsibility, and I take it very seriously. It’s a great weight on my shoulders and I just hope that I will be up to this test. Because the eyes of the world will be upon us.

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.

My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales. Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life: giants, witches, trolls, dinosaurs and dragons, and all sorts of imaginative things. Then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales, but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.

Stan Lee Quotes About Success

Stan Lee Quotes About Success

So I’m happiest when I’m working with artists and writers, and involved in stories, whether we’re talking about animation or movies or comics or television.

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

My biggest regret is that I don’t really have time to read.

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The thing to me that’s fun is trying to make the characters seem believable, or realistic. And it’s especially challenging when you’re doing fantasy stories when you’re doing superhero types of things.

You have to be appreciative.

I love Marvel and the people there. I’m glad I’m still part of it.

Every day is a new adventure.