26 Of The Best Stan Lee Quotes To Inspire You

By Dan Anderson ● November 20, 2018

Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee recently passed away at the age of 95 at a hospital in Los Angeles. Lee was widely credited with driving the growth of the comic book market around the world. Lee had joined Marvel Comics as an assistant when he as a teenager and was associated with the brand until the time of his passing.

While Lee was working at Marvel in the early days, his boss asked him to create a line of superheroes to compete against DC Comics. Along with artist Jack Kirby, they created the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and X-Men. And then he created Daredevil with Bill Everett and Doctor Strange and Spider-Man with Steve Ditko.

What Lee did that was unique was create superheroes that often struggled with tempers, vanity, and sadness. This made the story arcs much more interesting and this style may have saved the comic book and the superhero concept. Lee also made a number of cameos in Marvel films before passing away.


Stan Lee / Photo: Marvel Comics

Here are some of the best Stan Lee quotes that you may find to be inspirational:

1.) “All of our characters were freaks in their own way. The greatest example was with X-Men — they were hated because they were different. The idea I had, the underlying theme, was that just because somebody is different doesn’t make them better… That seems to be the worst thing in human nature.” (Source: The Washington Post)

2.) “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.”

3.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

4.) “Being a ‘geek’ has become a badge of honor. It’s geeks who really make or break a TV show or movie or video game. They’re the ones who are passionate about these things and who collect [the paraphernalia] and talk about them. A geek is really somebody interested in communication and entertainment and finding the best way to avail himself or herself to it.” (Source: The Washington Post)

5.) “Everybody has Doctor Doom misunderstood. Everybody thinks he’s a criminal, but all he wants is to rule the world. Now, if you really think about it objectively, you could walk up to a policeman, and you could say, ‘Excuse me, officer, I want to tell you something: I want to rule the world.’ He can’t arrest you; it’s not a crime to want to rule the world. So… it’s unfair that he’s considered a villain because he just wants to rule the world. Then maybe he could do a better job of it. So I’m very interested in Doctor Doom, and I’d like to clear his name.” (Source: Cat Country 98.1)

6.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

7.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

8.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

9.) “I don’t know where the hell I’ll be in five 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.” (Source: IGN.com)

10.) “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?” (Source: Unknown)

11.) “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.” (Source: The Washington Post)

12.) “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.” (Source: Comicbook.com)

13.) “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.” (Source: USA Today)

14.) “In the beginning, Marvel created the Bullpen and the Style. And the Bullpen was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the Artists. And the Spirit of Marvel said, Let there be The Fantastic Four. And there was The Fantastic Four. And Marvel saw The Fantastic Four. And it was good.” (Source: Unknown)

15.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

16.) “Life is never complete without its challenges.” (Source: Playboy)

17.) “Luck’s a revolving door, you just need to know when it’s your time to walk through.” (Source: Unknown)

18.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

19.) “The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.” – (Source: IGN.com)

20.) “Nuff said!” (Source: Unknown)

21.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

22.) “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.” (Source: TheArtsDesk.com)

23.) “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?'” (Source: Unknown)

24.) “The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.” (Source: Unknown)

25.) “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.” (Source: Unknown)

26.) “You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” (Source: Playboy)

And here is an interview of Conan O’Brien interviewing Stan Lee in 1995:

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