100 Quotes About Story

The human mind is a truly powerful thing. Every day, the mind figures out the difference between what’s real and what’s not. It can even make us believe that things that aren’t true are. These quotes about stories will show you why it’s important to trust your brain over your emotions when it comes to certain situations.

I wore your promise on my finger for one year...
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I wore your promise on my finger for one year I'll wear your name on my heart til I die Because you were my boy, you were my only boy forever. Coco J. Ginger
When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to...
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When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead. Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I wondered if the person who really loves you is...
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I wondered if the person who really loves you is the person who knows all your stories, the person who WANTS to know all your stories. Gabrielle Zevin
Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more...
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Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Madeleine LEngle
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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. Gilda Radner
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Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit. Neil Gaiman
Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is...
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Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. Shannon L. Alder
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That’s how stories happen – with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. Haruki Murakami
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We're all made of stories. When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on. Not forever, perhaps, but for a time. It's a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it's true, but then so's everything. Charles De Lint
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Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently. Some people say there are true things to be found, some people say all kinds of things can be proved. I don't believe them. The only thing for certain is how complicated it all is, like string full of knots. It's all there but hard to find the beginning and impossible to fathom the end. The best you can do is admire the cat's cradle, and maybe knot it up a bit more. Jeanette Winterson
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story...
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
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Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. Terry Pratchett
What doesn't kill us makes us funnier.
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What doesn't kill us makes us funnier. Marian Keyes
By Aladdin's lamplit scrotum, man! Everything is a story. What...
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By Aladdin's lamplit scrotum, man! Everything is a story. What is there but stories? Stories are the only truth. Christopher Moore
A dwarf will always tell tall stories.
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A dwarf will always tell tall stories. Anthony T.Hincks
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If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. Virginia Woolf
That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the...
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That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth. Tim OBrien
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Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don't they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Albert Camus
What would happen if one woman told the truth about...
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What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Muriel Rukeyser
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Well, it seems to me that there are books that tell stories, and then there are books that tell truths.. The first kind, they show you life like you want it to be. With villains getting what they deserve and the hero seeing what a fool he's been and marrying the heroine and happy endings and all that.. But the second kind, they show you life more like it is.. The first kind makes you cheerful and contented, but the second kind shakes you up. Jennifer Donnelly
The stories people tell you about themselves seem to retain...
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The stories people tell you about themselves seem to retain the possibility of being false. But what you discover about them by yourself seems to be the truth. John Verdon
Within every elaborate lie, a kernel of truth.
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Within every elaborate lie, a kernel of truth. Marisha Pessl
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I don't like the word 'allegorical', I don't like the word 'symbolic' - the word I really like is 'mythic', and people always think that means 'full of lies', whereas of course what it really means is 'full of truth which cannot be told in any other way but a story'. William Golding
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When you hear a true story, there is a part of you that responds to it regardless of art, regardless of evidence. Let it be the most obvious fabrication and you will still believe whatever truth is in it, because you can not deny truth no matter how shabbily it is dressed. Orson Scott Card
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All stories have a curious and even dangerous power. They are manifestations of truth -- yours and mine. And truth is all at once the most wonderful yet terrifying thing in the world, which makes it nearly impossible to handle. It is such a great responsibility that it's best not to tell a story at all unless you know you can do it right. You must be very careful, or without knowing it you can change the world. Vera Nazarian
Trust the story ... the storyteller may dissemble and deceive,...
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Trust the story ... the storyteller may dissemble and deceive, the story can't: the story can only ever be itself. James Robertson
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The fact is that nothing is more difficult to believe than the truth; conversely, nothing seduces like the power of lies, the greater the better. It's only natural, and you will have to find the right balance. Having said that, let me add that this particular old woman hasn't been collecting only years; she has also collected stories, and none sadder or more terrible than the one she's about to tell you. You have been at the heart of this story without knowing it until today .. . Unknown
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I tell the story to you now, but in each telling the story itself changes a little, changes direction, and that in turn changes you and me. So be very careful not only in how you repeat it but in how you remember it, goslings. More often than you realize it, the world is shaped by two things -- stories told and the memories they leave behind. Vera Nazarian
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People wandered in for books and conversation. They brought their stories to her, some bound, and some known by heart. She recognized some of the stories as real, and some as fiction. But she honored them all, though she didn't buy every one. Louise Penny
Luz's manner of speaking made it clear that she had...
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Luz's manner of speaking made it clear that she had no idea what she might say next. It wasn't that she made things up, strictly speaking--only that facts were merely a point of departure for her. Unknown
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Stories are masks of God.That's a story, too, of course. I made it up, in collaborations with Joseph Campbell and Scheherazade, Jesus and the Buddha and the Brother's Grimm.Stories show us how to bear the unbearable, approach the unapproachable, conceive the inconceiveable. Stories provide meaning, texture, layers and layers of truth. Stories can also trivialize. Offered indelicately, taken too literally, stories become reductionist tools, rendering things neat and therefore false. Even as we must revere and cherish the masks we variously create, Campbell reminds us, we must not mistake the masks of God for God.So it seemes to me that one of the most vital things we can teach our children is how to be storytellers. How to tell stories that are rigorously, insistently, beautifully true. And how to believe them. Melanie Tem
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The Anatomy of Conflict:If there is no communication then there is no respect. If there is no respect then there is no caring. If there is no caring then there is no understanding. If there is no understanding then there is no compassion. If there is no compassion then there is no empathy. If there is no empathy then there is no forgiveness. If there is no forgiveness then there is no kindness. If there is no kindness then there is no honesty. If there is no honesty then there is no love. If there is no love then God doesn't reside there. If God doesn't reside there then there is no peace. If there is no peace then there is no happiness. If there is no happiness ----then there IS CONFLICT BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION!. Shannon L. Alder
The more I know about God, I am convinced He...
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The more I know about God, I am convinced He likes to read books and authors are His librarians. Every soul is a story waiting to be read. Shannon L. Alder
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I am a man, and men are animals who tell stories. This is a gift from God, who spoke our species into being, but left the end of our story untold. That mystery is troubling to us. How could it be otherwise? Without the final part, we think, how are we to make sense of all that went before: which is to say, our lives? So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born. Clive Barker
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Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Rachel Naomi Remen
My story is of such marvel that if it were...
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My story is of such marvel that if it were written with a needle on the corner of an eye, it would yet serve as a lesson to those who seek wisdom. Anonymous
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O Heavenly Children, the stories you have concocted in God's name have angered Him; for he would never instigate war between brothers, or encourage tribes to harbor resentment towards one another. He prefers the man who loves over the one who hates. And the man who spreads kindness, peace and knowledge, over the one who spreads lies, fear and terror – and misuses His name. Suzy Kassem
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My father used to tell me that stories offer the listener a chance to escape but, more importantly, he said, they provide people with a chance to maximize their minds. Suspend ordinary constraints, allow the imagination to be freed, and we are charged with the capability of heighetned thought. Learn to use your eyes as if they are your ears, he said, and you become connected with the ancient heritage of man, a dream world for the waking mind. Tahir Shah
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Stored personal memories along with handed down collective memories of stories, legends, and history allows us to collate our interactions with a physical and social world and develop a personal code of survival. In essence, we all become self-styled sages, creating our own book of wisdom based upon our studied observations and practical knowledge gleaned from living and learning. What we quickly discover is that no textbook exist how to conduct our life, because the world has yet to produce a perfect person — an ideal observer — whom is capable of handing down a concrete exemplar of epistemic virtues. We each draw upon the guiding knowledge, theories, and advice available for us in order to explore the paradoxes, ironies, inconsistencies, and the absurdities encountered while living in a supernatural world. We mold our personal collection of information into a practical practicum how to live and die. Each day we define and redefine who we are, determine how we will react today, and chart our quest into an uncertain future. Kilroy J. Oldster
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The telling and the hearing of a story is not a simple act. The one who tells must reach down into deeper layers of the self, reviving old feelings, reviewing the past. Whatever is retrieved is reworked into a new form, one that narrates events and gives the listener a path through these events that leads to some fragment of wisdom. The one who hears takes the story in, even to a place not visible or conscious to the mind, yet there. In this inner place a story from another life suffers a subtle change. As it enters the memory of the listener it is augmented by reflection, by other memories, and even the body hearing and responding in the moment of the telling. By such transmissions, consciousness is woven. . Susan Griffin
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I love words.  I crave descriptions that overwhelm my imagination with vivid detail.  I dwell on phrases that make my heart thrum.  I cherish expressions that pierce my emotions and force the tears to spill over.   In essence, I long for a writer's soul sealed in ink on the page. Richelle E. Goodrich
I am not here to compete in the war of...
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I am not here to compete in the war of words, I am here to nurture the future of stories. Jason J. Black
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When I met a truly beautiful girl, I would tell her that if she spent the night with me, I would write a novel or a story about her. This usually worked; and if her name was to be in the title of the story, it almost always worked. Then, later, when we'd passed a night of delicious love-making together, after she’d gone and I’d felt that feeling of happiness mixed with sorrow, I sometimes would write a book or story about her. Sometimes her character, her way about herself, her love-making, it sometimes marked me so heavily that I couldn't go on in life and be happy unless I wrote a book or a story about that woman, the happy and sad memory of that woman. That was the only way to keep her, and to say goodbye to her without her ever leaving. Roman Payne
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Maybe those stories did more harm than good by giving us false hope. All they did was reinforce our faith that the world was once made up almost entirely of magic or miracles. But where was that magic now, when we needed it? Aditi Khorana
When she smiles, the lines in her face become epic...
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When she smiles, the lines in her face become epic narratives that trace the stories of generations that no book can replace. Curtis Tyrone Jones
Stories exist to entertain and inspire us. They’re merely veils...
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Stories exist to entertain and inspire us. They’re merely veils of hope for when we see the ugliness of the world. Felix Alexander
She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you...
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She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death. Neil Gaiman
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Elinor had read countless stories in which the main characters fell sick at some point because they were so unhappy. She had always thought that a very romantic idea, but she’d dismissed it as a pure invention of the world of books. All those wilting heroes and heroines who suddenly gave up the ghost just because of unrequited love or longing for something they’d lost! Elinor had always enjoyed their sufferings–as a reader will. After all, that was what you wanted from books: great emotions you’d never felt yourself, pain you could leave behind by closing the book if it got too bad. Death and destruction felt deliciously real conjured up with the right words, and you could leave them behind between the pages as you pleased, at no cost or risk to yourself. Cornelia Funke
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Fairytales by nature only talk about the victors. The survivors. Nobody speaks about what happens to those who failed, except in the abstract: as cautionary tales to guide others onto the path to success. How many brave knights fell to the dragon before he was slayed by the noble prince? How many children burned to a crisp and eaten before the wicked witch received her due? These stories are lost, but the lesson behind them is not: it is not enough to be merely pure and good. . Nenia Campbell
All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows...
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All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows where to stop. She's realized the real problem with stories–if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death. Neil Gaiman
Every story is a story about death. But perhaps, if...
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Every story is a story about death. But perhaps, if we are lucky, our story about death is also a story about love. Helen Humphreys
Waitingin a life full of little storiesfor a death to...
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Waitingin a life full of little storiesfor a death to come Charles Bukowski
Best of stories are created at Airports, Dinner Tables and...
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Best of stories are created at Airports, Dinner Tables and Showers! Jasleen Kaur Gumber
Then you are a poet?' she asked, fingering the flyer...
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Then you are a poet?' she asked, fingering the flyer in her pocket.' No not at all, ' he waved his hand. 'I am merely a character in a poem. Karen Tei Yamashita
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No one could say the stories were uselessfor as the tongue clackedfive or forty fingers stitchedcorn was grated from the huskpathwork was piecedor the darning was done...(from 'The Storyteller Poems') Liz Lochhead
The one who pulls the puppet strings knows fairytales can...
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The one who pulls the puppet strings knows fairytales can heal. Sally Odgers
There is a master way with words which is not...
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There is a master way with words which is not learned but is instead developed: a deaf man develops exceptional vision, a blind man exceptional hearing, a silent man, when given a piece of paper... Criss Jami
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Of course you don't believe in fairies. You're fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn't a fairy. He was a librarian. All right? Neil Gaiman
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God is going to send you someone that will rescue you. Then one day you will rescue them in return and together your story will rescue others. He has always been a God of rescues and a maker of warriors for his grace. You only need to believe that you are part of something greater than you know. Shannon L. Alder
Disbelief in GOD is like living in the city and...
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Disbelief in GOD is like living in the city and denying the people who have been to the country and tell you about it. Chuck Bridges
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we...
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After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Philip Pullman
Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but...
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Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke. Joss Whedon
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We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write. Neil Gaiman
A good story is always more dazzling than a broken...
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A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth. Diane Setterfield
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A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you. Alice Munro
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I write to find strength. I write to become the person that hides inside me. I write to light the way through the darkness for others. I write to be seen and heard. I write to be near those I love. I write by accident, promptings, purposefully and anywhere there is paper. I write because my heart speaks a different language that someone needs to hear. I write past the embarrassment of exposure. I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers, rather it needs questions to heal. I write myself out of nightmares. I write because I am nostalgic, romantic and demand happy endings. I write to remember. I write knowing conversations don’t always take place. I write because speaking can’t be reread. I write to sooth a mind that races. I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in the sand. I write because my emotions belong to the moon; high tide, low tide. I write knowing I will fall on my words, but no one will say it was for very long. I write because I want to paint the world the way I see love should be. I write to provide a legacy. I write to make sense out of senselessness. I write knowing I will be killed by my own words, stabbed by critics, crucified by both misunderstanding and understanding. I write for the haters, the lovers, the lonely, the brokenhearted and the dreamers. I write because one day someone will tell me that my emotions were not a waste of time. I write because God loves stories. I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on. Shannon L. Alder
I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.
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I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell. Octavia E. Butler
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All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, 'Sir, write me, I am beautiful. Umberto Eco
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But then, that’s the beauty of writing stories–each one is an exploratory journey in search of a reason and a shape. And when you find that reason and that shape, there’s no feeling like it.", 3:AM Magazine, June 2003] T.C. Boyle
In a sense who you are has always been a...
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In a sense who you are has always been a story that you told to yourself. Now your self is a story that you tell to others. Geoff Ryman
Everyone has a story inside them. Some are bedtimes stories,...
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Everyone has a story inside them. Some are bedtimes stories, some thrill and others scare and horrify their readers. Find out what your story is and share it with the world. C.K. Webb
Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the...
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Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villian in every one of her books. Shannon L. Alder
Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in.
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Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in. A.D. Posey
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We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn't mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It's a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are to hear these stories, and how happy it makes us to repeat them. Donald Miller
...stories want to be told. Stories have a power of...
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...stories want to be told. Stories have a power of their own ... you can't write a story until you've felt it. Breathed it in. Walked with your characters. Talked with them. Angelica Banks
I don't write stories, I write characters.
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I don't write stories, I write characters. Bhavya Kaushik
Stories do not change, only the lives they live in...
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Stories do not change, only the lives they live in do. Cameron Conaway
Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have...
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Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you are certain you are on the verge of insanity...edit one more time! C.K. Webb
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The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising… and it’s magic and wonderful and strange. Neil Gaiman
... a writer concocts a different story for every reader.
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... a writer concocts a different story for every reader. Mike Bryan
People ask me all the time,
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People ask me all the time, "Where do your ideas come from?" So, to clear up this question... I keep my ideas inside the mind of a tiny man who is tied up in my closet! C.K. Webb
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In our modern world, this elemental quality of storytelling is denied. We live today in a world in which everything has its place and function and nothing is left out of place. Storytelling is thus at a discount and like everything else in a world ruled by the laws of exchange value, literature is required to submit itself to the requirements of the market and must learn, like any other commodity, to adapt and serve needs that lie outside of itself and its concrete value. It is forced to stand not for itself but for an ideological cause of one sort or another, whether it be political, social or literary. It cannot exist for itself: like everything else it has to be justified. And for this very reason the power of storytelling is automatically devalued. Literature is reduced to the status of complimentary utilitarian functions: as a pastime to provide distraction and entertainment, or as a heightened activity that would claim to explore 'great truths' about the human condition. . Michael Richardson
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So here is why I write what I do: We all have futures. We all have pasts. We all have stories. And we all, every single one of us, no matter who we are and no matter what’s been taken from us or what poison we’ve internalized or how hard we’ve had to work to expel it —— we all get to dream. N.K. Jemisin
Always choose love over fear.
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Always choose love over fear. A.D. Posey
We are the thoughts we choose to keep.
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We are the thoughts we choose to keep. A.D. Posey
Sooner or later every writer evolves his own definition of...
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Sooner or later every writer evolves his own definition of a story. Mine is: A reflection of life plus beginning and end (life seems not to have either) and a meaning. Mary OHara
Every game is winnable if you change your mind about...
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Every game is winnable if you change your mind about what the prize should be and your perspective about the players at the table. Shannon L. Alder
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Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self. Sharon Salzberg
Given that I don’t know anything, when I am making...
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Given that I don’t know anything, when I am making up stories about the future, why not make it a good story instead of a scary one? Sharon Weil
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Humans are a story telling species. Throughout history we have told stories to each other and ourselves as one of the ways to understand the world around us. Every culture has its creation myth for how the universe came to be, but the stories do not stop at the big picture view; other stories discuss every aspect of the world around us. We humans are chatterboxes and we just can't resist telling a story about just about everything. However compelling and entertaining these stories may be, they fall short of being explanations because in the end all they are is stories. For every story you can tell a different variation, or a different ending, without giving reason to choose between them. If you are skeptical or try to test the veracity of these stories you'll typically find most such stories wanting. One approach to this is forbid skeptical inquiry, branding it as heresy. This meme is so compelling that it was independently developed by cultures around the globes; it is the origin of religion–a set of stories about the world that must be accepted on faith, and never questioned. Nathan Myhrvold
The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and...
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The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book.", 3 October 1892) A.E. Housman
It is important to know the stories and histories of...
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It is important to know the stories and histories of things, even if all we know is that we don't know. Ali Smith
...I like stories very much, ” the priest said. “They...
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...I like stories very much, ” the priest said. “They help me understand myself better. Simon Van Booy
Facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom.
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Facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom. Rachel Naomi Remen
It is usually unbearably painful to read a book by...
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It is usually unbearably painful to read a book by an author who knows way less than you do, unless the book is a novel. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
So the stories aren't just stories, is what you're saying....
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So the stories aren't just stories, is what you're saying. They're really secret knowledge disguised as stories."" One could say that of all stories, younger brother. G. Willow Wilson
The gift of knowledge is empowering, but the gift of...
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The gift of knowledge is empowering, but the gift of wisdom is life-changing. A.D. Posey
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One word absent from a sentence, or misinterpreted incorrectly, can change the entire meaning of a sentence. One word can change the meaning of everything. Before you believe anything about God or anybody, ask yourself how well do you trust the transmitter, translator or interpreter. And if you have never met them, then how do you know if the knowledge you acquired is even right? One hundred and twenty-five years following every major event in history, all remaining witnesses will have died. How well do you trust the man who has stored his version of a story? And how can you put that much faith into someone you don't know? . Suzy Kassem
Never take tiny dreams for granted. They contain giant success...
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Never take tiny dreams for granted. They contain giant success stories. Israelmore Ayivor
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A Swedish minister having assembled the chiefs of the Susquehanna Indians, made a sermon to them, acquainting them with the principal historical facts on which our religion is founded – such as the fall of our first parents by eating an apple, the coming of Christ to repair the mischief, his miracles and suffering, etc. When he had finished an Indian orator stood up to thank him.‘ What you have told us, ’ says he, ‘is all very good. It is indeed bad to eat apples. It is better to make them all into cider. We are much obliged by your kindness in coming so far to tell us those things which you have heard from your mothers. In return, I will tell you some of those we have heard from ours.‘ In the beginning, our fathers had only the flesh of animals to subsist on, and if their hunting was unsuccessful they were starving. Two of our young hunters, having killed a deer, made a fire in the woods to boil some parts of it. When they were about to satisfy their hunger, they beheld a beautiful young woman descend from the clouds and seat herself on that hill which you see yonder among the Blue Mountains.‘They said to each other, “It is a spirit that perhaps has smelt our broiling venison and wishes to eat of it; let us offer some to her.” They presented her with the tongue; she was pleased with the taste of it and said: “Your kindness shall be rewarded; come to this place after thirteen moons, and you will find something that will be of great benefit in nourishing you and your children to the latest generations.” They did so, and to their surprise found plants they had never seen before, but which from that ancient time have been constantly cultivated among us to our great advantage. Where her right hand had touched the ground they found maize; where her left had touched it they found kidney-beans; and where her backside had sat on it they found tobacco.’ The good missionary, disgusted with this idle tale, said: ‘What I delivered to you were sacred truths; but what you tell me is mere fable, fiction, and falsehood.’ The Indian, offended, replied: ‘My brother, it seems your friends have not done you justice in your education; they have not well instructed you in the rules of common civility. You saw that we, who understand and practise those rules, believed all your stories; why do you refuse to believe ours?. Benjamin Franklin