Stories Quotes


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

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.

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

Books    Needs    Stories    Storytelling    Writing

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Honesty    Lies    Stories    Truth

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a
story
.

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.

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.

M Is for Magic

Neil Gaiman

M Is for Magic
Haunting    Life    Mind    Stories    Youth

But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.

For One More Day

Mitch Albom For One More Day

For One More Day

Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall
Book    Books    Fiction    Read    Reading    Stories    Story

There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.

Books    Reading    Stories    Story

There are books full of great writing that don't have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story... don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers who won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Perhaps some day I'll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
Future    Gifts    Magic    Past    Possibilities    Stories    Talents

We're all stories, in the end.

Books are always obviously having conversations with other books, and some times they're amiable and sometimes not.

The City & the City

China Miéville

The City & the City
Books    Ideas    Stories


Stories are important,
the monster said.
They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.

A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.

Stranger Than Fiction

Chuck Palahniuk

Stranger Than Fiction


Stories are the wildest things of all,
the monster rumbled.
Stories chase and bite and hunt.

Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.

Dark    Humour    Joke    Perspective    Stories    Writing

Word spread because word will spread. Stories and secrets fight, stories win, shed new secrets, which new stories fight, and on.

Stories have changed, my dear boy, the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

Stories don't always have happy endings."
This stopped him. Because they didn't, did they? That's one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect.

Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds' eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they've been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.

Achievements    Charity    Commencement speech    Death    Death and dying    Dying    Epitaph    Eulogy    Funerals    Goals    Gravestone    Hearts    Kindness    Legacy    Life    Life lessons    Life missions    Life purpose    Purpose    Speeches    Stories    Story    Tombstones    Tribute

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.

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.

Dark    Darkness    Light    Stories    Story

My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind.

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.

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.

Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.

We owe it to each other to tell stories.

A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale
Books    Fiction    On fiction    Stories    Writing

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.

Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.

Misery

Stephen King

Misery
Art    Hurts    Memory    Misery    Novels    Persistence    Remember    Requirements    Scars    Stephen king    Stories    Talent    Writers

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.
All of them?
Sure, he says. Think about it. There's escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.

There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.

West with the Night

Beryl Markham

West with the Night
Adventure    Africa    Pilot    Stories    Women

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.

La Chute

Albert Camus

La Chute
Liars    Stories    Truth

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around.

Witches Abroad

Terry Pratchett

Witches Abroad

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.

Honesty    Lies    Stories    Truth    Women

Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.

The Ice Queen

Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen

It's impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because of what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.

When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.

Ain't She Sweet?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ain't She Sweet?
Author    Authors    Books    Heroine    Love    Stories    Writers

Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.

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.

Selected Stories

Alice Munro

Selected Stories

There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

A Hat Full of Sky

Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

Books    Reader    Reading    Stories    Story

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