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Storytelling Quotes

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

Philip Pullman


Every great love starts with a great story...

Nicholas Sparks , The Notebook


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 that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.

Erin Morgenstern , The Night Circus


The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.

Brandon Sanderson


The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.

Henry Green


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.

Stephen King


Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.

Alan Moore


No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.

Charles Dodgson , Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...

Stephen King


Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it."
[
Thoughts from Places: The Tour
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John Green


funny how a beautiful song could tell such a sad story

Sarah Dessen The Truth About Forever , Lock and Key


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Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.

Willa Cather


All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.

Leo Tolstoy


There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.

Lessing , Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949


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You can fix anything but a blank page.

Nora Roberts


When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.

Mary Higgins Clark


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We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

Joan Didion , The White Album


Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.

Sue Monk Kido , The Secret Life of Bees


Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

Lisa See , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan


A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

Graham Greene The Heart of the Matter , The End of the Affair


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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

Rudyard Kipling , The Collected Works


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

Tahir Shah


There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence.

Flannery O'Connor , Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose


There either is or is not, that’s the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it’s red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.
— Great Expectations (1998) directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Mitch Glazer


Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.

Умберто Эко , Postille a Il nome della rosa


The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.

Stephen King , On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


To hell with facts! We need stories!

Ken Kesey Brian David Johnson


This is our story to tell. You’d think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven’t. I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the story telling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever.

Jandy Nelson


I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.

Ernest Hemingway


[I]t is the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine
that sets the wisest man to sing
at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the
man to dancing... it even
tempts him to blurt out stories
better never told.

Homer


My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don't expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie.

Diane Setterfield , The Thirteenth Tale


...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.

Rabih Alameddine , The Hakawati


I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.

Stephen King , On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


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Look. (Grown-ups skip this paragraph) I'm not about to tell you this book has a tragic ending. I already said in the very first line how it was my favorite in all the world. But there's a lot of bad stuff coming.

William Goldman , The Princess Bride


I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us.

Chris Cleave , The Other Hand


Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.

Michael Shermer


I will tell you something about stories . . . They aren't just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.

Leslie Marmon Silko , Ceremony


Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.

Eudora Welty , One Writer's Beginnings


But I'm going to try to tell the truth. Except for the parts I'm leav­ing out, because there's still stuff I'm just not going to tell you. Get used to it.

Robin McKinley , Dragonhaven


I think it's a shame that something as creative and vital to the nature of the human species as story-telling is largely controlled by the soulless cretins known as publishers.

Piers Anthony


A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders.

John Steinbeck


Whenever I'm asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you're being told.

David Levithan John Green , An Abundance of Katherines


Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

William Shakespeare , The Tempest


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A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.

Juster Norton , The Phantom Tollbooth


Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolysm [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.

Ernest Hemingway


Tell the story that's been growing in your heart, the characters you can't keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning.

Jennifer Weiner


People take on the shapes of the songs and the stories that surround them, especially if they don't have their own song.

Neil Gaiman , Anansi Boys


I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.

Wilkie Collings , The Woman in White


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It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.

C.S. Lewis


There is no greater power on this earth than story.

Libba Bray