Quotes About Story Telling

Quotes tagged as "story-telling" (showing 1-30 of 47)
Mae West
“You are never too old to become younger!”
Mae West

Rick Riordan
“While Leo fussed over his helm controls, Hazel and Frank relayed the story of the fish-centaurs and their training camp.
'Incredible,' Jason said. 'These are really good brownies.'
'That's your only comment?' Piper demanded.
He looked surprised. 'What? I heard the story. Fish-centaurs. Merpeople. Letter of intro to the Tiber River god. Got it. But these brownies--'
'I know,' Frank said, his mouth full. 'Try them with Ester's peach preserves.'
'That,' Hazel said, 'is incredibly disgusting.'
'Pass me the jar, man,' Jason said.
Hazel and Piper exchanged a look of total exasperation. Boys.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Umberto Eco
“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.”
Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

Vera Nazarian
“The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.”
Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Vera Nazarian
“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, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“In this tradition a story is 'holy,' and it is used as medicine," she told Radiance magazine. "The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Shannon Hale
“Her eyes were distant, and she seemed to be listening to that voice that first told her the story, a mother, sister, or aunt. Then her voice, like her singing, cut through the crickets and crackling fire.”
Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl

April Genevieve Tucholke
“Revenge. Justice. Love. They are the three stories that all other stories are made up of. It's the trifecta.”
April Genevieve Tucholke, Wink Poppy Midnight

Vera Nazarian
“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, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Patti   Davis
“Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night-every storyteller knows she or he is also a teacher..”
Patti Davis

Gyula Illyés
“The life of the hero of the tale is, at the outset, overshadowed by bitter and hopeless struggles; one doubts that the little swineherd will ever be able to vanquish the awful Dragon with the twelve heads. And yet, ...truth and courage prevail and the youngest and most neglected son of the family, of the nation, of mankind, chops off all twelve heads of the Dragon, to the delight of our anxious hearts. This exultant victory, towards which the hero of the tale always strives, is the hope and trust of the peasantry and of all oppressed peoples. This hope helps them bear the burden of their destiny.”
Gyula Illyés, Once Upon a Time: Forty Hungarian Folk-Tales

Gyula Illyés
“There is a folk-tale about a shoemaker and his wife who were so poor that they had to send their many children out into the world to make a living. The lads went through many a perilous adventure but came home in the end, unscathed, to help their mother. They had always remembered their mother's advice and wise words; they often quoted them when they were in trouble, and in fact they recognized one another by them in foreign lands.
The countless peoples of the world may be looked upon as so many children sent out into the world. They have gone through many adventures and hardships. They have drifted apart and fallen out with one another, on many occasions. They have failed to realize soon enough that they are brothers.
But now it seems that they are beginning to realize this -- at least to the extent that they are able to get acquainted with each other's fundamental natures -- through their stories and songs.”
Gyula Illyés, Once Upon a Time: Forty Hungarian Folk-Tales

Gyula Illyés
“These tales, without exception, express the truth that justice triumphs in the end. They all contain the idea that it is worth while to fight for the truth, in any situation.
In this fight man is assisted by more powerful beings than ordinary mortals. And the triumph of justice is the only sense and consolation in this world. Indeed, the world itself started out with this hope. The human race received it long, long ago as a cradle-song.”
Gyula Illyés, Once Upon a Time: Forty Hungarian Folk-Tales

Vera Nazarian
“Every story needs to be worth telling.”
Vera Nazarian

Mark Twain
“Ich würde von jedermann, ob hoch oder niedrig, verlangen, dass er mir einfach und geradezu mit dem kommt, was er mir erzählen will, oder aber seine Geschichte zusammenrollt und sich darauf setzt und Ruhe gibt. Übertretungen dieses Gesetzes müssten mit dem Tode bestraft werden.”
Mark Twain

Alister E. McGrath
“Christianity tells a big story. It allows us to see our own story in a new way.”
Alister E. McGrath, If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life

John Zelazny
“Someone once told me people write down stories because they would like to forget, and those who read are those who would like to remember. Maybe I’m not ready to forget, and maybe you’re not ready to remember. This is what I recall; I’m sorry if it is a little spotty. I suppose it is what I have the strength to forget…”
John Zelazny, The Sorrows of Young Mike

Rob  Wood
“It’s not the story-line that makes for good reading…but the storyteller. I believe Mark Twain could have filled out a credit application and made it a page turner. RW”
Rob Wood

“An author is a trigger to our own imaginations. We either go along for the ride, or we flinch and look the other way. Don't look the other way. Embrace the story, embrace the characters, embrace everything the author wants you to explore, because the written word is something for you to treasure in your own way.”
Corey Dale-Gardener

Jeanette Winterson
“Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently”
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

“A myth, in its original Greek meaning- muthos- is simply that: a story, one which seeks to render life transparent to an intelligible source.”
Jules Cashford

“Too many film schools, as well as any number of screenwriting gurus and an obscene number of how-to-write tomes, have made a business of catering to fledgling screenwriters and filmmakers by exploiting their belief that the only thing standing between them and an Oscar is the right kind of knowledge. If only one knew enough, one could easily become rich and famous. Unfortunately, almost all are susceptible to that eternal malady – “that last great infirmity of the soul” – which is FAME. And whilst I don’t deny the value of technical knowledge, such knowledge matters very little if the story one is trying to tell doesn’t matter, either because it’s incoherent or simply because it fails to make us care.”
Billy Marshall Stoneking

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The first story to read is the Biblical stories.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is a great Book. We are writing the history of our time.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Some people believe in telling stories. Some believe in doing things about which stories will be told in times to come.”
Sharad Vivek Sagar

“Whatever the story means in the story which I told you, the fact of thinking in terms of stories does not isolate human beings as something separate from the starfish and the sea anemones, the coconut palms and the primroses. Rather, if the world be connected, if I am at all fundamentally right in what I am saying, then thinking in terms of stories must be shared by all mind or minds, whether ours or those of red wood forests and sea anemones...

-Vít Pokorný”
Cameron Adams, Breaking Convention: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness

“Narrative understanding is a large part of the ability to connect with, understand, and have compassion for all of us engaged in learning more about being human.”
Leah C. Fowler

“If the people could be awakened to their senses by mere preaching or writing, then probably no person would be smoking upon seeing the statutory warning on cigarette packets.”
Anuj Somany

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