Narration Quotes

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“The rules say that to tell a story you need first of all a measuring stick, a calendar, you have to calculate how much time has passed between you and the facts, the emotions to be narrated.”
Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment

Roman Payne
“I ran across an excerpt today (in English translation) of some dialogue/narration from the modern popular writer, Paulo Coelho in his book: Aleph.(Note: bracketed text is mine.)... 'I spoke to three scholars,' [the character says 'at last.'] ...two of them said that, after death, the [sic (misprint, fault of the publisher)] just go to Paradise. The third one, though, told me to consult some verses from the Koran. [end quote]' ...I can see that he's excited. [narrator]' ...Now I have many positive things to say about Coelho: He is respectable, inspiring as a man, a truth-seeker, and an appealing writer; but one should hesitate to call him a 'literary' writer based on this quote. A 'literary' author knows that a character's excitement should be 'shown' in his or her dialogue and not in the narrator's commentary on it. Advice for Coelho: Remove the 'I can see that he's excited' sentence and show his excitement in the phrasing of his quote.(Now, in defense of Coelho, I am firmly of the opinion, having myself written plenty of prose that is flawed, that a novelist should be forgiven for slipping here and there.)Lastly, it appears that a belief in reincarnation is of great interest to Mr. Coelho ... Just think! He is a man who has achieved, (as Leonard Cohen would call it), 'a remote human possibility.' He has won lots of fame and tons of money. And yet, how his preoccupation with reincarnation—none other than an interest in being born again as somebody else—suggests that he is not happy!”
Roman Payne

Gertrude Stein
“I think one is naturally impressed by anything having a beginning a middle and an ending when one is beginning writing and that it is a natural thing because when one is emerging from adolescence, which is really when one first begins writing one feels that one would not have been one emerging from adolescence if there had not been a beginning and a middle and an ending to anything.”
Gertrude Stein, Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein

Emily Brontë
“Gimmerton chapel bells were still ringing and the full, mellow flow of the beck in the valley came soothingly on the ear. It was a sweet substitute for the yet absent murmur of the summer foliage, which drowned that music about the Grange when the trees were in leaf.”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Gertrude Stein
“I love my love with a b because she is peculiar.”
Gertrude Stein, Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein

إبراهيم أصلان
“السرد وسيلة معرفة لأن السرد هو ما يمنح الأشياء شكلا”
إبراهيم أصلان, انطباعات صغيرة حول حادث كبير

Gertrude Stein
“It is the human habit to think in centuries from a grandparent to a grandchild because it just does take about a hundred years for things to cease to have the same meaning as they did before,”
Gertrude Stein, Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein

Shannon Hale
“If I so do my best, may this story be recorded and printed and zipped and zapped into hands and eyes and ears and minds and hearts everywhere, and may it no longer be my story but belong to each reader who drinks it in, to make them bigger or smaller as needed; to fill in those tiny holes and smooth over the rough places; to make them sigh and laugh and dream and wonder; to pass a lonely afternoon or enliven a dull evening; to in every regard do just what a story is supposed to do, which is become whatever each reader needs most at that moment.”
Shannon Hale, A Wonderlandiful World

J.D. Salinger
“This is the squalid, or moving, part of the story, and the scene changes. The people change, too. I'm still around, but from here on in, for reasons I'm not at liberty to disclose, I've disguised myself so cunningly that even the cleverest reader will fail to recognize me.”
J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

John Burdett
“Lumpini Park at night: love at its cheapest, but the incidence of HIV is said to be over 60 per cent. In the darkness: furtive movement on benches and on the grass, muted moans and whispers, rustlings of large animals in heat, the intensity of the atomic fusion of sec and death (highly addictive, they say).”
John Burdett, Bangkok Tattoo

Thomas Hardy
“...a true narrative like time and tide must run its course and would respect no man.”
Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

“Oral teaching was to a great extent ruled out; a large number of books on many subjects were set for reading in morning school-hours; so much work was set that there was only time for a single reading; all reading was tested by a narration of the whole or a given passage, whether orally or in writing. Children working on these lines know months after that which they have read and are remarkable for their power of concentration (attention); they have little trouble with spelling or composition and become well-informed, intelligent persons.”
Charlotte Mason, Towards A Philosophy of Education

“It’s a fairly simple rhetorical trick, the comic laundry list of the traveler’s experiences, but it also calls attention to the writer’s powers of observation and establishes that the writer’s voice, rather than the subject matter, will be the star of the show. But it brings with it the risk of seducing the reader into loving the narrator and loathing the people described. Wallace called this 'the Asshole Problem.”
Christian Lorentzen

Sylvie Bérard
“L’écriture est un moyen de saisir l’instant. Pas comme dans l’expression carpe diem, parce que l’écriture en simultané, tout comme la prise frénétique de photos, masque le réel au moment où il se produit, empêche de vivre le voyage. L’écriture n’est pas une photo qui figerait à jamais une seconde d’intense singularité – quitte à la provoquer, comme le font parfois les photographes. Elle est un cliché à postériori, qui essaie d’embrasser tout le souvenir de l’instant. Dans le petit ou grand écart entre le temps racontant et le temps raconté se situe tout le jeu et tout l’enjeu des récits – ceux du réel ou ceux de la fiction. La poésie, elle qui ne nécessite pas la narration, permet de condenser les temps en une seule énonciation qui les contient tous.”
Sylvie Bérard, Oubliez

Assegid Habtewold
“You should author the narration of your life and organization. If you don't, someone will, and you may not like it.”
Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For continued success in leadership

“A director's dream? No, Bollywood reality in 1995.Business is booming, but cliché's are passée. A different sort of breeze-fresh, young-is unsettling fatigued conventions.”
Anupama Chopra

“This land has brought forth numerous children, favouring both the bad and the good ones. It is not the land that is responsible for the people’s hardships, it is the people themselves. Pg.8”
Obehi Peter Ewanfoh, AMENDE: The Stream Water

“Dry your tears, woman, the boy will be found. Nobody can do him anything…” Gradually, the tears began to dry from Etusi’s eyes, thanks to Okokpujie’s words, a mighty force that swung the entire village to action. Pg.38”
Obehi Peter Ewanfoh, AMENDE: The Stream Water

Thomas Mann
“Peut-on raconter le temps en lui-même, comme tel et en soi ? Non, en vérité, ce serait une folle entreprise. Un récit, où il serait dit : "Le temps passait, il s'écoulait, le temps suivait son cours" et ainsi de suite, jamais un homme sain d'esprit ne le tiendrait pour une narration. Ce serait à peu près comme si l'on avait l'idée stupide de tenir pendant une heure une seule et même note, ou un seul accord, et si l'on voulait faire passer cela pour de la musique. Car la narration ressemble à la musique en ce qu'elle "accomplit" le temps, qu'elle "l'emplit convenablement", qu'elle le "divise", qu'elle fait en sorte qu'"il s'y passe quelque chose" [...].”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Iris Murdoch
“It is necessary at this point to recount what actually occurred, as opposed to what was generally supposed to have occurred, on that terrible evening when Lucas killed a man.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“What was to change many lives happened, and happened very fast in the next moments.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“If at that moment Clement had caught sight of the dog and had managed to capture him, the fates of a number of people in this story would have been entirely different. Such is the vast play of chance in human lives.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Jorge Luis Borges
“But I will relate what happened with absolute honesty; that, perhaps, will help me understand it. After all, when one confesses to an act, one ceases to be an actor in it and becomes its witness, becomes a person that observes and narrates it and no longer the person that performed it.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Brodie's Report

“The language that we employ in internal and written communications with oneself contains complex thoughts. My written self-speech employs language that is more sophisticated than my rather crude internal dialogue employs. Language allows us to capture thoughts. The cerebral act of writing also unleashes additional thoughts as we link progressive sentences together in a thoughtful and logically sequential manner. The ability of written dialogues to marshal sophisticated language and impose organization over the composed thoughts in logical sentences and paragraphs acts to enhance our cognitive thought processes.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Tony Del Degan
“The pride the duchess had felt seemed to leave her and become absorbed through the king’s eyes, where he picked it apart.”
Tony Del Degan, The Plight of Steel

Tony Del Degan
“There were hundreds of them, all dressed like silver dragons, all with long, streaming capes that looked like great wings, flapping and twirling as they fought.”
Tony Del Degan, The Plight of Steel

Margaret Atwood
“I say "her", because I don't recall having been present, not in any meaningful sense of the word. I and the girl in the picture have ceased to be the same person. I am her outcome, the result of the life she once lived headlong; whereas she, if she can be said to exist at all, is composed only of what I remember. I have the better view - I can see her clearly, most of the time. But even if she knew enough to look, she can't see me at all.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

“Given neither talent, nor glory, but only tragedy, the story of our main character begins to unfold.”
Tokyo Ghoul

“All history is fictionalised narration of an opinion and good authors keep coming up with new opinions on existing narrations. Those who have locked themselves in ideological echo chambers and thrown away the key consider any difference of opinion as an unwelcome perturbation on their sea of conforming tranquility.”
R. N. Prasher

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