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Storyteller Quotes

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Haruki Murakami
“Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That’s it. That’s my heart.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Daniel Wallace
“A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself.”
Daniel Wallace, The Kings and Queens of Roam

Robert McKee
“When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

John Green
“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”
John Green”
John Green

“For surely a king is first a man. And so it must follow that a king does as all men do: the best he can.”
Cameron Dokey, The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of the Arabian Nights

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

Roald Dahl
“Obscurity is never a virtue.”
Roald Dahl

“Time changes nothing, girl, but the size of your underwear. . .and hopefully your hairdo.”
Minton Sparks

Lloyd Alexander
“If a storyteller worried about the facts - my dear Lucian, how could he ever get at the truth?”
Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians

Walter Benjamin
“Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.”
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Roald Dahl
“Perhaps it's chasing me. But I don't think it will ever catch me because I am moving fast.”
Roald Dahl

Vera Nazarian
“The difference between real life and a story is that life has significance, while a story must have meaning.

The former is not always apparent, while the latter always has to be, before the end.”
Vera Nazarian

Vera Nazarian
“I'll tell you a secret.

Old storytellers never die.

They disappear into their own story.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

George Pelecanos
“If the storytellers told it true, all stories would end in death.”
George Pelecanos

“The skeleton key unlocks the mind and swings open the door of imagination. A far better place than here A much safer place than there The quintessential somewhere The mystical nowhere The enigmatic anywhere My gift to you - the key to everywhere.
The mortal will find itself lost while the soul always knows the way it is grateful for the darkness and celebrates the day

I can give you peace my peace I give you... but I cannot be your savior or your god - I cannot be the light along your path - I can only give you the lamp and point the way.

The blind will see... the deaf will hear... but those who choose reason will never understand.

Woe to the ones who think they know the answers they will cease to ask the questions that may be their own salvation.

We possess the knowledge of the Universe from conception. Once born we are taught to forget.

If we cannot look out at our world and see our children's vision then we are truly blind we are unable to lead them to paradise.

"Even people who are in the dark search for their shadows. Shadows exist only if there is light. We will never find total darkness - not even in death... ...and we always cast a shadow no matter how overcast our skies become. You are never alone."

Do not listen to the voice that shouts to you from behind desks behind podiums behind altars. Do not pay attention to the orators and the opportunists. Do not be distracted by the promises made behind masks. Listen to the quiet. Listen to the whispers as they gently guide you through the assaults of man's absurdities. Listen to the gentle breathing of your mother and lay your head to rest in her peace and in her warm embrace and understand that truth and power lie within you. Breathe silence.

The free bird will always return to the cage sooner or later to seek food and water and the loving hand of it's caretaker.”
M. Teresa Clayton

“When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for the storyteller.”
Jim Henson Productions

Vera Nazarian
“The Gingerbread House has four walls, a roof, a door, a window, and a chimney. It is decorated with many sweet culinary delights on the outside.

But on the inside there is nothing—only the bare gingerbread walls.

It is not a real house—not until you decide to add a Gingerbread Room.

That’s when the stories can move in.

They will stay in residence for as long as you abstain from taking the first gingerbread bite.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

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

Isabel Greenberg
“Follow your gut, Storyteller, it will lead to your happy ending.”
Isabel Greenberg, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

“If I were a zombie
I'd never eat your brain
I'd just want your heart”
Stephanie Mabey

Nadège Richards
“I doubt I was much of a storyteller, but I would have put that smile in my book. On page 104, right next to the image of the Ward. I would have written it on my heart. I would have proofread it a thousand times under a thousand moons until a thousand tears thoroughly rationalized what it meant to me. Each time for when I’d met the darkness, and then succumbed. The smile read “you can’t break me’”—bold and in italics.”
Nadège Richards, Asylum 54.0

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Only a writer would slap a bumper sticker on her car that read, 'Seriously, I'd rather be working'.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Diana-Maria Georgescu
“It was very nice to realize how we can cancel the space that apparently divides people, and share with them our stories as if they were part of the same experience, bringing them closer to us. And I think that's the beauty of a story: you have the chance to live it somehow through the feelings of the storyteller.”
Diana-Maria Georgescu, THE UNSTOPPABLE THIRST : El Camino de Santiago de Compostela An Alchemic Path Towards The Inner Self

Stephen King
“È la Storia, non colui che la racconta”
Stephen King, Different Seasons

Gabrielle Zevin
“When Sam told this story to Sadie, she laughed, though she barely seemed to be listening. He had framed the story in a humorous way, smoothed off some of the edges of his hostility toward the woman in the park. But as he told it, he could feel himself back in that dog park. He could feel the dry California heat and the murderous pounding of his heart. Without warning, an anecdote he had meant to be amusing did not feel amusing. Anyone, who had truly looked at Tuesday could not have possibly seen a coyote. But the woman had not truly looked, and the injustice of this hit him. Why was is it acceptable for apparently well-meaning people to see the world in such a general way?
Sam was put off by Sadie's laughter. He asked her what was funny. She was confused for a moment---hadn't he wanted her to laugh?---and then she said, annoyed, "You get that this a story about you, right? That's why you lost your mind at a dog park. You're Tuesday. You're the incredibly special dog that no one can classify." It was not long after their huge argument, and things were quite strained between them.
Sam told her that she was being reductive, and that her interpretation was insulting to both him and the dog. "It's a story about Tuesday," he insisted. "Maybe it's a story about L.A., too. Maybe it's a story about the kind of people that go to the dog park in Silver Lake. But it's mainly a story about Tuesday."
"The text," she said, "perhaps.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Avijeet Das
“Everything becomes a story. The conversations that I have, and the moments that I spend with people around me. The moments of silences that I have in my day to day life. The sudden wanderings that I have in my weekends. The dreams that I dream. The thoughts that I think. Everything becomes a poem or a story in my life.”
Avijeet Das, Why the Silhouette?

Avijeet Das
“Sitting in a bar, I drink a few pints and quarts, this is how poetry comes to me at times, and sometimes it wants me to chase her.”
Avijeet Das

“Only one thing was shameful in a storyteller, and that was when he was boring, unable to frighten or delight his audience.”
Witold Makowiecki, Out of the Lion's Maw

Avijeet Das
“Sometimes you hunt for a story. Sometimes you search for a story. Sometimes you sniff for a story. Sometimes you listen for a story. And sometimes the story walks up to you and tells you itself.”
Avijeet Das

Sonia Choquette
“A storyteller's form of healing [is] being a counselor, and healing people with ideas, with stories and kind, loving guidance.”
Sonia Choquette, The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul

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