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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Stalina Goodwin
“You must remember that your story matters. What you write has the power to save a life, sometimes that life is your own.”
Stalina Goodwin, Make It Write!: Put Your Pain To Work Writing Journal

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

Richard Wagamese
“Jimmy said Starlight was the name given to them that got teachin's from Star People. Long ago. Legend goes that they come outta the stars on a night like this. Clear night. Sat with the people and told'em stuff. Stories mostly, about the way of things."

"The wisest ones got taught more. Our people. Starlights. We're meant to be teachers and storytellers.”
Richard Wagamese

“As I sat on the back of his bike, Anh Bao pointed out local sex workers he recognized as they walked out of a bar with their arms wrapped around Viet Kieu men. He had gotten to know these women when he parked his bike outside the bar around closing time to offer cheap rides home to the women who had been unable to secure a client for the evening. Over the course of nearly three hours spent cycling the city, I took everything in—making mental notes of things I would later enter into my research. Anh Bao was a storyteller; and as we stopped outside each place, I propped on his bike laughing as he made up dramatic scenarios about the kinds of love affairs that occurred in each segment of the sex industry.”
Kimberly Kay Hoang

Nathan  Keys
“Every person has a story. Every story is a part of something Greater.”
Nathan Keys

Tomris Uyar
“Kırılganlığı ve soyluluğu simgeleyen 'ipek'e artık uzakken; inandığın dayanıklı ve kullanışlı estetiği simgeleyen 'bakır'ların çoğunu elden çıkarmışken?”
Tomris Uyar, İpek ve Bakır

Jonathan Auxier
“What's a storyteller but someone who asks folks to believe in impossible things?”
Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener

David Nihill
“The most powerful stories are not about the storyteller, they are about the person who is hearing the story.”
David Nihill, Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Bhavik Sarkhedi
“The most difficult decision I took in my life was to choose between: Follow my heart and become a storyteller; follow my head and become and entrepreneur.”
Bhavik Sarkhedi

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