Storytelling Quotes

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Ernest Hemingway
“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, Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961

Criss Jami
“Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

George R.R. Martin
“And if I'm guilty of having gratuitous sex, then I'm also guilty of having gratuitous violence, and gratuitous feasting, and gratuitous description of clothes, and gratuitous heraldry, because very little of this is necessary to advance the plot. But my philosophy is that plot advancement is not what the experience of reading fiction is about. If all we care about is advancing the plot, why read novels? We can just read Cliffs Notes.

A novel for me is an immersive experience where I feel as if I have lived it and that I've tasted the food and experienced the sex and experienced the terror of battle. So I want all of the detail, all of the sensory things—whether it's a good experience, or a bad experience, I want to put the reader through it. To that mind, detail is necessary, showing not telling is necessary, and nothing is gratuitous.”
George R. R. Martin

Charles Yu
“You want to tell a story? Grow a heart. Grow two. Now, with the second heart, smash the first one into bits.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

China Miéville
“People have wanted to narrate since first we banged rocks together & wondered about fire. There’ll be tellings as long as there are any of us here, until the stars disappear one by one like turned-out lights.”
China Miéville, Railsea

Ben Okri
“A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick. Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose it’s moorings or orientation... Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart larger.”
Ben Okri

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs
“I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

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

Charlotte Brontë
“What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

George Lucas
“A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.”
George Lucas

Jeff Dixon
“That is the power of a good story. It can encourage you, it can make you laugh, it can bring you joy. It will make you think, it will tap innto your hidden emotions, and it can make you cry. The power of a story can also bring about healing, give you peace, and change your life!" (p.15)”
Jeff Dixon, The Key to the Kingdom: Unlocking Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom

Haruki Murakami
“It was a strange feeling, like touching a void.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Noam Shpancer
“Memory is not a storage place but a story we tell ourselves in retrospect. As such, it is made of storytelling materials: embroidery and forgery, perplexity and urgency, revelation and darkness.”
Noam Shpancer, The Good Psychologist

Colum McCann
“Things in life have no real beginning, though our stories about them always do.”
Colum McCann, Zoli

Robert McKee
“Good story' means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task...But the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage, and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Alice Hoffman
“They weren't true stories; they were better than that.”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters

Eli Clare
“Laugh and cry and tell stories. Sad stories about bodies stolen, bodies no longer here. Enraging stories about the false images, devastating lies, untold violence. Bold, brash stories about reclaiming our bodies and changing the world.”
Eli Clare, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

Melanie Dickerson
“Everyone will say I'm insane, but I don't care, Rose. Is it insane to marry the girl I love? A girl with golden brown hair, with gifts of beauty and goodness and storytelling?”
Melanie Dickerson, The Healer's Apprentice

Edwidge Danticat
“These were our bedtime stories. Tales that haunted our parents and made them laugh at the same time. We never understood them until we were fully grown and they became our sole inheritance.”
Edwidge Danticat, Krik? Krak!

Scott Westerfeld
“She couldn't disappoint the whole village. There were no wallscreens here, no newsfeeds or satellites bands, and touring soccer teams were no doubt few and far between. (...), that made stories a valuable commodity, and it probably wasn't very often that a stranger dropped in from the sky.”
Scott Westerfeld, Pretties

Ben Marcus
“To refrain from storytelling is perhaps one of the highest forms of respect we can pay. Those people, with no stories to circle them, can die without being misunderstood.”
Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet

Elvira Woodruff
“I write for the kid in me. . . . Often when I’m working on a story, I’ll find myself laughing at something my characters have done, or even being surprised at where they’ve taken the story. It’s as if they have a life all their own. What I do is create them and then let them go on to entertain me. . . .”
Elvira Woodruff

Jennifer  McMahon
“Storytelling wasn't about making things up. It was more like inviting the stories to come through her, let themselves be told.”
Jennifer McMahon, Don't Breathe a Word

Jeyamohan
“மானுட மனத்தின் அதி நுண்மையான ஒரு இடத்தை 'தற்செயலாக’ ஆனால் தீவிரமாக தீண்டிச்செல்வதே மிகச் சிறந்த கதை”
Jeyamohan

Livia Blackburne
“The process doesn’t end there. Stories are more than just images. As you continue in the tale, you get to know the characters, motivations and conflicts that make up the core of the story. This requires more parts of the brain. Some parts process emotion. Others infer the thoughts of others, letting us empathize with their experiences. Yet other parts package the experience into memories for future reflection”
Livia Blackburne, Dalle parole al cervello

Ashly Lorenzana
“Storytellers don't show, they tell. I'm sticking with that.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Siri Hustvedt
“Ture stories can't be told forward, only backward. We invent them from the vantage point of an ever-changing present and tell ourselves how they unfolded.”
Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

Oliver Sacks
“I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition, going with our powers of language, consciousness of self, and autobiographical memory.”
Oliver Sacks