Tale Quotes

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“We shouldn't be here at all, if we'd known more about it before we started. But I suppose it's often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually — their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on — and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same — like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren't always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we've fallen into?”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Renée Ahdieh
“When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that our story isn't over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told.
Make it a story worthy of you”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

Shannon Delany
“You know, considering your IQ, you're really socially retarded sometimes.”
Shannon Delany, 13 to Life

Cormac McCarthy
“There is but one world and everything that is imaginable is necessary to it. For this world also which seems to us a thing of stone and flower and blood is not a thing at all but is a tale. And all in it is a tale and each tale the sum of all lesser tales and yet these are also the selfsame tale and contain as well all else within them. So everything is necessary. Every least thing. This is the hard lesson. Nothing can be dispensed with. Nothing despised. Because the seams are hid from us, you see. The joinery. The way in which the world is made. We have no way to know what could be taken away. What omitted. We have no way to tell what might stand and what might fall. And those seams that are hid from us are of course in the tale itself and the tale has no abode or place of beind except in the telling only and there it lives and makes its home and therefore we can never be done with the telling. Of the telling there is no end. And . . . in whatever . . . place by whatever . . . name or by no name at all . . . all tales are one. Rightly heard all tales are one.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

Amit Kalantri
“You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Vera Nazarian
“Once upon a time, the Reindeer took a running leap and jumped over the Northern Lights.

But he jumped too low, and the long fur of his beautiful flowing tail got singed by the rainbow fires of the aurora.

To this day the reindeer has no tail to speak of. But he is too busy pulling the Important Sleigh to notice what is lost. And he certainly doesn’t complain.

What's your excuse?”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Vera Nazarian
“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale...”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“Life isn't a fairytale but we can make it like a fairytale”
Lucy 'Aisy

Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One... I am become Death, the Shatterer of Worlds.”
The Bhagavad Gita

Jenny B. Jones
“Can you tell me what happened?"

Her lips thinned as she shook her head. "'Tis not a happy tale."

"You have me reading a book about a girl who tries to kill an entire town. Anything else at this point would be a pick me up.”
Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

Mark  Lawrence
“And that’s how it is in this world, boy. Start a tale, just a little tale that should fade and die—take your eye off it for just a moment and when you turn back it’s grown big enough to grab you up in its teeth and shake you. That’s how it is. All our lives are tales. Some spread, and grow in the telling. Others are just told between us and the gods, muttered back and forth behind our days, but those tales grow too and shake us just as fierce.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Fools

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

Dejan Stojanovic
“Two forces create eternity – a fairy tale and a dream from the fairy tale.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Chris Wooding
“You can’t tell half a tale, Poison. You can’t write half a book. Whatever you choose to do next will completely change the aspect of what has gone before. if you decided to suddenly kill your friends as they slept –“
Why would I do that?” Poison interjected.
Bear with me,” Fleet said patiently. “If you did, then the tale would take on a whole new light. Instead of being the journey of Poison from Gull to save her sister, it would be the terrible story of how a young girl became a cold-blooded killer. They way it would be written would be different. Do you see? Or you might die right now, and it would turn out that it wasn’t your tale all along it was Bram’s or Peppercorn’s, and you were just one of the sideline characters. The whole story has to be known before it can be recorded; otherwise it might suddenly change. That’s the beauty, Poison. You never know what’s going to happen next. When the tale is ended, then the writing will be visible to your eyes; until then it is unwritten.”
Chris Wooding, Poison

Gregory Maguire
“Under every roof, a story, just as behind every brow, a history”
Gregory Maguire, Son of a Witch

Michael Cunningham
“The implication of this particular tale is: Trust strangers. Believe in magic.”
Michael Cunningham, A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
tags: magic, tale

Kieron Gillen
“It is a tale that you sing. As long as you believe it, it makes you powerful.”
Kieron Gillen, The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay

K.A.Z. Violin
“Ketika kau memiliki firasat buruk tentang kehilangan orang yang paling berharga, kau akan mencoba untuk tidak mempercayainya. Tetapi jika kelak firasat itu semakin nyata, kau akan melakukan apa pun untuk menjaga orang yang paling berharga itu. Sekalipun akhirnya kau tetap kehilangannya!”
K.A.Z_Violin, Eldar: Violin & Negeri Salju Abadi

K.A.Z. Violin
“Di tempat paling dingin sekalipun... selalu ada cerita hangat,”
K.A.Z_Violin, Eldar: Violin & Negeri Salju Abadi

K.A.Z. Violin
“Demi Eldar..., demi Eldar yang mereka bilang aku khianati..., aku akan mendapatkanmu lagi!!”
K.A.Z_Violin, Eldar: Violin & Negeri Salju Abadi

Toba Beta
“Sugar candy tasted better than bitter truth.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Jayita Bhattacharjee
“The rollicking tale of life rolls as a flirtatious adventure, as we venture into the seasons. The song may be slow and sweet or too fast to grip, yet through sunlight and thunder, the tale gets told.”
Jayita Bhattacharjee

“The tale of time is tears of sorrow!”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Hayley Chewins
“And that’s the thing about stories: the teller’s more important than the tale.”
Hayley Chewins, The Turnaway Girls

Jean Giono
“Then each one of them had her own tale to tell. One had seen the cat. Another had heard voices in the trees. Babette mentioned her cupboard muttering away on its own like a fully-grown human being.”
Jean Giono, Colline
tags: cats, tale

Laurence Galian
“Prose is subject to the polemic. The academicians can endlessly debate, defend, advance and argue over little facts. However, a tale is not so subject to debate. A story simply is. It conveys experience.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis

“A twist in the tale halves it.”
Mantaranjot Mangat, Plotless
tags: tale

Rae Knightly
“How could a tale so big be unfolding in some corner of the universe?”
Rae Knightly, Ben Archer and the Alien Skill

Sarvesh Jain
“I thought I was special, exclaimed he. You’re, just not anymore.”
Sarvesh Jain

Li Bai
“處世若大夢,胡爲勞其生?”
Li Bai

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