Story

By | October 23, 2008

Quotations about Stories and Story-Telling

If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood. ~ Peter Handke

Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try. ~ Fran Lebowitz

What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story, and the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams. ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. ~ Plato

We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that’s the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread. ~ Paul Auster

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.” ~ John Steinbeck

To me, the greatest thing that has happened on this earth of ours is the rise of the human race to the vision of God. That story of the human rise to what I call the vision of God is the story which is told in the Bible. ~ Jan Christian Smuts

The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost. ~ Arthur Miller

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with. ~ Robert Motherwell

The guru, if he is gifted, reads the story as any bilingual person might. He does not translate-he understands. ~ Sheldon Kopp

The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end. ~ Victor Hugo

Success is like a liberation, or the first phrase of a love story. ~ Jeanne Moreau

Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. ~ Norman Mailer

Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story. ~ Goethe

If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you’re dumb and blind. ~ Salman Rushdie

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. ~ John Berger

Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story — a story that is basically without meaning or pattern. ~ Eric Hoffer

 

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