Tale Quotes

By | October 22, 2010
  • A drink is shorter than a tale. ~ Traditional Proverb
  • A good tale is none the worse for being twice told. ~ French Proverb
  • A tale is soon told; a deed is not soon done. ~ Russian Proverb
  • A tale never loses in the telling. ~ Traditional Proverb
  • Adolescence is the time in life when girls quit believing in fairy tales and start to believe in love. ~ Author Unknown
  • American cinema is international like the fairy tales were international. ~ Bernard Tavernier
  • And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it’s always daisy-time. ~ D. H. Lawrence
  • As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. ~ Seneca
  • Dead men tell no tales. ~ Traditional Proverb
  • Do not ask questions of fairy tales. ~ Jewish Proverb
  • Don’t tell any more fairy tales when the child has gone to sleep. ~ Burundi Proverb
  • Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s finger. ~ Hans Christian Andersen
  • Every man’s tale is good until another’s being told. ~ Scottish Proverb
  • Every tale can be told in a different way. ~ Greek Proverb
  • Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. ~ Alexandre Dumas
  • I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as it was said to me. ~ Sir Walter Scott
  • I do not know if you remember the tale of the girl who saves the ship under mutiny by sitting on the powder barrel with her lighted torch and all the time knowing that it is empty? This has seemed to me a charming image of the women of my time. There they were, keeping the world in order by sitting on the mystery of life and knowing themselves that there was no mystery. ~ Isak Dinesen
  • I have a friend who tells a tale with statements parenthetical. To start at the beginning must to her seem quite heretical. For her accounts of happenings are full of disconnections. She starts them in the middle and proceeds in all directions. ~ Erica H. Stux
  • I want to talk about political and economic fairy tales. ~ Ronald Reagan
  • If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future. ~ Danielle Steel
  • It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing. ~ William Shakespeare
  • Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale. ~ William Shakespeare
  • Many a good tale is spoiled in the telling. ~ Scottish Proverb
  • Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other. ~ Francis Bacon
  • My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain. ~ William Shakespeare
  • Never trust the teller, trust the tale. ~ D. H. Lawrence
  • Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience. ~ George Santayana
  • Tale-bearers are just as bad as the tale-makers. ~ Traditional Proverb
  • Thank God for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell. While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well. With home, and health, and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss; for by this stack of evidence, God’s very good to us. ~ Author Unknown
  • The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind. ~ Chinese Proverb
  • The mind’s passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell. ~ Adrienne Rich
  • The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth. ~ Charles Lamb
  • There are few joys to compare with the telling of a well-told tale. ~ Charles de Lint
  • Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. ~ African Proverb
  • Where no wood is, the fire goes out; so where there is no tale bearer, the strife ceaseth. ~ The Holy Bible
  • Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
  • Years ago, fairy tales all began with Once upon a time… now we know they all begin with, If I am elected.~ Carolyn Warner
  • Yes, hell exists. It is not a fairy tale. ~ Dr. Frederick Leboyer
  • Your tale, sir, would cure deafness. ~ William Shakespeare