Stories Quotes

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But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.
[Mitch Albom] [Stories] [Mother]

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Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
[Stories] [J.D. Salinger] [Salinger]

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That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth.
[Truth] [Writing] [Fiction] [Stories] [Tim O'Brien] [On Fiction]

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Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don't they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
[Truth] [Albert Camus] [Stories] [Liars]

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There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
[Stories] [Ursula K. Le Guin]

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...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.
[Reality] [Perception] [Story] [Stories] [Storytelling] [Rabih Alameddine]

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It's impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because of what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many.
[Writing] [Margaret Atwood] [Stories]

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This is what intimacy does to us over time. That's what a long marriage can do: It causes us to inherit and trade each other's stories. (p.237)
[Stories] [Intimacy] [Elizabeth Gilbert]

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In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.
[Dark] [Light] [Stories] [Read] [Write] [Alberto Manguel]

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But then, that?s the beauty of writing stories?each one is an exploratory journey in search of a reason and a shape. And when you find that reason and that shape, there?s no feeling like it.
[Writing] [Art] [Fiction] [Writers] [Stories] [T.C. Boyle]

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I'm skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy's life with a story.
[War] [Stories] [Tim O'Brien] [Vietnam]

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Well, it seems to me that there are books that tell stories, and then there are books that tell truths... The first kind, they show you life like you want it to be. With villains getting what they deserve and the hero seeing what a fool he's been and marrying the heroine and happy endings and all that... But the second kind, they show you life more like it is... The first kind makes you cheerful and contented, but the second kind shakes you up.
[Life] [Truth] [Books] [Lies] [Stories] [Jennifer Donnelly] [Mattie]

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When they reached their ship, Ed gazed out at the bay. It was black. The sky was black, but the bay was even blacker. It was a slick, oily blackness that glowed and reflected the moonlight like a black jewel. Ed saw the tiny specks of light around the edges of the bay where he knew ships must be docked, and at different points within the bay where vessels would be anchored. The lights were pale and sickly yellow when compared with the bright blue-white sparkle of the stars overhead, but the stars glinted hard as diamonds, cold as ice. Pg. 26.
[Love] [Sex] [Racism] [Adventure] [Stories] [Sexism] [Unrequited Love] [Short Stories] [Navy] [Prostitution] [Cuba] [Homophobia] [1950S] [Ships] [Savannah] [Havana] [Old Days] [Segregation] [Deep South] [Clark Zlotchew] [Rite Of Passage] [Short Story Collection] [Adolescent Angst] [High Seas] [Political Intrigue]

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The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book. (1892)
[Reading] [Knowledge] [Stories] [A.E. Housman] [Infinity]

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Pull a thread in my story and feel the tremor half a world and two millenia away.
[Relationships] [Stories] [Daniel Taylor]

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[People] [Stories] [Jeffrey Archer]

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I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what all the great wars and battles are fought for -- so that at day's end a family may eat together in a peaceful house?
[Home] [Glory] [Stories] [Ursula K. Le Guin] [Domesticity]

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All sorrows can be born if you put them in a story or tell a story about them.
[Stories] [Story Telling] [Karen Blixen] [Sorrows]

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Stories are propaganda, virii that slide past your critical immune system and insert themselves directly into your emotions.
[Stories] [Cory Doctorow]

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If there is such a thing as a universal--and I wasn't ready to throw all of mine out the window--it's that there is power in a story. And if someone pays you such a kindness as to make up a tale so you'll enjoy a gingersnap, you go along with that story and enjoy every last bite.
[Kindness] [Stories] [Gingersnaps] [Clare Vanderpool]