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] [Mother] [Stories]

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...the secret of the Great Stories is that they no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don?t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don?t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover?s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don?t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won?t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn?t. And yet you want to know again. is their mystery and their magic.
[Stories] [Arundhati Roy]

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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
[Reading] [Story] [Stories] [Ursula K. Le Guin] [Reader]

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Those around you can have their novellas, sweet, their short stories of clich? and coincidence, occasionally spiced up with tricks of the quirky, the achingly mundane, the grotesque. A few will even cook up Greek tragedy, those born into misery, destined to die in misery. But you, my bride of quietness, you will craft nothing less than epic with your life. Out of all of them, your story will be the one to last.
[Stories] [Epic] [Marisha Pessl]

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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.
[Art] [Writing] [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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Then a person has only one tale? No, some have two or three separate ones or more, Fleet said. Some people have many tales. Sometimes they are linked into one big tale, sometimes they are utterly distinct. Most people do not have one at all.
[Stories] [Tales] [Chris Wooding]

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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] [Havana] [Savannah] [Old Days] [Rite Of Passage] [Segregation] [Clark Zlotchew] [Deep South] [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] [Sorrows] [Karen Blixen]

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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]