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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A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.
[Chuck Palahniuk] [Stories] [Pathos]

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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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Stories don't always have happy endings." This stopped him. Because they didn't, did they? That's one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect.
[Patrick Ness] [Stories] [Wild] [Happy Endings]

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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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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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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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From fire, water, the passage of time, neglectful readers, and the hand of the censor, each of my books has escaped to tell me its story.
[Books] [Reading] [Stories] [Libraries] [Alberto Manguel]

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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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Pleasing things: finding a large number of tales that one has not read before. Or acquiring the second volume of a tale whose first volume one has enjoyed. But often it is a disappointment.
[Books] [Reading] [Stories] [Enjoyment] [Sei Shonagon]

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Our dreams and stories may contain implicit aspects of our lives even without our awareness. In fact, storytelling may be a primary way in which we can linguistically communicate to others--as well as to ourselves--the sometimes hidden contents of our implicitly remembering minds. Stories make available perspectives on the emotional themes of our implicit memory that may otherwise be consciously unavailable to us. This may be one reason why journal writing and intimate communication with others, which are so often narrative processes, have such powerful organizing effects on the mind: They allow us to modulate our emotions and make sense of the world. (p. 333)
[Memory] [Meaning] [Stories] [Unconscious] [Narratives] [Daniel J. Siegel] [Neuropsychology]

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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]