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]
...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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]