A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.— Graham Greene
Delighting Good Storytelling quotations
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
Good storytelling is humanity's great connector, and it just might keep the world from eating itself.
Some of Eminem's rap songs kind of have the teenage love songs like the fifties love songs. It's kind of like domestic drama set to music. He is really good storyteller.
The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lover of all kinds.
Good storytelling doesn't have to be in the form of the classics.
It doesn't have to be revered by everybody. In fact, to me, the best storytelling is not universally loved by every single person. I think you can water down the ethicacy of the work, itself.
Good storytelling is harder than it sounds, but the easy part is that everyone has the ability to do it. ...Tap into it.
Good storytelling for me is not so much technical expertise, which I know is applauded often; it's actually freshness of approach. It does mean you sometimes stumble and fall and make a horrible mess of things in seeking that freshness, but you should always keep trying to do that.
Persist to overcome. He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good.
I remember one review of The Office Christmas Special that compared it unfavourably to Dickens. What? You're saying I'm not as good as the greatest storyteller ever. Boo! Boo! I think I can live with that.
My brand is good storytelling. I really want [my company] Hillman Grad Productions to be associated with great stories, interesting characters; things that are three-dimensional and feel honest.
A good picture book can almost be whistled. ... All have their own melodies behind the storytelling.
Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.
And I don't feel any fear in a sense, because I have every good intention in my heart. When you face up to bad things in the past, the most important thing is not to allow them to happen today or in the future, and as storytellers, we must play our part in that.
The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
You have to think about good storytelling and characters first.
Then hopefully, the rest of that stuff will follow, some more than others. But if you don't have a good film and strong characters, then you don't have anything down the road.
Whatever is good for you soul, do that.
From earliest times, humans - explorers and thinkers - have wanted to figure out the shape of their world. Forever, the way we've done that is through storytelling. It is difficult to let the truth get in the way of a good story.
I think of myself in the oral tradition-as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered- as a storyteller. A good storyteller.
The teacher always used me as an example to the class of good English and good storytelling because we all had to write the same stories. But she used to make me go out front - which I hated - and read my story to the class and I would get huge applause. Not because of who I was but because they truly enjoyed the stories I wrote.
Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.
Sometimes not honoring your character makes for really good television, but that also can really upset fans. You have to turn things upside sometimes. As a storyteller, you have to know that sometimes you're going to let your fans and the audience down because you have to do your part in servicing the story.
From early on there were two things that filled my life - music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me.
You can draw inspiration from anything.
If you're a good storyteller, you can take a dirty look somebody gives you, or if a guy you used to have flirtations with starts dating a new girl, or somebody you're casually talking to says something that makes you so mad - you can create an entire scenario around that.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Some people feel like you need to have a very specialized understanding of music to have the authority to talk about it. They are such good directors that it's perfectly possible to have conceptual and directorial and storytelling conversations about music without needing to know all the technical pieces.
While I don't like violent programs per se, I do like good storytelling, which made me a fan of shows like Breaking Bad and American Horror Story.
In documentary films, you're a storyteller using found objects.
You still have to have a story arc and all the elements that make a good story. It really helped me mature as a storyteller.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.
Directing a film was something I was yearning to do.
I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.
I like explaining things, and I believe that you can do very high-level explanation on basic cable news provided you are willing to work hard enough to be a good storyteller.
I think the way you become a good storyteller is to read a lot of stories and evaluate them in your own mind.
Try no to resist the changes that come in your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? How Rumi Can Change Your Life?
I think it's always a challenge when you're telling a story that people know.
But hopefully, good storytelling - well, there's two things. One is, you definitely have to have surprises and changes so that people are - you keep them interested, you take them down roads that they didn't expect and give them suspense and surprise.
Some after-the-fact storytelling is inevitable, and, in fact, very good and useful. But then we want always to be able to enrich the stories, or maybe change the stories with a fresh infusion of specificity.
I'm a storyteller, not a prophet. I'm just interested in a good story.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
There are books full of great writing that don't have very good stories.
Read sometimes for the story... don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers who won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.
I am an educationist. I'm an economist. I am a politician. I am also now a good storyteller, you know?
Im not really devoted or specified towards any specific genre at all.
I really like it all. Theres good storytelling in all the genres, you know. I just want to tell good stories and do good work.
If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.
An author must learn the principles of good storytelling only in order to write better from the heart.
I always thought storytelling was like juggling [.
..] You keep a lot of different tales in the air, and juggle them up and down, and if you're good you don't drop any.
If you were designing the sort of information-processing system a brain is, it would be extremely impractical to store memories permanently in their original form. You need mechanisms for transforming and recording them; for chunking information into categories . Is your memory a phonograph record on which the information is stored in localized grooves to be replayed on demand? Is so, it's a very bizarre record, for the songs are different every time they're played. Human memory is more like the village storyteller; it doesn't passively store facts but weaves them into a good (coherent, plausible) story, which is recreated with each telling.
It was unpredictable, good storytelling that brought you back each week.
Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film, you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form. The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots.