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Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant. Michael Shermer, writer


True love stories never have endings. Richard Bach, novelist


When I write stories I am like someone who is in her own country, walking along streets that she has known since she was a child, between walls and trees that are hers. Natalia Ginzburg,


All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom. Isabel Allende, writer


I love sharing my stories and experiences with people and connecting to them on both a humorous and emotional level. Tori Spelling, actress


They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined. Alice Hoffman, author


We make the oldest stories new when we succeed, and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail. Greil Marcus, author


From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters. Nadine Gordimer, novelist


Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words. Wally Lamb, author


I try and make little stories. Whether it's with a pencil or with bits of records, it's really the same thing. Eric San, musician


The work of a psychotherapist involves being empathic and insightful with one's patients without getting too lost in their painful stories to be helpful. Pamela Stephenson, actress


Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature. Steig Larsson, author


Actually, I love mythology. When I was a kid I was obsessed with myth and I wanted to be a mythologist when I grew up. Then I realized I really just like stories. Amber Benson, actress


I just want to be a part of great stories, whether I'm part of an amazing ensemble cast or I'm leading it or the antagonist or whatever. Zoe Saldana, actress


I'm a sci-fi girl. If I can have anything in life, I'd want tons of great science-fiction movies and stories. It's so progressive, beautiful, and imaginative. Zoe Saldana, actress


I could read at a very early age and I loved stories, losing myself in stories, novels. Heather Donahue, actress


Some stories are true that never happened. Elie Wiesel, novelist


Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Zig Ziglar, author


That's what heroic stories do for us. They show us the way. They remind us of the good we are capable of. Sam Raimi, director


It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. Haruki Murakami, writer


What are these fundamental principles, if they are not atoms? Stories. And they give me hope. Neil Gaiman, author


Some stories, you use up. Others use you up. Chuck Palahniuk, novelist


Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure? Tanith Lee, writer


As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories, many her own invention. She, too, tended to reverse the norm. Tanith Lee, writer


I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get. Christiane Amanpour, journalist


To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as basing stories on Roman mythology, Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies. Richard King, director


I don't think there's a shortage of material in the world. Or in my head. I just pray for continued good health, because I've got other stories to tell. Richard Russo, novelist


Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror, and the novel I'd just finished was horror, too. George Stephen, businessman


History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting. Sarah Vowell, author


It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books. Margaret Mahy, author


God invented mankind because he loved silly stories. Ralph Steadman, cartoonist


I can't change the past, and I don't think I would. I don't expect to be understood. I like what I've written, the stories and two novels. If I had to give up what I've written in order to be clear of this disease, I wouldn't do it. Harold Brodkey, author


Our stories are different; our pain is the same. Betty Buckley, actress


Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate stories until quite late, when we realized we were on to something. Bob Woodward, journalist


I want to present interesting stories that don't qualify themselves just by virtue of their ethnographic type. Ajay Naidu, actor


There's a joy in writing short stories, a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off. Tobias Wolff, writer


I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories. Dave Barry, journalist


You get trapped by stories. Though I've got this reputation for being out of control, it's not true, it just happens to be a more interesting story than the truth. Terry Gilliam, director


Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet once in a bar very late at night, but do not enter into relations. But not for the novel. W. H. Auden, poet


Most politicians - those people who live, eat and breathe politics - like to sit around and talk about politics and tell political war stories. Reagan didn't do that. His war stories were movie war stories and Hollywood war stories. He loved that. Lyn Nofziger,


I found out a long time ago that if I didn't have a good story for a song, I could just make one up! Now it seems over half the stories in my show are made up. The funny thing is, those seem to be the ones that resonate the most with the audiences. Ronny Cox, actor


Ghost stories really scare me. I have such a big imagination that after I watch a horror movie like 'The Grudge', I look in the corners of my room for the next two days. Vanessa Hudgens, actress


The whole Haley-Nathan marriage deal was a pretty good twist huh? I hope we got all of you with it. That particular story line even suprised me when I read it, it's a good one and it'll provide for some good stories to come. James Lafferty, actor


I like stories that are not normal, everyday lives. I don't personally seek them out, but they find me. Katherine Moennig, actress


Movies like that aren't about the visual effects and explosions. They're human stories about family, about life, about death. Orlando Bloom, actor


Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it. Ray Bradbury, writer


I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don't describe anything in the society outside. Steig Larsson, author


Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say... that I have, of course. Steig Larsson, author


I guess everything having to do with your background has some influence on how you tell stories but it's hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community in Minnesota really affected it. Joel Coen, director


You want a story? Read 'Gone With the Wind'. These aren't stories. They're joke books. The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death. Brian P. Cleary, author


You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong - it went really, really well and I was really pleased when she said yes. Prince William, royalty


Animation is the one type of movie that really does play for the entire audience. Our challenge is to make stories that connect for kids and adults. John Lasseter, director


I tend to lean toward strong female stories. I want to make things that don't already exist out there. Natalie Portman, actress


With indies, all they have is their script and it's very important to them. The characters are better drawn, the stories more precise and the experience greater than with studio films where sometimes they fill in the script as they're shooting. Mark Ruffalo, actor


I wouldn't compare myself to any past Idol contestant, because I don't feel like I am like any of them. Maybe stories are cool but my story is different from most people's story. I don't like to compare myself to other people, I like to just be me. Naima Adedapo, musician


Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important. James McAvoy, actor


I never really did years of movie-after-movie-after-movie but when you've got three toddlers in the house you're performing all day long, anyway, with puppet shows and stories - I act around the clock. Julia Roberts, actress


Light and funny has a more compelling quality when you're younger. But I haven't abandoned the genre: I love falling down; I love Lucille Ball. It's just that a lot of those stories revolve around problems that I can't convincingly portray at this age. Julia Roberts, actress


It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo. Alan Rickman, actor


CNN is pretty consistently on the left, if you look at their choice of stories, what they play up. It's not what they say. It's what they highlight. Rupert Murdoch, publisher


I was a visual artist primarily and a writer, even from a very young age. I wrote a lot of stories and poetry and... I had a desire to create always. And I always had a desire to show my work. P. J. Harvey, musician


I'd want to read the stories that I'd written, I'd want to show the drawings that I made. That was just purely natural. So I knew I wanted to go into the arts in some way and that I'd want to show that work in some way. P. J. Harvey, musician


I started writing short stories. I tried writing horror, mystery, science fiction. I joined a little critique group here in town and ran my stories past them. After about three years, I tackled my first novel, Subterranean. It took me 11 months to write. James Rollins, author


I like the nice guys. I like when they show the stories, the human element behind it all. Angela Bassett, actress


I've programmed myself musically to come up with love-feeling tracks that are romantic, sexy, but classy, all in one. And that's the challenge. Once I create that music, then the lyrical content starts to come - you know, the stories and things like that. R. Kelly, musician


Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Daryn Kagan, entertainer


I know that there are a lot of people out there with stories far worse than mine but you, too, can make it. To those of you who have, welcome to life. I celebrate you. Tyler Perry, actor


The problem that I think is reasonable to assert about Fox and its coverage is that they make up stories out of whole cloth and then make a big deal out of them. Rachel Maddow, journalist


I very much want to be in the business of creating content, of doing stories all over the world rather than figuring out what the business model is for 'Newsweek' on the iPad, although that's very important work as well. Fareed Zakaria, journalist


I currently live in the Plaza in New York and I love it - all that history, all those interesting stories. Tommy Hilfiger, designer


This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return. Ann Bancroft, explorer


'The Hunger Games' for me is I love the books so much and the character and the story were incredible. That's kind of the game plan is just do really interesting stories with interesting characters. Josh Hutcherson, actor


Actors, we like stories, we like storytelling, we love being a part of the story, and if you give us a story that's interesting then we'll want to do it. Aaron Stanford, actor


I think Scotland has some great stories. Billy Boyd, actor


My grandfather was a general in the Nationalist Chinese Air Force during World War II, and I grew up hearing the pilot stories and seeing pictures of him in uniform. Eric Liu, writer


People that I'm most attracted to, they're not living by any sort of rules. They're the kind of people with stories to tell. Carolyn Murphy, model


I hope telling stories though 'Making a Difference' - as in my academic work and nonprofit work - will help me to live my grandmother's adage of 'Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.' Chelsea Clinton, celebrity


I am excited to work with NBC News to continue to highlight stories of organizations and individuals who make their communities and our world healthier, more just and more humane. Chelsea Clinton, celebrity


When we report stories, we don't just want to talk to people who did the right thing. We want to talk to people who did the wrong thing. Jayson Blair, journalist


So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family - Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma - because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories. Joely Richardson, actress


I want to get up there and tell entertaining stories but that are also to a certain extent clean. Jon Heder, actor


'Brooklyn's Finest,' this is the kind of movie that's why I want to be an actor, to tell real-life stories. This is where I feel my job is, to interpret life. Ethan Hawke, actor


For now I'm building up stories for the retirement home! Carol Vorderman, entertainer


Through their 'Making a Difference' franchise, I am excited to work with NBC News to continue to highlight stories of organizations and individuals who make their communities and our world healthier, more just and more humane. Chelsea Clinton, celebrity


TV is a different animal these days. You can bring together really smart writing and directing, in-depth character development and really meaty political and emotional stories. Connie Nielsen, actress


College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school. Judd Apatow, director


People started saying I was ignoring my country, making up stories about me. Ludicrous things, like that I throw tea on my assistants. Joss Stone, musician


I would love to make some kind of film about the witches and the Inquisitions. That would be really fun because I don't think their stories have been told enough. Amy Smart, actress


Do goofy stories make people nice? What if, in their goofiness, these stories somehow inspire that in the right way. Is that a social good? Matt Stone, producer


I'm not a writer. I think I can write short stories and poetry, but film writing, brilliant film writing, is a talent - you can't just do it like that. Samantha Morton, actress


I just want to be part of great stories that are told and for them to be relevant. Zoe Saldana, actress


Dramatic fiction - William Shakespeare made his biggest mark writing dramatic love stories. Nicholas Sparks, author


I don't have to listen to the Gospel on Sunday to know the stories of the New Testament. They inform so much of what I write that they're practically like a news scrim that goes through my brain 24/7. Anna Quindlen, journalist


I always look for good stories and good characters, and if they're placed in a whodunit, then I'm interested. Joel Kinnaman, actor


Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they're all individuals and they're all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level. Carey Mulligan, actress


I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories. Michael Fassbender, actor


Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings - stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. Tom Hiddleston, actor


I have to write for everyone. What really fascinates me is how you make films or make stories that can genuinely be shared by different groups. Emma Thompson, actress


'Hansel and Gretel' is one of the scariest stories ever written! Psychotic mother; stupid, inane father. Maurice Sendak, artist


I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspired our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good. Jessica Lynch, soldier


I know that I'm already in the history books and that people are going to remember me as the prisoner of war and the fabricated stories, but you know, to me I was just another soldier over there doing my job. Jessica Lynch, soldier


The book came after the fall of the Taliban, it says something about Afghan family life. Those kind of stories - what happens behind the scenes on a TV screen - are important. Asne Seierstad, journalist


I never saw any of my dad's stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts. Stephen King, author


I want to tell stories and make people feel good. That's when music is at its finest. Kelly Rowland, musician


When you make music, you're in really direct contact with your fans out there, so you hear all kinds of stories. Jared Leto, actor


People have their own opinions but sometimes with the media things get chopped up and cut around to make stories out of it. Aaron Carter, musician


I think women love to read love stories. E. L. James, author


There are enough stories about my family. We have all been in the public eye. Ivanka Trump, businesswoman


I like small stories. Paz Vega, actress


Opera tells stories through the pure emotion of music. An exhibition has to tell a story purely visually. I've tried to incorporate both of those things - pure emotion and being more visual - into my writing. Lisa See, writer


I do get most of the harder-to-get stories. Victoria Gotti, celebrity


I want to be scared. I want to keep taking insane risks. I want to be scared because you're going to grow through that whether you want to or not. I don't want to play the same guy. I want to keep throwing curveballs to you guys and keep telling stories. Taylor Kitsch, actor


I've read stories that are set in a celebrity's house, and you know where it is and what it looks like and what's inside it, and that's not something I want anyone to know. Danica Patrick, celebrity


I just want to make stories. They don't have to have a moral or a reason. There might be some mild cautionary notes, but they're not moral. They don't impart any Judeo-Christian ethic of any kind. Neko Case, musician


That's the irony in the work: the best stories are the worst things that happen. My best times were somebody else's worst. Michael Connelly, author


I just wanted to compile these stories about growing up with my father and I wanted people to be able to enjoy them individually, but also the entire book as a whole. Justin Halpern, author


My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. Ray Bradbury, writer


The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. Anatole Broyard, critic


Good stories flow like honey. Bad stories stick in the craw. A bad story? One that cannot be absorbed on the first time of reading. Arthur Christiansen, journalist


The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it. Charles W. Colson, lawyer


All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal. Flannery O'Connor, author


All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need. Harvey Cox, theologian


I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, poet


Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful. Pamela Anderson, actress


Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories, you know start at the beginning, finish at the end, and tell everything in between. Modelling is just an image. Cameron Diaz, actress


The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser, poet


My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next. Nora Ephron, author


If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. Rudyard Kipling, writer


It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways. Glenn Close, actress


We all like stories that make us cry. It's so nice to feel sad when you've nothing in particular to feel sad about. Anne Sullivan, educator


People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media. Ted Koppel, journalist


Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word? Bob Uecker, athlete


All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape. A. C. Benson, author


Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish. Mark Twain, author


All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape. Walter Bagehot, author


Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Arthur C. Clarke, writer


Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.' Colin Powell, statesman


Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. Isaac Asimov, scientist


The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover. Al Franken, comedian


We all know that Social Security is one of this country's greatest success stories in the 20th century. Mitch McConnell, politician


There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference. John Bolton, statesman


As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money. Martin Cruz Smith, writer


I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces. Harold Ross, editor


I don't think I can tell any stories about how I lived in a van in Alaska. I grew up in the suburbs, I even had my own room. We weren't poor. Everything was very normal. Lisa Loeb, musician


You know, Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories, no sudden plot twists, it doesn't play that way. It's about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it. Gael Garcia Bernal, actor


I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom. Samuel West, actor


There's a lot of peer pressure to not do positive stories out of Iraq... I think there's a sense that the administration got a pass during the hot days of war and now that the war is over it's time to even out the deck somewhat. Jerry Nachman, journalist


Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories. Alice Munro, writer


The stories are not autobiographical, but they're personal in that way. I seem to know only the things that I've learned. Probably some things through observation, but what I feel I know surely is personal. Alice Munro, writer



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