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When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen

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We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

Joan Didion, author

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.

Philip Pullman, writer

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser, poet

Life is too short for a long story.

Mary Wortley Montagu, writer

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

Hannah Arendt, historian

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.

Ted Lange, actor

The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.

Laurence Sterne, novelist

You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.

Anthony De Mello,

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.

Walter Benjamin, critic

You can fix anything but a blank page.

Nora Roberts, author

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.

Raymond Chandler, novelist

One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.

Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher

I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while, and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.

Brian De Palma, director

It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.

Italo Calvino, journalist

To be a person is to have a story to tell.

Isak Dinesen, writer

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

Lord Chesterfield, statesman

Their story, yours and mine -- it

William Carlos Williams,

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

Stephen Jay Gould, scientist

I love storytelling so for me to get behind a story and get in there early in its infancy and kind of develop it in the early stages was something I really wanted to be a part of.

Josh Hutcherson, actor

Storytelling is not what I do for a living - it is how I do all that I do while I am living.

Donald Davis, author

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability, or your ability to put into words or use what someone else has put into words effectively, is important too.

Howard Gardner, psychologist

Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

People are hungry for stories. It

Studs Terkel, journalist

Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic.

Jim Trelease, educator

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.

Salman Rushdie, novelist

We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel-

John Steinbeck, author

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it

Dr. Seuss, author

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don't have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.

Steven Spielberg, director

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.

Robert McAfee Brown, theologian

It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.

Aaron Sorkin, producer

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.

Aaron Sorkin, producer

The story drove the book. That had a very seminal effect on the way I saw writing and storytelling. If you can set a character in a story that is compelling and has a backbone, you draw people in.

Dick Wolf, producer

If you don't know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life.


Under the Earth I go, On the oak leaf I stand.I ride on the fillyThat was never foaled,And I carry the dead in my hand.


The first law of story-telling. Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.

Mrs. Humphrey Ward,

We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.

Paul Auster, author

Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.

Walter Benjamin, critic

I will open my mouth in a parable I will utter dark sayings of old.Things that we have heard and known,that our fathers told us.We will not hide them from their children,but tell it to the coming generations.


There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.

Willa Cather, author

When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister

There are no stories without meaning. And I am one of those men who can find it even when others fail to see it. Afterwards the story becomes the book of the living, like a blaring trumpet that raises from the tomb those who have been dust for centuries....

Umberto Eco, novelist

Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story -- a story that is basically without meaning or pattern.

Eric Hoffer, writer

The story - from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.

Ursula K. LeGuin,

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.

Robert McKee,

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.

Plato, philosopher

Of course that is not the whole story, but that is the way with stories; we make them what we will. It's a way of explaining the universe while leaving the universe unexplained, it's a way of keeping it all alive, not boxing it into time.

Jeanette Winterson, novelist

If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it's the storytelling. That's why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.

John Lasseter, director

There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.

Sean Bean, actor

I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format - how it works, the device of the silent movie. It's not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.

Michel Hazanavicius, director

I definitely managed to do different kinds of things. My focus is usually who the director is, because at the end of the day the director is the storyteller, what the movie is all about. I don't want to participate in something that I don't think is constructive storytelling.

Bryce Dallas Howard, actress

Trials are storytelling competitions.

Terry Moran,

I cannot tell how the truth may be;I say the tale as 'twas said to me.

Walter Scott, novelist

'St. Elmo's Fire' is one of my favorite films. I like the storytelling of those teenage American films. You don't get that now. Teenage American movies are all about sick jokes, puking a lot, arse jokes.

James McAvoy, actor

Storytelling is the important thing.

Vincent Kartheiser, actor

It's about storytelling. The story is told through images. So with the cast, I had to make sure that the emotions were readable without sound... I know some great actors, if you turn off the sound, you don't really know what they're saying.

Michel Hazanavicius, director

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

My life has been the antithesis of that book 'The Secret'. I've always been interested in doing what I do. I love storytelling and I really enjoyed acting, but it never seemed like a realistic thing.

Aaron Stanford, actor

Personally, I've made myself a very small window of what I enjoy in this business, which is I love being a big part of the storytelling process.

Bradley Cooper, actor

I've set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling.

E. L. James, author

I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you're left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you're just left with rhythm.

Jack White, musician

Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.

Neil Jordan, director

With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

Sir Philip Sidney,

Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.

Jonathan Swift, writer

I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications. Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you're really connecting.

Casey Kasum,

In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle.

Ursula K. LeGuin,

It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.

Tom Brokaw, journalist

Through his mastery of storytelling techniques, he has managed to separate his character, in the public mind, from his actions as president. He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.

James Nathan Miller,

Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.

Frank Darabont, director

It was unpredictable, good storytelling that brought you back each week.

Ted Shackelford, actor

But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.

Guillermo del Toro, director

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.

Donna Tartt, novelist

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work.

Donna Tartt, novelist

The book has many different characteristics: some are extremely old-fashioned storytelling traits, but there are also a fair number of postmodern traits, and the self-consciousness is one.

Jeffrey Eugenides, novelist

I love graphic design. I love working with design, and I love storytelling, so I've been working on a children's book for a while, and I'd like to see that through.

Colleen Haskell, celebrity

Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.

Jeremy Northam, actor

What I want to write about has changed somewhat, and the scope of the storytelling has changed accordingly.

Terry Brooks, writer

Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for.

Russell Banks, author

My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.

Russell Banks, author

So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.

Brian De Palma, director

But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.

Brian De Palma, director

European films were what it was about for me - the sensations I needed, the depth, the storytelling, the characters, the directors, and the freedom that you can't really find in American films.

Charlotte Rampling, actress

Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.

Ajay Naidu, actor

I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.

George Murray, poet

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