quote by Gwendolyn Brooks

Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.

— Gwendolyn Brooks

Most Powerful Tellers quotations

The most powerful person in the world is the story teller.

The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.

Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.

I always prefer to work in the studio.

It isolates people from their environment. They become in a sense... symbolic of themselves. I often feel that people come to me to be photographed as they would go to a doctor or a fortune teller - to find out how they are.

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller.

Unless you are a fortune-teller, long-term business planning is a fantasy.

There is a myth that the purpose of education is to give one the means for upward mobility and success. The plain truth is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does need desperately more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story tellers, and lovers of every shape and form.

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.

We are content with less than absolute truth.

We all have defining moments. It is in these moments that we find our true characters. We become heroes or cowards; truth tellers or liars; we go forward or we go backward.

The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs.

Story is the umbilical cord that connects us to the past, present, and future.

Family. Story is a relationship between the teller and the listener, a responsibility. . . . Story is an affirmation of our ties to one another.

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

I think the actor has a tribal role as the archetypal story teller.

I think there was a time when the storyteller, the priest, the healer, were all one person in one body. That person used to weave stories at night around a small fire to keep the tribe from being terrified that sun had gone down.

I usually dont like to spoon feed my audience, because I grew up idolizing story tellers who tell stories using symbolism, so it was in my nature to do the same.

Truth never hurts the teller.

I took a break from acting for four years to get a degree in mathematics at UCLA, and during that time I had the rare opportunity to actually do research as an undergraduate. And myself and two other people co-authored a new theorem: Percolation and Gibbs States Multiplicity for Ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller Models on Two Dimensions, or Z2.

A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old.

He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector.

I think you must remember that a writer is a simple-minded person to begin with and go on that basis. He's not a great mind, he's not a great thinker, he's not a great philosopher, he's a story-teller.

Fortune tellers live in the future. So do people who want to put things off. So do fundamentalists.

So here is my story, may it bring Some smiles and a tear or so, It happened once upon a time, Far away, and long ago, Outside the night wind keens and wails, Come listen to me, the Teller of Tales!

Apparently on the screen I look tall, ageless, and damned close to omniscient-delivering jeopardy-laden warnings through gritted teeth. But when people see me on the street, they say 'by God, this kid is 5 foot 5, he's got a broken nose, and looks about as foreboding as a bank teller on a lunch break.'

Sometimes I feel like the Tom Hanks character in Big.

But my life is not a movie. I never have to go back to Coney Island to find the fortune-teller machine so I have to grow up again.

Television is not the truth! Television is a goddamned amusement park.

Television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troupe of acrobats and story-tellers, singers and dancers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion-tamers and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business!

Australian Aboriginees say that the big stories - the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life - are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting prey in the bush.

The insincerity of man-all men are liars, partial or hiders of facts, half tellers of truths, shirks, moral sneaks. When a merely honest man appears he is a comet-his fame is eternal-needs no genius, no talent-mere honesty

Never trust the teller, trust the tale.

Night was coming on in, borrowing the light.

It had started out borrowing just a few cents worth of the light, but now it was borrowing thousands of dollars worth of the light every second. The light would soon be gone, the bank closed, the tellers unemployed, the bank president a suicide.

If the story-tellers could ha' got decency and good morals from true stories, who'd have troubled to invent parables?

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.

Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller's, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.

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

For the habitual truth-teller and truth-seeker, indeed, the whole world has very little liking. He is always unpopular.

Just as bank tellers need a thorough knowledge of legitimate currency in order to spot counterfeit bills, so Christians need a thorough knowledge of the Bible in order to spot bogus religious teachings. How grounded are you in the Scriptures? How deep are your theological roots? How capable are you of detecting false teachings?

Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not fortune tellers.