Best 6 569 of Stories quotes - MyQuotes
W. Somerset Maugham
A good story is obviously a difficult thing to invent, but its difficulty is a poor reason for despising it.
Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.
The perfect story is one you can retell in three minutes, and every single sentence is interesting.
At one time I used to keep notebooks with outlines for stories. But I found doing this somehow deadened the idea in my imagination. If the notion is good enough, if it truly belongs to you, then you can't forget it-it will haunt you till it's written.
I write human stories. I write about people. Not as a product of their environment. But from the stance that everybody is made of the same thing.
A sane person would think that Wal-Mart would never carry 'Capitalism: A Love Story' because it's simply not in their best interests to inform their customers of their shady past.
I once started a detective story to make moneybut I couldn't get the murder to take place! At the end of three chapters I was still describing the characters and the milieu, so I thought, this is not going to work. No corpse!
When my stories were translated into other languages and received good reviews in the international press and won prizes, some Arab festivals and newspapers began to take an interest in what I had produced. This sudden Arab interest is a form of hypocrisy and nonsense.
It's not like I'm narrating stories with music behind them. It's all kind of one thing. You hope you can provoke a specific emotional reaction, but in ways that aren't quite plain.
I am writing graffiti on your body. I am drawing the story of how hard we tried.
William Morris Hunt
It's no easy matter to paint a background. I venture to say that the old painters had more difficulty with their grounds than with their figures. You know the story of Vandyke brought to Rubens with this recommendation: 'He already knows how to paint a background.' 'That is more than I can do!' was the reply.
Mary Catherine Bateson
The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.
I reread Mesrine's book every year because the way the story is told is fascinating. Today, we don't have gangsters like Mesrine - he had humor.
A lot of sponsors over the years have left us. They've all come back. But they chose to leave us for a while because of stories we have done about them or their products or their friend's products or whatever.
Inhumanity is part of humanity as much as suffering is a part of stories. Cruelty is written in the human script.
A. D. Posey
When a writer's heart is filled with the music of her soul, her words sing.
If you're older you want to tell stories about the pool of human life and living and to communicate, not only to your age group but to do an age group that can begin to understand, that has enough experience of life far beyond the taste of life.
Stories matter in an enchanted forest.
Twitter provides a great amount of timely information, but we still need those people to fill out the rest of the story and the context.
I don’t want to be an editor! I don’t want to direct; I’d be a horrible director. I don’t want to write - I have a “story by” credit on one film I did. And I don’t want to edit at all.
I always like story songs, Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall, Mel Tillis, Red Stegall, when they'd do their story songs. I was totally enthralled.
I always think first about the nature of the story. When I had the idea for 'The Namesake,' I felt that it had to be a novel - it couldn't work as a story.
I've always written stories from female perspectives. That it's one of the reasons I write, to have that experience.
Emotionally, in our minds, we get so filled with resentments where we've got a story about absolutely everything.
The complete absence of the story - that was the best thing about this whole thing, because you know that nothing's going to happen and everything's going to happen. It's just the gaze. You create your own zone.
With a purposeful story, you can change a "wanna be" to a "gonna be" to a "be".
The world of religion isn't a logical world; that's why children like it. It's a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children's stories or fairy tales.
Shame derives its power from being unspeakable...If we speak shame, it begins to wither. Just the way exposure to light was deadly for the gremlins, language and story bring light to shame and destroy it.
Read the stories of the past to write your story for the future.
As a reader, I'm often put off by authors and story-lines without families or children and all of the angst and joy they bring with them.
I want to tell stories which require something of an audience, by way of thought, argument, emotion, because I'm more often in an audience than I am a maker of films, and that's the kind of movie I want to see.
The essence of marketing today is to tell a story to people who want to hear it, in a way that resonates with them so they are likely to either respond or connect to you, or tell their friends.
One of the things I love most about second person is that it reminds the reader that they are reading a text. It doesn't allow them to drift into the story and not notice that they are reading a book - a book that has an author.
Composition is interesting because, in a sense, you always have to let it go. Unless you're a true composer/performer, you're always sending a PDF and then someone else makes it. It's like instructions for a short story, faxed to every English student who's studying it.
I had a calling, this is what happened, I've explained the story many times. I've had my priest on, I've had atheists on. When I explain my conversion to atheists, my personal series of events, they go, "Oh, alright.
I would guess that about 75% of my stories are like that - personal experiences that I probably over-milk.
They're naughty, all those writers - they mess around with people. I know James Gandolfini got a bit fed up on 'The Sopranos': if he said anything in front of a writer, told them a story from his life, it could make its way into the script.
And even though they had eaten nothing, the girl still ended her day with a belly full of story—which sticks to the ribs even better than mutton.
So much history can be lost if no one tells the story -- so that's what I do. I tell the stories. This is my way of fighting for social change.
A writer gets to live yet another life every time he or she creates a new story.
I wanted to connect a modern story with a myth that I had read.
Ideally, I like to integrate the human issues into the suspense story itself.
There is more story in a minor character like Boba Fett than there is in all the clutter of various vampires in the Twilight franchise.
Serial murders are just the worst stories. It can take an emotional toll on you.
You want stories?" Thom Merrilin declaimed. "I have stories, and I will give them to you. I will make them come alive before your eyes.
The Holocaust story has been told and retold so many times.
Some stories aren't meant to be told. The more they get told, the more they change from what they once were, worn down and smooth like pieces of sea glass too beautiful to have ever been broken bottles.
We come together as a community — in our sitting room, in sacred space or in a coffee shop. We share our joy and pain, our surprises and disappointments, successes and failures and we try to make some sense of it all. We listen to find some way to connect. We give reassurance or advice. Sometimes we say nothing because just being there is enough. Storytelling is that moment in time when we are not alone - I met my Soul in a Coffee Shop
Alright, all right," I said. "What if I tell you a story, instead?" Highlanders loved stories, and Jamie was no exception. "Oh, aye, " he said, sounding much happier. "What sort of story is it?
My work is not about my life history. It's not about the story of my neurosis