Stories quotes

  • 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.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Reading #Reality #Stories

  • You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living.
    -- A. E. van Vogt

    #Simple #Office #Stories

  • Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
    -- A. E. van Vogt

    #Night #Stories #Awakening

  • I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
    -- A. E. van Vogt

    #Self #Stories #Awareness

  • If you don't have a sensation of apprehension when you set out to find a story and a swagger when you sit down to write it, you are in the wrong business.
    -- A. M. Rosenthal

    #Writing #Swagger #Stories

  • STORIES WE TELL is one of the boldest and most exciting films I’ve seen in the last six months, and the kind of experience that has the power to alter your perception of the world.
    -- A. O. Scott

    #Perception #Stories #World

  • Human beings love stories because they safely show us beginnings, middles and ends.
    -- A. S. Byatt

    #Stories #Love Story #Ends

  • Every shrink knows that it's not the event itself but how you respond to it that tells the story. Take ten assorted individuals, expose them all to the same life trial, and they will each suffuse it with exquisite personal detail and meaning.
    -- A.S.A. Harrison

    #Events #Details #Stories

  • It's really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Song #Albums #Stories

  • When the news wants to tell you something is important, they put dramatic theme music behind it. They scare you into watching the story.
    -- Aaron McGruder

    #Scare #Important #Stories

  • What's so great about television. You're able to tell a long story, where you couldn't really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.
    -- Aaron Paul

    #Two #Long #Stories

  • 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

    #Kings #Years #Stories

  • I'll tell you what I miss most. What I would love to do, more than anything, is just anthologies. With an anthology you can tell any story and be in every division of television. We don't have any anthologies anymore, do we?
    -- Aaron Spelling

    #Missing #Division #Stories

  • Of course, I'm not allowed to talk about the script, but I can say it is a really good story.
    -- Aaron Stanford

    #Talking #Stories #Scripts

  • It's nice to know when you're a part of a story, it's nice to know at least something about the beginning, middle, and end.
    -- Aaron Stanford

    #Nice #Stories #Ends

  • I think with anything where you delve into the back story of an artist, it kind of explains their work more intimately.
    -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    #Artist #Thinking #Stories

  • I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
    -- Abbas Kiarostami

    #Listening #Mind #Stories

  • I love love stories, no matter how dark.
    -- Abbie Cornish

    #Dark #Stories #Matter

  • The swells were amazing! As big as three-story apartment buildings!
    -- Abby Sunderland

    #Three #Stories #Building

  • Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Ideas #Stories #Messages

  • Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an essential instrument of responsible journalism.
    -- Abe Fortas

    #Essentials #Stories #Journalism

  • It was all I had, all I've ever had, the only currency, the only proof that I was alive. Memory.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Memories #Stories #Alive

  • A lot of the television industry is so cookie-cutter. In general, there are so many shows that are easy and bland to watch. You can tune in at any time and know exactly where you are in the story arc because it's pretty much the same every week.
    -- Adam Baldwin

    #Watches #Cookies #Stories

  • Make your life a story worth telling,
    -- Adam Braun


  • Your life should be a story you are excited to tell.
    -- Adam Braun

    #Stories #Excited #Should

  • Of course on air I use occasional hyperbole to tell a story.
    -- Adam Carolla

    #Air #Stories #Use

  • You see, Hansel and Gretel don’t just show up at the end of this story. They show up. And then they get their heads cut off. Just thought you’d like to know.
    -- Adam Gidwitz

    #Cutting #Stories #Ends

  • Once a poet calls his myth a myth, he prevents the reader from treating it as a reality; we use the word 'myth' only for stories we ourselves cannot believe.
    -- Adam Kirsch

    #Believe #Reality #Stories

  • Well, you can't improvise story, which is a fact. If you could, the budget would be insane.
    -- Adam Pally

    #Insane #Would Be #Stories

  • Bedtime stories were definitely a big part of my life because I was just so excited my father was talking to me.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Father #Talking #Stories

  • I'm sure everyone's got their back story. I don't come from a place of where I was tortured and needed to let something out. I came from a very happy home. I was a little out of control at times. But my family... we all liked to be funny, we all liked to make each other laugh.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Home #Laughing #Stories

  • 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.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Forever #Stories #Done

  • Again, like I said, my life has been about being fascinated by objects and the stories that they tell, and also making them for myself, obtaining them, appreciating them and diving into them.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Appreciate #Stories #Diving

  • I want to tell authentic, real stories with real characters.
    -- Adepero Oduye

    #Real #Character #Stories

  • The story of the fifth century was one of the exploitation of imperial weakness. Thus the Western Empire died.
    -- Adrian Goldsworthy

    #Weakness #Stories #Empires

  • Because when you go out, and you have fun, basically you're performing for these tabloid outlets and the paparazzi. And when you perform and create this story, they're chuffed - they get excited, they capture it, and they put it out.
    -- Adrian Grenier

    #Fun #Tabloids #Stories

  • When a man jumps out of a ten-story building, he doesn't break the law of gravity, he demonstrates it.
    -- Adrian Rogers

    #Men #Law #Stories

  • And the Bible is not primarily a book of history. It is "His story," the story of God.
    -- Adrian Rogers

    #Book #Stories #Praiseworthy

  • Moments are history. If you have enough of them, they become a story.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Stories #Moments #Enough

  • You are not your story. They are not your story about them. The world is not your story about the world.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Stories #World

  • You have a tendency, Hastings, to prefer the least likely. That, no doubt, is from reading too many detective stories.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Reading #Doubt #Stories

  • That is why most great love stories are tragedies.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Great Love #Tragedy #Stories

  • A story is not only meaning, it's music as well.
    -- Aharon Appelfeld

    #Writing #Stories #Wells

  • When you are in your teenage years you are consciously experiencing everything for the first time, so adolescent stories are all beginnings. There are never any endings.
    -- Aidan Chambers

    #Teenage #Years #Stories

  • My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope; make yourself a structure you can live inside. Amen." — Aimee Bender (Willful Creatures: Stories)
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Rope #Band #Stories

  • For me, there's a fine line between telling a story that's fictional with lots of details and then removing yourself too much from it, so it's bloodless, a little too fictional.
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Details #Stories #Lines

  • In sports, I refused to do any interviews that were just going to become human-interest stories. Don't turn me into a tragic heroine.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Sports #Stories #Interviews

  • I have a great story to tell and I tell it well. No holds barred.
    -- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    #Stories #Wells

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

    #Interesting #Stories #Want

  • Our photographs are filthier and our stories are more disgusting. We make no effort to be artistic.
    -- Al Goldstein

    #Effort #Stories #Artistic

  • It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Trying #Looks #Stories

  • I would say try to tell stories that you care about as opposed to stories that you think will sell.
    -- Alan Ball

    #Thinking #Trying #Stories

  • I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It's an incredibly nourishing process; it's probably the closest I come to having a religion.
    -- Alan Ball

    #Stories #Storytelling #Process

  • Scottish Theatre's greatest success story of recent times.
    -- Alan Chadwick

    #Theatre #Stories #Scottish

  • The thing with film and theater is that you always know the story so you can play certain cues in each scene with the knowledge that you know where the story's going to end and how it's going to go. But on television nobody knows what's going to happen, even the writers.
    -- Alan Cumming

    #Play #Stories #Television

  • How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
    -- Alan Dean Foster

    #Stories #Research #Fantasy

  • I love research so much that I do an enormous amount; it helps put off the moment of starting to write the story.
    -- Alan Garner

    #Writing #Stories #Research

  • The job of a storyteller is to speak the truth. But what we feel most deeply can’t be spoken in words alone. At this level, only images connect. And here, story becomes symbol; symbol is myth. And myth is truth.
    -- Alan Garner

    #Jobs #Stories #Levels

  • My son says I never tell stories about anyone who's living.
    -- Alan King

    #Son #Stories #My Son

  • The ability to absorb a book and make someone else's words and story your own was exactly was I was doing on stage.
    -- Alan King

    #Book #Stories #Stage

  • Everybody has their story to tell.
    -- Alan Moore


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

    #Needs #Stories #Thanks

  • The point about a great story is that it's got a beginning, a middle and end.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Stories #Ends #Middle

  • I was always such a people-watcher. I would sit on street corners alone and watch people and make up stories about them in my head. Then, all of a sudden, I was the one being watched.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #People #Watches #Stories

  • 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.
    -- Alanis Obomsawin

    #Fighting #Stories #Way

  • Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?
    -- Alasdair MacIntyre


  • I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’
    -- Alasdair MacIntyre

    #Stories #Answers

  • For me, Lancome was more than just a brand. There was something very nostalgic about the name, about the whole story.
    -- Alber Elbaz

    #Names #Stories #Nostalgic

  • I'm not a big fan of the post-Armageddon stories, where Denzel Washington is walking around in a torn coat.
    -- Albert Brooks

    #Fans #Stories #Coats

  • There's always the standard six people you can hire that have played all these villains in Hollywood. Instinctively, when they come on screen, you know what's going to happen. You don't know the story, but you know what they do.
    -- Albert Brooks

    #People #Hollywood #Stories

  • If you want your children to be smart, tell them stories. If you want them to be really smart, tell them more stories. If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them even more stories.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Children #Smart #Stories

  • The telling of stories creates the real world.
    -- Alberto Manguel

    #Real #Stories #World

  • In order to tap into the power of dreaming, we must connect not only to the human story, but to all of nature and creation as well
    -- Alberto Villoldo

    #Dream #Order #Stories

  • I'm an actor because I love movies, and always have loved movies. I'm a film buff. So, getting to work with those kinds of directors and getting to tell those stories is what I want to do.
    -- Alden Ehrenreich

    #Movie Love #Directors #Stories

  • For me, the drive is storytelling. To be a part of an art that tells a story and to be a catalyst, a color in that, is very exciting.
    -- Alden Ehrenreich

    #Art #Color #Stories

  • A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Community #Identity #Stories

  • VOID is filled with intrigue, suspense, and smoldering desire. This story will keep you turning the page until the very end.
    -- Aleatha Romig

    #Desire #Suspense #Stories

  • Behind each number is a person, a victim, whose individual story is ghastly.
    -- Alec Baldwin

    #Numbers #Stories #Individual

  • I knew little, but at least I knew that: no one could speak for someone else. That although we might want to tell other people's stories, we always end up telling our own.
    -- Alejandro Zambra

    #Life #People #Stories

  • I am a writer, which means I write stories, I write novels, and I would write poetry if I knew how to. I don't want to limit myself.
    -- Aleksandar Hemon

    #Writing #Mean #Stories

  • The research period of a film is the most exciting part of the process, and filming is sometimes a letdown because when you're dealing with biopic material, the real thing is always much more intricate than the story told in the film.
    -- Alessandro Nivola

    #Real #Stories #Research

  • Somethings were meant to be and somethings were just meant to be good stories
    -- Alethea Kontis

    #Stories #Were Meant To Be #Be Good

  • Quit dwelling on other people's stories and make up some of your own.
    -- Alethea Kontis

    #Dwelling #People #Stories

  • Do you still look at each other like you once did, back at the beginning of the story when everything was a question you were too afraid to find the answer to?
    -- Alethea Kontis

    #Looks #Stories #Answers

  • The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it's a big problem.
    -- Alex Cox

    #Real #Imagination #Stories

  • I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don't fly. They're the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over - so it's teamwork.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Soccer #Teamwork #Stories

  • I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Inspirational #Stories #Canada

  • In stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, they always say the heroine is 'as good as she is beautiful.' I wondered if people just wanted that to be true, wanted the beautiful to be good. I wondered if they wanted the ugly to be bad because then they wouldn't have to feel bad for them.
    -- Alex Flinn

    #Beautiful #People #Stories

  • One of the things you learn very early in writing for television, especially, is that compressing the story is always a good idea.
    -- Alex Gansa

    #Writing #Ideas #Stories

  • With photography, I like to leave a lot of the story, even to myself.
    -- Alex Prager

    #Photography #Stories

  • You don't see heroism, humanity and hope like you do in a horror story. Horror celebrates the kind of friendship that keeps you standing shoulder to shoulder with someone even when the world is falling apart around you.
    -- Alexander Gordon Smith

    #Fall #Humanity #Stories

  • When you get into a film, it is one story and one set development of a character, and you are able to delve into one character for a short period of time and discover everything about them.
    -- Alexander Gould

    #Character #Stories #Development

  • The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Tea #Stories #Cups

  • When we love others, we naturally want to talk about them, we want to show them off, like emotional trophies. We invest them with a power to do to others what they do to us; a vain hope, as the lovers of others are rarely of much interest to us. But we listen in patience, as friends must, and as Isabel now did, refraining from comment, other than to encourage the release of the story and the attendant confession of human frailty and hope.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Emotional #Stories #Want

  • A book suggests a whole world and story that I could have never thought of in a million years.
    -- Alexander Payne

    #Book #Years #Stories

  • I love stories about people that, whatever situation they're in, you can relate to them in a way.
    -- Alexandra Daddario

    #People #Stories #Way

  • It appears that the ground of being which underlies and sustains us despite our various inadequate and conflicting stories must be extremely tolerant, generous, and forgiving. All things considered, it wouldn't hurt if we were, too.
    -- Alexei Panshin

    #Hurt #Forgiving #Stories

  • The American story is a story of great moments and dreadful moments.
    -- Alexis Denisof

    #Stories #Moments #Great Moments

  • On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Men #Stories #Born

  • All photographers have to do, is find and catch the story-telling moment.
    -- Alfred Eisenstaedt

    #Stories #Photographer #Moments