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Storytelling Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes about storytelling
  1. #1
    “Nice things don’t happen in storybooks,” Taryn says. “Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”
  2. #2
    “The prime motive was the desire of a tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.”
  3. #3
    There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  4. #4
    If you are a dreamer, come in,
    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
    A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
    If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire
    For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
    Come in!
    Come in!
  5. #5
    “That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out the essence?”
  6. #6
    “I would like to believe this is a story I’m telling. I need to believe it. I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only stories have a better chance. If it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending. Then there will be an ending, to the story, and real life will come after it. I can pick up where I left off.”
  7. #7
    “So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer?”
  8. #8
    “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?”
  9. #9
    “Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”
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