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But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on - and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.

J.R.R. Tolkien

A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal Hell without ever hearing the salvation story.

K.P. Yohannan

If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.


An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived.

Herbert Samuel

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

Oscar Wilde

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

Walter Benjamin

All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.

George Bernard Shaw

...Theres a romance to danger. Theres a romance to drinking, to drugs, to petty crime and to heartbreak and loneliness. All of those things can be used to make the STORY of our lives better.

Joey Comeau

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.


The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens

There is a connection between instinct and story-telling.

Thomas Chatterton

My greatest debt will always be to the movie-going public of yesterday and today, without whose love and devotion I would have had no story to tell.

Gloria Swanson

Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not that important.

John D. Carmack II

If it isn't a wonderful story first, who cares how "important" it is?

Orson Scott Card

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

Orson Welles

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