“He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings.”

— Homer, Share via Whatsapp

“I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.”

— Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Share via Whatsapp

“Every great love starts with a great story...”

— Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Share via Whatsapp

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, Share via Whatsapp

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

— Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Share via Whatsapp

“There are books full of great writing that don t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story... don t be like the book-snobs who won t do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don t be like the play-it-safers who won t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”

— Stephen King, Share via Whatsapp

“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”

— Alan Moore, V for Vendetta, Share via Whatsapp

“Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.”

— Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose, Share via Whatsapp

“To hell with facts! We need stories!”

— Ken Kesey, Share via Whatsapp

“[I]t is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool – it drives the man to dancing... it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.”

— Homer, The Odyssey, Share via Whatsapp

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”

— Ernest Hemingway, Share via Whatsapp

“This is our story to tell. You’d think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven’t. I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the story telling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever.”

— Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere, Share via Whatsapp

“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”

— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Share via Whatsapp

“Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.”

— Michael Shermer, Share via Whatsapp

“Look. (Grown-ups skip this paragraph) I m not about to tell you this book has a tragic ending. I already said in the very first line how it was my favorite in all the world. But there s a lot of bad stuff coming. ”

— William Goldman, The Princess Bride, Share via Whatsapp

“I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us. ”

— Chris Cleave, Little Bee, Share via Whatsapp

“I will tell you something about stories . . . They aren t just entertainment. Don t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.”

— Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, Share via Whatsapp