A Quote by J.M. Barrie on stories


"'Do you know,' Peter asked, 'why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.'"

J.M. Barrie

Source: Peter Pan

Contributed by: Song Sparrow

A Quote by Joseph W. Meeker on play, comic, survival, animals, comedy, stories, and storytelling

All of the elements of the comic way tend to spread to others, insinuating joy where it was previously absent. Conversation has a way of leaping among persons, as it does at parties and celebratory gatherings. Storytelling always begets storytelling. It is difficult to watch others at play without wanting to join them. This is not only a human phenomenon, for researchers have consistently noted that animals at play are often imitated by other animals. So wherever it is possible to initiate a playful activity, it will have a good chance of replicating itself through other parts of the system.

Joseph Meeker

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Carol Shields on recounting, life, cheat, stories, and distorted

The recounting of a life is a cheat...even our own stories are obscenely distorted...

Carol Shields

Source: The Stone Diaries

Contributed by: Kimpossible

A Quote by Clarisa Pinkola Estes on story, stories, and storytelling

"Stories are medicine.
They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything -
we need only listen"

Clarisa Pinkola Estes

Source: Clarisa Pinkola Estes

Contributed by: Samme

A Quote by Nick Annis on nick annis, bible, oral history, and stories

[The Bible is] an oral history.  It was passed down word of mouth, father to son, from Adam to Seth, from Seth to Enos, from Enos to Cainan, for forty generations, a growing changing story… until Moses finally gets it down on lambskin.  But lambskins wear out, and need to be recopied.  Copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of an oral history passed down through forty generations.  From Hebrew it's translated into Arabic, from Arabic to Latin, from Latin to Greek, from Greek to Russian, from Russian to German, from German to an old form of English that you could not read .... You can't put a grocery list through that many translations, copies, and retellings, and not expect to have some big changes in the dinner menu when the kids make it back from Kroger.  And yet people are killing each other over this written word.  Here's a tip: if you're killing someone in the name of God, you're missing the message.

Nick Annis

Source: The Sun - September 2006

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Tom Asacker on facts, stories, feeling, and storytelling

Facts don’t persuade, feelings do. And stories are the best way to get at those feelings.

Tom Asacker

Source: Truth Six - From Fact Telling to Storytelling

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Syd Barrett on reading, childhood, and stories

You only have to read the lines of scribbly black and everything shines.

Syd Barrett

Source: Syd Barrett, "Matilda Mother"

Contributed by: Kaleidoscope Eyes

A Quote by Muriel Rukeyser on atoms, stories, universe, and words

The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser

Source: Out of Silence: Selected Poems

Contributed by: Zaady

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