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1. "Fact is just fiction with different storytellers"
Author: Abby Slovin
2. "I am not a novelist, I'm a storyteller. There is no art in what I do. No mystique."
Author: Alistair MacLean
3. "Storytellers don't show, they tell. I'm sticking with that."
Author: Ashly Lorenzana
4. "I'm a storyteller. I feel like the issue of discourse is an important one because there's a lot of political and ideological discourse that goes around, and we relate to that on an intellectual level."
Author: Ayad Akhtar
5. "Dad was an amazing storyteller and illustrator, which he did in his spare time - very inspiring and dramatic."
Author: Bat For Lashes
6. "What did you put in the fire?" Kaladin said. "To make that special smoke?""Nothing. It was just and ordinary fire.""But, I saw-""What you saw belongs to you. A story doesn't live until it is imagined in someone's mind.""What does the story mean, then?""It means what you want it to mean," Hoid said. "The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think , but to give you questions to think upon. Too often, we forget that."
Author: Brandon Sanderson
7. "Cosmology is among the oldest subjects to captivate our species. And it's no wonder. We're storytellers, and what could be more grand than the story of creation?"
Author: Brian Greene
8. "A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are."
Author: Bruce Boxleitner
9. "...a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. . . We must see all scars as beauty... Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.In a few breaths' time I will speak some sad words to you... You must hear them the way we have agreed to see scars now. Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive."
Author: Chris Cleave
10. "Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive. The next thing you know something fine will happen to her, something marvelous, and then she will turn around and smile."
Author: Chris Cleave
11. "'Paint only what you see,' his hero Millet had admonished.'Imagination is a burden to a painter,' Auguste Renoir had told him. 'Painters are craftsmen, not storytellers. Paint what you see.'Ah, but what they hadn't said, hadn't warned him about, was how much you could see."
Author: Christopher Moore
12. "I'm not a good storyteller - I much prefer to be with people who are chatty, to have the luxury of listening."
Author: Conor McPherson
13. "Well, here's what I'll say: The storytellers of 'Lost' have taken us on a pretty great journey, and there have been questions along the way, and criticisms along the way, but if you look at the totality of the show, or the experience of it as a whole, I think as long as you look at it from that perspective you'll be happy."
Author: Daniel Dae Kim
14. "We're all storytellers. We choose to tell ourselves the kind of tale we want to hear."
Author: Danielle Ganek
15. "Also, in my acting, I feel very much like a storyteller, exploring the flaws of the characters that I interpret. I look for the imperfections, and I love a character that is just so flawed."
Author: Danny Huston
16. "I'm a storyteller, not a prophet. I'm just interested in a good story."
Author: David Eddings
17. "All of my peers died of AIDS, and I have no one to celebrate my past or my journey, or to help me pass down stories to the next generation. We lost an entire generation of storytellers with HIV."
Author: David Mixner
18. "My child, you have a flawed grasp of the nature of myth-making. I am a poet and storyteller, a creator of ballads and sagas. Pray do not confuse the exercise of the imagination with mere mendacity. I am a master of the mysteries of words, their meanings and music and mellifluous magic."
Author: Frances Hardinge
19. "The adventurer became the storyteller...and then the Sentinel of the Sea."
Author: Gina Marinello Sweeney
20. "I'm a storyteller - that's the chief function of a director. And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!"
Author: Howard Hawks
21. "A good storyteller is a person with a good memory and hopes other people haven't."
Author: Irvin S. Cobb
22. "Don't ever let the other stuff get in the way of your inherent skills as a kick-butt storyteller. Move the reader, make them happy and sad and excited and scared. Make them stare into space after they've put the book down, thinking about the tale that's become a part of them."
Author: James Dashner
23. "Fiction cannot recite the numbing numbers, but it can be that witness, that memory. A storyteller can attempt to tell the human tale, can make a galaxy out of the chaos, can point to the fact that some people survived even as most people died. And can remind us that the swallows still sing around the smokestacks."
Author: Jane Yolen
24. "Know the story before you fall in love with your first sentence. If you don't know the story before you begin the story, what kind of a storyteller are you? Just an ordinary kind, just a mediocre kind – making it up as you go along, like a common liar."
Author: John Irving
25. "Painters were also attorneys, happy storytellers of anecdote, psychologists, botanists, zoologists, archaeologists, engineers, but there were no creative painters."
Author: Kazimir Malevich
26. "Whether I'm telling stories in songs or if directing is the next step, being a storyteller is what I like doing."
Author: Kelly Jones
27. "I'm hardly a known name, but I don't want to go, like, 'Oh, people call me a storyteller comedian, let me just go up and just talk about my day.' I don't want that to happen."
Author: Kyle Kinane
28. "Most of us walk through our daily lives as if we were asleep. We regard not what is before our eyes. We see not how we construct fantasies of our own and others' intentions without having the smallest knowledge of what we, or they, are truly about. We are all imaginists, storytellers if you will, and the pity is that none of us recognizes his sorry state."
Author: Laurie Viera Rigler
29. "Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers."
Author: LeVar Burton
30. "No one could say the stories were uselessfor as the tongue clackedfive or forty fingers stitchedcorn was grated from the huskpathwork was piecedor the darning was done...(from 'The Storyteller Poems')"
Author: Liz Lochhead
31. "If a storyteller worried about the facts - my dear Lucian, how could he ever get at the truth?"
Author: Lloyd Alexander
32. "In a lot of ways, TV writing taught me how to be a good storyteller. I learned about dialogue, scenes, moving the plot forward."
Author: Maria Semple
33. "When should you show more than tell? Great writing is balanced! You do not want to be a show-all, or a tell-all. And remember we are storytellers. Balance is the key! And let your ear be the guide. Is it too heavy, or too light? Or is it just right?"
Author: Mark O'Brien
34. "Where do rumors come from, Sir Kofa?" i was truly curious to know the answer."Where don't they come from? I suppose the majority of rumors are a combination of leaked information and the astouding imaginations of numerous storytellers. And, of course, the hope that things aren't really as boring as they seem on the surface."
Author: Max Frei
35. "Humans are storytellers. It is our nature to make up stories, to interpret everything we perceive. Without awareness, we give our personal power to the story and the story writes itself. With awareness, we recover the control of our story. We see we are the authors and if we don't like our story, we change it."
Author: Miguel Ruiz
36. "Behind a life of influence you will find a masterful storyteller."
Author: Mollie Marti
37. "Indians are marvelous storytellers. In some ways, that oral tradition is stronger than the written tradition."
Author: N. Scott Momaday
38. "We dropped our troubles into the lap of the storyteller, and they turned into someone else's."
Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
39. "Look, I'm just a storyteller. When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda."
Author: Norman Jewison
40. "Writers are storytellers. So are readers."
Author: Oliver North
41. "I am not attempting to preserve culture, or record actual events or stories. Instead I bow my head in gratitude to those storytellers who have gone before and paved a way for me play in their stomping grounds. Doubtless those who want to be offended, will - allowing me to make them happy, too, which pleases me as much as it pleases them."
Author: Patricia Briggs
42. "By nature, a storyteller is a plagiarist. Everything one comes across--each incident, book, novel, life episode, story, person, news clip--is a coffee bean that will be crushed, ground up, mixed with a touch of cardamom, sometimes a tiny pinch of salt, boiled thrice with sugar, and served as a piping-hot tale."
Author: Rabih Alameddine
43. "The fact is Jerry Weintraub, the handsome, bearish movie producer, the man with the long career, who worked with Arthur Godfrey and Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and George Clooney, is a great storyteller - he's this as much as he's anything else. He takes time telling stories, too."
Author: Rich Cohen
44. "I think of myth and magic as the hieroglyphics of the human psyche. They are a special language that circumvents conscious thought and goes straight to the subconscious. Non-fiction uses the medium of information. It tells us what we need to know. Science fiction primarily uses the medium of physics and mathematics. It tells us how things work, or could work. Horror taps into the darker imagery of the psychology, telling us what we should fear. Fantasy, magic and myth, however, tap into the spiritual potential of the human life. Their medium is symbolism, truth made manifest in word pictures, and they tell us what things mean on a deep, internal level. I have always been a meaning-maker. I have always been someone who strives to make sense of everything and perhaps that is where my life as a storyteller first began. Life doesn't always make sense, but story must. And so I write stories, and the world comes right again."
Author: Ripley Patton
45. "For me, Fitzgerald was one of the great American writers of the last century; a wordsmith, a storyteller, a perfectionist."
Author: Robert Littell
46. "A gang of unpredictable ruffians by day who turned to enthralling storytellers after dark. "I would sometimes join them, and listen for a great part of the night to some of the finest fairy tales and most romantic legends it has ever been my fortune to hear."
Author: Russell S. Bonds
47. "The Hindustani storyteller always knows when he loses his audience," he said. "Because the audience simply gets up and leave, or else it throws vegetables, or, if the audience is the king, it occasionally throws the storyteller headfirst off the city ramparts. And in this case, my dear Mogor-Uncle, the audience is indeed the king."
Author: Salman Rushdie
48. "Acting is my first focus, but at the core, I'm a storyteller, and however that comes out is fine with me."
Author: Santino Fontana
49. "A story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling. We storytellers are all ancient mariners, and none of us is justified in stopping wedding guests, unless he has something more unusual to relate than the ordinary experiences of every average man and woman."
Author: Thomas Hardy
50. "...the only brotherhood they belonged to was the one that asked that enduring question: How do I get through the next twenty minutes? They feared drys, cops, jailers, bosses, moralists, crazies, truth-tellers, and one another. they loved storytellers, liars, whores, fighters, singers, collie dogs that wagged their tails, and generous bandits. Rudy, thought Francis: he's just a bum, but who ain't?"
Author: William Kennedy

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