„Its important to know stories. I felt the earth shift to make a place for you when you were born, and I came to tell you stories while you are young. And like me, you were born with a word on your tongue.“
Quelle: The Goose Girl
„Then there is this idea that the world owes you a living. Here is a little thought about that. It isn't particularly logical but it makes my point. You were paid when you were born, with the privilege of living. Death is all that is coming to you. Life came to you when you were born.“
— John Sloan American painter 1871 - 1951
Ibid., p. 27.
The Gist of Art (1939)
— Lou Holtz American college football coach, professional football coach, television sports announcer 1937
— Karen Blixen Danish writer 1885 - 1962
As quoted in The Human Condition (1958) by Hannah Arendt. This appears as part of a statement in a 1957 interview where she speaks of a friend's comments about her:
I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.
Interview with Bent Mohn in The New York Times Book Review (3 November 1957)
Paraphrased variant : All suffering is bearable if it is seen as part of a story.
„You will learn nothing of importance from this story except, perhaps, how to die; but then, you were born knowing that and in any case it only has to be done once. It is easy: ask anyone who has done it.“
— Kyril Bonfiglioli British art dealer 1928 - 1985
Quelle: All the Tea in China (1978), Ch. 1.
„All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won’t be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story.“
— Diane Setterfield, buch The Thirteenth Tale
Quelle: The Thirteenth Tale
— Cornelia Funke, Inkheart trilogy
— Patrick Rothfuss, buch Der Name des Windes
Quelle: The Name of the Wind (2007), Chapter 61, “Jackass, Jackass” (p. 454)
„What's important is that a story changes every time you say it out loud. When you put it on paper, it can never change. But the more times you tell it, the more changes will occur. A story is a living thing; it moves and shifts“
— Pat Conroy, South of Broad
Quelle: South of Broad
„You are confused, because you believe that you are in the world, not the world in you. Who came first – you or your parents? You imagine that you were born at a certain time and place, that you have a father and a mother, a body and a name. This is your sin and your calamity! (…)“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Quelle: "I am That." P.42
— Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia
Quelle: The King of Attolia
„Tell me a story.
In this century, and moment, of mania,
Tell me a story.
Make it a story of great distances, and starlight.
The name of the story will be Time,
But you must not pronounce its name.
Tell me a story of deep delight.“
— Robert Penn Warren American poet, novelist, and literary critic 1905 - 1989
"Tell me A Story"
„Mr. Churchill you were given a mission.
— I want to have been given your mission. I want your place in world events, the centrality of it. You were born in the cradle of a catapult!
— You are wrong. I found my mission.
— I disagree.
— If you must.
— Tell me: where is my mission? Where are my bunkers and trenches, my goddamn Gallipoli?“
— Dave Eggers memoirist, novelist, short story writer, editor, publisher 1970
You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002)
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
This appears on the opening placard of the film The Equalizer, attributing it to Twain, but there is no evidence that Twain wrote it. A precursor is found in Taylor Hartman's self-help book The Character Code (first published 1991), where it is not attributed to Twain: "The three most significant days in your life are: 1. The day you were born. 2. The day you find out why you were born. 3. The day you discover how to contribute the gift you were born to give" ( Google Books link https://books.google.com/books?id=gIKCxWxNmeMC&pg=PA147&dq=%22day+you+find+out+why%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijrJzc84vLAhUJzGMKHajvADEQ6AEIIjAB#v=onepage&q=%22day%20you%20find%20out%20why%22&f=false)
„I hope you liked them, Reader; that they did for you what any good story should do--make you forget the real stuff weighing on your mind for a little while and take you away to a place you've never been. It's the most amiable sort of magic I know.“
— Stephen King American author 1947
— Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of children's books 1928 - 2012
Quoted in an interview, "Sendak on Sendak," Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia (2007/2008)
— Jeanette Winterson English writer 1959
Quelle: Written on the Body
— Richard Ford American novelist and short story writer 1944
— Mike Scott songwriter, musician 1958
"The Pan Within"
This Is the Sea (1985)