Telling Stories Quotes

Telling Stories Quotes by Jalaja Bonheim, Christopher Lennertz, David Copperfield, John Grisham, Reese Witherspoon, Costa-Gavras and many others.

When women get together, they tell stories. This is how it has always been. Telling stories is our way of saying who we are, where we have come from, what we know, and where we might be headed.
Jalaja Bonheim
I really said, ‘Okay, this is just the right job for me. This is really what I need to be doing: telling stories through music in lots of different styles of music.’
Christopher Lennertz
[ Gil Cates] said, “You’ve got a point of view with your magic. There’s this comedy to it, there’s drama. You’re telling stories with magic.”
David Copperfield
In little pockets of conversation, old men were telling stories of ancient floods. Women were talking of about how much rain there’d been in other towns — Paragould, Lepanto, and Manila.
John Grisham
More people telling stories leads to more interesting perspectives in this world. I often think we wouldn’t get to these political impasses if we had balance in storytelling.
Reese Witherspoon
I decided to go to the cinema school because I thought it was a new sort of media. Nowadays, it’s not anymore, but in the ’50s, cinema had a half century of age. Today it’s more than one century. I thought it was a new media, a new way of telling stories.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
Hannah Arendt
Literature is about telling stories.
Amos Oz
Manchester Youth theater, then the National Student Theater Company and later my degree course all helped form my love of telling stories and directing.
Justin Chadwick
For me, as a documentary filmmaker, I’m interested in telling stories of real people whose experiences tell us something about ourselves or our history, or who we are and our potential.
Kristi Jacobson
I shot many scenes of Hamburg, albums full of postcard motifs, and I discarded almost all of them. I ride my bike through Hamburg every day. I go shopping here, I go to the doctor – and yet I no longer have the eye for telling stories about this damn city, even though I love it.
Fatih Ak?n
I love telling stories, that’s it. I love it. That’s the word I would choose to describe what I love the most.
Jeff Probst
I was always storytelling, since I was a child. I remember myself at 10 years old telling stories to my sisters and brother. This is something I did through my adolescence and even through my twenties.
Pedro Almodovar
Even the pictures I was doing at college – a little narrative based on a butterfly catcher, or a chimney sweep – the images were always telling stories. They were all scenarios and moods which I storyboarded and worked through – it’s exactly what I do now.
Tim Walker
Telling stories never fails to produce good in the universe.
Mary Pipher
I’m a writer. I just love telling stories.
Kurt Busiek
My dad hasn’t said much about his college days. Oh, a few times, he might start telling stories. And I’ve seen some highlight film of him from college. I remember thinking he looked really small. Which is funny, because growing up, I thought he was a pretty big guy.
Andrew Luck
I would definitely not rule out doing television in the future because I think it’s a great medium for telling stories. And it can also be practically very nice for a family man to have 9 months out of the year where you’re in the city, where you’re close to your home.
Chris Pratt
So much of science proceeds by telling stories.
Stephen Jay Gould
Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.
Madeleine L’Engle
I was tired of working in an office and I wanted to make a living telling stories. There are not many people who find a way to do this.
Nick Antosca
I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
Francis Ford Coppola
I love hearing stories, telling stories, sharing stories. I’ve shared 37,000 on the Oprah show! Every day I was like the town crier.
Oprah Winfrey
My parents and I always put great emphasis on telling stories that appeal to a child’s sense of humor.
Mike Berenstain
I’m driven by telling stories, I love telling stories.
Phil Keoghan
As far as the writing goes, I started telling stories as soon as I could talk, and started writing them down as soon as I could string words together.
Sarah Zettel
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
Philip Pullman
I would spend my time telling stories or writing them.
Robert Mugabe
This was what I liked most about my friends: just sitting around & telling stories.
John Green
I now possess the tools as a producer and a songwriter to really just go out and make smashes all day long. I could make an album full of smash records that got pop appeal. But my heart is in hip-hop. My heart is in telling stories. And it’s like therapy for me.
J. Cole
I can’t imagine a mental life, a spiritual existence, not inextricably bound up with language of a formal, mediated nature. Telling stories, choosing an appropriate language with which to tell the story: This seems to me quintessentially human, one of the great adventures of our species.
Joyce Carol Oates
My way of telling stories is kind of what I do naturally. It’s no different from how I would talk to you if you were in my living room.
Henry Cho
Films are artifice. We’re telling stories on film. At the same time, when it works, there is a real tough immediacy and spontaneity to it, and a punch.
Paul McGann
I feel very privileged that I get to spend my life telling stories that mean something to people.
Mary Stuart Masterson
I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories.
Michael Fassbender
I get quite disappointed that we’re still telling stories that I think are problematic in terms of what they’re saying about women.
Romola Garai
People may think I’m trying something new by telling stories, but they’re just jokes connected to give the illusion of stories. But really, I just continue using my imagination and creating. That’s what I do.
Steven Wright
The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.
Alain de Botton
I’ve always loved books. My mother told me that before I could talk, I’d babble in my crib as I turned the pages of my little cloth books, apparently telling stories to go along with the pictures.
JoAnn Ross
And now you’ll be telling stories of my coming back and they won’t be false, and they won’t be true but they’ll be real
Mary Oliver
The idea for actors is to make a living telling stories, so if you can do that, then you’re way ahead of the game.
John C. McGinley
I kind of have an interest in all history. And I suspect it comes from being Irish – we like stories, we like telling stories, which makes a lot of us lean towards being writers or actors or directors.
Colm Meaney
Everyone sleeps, except lovers, who stay awake, telling stories to God
I like being part of good movies and telling stories that mean something to me. I also like playing characters that I look up to.
Katie Holmes
I grew up trying to be like my idols, and one of the main people in my life was my father. He played football, and when your father is telling stories about the game he played… Everybody wants to be like their father.
Cam Newton
All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.
Isak Dinesen
There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
Willa Cather
I love telling stories and I love writing so the fact that I can do it professionally is something that I’ve always been very grateful for.
Christopher Paolini
I really like telling stories. When I was a kid, I wanted to write songs. In quite a fundamental, gratifying, childish way, I enjoy the doing of telling a story.
Paul Bettany
I don’t think it’s going to be possible for the next generation of writers to tell stories without telling stories about telling stories.
Dan Harmon
I like telling stories of imperfect people because most people are imperfect.
David S. Goyer
Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
Ben Okri
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
Muriel Rukeyser
I want a documentary to crest by being voted on by 6000 people who are in the business of telling stories.
Sheila Nevins
Acting is so much fun. It is a different ball game and I want to concentrate on that at the moment. I’m really passionate about what I do. I love entertainment and telling stories to people and I am very lucky that I am doing what I want to do.
Britney Spears
Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories… We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that’s out there.
Mark Zuckerberg
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou
When modern writers gave up telling stories, they gave up the greatest thing we had.
Howard Nemerov
Even in traditional filmmaking, you’re always trying to find novel ways of telling stories, and this is different.
Rick Heinrichs
I like telling stories about people with problems. I can’t really put it much simpler than that.
Steve Buscemi
I love telling stories, telling jokes, making people laugh. Ive got no plans to stop doing it.
David Alan Basche
Well I’m not a storyteller, as far as telling stories which relate to experiences in my own life. That’s not what I do. I write songs which have a narrative and attempt to make sense and tell a story – sure! But whenever I hear the word “storyteller” I think of a children’s musician.
Freedy Johnston
I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me.
Anthony Bourdain
Most of my books came from when I was telling stories.
Robert Munsch
I grew up in Sierra Leone, in a small village where as a boy my imagination was sparked by the oral tradition of storytelling. At a very young age I learned the importance of telling stories – I saw that stories are the most potent way of seeing anything we encounter in our lives, and how we can deal with living.
Ishmael Beah
Telling stories on behalf of brands is what I’ve done all my life.
Lee Clow
As long as I could hold a pencil, I was drawing and telling stories and making jokes. I’ve just been lucky that no one ever stopped me, and now I can do that for a living.
Alex Hirsch
I was telling stories before I could write. I like to tell stories, and I like to talk to things. If you]ve read fairy tales, you know that everything can talk,from trees to chairs to tables to brooms. So I grew up thinking that, and I turned it into stories.
J. California Cooper
I tried to find a language for the film – not just telling stories. I picked the Picasso painting because it said more than I could explain. I need images, I need representation which deals in other means than reality. We have to use reality but get out of it. That’s what I try to do all the time.
Agnes Varda
I want to be scared. I want to keep taking insane risks. I want to be scared because you’re going to grow through that whether you want to or not. I don’t want to play the same guy. I want to keep throwing curveballs to you guys and keep telling stories.
Taylor Kitsch
As an artist, I am interested in telling stories that haven’t been told before, stories that are going to affect people, and also stories that shine light on areas of history that haven’t had light shined on them before.
Naomie Harris
So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family – Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma – because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories.
Joely Richardson
Mark Twain had a way of telling stories that shifts your consciousness away from labels.
Val Kilmer
As a kid, I was always the jokester. I was telling stories at dinner and trying to make people laugh. I guess I’ve always just been naturally inclined to tell stories.
Wyck Godfrey
Writing wasn’t about making money. I wanted to find fulfillment in writing and telling stories, and that’s what’s driven me.
Ted Dekker
I’m not a writer because I want to make money. I’m a writer because I’m a very slow thinker, but I do care about thinking, and the only way I know how to think with any kind of finesse is by telling stories.
Gregory Maguire
Television has – particularly at the HBO level in the United States – become a completely new genre. Something like Deadwood or The Wire is a whole new thing – there was no equivalent to that medium before. It’s like a new way of telling stories.
William Gibson
I might do a film someday for the collection. I love designing sets and creating environments, in film school and for my own presentations. I love telling stories.
Pamela Love
When you direct your first film, you always start by telling stories that you are familiar with
Sophie Marceau
Directing is one of my favourite things to do because I love telling stories and I love working with the individual artists and it’s something that I really missed.
John Lasseter
Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories.
Steven Levitt
However much I may like to talk about or be interested in a more philosophical or moral agenda, [film] is, ultimately, about narrative. And it’s about telling stories that are engaging and dramatic.
Edward Zwick
Ever since I can remember I was telling stories and had a huge interest in other people and what made them tick.
Candace Bushnell
I love to act. And oh-so-love telling stories through film as an actor. Even on my days off.
T. J. Thyne
The difficulty with telling stories about real people is you have to find a way of mixing yourself into the matter.
Olivier Dahan
Sometimes I think I’m a one-trick pony because I’m not very inventive about new ways of telling stories.
Sara Paretsky
I feel like in telling stories, there are the things the audience thinks are important, and then there are the things that are actually important.
J. J. Abrams
I love telling stories, and am almost entirely unable to keep a secret.
Ben Macintyre
I don’t have a particular ambition in any medium. I just want to keep telling stories. If somebody pays me, also good.
Joss Whedon
I began telling stories as a volunteer in my daughters’ school. But I grew up hearing stories from Cuban and Southern storytellers, and I learned a great deal by just being quiet and listening.
Carmen Agra Deedy
We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
Joan Didion
I write my own stories. I like telling stories to little children. I think the good thing about stories is they carry you to another place which you’ve never been. And you feel like you’re just enveloped by the book and the characters.
Georgie Henley
I’m much more into someone who is telling stories than somebody who is writing a record about their breakup. It’s just more interesting for me.
Regina Spektor
Humans are, by nature, pattern-seeking, storytelling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns whether they exist or not.
Michael Shermer
I really love sort of classical cinema where people were telling stories with very little dialogue, and people were using the camera in a really interesting way.
Alex Winter
Language is material to shape and mold, not only a transparent or invisible medium for communication, business contracts, or telling stories.
Kenneth Goldsmith
I’m always interested in telling stories that have a message because I really do believe that film is so powerful.
Naomie Harris
There is no off position on my visual switch, and I don’t want one. I love, and always have, telling stories with my camera.
Bill Frakes
I would definitely not rule out doing television, in the future, because I think it’s a great medium for telling stories.
Chris Pratt
When a friend needs consoling, do not give in to the temptation of telling stories similar to theirs of disaster or bereavement. It is something people often do to show empathy but nothing is more tiresome than other people’s problems when you want to focus on your own. Listening is by far the best form of consolation.
Giles Andreae
I seem to enjoy telling stories with a central absence, with a lacuna tunnelled into them.
Junot Diaz
Wrestling is a performance. Its entertainment, we [wrestlers] tell stories. We make our fans happy by telling stories but the long and short of it its pretty much the same thing as acting.
John Cena
Playing with different genres and perspectives and ways of telling stories is one of the perks of being a novelist, but at the same time, I want precision. And in order to be precise about stuff, you have to get personal. Symbolism is very boring.
Linn Ullmann
I had just come off doing a lot of commercials when I did Go, so a part of the fast pace and efficiency comes from the discipline I had to learn from telling stories in 25-second increments, and that type of discipline is insane.
Doug Liman
I went up on stage, and said, “Why did the chicken cross the road? To check out the chicks.” I was a genius at 10. Try telling that at 21, and you look hacky and stupid. That was the only joke I’ve ever told. Everything since has been character voices, doing impressions or just telling stories.
Gabriel Iglesias
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
Rudyard Kipling
My favorite thing in the world is telling stories, and most of what I do is telling stories through music.
Taylor Swift
I got a Super 8 camera when I was eight years old, and I just wanted to tell stories – I love telling stories.
Brett Ratner
I’m consistently telling stories about the value of the human condition and connectedness and things like that.
J.H. Wyman
You know,” King said, “I’m not much good at telling stories. That sounds like a paradox, but it’s not; it’s the reason I write them down.
Stephen King
Comedy, it’s a way for me to keep my acting chops. It’s like a free acting class, to get up in front of a live audience. You get to have fun telling stories.
Gabrielle Dennis
It’s horrid to be called a Shakespearean actor because that’s incredibly limiting, and we love acting. We like telling stories, anything that excites us we want to be a part of. Science fiction is fun too!
Timothy Dalton
By telling stories, you objectify your own experience. You separate it from yourself. You pin down certain truths. You make up others. You start sometimes with an incident that truly happened, and you carry it forward by inventing incidents that did not in fact occur but that nonetheless help to clarify and explain.
Tim O’Brien
If I had not been successful as a director, then I’m sure I would still be telling stories. I would have continued on 16mm or found a different medium through which to tell them. Maybe they would have been less glamorous than films, but I would continue to tell stories.
Pedro Almodovar
I love being a storyteller. I love telling stories.
Henry Rollins
[I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. … I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm!
Orson Welles
The Marvel cinematic universe and the Marvel animation universe are things that are very true, in terms of the DNA of what it is. But if, at the end of the day, all we’re doing is telling stories that have appeared in the comic books already, then we’re not really challenging anybody.
Jeph Loeb
Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.
Chris Cavanaugh
I would not like to have a homogeneous type of film. I wanted to go to many different kinds of ways of making cinema and telling stories and watching the country.
Miguel Gomes
I love telling stories. I love the intimacy between the writer and reader. When you write sketches it’s over in two minutes. When you write a book the characters have to have a bit of emotional depth.
David Walliams
I’ve come to recognize what I call my ‘inside interests.’ Telling stories. And helping people tell their stories is a sort of interpersonal gardening. My work at NBC News was to report the news, but in hindsight, I often tried to look for some insight to share that might spark a moment of recognition in a viewer.
Jane Pauley
There’s a great tradition in storytelling that’s thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that’s really what I wanted to do.
Aaron Sorkin
My filmmaking really began with technology. It began through technology, not through telling stories, because my 8mm movie camera was the way into whatever I decided to do.
Steven Spielberg
Hopefully life is long. Do stuff you will enjoy thinking about and telling stories about for many years to come. Do stuff you will want to brag about.
Rachel Maddow
It sounds trite, but I like telling stories.
Rebecca Hall
When everyone is catching great waves and out in the line up telling stories and having a laugh, you have the best times. I also get really psyched surfing or running in the rain.
Sally Fitzgibbons
A visual understanding of great composition and how to use a camera and expensive lenses can be learned, but drive and a real hunger for making photos and telling stories… I don’t think that part can be learned. You either have that inside, or you don’t.
Aaron Huey
Hollywood has its own way of telling stories. I was just telling stories that I was familiar with. And it’s what I want to do in the future: I want to take my audio cinema and put it on the screen.
Ice T
To make movies you just have to want it enough. You have to have the passion for telling stories. You have to get by the love-of-movies aspect. You can’t just be a movie fan.
John Carpenter
What I’m passionate about is telling stories which mean something to me.
Marc Forster
When I was in Boy Scouts, back in the day, we’d tell stories around the campfire. That’s why I love movies. It’s literally you and your friends, telling stories around a campfire, whatever they may be.
Jon M. Chu
Nothing’s really changed for me over the years. I like telling stories about people with problems. I can’t really put it much simpler than that. Relationships are interesting to me. Not just between men and women but fathers and sons, brothers and sisters and friends.
Steve Buscemi
Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.
Rachel Naomi Remen
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I’ve been acting since second grade, telling stories, making my parents laugh here and there, so I’m hoping my “thing” is acting. But I also make a really good bread pudding.
Anna Camp
I know you’re always supposed to want more of everything. But in truth, I’m having a nice ebb and flow of being in my daughter’s life every day and getting to keep my work life alive. I’m not nominated for ten thousand everythings every minute, but I am acting and telling stories I love.
Helen Hunt