Story Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old story quotes, story sayings, and story proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A story untold could be the one that kills you. Pat Conroy
Decades of research have shown that most happy families communicate effectively. But talking doesn't mean simply 'talking through problems,' as important as that is. Talking also means telling a positive story about yourselves. Bruce Feiler
Every story is informed by a worldview. Brian Godawa
A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart. Chuck Palahniuk
The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell. Ben Okri
You are what exists before all stories. You are what remains when the story is understood. Byron Katie
Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here. Sue Monk Kidd
Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself. Octavia E. Butler
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Philip Pullman
There's no success story. Everybody's got a ghetto story. You always want to make it bigger than what it is. Bernie Mac
Stories give color to black and white information. Todd Stocker
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye. Jimi Hendrix
There is one story left, one road: that it is. And on this road there are very many signs that, being, is uncreated and imperishable, whole, unique, unwavering, and complete. Parmenides
A story never looks as good as when the other fellow buys it. Irving Thalberg
The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence. Annette Simmons
We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story. Maxine Kumin
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. J.D. Salinger
All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story. Isak Dinesen
Writing nonfiction means I tell people's stories for them, not because they're special but because we all are. Jo Deurbrouck
There's no story if there isn't some conflict. The memorable things are usually not how pulled together everybody is. I think everybody feels lonely and trapped sometimes. I would think it's more or less the norm. Wes Anderson
Books are humanity in print. Barbara Tuchman
Books are the open avenues down which, like kings coming to be crowned, great ideas and inspirations move to the abbey of man's soul. Ernest Dressel North
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. Christopher Morley
A great book should leave you with many experiences. You live lives while reading it. William Styron
I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print, the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big screen fig-tree. Sylvia Plath
Television has a real problem. They have no page two. Consequently every big story gets the same play and comes across to the to the viewer as a really big, scary one. Art Buchwald
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. Arthur Miller
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. Ben Hecht
All of us learn to write by the second grade, then most of us go on to other things. Bobby Knight
The secret of successful journalism is to make your readers so angry they will write half your paper for you. C.E.M. Joad