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.

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news. Charles Anderson Dana
I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust. Charles Baudelaire
The evening papers print what they do and get away with it because by afternoon the human mind is ruined anyhow. Christopher Morley
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. Cyril Connolly
News is history shot on the wing. Gene Fowler
Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization. George Bernard Shaw
A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not. Henry Fielding
They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. James G. Watt
Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. Erwin Knoll
Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets. Napoleon
No news is good news. No journalists is even better. Nicolas Bentley
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. Norman Mailer
In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has. Mark Twain
When there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst. M.P. Singh
True love stories never have endings. Richard Bach
In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern. Edward Robert B. Lytton
Master books, but doo not let them master you. - Read to live, not not live to read. Edward Robert B. Lytton
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves. E.M. Forster
Books are lighthouses erected in quacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. Henry Ward Beecher
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. James Bryce
Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book. John Ruskin
The wise man reads both books and life itself. Lin Yutang
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. James Russell Lowell
The man who does not read good books is at no advantage over the man that can't read them. Mark Twain
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you. Mortimer Adler
Some men, in telling a fish story, will go to any length. Evan Esar
There are two sides to every story until the gossips get hold of it. Evan Esar
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story but writes another. James M. Barrie