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Storytelling is not what I do for a living -
by Donald Davis

Storytelling is not what I do for a living -
it is how I do all that I do while I am living.
- Donald Davis

I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them.
- Donald Davis

I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream,
hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased any time I pleased,
fight any foe, win or lose, live or die.
My stories created a safe experimental learning place.
- Donald Davis

I actually think one of my strengths is my storytelling.
- Quentin Tarantino

 

Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been
around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.
- Frank Darabont

Rap is rhythm and poetry.
Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
- Ajay Naidu

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
But style is at least partly a learned thing:
one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice -
by work.
- Donna Tartt

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Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward.
It has great force behind it.
It makes for great storytelling.
- Holly Near

I love graphic design.
I love working with design, and I love storytelling,
so I've been working on a children's book for a while,
and I'd like to see that through.
- Colleen Haskell

It's populated by people who, by and large,
have terrific communication skills.
Every day is an extraordinary day.
For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
- Aaron Sorkin

I like the storytelling and reading the letters,
the long-distance dedications.
- Casey Kasem

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
- Robert McAfee Brown

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
- Donna Tartt

I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures,
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
- George Murray

What I want to write about has changed somewhat,
and the scope of the storytelling has changed accordingly.
- Terry Brooks

It was unpredictable, good storytelling that brought you back each week.
- Ted Shackelford

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

My major allegiance has been to storytelling,
not to history.
- Russell Banks

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

So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling.
Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects
of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
- Brian De Palma

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic
instruments for storytelling.
- Ted Lange

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

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth,
wisdom, is dying out.
- Walter Benjamin

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
- Hannah Arendt

Because of all the concurrent stories going in 24 and its fast pace,
it can be complicated in terms of the story,
so I thought sound could help with the storytelling.
- Stephen Hopkins

But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work
in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.
- Brian De Palma

It's all storytelling, you know.
That's what journalism is all about.
- Tom Brokaw

Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling
and in stories that are about storytelling.
- Neil Jordan

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct,
rescued me most of my life.
- Armistead Maupin

Storytelling is what lights my fire.
- Hope Davis

I believe the adventure game genre will never die any
more than any type of storytelling would ever die.
- Roberta Williams

Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth.
It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
- Jeremy Northam

I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while,
and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
- Brian De Palma

I like the storytelling and reading the letters,
the long-distance dedications.
Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level,
you're really connecting.
- Casey Kasum

But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic
ghost story like The Others,
Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense.
It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.
- Guillermo del Toro

If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer
animated films for your children in the back seat,
is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No,
it's the storytelling.
That's why we put so much importance on story.
No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
- John Lasseter

I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller,
but nobody wrote.
It was that kind of Celtic, storytelling tradition:
everybody would have a story at the pub or at parties,
even at the clubs and raves.
- Irvine Welsh

Through his mastery of storytelling techniques,
he has managed to separate his character,
in the public mind, from his actions as president.
He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.
- James Nathan Miller

Moments are incredible, but in my fantasy mind I see
a Globe company which is renowned throughout the world
for what it does with pure storytelling.
So that people come and say: it's not just the building,
it's the only place you can hear this kind of work.
- Mark Rylance

The story drove the book.
That had a very seminal effect on the way I saw writing and storytelling.
If you can set a character in a story that is compelling and has a backbone,
you draw people in.
- Dick Wolf

I praise CBS for taking a risk, which is always the
price you pay for opportunity.
This is not standard movie of the week storytelling.
I think movies of the week have fallen into a niche and that isn't my niche.
- Tom Selleck

There's a wealth of literature out there which,
hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future,
and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved
with classic storytelling,
and sort of legendary characters.
- Sean Bean

Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act.
An essential role to play in the community or tribe.
It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been
fortunate enough to be rewarded for.
- Russell Banks

European films were what it was about for me -
the sensations I needed,
the depth, the storytelling, the characters,
the directors, and the freedom that you can't really find in American films.
- Charlotte Rampling

I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down,
then...
it's sort of like taking the training wheels off,
trying to write a book that's fun in the same way without
relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
- Jonathan Franzen

With Storytelling, at least, it's explicit:
this is what the censors say American citizens,
no matter what age, are not permitted to see,
even though it can be seen by other people all over the world.
I suppose you could call it a political statement.
- Todd Solondz

The book has many different characteristics:
some are extremely old-fashioned storytelling traits,
but there are also a fair number of postmodern traits,
and the self-consciousness is one.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear,
the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot.
I take pride in that - and, of course,
in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut.
- Todd Solondz

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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