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James Atlas Quotes and Sayings

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A penumbra of somber dignity has descended over his reputation.
- James Atlas

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient.
Besides, life has so much humor.
- Manuel Puig

It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter.
Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation
than trying to make the English laugh.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

Even colors were important to me.
If it was a somber scene, the colors were muted and dark.
If it was a happy or seductive scene,
the colors were brighter.
- Donna Mills

 

The most important thing about a TV set is to get it
back against something and not out in the middle of
a room where it's like a somber fellow making electronic judgments on you.
- Bruce Jay Friedman

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 PHOTO

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our stories are the window to our emotions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

I am merely a bit player in your stories,
as you are merely a bit player in mine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world just IS, and we all have our stories about it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely for having created stories of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely
for having created stories of suffering.
I forgive myself for all
my angers, resentments, jealousies,
and all the other emotions of suffering.
I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money.
Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.
- Martin Cruz Smith

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Some stories are true that never happened.
- Elie Wiesel

I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th
century novel and novels that really are short stories
filled with a lot of helium.
- Lynn Abbey

Writing is hard work.
Generating stories that catch people's attention and
holding it are very difficult.
- David Ogden Stiers

Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever
gains people or their leaders have made or imagine
they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.
- Chinua Achebe

But at the same time, I have trouble keeping things out of books,
which is why I don't write short stories because they turn into novels.
- Jonathan Coe

Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular
forms of entertainment that exist.
If you then try to have something to say...
that I have, of course.
- Steig Larsson

To share our stories is not only a worthwhile endeavor for the storyteller,
but for those who hear our stories and feel less alone because of it.
- Joyce Maynard

We've got so many stories to tell, you know,
we could take on the world.
- Yahoo Serious

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in
so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
- Howard Nemerov

I must have been 3 years old or less,
and I remember paging through these comics,
trying to figure out the stories.
I couldn't read the words, so I made up my own stories.
- Daniel Clowes

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

I write short stories, and I wrote a play.
- Rita Dove

It always amazes me to think that every house on every
street is full of so many stories;
so many triumphs and tragedies,
and all we see are yards and driveways.
- Glenn Close

The American formula things are out there but they
don't have any stories to tell -
we have all the stories to tell -
but they're all formula.
- Yahoo Serious

The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell.
- Orson Scott Card

There's a joy in writing short stories,
a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.
- Tobias Wolff

Like life itself my stories have no point and get absolutely nowhere.
- Thorne Smith

One of the things I would like to do is make up stories
that I would have enjoyed when I was a kid.
So, if I'm thinking about an audience,
it's usually a younger version of myself.
- Matt Groening

As a professional writer of detective stories,
I string along with the ballplayers.
I love a ball game.
- Rex Stout

I have heard repeated stories of meth users leaving
their children unattended for days as they cook,
use and then sleep off the intense effects of methamphetamine.
- Rick Larsen

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell.
You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
- Tracy Kidder

How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

You have to pick the stories that you want to be involved
with and the end game is you'd like to be a part of a hit.
But I think your moral obligation is to follow your own heart.
- Kevin Costner

I have some shorter stories coming out in other books early next year.
I might be pitching a re-vamp of Ghost Rider in the spring.
We'll see.
- Patton Oswalt

We always see the innocent victims in the stories,
and I am a little bored with that.
I am much more interested in the price paid by the people who can fly.
- Bill Williams

I'm usually working on my own mythology,
my own realm of created characters.
Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it.
- Anne Rice

If you look at my last songs and first short stories,
there is a real connection between them.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I brought in the stories many times.
I don't just do animation.
- Ray Harryhausen

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

Most of my stories have some basis in fact.
- Ken Follett

Sam Walton was a master storyteller who used illustrative
stories to reinforce his cultural standards.
- Michael Bergdahl

In independent film you tend to have stories that involve more of a community,
and the smaller characters are important to the story.
- David Morse

Most reporters who come to me get their stories directly from press releases.
Very few do what one would consider to be their professional duty.
- Joey Skaggs

I don't mind UFO's and ghost stories,
it's just that I tend to give value to the storyteller
rather than to the story itself.
- Robert Stack

Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie
film talent was able to make Australian stories?
- Yahoo Serious

Stories are different every time you tell them -
they allow so many possible narratives.
- David Antin

I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject,
except that murder is a subject that has always drawn
people for as long as people have been telling stories.
- Donna Tartt

Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root,
some sort of global archetypes.
- Maynard James Keenan

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

Well, religion has been passed down through the years
by stories people tell around the campfire.
Stories about God, stories about love.
Stories about good spirits and evil spirits.
- Andrew Greeley

I have no stories to sell.
A lot of my relationships are with civilians,
and no one wants to hear about those.
- David Spade

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories.
For example, there is no sense in sending a picture
book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
- Margaret Mahy

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

In the villages in Europe, there are still healers who tell stories.
- Yannick Noah

With Groo, I try to do one story every book.
Sometimes the stories are better if they go a little longer,
and I choose to do it in four issues.
- Sergio Aragones

The movies that influenced me were movies that told
their stories through pictures more than words.
- Sam Mendes

Many of the less prolific killers' stories go unheard
because they simply don't make good books.
- Pat Brown

Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product.
The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
- David Brin

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
They're about getting ratings, about making money,
about doing stories that are easy to cover.
- Al Franken

He just kind of talks them through, and then I get
the fun part cause I get to make up the stories.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I was always inventing characters and making up stories.
- Suzanne Vega


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