Story Quotes

“People have always told stories as they searched for truth. As our ancient ancestors sat around the campfire in front of their caves, they told the stories of their day in order to try to understand what their day had meant, what the truth of the mammoth hunt was, or the roar of the cave lion, or the falling love of two young people. Bards and troubadours through the centuries have sung stories in order to give meaning tot he events of human life. We read novels, go to the movies, watch television, in order to find out more about the human endeavor. As a child I read avidly and in stories I found truth which were not available in history or geography or social studies.”

“Let’s recover our story because we’ll die without it. It’s a life-giving story–this magnificent narrative we find in Scripture–if we are willing to read openly and to read all of Scripture, not just passages selected to help us prove our point. The God of Scripture can sometimes seem brutal, see through the eyes of the early biblical narrator, who is looking at the Creator through crudely primitive eyes. But the God of Scripture is also the God who refused the nuke Nineveh, even though that’s what Jonah wanted; who forgave David for a really staggering list of wrongdoings; who wants only for us stiff-necked people to repent and come home; who goes out into the stormy night for the one lost black sheep; who throws a party when the Prodigal Son returns; who loves us so much that God did indeed send his only begotten son to come live with us, as one of us, to help us understand our stories–each one unique, infinitely valuable, irreplaceable.”

“We tell stories, listen to stories, go to plays to be amused, to be edified, but mostly so that we can understand what it means to be a human being. Jesus was a story-teller. Indeed, according to Matthew, he taught entirely by telling stories. One of the great triumphs of Satan has been to lead us to believe that “story” isn’t true. I don’t know if all the facts of the story of Joseph are true, but it is a true story. That is very important to understand. Jesus did not tell his parables in order to give us facts and information, but to show us truth….Story is the closest we human beings can come to truth. God is truth. God is beyond the realm of provable fact. We can neither prove nor disprove God. God is for faith.”

“Stories, no matter how simple, can be vehicles of truth; can be, in fact, icons. It’s not coincidence that Jesus taught almost entirely by telling stories, simple stories dealing with the stuff of life familiar to the Jews of his day. Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos we see despite all the chaos.”
Glimpses of Grace by Madeleine L’Engle


“If scripture is to become my teacher, I must put on each story like a robe to be worn,    identifying with the characters, walking in their shoes, feeling with their hearts.”
Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr


Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
 Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
 Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
 Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
The Two Towers  by JRR Tolkien
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. “
The Gifts of Imperfections  by Brene’ Brown
“God’s art is the starting point for the story of the world.”
Emily P. Freeman
  “There isn’t anyone you can’t love once you’ve heard their story.”
(anecdotally from a note Mr. Rogers carried in his pocket written by a social worker)
“The beauty of art is that it separates us enough from our own pain in order to make it safe to approach. This movie, this novel, this musical, this song isn’t my story, and so I can freely let myself identify with it.  In the freedom, the tears have permission to fall. And in the tear-fall, I realize that this movie , this novel, this musical, this song holds pieces of my story after all.”
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
“Every single person has a story that will break your heart. And if you’re paying attention, most people from every side will have a story that will bring you to your knees. Nobody rides for free.”
Brene’ Brown
“And as he spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever ; in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
“Bruises heal, but stories are forever. “
–ND Wilson

“If you want to keep me, treat me like a child before bedtime. Invite me to your story time or to hear your poetry read aloud. Sit up in a chair and let the room go quiet. Give it pause. Let the space hang. Let me sit on the floor, leaning back on my elbows, poking my legs out straight and wobbling side to side. Crack a book open, lick your finger, and let me hear the page. Read in rhythm. Use your narrator voice, crescendo. Sing a song and I’ll become unaware of my body, my mouth hanging open as I go with you…I am always hungry for this, for a story to swallow me whole.”
Wild in the Hollow  Amber C. Haines

2 thoughts on “Story Quotes

  1. I am enjoying pulling some of your thoughts to share with my World Lit students this fall in my introductory class “Why Story?”

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