Five Great Quotations about Stories

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman

“They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.” – Leslie Marmon Silko

“A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been.” – Betty Smith

“Sooner or later every writer evolves his own definition of a story. Mine is: A reflection of life plus beginning and end (life seems not to have either) and a meaning.” – Mary O’Hara

“A story isn’t a charcoal sketch, where every stroke lies on the surface to be seen. It’s an oil painting, filled with layers that the author must uncover so carefully to show its beauty.” ― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes