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“You have already succeeded. Because you have a story to tell. You have a story worth telling, and because of that the outcome is irrelevant to your success.”

– Mako Fujimura

He sits back in his chair and steadily returns the stare aimed at him. Taking his time as though he has all of it in the world, in the universe, from the days when tales meant more than they do now, but perhaps less than they will someday, he draws a breath that releases the tangled know of his words in his heart, and they fall from his lips effortlessly.

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“It is important. Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and their purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Good and evil are a good deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf ans a scarlet-clad girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Stories have changed, my dear boy. There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts have taken different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed. Each subsequent storyteller puts his or her mark upon it. Whatever truth the story once had is buried in bias and embellishment. The reasons do not matter as much as the story itself.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“But remember always, as I told you first that this is all a fairy tale, and only fun and pretense; and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true.”
~ Charles Kingsley

My gripe is not with lovers of the truth, but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie.

– Vida Winter in The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

“Stories never end… even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”

– Mo, Inkheart  by Cornelia Funke

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.~ Maya Angelo

[via The Toltec Center]

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