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    storytelling Quotes

    I think because I am a physical person, and because my way of expressing and performing and storytelling or explaining has always been with my body, if I can combine the two I find it really liberating.
    — Zoe Bell
    I use my platform for more than just myself. Art is a reflection of human emotions. To neglect the political is to neglect what essentially is your job of storytelling. I would rather be known for the content of my character than for the project that I did.
    — Zendaya
    The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.
    — Zainab Salbi
    In film, you have to present everything on the screen so it's the opposite of what I usually do with storytelling. It forced me to think about how people walk, where they sit at that moment. With Princess of Nebraska, it was just fun to watch because the movie was so far from the story. It was very much a different story.
    — Yiyun Li
    All your clear and pleasing sentences will fall apart if you don't keep remembering that writing is linear and sequential, that logic is the glue that holds it together, that tension must be maintained from one sentence to the next and from one paragraph to the next and from one section to the next, and that narrative - good old-fashioned storytelling - is what should pull your readers along without their noticing the tug.
    — William Zinsser
    What we refer to confidently as memory is really a form of storytelling that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling.
    — William Maxwell
    It is a skill we learn early, the art of inventing stories to explain away the fearful scared strangeness of the world. Storytelling and make-believe, like war and agriculture, are among the arts of self-defense, and all of them are ways of enclosing otherness and claiming ownership.
    — William Kittredge
    Science is the storytelling of our time.
    — William Irwin Thompson
    tags: time  storytelling 
    For me and my storytelling and the way that I embrace stories in the way that I embrace characters, I desperately needed to know that everything was okay.
    — Will Smith
    I think that my sensibilities are becoming slightly less delicate and I'm venturing out in a storytelling world.
    — Will Smith
    I like storytelling, and I feel more confident as the years have gone on about my ability to do that.
    — Walton Goggins
    tags: gone  storytelling  year 
    The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.
    — Walter Benjamin
    What's really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn't support the story.
    — Wally Pfister
    Storytelling is the important thing.
    — Vincent Kartheiser
    tags: storytelling 
    Having certain limits - not too many, but certain limits on an ability to tell a story - makes us work harder, me and my writers. Sometimes I watch a giant movie with a $250 million budget and I think they feel kind of bloated, and that if they'd been leaner and meaner they might've had better storytelling.
    — Vince Gilligan
    If you're too rigid in your thinking you may miss some wonderful opportunities for storytelling.
    — Vince Gilligan
    It's remarkable how a soundtrack can be so important to the storytelling and the experience. I think the music is going to make people see the movie a lot. The music is going to make you want to go see it again. You have so much fun in the movie, and it's music that you want to share with your kids, anyway.
    — Vin Diesel
    In the face of events that threaten to overwhelm our lives, storytelling gives us a way of reclaiming ourselves and reaffirming our connections with other people-those who listen to our stories and, by doing so, bear witness with us.
    — Victoria Alexander
    The thing I love about this story [The Killing] and this type of storytelling is that I don't have to know the end before I know the beginning.
    — Veena Sud
    Woodrell's storytelling is as melodic, jangly and energetic as a good banjo riff.... Sammy Barlach's story is a tragedy, but the telling of it is a pleasure.
    — Valerie Sayers
    It's not magic that takes us to another world - it's storytelling.
    — Val McDermid
    I believe that Jesus was both priest and poet. Imagine those powerful parables! My experience as a priest tells me it's not possible to reach the hearts of the congregants without a bit of poetry and storytelling.
    — Uwem Akpan
    An author must learn the principles of good storytelling only in order to write better from the heart.
    — Uri Shulevitz
    The hardest part about storytelling is knowing what happens in the end.
    — Tye Sheridan
    I myself wouldn't want to read a magazine that focuses solely on a small part of the literary field or of the popular culture - better to smash the borders and look for interesting and important stuff from many different forms of storytelling.
    — Toni Jerrman
    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
    They're [zombies] us, you can also have the wrestler zombie, the clown zombie, the Jay Leno zombie and the nun zombie. I've never seen the clown werewolf or vampire. But because zombies are us, at the lowest possible level, they're a lot more versatile for storytelling.
    — Tom Savini
    I loved adventure movies. I loved movies where people went on an adventure to an unknown land, an undiscovered country, or a new territory. I think there's something, right at the center of storytelling, that people love about that.
    — Tom Hiddleston
    You can put the camera in places where you may not necessarily be able to put it there if I don't do the stunt. If it's character and it's storytelling, then we do it. We design the things around me. I don't do it just to do a stunt. It's storytelling for me and how I can best bring the audience into the action, bring the audience into the story. And that's how we always look at at.
    — Tom Cruise
    It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.
    — Tom Brokaw
    tags: storytelling 
    Certainly the goal with any sort of storytelling is to have an impact, to touch on some reader's life. And in some cases, there may be stories that actually have a particular goal like that in mind. So yeah, that sort of thing does happen in comics, fairly regularly.
    — Tom Brevoort
    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
    tags: fate  eyes  movie  storytelling  pride 
    I think that the art of marketing, the art of promotion and the art of storytelling is definitely elevated and we have to get better every year.
    — Tinker Hatfield
    When I was at college, the idea of fashion was more immediate to me, whereas art photography, the depth of it, was a different thing. Storytelling - fanciful storytelling - can only be told through fashion photography. It's the perfect way to play with fantasy and dreams.
    — Tim Walker
    In the shows I've done serialized storytelling with, there are big open questions, but you like every episode to be identifiable as what it is. It's also very important that each season is identifiable. There's usually some big thing that you're trying to wrap up. There are big bows that you're trying to tie, by the end of the season, that you would do anyway because it's just good storytelling to tie those things up.
    — Tim Kring
    I really enjoy the pastiche storytelling of watching separate stories slowly collide with one another. The audience gets to participate in trying to guess and decipher how one story will connect with another.
    — Tim Kring
    For me, storytelling is all about how we learn about each other. I'm so curious about people, what makes them tick, why they are who they are, and how we all relate to each other, despite the fact that we may not think that we do.
    — Thomas Sadoski
    The biggest compliment? I would say, "You helped me." I think in terms of life, not just with acting. But certainly with storytelling, being able to hold up a mirror and allow someone to relate to a story and see something in themselves to the extent that you're in service to another human being - I don't know why else we're here. To know that I helped someone would be the biggest compliment I could ever receive.
    — Thomas Sadoski
    Theatre, film and television are all modes of storytelling, and many of us are fortunate enough to move freely among them without feeling that we've 'left' or need to 'go back' to one or the other. In fact, if the theatre is to avoid a brain drain, this kind of fluidity is increasingly necessary.
    — Theresa Rebeck
    I've certainly collaborated with others for their songs and it's fun. To me, it's exciting to write from a place that doesn't have to be so true to my life and is more just storytelling.
    — The Rocket Summer
    tags: true  fun  song  storytelling  write 
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