the colors of your story

the very act of story-telling,

of arranging memory and invention

according to the structure of the narrative,

is by definition: holy.

we tell stories

because we can’t help it.

we tell stories

because we love to entertain

and hope to edify.

we tell stories

because they fill the silence death imposes.

we tell stories

because they save us.

×  james carroll × 

 

when I hear other people’s stories,

i like to believe that they contribute to my “encyclopedia of human experience.”

the stories i hear help me expand my definition of

what love is,

what pain feels like,

what sacrifice means,

what laughter can do…

×  sarah kay × 

 

 

we tell ourselves stories in order to live…

we look for the sermon in the suicide,

for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five.

we interpret what we see,

select the most workable of the multiple choices.

we live entirely,

(especially if we are writers)

by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images,

by the “ideas”

with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria

which is our actual experience.

×  joan didion × 

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