— Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of children's books 1928 - 2012
Quoted in an interview, "Sendak on Sendak," Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia (2007/2008)
„When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story.“
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
„Tell them stories. They need the truth. You must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories.“
— Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
Context: One of the ghosts — an old woman — beckoned, urging her to come close. Then she spoke, and Mary heard her say: "Tell them stories. They need the truth. You must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories." That was all, and then she was gone. It was one of those moments when we suddenly recall a dream that we’ve unaccountably forgotten, and back in a flood comes all the emotion we felt in our sleep. It was the dream she’d tried to describe to Atal, the night picture; but as Mary tried to find it again, it dissolved and drifted apart, just as these presences did in the open air. The dream was gone. All that was left was the sweetness of that feeling, and the injunction to tell them stories. Ch. 32 : Morning
— William Poundstone American writer 1955
Part One, Entropy, Minus Sign, p. 76
— William Gibson American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre 1948
Context: If Skinner couldn't tell Fontaine a story about something, Fontaine would make up his own story, read function in the shape of something, read use in the way it was worn down. It seemed to comfort him. Everything to Fontaine, had a story. Each object, each fragment comprising the built world. A chorus of voices, the past alive in everything, that sea upon which the present tossed and rode. When he'd built Skinner's funicular, the elevator that crawled like a small cable car up the angled iron of the tower, when they old man's hip had gotten too bad to allow him to easily climb, Fontaine had a story about the derivation of each piece. He wove their stories together, applied electricity: the thing rose, clicking, to the hatch in the floor of Skinner's room. Ch. 38 : Vincent Black Lightning, p. 191
— Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931
The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009), afterword to "Kevin Malone", p. 355
„Tell me a story.
In this century, and moment, of mania,
Tell me a story.
Make it a story of great distances, and starlight.
The name of the story will be Time,
But you must not pronounce its name.
Tell me a story of deep delight.“
— Robert Penn Warren American poet, novelist, and literary critic 1905 - 1989
"Tell me A Story"