Quotations About / On: NARRATIVE

Quotations About / On: NARRATIVE
4th Earl Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
Mason Cooley
Nostalgia keeps dissolving the ironic narratives in which I have contained my past.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.
Robert Coover
The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
Mason Cooley
The ninety percent of human experience that does not fit into established narrative patterns falls into oblivion.
Edward Gibbon
Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
Kathy Acker
“There is no master narrative nor realist perspective to provide a background of social and historical facts.”
Shalom Freedman
Reading bits and pieces is not like reading one long continuous narrative This is the literary rebuke to the Age we are now living in
Shalom Freedman
Our lives are stories in time, and so any timeless image of our future would seem to lack the elements of surprise and suspense which narratives in time may give -
Henry David Thoreau
We can never safely exceed the actual facts in our narratives. Of pure invention, such as some suppose, there is no instance. To write a true work of fiction even is only to take leisure and liberty to describe some things more exactly as they are.
Jane Rule
Morality for the novelist is expressed not so much in the choice of subject matter as in the plot of the narrative, which is perhaps why in our morally bewildered time novelists have often been timid about plot.
Edgar Allan Poe
In spite of the air of fable ... the public were still not at all disposed to receive it as fable. I thence concluded that the facts of my narrative would prove of such a nature as to carry with them sufficient evidence of their own authenticity.
Henry David Thoreau
Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit. As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. It is the chief and most memorable success, for history is but a prose narrative of poetic deeds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eloquence must be grounded on the plainest narrative. Afterwards, it may warm itself until it exhales symbols of every kind and color, speaks only through the most poetic forms; but first and last, it must still be at bottom a biblical statement of fact.
Paul Auster
We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.

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