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21 Story Telling Quotes

I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as 'twas said to me.

Sir Walter Scott Quotes , Source: The Lay of the Last Minstrel (canto II, st. 22)

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At this point therefore let us begin our narrative, without adding any more to what has already been said; for it would be foolish to lengthen the preface while cutting short the history itself.

Bible Quotes , Source: II Maccabees (ch. II, v. 32)

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A schoolboy's tale, the wonder of an hour!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)

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A story, in which native humour reigns, Is often useful, always entertains; A graver fact, enlisted on your side, May furnish illustration, well applied; But sedentary weavers of long tales Give me the fidgets, and my patience fails.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Conversation (l. 203)

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In this spacious isle I think there is not one But he hath heard some talk of Hood and Little John, Of Tuck, the merry friar, which many a sermon made In praise of Robin Hood, his outlaws, and their trade.

Michael Drayton Quotes , Source: Polyolbion

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This story will never go down.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tumble-Down Dick (air I)

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In vain would I seek to discover Why sad and mournful am I, My thoughts without ceasing brood over A tale of the time gone by. [Ger., Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten, Dass ich so traurig bin: Ein marchen aus alten Zeiten Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.]

Heinrich Heine Quotes , Source: Die Lorelei, (E.A. Bowring's translation)

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When thou dost tell another's jest, therein Omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Temple--Church Porch (st. 11)

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Soft as some song divine, thy story flows.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. XI, l. 458), (Pope's translation)

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I hate To tell again a tale once fully told.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. XII, l. 566), (Bryant's translation)

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And what so tedious as a twice-told tale.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. XII, last line), (Pope's translation)

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Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and the story s told of yourself. [Lat., Quid rides?] Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (I, 1, 69)

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But that's another story.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: Mulvaney--Soldiers Three

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An' all us other children, when the supper things is done, We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun A-list'nin' to the witch tales 'at Annie tells about An' the gobble-uns 'at gits you Ef you Don't Watch Out!

James Whitcomb Riley Quotes , Source: Little Orphant Annie

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But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

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His eye begets occasion for his wit; For every object that the one doth catch The other turns to a mirth-moving jest, Which his fair tongue, conceit's expositor, Delivers in such apt and gracious words, That aged ears play truant at his tales, And younger hearings are quite ravished, So sweet and voluble is his discourse.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Rosaline at II, i)

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Out of their saddles into the dirt--and thereby hangs a tale.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, i)

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For seldom shall she hear a tale So said, so tender, yet so true.

William Shenstone Quotes , Source: Jemmy Dawson (st. 20)

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With a tale forsooth he cometh unto you, with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney) Quotes , Source: The Defense of Poesy

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In after-dinner talk, Across the walnuts and the wine.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes , Source: The Miller's Daughter

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A tale in everything.

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: Simon Lee

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