We rose up. We shared our stories of survival. We said: humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.

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The heart of the story is usually a place to arrive at, not a place to begin.

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Writing is simply putting one word in front of another.

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There are creative seeds buried in people, no matter how oppressed they have been, and you can find these seeds in their stories.

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A good short story would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.

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In a word is a world. All transformation occurs through language. Find new language to describe what you're living into."

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I'm a storyteller and an artist. My job is to move people and the best way to do that is to come right out of the guts with it.

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A story is a shifting creature, an eternal mirror that catches our lives at unexpected angles,

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The power to shape the stories that frame a culture is a power that ultimately trumps the coercive powers of the state and the financial power of concentrated wealth.

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A skill that is vital to life every day: the ability to be a competent conversationalist. For conversing is the foundation on which relationships are built and sustained, stories are told, passions and ideas are shared, trust is established and sense of adventure emerges. It is the generator of new ways of being and new ways of doing, the dynamic of the future of any system, small or large.

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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

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The truth about stories is that that’s all we are…But don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You’ve heard it now.

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Writing is its own reward.

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Stories are wondrous things and they are dangerous.”

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It is the nature of ideas to be communicated: written spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on cross breeding, grows better for being stepped on.

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I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act."

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I believe in parables. I navigate life using stories where I find them, and I hold tight to the ones that tell me new kinds of truth.

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The pen is mightier than the sword, but only in retrospect,” she wrote. “At the time of combat, those with the swords generally win.”

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Words grow, age, die, and I am still interested in that metamorphosis.

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The joke is the purest, most essential form of storytelling. Every word has to count.

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In the twenty first century the best story wins.

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Those who tell the stories rule the world.

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Every so often my life will feel like a story. It doesn't have to be a big thing; in fact, most often, it's just the opposite.

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The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

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It doesn't matter whether a sequence of words is called a history or a story: that is, whether it is intended to follow a sequence of actual events or not. As far as its verbal shape is concerned, it will be equally mythical in either case.

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Great stories happen to those who can tell them.

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The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and never therefore never scrutinize or question.

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I never get tired of reminding people that data does not change minds. You can be given poll after poll after poll, survey after survey after survey, challenging your view on something, and it doesn't matter. What changes your mind is relationships and storytelling. They work on a completely different part of you. They're dealing with your emotions, rather than your reason.

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Since I first started reading, I know that I think in quotations, and that I write what others have written, and that I can have no other ambition than to reshuffle and rearrange. I find great satisfaction in this task. And at the same time, I find that no satisfaction can be truly everlasting.

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Indigenous resistance is also about reclamation; it’s reclaiming who we are as a People and being able to reconnect with our territories and our lands and our waters… That land base is healing but it also holds the answers and the stories of who they are and if we don’t have that, then what do we have?

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