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Narrative Quotes


"My god is narrative filmmaking." - Darren Aronofsky

"I hear music as narrative." - Ajay Naidu

"I tried to control the narrative." - Lance Armstrong

"STORY, n. A narrative, commonly untrue." - Ambrose Bierce

"Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information," - Ian Mcewan

"Specificity is the soul of narrative." - John Hodgman

"Narrative living is the beginning of rhetoric." - N.D. Wilson

"Narrative is the beginning of recovery." - Amanda Ripley

"Change the narrative, change the laws." - Ani Difranco

"You can reclaim your own narrative." - Paula Broadwell

"Partnerships are good engines for narrative." - Tommy Lee Jones

"We are narrative creatures, and we need narrative nourishment-nar rative catechisms." - N.D. Wilson

"Narrative is one of the best intoxicants or tranquilisers." - A S Byatt

"History is a set of skills rather than a narrative." - Hilary Mantel

"If there's a narrative, I want it in the flesh." - Jenny Saville

"Objects are better than text at conveying narrative" - Neil Macgregor

"Data coming out our ears but we lack narrative." - Roy Sekoff

"Resolution and conclusion are inherent in a plot-driven narrative." - David Shields

"We can change the narrative about Africa with content." - Mo Abudu

"Any historical narrative is a bundle of silences." - Michel-Rolph Trouillot

"I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right." - Ajay Naidu

"Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking." - Griffin Dunne

"American exceptionalism is the recurring character in the nation's narrative." - Ron Fournier

"Eloquence must be grounded on the plainest narrative." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I love the freedom that the narrative form provides." - Sidney Sheldon

"I think human beings wouldn't be human without narrative fiction." - Paul Auster

"I certainly believe you can write a narrative lyric or a lyrical narrative - why not a nyric or a larrative?" - Matthea Harvey

"I don't think people want to look at problems. They want a continuous narrative, an optimistic narrative. A narrative that says there's a present and a future - and what was in the past no longer exists." - Claudia Rankine

"I write in reverse: Rather than come up with a narrative and write jokes for that narrative, I write jokes independently of the narrative, then I try to fit them in." - Jeff Kinney

"I'm not interested in being perfect when im older. Im interested in having a narrative. It's the narrative that's really the most beautiful thing about women." - Jodie Foster

"The phantasmagoria, the actual experience that we try to understand and organize through narrative, varies from place to place. No single narrative serves the needs of everyone everywhere." - Sheena Iyengar

"I've been told by people I respect that flashbacks only work if they have their own narrative, but they can't be part of the present narrative." - Jill Soloway

"The point is that the reader's journey through our site is a narrative experience. Our job is to make the narrative satisfying." - Mark Bernstein

"I don't immerse myself in the media narrative every day. I establish my own media narrative, and that's what I live." - Rush Limbaugh

"The continuous narrative of existence is a lie. There is no continuous narrative, there are lit-up moments, and the rest is dark." - Jeanette Winterson

"Even a poor translator couldn't kill a style that moves with such narrative clarity." - William Zinsser

"If Ive vividly laid out the narrative, the reader will come to his own conclusions." - Rick Atkinson

"The best way to truly understand narrative art is to experience it." - George Lucas

"I am simply not interested, at this point, in creating narrative scenes between characters." - Lydia Davis

"What you're normally doing as a writer is trying to find the narrative." - Joan Didion

"I think sometimes a narrative can come out of a single word." - Ben Gibbard

"Music and film are parallel experiences: they are linear, they are narrative." - Todd Haynes

"Refuse to accept the narrative of history laid down by presidents, prime ministers, generals and journalists." - Robert Fisk

"Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder" - Paul Ricoeur

"A lack of narrative structure, as you know, will cause anxiety." - John Dufresne

"Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created." - Toni Morrison

"The lyric self is the self; the narrative self is not." - Li-Young Lee

"Word, image, and sound all must have primacy in the development of the narrative." - Fred Ritchin

"Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative." - W. S. Gilbert

"Sooner or later the Narrative will come for each of us." - John Scalzi

"As for the heart It needs a beginning The narrative Burden of events" - Fady Joudah

"The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it." - Robert Coover

"Characters last. Beautiful writing lasts. A compelling narrative lasts. Art survives long after ideas go extinct...." - Joel Achenbach

"This is my history; like all other histories, a narrative of misery." - Samuel Johnson

"The novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it." - Randall Jarrell

"Photos have no narrative content. They only describe light on surface." - Garry Winogrand

"The narrative was too constricted; it was like a fetus strangling on its own umbilical cord." - John Gregory Dunne

"Fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph." - Andrew Solomon

"I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking" - Darren Aronofsky

"The most effective way to defeat patriarchy is to defy and disown its self-legitimating narrative." - John Lamb Lash

"You can't outsmart or outguess the audience in terms of what the narrative answer is." - Frank Spotnitz

"I have a narrative, but you will be put to it to find it." - Djuna Barnes

"That's what culture is based on, the passing down of a certain narrative by imitation." - Bradford Cox

"I'm a slave to my imagination in terms of making narrative films." - Stanley Kubrick

"I do myself think that history is a set of skills rather than a narrative." - Hilary Mantel

"The future of narrative? Built in, part of the human template. Not going away." - Margaret Atwood

"'Breaking Bad.' Because it's the best American narrative fiction of the last ten years." - David Benioff

"The viewer is more likely to project their own narrative onto the picture." - Gregory Crewdson

"When you're at your best, you're analyzing yourself and becoming increasingly isolated from a broader narrative." - Kehinde Wiley

"Movie narration in the forties was radically different than the narrative involved in books." - Robert Benton

"The power of narrative sort of defines something forever and ever." - Rod Blackhurst

"Many Christians understand the Bible to be a collection of stories without an overarching narrative." - David Kim

"I'm interested in the possibility of fiction which straddles narrative and essay." - Susan Sontag

"I let my narrative embroidering impulses take over in prose poems." - Matthea Harvey

"I love narrative and sometimes I feel frustrated with stand-up." - Rachel Zucker

"I've gotten used to spending more time with heavily narrative stories." - Joshuah Bearman

"The best painting is totally non-narrative. It doesn't have to tell you a story." - Peter Greenaway

"Poetry, for me, conveys the essence of narrative rather than its particulars." - Delia Sherman

"The poets needed to learn to pay greater attention to character and to narrative." - Edward Hirsch

"Economics is a narrative discipline, and explanations are easy to fit retrospectively." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"...a novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it..." - Randall Jarrell

"The ultimate for me would be to do a feature that didn't require any narrative structure." - Johnny Depp

"I would have had the same narrative, regardless of the atmosphere and the restrictions." - Asghar Farhadi

"There's a reason the Exodus story has inspired so many Americans. It's a narrative of hope." - Bruce Feiler

"I write short, my words tight to the thread of the narrative." - Carmen Laforet

"Objects let you tell a narrative that encompasses everybody. Texts don't." - Neil Macgregor

"One of the things that's important about family is the narrative history they create for themselves." - Gabe Newell

"History is the narrative of people searching for a place to go." - J R Moehringer

"To create a collection, you need a narrative - an explanation to tell the team." - Dries Van Noten

"I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking." - Darren Aronofsky

"If I've vividly laid out the narrative, the reader will come to his own conclusions." - Rick Atkinson

"The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to." - Robert Creeley

"My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible." - George Armstrong Custer

"There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative." - E L Doctorow

"Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive." - Helen Dunmore

"I don't want my readers slowed down by long passages of narrative." - Janet Evanovich

"Simply put, the Internet undermines the ability of an institution to control its own narrative." - Jamais Cascio

"I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium." - Brian Eno

"Most of my films have been documentaries, but I'm also very interested in narrative filmmaking." - Barbara Kopple

"People need a narrative, and if there isn't one on offer, they make one up." - Jean Hanff Korelitz

"The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature." - Sol Lewitt

"The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics. His songs are very narrative." - Stephen Malkmus

"I just don't see myself as the heroine in my own narrative." - Cate Blanchett

"To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination." - Lord Chesterfield

"I want to be in a good movie, and so the narrative is way more important." - Charlize Theron

"All writers, all storytellers, are imposing their own narrative on something." - Michael Kimmelman

"As an author of narrative history, I read a lot of history books." - Nathaniel Philbrick

"Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder." - Paul Ricoeur

"Fashion is this obsessive narrative that people don't understand but they can't stop looking at." - Rita Ora

"National Standards was not a narrative of past events but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness." - Phyllis Schlafly

"I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition." - Bruce Springsteen

"Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid." - Thomas Carlyle

"I don't subscribe to the narrative that Africa is backward because of colonialism." - Mo Ibrahim

"The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity." - Scott Turow

"I've always thought abstractly - through theme and variations rather than narrative." - Robert Wilson

"Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films." - Carter Burwell

"Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry." - Eugenio Montale

"Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems." - Robert Morgan

"The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions." - Edward Norton

"Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress." - Anton Chekhov

"I like to think traditional narrative can be subverted by an experiential narrative, by an immersion in the temporal event of the film and a a play with our expectations of that." - Rick Alverson

"Merkel has realized that the euro is not working, but she cannot change the narrative she has created because that narrative has caught the imagination of the German public, and the German public has accepted it." - George Soros

"If I weren't a theatre designer, I wouldn't be any other kind of designer. Design is interesting to me as it relates to narrative: the design has to support the narrative. Storytelling is the most important thing." - Christine Jones

"The biggest misconception is that I'm only a documentary filmmaker, but in fact I have made many narrative shorts. My biggest inspirations are narrative films, and that's ultimately where I see myself going next." - Alex Hammond

"I, as a person, make anything a narrative experience because I experience things linearly. The biggest question for me, is will I go through a transformation? Will I be bored or not? Is it a good or bad narrative experience?" - Saschka Unseld

"Narrative stories are nothing but models of karma and causality - how one thing leads to another. And a lot of narrative fiction is about causality that we don't immediately understand." - Jess Row

"I need to tell the things that are important but which don't make sense in terms of the narrative, things that would destroy symmetry or narrative pace. This is my personal belief about what it means to write nonfiction." - Akhil Sharma

"The narrative was properly about race, sex and class.... We went a beat too fast in assuming that a rape took place.... We just got the facts wrong. The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong." - Evan Thomas

"Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some are more descriptive or narrative. Each poem is fixed in a moment. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative." - Marilyn Hacker

"I'm interested in taking raw human emotions and then isolating them without any narrative structure. In order to achieve this, I try to break out of the narrative conventions that you'd see in a typical feature film." - Sam Taylorwood

"As a writer, I had learned a lot on 'Margin Call' about embracing the weaknesses of a narrative and of a project. A story always has an inherent narrative weakness." - J C Chandor

"When you're doing a film, narrative is your most important tool, but it's a tool to create a cinematographic experience, to create those moments that are beyond narrative, that are almost an abstraction of that moment that hits your psyche." - Alfonso Cuaron

"I learned there's an amazing unexplored territory in terms of narrative. Before, I thought the unexplored territory was the form, the way you shoot a movie. Now, I'm learning about the beautiful marriage between form and narrative." - Alfonso Cuaron

"I don't think the relationship between novels and realities are one to one. Of course novels play different roles. It's essentially just a long narrative form. What you use that long narrative form for can be very different." - Margaret Atwood

"You have to understand: the narrative that people have about business and capitalism is that they are fundamentally selfish, greedy, and exploitative. Of course, I don't agree with that narrative." - John Mackey

"The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character." - Paul Ricoeur

"One of underestimated tasks in nonfiction writing is to impose narrative shape on an unwieldy mass of material." - William Zinsser

"The ninety percent of human experience that does not fit into established narrative patterns falls into oblivion." - Mason Cooley

"We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images." - Joan Didion

"We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there's nothing but chaos." - Julianne Moore

"Everything is a narrative in life. I learned that early on as a reporter at the Washington Post." - Kara Swisher

"STORY, n. A narrative, commonly untrue. The truth of the stories here following has, however, not been successfully impeached." - Ambrose Bierce

"What other species now require of us is our attention. Otherwise, we are entering a narrative of disappearing intelligences." - Terry Tempest Williams

"I've created a narrative of the world. I live in the world - tenuously, most times. I've avoided the digital world." - James Ellroy

"I'm not denying Christ by not being Christian. I'm a theist, which involves expanding on the Christ narrative." - Kevin Sessums

"Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative." - Edward Gibbon

"Some write a narrative of wars and feats, Of heroes little known, and call the rant A history." - William Cowper

"No matter how stark the reality, a human being fits it into a narrative that is palatable." - Joshua Prager

"Gesture will survive whatever kind of light you have. Gesture can triumph over anything because of its narrative content." - Jay Maisel

"Momentum, in literary mosaic, derives not from narrative but from the subtle, progressive buildup of thematic resonances." - David Shields



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