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Quotes of the Day for 18 December 2001 – Stories

Storytellers have always been remembered, these days they even get rich. Perhaps the most powerful storyteller of our time, Steven Spielberg, was born on this day in 1947, so I've chosen Stories as today's theme. I didn't choose a theme yesterday because Whidbey Island was in the dark after high wind took down the local power grid. It's pointless to work at a computer by candle light. (Donations for the generator fund are welcomed!)

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The quotes:

All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
     - Arthur Christopher Benson

The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not graven only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
     - Thucydides

The story - from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
     - Ursula K. LeGuin

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by ... religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.
     - William Harvey Cox

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