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Quotes of the Day for 4 January 2003 – Story

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born at Hanau, Germany on this day in 1785, the eldest son of the town clerk. His father died in 1796, his mother in 1808, leaving Jacob responsible for his younger siblings. One of these was Wilhelm Carl Grimm, who would be Jacob's writing partner for life, the two also frequently held positions together as librarians and teachers. The Brothers Grimm published 'Kinder- und Hausmärchen' (Children's and Household Tales) in two volumes (1812-1815), various editions included 239 tales, mostly collected from the oral tradition of peasants in Hesse, but the books included stories not only in High German but ten other dialects. You may have heard of a few: Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Golden Goose. Today's theme is Story.

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The quotes:

A man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were recounting it.
     - Jean-Paul Sartre

Stories ought not to be just little bits of fantasy that are used to wile away an idle hour; from the beginning of the human race stories have been used - by priests, by bards, by medicine men - as magic instruments of healing, of teaching, as a means of helping people come to terms with the fact that they continually have to face insoluble problems and unbearable realities.
     - Joan Aiken

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
     - Maya Angelou

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

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.
     - Washington Irving

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