Anecdotes Quotes

It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.
Calvino, Italo
1923-1985 Cuban Writer Essayist Journalist

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
Chesterfield, Lord
1694-1773 British Statesman Author

When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.
Disraeli, Benjamin
1804-1881 British Statesman Prime Minister

Twenty or thirty years ago, in the army, we had a lot of obscure adventures, and years later we tell them at parties, and suddenly we realize that those two very difficult years of our lives have become lumped together into a few episodes that have lodged in our memory in a standardized form, and are always told in a standardized way, in the same words. But in fact that lump of memories has nothing whatsoever to do with our experience of those two years in the army and what it has made of us.
Havel, Vaclav
1936 Czech Playwright President

Life is too short for a long story.
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley
1689-1762 British Society Figure Letter Writer

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.
Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
Sidney, Sir Philip
1554-1586 British Author Courtier

The history of a soldier’s wound beguiles the pain of it.
Sterne, Laurence
1713-1768 British Author

Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.
Swift, Jonathan
1667-1745 Anglo-Irish Satirist

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