Top 390 Narrative Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Narrative Quotes from famous people such as Bryan Stevenson, Jed Mercurio, Kevin Barry, Kevin Abstract, Brent Faiyaz, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

You can't understand what happened to Michael Brown in

You can’t understand what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, you can’t understand what happened to Eric Garner in New York City, without understanding this narrative of racial difference that was created during the slave years.
Bryan Stevenson
There’s a classic medical aphorism: ‘Listen to the patient; they’re telling you the diagnosis.’ Actually, a lot of patients are just telling you a lot of rubbish, and you have to stop them and ask the pertinent questions. But, yes, in both drama and medicine, isolated facts can accumulate to create the narrative.
Jed Mercurio
One of the things I’ve been most excited by is U.S. television drama. For my money, it’s some of the greatest narrative art of our time. Each series is like a 19th-century Russian novel: you need to do a lot of work in the first few episodes, just as you do in the first 50-60 pages of those books.
Kevin Barry
As soon as I left Georgia, my narrative became about taking risks and the fight for creative bedroom artists with no platform.
Kevin Abstract
I know when it comes to the actual narrative of my solo music, it’s its own thing. That’s why I went out of my way after ‘Crew’ to not do a bunch of collaborations.
Brent Faiyaz
You know, we love stories and we love narrative; we love to get lost in an author’s world.
Jeff Bezos
When we embraced social media, we took more control of the Newark narrative. We increased responsiveness toward residents. We drew more of our constituents in to participate in government and improve our cities.
Cory Booker
Most of my films have been documentaries, but I’m also very interested in narrative filmmaking.
Barbara Kopple
I did try to write stories in college because I was interested in writing, and I was interested in the sound of language, but I was just no good at narrative and at fiction.
Billy Collins
The great evil of American slavery was involuntary servitude or forced labor. I really believe that the true evil of American slavery was the narrative of racial difference that we created to justify it.
Bryan Stevenson
I’m not a new-agey person, but narrative is ancient and wise and generous.
Jim Crace
‘Atlanta’ is Wild West-y – every corner of the city is trying to get by under its own rules. There’s no single narrative. At the outer edges, the overgrown parking lots and project blocks, the city is a few yards away from apocalypse, and if you slow down, it could engulf you.
Hiro Murai
People always said during the Monday Night Wars that the only way we were able to compete was due to a large checkbook and deep pockets. That’s not very true at all. That is a false narrative designed to shape history. WWE had significant advantages over WCW and vice versa.
Eric Bischoff
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
I became very interested in the Islamic question, and thought I would try to understand it from the roots, ask very simple questions and somehow make a narrative of that discovery.
V. S. Naipaul
The whole narrative of the ‘Return to the Land’ was completely PR spin. Fans ate it up because it painted LeBron as the hero coming back to save Cleveland from obscurity.
Joy Taylor
The unsaid is a powerful tool. It invites the reader into the narrative, filling in gaps, interpreting silences and half-finished sentences, and seeing the hidden fear in someone’s eye.
Fiona Barton
I think the media has portrayed conservatives as these cold, heartless people who want poor people to die and let half the population starve and all this. They’ve done that so effectively because they’ve owned the narrative for so long.
Dave Rubin
The two have to go hand in hand – the atmosphere and the music. I actually get rather worried if I can’t see the music first. There always needs to be a mood, a feeling, a story, even if it is abstract. There’s got to be a narrative to guide things before they’re even created.
Alison Goldfrapp
The gender is irrelevant; the identity is the one you should try and create for yourself by yourself, and the narrative of your own life becomes your own book.
Genesis P-Orridge
I tend to research as I write so that the narrative can take priority, which is important for a piece of fiction, I think, finding out facts as and when I need to.
Sarah Hall
Narrative identity takes part in the story’s movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder.
Paul Ricoeur
Any time you write history, you insert your opinion. You pick and choose what you are going to write about. I feel really happy not inserting myself. I spend too much of my life inserting myself. It’s just great to let other people carry the narrative.
Gail Collins
Even ‘Piku’ was quite an experiment in terms of storytelling because on the surface nothing happens in the film. If you ask me what was the film about, it was about father-daughter fighting and the narrative captured their daily life.
Shoojit Sircar
Each country has its own way of communicating a narrative and, through that, expressing family experiences in emotional stories.
Elvis Mitchell
I’ve always been a little more narrative, a little more linear, a little more direct. People instantly want to classify that as something retro. It’s just a way of writing songs.
Taylor Goldsmith
I’ve seen ‘Goodfellas’ a hundred times, and one of the things that I take away from that movie is dynamic pacing and energy. I just think that film is sort of a paragon of excellence in filmmaking and the compression of narrative.
Joe Russo
The GOP doesn’t seem particularly afraid of being perceived as blocking reform, despite efforts by the Obama White House to establish that narrative.
Timothy Noah
It would be unthinkable to have a top-ten list of multiple narrative novels that doesn’t include David Mitchell. ‘Cloud Atlas’ is the most obvious choice, but I have opted for Mitchell’s slightly lesser known debut, ‘Ghostwritten.’
Susan Barker
I do love Shirley Jackson, but I don’t deserve to be named in connection with her. I remember reading ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and having goosebumps for hours. The way she builds narrative pressure in that book is just amazing. I think you could reread it a few times and actually go out of your mind.
Helen Oyeyemi
I see the world as voices, as colors, as it were. From book to book, I change, the subjects change, but the narrative thread remains the same.
Svetlana Alexievich
Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong s

Writing children’s books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive.
Helen Dunmore
I did grow up in a household where the narrative was about public service and how are you going to effect change and help people. I’m so glad I grew up around that narrative, but I never had the calling to go out and shake hands and try to get elected.
Lauren Bush
When the narrative itself starts knocking on the glassed-in box that was your prescription for how you were going to write this novel… you have to listen to it.
Jim Crace
We just assumed that Walter Cronkite was unbiased. In hindsight, it is clear that Walter Cronkite was biased and that he used feigned objectivity as the cudgel to change the American narrative from being a right of center one to being a left of center one.
Andrew Breitbart
It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.
Peter Ackroyd
I’m interested in taking hold of the dull truth narrative and finding inside it the transcendence and spirituality and hysteria normally associated with religion.
Jim Crace
Try this experiment: Pick a famous movie – ‘Casablanca,’ say – and summarize the plot in one sentence. Is that plot you just described the thing you remember most about it? Doubtful. Narrative is a necessary cement, but it disappears from memory.
Peter Greenaway
I’m interested in ways that digital interfaces can be utilized as powerful narrative devices, and to engage people in new and exciting ways.
Aaron Koblin
When you have a child, you think about your personal history and what you offer them as a larger narrative, and I realised I knew nothing about my father’s circumstances other than what he’d told me.
John Burnside
When I was growing up, I never saw couples fight on the family sitcoms I loved to watch. Subsequently, when tough times arose in my own relationship, I wasn’t prepared and felt so isolated and alone. Marital issues weren’t a part of the narrative that television told me was a ‘working relationship.’
Kenya Barris
To reconstruct stories and scenes, nonfiction writers must conduct vigorous and responsible research. In fact, narrative requires more research than traditional reportage, for writers cannot simply tell what they learn and know; rather, they must show it.
Lee Gutkind
In fact, it is my case that POFMA can easily become a proverbial Damocles sword that would hang over members of the public who do not support the government’s narrative or toe the government’s line.
Pritam Singh
I think the mix of narrative and analysis that the ‘New Yorker’ requires is a perfect expression of what my parents each gave me.
George Packer
The work I did on ‘Killing Kennedy’ was very meticulous and, in some ways, actually tedious. It was hard work because there is so much known about John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. To try to distill that into a clear narrative that’s interesting and tells two great stories was a real challenge.
Kelly Masterson
President Obama is a poker player, which the media used as part of the narrative that he was more calculated and careful as a politician.
Meghan McCain
My songs used to be significantly more bizarre. I used to play a big electric piano and a loop pedal. I was really into Regina Spektor, and I liked her narrative lyrics that were quite off the wall. I used to layer things up and try and replicate what I’d been doing with my bedroom recordings.
Dan Smith
I was interested in the narrative of how we nurture our elite in this society: all that stuff about believing in yourself and not accepting second best. Our inner world is at odds with that.
Lenny Abrahamson
In fact, the only way to inspire people to embrace change is through setting a narrative and telling a story. It can be central to innovation and change, and at the same time it can preserve tradition and memories.
Kanika Dhillon
Writing the past is never a neutral act. Writing always asks the past to justify itself, to give its reasons… provided we can live with the reasons. What we want is a narrative, not a log; a tale, not a trial. This is why most people write memoirs using the conventions not of history, but of fiction.
Andre Aciman
As far as what I do, my value as a writer is certainly not to try to recapitulate a 19th century form. Certain styles of narrative don’t conform to my style of experiencing the world.
Mark Leyner
Often, I’ll read a script and the female character’s an extension or serves some sort of purpose in terms of the male character’s narrative and it just isn’t fully formed. But they will be very beautiful. Whether a secretary or a doctor or a vet, they will be very beautiful.
Andrea Riseborough
I do think that the abiding mystery of my origins has definitely had a profound effect upon my writing. There is that thing in the back of my mind where I think I don’t really know who I am. And it may make it a little easier to shift around in my narrative voice.
Gillian Welch
Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.
C. S. Lewis
I do fashion to tell a narrative.
Virgil Abloh
I’ve always wanted to be a novelist, so I just try to write really great narrative.
Peter Heller
‘Fences’ is under the headline of the project of my lifetime. It is the most perfect and undeniably developed narrative that I’ve ever worked on.
Viola Davis
In history, one gathers clues like a detective, tries to present an honest account of what most likely happened, and writes a narrative according to what we know and, where we aren’t absolutely sure, what might be most likely to have happened, within the generally accepted rules of evidence and sources.
Victor Davis Hanson
Documentaries can provoke much more than narrative movies.
Gaspar Noe
I do think that narrative, long-form nonfiction is the perfect form because it’s rooted in something very real, but we’re also, you know, completely spiritual, emotional creatures driven by all sorts of desires and needs.
Michael Paterniti
It’s a common part of the narrative of the history of Christianity that it was ‘real’ religion that involved real spirituality and real faith, and that’s why it’s completely superseded the more pagan polytheistic practices.
Ann Leckie
What sets ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ apart is Riggs’s use of ‘found’ photographs as a spark of inspiration for the narrative. ‘Found’ describes art created from common objects that are not normally considered art.
Claire Cameron
Ideally, writers and narrative designers should be incl

Ideally, writers and narrative designers should be included much earlier in the process, where they can be of most benefit. However, although the industry is slowly getting used to fitting narrative professionals into games development, we’re still going through a bit of a ‘square-peg in a round hole’ phase.
Rhianna Pratchett
My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
George Armstrong Custer
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
The stoic drama ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ is photographed in a palate of steel gray tones that match Stellan Skarsgard’s complexion. It’s a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and its filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as its narrative ambition is minimal.
Elvis Mitchell
With docs, there’s often a very direct communication between the filmmaker and the audience. With narrative movies, we leave it a little bit more open.
Tom McCarthy
I always wanted to be a scientist, I always thought I’d be a scientist, that was the narrative I was carrying around. I worked in a neuroscience lab as an undergraduate and then after, almost five years in total, but I realized I just wasn’t good at science. I didn’t have the discipline for it.
Jonah Lehrer
A continuing narrative throughout Australia’s history that says it is better to build up than to tear down – this is the continuing mission of Labor.
Kevin Rudd
Short fiction is the medium I love the most, because it requires that I bring everything I’ve learned about poetry – the concision, the ability to say something as vividly as possible – but also the ability to create a narrative that, though lacking a novel’s length, satisfies the reader.
Ron Rash
Marriage fascinates me: how we negotiate its span, how we change within it, how it changes itself, and why some relationships survive and others do not. There isn’t a single marriage that couldn’t provide enough narrative arc for a novel.
David Ebershoff
Because I write fiction, I don’t write autobiography, and to me they are very different things. The first-person narrative is a very intimate thing, but you are not addressing other people as ‘I’ – you are inhabiting that ‘I.’
Kate Atkinson
The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to.
Robert Creeley
You need to be able to climb into a narrative and zip it up under your chin. You need to be able to see through the eyes of the hero, smell what he’s smelling, hear what he’s hearing.
Geraldine McCaughrean
I don’t want to say you should censor yourselves, but the storyteller should be able to defend why a narrative needed to shift that way or should only be told this way.
Misha Green
Roles don’t fascinate me. It is the narrative, the screenplay that is fascinating.
Fahadh Faasil
I want there to be hints of narrative everywhere in the image so that people can make up their own stories about them. But I don’t want to have my own narrative and force it on to them.
Cindy Sherman
I think, television and comics, what’s appealing to me as a writer about both of those mediums is that they allow you to sort of let the story unfold in its own time as opposed to trying to compress it into a two-hour discreet unit of narrative.
Travis Beacham
One reason I find all this character growth and narrative swerving so exhilarating is because I never got to do it when I wrote for TV. Our characters needed to remain consistent from week to week.
Maria Semple
I don’t know, a lot of people go crazy about ‘Breaking Bad,’ but I don’t like the soap opera aspect of it and only following one character. I like the context to all of it, all the pieces, like ‘The Wire.’ It’s more about the state of things; it’s not about the narrative of a person.
Gael Garcia Bernal
The hard left labels anyone who challenges it ‘divisive.’ The leftists live in a world where everyone is free to look different but must think the same. I don’t play their game. I threaten them and their narrative. That’s why they slap the ‘divisive’ label and attempt to dismiss me. It’s not going to work – not on me.
Tomi Lahren
We like long-form narrative journalism, and we feel there aren’t enough high-profile outlets in Canada running the kind of stories we want to showcase – long, meaty, thoughtful, investigative.
Lynn Coady
As a writer and as a reader, I really believe in the power of narrative to allow us ways to experience life beyond our own, ways to reflect on things that have happened to us and a chance to engage with the world in ways that transcend time and gender and all sorts of things.
Kim Edwards
We have in our heads a pretty well-defined narrative of the First World War, and there are certain events that are obviously key.
Geoff Dyer
For me, making a mass film is tougher. A lot of things needed to be intertwined into a two-hour narrative without getting too complicated.
Aishwarya R. Dhanush
In the writing of novels, there is the problem of how to shape a narrative.
Gore Vidal
I have to say that movies have as much impact on me as music. And that I learned as much about narrative from movies as I did from reading novels, how to arrange stories, how to juxtapose things.
Dana Spiotta
The ‘Russia collusion’ narrative caused untold damage to the Trump administration and its policy goals. It sparked a years-long special counsel probe that pursued scores of Trump associates but found none who had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.
Mollie Hemingway
My dad and I used to shoot little one-stop animations on an old 8mm film camera when I was no more than 7 or 8, and when he was away at work, I would keep shooting nonsensical, short animated films using ‘Star Wars’ figures or Smurfs – depended what the narrative was.
Duncan Jones
And I sense it was a rather constructed, almost half narrative fiction film in some ways. A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those things in there that I knew to be strong.
Terry Zwigoff
I’m fascinated by the narrative of geology, and I’m a veritable pack rat of a collector on the road. I keep a rock hammer in my car.
Marianne Wiggins
You can’t but know that if you can capture the emotions of the audience as well as their minds, the play will work better, because it’s a narrative art form.
Tom Stoppard
I haven’t had television since 1991, and it definitely influences me. As a child of the 1970s, I couldn’t hold a narrative in my head; I was lucky if I could hold a joke in my head, because every time you turn on television or radio, it wipes the slate clean – at least in my case.
Chuck Palahniuk
You don't enter the theater and pay your money to be af

You don’t enter the theater and pay your money to be afraid. You enter the theater and pay your money to have the fears that are already in you when you go into a theater dealt with and put into a narrative.
Wes Craven
Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view, but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.
Penelope Lively
Sometimes you write music to a script or while a film is being edited. Sometimes I write without seeing any images, but that’s rare. The approach is often based on practical decisions, but I’m interested in the narrative and physical space that music can occupy in a film or play.
Johann Johannsson
Well, I think it’s important to have some kind of a narrative engine that pushes the audience through the landscape. But I love films like ‘Apocalypse Now,’ which is a very mood driven film. It’s a magnetic force that’s pulling them through.
Panos Cosmatos
I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Diane Wakoski
Storytelling is powerful; film particularly. We can know a lot of things intellectually, but humans really live on storytelling. Primarily with ourselves; we’re all stories of our own narrative.
Richard Linklater
What the underdog socialist has forgotten is that the story of the left ought to be a narrative of hope and progress.
Rutger Bregman
Pop culture or advertising doesn’t work perfectly. No one is watching and mindlessly accepting every part of the narrative or ideology.
Martine Syms
Even the pictures I was doing at college – a little narrative based on a butterfly catcher, or a chimney sweep – the images were always telling stories. They were all scenarios and moods which I storyboarded and worked through – it’s exactly what I do now.
Tim Walker
It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader’s opportunities to follow it at every step.
Harry Mathews
Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
Carter Burwell
An authentic and honest brand narrative is fundamental today; otherwise, you will simply be edited out.
Marco Bizzarri
Every masculine hero narrative I could find I wanted to steal for myself and twist to my size.
Christine and the Queens
At the heart of every faith system is a bargain: on one side there is the comfort that comes from a narrative that suggests human life has cosmic significance, and on the other a duty to yield to moral commands that can, in the moment, seem rather inconvenient.
Gary Hamel
We don’t have a lot of narrative on TV or film, mainstream film, of brown queers. Latina queers, I can’t think of that many.
Tanya Saracho
I’m not saying that if you’re working at home, raising a family, that’s not work. I want to disrupt the narrative around what it means to be a woman who works. The whole point of my brand is that women should be architecting the lives they want to live.
Ivanka Trump
I was like: the narrative should be that the work that we did was never paid for so Leave.E.U., by not registering that we did that work, are the ones that should be in trouble.
Brittany Kaiser
I don’t know how video game narrative works.
Tom Bissell
The state can be a force for good. The Rule of law is absolutely essential to a good life. God has instituted government and leaders throughout history and throughout the Biblical narrative. However, the state is growing precisely as the church is fading as a force for good, and this does not seem to be a good trend.
Dave Brat
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 just don’t see myself as the heroine in my own narrative.
Cate Blanchett
When I started making dances in the ’60s, narrative dance was sort of off the radar screen. What was important at the time in the avant-garde was minimalism.
Twyla Tharp
As an actor I can bring the story, the narrative in each performance. If I can’t do that, then… might as well give up as an actor, hadn’t I?
Kelvin Fletcher
It’s something that you pick up at a history class in college, the idea that history and time is something to which we can’t even hold a candle to. We, as human beings, are just a small element in the overarching sweep of narrative history. That really had a profound effect on me, that realization.
David Lowery
‘Jekyll and Hyde’ I read in high school. I was expecting a Hollywood-type horror story and couldn’t believe it when I got this very complex narrative from all these different points of view.
Ian Rankin
It’s really important for me to have a record which has a strong narrative feel to it.
Jon Hopkins
The ‘Grace of Kings’ isn’t a narrative about a return to some golden age, to a lost status quo ante. It portrays a dynamic world in transition, where the redistribution of power is messy, morally ambivalent, and only lurches toward more justice.
Ken Liu
Narrative cinema is just an imitation of life. Why would you prevent yourself and the audience of the same images, of the same that happened in real life?
Gaspar Noe
Being outside is a loose theme on ‘Paracosm.’ Acoustic-sounding instruments have that warmth to them that is really important to communicate. It was really important for me to tell a story – my favorite records have a narrative feel.
Washed Out
The idea of having a narrative guiding the viewer through and grasping their attention is a really compelling thing.
Justin Peck
The narrative that Peter Jackson has put into ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ it stands alone as a film. Rather than just finishing off the story, it’s like a whole new adventure all of its own. I’m very excited about it.
Richard C. Armitage
To speak of the Muslim world is not to endorse a totali

To speak of the Muslim world is not to endorse a totalitarian project, nor to bolster an Islamist narrative, nor to suggest that variety, plurality, and diversity are lacking in what Muslims think, believe, speak, and do as Muslims.
Mehdi Hasan
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but when I first started writing I imitated the narrative thrust of a movie. And as I worked, I learned what you can do in fiction that you can’t do in movies, and vice-versa.
Kevin Wilson
The narrative often from Democrats and the media is that Republicans don’t think the Russians have meddled in our election. They did.
John Ratcliffe
The old handbook on writing is ‘Write what you know.’ I come from an autobiographical starting place almost all of the time, but it would be a mistake to presume that I’m not using fiction to extend the narrative.
Rodney Crowell
The kinds of games I’m most interested in are narrative games.
Tom Bissell
There is a stigma attached to community colleges, and we do need to change the narrative.
Jill Biden
A lot of artists I like end up being queer. Or maybe it’s a subconscious thing that you can identify of, like, ‘Oh this person understands the nuances of the romantic narrative of a queer person, or the social narrative of a queer person.’ And then you discover, lo and behold that they are a queer person.
Julien Baker
For me, it’s always about using my platform to give people an alternative narrative, because we all need to upgrade our mindsets.
Jay Shetty
The resilience of narrative storytelling and people’s love affair with television is impressive.
Kevin Reilly
You can get away with making some extremely bold statements by Trojan Horsing them into a narrative via comedy.
Camille Perri
I think when you go in, with film or television, you want to tell this narrative. And with ‘Joshy,’ you want it to be grounded with moments – it’s not like, ‘Everyone be as funny as you can, quickly, at all times!’ It’s not like that. You have to pick the right improvisers.
Thomas Middleditch
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned the narrative around on demonetisation very quickly by promoting the move as one way of ending systemic corruption in the country.
Arundhati Bhattacharya
With ‘All Is Song,’ I tried to construct a very traditional narrative that pulls no tricks.
Samantha Harvey
The most compelling narrative, expressed in sentences with which I have no chemical reaction, or an adverse one, leaves me cold.
Jhumpa Lahiri
The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
Edward Norton
I know what the narrative is on me. It’s because I come from money and I have a swagger and confidence about me.
Austin Rivers
As a film composer I deal with short bursts of musical ideas that are defined to a large extent by what’s happening on the screen, by not only narrative and action, but staying out of the way of dialogue, sound effects.
James Newton Howard
The actor always must be in the scene, not above the scene. To communicate any larger ideas is my problem; it’s how the narrative is constructed and directed that hopefully does it.
James Gray
Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question.
Peter Straub
My view of an excellent novel was probably set in the golden age of fiction in the 19th century: narrative, character and voice are of equal importance.
Joanna Trollope
It’s so easy just to see the one-to-one narrative between presence and non-presence.
Kehinde Wiley
One’s teachers all belonged to that generation who were imperialists, and the whole narrative throughout my adolescence was of countries leaving the empire. I find it extraordinary that this purpose which drove how we viewed the world is now considered to be something that has no effect upon us.
Jeremy Paxman
Through the potent example of his own life, President Obama enabled us to believe the best about America, and, therefore, about ourselves. That uplifting narrative – essentially equating the promise of America with his extraordinary life story – swept candidate Obama into the presidency.
Cynthia P. Schneider
I knew I wanted to write about a nanny, but it was difficult for me to find a narrative rhythm.
Leila Slimani
I suffer from and enjoy an incredibly vivid dream life. A lot of times there is a sort of narrative, and other times they are just funhouses of non-linear imagery and other scary stuff.
Adam Rapp
It’s hard, because when you talk about process or your characters ruling your narrative, it sounds like you have no control, but obviously you’re ultimately the author, so you do have control.
Alice Sebold
What interested me was the story of Bennet Omalu. You hear his narrative: Immigrant from Nigeria, landing in Pittsburgh, only to learn and tell the truth about this most American – and sacrosanct – cultural institution: the NFL.
Peter Landesman
National Standards was not a narrative of past events but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
Phyllis Schlafly
I feel like handling a narrative in fiction is a wonderful way to teach stories that then open a pathway to reality and understanding.
Amy Landecker
There’s a logic to dreams that doesn’t necessarily follow linear narrative. You don’t know why things happen, it’s your subconscious pushing you, to give you information.
Justin Theroux
A narrative that branded Africa as little more than an economic, political and social basket case was not likely to provide the investment needed to drive development.
Mo Ibrahim
I'm not really afraid of things that are imaginary. I e

I’m not really afraid of things that are imaginary. I enjoy it. I enjoy big narrative, and I enjoy big feelings. Having a feeling is never going to kill you.
Julianne Moore
Generally speaking, we as black people have been celebrated more for when we are subservient when we are not being leaders or kings or in the center of our own narrative driving it forward.
David Oyelowo
Let’s stop reflexively comparing Chinese writers to Chinese writers, Indian writers to Indian writers, black writers to black writers. Let’s focus on the writing itself: the characters, the language, the narrative style.
Celeste Ng
The writing life is one long, never-ending search for narrative. Well, it’s not even a conscious searching. It happens even while you’re busy buying groceries and when you’re fast asleep. It’s a curse.
Miriam Toews
Nefertiti is lovely, but we should use our wit and will to look beyond that beautiful face to discover and to enjoy a more satisfying narrative – the story of mankind, not just of man.
Bettany Hughes
The novel has always been a contradictory form. Here is a long form narrative mainly read originally by consumers who were only newly literate or limited in their literacy. The novel ranked below poetry, essay and history in prestige for a long time.
Matthew Pearl
I’d like to be on ‘Graham Norton.’ Just because I used to do the audience warm-up for the ‘Graham Norton’ show, and I just think that would be a beautifully lovely, typical end to a narrative. I like a neat ending.
Ellie Taylor
One thing I think about a lot is that one of my favorite pieces of narrative art as a child was ‘Calvin and Hobbes.’ I really saw myself in the character of Calvin. I was rambunctious, I didn’t always follow the rules, I had a wild imagination.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
I guess maybe I try to make movies that are closer to real life than are many Hollywood movies. But I still try to stay within a commercial narrative, a contemporary American vernacular.
Alexander Payne
I grew up thinking that renting is perfectly normal. And then, strangely enough, I never did buy a house. I live in New York City, and I’m still renting. My own personal narrative shows that it is possible to live a respectable life without ever having owned a home.
Edmund Phelps
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there’s always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
Howard Nemerov
I knew how to write like an academic, so I knew how to write academic papers and essays and things. But the things that are great for an essay are unbearable in narrative writing.
Tara Westover
I don’t want my readers slowed down by long passages of narrative.
Janet Evanovich
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
Alan Rickman
I was not a particularly brave child, I think, because I had a narrative mind, because my mind automatically went to any terrible thing that could happen.
Daniel Handler
Early in my career, I was told I shouldn’t try to work in a kitchen, that I should consider serving or managing instead. It was a sad narrative that was given to me, and it came from a society that didn’t know better.
Dominique Crenn
This first-generation narrative keeps happening over and over and over again, whether it was Irish or Jewish or our community, South Asians, Japanese-Americans, Mexican-Americans. We’ve all gone through this sort of bridge, and it will continue to happen.
Hasan Minhaj
I think what ‘Four More Shots’ wanted to do from the word go is to create a narrative where women have the agency. None of the characters are perfect. They have their flaws.
Sayani Gupta
Narrative storytelling is wired into our humanity.
Kevin Reilly
I’d love if between ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ we generate a new wave of movie musicals because, as an art form, musical narrative is so engaging and has produced some of the most iconic moments in cinema history.
Michael Gracey
‘Rapper’s Delight’ came from the TV entertainment show ‘Good Times,’ but when the times called for a shift in the narrative, artists answered, covering brutal truths in their rhymes that were uncomfortable for society to confront.
Steve Stoute
I used to write travel essays, and I was struck by how the fact of writing about a place would change my relationship with it. I would make completely different choices, do things I wouldn’t have normally, because I had to fill this narrative shape.
Chelsea Cain
There is commerciality in storytelling, even in a film or a piece of literature. These things exist. That’s why stories came to be: to hold attention and, while you’re not looking, you’ll get hopefully some nutritional value that the author has been working up. That’s narrative; that’s passing stuff down.
Shane Carruth
Most of my work has no conventional narrative, so it’s not essential to have a beginning and an end – your attention can flow in and out of the experience rather than having a set entry point.
Marco Brambilla
A turning point in the public’s perception of the building art came with the publication of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘An Autobiography’ of 1932, a picaresque narrative that captivated many who hadn’t the slightest inkling of what architects actually did.
Martin Filler
‘Fast Food Nation’ isn’t about my journey into the dark world of fast food and the prison book is not about my journey into the prison world. I’m not using myself as any kind of narrative link.
Eric Schlosser
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and Paula are alternatives to what we, as plus-size women in America, have been told is our narrative, which is, you should be hating yourself or hating others for how you look.
Donna Lynne Champlin
Life only has narrative when we frame it and edit it and call it certain things.
Peter Landesman
I don’t just want my books to be about the ’30s and ’40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then. I think of them as ’40s novels, written in the conservative narrative past.
Alan Furst
It is possible to assemble a narrative for yourself, brokenly, on social media, only seeing what you want to look at.
Alexandra Petri
I was never raised with the traditional story of creation in religion, and because of that I think I had a lot of questions. And evolution, the evolutionary narrative, helped provide some of that for me.
Greg Graffin
I am the head of development at Giant Spacekat, a Bosto

I am the head of development at Giant Spacekat, a Boston-based studio that’s an industry leader in making games for women. We are passionate about creating narrative games for the avalanche of new consumers who don’t fit the old gamer stereotype.
Brianna Wu
A soccer game is a Wagner opera. The narrative sets up, the tension builds, the music ebbs and flows, the strings, the horns, more tension, and suddenly a moment of pure bliss, trumpet-tongued Gabriel sings, and gods descend from Olympus to dance – this peak of ecstasy.
Rabih Alameddine
Every song in ‘Groundhog Day’ works to forward the story in a chronological, narrative sense, to illuminate the state of mind of the person singing it and comment on the world.
Tim Minchin
You know, there is an image of me out there for which advocacy of a universal basic income is inconsistent. It doesn’t fit the narrative because this is supposed to be the hardhearted, racist, sexist, homophobe, Charles Murray. And he wants to increase spending on the poor? That doesn’t fit.
Charles Murray
Your job as a writer is to find storylines, narrative structures, and characters to show the things that you believe rather than saying them or telling them.
Philipp Meyer
We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they’re not very well known, and they’re not read by very many people.
Robert Morgan
President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions want to change the false Black Lives Matter narrative, but it doesn’t look like they will have many allies among liberal mayors and their police commanders.
Heather Mac Donald
American exceptionalism is the recurring character in the nation’s narrative.
Ron Fournier
VCs are used to being the gatekeepers of capital. There’s this old narrative of entrepreneurs going hat in hand begging VCs for money. That absolutely is not the world we’re in anymore.
Olaf Carlson-Wee
Tapping into a more masculine, macho culture, I got in touch with my femininity, but differently. Macho culture is also pride of the body and showing it off – a relationship to theatricality, to construction. It’s about owning your narrative again.
Christine and the Queens
There is nothing more worrisome to ISIS than cooperation between ‘the West’ and the Muslim world, for it defies the narrative of a clash of civilisations the group is trying to revive.
Federica Mogherini
Do we really want the truth, or do we want a truth that fits our narrative?
Daniel Cameron
Video games as a storytelling medium are, from a mathematical standpoint, a branching narrative. You start at one place, you can go in multiple different directions, and there’s a multitude of different endings.
Chris Milk
British women’s history was never confined to the British mainland; and contesting the narrative around enfranchisement shows us that rights were not bestowed by the state, but extracted from it by force.
Ash Sarkar
As conservatives, we know the media is stacked against us. We know popular culture is often stacked against us. We know the narrative has been written without our voice despite our best efforts.
Tomi Lahren
I care about narrative structure; I care about how stories unfold.
Jeff Nichols
The quality I appreciated most about Grafton was her loyalty. She stuck with ‘Kinsey Millhone’ and the alphabet series conceit for her entire career but did not allow herself to stagnate as a writer. Kinsey’s first-person narrative gradually made room for other, third-person perspectives.
Sarah Weinman
We are in this amazing age of television where there’s an incredible amount and an incredible quality of television, of long-form narrative.
Elizabeth Marvel
I came from the school of cinema verite documentaries, which was: Do not manipulate reality as it was happening but create a narrative in the editing room.
Mira Nair
One of the reasons why Gadafy’s dictatorship has managed to remain in power for so long is not just because it has shown itself to be able to exact a great deal of violence, both psychological and physical, on its people, but because it has been very successful at imposing a narrative, a story.
Hisham Matar
My writing has always been what you call ‘narrative fiction’ in the sense that it’s got very strong plots and twists at the end.
Anthony Horowitz
It’s always important not to fall for the narrative of the terrorists. If you want to fight for getting a normal life back, you also have to participate.
Erna Solberg
I remember that the day I finished ‘The Angels,’ part three of ‘The Book of Laughter and Forgetting’, I was terribly proud of myself. I was sure that I had discovered the key to a new way of putting together a narrative.
Milan Kundera
There is no one-size-fits-all narrative; everyone’s path winds in different ways.
Sarah McBride
Oh yeah, I grew up with comics. You know, I always like to describe myself as a ‘narrative junkie.’ I love novels, I love comics, movies, TV. If it’s a good story, I’m hooked.
David Liss
A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.
John Updike
Forecasting is simply not a strength of the species; we are much better with tools and narrative storytelling.
Barry Ritholtz
When I started making music I wanted it to have a narrative and be conceptual, but as time went on I thought it was probably more practical for a first album just to have good music.
Mura Masa
For narrative games, and also for the sake of the medium, we have to treat performance that way, as actors. You have to have a sense of ownership over it and believe that you’re bringing something meaningful to it – because that’s what all of the developers are doing, and that’s what the story demands.
Ashly Burch
Even as I think of myself as a ‘rememberer,’ I also know my memory is probably doing all this work to reconstruct a narrative where I come off better.
Natasha Trethewey
Once we truly grasp the message of the ‘New Testament’, it is impossible to read the ‘Old Testament’ again without seeing Christ on every page, in every story, foreshadowed or anticipated in every event and narrative.
Michael Horton
We've become used to processing images that are part of

We’ve become used to processing images that are part of the non-linear narrative theory. I think there’s a thinner line between fantasy and normality. People spend much more time in their own heads now. There’s so much to conform to, so many influences coming at you.
Irvine Welsh
Certainly as an actor, half of your work is not going to end up on the screen anyway, because in the editorial process, they need to cut to the other actor in the scene. Very often, your best work ends up on the cutting room floor, because it just doesn’t work with the overall narrative drive of the story.
Hart Bochner
Laced with a unique narrative technique, racy screenplay and top notch production values, ‘Lie’ is a new cinematic experience.
Small paintings can be fantastic. But you can’t often get a narrative out of a small painting. In any case, museums are huge places, and you want to take up some space.
Gary Hume
Day 1, when I was drafted to the Toronto Raptors, they had this stigma on them: Every guy leaves. Nobody wants to be here. Superstars, nobody wants to play in Canada. From Day 1, my whole mindset and approach to the game, being in Toronto, was I wanted to change that whole narrative to that whole organization.
DeMar DeRozan
If you can work a brand successfully into the narrative of your product, then it’s really cool. Then people actually take the brand up and say, ‘My positive experience in your product is directly connected and influenced by this brand and that worked great.’
Max Levchin
I just focus on my character and how pivotal it is to the narrative. I don’t mind even a 10-minute role, if it’s important to the script.
Jisshu Sengupta
Narrative has been part of human consciousness for a long time. And if it has played a part in all those thousands of years, it will know a trick or two. It will be wise. It will be mischievous. It will be helpful. It will be generous.
Jim Crace
Visual storytelling combines the narrative text of a story with creative elements to augment and enhance the traditional storytelling process. By design, it is a co-creative process resulting in an intimate, interpretive, expressive technique.
Debbie Millman
I don’t mean to minimize Russia. They are a serious national security threat, but day in, day out, the threats that we face from China are significantly greater. Anyone who says otherwise is just politicizing intelligence for their own narrative.
John Ratcliffe
If you do a sketch, that’s a very short narrative. Stand-up, it’s bit-to-bit, minute-long narratives.
Kumail Nanjiani
Certainly in my youth there was lots of singing, lots of storytelling, and whenever we went to a party, you had to do a party piece, like sing songs, recite poems, or tell stories. That sort of narrative musical culture was my upbringing.
Genevieve O’Reilly
So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We’ll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world.
James Cameron
I totally accept that it’s a legitimate criticism that when you are involved in the day-to-day scrum of government… that what can get lost is the narrative, the hymn sheet… the song that inspires and lifts people’s sights.
Nick Clegg
The privilege, and the challenges, of taking on Black Widow have never been lost on me. I worked on the first ‘Spiderman’ game as well as ‘Fantastic Four,’ and I had always wanted to be able to tell more of a character-driven comic book story than was possible to fit into a game narrative.
Margaret Stohl
Women often get ignored from main narrative, especially in films.
Rasika Dugal
I am the daughter of Mr. Neo-realism: I should gravitate towards narrative simply told, character, the truth. And I do love those movies.
Isabella Rossellini
People that’s in power – the central banks, these fiat currencies that are traded globally – they got influence over the messaging and the narrative in the media.
Nipsey Hussle
I think from an early age I was aware of how a camera can tell a story, how a movie camera can affect how the narrative is told.
Brian Selznick
Autobiography is awfully seductive; it’s wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass – the slave narrative – speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying ‘I,’ meaning ‘we.’
Maya Angelou
I’ve always enjoyed that kind of thing – thinking about the production of narrative and why it is that when we read a novel, we don’t notice the fact that someone who might be very close-mouthed or tight-lipped is perfectly willing to tell us a story in 600 or 700 pages.
Matthew Tobin Anderson
I am a sucker for that childhood romance narrative.
Cole Sprouse
The lumpiness of ‘The Good Lie’s progression – from infancy to adulthood, and from ethnic horror to gentle social comedy to a heroic gift of freedom – proclaims the film’s respect for facts and truths that can’t be squeezed into a smooth narrative.
Richard Corliss
Trump would have us revise and edit our historical memory of 9/11, turning it from a unifying narrative of heroism, tragedy, and war and recast it to serve the political ends of a man unworthy of the presidency.
Rick Wilson
The narrative of so many fairy tales are timeless in so many different cultures, and they have been since the dawn of man. They represent escapism, but they all feature themes that have such poignancy in a modern world.
Lily Cole
My first narrative films developed out of a documentary process – finding someone who was willing to be filmed, watching, listening, taking copious notes and many hours of video footage.
Debra Granik
At least in America, the narrative is I’m a Cannes favorite. But, in fact, I’ve had my best experience in Venice, both with the audience and the jury.
James Gray
It’s hard to live in a blind and aimless – or dishonest, rather – narrative when somebody in your family is going farther toward – or at least think they are and say they are – their true self.
Gaby Hoffmann
What’s become a big theme in my music is my dad as a narrative character. I never had the opportunity to understand our relationship in a more adult capacity. The unknown is great material for any creative outlet.
K. Flay
In the United States in the 20th century, every major event that America was going through, there was a boxer who seemed to symbolically represent it, from slavery to the Vietnam War to the Depression – all the way along, you just seemed to have boxers that carried the narrative.
Brin-Jonathan Butler
Today, Labour has a disruptive economic narrative – that Britain needs fundamental change in its market structure and culture to compete in the modern world.
David Miliband
Whatever storytelling muscles you've developed as a doc

Whatever storytelling muscles you’ve developed as a documentary filmmaker will be extremely helpful as a narrative filmmaker.
R. J. Cutler
The writing is only ever the attractive thing about a part. And also if all the elements within the writing come together – the character and the structure and the narrative – if they are all there then you become excited.
Sarah Lancashire
One of the most unsettling things about ‘Monologue’ is its long silences, in which the man sits alone, staring into the middle distance, without grip of his narrative, lost to the past.
Samantha Harvey
We don’t experience our lives as plots. If I asked you to tell me what your last week was like, you’re not really gonna give me plot. You’re gonna give me sort of linked narrative. And I wanted to see how do we bring that into fiction without losing the reader.
Teju Cole
Concentrate your narrative energy on the point of change. This is especially important for historical fiction. When your character is new to a place, or things alter around them, that’s the point to step back and fill in the details of their world.
Hilary Mantel
I think the biggest thing is voice. Whose voice is it? Who gets to control the narrative?
Larry Wilmore
Freddie Gray was a story I followed closer than others, for whatever reason, in this larger narrative of police brutality.
Stephen Malkmus
If the memoirist is borrowing narrative techniques from fiction, shouldn’t the novelist borrow a few tricks from successful non-fiction?
Darin Strauss
Black women fought for the right to vote during the suffrage movement and fought again during the civil rights movement. The rote narrative in the press of the civil rights movement is truncated with the briefest of histories of men like Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, or John Lewis.
Anthea Butler
I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn’t even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game.
Steve Sabol
I’m the first transsexual fighter in MMA. Like, ever. It’s always going to be part of the narrative, but I’ll deal with it. I’ll try my best to use it to my advantage.
Fallon Fox
As a reader, I notice political views regardless of whether or not the book is fiction. What annoys me is when said views do nothing to advance the narrative.
Jen Lancaster
Look, there’s no question that we have a challenge with gun violence. But there’s a lot more nuanced parts of that narrative, and that’s the part that I think that we have to make sure that we emphasize along with all the great things that are going on in Chicago, particularly in our neighborhoods.
Lori Lightfoot
If I really believe that visual representation and narrative are ways to convey important, complex ideas, and if the world is gravitating toward this form, then geez, I better do it myself. I want to do it myself.
Daniel H. Pink
I think there’s a lot of people in their dingy boats in the middle of the ocean pining for the days of closed-ended narrative.
Joe Russo
It’s actually pretty complex, because there’s two levels of reality in the narrative. One is what really took place, and the other is Spider’s poisoned version of what took place.
Gabriel Byrne
We can all be cornered and victimized and bullied by someone who’s trying to take our contextual clues of our personality or appearance, the circumstantial, and trying to make that evidence to fit their narrative. That’s very scary.
Paul Walter Hauser
It’s a risk, but I’m sort of ready to let go of thinking of movies as books that you can watch. The notion of, ‘If I put the narrative blocks in the right order, this will solve all of my storytelling problems.’ No, it won’t, and you end up with little more than books on film.
Shane Carruth
We need a new and positive narrative that defies the negativity and transforms our ageing populations from a problem into an asset.
Alexander De Croo
My work as a screenwriter has influenced my fiction. Writing screenplays forces you to consider many elements regarding story structure and other narrative devices that can be used to enhance the infinitely more complex demands of a novel.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This impeachment narrative started before President Trump was even nominated to the Repub – as the Republican candidate.
Dagen McDowell
A denial of the reality of demonical possessions on the part of anyone who believes the Gospel narrative to be true and inspired may justly be regarded as simply and plainly inconceivable.
Edward McKendree Bounds
No one is better placed or more philosophically suited than Obama to construct the new counter narrative as we go forward in our new New Deal. But many masters of the old universe, including quite possibly his chief economic adviser, can’t recognize that the world has changed or should change.
Frank Rich
As Christians we need to be patient, understanding, and kind. Instead of going on the attack, we can ask genuine questions. Instead of bristling when our narrative is summarily dismissed, we can carefully explain our way of seeing things. And when we are wrong, we won’t be afraid to say so.
Kevin DeYoung
The narrative related to economics is, I think, very well understood even by the common man.
Nirmala Sitharaman
I wanted to write a book about poverty that wasn’t only about the poor. I was looking for some sort of narrative device, a phenomenon that would allow me to draw in a lot of different players. I was like, ‘Shoot, eviction does that.’
Matthew Desmond
As human beings, we are all not conducting just one narrative but many narratives all at the same time.
David Hare
Novels demand a certain complexity of narrative and scope, so it’s necessary for the characters to change.
Maria Semple
I think so many women allow themselves to be defined by somebody else’s narrative.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
I can’t see much purpose in archaeology unless you can find out the narrative about that place, or even realise that nobody actually knows what the narrative was.
Tony Robinson
That inner narrative – the desire to understand the way I am – never really switches off.
John Grant
Writing for a film means the music has to serve the fil

Writing for a film means the music has to serve the film, the narrative.
Anoushka Shankar
I don’t think the narrative I was stuck in – the ‘black’ designer category – was going to go away anytime soon.
Kerby Jean-Raymond
Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
Robert Morgan
If you hear a statistic, you will make up a story to go with it, because our brains are organized on narrative. And you may very well make up a wrong story because you only have one fact, which is a statistic.
Gloria Steinem
Storytelling is storytelling. You still play by the same narrative rules. The technology is completely different. I don’t use one piece of technology that I used when I started directing.
James Cameron
We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.
Joan Didion
It’s unfortunate people can twist and turn things to fit whatever narrative they’d like it to fit.
Tom Herman
I will throw all my best efforts into it, my thoughts and political observations, but ultimately I want to create a narrative that keeps you turning the pages and leaves you with a sense that this thing has a reason for being there.
Frank Miller
Narrative is so rich; it’s given up so much.
Jim Crace
For so long, the narrative – I’m speaking for Latinx – we’ve been invisible, the ones cleaning and taking care of your kids and doing your lawns.
Tanya Saracho
I watch a lot of television, for better or worse, and I am particularly interested in what Michael Moore brought up in ‘Bowling for Columbine,’ which is the idea that they’re selling a narrative of fear.
Dan Gilroy
I have a passion for academic life, a passion for students and for the ability and the narrative of a university to make a difference in the world in which they reside.
Gordon Gee
I think some authors suffer from a need to try to prove that they’re clever and educated. I try not to suffer from that. I would rather sacrifice my own narrative in the exercise of writing a biography. So I’m not worried about whether I’m clever.
Amity Shlaes
I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I’m a professional student of music.
Anthony Braxton
Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
Steven Pinker
I saw my dad work hard and then would see and know his interest and intentions, and that wasn’t necessarily the narrative you would see in the press.
Ricardo Rossello
Plots are artificial. Does your life have a plot? It has characters. There is a narrative. There’s a lot of story, a lot of character. But plot? Eh, no.
Richard Linklater
‘Main Hoon Na’ will always be special since it was my first film but in my subsequent films, I was trying to show off with gimmicks that didn’t aid the narrative in any way.
Farah Khan
To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The narrative behind bitcoin has been dominated by bad behavior. The reality is bitcoin is filled with tons of talented developers building infrastructure.
Tyler Winklevoss
Biographies never feel as real as the best fiction. There is such a discontinuity between the narrative and the material it comes from, which is always such a mixed bag of letters, recollections, and other data.
Janet Malcolm
Novelists have to be adept at controlling the flow of information, and, most crucially, they have to be in charge of the narrative.
Ian Mcewan
We understand that, in our communities, black trans folk, gender-nonconforming folk, black queer folk, black women, black disabled folk – we have been leading movements for a long time, but we have been erased from the official narrative.
Alicia Garza
It’s very easy, if you come from a place like Pakistan, to imagine that there’s a narrative of American aggression towards the place that you come from. But that, in itself, is just a political view.
Mohsin Hamid
The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
Robert Morgan
Brands’ products should be the manifestation of a company’s values. Those values should be the subject of all sorts of wonderful stories that comprise your company’s narrative.
Shawn Amos
For a long time, images of black men with big lips and a round head were used to make us feel inferior, but it doesn’t need to be like that, we don’t need to self’loathe. We can change the narrative.
John Barnes
Writing a novel is an incredibly free experience. One puts one’s self in a narrative mode. You can go off in any direction – the past, the future, or go laterally, or include one’s own beliefs. It’s total freedom.
David Mamet
The thing I always tell my writing students – I’m not a full-time instructor, by any means, but periodically I’ve taught writing students – what I always tell them is that the most important thing in narrative nonfiction is that you not only have to have all the research; you have to have about 100% more than you need.
Erik Larson
Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative.
Aminatta Forna
I want to photograph what I see and put it in a dramatic context. I’m an actor and a writer, and I want to tell these stories and present these shapes, colors and movements as I see them, as I see them serve a narrative. As I see that narrative serve an audience. That’s what I want to do.
Tommy Lee Jones
We have been, obviously both in Maine and nationally, e

We have been, obviously both in Maine and nationally, enmeshed in this false narrative that’s based on a fear of immigrants, when in fact we are country founded by immigrants.
Sara Gideon
My characters – no, make that most characters – are seeking the shelter of narrative resolution, a place of quiet and grace.
David Means
Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It’s easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.
Amy Bloom
There are so many different narrative traditions across the world, and each of those traditions has evolved dramatically over time. Once I understood that, I felt truly free; I could write and invent the way I wanted to because there never has been only one way to tell a good story.
Ken Liu
George Orwell’s ‘1984’ frequently tops surveys of our greatest books: it’s not a celebration of poetic language. It’s decidedly anti-literary, a masterpiece of personal and political narrative sequence. And its subject matter is crucial, because what ‘1984’ shows is that language can be a dirty trick.
Graham Joyce
Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative. It comes in small moments with all this white space.
Jacqueline Woodson
My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters.
Khaled Hosseini
Telling stories and having them received is so important. That dialogue is everything. I tell my students all the time that what separates us as human beings is our ability to hold stories. Our narrative history. There is so much power in that. Storytelling is our human industry.
Kathi Appelt
The body of work I create combines traditional storylines and postmodern narrative strategies to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics and conflict, as well as the push towards – and resistance against – modernization.
Aman Mojadidi
You run the risk, whenever you build your story around a central mystery, of either letting it go too long, or revealing it too soon and then taking the wind out of the sails of the narrative.
Jeff Lemire
While we can all access articles and information in so many places now – across blogs, in newspapers, on video – there is something very powerful about putting it all together into an edited format in a single issue that has a narrative stretching across the themes.
Michael Wolf
The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
Scott Turow
There’s what we call the ‘critical path,’ which is the main story line and all the missions that you have to do to complete the narrative arc of the game. Then there are side quests. They’re not essential to completing the game.
Ashly Burch
As I read more and more fairy tales as an adult, I found massive collusion between their ‘subjects’ and those in my fiction: childhood, nature, sexuality, transformation. I realized that it wasn’t by accident that I was drawn to their narrative structure and motifs.
Kate Bernheimer
There’s no relationship to the narrative anymore. People want their own interpretation of history. We’re compartmentalizing, forgetting what came directly before, like it’s not a big deal. That, to me, is a crime.
Ariel Pink
There’s a reason the Exodus story has inspired so many Americans. It’s a narrative of hope.
Bruce Feiler
During his brilliant campaign, President Obama wove a powerful narrative about the American we all hope for. And that hope was grounded in a very powerful reality: President Obama’s own inspiring life story.
Cynthia P. Schneider
The world for our law enforcement community has changed dramatically: everything from filling out paperwork to relationships with the community and how they think the narrative is in the media.
Rahm Emanuel
My kids speak of both subtle slights and blatant racism. It’s a narrative I never imagined for them.
Jacqueline Woodson
The narrative in 2020 must speak about gender equality which will only come from empowering the women who’ve been given the short end of the stick for far too long.
Richa Chadha
The popular story is that America was built by immigrants and that, therefore, everything about immigration is good and leads to a more successful society. This narrative is so devoid of historical context that it should embarrass anyone beyond a second-grade education.
James Howard Kunstler
The kind of theater that I do is sort of ‘narrative realism,’ which I think in the broadest sense is legitimate to say is mainstream. I mean, in a certain sense, Suzan-Lori’s plays have had mainstream levels of success. But Suzan-Lori is in some ways not a narrative realist.
Tony Kushner
In an age where television is viewed as the best medium to ‘tell stories,’ narrative often stands in for substance on would-be prestige shows.
Michelle Dean
As people construct a life narrative, researchers have found, they tend to remember more events from the teens and twenties than from any other time. It’s called the ‘reminiscence bump.’
Robin Marantz Henig
Magazine stories, the best ones anyway, are generally a combination of three elements: access, narrative, and disclosure.
Graydon Carter
‘Barton Fink’ owed something to Roman Polanski. As a director, he always goes beyond the obvious narrative drift.
Ethan Coen
As an author of narrative history, I read a lot of history books.
Nathaniel Philbrick
The narrative shouldn’t stop for the song in a musical. The music has to continue the narrative of the storytelling.
Mike Mitchell
I say ‘spectacle’ rather than ‘story’ because in the end, it isn’t the intricacies of narrative that draw us to horror films. When it’s there, I’m grateful for the director’s skill at telling an exquisitely nuanced tale filled with psychological insight, but it is the spectacles that I take home with me.
Clive Barker
I think the narrative of people being caught between two cultures as immigrants is very harmful. It’s exclusionary. It essentially tries to argue that some Americans are more real than others.
Ken Liu
‘Dhruva’ is not a first person narrative of Siddharth Abhimanyu.
Ram Charan
I think when I first started out, I had a kind of an ex

I think when I first started out, I had a kind of an exuberance about language, comedy, narrative leaps that… stopped just short of non sequiturs. And I’m much more cautious now.
Thomas McGuane
If readers tell you that stretches of dialogue or narrative were too long, that they couldn’t tell who was talking, that’s something that can be fixed.
John Sandford
The thematically related ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’ reinforced the narrative that gays like Mr. Shepard are regularly isolated for cruel and unusual attacks.
Andrew Breitbart
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
Eugenio Montale
There’s not one black narrative. There’s not one way to be black.
Yvonne Orji
You believe in God or statistics or the way your narrative differs from other people.
Elizabeth McCracken
The reason why bookstores are going out of business in the States is that people just can’t focus on longer narratives now – even narrative film is in crisis in many ways, unless it’s an adventure film.
Barbara Kruger
When you sing on stage, the songs are part of the narrative, but in ‘Unconditional Love,’ it was just singing for singing’s sake. It was playing at being pop star. As a young boy growing up in North Wales, that was my fantasy.
Jonathan Pryce
We all have our own narrative of what human trafficking is supposed to be, but if you do a little research, human trafficking happens, in many different forms and shapes, right in our backyard.
Du Yun
The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don’t. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don’t speak in dialogue. Their lives don’t unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
Aaron Sorkin
By swallowing the false narrative of systemic racism, we have demonized and criminalized police while turning criminals into civil-rights martyrs.
Miranda Devine
Sometimes, a novel is like a train: the first chapter is a comfortable seat in an attractive carriage, and the narrative speeds up. But there are other sorts of trains, and other sorts of novels. They rush by in the dark; passengers framed in the lighted windows are smiling and enjoying themselves.
Jane Smiley
I like absurdist aesthetics. There’s something about dream logic that’s really fascinating, how it interweaves with narrative.
Hiro Murai
Alice Munro is an atomic writer blasting doors into narrative time.
David Means
I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
Sidney Sheldon
A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence.
Rollo May
One of the things that defines YA is a really strong narrative. Adults love YA because, at the end of the day, they’re good stories and page-turners. The other element is emotion. The teen years are a very emotional and intense time, and I think it’s a time we that we can all relate to and remember.
Rebecca Serle
Half the world is full of women, but it’s rare to hear a narrative that doesn’t speak of women as the people who have things done to them instead of the people who do things. More often, women are talked about as a man’s daughter. A man’s wife.
Kameron Hurley
What we do is service a story first, and then you figure out how to pay for it later. If the narrative isn’t your primary focus, then the movie is going to become diluted, and you don’t have a movie that is as good as it could be, so it probably won’t make as much money.
Joe Russo
If you look at the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on ‘Titanic,’ you ask yourself, why on earth would they turn to stock footage? The answer is simple, many scenes used for the narrative of the film don’t need to be expensively shot and can be bought from us.
Mark Getty
The only books I give up on are texts where the writer’s attention is concentrated so heavily on narrative questions that his or her use of language becomes careless.
Anthony Doerr
Artists and the traditional record company model are at odds. The music business has notoriously taken from the artist. That shouldn’t be the narrative.
Steve Stoute
There is a narrative of ‘Washington fighting’ because it’s interesting and it’s drama.
Katie Hill
I think that narrative, fiction filmmaking is the culmination of several art forms: theater, art history, architecture. Whereas doc filmmaking is more pure cinema, like cinema verite is film in its purest form.
George Hickenlooper
I don’t believe that narrative works when it’s trying to teach a lesson or speak a factual truth.
Shane Carruth
While the story about the hunt for bin Laden has been exhaustively reported and the key sources and witnesses are in agreement about the main points of the narrative, of course, it’s still possible that we could learn new details about the story that would add to the narrative.
Peter Bergen
I do think the challenge, in a way for me, is to write a narrative film and when you finish watching it you feel like it’s a collage. You tell the narrative, you tell the story, but you feel like you’ve created this tapestry. But it also has a shape, a story.
Shane Black
Personal narrative is one of the few things where people don’t get caught up in fighting over esoteric rhetoric.
Hasan Minhaj
The tricks of magic follow the archetypes of narrative fiction – there are tales of creation and loss, death and resurrection, and obstacles that must be overcome.
Marco Tempest
Films like ‘Velvet Goldmine’ are an accumulation of research and references. I create an almost random resource of connections and am constantly distilling that into narrative specifics.
Todd Haynes
‘Two’ is not written in the usual style of a novel. It’s a straightforward, linear narrative of my times, as I observed partition, and is told through multiple characters.
When we tell girls that we expect them to pursue educat

When we tell girls that we expect them to pursue education and excel in education, we are changing the narrative and are opening the door to the leaders of our future.
Tedros Adhanom
I never make notes; just a few small details when I’m writing, but nothing much. The plot is never written down. I will tell the story to myself, but I won’t plan it. I’ll speak the narrative in my head for a while.
Ruth Rendell
I’ve always had a problem with conventional punctuation of dialogue because it does seem to me to set it off too much from the narrative. I mean, in life, things don’t stop while somebody says something, and then stuff starts up again; it’s all happening at once.
Kate Grenville
There are plenty of writers, past and present, from Shakespeare to Henry James to Lydia Davis, who test the limits of coherence and put pressure on current notions of accessible (and acceptable) narrative methods. To thrive and change and grow, any art needs this kind of pressure.
Joanna Scott
The language of film is further and further away from the language of theater and is closer to music. It’s abstract but still narrative.
Emmanuel Lubezki
You have to be careful about over-politicizing the utterances of people of colour because, oftentimes, there’s poetry that seeks to go beyond that narrative.
Kehinde Wiley
When I started thinking seriously about learning the rules of narrative, I thought, ‘You’ve learned the rules of dancing from the ballet; what’s the matter with learning the laws of theater from the people who know how to do it?’
Twyla Tharp
Perhaps the most telling witness against the claim of accurate history for the Bible comes when we read the earliest narrative of the crucifixion found in Mark’s gospel and discover that it is not based on eyewitness testimony at all.
John Shelby Spong
My idea in terms of managing a narrative, or in thinking in my creative life, is that you could easily argue that the past, the present and the future all occur simultaneously, and if you can postulate that, then you’re not strictly bound to a linear narrative.
Tommy Lee Jones
I always tend to think, even in residential projects, about what a space is being asked to do – where is it located, what are the circumstances, where can I attack the problem, so to speak. How can you create a narrative for people moving through it? How can you convey its character?
Annabelle Selldorf
As the cinema is changing, on-screen kissing, love-making scenes are becoming part of the narrative. I am not saying it is wrong, because it is the reflection of how our society has changed and become comfortable with it. But I am uncomfortable performing it on screen.
Amrita Rao
‘Betsy’ is one of my favorites because it is the one to which I’ve imposed the least clear narrative. To me, it’s so much more about the feeling – desperation – than any kind of story at all. There’s very little imagery or character development; it’s just about a deep and desperate search for something.
Julia Holter
I think one of the things that happens with, especially in the criminal justice system, is that the prosecutor is able to control the narrative from the very, very beginning. The moment an arrest is made, they put out a press release to the media and the media follows that narrative.
Isaac Wright Jr.
Fashion is this obsessive narrative that people don’t understand but they can’t stop looking at.
Rita Ora
A lot of Broadway has that immigrant narrative of America as a place where you can become something else against all odds.
Deborah Kass
The narrative oftentimes is that everything that comes out of the hood is ‘real,’ and so I thought, ‘I’ll base it on the absurd, the not real. I’ll twist the idea of real on its head and see if I can get away with it. I’ll make paintings that come not from a place but through an abstract gaze.’
Mark Bradford
When I was starting out, I saw it as something that was definitely going to end. Every time I came to New York for fashion week or to interview someone, I was so sad going back home because I thought, ‘These things don’t get to last.’ That’s sort of the narrative of young success.
Tavi Gevinson
If you are making a script based on a book it can be frustrating going back to the source novel, because you’re turning the story into a totally different thing; the narrative of film is different from that of a book.
Clive Owen