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What is history but a fable agreed upon?
There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten - before the end is told - even if there happens to be any end to it.
Whether in cave paintings or the latest uses of the Internet, human beings have always told their histories and truths through parable and fable. We are inveterate storytellers.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
Charles Caleb Colton
Writers are notoriously unable to know about themselves. Faulkner thought 'The Fable' was his best novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald liked 'Tender Is the Night,' an experimental novel.
Joyce Carol Oates
Suspense films are often based on communication problems, and that affects all of the plot points. It almost gives it kind of a fable feeling.
For kind of sophisticated art I'm interested in, the larger structural rebuke has to be so subtle that it has to be distributed at an almost sub-atomic level. Otherwise, you fall into the kind of preachy, moralistic fable that I don't think makes for good literature.
I wanted to write a new fable and see how many rules you could break.
It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.
Alfred de Vigny
Despite the strength of the feminist movement in the 1970s and beyond, a fable has persisted that educated women are rejected as marriage partners.
The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
Whosoever counts these Lays as fable, may be assured that I am not of his mind.
Marie de France
The minute that you bring a unicorn into a story, you know that it's a fairy tale or a fable, because unicorns don't exist as animals. They exist as fantasy creatures.
For me, art is make-believe. It's enchantment. It's a fable. I'm enjoying that and playing with it. Of course it's serious, and art is serious, but I'm not going to rarefy it.
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