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Good Story

Total Quotes : 117
Thought Always

Whether it's 'The West Wing' or anything else, my first thought is always, 'What's a good story?'

- Aaron Sorkin

About Allowed

Of course, I'm not allowed to talk about the script, but I can say it is a really good story.

- Aaron Stanford

Emotional Hit

The key is a good story. If you have a good story, you have enough emotional beats that you can hit.

- Adam McKay

Through Figure

From earliest times, humans - explorers and thinkers - have wanted to figure out the shape of their world. Forever, the way we've done that is through storytelling. It is difficult to let the truth get in the way of a good story.

- Adam Savage

My Life Some

It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me.

- Alan Alda

Feel Sentence

I do feel that if you can write one good sentence and then another good sentence and then another, you end up with a good story.

- Amy Hempel

Good Character

I don't see a difference between playing a performance capture role and a live action role, they're just characters to me at the end of the day and I'm an actor who wants to explore those characters in fantastically written scripts. The only caveat is a good story is a good character.

- Andy Serkis

Always Mellow

Mellow doesn't always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life.

- Anne Hathaway

Matter Wrote

A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.

- Anne McCaffrey

Needs Equally

A good story needs equally good talent to foster it.

- Arfi Lamba

Idea Everybody

In the movies, you want a good story and characters that are honest, but you are also looking for a good director who can lead the ship. That's how we look at business. Everybody has a great idea for a start-up, and so do their relatives, and they tell me, 'You gotta build it.' I say, 'I have to believe in it.'

- Ashton Kutcher

Back I Think

My sister is a good story of resiliency. She had a full ride at UC Davis, but she left school to go to the Philippines - and then she decided to go back to school in her 40s, which surprised me. She went to UC Berkeley, and I think she was one of two African Americans in her class at Haas. She's really impressive.

- Chili Davis

Play Other

Right now I just want to play good roles, and if the role happens to be a gay man, that's not of any import other than, 'Is it a good story? Does it say something that's interesting?'

- Chris Pine

Away Here

Everything you write makes you better. But if you really need a tip, here's one: a good story begins in opposition to its ending. That means you work out how it finishes first, and then begin the story as far away from that point - in terms of character development - as you can.

- Chris Wooding

Want Stories

I really want to do film, but I want to do the right film. The truth for me is that I'm really driven by stories. So there are stories I want to tell, and if it's a good story then I want to do it, whatever genre it is.

- Condola Rashad

Turned Spun

Hubspot's leaders were not heroes but rather a pack of sales and marketing charlatans who spun a good story about magical transformation technology and got rich by selling shares in a company that still has never turned a profit.

- Daniel Lyons


I'm a storyteller, not a prophet. I'm just interested in a good story.

- David Eddings

Love TV

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

Death Insurance

I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.

- John Grisham

My Life Mantra

For the last 20 years of my life, I've had the mantra to do amazing parts with amazing people in amazing projects, so I'm attracted to good story, writing and character and good people. That's what I'm always searching for and I don't think that's ever going to change.

- John Hawkes

Good Spying

It is my writing dilemma. The world of spying is my genre. My struggle is to demystify, to de-romanticise the spook world, but at the same time harness it as a good story.

- John le Carre

Good Spying

The world of spying is my genre. My struggle is to demystify, to de-romanticise the spook world, but at the same time harness it as a good story.

- John le Carre

Deep Always

You set out to tell a good story. You don't do it because there is a deep message involved because the movie is almost always bad when you do that.

- John Lee Hancock

Deep Movie

You set out to tell a good story. You don't do it because there is a deep message involved, because the movie is almost always bad when you do that. Your job No. 1 is for it to be entertaining, and if it's inspiring, that is great, too.

- John Lee Hancock

Always Movie

Not that I've always loved the movie when they finally come out, or if they ever come out-because many of them don't come out-but I've gotten to work with really good story editors and stuff like that.

- John Sayles

Old Spaces

The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.

- John Updike

Looking Always

As a songwriter, we're looking for a good story, and we're always looking to push the limits.

- Jon Pardi

Other Add

The important thing about any book is that you have to have a good story and that it has to be exciting. Then it's nice to add other levels underneath that people can pick up on.

- Jonathan Stroud

Been TV

I have been sent three or four scripts for television series, but there wasn't anything I really wanted to do. I want to tell a good story, whether it's a TV show, a movie, whatever. That's really my No. 1 criteria.

- Jorge Garcia

Think Will

To begin with, I want to tell a good story, a story that people will listen to and that they'll think this is true, even if it is a story that might be defined as - as myth or legend or even fanciful.

- Joseph Bruchac

Will Tell

You have to tell a good story first. If it's a good story, people will be interested. It doesn't matter about the content.

- Judge Reinhold

Give Books

In my books I try to tell a good story, not give messages.

- Avi

Been Hundred

I have no problems with remakes, and I think it's interesting. I mean, coming from the theater, we've been remaking 'Hamlet' for a hundred years, so it's no problem to me at all. A good story can be told in many different ways in different places; I just think it's interesting.

- Baltasar Kormakur

Doing Roles

My favorite roles usually have to do with the story, if it's a good story I usually enjoy doing the character.

- Beau Bridges

Borders Hits

A good story can travel in time and borders; it hits you no matter where you are.

- Hakan Nesser

Truth Telling

Sometimes the facts can get in the way of the telling of a good story. But they don't get in the way of the truth.

- Bennett Miller

Became Ruth

You don't have to know anything about baseball to respond to Babe Ruth because he's just this magnificent human being. And a really good story because he was this kid who grew up essentially as an orphan, you know, had a tough life, and then he became the most successful baseball player ever. But he was also a really good guy.

- Bill Bryson

Be Real

Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story.

- James Dashner

Tell About

As a rule, anyone who can tell a good story can write one, so there really need be no mistake about his qualification; such a man will be careful not to be wearisome, and to keep his point, or his catastrophe, well in hand.

- James Payn

Good Sign

I kind of flew into a panic that somebody would have already owned the rights, because Christina Noble's life is such a good story. It took us two full years to get Christina to agree and sign the rights.

- Deirdre O'Kane

Movie Handful

You can take a handful of dollars, a good story, and people with passion and make a movie that will stand up against any $70 million movie.

- Jason Patric

Goal Telling

As a media member, my goal is to inform the American fans of persons of character. It's a joy for me, either writing a good story or telling a story on video.

- Dominique Dawes

Love Always

With movies, you are always in search is a good story, one that everyone will relate to and love. I love finding those stories and creating a visual world to tell the story.

- Don Bluth

Beautiful Good

If you have a beautiful story, it has to have conflict. If you don't have conflict, it can't be a good story.

- Donald Miller

Caught Telling

To be completely honest, I just like whatever tells a good story. Put me in whatever setting, scenario, genre. If you're telling a good story, it's great and it's fun to get caught up in.

- Drew Roy

Fiction Telling

Writing historical novels can be dangerous. We need to be as accurate and as fair about the historical record as we can be, at the same time as creating our fictional characters and, hopefully, telling a good story. The challenge is weaving the fiction into the history.

- Edward Rutherfurd

Very Putting

There's a few times in the past when I wrote a song, and I put the words together, and they were very clear pictures, and I felt like I was putting together a really good story. But I don't think I was ever really able to stay on that. What I've sort of developed lyrically is more about the sound of the vocals and what they are.

- Justin Vernon

More Worrying

Octavia Butler was more interested in writing a good story than in worrying about where to slot it.

- Karen Joy Fowler

Some Sentence

A good story, just like a good sentence, does more than one job at once. That's what literature is: a story that does more than tell a story, a story that manages to reflect in some way the multilayered texture of life itself.

- Karen Thompson Walker

Director Rough

I sketched out a rough story for them and the director said, well it's a good story but we have the go-ahead from Universal to make this script and did I want to do it. I said no, and they left.

- Ellen Burstyn

Tell Makes

You just tell a good story where you're funny and it makes people laugh.

- Kay Cannon

Good Choosing

I'm just trying to write a good story, strictly from imagination. People just think it's random, they don't see the rewriting, phrasing of characters, choosing the words, bringing the world to light in which the characters live in. That creates an illusion that this is real.

- Eric Jerome Dickey

Tension Any

Tension is the cornerstone of any good story.

- Eric Nylund

Define About

Every good story is about who we are and our struggle to define ourselves.

- Kelly Masterson

Big Stories

When I'm considering an idea, and there is an element of hubris involved, I generally feel comfortable that it's going to be a good story. Pride goeth before a fall. It's an element of a lot of big stories.

- Erik Larson

Believe I Think

I think that whenever there's a good script we try to make that happen, but it's all based off of a good story, a good script, but I don't believe you should do it just because it's African-American.

- Kenneth Edmonds

Other Wide

Great theater continues to bind us, one to the other, and most of us will travel far and wide to see a good story told well.

- Kenny Leon

Good Work Small

To me, it's about good work, a good story, and tastefully done. There's so many stigmas - oh, you're on the small screen or you do films or you do reality. It's about the project and not the medium on which it's delivered. It's the story you tell, period.

- Keshia Knight Pulliam

Love More

I love intricate plotting and exciting twists, but I realize more that people enjoy a good story in a simple, focused way.

- Evan Daugherty

Tell However

I grew up reading 19th-century novels and late Victorian children's books, so I try for a good story full of coincidence and error, landscape and weather. However, the world was radically changed during my lifetime, and I tell of that battering as best I can.

- Fanny Howe

Will Going

A good story will keep you wondering about what's happening, what's going on, where does this go? Now it's going to go that way, now it's going to go that way. It has to do that. If it's predictable, it's just boring.

- Fede Alvarez

Going Crowd

Amateur wrestling, you can go by instinct. Pro wrestling, you have to memorize, and you have to go by what moves you said you were going to do. Sometimes you have to feel the crowd and do the moves at the right time and know the timing and tell a good story.

- Kurt Angle

Play I Think

I just feel like when a good project comes along, I'm not going to discriminate against it because it's television or because it's a film. I never want to say no to something just because of the area that it's in. If it's a good story or I think it's going to be exciting to play or exciting to be a part of, then I'm going to be a part of it.

- Kyla Pratt

Irish Other

First a piece of Irish wisdom: you should always listen to a bookie. For they have a saying, 'Money tells a good story,' and somewhere in their odds is a kind of science-fiction existentialism that decrees that we, the people, know everything. In other words, betting patterns often make for good, unconscious soothsaying.

- Frank Delaney

Drama Next

We try to be driven by what's a good story, what's truthful, and the drama of what happens next.

- Laura Innes

Art Telling

Fiction is about telling a good story, first and foremost. But of course, everything I'm interested in or angry about leaks into my writing, from art to violence against women.

- Lauren Beukes

Always Last

I just like a good story. I want the story to be good and I want the character to be different than the last one I played. That's not always possible, but that's what I want.

- Garret Dillahunt

More Everybody

If it's a good story, then everybody is trying to tell it, everybody is better for it, and it's just more fun.

- Garret Dillahunt

Bounce Had

In the past, if you did film, you couldn't do stage, and if you did film, you certainly didn't do television. You had to pick what you wanted to be. Now it seems like we can bounce around, not only between genres, but between mediums, and I like that. I like change and I like a good story.

- Garret Dillahunt


Many critics, when trying to praise a short-story collection, will say that it has the heft and scope of a good novel. But for me, one of the highest compliments you can pay a novel is to say that it has the rich texture and eloquent detail of a good story collection.

- Gary Krist

Audience Give

That's probably when I get the most angry at American movies, when they just so cynically manipulate the audience without even trying to give a good story.

- Gene Siskel

Thought Dead

As an actor, whatever I get the opportunity to do, if it has a good story then I'm in. I thought 'Dead End' had a great story; 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' of course, was probably the first real horror film I was in.

- Lin Shaye


Life on earth is such a good story you cannot afford to miss the beginning... Beneath our superficial differences we are all of us walking communities of bacteria. The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.

- Lynn Margulis

Love Romeo

I'd love to do another film version of 'Romeo & Juliet.' I'm not too picky as long as it's a good story.

- Rutina Wesley

Heroes Villains

With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work.

- Phil Keoghan

Hope Eventually

I'm drawn to a good story, really, as I hope most people are. For me, it's the story that's going to stay with you eventually, not necessarily the genre. I go to watch a film because of the story, not because it was a Western or a comedy.

- Ryan Kwanten

Sign Good Sign

If you've got a good melody and a good story married together, that's a good sign for hit-song material.

- Glen Campbell

Good Tell

I tell a good story.

- Phyllis A. Whitney

Voice Your

Even when things are at their worst, there's a little voice in your head saying, 'Good story!'

- Salman Rushdie

Ethnicity Here

That's what was so amazing about 'Mulan.' Here is this story with all Chinese characters, and yet so many people related to her character and loved the story. So I really think as long as you have a good story that relates to a lot of people, it doesn't matter what ethnicity it is.

- Ming-Na Wen

Star Like

I like 'Pyaar Ka Dard Hai' on Star Plus. It not only has a good story but good actors as well.

- Pratyusha Banerjee

Reach Need

All great scripts need not reach silver screen, and every good story can't be narrated in a 2-hour film.

- R. Madhavan

Always Read

Character is always my driving force. And to tell a good story and to provide an entertaining read.

- Monica Ali

I Think About

Jewish, black, Filipino, whatever the specificity is, it's specificity that makes a good story. And I think people are tired of seeing the same old shtick on network television. It's just a group of white people hanging out talking about their jobs. Who cares? We've seen that.

- Rachel Bloom

Comedy Movie

Really I'm a fan of any movie, whether it's suspense, action, or comedy - anything that has a good story.

- Scott Eastwood

Been Very

I'm very happy to be a part of a very successful piece of art, as the 'Saw' films have been. One gets into this to participate. It's the coming together of a good story. So, that aspect of it has been just splendid. It really has nothing to do with me or my popularity. I'm fascinated.

- Tobin Bell

Think Making

I don't think it's necessary to shout if you have a good story. But I also don't think you should shy away from being bold in the statement that you're making.

- Nancy Gibbs

Good Cannot

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.

- Raymond Chandler

Kind More

I value humor, kindness, and the ability to tell a good story far more than money, status, or the kind of car someone drives.

- Rebecca Wells

Planet Stories

I don't look at stories in genres. A good story is a good story, no matter what planet it happens on, whether the characters are mice or human or whatever. That's how I look at it.

- Tony DiTerlizzi

Children Will

Our children's children will hear a good story.

- Richard Adams

Telling Formats

I am fortunate enough to have worked on, and continue to work on, evolutionary movies in all formats from just simple good story telling, which still matters most of all, to CG movies to tent-pole size 3D movies, and genre 3D movies like 'Piranha 3D.'

- Mark Canton


The technology is really where all of the changes have taken place, but the fundamentals of a good story being the basis of every good picture, and really the only basis still remains the rule, more so today, I think, because we've unfortunately weaned an audience from birth to kind of mindless movies.

- Richard D. Zanuck

Which Tastes

Style and entertainment tastes change, but the core emotions of being a kid - which, not coincidentally, are the core foundations of any good story - are constant.

- Mark Waid

Other Telling

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.

- Sid Caesar

Small Big

I'd rather have a small part in a big film or good story than do a solo film just for the sake of it.

- Sidharth Malhotra

Films Mostly

I'm not a purist - I like films that are narrated and films that aren't, films that are beautiful and films that are clumsy but heartfelt. Mostly, I just like a good story and good characters.

- Marshall Curry

Project Allowed

Understand 'Minecraft,' and you'll begin to understand the power of games. Like any good story, this one begins with a man and a dream. Markus 'Notch' Persson first started on the project to create a three-dimensional world vast in scope, with elements that allowed you to customize your character into the way you want them.

- Rob Manuel

Streets Films

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets.

- Spike Lee

Making Which

We don't feel pressure of, 'Let's make this really raunchy.' It's more about making a good story, which is 10 times harder. The raunchy stuff's really easy for us.

- Matt Stone