I am not sure when they conducted the survey, but recently, the UK’s Mirror took a poll. They asked people (I think it was 5,000 of them) who was (is) the “Greatest Storyteller” of all time.
Not surprisingly, to me, Roald Dahl came in at number one. I do love his stories. BFG; Matilda; James and the Giant Peach; Charlie and the Chocolate Works; and on.
He also gave the world one of my favorite quotes. Ever.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Along those same lines, Lucius Annaeus Seneca once said:
“No man was ever wise by chance.”
We have to seek what we want. We have to believe it.
We also have to ask for it. And. Most of the time, we have to work for it.
Be it magic, or wisdom. Love. Happiness. Or other things, like prosperity, or success.
However we go about our story, we need to see that it is all connected. No matter how we tell it, or try to line it up. Nothing exists independently.
Every experience is conditioned by something else. Every single one.
The best we can do sometimes, is to notice the miracles which are occurring all around us. The magic.
And that makes for a good story, if we tell about it.
There were 50 on that list at The Mirror.
And the whole Top 10 were:
- Roald Dahl
- Charles Dickens
- William Shakespeare
- JK Rowling
- Steven Spielberg
- Hans Christian Andersen
- Lewis Carroll
- Walt Disney
- Enid Blyton
- J.R.R Tolkien
“There’s a rainbow around every corner is a well known saying and is supposed to make negative people positive.”
― Enid Blyton
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets