The story as a means to bear sorrow is an idea I’d like to believe, but can’t quite relate to personally.  Karen Blixen was likely speaking from her own experience, and I can only admire the implicit resilience. 

‘All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.’

See also Jorge Luis Borges on stories as generosity, and David Boyle on the value of telling them.


Source: Karen Blixen, quoted in ‘What’s the point?’, Intelligent Life, sorry that I failed to note the date, p. 49

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