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 Jorge Luis Borges on stories as generosity, David Boyle on the value of telling them, Arundhati Roy on what makes Great Stories great, and Elizabeth Goudge on the fairy tale as a lesson in existential humility.  


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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