This site is a cluster of wellsprings. Wellsprings of heartwarming anecdotes, stirring stories, age-old fables, epic tales, mythical musings, good deeds, life’s lessons, inspiring insights, and much more. None of these are my own but they have something for all of us. That’s why I have taken the liberty of putting them together, acknowledging the source or the author wherever I could.
Please note that the pictures accompanying the stories are my own, added simply for aesthetics, and have no connection with the stories whatsoever.
Now, why did I choose to build this website? Here are some answers, again in the words of many others:
“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn.
Tell me a truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”
Native American proverb
“All stories teach, whether the storyteller intends them to or not.
They teach the world we create.
They teach the morality we live by.
They teach it much more effectively than moral precepts and instructions”.
Philip Pullman, author of ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy
“Human beings are meaning-seeking creatures;
we crave narratives that have a beginning and an end –
something that we rarely encounter in everyday life.
Stories give coherence to the confusion of our experience.”
Author Karen Armstrong, Guardian, 26 August 2006
“Stories are memory aids, instruction manuals and moral compasses.”
Aleks Krotoski, Observer, 7 August 2011
“Stories are compensatory. The world is unfair, unjust, unknowable, out of control.”
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeannette Winterson (2011)
“Telling stories is our way of coping, a way of creating shape out of a mess. It binds everyone together.”
Canadian film director Sarah Polley, Observer, 23 June 2013
“The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”
American singer-songwriter Pete Seeger (1919-2014)