Big Story Colophon

col·o·phon: from the Greek ‘kolophon,’ finishing touch. 1. A brief description of a publication or production notes relevant to the edition.

The Big Story Colophon is a description or ‘finishing touch’ from the thoughts and ideas, insight and inspiration of poets, writers, filmmakers, producers, directors, artists, photographers, designers, painters, animators and performers…anyone whose vision or understanding of creativity, life and its wonders brings clarity or understanding to creating content…including you.

We invite you to submit your favorite quotes whose message might inspire our audiences….more on our contributor page. We welcome your comments and feedback below.


Myths are instruments of ideology, often told by the powerful to consolidate power. We need counter-narratives.

― Marina Warner

Life is short, break the rules. Forgive Quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.

― Mark Twain

All you need for a movie, is a gun and a girl.

― Jean-Luc Godard

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

― Edgar Allan Poe

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

― Gabriel García Márquez

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”

― Nadine Gordimer

Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”

― Nadine Gordimer

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.”

– Lao Tzu

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

– Amelia Earhart

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

– John Wooden

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen wthrough music.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Actions prove who someone is, words prove who they want to be.”

― Unknown

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

― Søren Kierkegaard

I will wade out till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers…I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air.  Alive…with closed eyes, to dash against darkness in the sleeping curves of my body.”

― E.E. Cummings

There’s this inherent screenplay structure that everyone seems to be stuck on, this three-act thing. It doesn’t really interest me. To me, it’s kind of like saying, ‘Well, when you do a painting, you always need to have sky here, the person here and the ground here.’ Well, you don’t.”

― Charlie Kaufman

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

― Confucius

A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist moving an audience through a movie…making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark.”

― Gordon Willis

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

― Marcus Aurelius

The art of cinema can only exist in a well-organized betrayal of reality.”

― Francois Truffaut

If you are going to do a film properly you have to give yourself completely to it.”

― Bob Hoskins

The most profound shift in entertainment is in the visibility of the audience.”

― Kenyatta Cheese

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

Nothing but capitalism drives decision making in Hollywood.”

There’s a battle between art and commerce.  Art is getting its ass kicked.”

― Aaron Sorkin, Speaking at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival


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