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This group is about motivational stories that can be used as an inspiration to everyday life. 629 People

    On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

    by Haruki Murakami One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo's fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl. Tell you the truth, she's not that good-looking. She doesn't stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The...
    ForEsme ForEsme 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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    Shadows On The Wall

    He took the last photo frame from the wall, and added it to several others in a small box on the table. He looked around the room, then back at the box. Was that it? Three years of living with Jane, fitting into one small cardboard box, and a few shadows on the wall where the...
    cynthiacampbell745 cynthiacampbell745 18-21, F Oct 2, 2012

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    A Woman and a Beggar One day,

    a poor boy who used to sell goods from door to door to pay his school expense, found that he had only one dime left with him. He was very hungry, so he decided to ask for a meal at the next house. However, he knocked the next house door and a lovely young woman opened the door...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 3

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    A Stranger

    A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar. "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you're sitting on?" "Nothing, " replied the beggar. "Just an...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M Feb 26, 2011

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    And So This Is Christmas

    The curtains were closed, the room dark, when she hit the switch that sent multi colored lights playing across the ceiling, from the now lit Christmas tree. For a brief moment, she forgot where she was, memories of past festive times flashing through her mind as she watched the...
    cynthiacampbell745 cynthiacampbell745 18-21, F Oct 2, 2012

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    Apricot Jam

    On to Solzhenitsyn's apricot jam etc. Russian allusions make it a bit heavier than usual. It's also a bit more serious. Translation appears to be more American than British English.
    malizz malizz 66-70, M Aug 21, 2013

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    The Man And The Lion

    Once upon a time a man and a lion met on the highway, and for some distance journeyed along together quite agreeably. But when the conversation began to concern which creature was superior, a man or a lion, the dispute waxed warmer and warmer. They were passing a statue which...
    ISellCrackForTheCIA ISellCrackForTheCIA 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 1, 2013

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    The 4 Wives

    There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He's very proud of her and always wanted...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Written By Ambrose Bierce

    A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack...
    apml apml 16-17, F Jun 16, 2013

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    A Comfort

    Short stories are my favorite things to read, because they are really just snapshots of a larger narrative we imagine ourselves, and bringing a tension and possibly catharsis in so little a space amazes me. And also makes me feel inadequate as a writer, but it's worth it, to read...
    KeasbeyNights KeasbeyNights 22-25, M Oct 28, 2011

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    A Call From My EX

    today,my vibrating phone woke me up,it was 9:30.and to my surprise i picked up without checking the caller's Id.it was a number i don't know,and suddenly i hear my ex-boyfriend's voice telling me "goodmorning". i first went out with him like a year or more ago,but after a month...
    merinesrine merinesrine 18-21, F Oct 25, 2013

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    Puppies For Sale

    A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the pups and set about Nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he Felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the Eyes of a little boy.  Mister...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    Discovering True Fear

    A sultan decided to travel by sea with some of his favorite courtiers. They joined the ship in Dubai and sailed out into the open sea. However, as soon as the ship moved away from land, one of his subjects - who had never seen the sea before, having spent most of his life in the...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 24, 2011

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    True Path

    "I am willing to give up everything", said the prince to the master. "Please accept me as your disciple." "How does a man choose his path?" asked the master. "Through sacrifice," answered the prince. "A path which demands sacrifice, is a true path." The master bumped into some...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M Feb 24, 2011

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    I read whenever I can at home

    and at school or the park
    dancerwithheart dancerwithheart 13-15, F Jul 28

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    I Read This And Couldn'T Hold Back The Tears - By Calvin Worthington

    His hands were rough and exceedingly strong. He could gently prune a fruit tree or firmly wrestle an ornery mule into harness. He could draw and saw a square with quick accuracy. He had been known to peel his knuckles upside a tough jaw. But what I remember most is the special...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 16, 2013

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    She paints a pretty picture,

    But the story has a twist, Her paint brush is a razor And her canvas is her wrist, She paints pretty picture In a colour that's blood red While using her sharp paint brush She ends up finally dead Her pretty pictures fading Quite slowly on her arm The blood is not racing...
    chloemarie69 chloemarie69 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Cute One!!

    Girl's Version: First Day : I saw an idiot sleeping on the front bench :/ Second Day : Saw the same Idiot getting punished :P Third Day : He was fighting with a Boy... hunhhh... idiot... !! : Fourth Day : I couldn't find him...Where is he... ?? o.O . Boy's Version: First...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 26, 2012

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    Love And Time

    Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.Love was the only one...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F Feb 17, 2011

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    Unconditional Love

    A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.   "Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring home with me."   "Sure," they replied, "we'd...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2011

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    The Rose Within

    A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a >plant burdened with so many sharp thorns...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2011

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    New World Along With My Love

    who are u.... where have u been..... hey.... where are you i wanna see u i am waiting for u becoz i love you....... I know the meaning of love , but never had that in m life.....i need your love my................ just 1s look at me closer, then you can see a poor girls...
    spienee spienee 22-25, F Oct 31, 2012

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    The Crocodile There was

    once a baby crocodile. He had a beautiful shiny tail and all the other crocodiles were horrible to him because they were jealous of him. One day the little baby crocodile counted all his beautiful shiny scales and there were a thousand. A lot more than he thought. So he...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M Apr 15

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    God Is Always With Us

    a man died and his soul reached heaven where god showed him his journey of life.the man looked down and saw two sets of footprints all along his journey.he asked god "god on looking down i see 2 pairs of footprints one pair of foot prints are mine but whose footprints are there...
    atidum atidum 26-30 1 Response Feb 13, 2012

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    Story Of A Friend :)

    Long time ago, there live a Wise man called by Trust. One fine day, a fellow approached him. That person told Trust that he has some information to tell him about his friend. Before he could even start talking about his friend, Trust told him he need to ask 3 question so Trust...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 24, 2011

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    White Roses

    He took me into the bedroom at night, the train of my gown was flowing, i dropped my bouquet on the dresser, i can't believe what i was seeing, our little bedroom looked stunning. He had set candles all over the room, white rose petals on the bed, the windows were open and white...
    lolita95 lolita95 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 11, 2012

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    Living On A Prayer

    He left bruises. He is the man I am going to marry; my one true love and I would never want to hurt him. I do everything for him and I listen to his every word but that’s just not good enough. He’s so possessive it’s scary, all I was doing was talking to an old friend, and...
    lolita95 lolita95 18-21, F Oct 13, 2012

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    I love writing stories specifically

    for one person. I really enjoy being able to craft a fun and tailor made reading experience for a friend. I love to hear their reaction to the story. I love taking specific elements they request that interest them and mixing it into a story custom designed to entertain them. So...
    Sebastianblack Sebastianblack 26-30, M Aug 7

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    Once upon a time in the deep mountains forest

    there lived an old monk and a young monk. The old monk was a great practitioner of Buddha-dharma and was frequently in deep meditation. Normally when he started meditation, it could last for half a day or one full day. In addition, during his meditation he would know what was...
    ksnit ksnit 22-25, M Apr 14

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    This Is A Story About A Girl.

    This is one of my weaker stories..I'm trying a different style of writting and I dont know if I'm so good at it yet. Background: This is a a story about a girl. You read her journal and follow a girl through her daily life with depression and how her life changes. Play this song...
    UnspokenWordss UnspokenWordss 18-21 Nov 25, 2012

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    Two of my favorites: A Pair of Silk Stockings

    by Kate Chopin The Bet by Anton Chekov
    Nijima Nijima 41-45, M Jan 20

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    3 Pieces Wisdom From A Bird

    A certain man caught a bird in a trap. The bird says "Sir, you have eaten many cows and sheep in your life, and you're still hungry. The little bit of meat on my bones won't satisfy you either. If you let me go, I'll give you three pieces of wisdom. One I'll say standing on...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 26, 2011

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    Just A Little Real Ant Story... XD

    I was walking in near the forest when I accidentally stepped an anthill... but they are not the red big ants, they are fast, small, cute, black ants who I believed ever since I was young that they do not bite people. Even I disturbed them, they will just run fast and they tickle...
    eaden594 eaden594 16-17, M Jun 13, 2013

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    Blind Jealousy

    He left bruises. He is the man I am going to marry; my one true love and I would never want to hurt him. I do everything for him and I listen to his every word but that’s just not good enough. He’s so possessive it’s scary, all I was doing was talking to an old friend, and...
    lolita95 lolita95 18-21, F Sep 30, 2012

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    It was told by Captain John to a boy from the

    mainland who was spending the summer on the Island, as they sat together one August evening at sunset, on a broken bowsprit which had once been a part of the Alcázar. It was dead low water in Southwest Harbor, a land-locked inlet that nearly cut the Island in two, and was the...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 20

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    Life And Death. Surat A-lfajir

    And indeed, its We who give life and  cause death, and We are the Inheritor. AlQuran, 15.23
    basy basy 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 20, 2012

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    MISERY is manifold. The wretchedness of earth

    is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch,—as distinct too, yet as intimately blended. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow! How is it that from beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness?—from the...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M Feb 17

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    Book Of Telekawithia

    *** This story i wrote when i was in 6th grade, and i have modernized it and tweaked it to a 9th grade level. Please enjoy and comment for Part II.*** Tim was an average school-boy. He, however liked school. The reason? well my dear friends, is that he was the smartest in his...
    Pippen0 Pippen0 13-15, M 3 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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    Two Frogs

    A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    The Most "foolish" Traveler In The World

    Once upon a time, there was a foolish traveler who had gone on a journey. Why was he foolish? Well, because he was fooled by everyone he met!   "Please, some money for medicine...?"   Everywhere he went, people made up all kinds of sad stories to tell him, and the...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M Mar 12, 2011

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    by: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) The

    following story is reprinted from Fables. Robert Louis Stevenson. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914. So soon as the child began to speak, the gyve was riveted; and the boys and girls limped about their play like convicts. Doubtless it was more pitiable to see and more...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M Mar 21

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    Three hundred miles and more from Chimborazo,

    one hundred from the snows of Cotopaxi, in the wildest wastes of Ecuador's Andes, there lies that mysterious mountain valley, cut off from all the world of men, the Country of the Blind. Long years ago that valley lay so far open to the world that men might come at last through...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 20

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    A Story About An Insensitive Man And His Rambunctious Children

    It was a very calm Sunday morning at a subway station. People were sitting quietly; some were lost in their own thought, some was reading the newspaper, while some was resting with their eyes closed. It was a very calm and peaceful morning. Then suddenly a man with his children...
    fadzli fadzli 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 11, 2013

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    A Farmer Saved the Life of a Boy His name was

    Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he h eard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    Zen Story

    Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 26, 2011

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    Salty Coffee

    He met her on a party, she was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her,while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him, she was surprised, but due to politeness, she promised. They sat in a nice coffee...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 9, 2011

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    Sand And Stone

    A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    The Wooden Bowl

    A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and a four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F Feb 17, 2011

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    It was a chilly November afternoon.

    I had just consummated an unusually hearty dinner, of which the dyspeptic truffe formed not the least important item, and was sitting alone in the dining-room with my feet upon the fender and at my elbow a small table which I had rolled up to the fire, and upon which were some...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M Feb 20

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    There Is No Fire In Hell We Brings Our Fire In Hell.

    A VERY Holly man opened his eyes after a very long meditation, look around  on his  Proselyte/admirers,who were waiting for some advice and guidelines for there problems.He order to one of his lovers to find out fire to Ignite /light his Hubble/water pipe.Proselyte roamed...
    basy basy 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 6, 2012

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    LYUBOV GRIGORYEVNA, a substantial,

    buxom lady of forty who undertook matchmaking and many other matters of which it is usual to speak only in whispers, had come to see Stytchkin, the head guard, on a day when he was off duty. Stytchkin, somewhat embarrassed, but, as always, grave, practical, and severe, was...
    Germancowboy Germancowboy 56-60, M Feb 13

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