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This group is about motivational stories that can be used as an inspiration to everyday life. 730 People

    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 17, 2014

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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, 2014

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 3, 2014

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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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    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...
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    A father is flying a kite.

    His son is watching him carefully. After some time, his observant son says, "Dad, because of the string the kite is not able to go any further higher.‎" Hearing this, the father smiles and breaks the string. The kite goes higher after breaking of the thread and then...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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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...
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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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    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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    How a Password Changed my Life – A true story

    from the Reader’s Digest I was having a great morning until I sat down in front of my office computer, "Your password has expired!", a server message flashed on my screen, with instructions for changing it. Coming up with a new code doesn’t seem like a big deal, unless...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 4 Responses May 17

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 13, 2014

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    I found this blog yesterday on wordpress Called

    'Tales By Anonymous' they posts Short Stories! I really liked the story of 'The Little Red Box' You can read it here : https://talesbyanonymous.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/but-there-was-something-about-anya-that-even-she-herself-hesitated-about/
    WakeupArtist WakeupArtist 18-21, F May 12

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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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    ************ ALL FOR THE BEST *******This is a

    story of kings and ministers; cannibals and hunting. Its a story of Akbar and Birbal!Birbal, who was Emperor Akbar's Minister, was noted for his wit and humor, problem solving acumen, and sense of justice.So, naturally, he was the Emperor's favourite and was always consulted for...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 18

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Feb 24, 2011

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    Jerome is slowly forgetting himself,

    and what he used to stand for. Instead he lives different lives as characters he makes up to please different women. Each character dresses different, acts different, has different friends, and girlfriends. He lives to please others. But how will he please the one woman who only...
    TheBellaBubbles TheBellaBubbles 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2014

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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 Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a great

    story with a surprise ending.
    ProfessorPlum777 ProfessorPlum777 61-65, M 2 Responses May 5

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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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    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, 2014

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    Love Openly

    Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master. Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting upon a...
    FallenCool FallenCool 26-30, M Feb 27, 2011

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    Fable of the Porcupine It was the coldest

    winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. This way, they covered and protected themselves, but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other...
    secretme1970 secretme1970 41-45, F Dec 15, 2014

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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 18-21, F 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 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 19, 2014

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 20, 2014

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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 1 Response Feb 26, 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, 2014

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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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    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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    Building Your House

    An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get...
    MiYoung MiYoung 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    This story is about twins named Magda

    and Melda. they live in a small island surrounded by the sea. their family was poor. the father was a fisherman while their mother was a fish seller in a local village market. even though they were poor it was enough to keep the family a float.Magda was a girl who had scales at...
    Cahx2 Cahx2 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 21

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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 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 15, 2014

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    I recently launched my website

    for my writing career. On it, you can find my stories, poetry, and essays. I also have a blog on it about writing and being a writer. Please come visit it and let me know what you think of it. www.acraignewman.com
    ACraigNewman ACraigNewman 41-45, M Mar 20, 2014

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    I love stories that reflect the real world.

    STORY 1 Scene: It's a fine sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out for a walk. > > Fox : "What are you working on?" > > Rabbit : "My thesis." > > Fox : "Hmm. What is it about?" > > Rabbit...
    novembermoon novembermoon 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 1

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    Misguided Quest Who would've thought I could

    change the world? What about the parrot? Yes, I admit it-the world we now live in is my fault...though the parrot isn't without blame either. It has been 3 1/2 months since my birthday. For my present, I had gotten a parrot. Yes, a parrot. You know those little winged beasts...
    zydeko zydeko 18-21 Jun 22

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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...
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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