Selected Quotes about Storytelling

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. -- Hannah Arendt

To be a person is to have a story to tell. -- Isak Dinesen

There are no stories without meaning. And I am one of those men who can find it even when others fail to see it. Afterwards the story becomes the book of the living, like a blaring trumpet that raises from the tomb those who have been dust for centuries.... -- Umberto Eco

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. -- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

The story - from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. -- Ursula K. LeGuin

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. -- Robert McKee

You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story. -- Anthony de Mello

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” -- Ben Okri

“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” -- Ben Okri

Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever. -- Philip Pullman

The universe is made of stories, not atoms. -- Muriel Rukeyser

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. -- Salman Rushdie

I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as 'twas said to me. -- Sir Walter Scott

We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel- ‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’ You’re not as alone as you thought. -- John Steinbeck

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another. -- Studs Terkel

Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic. -- Jim Trelease

Their story, yours and mine -- it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them. -- William Carlos Williams

Of course that is not the whole story, but that is the way with stories; we make them what we will. It's a way of explaining the universe while leaving the universe unexplained, it's a way of keeping it all alive, not boxing it into time. -- Jeanette Winterson

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