Storytelling Quotes

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"Some day you'll be old enough to start reading fairytales again."  

C.S. Lewis

"Those who tell stories, rule society."
Plato

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

"The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out."
Walter Benhamin

Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories.
Karen Armstrong

Storytelling is important. Part of human continuity.
Robert Redford

Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.
Tim O'Brien

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
G. K. Chesterton

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

"The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in."
Harold Goddard

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

"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

"The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul."
Joseph Campbell

"As we share stories, we exalt in the joy of completed journeys, solved problems and happy endings."
Joe Healy

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

"All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. Religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need."
Harvey Cox

"The tales is often wiser than the teller."
Susan Fletcher

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

"People who don't have stories in their cultures go nuts."
Rafe Martin

"Telling the proper stories is as if you were approaching the throne of Heaven in a fiery chariot."
Baal Shem Tov

"Australian Aborigines say that the big stories--the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life--are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush."
Robert Moss

"Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven't yet imagined.?"
Anne L. Watson

"We can never know truth, but some stories are better than others."
Aaron Shepard

"Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told."
Henry David Thoreau

"Storytelling is about two things; it's about character and plot."
George Lucas

"You're never going to kill storytelling, because it's built into the human plan. We come with it."
Margaret Atwood