Storytelling Quotes

Storytelling quotes to live by

The power of storytelling is universal

We love a good quote at Settle Stories. Below are our staff’s favourite, followed by an extensive list for you to choose from for yourselves.

If you know a quote that you think we should share please contact us.

Storytelling Quotes: 

Sita Brand, Artistic Director/CEO:

“Those who tell stories rule society” – Plato 

Charles Tyrer, Executive Director:

“‘Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all’  – Philip Pullman

Jessica Harris, Sales & Communications Officer:

“Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.” – Robin Moore

Jayne Davies, Heritage Project Officer:

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling

More quotes that we love here at Settle Stories:

“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

“Some day you’ll be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”  – C.S. Lewis

“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.”- 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

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

“Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined.” – Anne L. Watson

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

“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

“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

“Those who rule societies, rule society.” – Plato

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