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Quotations about Storytelling & Stories


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To be Human is to be a storyteller. ~Barbara K. Walker


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


Myths are stories about people who become too big for their lives temporarily, so that they crash into other lives or brush against gods. In crisis their souls are visible. ~Anne Carson, Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides, 2006


The child began reading favorite stories of magic to the river, believing the tales would be carried to someone in need. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Story gives people enough space to think for themselves. ~Annette Simmons


If you're going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all. ~Joseph Campbell


Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle. ~Robert Olen Butler


To hell with facts! We need stories! ~Ken Kesey


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


The story—from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace—is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of 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. Le Guin


This is the sorcery of literature. We are healed by our stories. ~Terry Tempest Williams


Ours was a storytelling family even in pleasing times, and in those days my parents looked on words as our sustenance, rich in their flavor and wholesome for the soul. ~Natalie Kusz, Road Song, 1990


If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. ~Barry Lopez


In West Africa, when a person in the village becomes sick, the Healer will ask them, "When was the last time you sang? When was the last time that you danced? When was the last time that you shared a story?" ~Harvey Cox


And all who told it added something new,
And all who heard it, made enlargements too.
~Alexander Pope


The first law of story-telling — "Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it." ~Mary Augusta Arnold Ward


It is said that the first storyteller crept at night to listen to the gods talking in their sleep — so each tale collected contained the breath of gods. ~Author unknown


Those who tell the stories rule the world. ~Hopi proverb


It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. ~American Indian saying


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


 
 
      I didn't go to the worlds of story to be reminded that on a dark road your anger and your cruelty pace just behind you, daring you to turn your head, unless you let them travel safely within you.
      The books I loved best were... the ones that started in this world and took you to another.... I wanted there to be a chance to pass through a portal, and by doing so to pass from rusty reality with its scaffolding of facts and events into the freedom of story. I wanted there to be doors. If, in a story, you found the one panel in the fabric of the workaday world that was hinged, and it opened, and it turned out that behind the walls of the world flashed the gold and peacock blue of something else, and you were able to pass through, that would be a moment in which all the decisions that had been taken in this world, and all the choices that had been made, and all the facts that had been settled, would be up for grabs again: all possibilities would be renewed, for who knew what lay on the other side?
      And once opened, the door would never entirely shut behind you either. A kind of mixture would begin. A tincture of this world's reality would enter the other world... while this world would be subtly altered too, changed in status by the knowledge that it had an outside. ~Francis Spufford (b.1964), The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading, 2002  [an "extended love letter to children's books" —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


A song ain't nothing in the world but a story just wrote with music to it. ~Hank Williams, Sr.


Faith! he must make his stories shorter
Or change his comrades once a quarter.
~Jonathan Swift


[S]tories are not just stories but also survival tools. ~Robin R. Bates, How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero's Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage, 2012


The dreamer awakes,
      The shadow goes by;
      When I tell you a tale,
      The tale is a lie.
But ponder it well,
      Fair maiden, good youth:
      The tale is a lie,
      What it tells is the truth.
~Author unknown


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


Bedtime stories are a doorway to dreams. ~Terri Guillemets


The best of the old stories spoke to the listener because they spoke not just to the ears but to the heart as well. ~Jane Yolen


I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories. ~Washington Irving


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


Examples draw when precept fails,
And sermons are less read than tales.
~Matthew Prior


"A Fable," said the merry Æsop, with a twinkle in his witty eyes, "is a fictitious story about nothing that ever happened, related by nobody that ever lived. And the moral is, that every one is quite innocent, only they must not do it again!" ~S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896


"Always remember," the storyteller told the wide-eyed children, "once-upon-a-time in a tale also means Now." ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


These were, in general, ancient inhabitants of that region; born, and bred there from boyhood; who had long since become wheezy and asthmatical, and short of breath, except in the article of story-telling; in which respect they were still marvellously long-winded. ~Charles Dickens


Storytelling is our oldest form of remembering the promises we have made to one another and to our various gods, and the promises given in return; it is a way of recording our human emotions and desires and taboos. ~Jane Yolen


There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. ~Flannery O'Connor


People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. ~Studs Terkel


Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I'm particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love how this dramatic energy finds its way to the page, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story. ~A.A. Attanasio


Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you. ~Alice Walker


Stories give color to black and white information. ~Todd Stocker


Why was Solomon recognized as the wisest man in the world? Because he knew more stories (proverbs) than anyone else. Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we're all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories. ~Alan Kay


You might enter this story by the stage door. ~Munson Havens, Old Valentines: A Love Story, 1914


Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. ~John Barth


Wine is a magician, for it loosens the tongue and liberates good stories. ~A Book of Old Songs, Healths, Toasts, Sentiments and Wise Sayings Pertaining to the bond of Good Fellowship, 1901


Writing a story allows us to play with our imaginary friends when we are adults. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Light a campfire and everyone's a storyteller. ~John Geddes


Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared. ~Jack Handey


It's no coincidence that just at this point in our insight into our mysteriousness as human beings struggling towards compassion, we are also moving into an awakened interest in the language of myth and fairy tale. The language of logical arguments, of proofs, is the language of the limited self we know and can manipulate. But the language of parable and poetry, of storytelling, moves from the imprisoned language of the provable into the freed language of what I must, for lack of another word, continue to call faith. ~Madeleine L'Engle


Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form. ~Jean Luc Godard


Is forty-two a story? Of course it is, and it isn't. It doesn't sound like a story; it's more the name of a story, so to speak. In some sense, every story is simply the name of a longer story. ~Roger C. Shank


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou


To be a person is to have a story to tell. ~Karen Christence Dinesen


Time, the earth, and death are living things, as stories are — so long as other living things exist to feed them, and for them to nourish in their turn. ~Robert Bringhurst, 1995, Introduction to The Dreamer Awakes by Alice Kane


...I can set down a story... ~William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXXVIII


"Happily ever after" depends on where we choose to end the story. ~Author unknown



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