Top 500+ Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write The Best Story Ever

Top 500+ Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write The Best Story Ever Curated by Factober

Written by Vishal for Factober


October 19, 2020

Storytelling Quotes

Storytelling is not some random garbage without a motive. The story tells a lot about something which is not known to you. A good storyteller can easily convey the message.

A bad storyteller will spend a lot of time on unnecessary plot building, but, a good storyteller will focus on motive rather than the unnecessary build-up. What is your opinion? Let’s know in the comments.

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Top 500+ Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write The Best Story Ever Curated by Factober Inspiration
  1. 70 percent of what we do involves staring into space and trying to figure out what the hell happens next. Robert Gregory Browne
  2. A brand is a set of expectations, memories, stories, and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. Seth Godin
  3. A great lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting – only the deeply personal and familiar. John Steinbeck
  4. A great story is impossible to forget. Adrienne Posey
  5. A lesson in bringing about true changes of mind and heart comes from a Japanese functionary. By day, he crunched numbers that showed his country was approaching an imminent energy crisis and helped to craft policy. By night, he weaved a novel in which a bureaucrat-hero helps see the country through to new energy sources. When the crisis came faster than he expected, he actually put the novel away because he did not want to make the burden of his countrymen worse. When the short-term crisis passed, he published his novel. It’s phenomenal and well-timed success fueled the vision that inspired difficult change and maintained a sense of urgency. Daniel Yergin
  6. A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders. John Steinbeck
  7. A narrative is a story, not logic, nor ethics, nor philosophy. It is a dream you keep having, whether you realize it or not. Just as surely as you breathe, you go on ceaselessly dreaming your story. And in these stories, you wear two faces. You are simultaneously subject and object. You are the whole and you are part. You are real and you are the shadow. “Storyteller” and at the same time “character”. It is through such multilayering of roles in our stories that we heal the loneliness of being an isolated individual in the world. Haruki Murakami
  8. A necessary part of our intelligence is on the line as the oral tradition becomes less and less important. There was a time throughout our land when it was common for stories to be told and retold, a most valuable exercise, for the story retold is the story reexamined over and over again at different levels of intellectual and emotional growth. Wes Jackson
  9. People are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick. Without stories, we would go mad. Life would lose its moorings or orientation… Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart larger. Ben Okri
  10. A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables. Norton Juster
  11. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing. George Lucas
  12. A story begins with this nebulous feeling that’s hard to get a hold of and you’re testing your feelings and assumptions, testing what you believe. They end up turning into keepsakes and mementos—like amber in which a memory gets trapped. Michael Chabon
  13. A story has its purpose and its path. It must be told correctly for it to be understood. Marcus Sedgwick
  14. A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
  15. A story is based on what people think is important, so when we live a story, we are telling people around us what we think is important. Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
  16. A story is never complete. Jude Brigley
  17. A story must be judged according to whether it makes sense. And ‘making sense’ must be here understood in its most direct meaning: to make sense is to enliven the senses. A story that makes sense is one that stirs the senses from their slumber, one that opens the eyes and the ears to their real surroundings, tuning the tongue to the actual tastes in the air and sending chills of recognition along the surface of the skin. To make sense is to release the body from the constraints imposed by outworn ways of speaking, and hence to renew and rejuvenate one’s felt awareness of the world. It is to make the senses wake up to where they are. David Abram
  18. A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself. Daniel Wallace, The Kings and Queens of Roam
  19. A tale may have exactly three beginnings: one for the audience, one for the artist, and one for the poor bastard who has to live in it. Catherynne M. Valente
  20. A tale spinner’s goal is entertainment. John Alexander
  21. A well-spun tale can transport listeners away from their humdrum lives and return them with an enlarged sense of the world. Jonathan Auxier
  22. A writer is a dangerous friend. Everything you say, all of your life and experience, is fodder for our writing. We mean you no harm, but what you know and what you’ve done is unavoidably fascinating to us. Being friends with a writer is a bit like trying to keep a bear as a pet. They’re wonderful, friendly creatures, but they play rough and they don’t know their own strength or remember that they have claws. Choose the stories you tell to your writer friends carefully. Randy Murray
  23. After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Philip Pullman
  24. All fantasy tales bathe in the same myth pool and soak in its archetypes and tropes. It’s how each author tosses the stock ingredients of the salad that renders their telling unique. Stewart Stafford
  25. All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Leo Tolstoy
  26. All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.
  27. All right. Then I’ll begin… It’s the tale of a man who drank the demon’s liquor and gained immortality. That miserable man’s lonely, lonely yarn. The stage is Prohibition-era New York. It’s the story of the peculiar destiny surrounding the death sudden appearance of the liquor of immortality and of the spiral of people who found themselves drawn into it. Ryohgo Narita
  28. All stories have a curious and even dangerous power. They are manifestations of truth — yours and mine. And truth is all at once the most wonderful yet terrifying thing in the world, which makes it nearly impossible to handle. It is such a great responsibility that it’s best not to tell a story at all unless you know you can do it right. You must be very careful, or without knowing it you can change the world. Vera Nazarian
  29. All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful. Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before
  30. Always choose love over fear. A.D. Posey
  31. Anxiety is your creativity turned into a weapon that you use to beat yourself up. And this is because anxiety is mostly storytelling – repeating poisonous stories that you’ve inherited from others. It feeds on your fear.
  32. Any fool can tell a story. Take a few odds and ends of things that happen to you, dress them up, shuffle them about, add a dash of excitement, a little color, and there you have it. Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians
  33. Art goes both ways. Writers tell stories & think they mean one thing. Readers take stories into their own lives & they mean something else. Neil Gaiman
  34. Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself. Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
  35. As Rebeca reveals what scraps of story she does have to Luca, he starts to understand that this is the one thing all migrants have in common, this is the solidarity that exists among them, though they all come from different places and different circumstances, some urban, some rural, some middle-class, some poor, some well educated, some illiterate, Salvadoran, Honduran, Guatemalan, Mexican, Indian, each of them carries some story of suffering on top of that train and into el norte beyond. Some, like Rebeca, share their stories carefully, selectively, finding a faithful ear and then chanting their words like prayers. Other migrants are like blown-open grenades, telling their anguish compulsively to everyone they meet, dispensing their pain like shrapnel so they might one day wake to find their burdens have grown lighter. Luca wonders what it would feel like to blow up like that. But for now he remains undetonated, his horrors sealed tightly inside, his pin fixed snugly in place. Jeanine Cummins
  36. At its very core, marketing is storytelling. The best advertising campaigns take us on an emotional journey – appealing to our wants, needs and desires – while at the same time telling us about a product or service. Melinda Partin
  37. At the end of your story, you get down to the purity of it all. It’s like distilling something. Adrienne Posey
  38. Authors do not choose a story to write, the story chooses us. Richard Denney
  39. Ava’s father believed that myths and fairy tales – like dreams – opened a window into the unconscious. by listening to the language of dreams and old tales, he said, all humans could learn to understand themselves and the world, better. Kate Forsyth
  40. be patient by assumed presence and open in curiosity, observe the nature and support by stories your child imagination and you will grow his future flight. Veronica Cozma
  41. Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers.
  42. Because there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightful results. Nancy Mellon
  43. Bob Harras’ personal and creative integrity is respected and renowned throughout the comic book industry. As an editor, he provides invaluable insight into storytelling and character.
  44. Brands are built around stories. And stories of identity – who we are, where we’ve come from – are the most effective stories of all. This storytelling is a powerful way to bring brands to life. Bill Dauphinais
  45. But Andrew was right about one thing. Human beings need to tell stories. Historically, it’s the quickest way we have for transmitting useful information to other members of our species. Stories are not simply nice things to have; they are essential survival tools. And yes, the stories we tell ourselves are just as important as the stories we tell other people. Hugh MacLeod
  46. But I’m going to try to tell the truth. Except for the parts I’m leav­ing out, because there’s still stuff I’m just not going to tell you. Get used to it. Robin McKinley
  47. But silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grown pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you. Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
  48. Children played at those stories; they dreamed about them. They took them to heart and acted as if to live inside them. Gregory Maguire
  49. Confession time: I doubt I would ever have picked up one of Marjorie’s books, had I not met her in person. The reason is they’re categorized as Romances, which is where they are shelved in bookstores. Though I have no justification for avoiding it, the romance section is an area in bookstores I seldom wander into. Her novels also have traditional-looking romance book covers, which are occasionally a bit off-putting to us mighty manly men. Then again, who knows? I don’t carry many biases where good storytelling is concerned. I’m willing to find it anywhere, as too many of my friends will attest, when I try to drag them to wonderful movies that they aren’t eager to go to, simply because they fall under the chick-flick rubric. So, in any case, I’m glad I did meet Marjorie Liu in person, because it would have been a shame to miss out on the work of an author this talented due to whatever degree of cultural prejudices I might still possess. I trust you who read this won’t make the same mistake. Bill Willingham
  50. Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue. Andrew Davis
  51. Content doesn’t always translate to context in small form. Richie Norton
  52. Create those things where human protagonists relate to us, where the stakes and conflict grip us, and where the emotions move us. Craft those simple things, those glorious things, those things so often forgotten but so desperately needed. There’s no hidden or corporate meaning behind the word ‘story.’ We know what they are. And we need to start telling them. Jay Acunzo
  53. Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream–making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is the very essence of dreams… Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  54. Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both. Criss Jami, Killosophy
  55. Drama comes from contrast, showing the difference between ‘what was’ and ‘what is’. The greater the difference, the greater the drama. Lou Hoffman
  56. Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty. William Archer
  57. Drama is real life with the dull bits cut out. Alfred Hitchcock
  58. Essentially, a story expresses how and why life changes. Robert McKee
  59. Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.
  60. Every civilization sees itself as the center of the world and writes its history as the central drama of human history Samuel P. Huntington
  61. Every great love starts with a great story… Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  62. Every morning brings us news of the globe, and yet we are poor in noteworthy stories. This is because no event comes to us without being already shot through with explanation. In other words, by now almost nothing that happens benefits storytelling; almost everything benefits information. Actually, it is half the art of storytelling to keep a story free from explanation as one reproduces it. . . . The most extraordinary things, marvelous things, are related with the greatest accuracy, but the psychological connection of the event is not forced on the reader. It is left up to him to interpret things the way he understands them, and thus the narrative achieves an amplitude that information lacks. Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
  63. Every painting tells a story. Adrienne Posey
  64. Every person, according to an ancient legend, is born into the world with two bags suspended from their neck: all bags in front full of their neighbors’ faults, and a large bag behind filled with his own faults. Hence it is that people are quick to see the faults of others, and yet are often blind to their own failings. Aesop, Aesop’s Fables
  65. Every story needs to be worth telling. Vera Nazarian
  66. Every work of art tells a story. Adrienne Posey
  67. Everyone will say I’m insane, but I don’t care, Rose. Is it insane to marry the girl I love? A girl with golden brown hair, with gifts of beauty and goodness and storytelling? Melanie Dickerson
  68. Facts don’t persuade, feelings do. And stories are the best way to get at those feelings. Tom Asacker
  69. Facts, opinions, and value statements push people apart, stories bring people together. Chuck Matthei
  70. False things, endings. Sutenance for fools and never what they claim to be. Max Porter
  71. Father may have been wanting in some things, but here he was masterful. Night upon night, I marveled at his power to hold listeners in rapt attention. He could tell a story with such detail, such flourish, that afterwards a man could swear it had been his own memory, and not a tale at all. Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  72. First and foremost, I consider myself a storyteller. And I’m endlessly fascinated with people, with what they do and why… and how they feel about it. Which means I’m interested in romance fiction. I was drawn to it, as both a reader and a writer, at the very beginning of my career. It’s my kind of storytelling.
  73. For me, ‘The Hobbit’ is an object lesson in storytelling, both in terms of characterization and story structure. It is an exemplar of storytelling in that regard.
  74. For me, the drive is storytelling. To be a part of an art that tells a story and to be a catalyst, a color in that, is very exciting. Alden Ehrenreich
  75. From earliest times, humans – explorers and thinkers – have wanted to figure out the shape of their world. Forever, the way we’ve done that is through storytelling. It is difficult to let the truth get in the way of a good story.
  76. Funny how a beautiful song could tell such a sad story. Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
  77. Further editing deepens a story. Adrienne Posey
  78. Given the choice between trivial material brilliantly told versus profound material badly told, an audience will always choose the trivial told brilliantly. Robert McKee
  79. Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can. Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow
  80. Good story’ means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task…But the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage, and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told. Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
  81. Good storytelling is humanity’s great connector, and it just might keep the world from eating itself. James Genn
  82. Great stories happen to those who can tell them. Ira Glass
  83. Having spent a lot of time on sets, I was really interested in the overall storytelling aspect of shows and projects.
  84. He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings. Homer
  85. Here’s an important thing about all storytelling that young people, especially Millennials, don’t understand – you need a third act.
  86. How could a tale so big be unfolding in some corner of the universe? Rae Knightly
  87. Human beings across every culture I know about require such stories, stories with cool winds and wood smoke. They speak to something deep within us, the capacity to conceptualize, objectify and find patterns, thereby to create the flow of events and perceptions that find perfect expression in fiction. We are built this way, we create stories by reflex, unstoppably. But this elegant system really works best when the elements of the emerging story, whether is is being written or being read, are taken as literal fact. Almost always, to respond to the particulars of the fantastic as if they were metaphorical or allegorical is to drain them of vitality. Peter Straub, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
  88. Human stories are practically always about one thing, really, aren’t they? Death. The inevitability of death. There is no such thing as a natural death. Nothing that ever happens to man is natural, since his presence calls the whole world into question. All men must die, but for every man his death is an accident, and even if he knows it he would sense to it an unjustifiable violation.’ Well, you may agree with the words or not, but those are the key spring of The Lord Of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
  89. Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: ‘He/she was born, lived, died.’ Probably that is the template of our stories – a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds.
  90. Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not. Michael Shermer
  91. I actually think one of my strengths is my storytelling.
  92. I always have something big enough to say as a playwright. It’s storytelling.
  93. I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn’t it what all the great wars and battles are fought for — so that at day’s end a family may eat together in a peaceful house? The tale tells how the Lords of Manva hunted & gathered roots & cooked their suppers while they were camped in exile in the foothills of Sul, but it doesn’t say what their wives & children were living on in their city left ruined & desolate by the enemy. They were finding food too, somehow, cleaning house & honoring the gods, the way we did in the siege & under the tyranny of the Alds. When the heroes came back from the mountain, they were welcomed with a feast. I’d like to know what the food was and how the women managed it. Ursula K. Le Guin
  94. I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.
  95. I am a story teller. If I wanted to send a message I would have written a sermon. Phillip Pullman
  96. I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition, going with our powers of language, consciousness of self, and autobiographical memory. Oliver Sacks
  97. I am not against songs in films. We come from an oral tradition of storytelling. I have grown up listening to epics in oral rendition and oral rendition always had music.
  98. I became obsessed with the storytelling of photography and going on little adventures.
  99. I believe in all human societies there is a desire to love and be loved, to experience the full fierceness of human emotion, and to make a measure of the sacred part of one’s life. Wherever I’ve traveled–Kenya, Chile, Australia, Japan–I’ve found the most dependable way to preserve these possibilities is to be reminded of them in stories. Stories do not give instruction, they do not explain how to love a companion or how to find God. They offer, instead, patterns of sound and association, of event and image. Suspended as listeners and readers in these patterns,we might reimagine our lives. It is through story that we embrace the great breadth of memory, that we can distinguish what is true, and that we may glimpse, at least occasionally, how to live without despair in the midst of the horror that dogs and unhinges us. Barry Lopez
  100. I can see how I could write a bold account of myself as a passionate man who rose from humble beginnings to cut a wide swath in the world, whose crimes along the way might be written off to extravagance and love and art, and could even almost believe some of it myself on certain days after the sun went down if I’d had a snort or two and was in Los Angeles and it was February and I was twenty-four, but I find a truer account in the Herald-Star, where it says: “Mr. Gary Keillor visited at the home of Al and Florence Crandall on Monday and after lunch returned to St. Paul, where he is currently employed in the radio show business… Lunch was fried chicken with gravy and creamed peas. Garrison Keillor
  101. I can tell stories that will freeze the blood in your veins. Lucy Maud Montgomery
  102. I connect to the tradition of Irish storytelling. And I think there is something – I can’t put my finger on it – something genetic there. Maybe just a need to tell stories.
  103. I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you’re left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you’re just left with rhythm.
  104. I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us. Chris Cleave, Little Bee
  105. I don’t differentiate game design and script; it is one and only document. I think that one of the biggest problem with storytelling in games is that people tend to separate story and interactivity. Both should be conceived as one entity, each using the other.
  106. I don’t use film cameras. I don’t do visual effects the same way. We don’t use miniature models; it’s all CG now, creating worlds in CG. It’s a completely different toolset. But the rules of storytelling are the same.
  107. I enjoy a third act, and I like stories with ending. A lot of my frustration with serialized storytelling is a lot of shows don’t have a third act. They have an endless second act, and then they find out it’s their last year and often have to hustle to invent a third act, but they were never necessarily organically meaning to begin with.
  108. I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one. Flannery O’Connor
  109. I first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as an adolescent. It’s a dense novel, a sprawling, complex monster of a book populated with a prolific number of characters caught up in a narrative structure that, frankly, does not lend itself to conventional storytelling.
  110. I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes
  111. I grew up in a society with a very ancient and strong oral storytelling tradition. I was told stories, as a child, by my grandmother, and my father as well.
  112. I grew up in love with women’s stories, with the ways their labor made itself visible everywhere, even when men would prefer to pretend that it wasn’t the scaffolding of their very existence. Nina Renata Aron
  113. I had nothing to say, not because I hadn’t lived, but because I wasn’t prepared to say anything true about who I was. Neil Gaiman
  114. I hate dream sequences in movies and T.V. shows generally for their heavy-handed symbolism and storytelling tediousness.
  115. I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story. Wilkie Collins
  116. I have from the first felt sure that the writer, when he sits down to commence his novel, should do so, not because he has to tell a story, but because he has a story to tell. The novelist’s first novel will generally have sprung from the right cause. Anthony Trollope
  117. I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read. Philip Pullman
  118. I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.
  119. I love storytelling, I love being a visual person, and it just made perfect sense to be an underwater photographer and explore the ocean and work with scientists.
  120. I love storytelling. I love characters that are complicated and layered, real people, that you see why they do what they do.
  121. I mean, I’m in the business of storytelling, not message making.
  122. I praise CBS for taking a risk, which is always the price you pay for opportunity. This is not standard movie of the week storytelling. I think movies of the week have fallen into a niche and that isn’t my niche.
  123. I realized the importance of having a story today is what really separates companies. People don’t just wear our shoes, they tell our story. Blake Mycoskie
  124. I remember that – you know, I didn’t receive a formal education. I was educated in the Montevideo cafe, in the cafes of Montevideo. There, I received my first lessons in the art of telling stories, storytelling.
  125. I remember writing ‘5 Dollars’ out of intense listening sessions of Bruce Springsteen. I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I was obsessed with how limpid Bruce Springsteen’s melodies are: It’s such a great way to do storytelling and to still be melodic and catchy.
  126. I remember, when I was at school, we would have a 10-minute storytelling session where we’d all sit on the floor cross-legged, and the teacher would read. It became something we all really looked forward to. That was part of the reason I grew to love stories.
  127. I started as a journalist for magazines in New York City, so it was always storytelling. And moving into movies was a natural transition.
  128. I tell the story to you now, but in each telling the story itself changes a little, changes direction, and that in turn changes you and me. So be very careful not only in how you repeat it but in how you remember it, goslings. More often than you realize it, the world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind. Vera Nazarian
  129. I think ‘GoodFellas’ is just a perfect film. From an efficiency of storytelling standpoint, from an entertainment standpoint, from a performance standpoint, from a use of music standpoint, from a cinematography and editing standpoint – to me, it’s just a perfect movie.
  130. I think it would be bad for storytellers in general if one company was able to seize a 40-50-60% share in storytelling. I don’t think monopoly market shares are good for society, and I think they’d be particularly bad for society and storytellers if they were achieved in the storytelling genre.
  131. I think it’s a shame that something as creative and vital to the nature of the human species as story-telling is largely controlled by the soulless cretins known as publishers. Piers Anthony
  132. I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct, rescued me most of my life.
  133. I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven. Stephen King
  134. I think you always need to take new, big risks from a storytelling point of view.
  135. I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story. Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer
  136. I want to be around people that are just as enthusiastic about the process and storytelling as I am.
  137. I was a painter, then a novelist, then a journalist, then a screenwriter, and now I’m a director, and it feels all part of the same continuum. One led to the other, and it just feels like the natural confluence of all the ways of storytelling that I’ve been doing for almost 30 years.
  138. I was drawn to performing and to storytelling.
  139. I was horrified about how to ever put the first line on the paper to tell this story, let alone finish telling it. I confess that I hate finishing stories. Stories should never end. The book is over, but the battle for a decent life and a more tolerable world is not. The book is over, but I hope that the stories of my interlocutors will start a new dialogue, a new language, and a new way of looking at things. I hope this work will make many other works possible. So, now that this work is finished, I hope that its life shall begin. Louis Yako
  140. I was lucky enough to see the original cast of ‘In the Heights.’ This one blew my mind. The infusion of Latin, hip hop and rap with musical theatre, great storytelling and talent was a powerful combination to me during a time when I’d not been moved by much!
  141. I was starting to believe I was a character in a greater story, which is why the elements of story made sense in the first place. Donald Miller
  142. I went to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.
  143. I will tell you something about stories . . . They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death. Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
  144. I write about people in small towns; I don’t write about people living in big cities. My kind of storytelling depends upon people that have time to talk to each other.
  145. I write for the kid in me. . . . Often when I’m working on a story, I’ll find myself laughing at something my characters have done, or even being surprised at where they’ve taken the story. It’s as if they have a life all their own. What I do is create them and then let them go on to entertain me. Elvira Woodruff
  146. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. Ernest Hemingway
  147. I wrote my first screenplay on a lark, because it was a storytelling format that felt like a familiar shorthand – we all watch movies, don’t we? But even though I grew up in Los Angeles, my family was entirely unconnected with the movie industry, and I never truly believed that it would one day be my fate.
  148. I’ll go to the south of Sicily in the winter, and paint memories of Arles – I’ll buy a piano and Mozart me that – I’ll write long sad tales about people in the legend of my life – This part is my part of the movie, let’s hear yours. Jack Kerouac
  149. I’ll tell you a secret. Old storytellers never die. They disappear into their own story. Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
  150. I’m a big fan of pantomime storytelling, being an animator.
  151. I’m interested in seeing artists whom I respect who are very focused on the Black Lives Matter moment, bringing that into storytelling in a way that really amplifies the beauty and the humanity of people of color, and does it without having to wave a big sign that says, ‘This is what we’re doing.’
  152. I’ve always been sort of drawn to storytelling, and I was always very playful growing up.
  153. I’ve always had an interest in story-telling and history and just film and art in general, but particularly when it comes to storytelling, I think the reason why we became involved in film is because we wanted to get some great stories out there.
  154. I’ve always loved reading and always loved the movies. Storytelling is one of the oldest of human endeavors, and they give us our understanding of the world and our place in it. When I discovered that there were people who professionally were involved in the creation of stories, it was game over – I knew what I wanted to do it.
  155. I’ve been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while, and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
  156. I’m a storyteller – that’s the chief function of a director. And they’re moving pictures, let’s make ‘em move! Howard Hawks
  157. I’m a storyteller. I love to tell stories about brands. I love to tell stories, period. I like painting pictures through the words, and that’s what I do. Gary Vaynerchuk
  158. I’m mesmerized by lipstick prints on coffee cups. By the lines of lips against white pottery. By the color chosen by the woman who sat and sipped and lived life. By the mark she leaves behind. Some people read tea leaves and others can tell your future through the lines on your palm. I think I’d like to read lipstick marks on coffee mugs. To learn how to differentiate yearning from satiation. To know the curve of a deep-rooted joy or the line of bottomless grief. To be able to say, this deep blue red you chose and how firmly you planted your lips, this speaks of love on the horizon. But, darling, you must be sure to stand in your own truth. That barely-there nude that circles the entire rim? You are exploding into lightness and possibilities beyond what you currently know. The way the gloss only shows when the light hits it and the coffee has sloshed all over the saucer? people need to take the time to see you whole but my god, you’re glorious and messy and wonderful and free. The deep purple bruise almost etched in a single spot and most of the cup left unconsumed? Oh love. Let me hold the depth of your ache. It is true. He’s not coming back. I know you already know this, but do you also know this is not the end? Love. This is not the end. I imagine that I can know entire stories by these marks on discarded mugs. Imagine that I know something intimate and true of the woman who left them. That I could take those mugs home one day and an entire novel worth of characters would pour out, just like that. Jeanette LeBlanc
  159. I’m obsessed with giving the audience something they don’t see coming. Jordan Peele
  160. I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves. Lena Waithe
  161. If a nation loses its storyteller, it loses its childhood. Peter Handke
  162. If a story is not about the hearer he [or she] will not listen. A great lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting–only the deeply personal and familiar. John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  163. If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen. And here I made a rule – a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last. John Steinbeck
  164. If a storyteller worried about the facts – my dear Lucian, how could he ever get at the truth? Lloyd Alexander
  165. If every event which occurred could be given a name, there would be no need for stories. John Berger, Once In Europa
  166. If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works
  167. If someone tells you what a story is about, they are probably right. If they tell you that that is all a story is about, they are very definitely wrong. Neil Gaiman
  168. If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. John Steinbeck
  169. If you don’t’ like what is being said, then change the conversation. Don Draper
  170. If you focus on the humanity of your stories, your characters, then the horror will be stronger, scarier. Without the humanity, the horror becomes nothing more than a tawdry parlor trick. All flash and no magic, and worst of all, no heart. Don Roff
  171. If you set out to mention everything you would never be done, and that’s what counts, to be done, to have done. Oh, I know, even when you mention only a few of the things there are you do not get done either, I know, I know. But it’s a change of muck. And if all muck is the same muck that doesn’t matter, it’s good to have a change of muck, to move from one heap to another, from time to time, fluttering you might say, like a butterfly, as if you were ephemeral. Samuel Beckett
  172. If you wish to influence an individual or a group to embrace a particular value in their daily lives, tell them a compelling story. Annette Simmons
  173. If you’re going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all. Joseph Campbell
    If you’re sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that’s entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it’s the storytelling. That’s why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
  174. In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’ When we tell a story in cinema we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. I always try to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between. Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock
  175. In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason. Abraham Lincoln
  176. In Paris, where raillery is so quick to throw emotion out the window, silence, in a roomful of clever people after a story, is the most flattering of all marks of success. Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly
  177. In the course of time, Michael Strogoff reached a high station in the Empire. But it is not the history of his success, but the history of his trials, which deserves to be related. Jules Verne
  178. In the field of aesthetic theory, humans are pattern-seeking creatures. That can be seen in terms of musical structures, patternmaking, even in terms of storytelling and literature.
  179. In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it’s not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle. Ursula K. Le Guin
  180. Is your brand messaging telling a story or is it telling your story. Loren Weisman
  181. It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them … Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
  182. It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then. C.S. Lewis
  183. It is the nature of stories to leave out far more than they include. Marion Dane Bauer
  184. It is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool – it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told. Homer, The Odyssey
  185. It was a strange feeling, like touching a void. Haruki Murakami
  186. It was all I had, all I’ve ever had, the only currency, the only proof that I was alive.
  187. It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about.
  188. It’s important to remember that we all change each other’s minds all the time. Any good story is a mind-altering substance. Hank Green
  189. It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story. Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
  190. It’s not about superheroes. This is the method of universal storytelling that all people have… To me, they’re the same as the Greek myths or the Roman myths or religious figures of every religion. These are common characters that we use to express stories about being a better person or what you would do when faced with various things.
  191. It’s often lost in most Silicon Valley startups, the importance of storytelling when most people are thinking about they assemble their team and the critical functions that the team needs to be successful. Storytelling is normally not on the list.
  192. Laugh and cry and tell stories. Sad stories about bodies stolen, bodies no longer here. Enraging stories about the false images, devastating lies, untold violence. Bold, brash stories about reclaiming our bodies and changing the world. Eli Clare
  193. Leaders lead by telling stories that give others permission to lead, not follow. Michael Margolis
  194. Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in. A.D. Posey
  195. Life is absurd. But there is one meaningful thing, one inarguable thing, and that is that there is suffering. Fine writing helps alleviate that suffering – and anything that puts meaning and beauty into the world in the form of story, helps people to live with more peace and purpose and balance, is deeply worthwhile. Robert McKee
  196. Life tells the most beautiful stories. Adrienne Posey
  197. Like shooting a basketball or playing a guitar, being creative— the miracle of forming something new and valuable through action or thought—must be practiced, no matter what the medium of expression. Alan Philips
  198. Listening is the secret to discover great stories. Fyrefly London
  199. Literature might be called the art of story, and story might in turn be called a universal language, for every culture we know of has a tradition of storytelling. No doubt stories have touched your life, too, from bedtime stories you may have heard as a child to news stories you see on TV or read in a newspaper. We might even say that a major goal of living is to created the story of our own lives, a story we hope to take pleasure and pride in telling. Andrea A. Lunsford
  200. Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole. Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
  201. Lucha Underground’ is like a combination of Lucha Libre, American Pro Wrestling, and gridy action films. It’s got a lot of things I like – action, wrestling, and really good storytelling.
  202. Luz’s manner of speaking made it clear that she had no idea what she might say next. It wasn’t that she made things up, strictly speaking–only that facts were merely a point of departure for her. Daniel Alarcón
  203. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  204. Many words will be written on the wind and the sand, or end up in some obscure digital vault. But the storytelling will go on until the last human being stops listening. Then we can send the great chronicle of humanity out into the endless universe.
  205. Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell. Seth Godin
  206. Memory is not a storage place but a story we tell ourselves in retrospect. As such, it is made of storytelling materials: embroidery and forgery, perplexity and urgency, revelation and darkness. Noam Shpancer
  207. Monsters are a storytelling tool, like domestic realism and close third.
  208. Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. Willa Cather
  209. My background was producing and writing and performing in television when I started out, and I really missed that, that whole creative process that comes from sort of ‘me’ storytelling.
  210. My childhood was surrounded by books and writing. From a very early age I was fascinated by storytelling, by the printed word, by language, by ideas. So I would seek them out.
  211. My father never told us how the stories worked. He didn’t reveal the layers, the nuggets of information, the fragments of truth and fantasy. He didn’t need to — because, given the right conditions, the stories activated, sowing themselves. Tahir Shah
  212. My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind. Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
  213. My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie. Diane Setterfield
  214. My life is storytelling. I believe in stories, in their incredible power to keep people alive, to keep the living alive, and the dead.
  215. My style is colloquial storytelling. It’s the way we tell stories to one another – it’s not writerly, it’s not overdone.
  216. No book can be written till it wants to be written, till it shouts to be written, and raises up a persistent din in the writer’s head. And then, if you want peace, you just have to pull it out and freeze it in print. Nothing less would do. Jyoti Arora
  217. No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. J.K. Rowling
  218. No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
  219. Nobody wants a sales pitch. So instead of trying a hard sell, focus on telling a story that captivates your audience by painting a vivid picture of your vision. When you get good at storytelling, people want to be part of that story, and they’ll want to help others become part of that story too. Ziad K. Abdelnour
  220. Norma Bowe often said she believed there was a wonder in unleashing your story, horrible as it might be, out into the world. She told her students that speaking it aloud releases a different kind of power from writing it down on paper or typing it on a computer screen. Give it voice, and you never know what kind of gift might find its way back in return. Erika Hayasaki
  221. Not everything can stand the test of time, but a story can. Adrienne Posey
  222. Nothing opens up the mind and the heart like books do, and so they have the power to change the whole world. That’s why the are burning books, Ava. To stop us thinking, and feeling, and imagining… Kate Forsyth
  223. Now, before you make a movie, you have to have a script, and before you have a script, you have to have a story; though some avant-garde directors have tried to dispense with the latter item, you’ll find their work only at art theaters. Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  224. Once upon a time there was what there was, and if nothing had happened there would be nothing to tell. Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot
  225. Once’ constantly surprises me. I think it’s the power of the music and the storytelling that people connect with.
  226. One doesn’t intentionally to alter the truth, just enhance it and make it more memorable. John Alexander
  227. One thing hasn’t changed much in thousands of years…there’s still not better way to stir emotions that a good story. Boxer Creative
  228. Our narratives transcend fact, for they are formed from the delicious emotional nuances of sensation: sound, smell, moods, sensuality, taste, color, shadow, texture, rhythm, cadence, tears, laughter, warmth, and coolness all experienced here, at a place on this earth. Robert Archibald
  229. Part of telling a new story has to be telling it in new ways. Josh Stearns
  230. Passed down from generation to generation, storytelling was an art in my family.
  231. 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
  232. People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. Steven Spielberg
  233. People have wanted to narrate since first we banged rocks together & wondered about fire. There’ll be tellings as long as there are any of us here, until the stars disappear one by one like turned-out lights. China Miéville
  234. People take on the shapes of the songs and the stories that surround them, especially if they don’t have their own song. Neil Gaiman
  235. People tell stories all the time: the stories they want told, where any story could be changed or warped this way or that. Alexis Wright
  236. People tell stories and it’s up to those who listen whether to believe or not. Shouldn’t the storyteller believe it. The storyteller should tell it. Cecelia Ahern
  237. Picture to yourself the most beautiful girl imaginable! She was so beautiful that there would be no point, in view of my meagre talent for storytelling, in even trying to put her beauty into words. That would far exceed my capabilities, so I’ll refrain from mentioning whether she was a blonde or a brunette or a redhead, or whether her hair was long or short or curly or smooth as silk. I shall also refrain from the usual comparisons where her complexion was concerned, for instance milk, velvet, satin, peaches and cream, honey or ivory, Instead, I shall leave it entirely up to your imagination to fill in this blank with your own ideal of feminine beauty. Walter Moers
  238. Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told. Carolyn Heilbrun
  239. Promise me you will pass on the story of the first woman — in whatever form you wish. It was given to me by women in captivity. They lived an awful state of migration, my grandmothers. Telling origin stories was their act of resistance. I only added on a bit here and a bit there. Stories are critical, Kirabo,’ she added thoughtfully. ‘The minute we fall silent, someone will fill the silence for us. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  240. Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
  241. Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  242. Requirements for good fiction: character, conflict, change through time. And if you’re really blessed, you get resolution. But life doesn’t usually work out that way. Ted Conover
  243. Role-playing games are just an organic improvised space for storytelling.
  244. Role-playing isn’t storytelling. If the dungeon master is directing it, it’s not a game.
  245. Science is not opposed to storytelling. Science is a genre of storytelling. Stories of the real world, inspired by observations thereof. Sean Carroll
  246. Serena has spent her life fighting fiction the way good soldiers fight—intent on detecting its presence, harassing it, suppressing it—but I have to find a way to show her she’s mistaken her enemy, to explain to her that whoever suppresses fiction destroys life, and that everything disappears with it, all love, all desire. If the past is an invention, it’s not such a big deal. After all, the future’s an invention, and no one finds that hard to accept. Enrique de Hériz
  247. Shame unravels our connection to others. In fact, I often refer to shame as the fear of disconnection – the fear of being perceived as flawed and unworthy of acceptance or belonging. Shame keeps us from telling our own stories and prevents us from listening to others tell their stories. We silence our voices and keep our secrets out fo the fear of disconnection. Brené Brown
  248. She couldn’t disappoint the whole village. There were no wallscreens here, no newsfeeds or satellites bands, and touring soccer teams were no doubt few and far between that made stories a valuable commodity, and it probably wasn’t very often that a stranger dropped in from the sky. Scott Westerfeld
  249. She let him do it, not only because she came out looking all right in his story, not a clock-throwing ruin of a girl, but also because Benedick’s talking about her as if she were already one of them made her one of them. Words. What a tricky, tangled science. McKelle George
  250. She’s a tale spinner,” he said. “She spins ’em right outta the air. Tells ’em whole so’s you’d think yer readin’ a book. Richard Wagamese
  251. Should we storytellers make sure we pass on the experience of our own culture? Yes, of course. It’s one of our prime duties. But should we only tell stories that reflect our own background? Should we refrain from telling stories that originated elsewhere, on the grounds that we don’t have the right to annex the experience of others? Absolutely not. A culture that never encounters any others becomes first inward-looking, and then stagnant, and then rotten. We are responsible for bringing fresh streams of story into our own cultures from all over the world, and welcoming experience from every quarter, and offering our own experience in return. Philip Pullman
  252. So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it’s one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
  253. Some chapters are better to leave blank, they all will be filled up over time. Rupal Asodaria
  254. Some of the storytelling we did in ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ to graft that onto ‘Star Trek,’ it would have required changing the entire format of the show and, really, a different taste of the show.
  255. Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form. Jean Luc Godard
  256. Sometimes reality strays so far from what’s rational that we can only explain it through fantasy. Romina Garber
  257. St. Elmo’s Fire’ is one of my favorite films. I like the storytelling of those teenage American films. You don’t get that now. Teenage American movies are all about sick jokes, puking a lot, arse jokes.
  258. Star Trek’ is the McDonald’s of science fiction; it’s fast food storytelling. Every problem is like every other problem. They all get solved in an hour. Nobody ever gets hurt, and nobody needs to care. You give up an hour of your time, and you don’t really have to get involved. It’s all plastic.
  259. Stories are a communal currency of humanity. Tahir Shah
  260. Stories are memory aids, instruction manuals and moral compasses. Aleks Krotoski
  261. Stories are not a privilege stories are freedom is there any deeper grief than unheard, unsaid stories? Misbah Khan, Blanks & Blues
  262. Stories are not like the real world; they aren’t held back by what we know is false or true. What’s important is how a story makes you feel inside. Tahir Shah
  263. Stories are our primary tools of learning and teaching, the repositories of our lore and legends. They bring order into our confusing world. Think about how many times a day you use stories to pass along data, insights, memories or common-sense advice. Edward Miller
  264. Stories are powerful. They are the emotional glue that connects the storyteller with his audience and, more importantly, the audience with the idea the storyteller is trying to convey. Jon Thomas
  265. 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
  266. Stories cannot exist without a storyteller. Kate Forsyth
  267. Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others. Peter Forbes
  268. Stories don’t show the audience the ‘real world’; they show the story world. The story world isn’t a copy of life as it is. It’s life as human beings imagine it could be. It is human life condensed and heightened so that the audience can gain a better understanding of how life itself works. John Truby
  269. Stories don’t discriminate between reality and fiction. A story is a story – a chain of thought that forms a narrative. A narrative that greases the wheels of the constantly moving human mind; at times even forcing a change of track. Fiction may not be real but its impact definitely is. Generations of ‘real’ humans will live and die and still not have the sort of impact a fictional character like ‘Harry Potter’ has. The right story, at the right time – can change the world forever. Adeel Ahmed Khan
  270. Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Consequently, stories often pack more punch than sermons. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story. Janet Litherland
  271. Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
  272. Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night-every storyteller knows she or he is also a teacher. Patti Davis
  273. Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined. Anne L. Watson
  274. Stories were ruthless creatures and sometimes fattened themselves on bloody happenings. Frances Hardinge
  275. Stories,’ the green-eyed Sigrid said, unperturbed, ‘are like prayers. It does not matter when you begin, or when you end, only that you bend a knee and say the words. Catherynne M. Valente
  276. Stories. Character. Dialouge. Entire worlds created on the page. Worlds that could sweep you away or frighten you, make you laugh or cry. Worlds that allowed you to escape to another country or time. Worlds built piece by piece of ink and punctuation. Jamie Michaels
  277. Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle. Robert Olen Butler
  278. Story is metaphor for life and life is lived in time. Robert McKee
  279. Story is that light we turn on for ourselves. It’s how we bring our deepest fears into our waking lives and meet up with them courageously. Michelle Auerbach
  280. Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic. Jim Trelease
  281. Story telling is about connecting to other people and helping people to see what you see. Michael Margolis
  282. Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to. Lisa Cron
  283. Storytellers don’t show, they tell. I’m sticking with that. Ashly Lorenzana
  284. Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called. Nancy Mellon, The Art of Storytelling
  285. Storytellers seldom let facts get in the way of perpetuating a legend, although a few facts add seasoning and make the legend more believable. John Alexander
  286. Storytelling answers questions and solves mysteries. Adrienne Posey
  287. Storytelling captures an aspect of childhood experience when being told a story was a common ritual. It’s a warm place for most of us and in some ways represents our first listening experience in really listening. Paul Lansky
  288. Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do. Dan Harmon
  289. Storytelling creates a healing serum. The thematic unguent of our personal story represents a fusion of the ineffable truths that each of us must discover within ourselves. Kilroy J. Oldster
  290. Storytelling has driven faith and religious practice, keeping them alive for millennia. Just as every hymn, icon, and stained-glass window in a church links to a story, brands have the potential to build holistic identities. Martin Lindstrom
  291. Storytelling helps us understand each other, translate the issues of our times, and the tools of theater and film can be powerful in helping young people to develop communication/collaboration skills, let alone improving their own confidence.
    Storytelling in deep canvassing is like Lisa’s foot pushing against the subway door, preventing it from closing, slowing down the pace of the interaction o allow for space between people, a moment of humanity. She felt she made progress even when a Trump supporter didn’t radically change his or her mind but might have thought, ‘Wow, you are a decent person. And you’re a Democrat. I was scared to talk to you before. I thought you were going to yell at me. Eitan Hersh
  292. Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want, too. If we never find our experience described in poetry or stories, we assume that our experience is insignificant. Ursula K. Le Guin
  293. Storytelling is universal: every culture does it. There’s a reason our religious books aren’t simply a list of shall-and-shall-nots. Morals and teachings are contained in stories, which are studied, dissected, and passed down; we remember stories in a way we don’t remember lists of facts.
  294. Storytelling is a vaccine against the war. Annette Simmons
  295. Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error.
  296. Storytelling is about patience, about making sense of the moments of pathos and beauty that you find, and about carrying these moments back into your own life. Michael Paterniti
  297. Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. George Lucas
  298. Storytelling is among the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling is the commonality of all human beings, in all places, at all times. Rives Collins
  299. Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word. Jesse Williams
  300. Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business. Gary Vaynerchuk
  301. Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories. Karen Armstrong
  302. Storytelling is important. Part of human continuity.
  303. Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are. Carmine Gallo
  304. Storytelling is not what I do for a living – it is how I do all that I do while I am living.
  305. 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
  306. Storytelling is the calculated release of information. Alex Garland
  307. Storytelling is the distinctly human implement designed to synthesize our purposeful interaction with reality. Kilroy J. Oldster
  308. Storytelling is an essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. Tim O’Brien
  309. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. Robert McKee
  310. Storytelling is the mother of all ‘pull’ marketing strategies. It encourages dialogue, engagement, and interaction among equals – an exchange of meaning between people. Yet many companies and brands are still relentlessly pushing messages out, hoping that with enough repetition, something will stick. Bill Baker
  311. Storytelling is the very soul of humankind made plain for all to experience. John Appius Quill
  312. Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot, and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.
  313. Storytelling is ultimately the only way that we know besides song, dance, painting, and music to share with our tribesmen what it means to be human, express the indefinable feelings that unite humankind. Kilroy J. Oldster
  314. Storytelling is what lights my fire.
  315. Storytelling isn’t an Escher staircase.
  316. Storytelling keeps life going. Adrienne Posey
  317. Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
  318. Storytelling unfolds mystery and magic. Adrienne Posey
  319. Storytelling wasn’t about making things up. It was more like inviting the stories to come through her, let themselves be told. Jennifer McMahon
  320. Storytelling–that’s not the future. The future, I’m afraid, are flashes and impulses. It’s made up of moments and fragments, and stories won’t survive. Dexter Palmer
  321. Tell a relevant, targeted, transparent story, and the whole world will share it. Randall Lane
  322. Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. Native American Proverb
  323. Tell the story that’s been growing in your heart, the characters you can’t keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning. Jennifer Weiner
  324. Tell your story even if you have a small audience. Mitta Xinindlu
  325. Telling scary stories is something people have done for thousands of years, for most of us like being scared in that way. Since there isn’t any danger, we think it is fun. Alvin Schwartz
  326. That is the power of a good story. It can encourage you, it can make you laugh, it can bring you joy. It will make you think, it will tap into your hidden emotions, and it can make you cry. The power of a story can also bring about healing, give you peace, and change your life! Jeff Dixon
  327. That’s what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again. Walt Disney
  328. The ‘Homecoming King’ show started off as a storytelling show that I had done; I worked with Greg Walloch to develop it and build it into something bigger.
  329. The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there… Stephen King
  330. The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic slice of truth, wisdom, is dying out. Walter Benjamin
  331. The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well. Criss Jami
  332. The Authority,’ by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, really pioneered the widescreen, action-packed style of storytelling.
  333. The basic rule of storytelling is ‘show, don’t tell.’
  334. The boy thought, How powerful a story is, and how by a kind of magic it compels the imagination; there was nothing in the world, it seemed to him, so mysteriously strong, and he began to wonder if he would ever have anything as beautiful to tell. Glenway Wescott
  335. 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
  336. The difference between growing up like me and growing up like Will was that wore his sense of entitlement lightly. I think if you grow up like he had done, with wealthy parents, in a nice house, if you go to good schools and nice restaurants as a matter of course, you just have this sense that good things will fall into place, that your position in the world is naturally an elevated one. Jojo Moyes
  337. The difference between real life and a story is that life has significance, while a story must have meaning. The former is not always apparent, while the latter always has to be, before the end. Vera Nazarian
  338. The Earthkeepers believe that the world is real, but only because we’ve dreamed it into being. But dreaming requires an act of courage, for when we lack it, we have to settle for the world that’s being created by our culture or by our genes – we feel we have to settle for the nightmare. To dream courageously, we must be willing to use our hearts. Alberto Villoldo
  339. The engineers of the future will be poets. Terence McKenna
  340. 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
  341. The first rule of hip-hop is probably keeping it real. And that can mean a lot of different things, but that’s certainly important in reporting and storytelling.
  342. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers. Daniel Pink
  343. The gift of the story is wisdom. Will Storr
  344. The great thing about country songs is storytelling.
  345. The great thing about games is that it’s tremendously collaborative, and it opens you up to this other world of thinking and storytelling and how you construct those stories.
  346. The happening and telling are very different things. This doesn’t mean that the story isn’t true, only that I honestly don’t know anymore if I really remember it or only remember how to tell it. Language does this to our memories, simplifies, solidifies, codifies, mummifies. An off-told story is like a photograph in a family album. Eventually, it replaces the moment it was meant to capture. Karen Joy Fowler
  347. The history of storytelling isn’t one of simply entertaining the masses but also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo. Therese Fowler
  348. The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories. Mary Catherine Bateson
  349. The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river, he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired, at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea. Kenneth Grahame
  350. The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in. Henry Green
  351. The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences, but through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time. Steven Spielberg
  352. The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
  353. The most important things to remember about the back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting. Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  354. The most magical words a person can utter are ‘Once upon a time.’ Richelle E. Goodrich
  355. The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come. Steve Jobs
  356. The narrative shouldn’t stop for the song in a musical. The music has to continue the narrative of the storytelling.
  357. The nature of storytelling, since the dawn of man, has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  358. The only disadvantage in surviving a dangerous experience lies in the fact that your story of it tends to be anticlimactic. You can never carry on right through the point where whatever it is that threatens your life actually takes it — and get anybody to believe you. The world is full of skeptics. Beryl Markham
  359. The only way to live several lives in one lifespan is to write stories. Vishwas Mudagal
  360. The original and very basic ‘Law & Order’ series has always seemed to me to be 100-percent exposition, with no filler, no pesky nuances, and almost no background about the series’ continuing characters – just the hard nuts and bolts of pure storytelling.
  361. The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds. Dalai Lama
  362. The point of stories is not that they are objectively true, but that the soul of the story is truer than reality. Those who mock fiction do so because they fear the truth. Cassandra Clare
  363. The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled. Paulo Coelho
  364. The principle I always go on in writing a novel is to think of the characters in terms of actors in a play. I say to myself if a big name was playing this part, and if he found that after a strong first act he had practically nothing to do in the second act, he would walk out. Now, then, can I twist the story so as to give him plenty to do all the way through? I believe the only way a writer can keep himself up to the mark is by examining each story quite coldly before he starts writing it and asking himself it is all right as a story. I mean, once you go saying to yourself, “This is a pretty weak plot as it stands, but if I’m such a hell of a writer that my magic touch will make it okay,” you’re sunk. If they aren’t in interesting situations, characters can’t be major characters, not even if you have the rest of the troop talk their heads off about them.”― P.G. Wodehouse
  365. The principles of storytelling do not change. Going home. Coming of age. Sin and redemption. The hero. The journey, The power of love. They are hardwired into us, just like our taste buds process sweet, sour, bitter, and salt. Can a new voice come up with something startling and creative and unprecedented? Absolutely. Can they invent a fifth taste? No. No, they can’t. Can they make it so we don’t like sweet anymore? No, no they can’t. Chris Dee
  366. The problem is never to find and know a little the people whose stories are interesting. There are too many stories. The great difficulty is to tell the stories. Sherwood Anderson
  367. The process doesn’t end there. Stories are more than just images. As you continue in the tale, you get to know the characters, motivations and conflicts that make up the core of the story. This requires more parts of the brain. Some parts process emotion. Others infer the thoughts of others, letting us empathize with their experiences. Yet other parts package the experience into memories for future reflection Livia Blackburne
  368. The public has an appetite for anything about imagination: anything that is far away from reality as is creatively possible. Steven Spielberg
  369. The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
  370. The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.
  371. The stories we tell about who we are as a nation, and the values that define us, are not fixed. They change as facts change. They change as the balance of power in society changes. Which is why regular people, not just governments, need to be active participants in this process of retelling and reimagining our collective stories, symbols, and histories. Naomi Klein
  372. The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions. Michael Margolis
  373. The story becomes clearer with time. Adrienne Posey
  374. The story hangs in the night air between them. It is very latem, and if father or daugther stepped to the window, tehyw ould see the Suktara, star of the impending dawn, hanging low in the sky. But they keep sitting at the table, each thinking of the story differently, as teller and listener always must. In the mind of each, different images swirl up and fall away, and each holds on to a different part of the story, thinking it the most important. And if each were to speak what it meant, they would say things so different you would not know it wa sthe same story they were speaking of. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  375. The story-making process enables us to simplify complex information into the core essence of understanding. Y. Gabriel
  376. The storyteller says, ‘I am here. Does it matter?’ The words that I found in these books were a person calling out from a page, ‘I am worthy of being heard and you are worthy of hearing my story.’ It seems simple but it’s a bold declaration. R. Eric Thomas
  377. The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn’t. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice by work. Donna Tartt
  378. The stronger the dialog, the stronger the brand; the weaker the dialog, the weaker the brand. Larry Webber
  379. The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence. Annette Simmons
  380. The thing that I took away as an early fan from Bob Dylan was the storytelling aspects. He can tell some wicked stories.
  381. The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. William H. Gass
  382. The universe is made of stories, not atoms. Muriel Rukeyser
  383. The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life. Zadie Smith
  384. The wisest ones got taught more. Our people. Starlights. We’re meant to be teachers and storytellers. Richard Wagamese
  385. The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind. Vera Nazarian
  386. Then there is the other secret. There isn’t any symbolysm [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know. Ernest Hemingway
  387. There are 2 ways to share knowledge. You can push information out. You can pull them in with a story.
  388. There are books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story… don’t be like the book-snobs who won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words–the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers who won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book. Stephen King
  389. There are no happy endings. You just haven’t read the next chapter, or the sequel, where everyone dies or decides they aren’t happy anymore. Paul Kellie
  390. There either is or is not, that’s the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it’s red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.― Mitch Glazer
  391. There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth. Doris May Lessing
  392. There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway
  393. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
  394. There is no greater power on this earth than story. Libba Bray, The Diviners
  395. There is no society that does not highly value fictional storytelling. Ever. Orson Scott Card
  396. 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. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence. Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
  397. There were good places and bad places to tell stories and there were of course stories that could not be told in any place on earth and these were reserved for heaven. Gerald Hausman
  398. There’s a creative freedom to comics, and a fulfillment I get out of panel layouts and storytelling that is hard for me to get anywhere else.
  399. There’s a great tradition in storytelling that’s thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that’s really what I wanted to do.
  400. There’s a Palestine that dwells inside all of us, a Palestine that needs to be rescued: a free Palestine where all people regardless of color, religion, or race coexist; a Palestine where the meaning of the word “occupation” is only restricted to what the dictionary says rather than those plenty of meanings and connotations of death, destruction, pain, suffering, deprivation, isolation and restrictions that Israel has injected the word with. Refaat Alareer, Gaza Writes Back
  401. There’s a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.
  402. There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place. J.K. Rowling
  403. There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place. J.K. Rowling
  404. These were our bedtime stories. Tales that haunted our parents and made them laugh at the same time. We never understood them until we were fully grown and they became our sole inheritance. Edwidge Danticat
  405. They weren’t true stories; they were better than that. Alice Hoffman
  406. Things in life have no real beginning, though our stories about them always do. Colum McCann
  407. Things worth telling – take time. Nicholas Denmon
  408. Think about the word destroy. Do you know what it is? De-story. Destroy. Destory. You see. And restore. That’s re-story. Do you know that only two things have been proven to help survivors of the Holocaust? Massage is one. Telling their story is another. Being touched and touching. Telling your story is touching. It sets you free. Francesca Lia Block
  409. This is our story to tell. You’d think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven’t. I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the story telling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever. Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere
  410. 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. Salmon Rushdie
  411. Those who tell the stories rule the world. Hopi American Indian proverb
  412. Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told. Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose
  413. Time is tick, tick, ticking away. How many souls will I capture today? Will they be a challenge or will they be given? Only time will tell as the clock keeps tick, tick, ticking. Your god has arrived with enough hatred for y’all, with enough evil for the big and small, so come one, come all. I will shred your souls and place them in my satchel, call you a settler and make you my peddler. Come one, come all, come stand behind your god. I will lead you into the darkness of Earth’s end. Come one, come all, my wilted flowers, come claim your title, speak out and cheer it. Come one, come all, let’s have a ball, my wilted flowers . . . Sweet, Unconquerable Spirits. A.K. Kuykendall
  414. To be a person is to have a story to tell. Isak Dinesen
  415. To hell with facts! We need stories! Ken Kesey
  416. To my way of thinking, whether it’s a superhero movie or a romance or a comedy or whatever, the most important thing is you’ve got to care about the characters. You’ve got to understand the characters and you’ve got to be interested. If the characters are interesting, you’re half-way home. Stan Lee
  417. To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time. Umberto Eco
  418. To refrain from storytelling is perhaps one of the highest forms of respect we can pay. Those people, with no stories to circle them, can die without being misunderstood. Ben Marcus
  419. Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: A hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory – precession of simulacra – that engenders the territory. Baudrillard Jean
  420. Too many brands treat social media as a one way, broadcast channel, rather than a two-way dialogue through which emotional storytelling can be transferred.
  421. Truly, there is magic in fairy tales. For it takes but a simply-uttered ‘Once upon a time…’ to allure and spellbind an audience. Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, and Grumblings for Every Day of the Year
  422. Trust the story … the storyteller may dissemble and deceive, the story can’t: the story can only ever be itself. James Robertson
  423. Ture stories can’t be told forward, only backward. We invent them from the vantage point of an ever-changing present and tell ourselves how they unfolded. Siri Hustvedt
  424. Unless I am allowed to tell the story of my life in my own way, I cannot tell it at all. Mary Seacole
  425. Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter. J. Nozipo Maraire
  426. Video games as a storytelling medium are, from a mathematical standpoint, a branching narrative. You start at one place, you can go in multiple different directions, and there’s a multitude of different endings.
  427. Viola Bai knew how to tell a story. She knew that all the violence is contained in the precision of a detail. She knew how to work the timing so that the bell rang just as the bartender was busy with the fly of his name-brand jeans. At that moment her devoted audience slowly dispersed, their cheeks red with envy and indignation. Viola was made to promise that she would go on with her story at the next bell, but she was too intelligent to actually do it. She always ended up dismissing the whole thing with a pout of her perfect mouth, as if what had happened to her was of no importance. It was just one more detail in her extraordinary life, and she was already light-years ahead of everyone else. Paolo Giordano
  428. Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls. Frank Darabont
  429. VR should offer an experience that’s more exciting than watching in 2D, and we’re pretty good at 2D storytelling, so the bar’s already pretty high.
  430. We are the storytelling animal.
  431. We are the thoughts we choose to keep. A.D. Posey
  432. We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories. Jonathan Gottschall
  433. We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” John Gottschall
  434. We can tell people abstract rules of thumb which we have derived from prior experiences, but it is very difficult for other people to learn from these. We have difficulty remembering such abstractions, but we can more easily remember a good story. Stories give life to past experience. Stories make the events in memory memorable to others and to ourselves. This is one of the reasons why people like to tell stories. Roger C. Shank
  435. We cannot create a world we can’t imagine and stories are the engines of our imaginations. Josh Stearns
  436. We come together as a community — in our sitting room, in sacred space or in a coffee shop. We share our joy and pain, our surprises and disappointments, successes and failures and we try to make some sense of it all. We listen to find some way to connect. We give reassurance or advice. Sometimes we say nothing because just being there is enough. Storytelling is that moment in time when we are not alone – I met my Soul in a Coffee Shop Louise Gilbert
  437. We have that storytelling history in country and bluegrass and old time and folk music, blues – all those things that combine to make up the genre. It was probably storytelling before it was songwriting, as far as country music is concerned. It’s fun to be a part of that and tip the hat to that. You know, and keep that tradition alive.
  438. We like mature storytelling. We like dramatic storytelling. We like intense storytelling.
  439. We live in our tales of ourselves, she thought, and ignore as best we can the contradictions, and the lapses, and the abrasions of plot against our mortal souls… Gregory Maguire
  440. We live in story like a fish lives in water. We swim through words and images siphoning story through our minds the way a fish siphons water through its gills. We cannot think without language. Christina Baldwin
  441. We shape the telling to fit the substance, rework the substance to support the design. Robert McKee
  442. We tell ourselves stories in order to live. Joan Didion, The White Album
  443. We tell the story of our grief for two reasons: first, to solidify in our brains and hearts that life without our loved one is our new reality; and second, to realize that we are not alone. Just as grief is not a one-time event, telling the story of our loss is not a one-time event, either. We must share the story of what happened, to make sense of it for ourselves and to connect with others who are experiencing similar pain. Shelby Forsythia
  444. We’re an industry obsessed with the storytelling side of things, the content. And then we got obsessed with the canvas. Is it going to be on television? Is it print? And now the canvas is mobile. But what we really need to think about is the context. The context is where and when the person is consuming it – location, time of day.
  445. We’re so complex; we’re mysteries to ourselves; we’re difficult to each other. And then storytelling reminds us we’re all the same.
  446. Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability or your ability to put into words or use what someone else has put into words effectively, is important too. Howard Gardner, American psychologist
  447. What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us. Rabih Alameddine
  448. What I think of as ‘freakonomics’ is mostly storytelling around an idea – not a theme but an idea. I like ideas much more than themes. Themes are boring. Themes are, ‘Wool is back,’ but ideas are, ‘Why is wool back?’
  449. What I’m going to do up here, kid, is tell you a story. Like all stories, it’s an attempt to make sense of something larger than itself. And, like most stories, it fails, to a certain degree. It’s a gloss, a rendition, so it’s not exact. But it’ll do. Robert Jackson Bennett
  450. What if things happened to you—special, magic things—because you’d been preparing for them? Jennifer McMahon
  451. What tale do you like best to hear?’ ‘Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme – courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe – marriage. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  452. Whatever story you’re telling, it will be more interesting if, at the end you add, “and then everything burst into flames. Brian P. Cleary
  453. When a character has as wide an audience and as rich a history as Batman, it’s truly exciting to see him introduced into an all-new storytelling medium. BATMAN LIVE will bring a completely new experience to fans of the character – it’s great to be able to give them something they haven’t seen before.
  454. When I come out on the road of a morning, when I have had a night’s sleep and perhaps a breakfast, and the sun lights a hill on the distance, a hill I know I shall walk across an hour or two thence, and it is green and silken to my eye, and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man. Frank Delaney
  455. When I pick up the guitar, it’s a melody, and that’s what drives the lyrics. It’s bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.
  456. When I started making Minecraft videos, there was already a ton of them out there. But when I started introducing the storytelling element, which no one had done before, that’s when my Minecraft traffic started picking up.
  457. When many story-tellers occupy themselves with a social world which offers no great variety of lively action, their stories will probably resemble one another as to many of the major incidents, and if they draw on these limited resources like spend thrifts such resemblances will be inevitable–and therefore not significant. Mary Lascelles, Jane Austen And Her Art
  458. When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book. Mary Higgins Clark
  459. When telling the story of your life, it is of great value to recognize and focus on the details that reveal or inspire an empowered unfolding of your being. Much like rewriting your own DNA, every aspect of your life and growth will emanate from the building blocks of your history—however you choose to tell it. This is not to suggest that you should deny or bury your mistakes, traumas or misfortunes, but rather, recognize and reveal them within an empowered context of a bigger picture. Scott Edmund Miller
  460. When we don’t tell those we love about what’s really going on or listen carefully to what they have to say, we tend to fill in the blanks with stories. Sharon Salzberg
  461. When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller. Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
  462. When we write, we discover answers, though the key is not in the discovery but in the timing of the implementation. Adrienne Posey
  463. When we’re in the story, when we’re part of it, we can’t know the outcome. It’s only later that we think we can see what the story was. But do we ever really know? And does anybody else, perhaps, coming along a little later, does anybody else really care? … History is written by the survivors, but what is that history? That’s the point I was trying to make just now. We don’t know what the story is when we’re in it, and even after we tell it we’re not sure. Because the story doesn’t end. James Robertson
  464. When you read a book, don’t judge it. Just read it and listen to the story….just listen. Hilda Leticia Dominguez
  465. When you’re a storyteller, part of the process of storytelling is the kind of communion you form with the audience to whom you’re telling your story. If some segment of the audience doesn’t like that story, it doesn’t feel good.
  466. When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,0001? Mark Cuban
  467. Whenever I’m asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you’re being told. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  468. Whenever I’m feeling like a terrible person or a terrible parent, it’s usually not because I’m truly terrible but *because I am telling myself a bad story about me.* Stories are powerful things. Tell yourself a story often enough, and it can start to shape your reality. Kristina Kuzmic
  469. Whether you know it or not, your desire to write comes from the urge to not just be “creative,” it’s a need (one every human being on earth has) to help others. A well-told Story is a gift to the reader/listener/viewer because it teaches them how to confront their own discomforts. Shawn Coyne
  470. Which story do you want to hear my child?”he picked him up and made him sit on his lap. Tell us the story of that fairy who lived in a house of wafers,had a garden of chocolate trees and a pond full of goldfishes,”the child wrapped his arms around his shoulder. Chitralekha Paul
  471. While writing a normal song, we just pen four lines and then we have a chorus and some lines again. But rap is about storytelling and requires extra effort to write.
  472. Who will be lost in the story we tell ourselves? Who will be lost in ourselves? A story, after all, is a kind of swallowing. To open a mouth, in speech, is to leave only the bones, which remain untold. Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
  473. Whoever tells the best story shapes the culture. Erwin McManus
  474. Why go to Antarctica, why do a film like ‘Grizzly Man’? It’s the sheer joy of storytelling – it’s the urge.
  475. Women bring things to the storytelling of news that is maybe more relatable to the women that are consuming.
  476. Write to your heart’s content and by all means, have fun with your creation. It’s your moment to do absolutely anything within those pages. Jennifer Murgia
  477. Writing is more about imagination than anything else. I fell in love with words. I fell in love with storytelling.
  478. Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it. John Green
  479. Writing’s funny, it’s like walking down a hall in the dark looking for the light switch, and suddenly you find it, flip it on, and then you discover the hallway you passed through is papered with the novel you’ve written. Jonathan Safran Foer
  480. Yet surely that story she had imagined was a real thing? If you created a story with your mind surely it was just as much there as a piece of needlework that you created with your fingers? You could not see it with your bodily eyes, that was all….the invisible world must be saturated with the stories that men tell both in their minds and by their lives. They must be everywhere, these stories, twisting together, penetrating existence like air breathed into the lungs, and how terrible, how awful, thought Henrietta, if the air breathed should be foul. How dare men live, how dare they think or imagine, when every action and every thought is a tiny thread to ar or enrich that tremendous tapestried story that man weaves on the loom that God has set up, a loom that stretches from heaven above to hell below, and from side to side of the universe… Elizabeth Goudge
  481. You can fix anything but a blank page. Nora Roberts
  482. You can’t be a good storyteller without a good story, yet how something is communicated is often as important as that which is being communicated. David Paull
  483. You can’t sell anything if you can’t tell anything. Beth Comstock
  484. You cannot mention everything in its proper place, you must choose, between the things not worth mentioning and those and those even less so. Samuel Beckett
  485. You have to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story. Anthony de Mello
  486. You know what a storyteller is, don’t you? It’s a person that has a good memory who hopes other people don’t. Sandra Dallas
  487. You may initially find yourself at a point of re-convincing that there could be a positive twist, and that’s okay. Suspense naturally becomes sweeter when we let our faith save our favorite character. Chinonye J. Chidolue
  488. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
  489. You must never tell people their own stories. They have no interest in them, or they think they can tell them better themselves. Give them a stranger’s life, and then they’re content. Karen Lord
  490. You must remember that your story matters. What you write has the power to save a life, sometimes that life is your own. Stalina Goodwin
  491. You want to tell a story? Grow a heart. Grow two. Now, with the second heart, smash the first one into bits. Gross, right? A bloody pulpy liquid mess. Look at it, try to make sense of it. Realize you can’t. Because there is no sense. Ask your computer to print out a list of every lie you have ever told. Ask yourself how much of the universe you have ever really seen. Look in the mirror. Are you sure you’re you? Are you sure you didn’t slip out of yourself in the middle of the night, and someone else slipped into you, without you or you or any of you even noticing? Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
  492. You will never write like your favorite author, unless god hates you or something. Glenn Hefley
  493. You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.
  494. You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable, she pleaded. Something beautiful and full of monsters. Beautiful and full of monsters? All the best stories are. Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer
  495. You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it. Margaret Atwood
  496. Your story provides healing in someone else’s heart. The greatest power you have is owning your story and share it with those who need to hear. Michelle C Kuei
  497. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness. William Shakespeare, The Tempest


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