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…
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
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
We can tell people abstract rules of thumb which we have derived from prior experiences… (but) the shortest distance between a human being and the Truth is a “story.”
-Anthony de Mello
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, from Tell Me A Story
Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.
-Howard Gardner, Harvard University
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
-Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.
-William Carlos Williams