Storytelling Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old storytelling quotes, storytelling sayings, and storytelling proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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 purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. Brandon Sanderson
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
Storytelling wasn't about making things up. It was more like inviting the stories to come through her, let themselves be told. Jennifer McMahon
Storytelling is among the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling is the commonality of all human beings, in all places, in all times. Rives Collins
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
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
Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are. Carmine Gallo
Storytelling is the very soul of humankind made plain for all to experience. John Appius Quill
Storytelling is the distinctly human implement designed to synthesize our purposeful interaction with reality. Kilroy J. Oldster
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world. Robert McKee
The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic slice of truth, wisdom, is dying out. Walter Benjamin
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word. Jesse Williams
Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. Tim O'Brien
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. Douglas Coupland
Storytelling is about two things; it's about character and plot. George Lucas
The history of storytelling isn't one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo. Therese Fowler
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
Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories. Karen Armstrong
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
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
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
Storytelling is a vaccine against war. Annette Simmons
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
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
Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business. Gary Vaynerchuk
Good storytelling is humanity's great connector, and it just might keep the world from eating itself. James Genn
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
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