Top 10 storytelling quotes


What are the TOP 10 quotes about storytelling?


We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

Joan Didion, author

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.

Philip Pullman, writer

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser, poet



Life is too short for a long story.

Mary Wortley Montagu, writer

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

Hannah Arendt, historian

You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.

Anthony De Mello,

The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.

Laurence Sterne, novelist

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.

Ted Lange, actor

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.

Walter Benjamin, critic


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