My top 10 quotes on the power of storytelling

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I have always loved stories, whether reading books, hearing tall tales from friends or listening to words of wisdom from my parents. And ever since I started in business with blogging, I have been fascinated by the intersection between storytelling and entrepreneurship. This article is to inspire you with some quotes on storytelling.

Powerful stories

When Joaquin Phoenix took the stage for his Oscar acceptance speech, he came up with a powerful story about togetherness and our responsibility towards climate. When Oprah Winfrey did her famous speech Time’s Up, it resonated with many people around the world. Great storytelling is a real art.

As storytellers, we have this ability to hear people’s larger issues and translate it into words that other people can hear. One of the things that Oprah, Joaquin and Bono do so well I think, is really shining a light on folks on the ground who are doing the work while finding the right tone of voice to bring that story. I think that’s so important and that’s also been a big part of the commitment to my work.

 There has to be a real long game to honoring all people and having all people feel seen and heard, because so much of the isms that we’re dealing with, whether it’s racism or sexism, it’s all coming from a fear that, if I have, you won’t have. I know that I don’t have all the answers or information, but I think that there are many people that you have to hear from. By reaching out to those who are on the fringe doing the super hard work, you highlight them and you praise them. I wouldn’t underestimate the value of that. By embracing those people, by telling the stories, including some of success, that arc of justice is definitely accelerated by artists having these values. To encourage you to tell yours, here’s my top 10 quotes on the power of stories.

From @swartttt
From @swartttt

My top 10

“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

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, The Story Grid

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

“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 heart forever.” – Ancient Proverb

“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, The Storytelling Animal

quotes on storytelling

“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, author

“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, author

“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.”  – Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker

“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.” – Peter Forbes, photographer and author

Last note

I hope that you liked these quotes on storytelling as much as I did. How do you tell your story through the work that you do?

You may also like short stories. Every month I post one of the best short stories that I hear about. If you like inspirational short stories, you can find them over here: short stories series.

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