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Inspiring Quotes on Storytelling


Want to get inspired to add more illustrative stories to speeches and conversations? We've rounded up quotes by influential storytellers from a variety of backgrounds to encourage you on your storytelling journey.


“You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.”
—Margaret Atwood, author

“The most amazing thing for me is that every person who sees a movie brings a whole set of unique experiences, but through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, laugh at the same time, and be afraid at the same time.”
—Steven Spielberg, filmmaker

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.”
—Roger Schank, entrepreneur

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.”
—Ira Glass, radio host and producer

“I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.”
—Lena Waithe, screenwriter

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
—Rudyard Kipling, author

“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

“The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”
—Steve Jobs, entrepreneur

“Stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.”
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author



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