54+ Best Story Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational story quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Story Quotes

The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories. – Muriel Ruykeser

A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way. – Flannery O’Connor

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

Telling someone about your experience breathes new life into it, moving it out of the inchoate swirl of unconsciousness into reality. It takes on form and allows us to examine it from all angles. – Mandy Aftel

Stories are a communal currency of humanity. – Tahir Shah

The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living? – Carl Jung

Those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. – Salman Rushdie

There is no friend as loyal as a book – Ernest Hemingway

Great stories happen to those who can tell them. – Ira Glas

I’m obsessed with giving the audience something they don’t see coming. – Jordan Peele

Inside each of us is a natural born storyteller just waiting to be released. – Robin Moore

A lost coin is found by means of a candle; the deepest truth is found by means of a simple story. – Anthony De Mello

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

We need to look hard at the stories we create, and wrestle with them. Retell and retell them, and work with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom. – Marni Gillard

The engineers of the future will be poets. – Terence McKenna

The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories. – Mary Catherine Bateson

Although setbacks of all kinds may discourage us, the grand, old process of storytelling puts us in touch with strengths we may have forgotten, with wisdom that has faded or disappeared, and with hopes that have fallen into darkness. – Nancy Mellon

In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education. – Holly Near

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences, but through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time. – Steven Spielberg

The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others. – Jack Zipes

Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form. – Jean Luc Godard

Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle. – Robert Olen Butler

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. – Karl Menninger

Everybody likes to tell a story. Little children do it effortlessly. Great artists do it with talent and years of practice. Somewhere in between stand you and I. – Sylvia Ziskind

I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves. – Lena Waithe

If you’re going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all. – Joseph Campbell

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. – Hannah Arendt

I’ll tell you a secret. Old storytellers never die. They disappear into their own story. – Vera Nazarian

Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it. – Meister Eckhart

The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions. – Michael Margolis

Those who tell the stories rule the world. – Hopi American Indian proverb

Every story you tell is your own story. – Joseph Campbell

From my perspective as a depth psychologist, I see that those who have a connection with story are in better shape and have better prognosis than those to whom story must be introduced. – James Hillman

The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life. – Zadie Smith

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The real difference between telling what happened and telling a story about what happened is that instead of being a victim of our past, we become master of it. – Donald Davis

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place. – J.K. Rowling

As a storyteller, as a human being, each one of us is one of a kind. And until we learn to celebrate our own unique style, culture, and gifts, we cannot appreciate the wealth of diversity around us. – Doug Lipman

Think about the word destroy. Do you know what it is? De-story. Destroy. Destory. You see. And restore. That’s re-story. Do you know that only two things have been proven to help survivors of the Holocaust? Massage is one. Telling their story is another. Being touched and touching. Telling your story is touching. It sets you free. – Francesca Lia Block

To believe your own thought, to believe what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men — that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A coherent life experience is not simply given. The thing must be made, a story-like production. – Stephen Crites

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. – Robert McKee

When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution — more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to. – Lisa Cron

A life becomes meaningful when one sees himself as an actor within the context of story. – George Howard

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them. – Isak Dinesen

You could say that telling a story is the pretext for getting together in a personal way. – Nancy Rambusch

Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can. – Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow

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

Create those things where human protagonists relate to us, where the stakes and conflict grip us, and where the emotions move us. Craft those simple things, those glorious things, those things so often forgotten but so desperately needed. There’s no hidden or corporate meaning behind the word ‘story.’ We know what they are. And we need to start telling them. – Jay Acunzo

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller

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