What storytellers say about

"A story is the shortest distance between people."
Pat Speight
"An enemy is one whose story we have not heard."
Ms. Gene Knudsen Hoffman
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
Maya Angelou
"People become the stories they hear and the stories they tell."
Elie Wiesel
"Stories are, quite simply, our native language."
Bill Mooney
"The story that lets us laugh and cry begins our healing."
Tom Weakley
"Storytelling allows you to hear the soul and spirit of words."
Vi Hilbert
"Storytelling is a compelling force in bringing together
people of diverse race, religion, age and political views."
Lucille B. Koproske
"Sometimes we need stories more than food to stay alive."
Karen Dietz
"Stories transform the future!
They go ahead of societal change in order
to open space for new attitudes to take root and grow."
Paulette Stevens
"It's hard to hate anyone whose story you know."
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry
"When we tell and listen to stories, we can almost feel
our souls breathing fully and deeply. Our capacity to see options,
to visualize possibilities, to imagine expands and we are somehow more alive."
Michael Parent
"A good story is like a good friend. The more
you know it and tell it, the more you can trust it!"
James "Sparky" Rucker
"The power of story is never stronger than when
it lives on the breath of those from whom it came."
Gayle Ross, Cherokee storyteller
"Without our stories, how will we know it's us?
Without the stories of others, how will we know who they are?"
Dudley Cocke
"Storytelling isn't about technique.
It's about being fully human."
Syd Lieberman
"Storytelling is the thread which is woven deep
in our lives, our conscious, our humanity. It has the power
to bring understanding amongst the peoples of the world. Tell and listen."
Antonio Rocha
"Storytelling can change a room.
It can change lives. It can change the world."
Gwenda LedBetter
"Storytelling is medicine for the spirit and healing for the soul."
Linda Goss
"Storytelling is a shared experience, and
shared experiences are the basis of all relationships."
J.G. "Paw-paw" Pinkerton
"Tales told from the heart reach the heart."
Steve Sanfield
"Storytelling can open our perspectives to more brilliant possibilities."
Susan O'Halloran
"Stories are the truths that guide us through life."
Beth Horner
"The good news is: storytelling simultaneously
celebrates what is universal in the human heart and what is unique
within each family, community and culture. Sin boldly, and do tell!"
Carol L. Birch
"In those moments when we tell stories together,
we are most truly human and most genuinely ourselves."
Jeannine Pasini Beekman
"Storytelling helps us
make sense of our lives and helps us share our being."
Doug Elliott
"Since storytelling is a dialogue,
shared stories create more understanding;
bring people closer together as a community;
and serve as a string that binds one heart to another.
(And I believe that the universe is made up of string.)"
Peninnah Schram
"Stories simultaneously celebrate what is unique about us
and provide bridges to what is common among us."
The Storyweavers, Lucinda Flodin & Dennis Frederick
"Stories are at the very heart of being human; they talk
about where we're from, where we are, and where we're going.
They're like bread; you need to hear and tell them everyday."
Bill Harley
"Storytelling links the inner outer me to
the inner outer thee with the world that was, is, and will be."
Chuck Larkin
"Storytelling creates a pathway toward true 'civilization.'"
The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns & Barry Marshall
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
Muriel Rukeyser
"The telling of our stories is as basic, important and necessary as
our personal freedoms, yet, sadly, also as threatened. When not practiced and
protected, stories are lost to obscurity and knowledge itself is placed in jeopardy."
Waddie Mitchell
"Stories are bridges from one mind to another."
Martha Holloway

"We require story in order to link our lives with each other.
Story couples our experiences, mind to mind and heart to heart.
Story is the electromagnetic conductor that brings us close enough together
to make the leap of association and identification,
to see that another person is a variation of ourselves.
We are in grave danger if we lose our link to our own stories."

Christina Baldwin
in Storycatcher

"Every person is born into life as a blank page -- and every person leaves life as a full book.
Our lives are our story, and our story is our life.
Story is the narrative thread of our experience -- not what literally happens,
but what we make out of what happens, what we tell each other and what we remember.
This narrative determines much of what we do with the time given us
between the opening of the blank page the day we are born and
the closing of the book the day we die.

"We make our lives bigger or smaller, more expansive or more limited,
according to the interpretation of life that is our story.
Whether we speak or write these stories,
we constantly weave life events into narrative and
interpret everything that happens through the veil of story.
From our smallest, most personal challenges to
global issues that affect nations and generations,
we make the world fit into the story we are already carrying.
This unceasing interplay between experience and narrative is a uniquely human attribute.
We are the storytellers, the ones who put life into words."
Christina Baldwin
in Storycatcher

Thank you
for many of these
wonderful words exhibited at
The International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, Tennessee U.S.A.

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