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Engrave this Quote If you don't know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life.
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-Anon.
(Siberian Elder)
Engrave this Quote Under the Earth I go,
On the oak leaf I stand.
I ride on the filly
That was never foaled,
And I carry the dead in my hand.

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-Anon.
traditional storyteller's introduction
Engrave this Quote Places are produced in that wonderful interaction of people, place, narrative, and time. When the people desert these places, narratives are forgotten, ties break, and the place is unmade. What is un-remembered in abandonment cannot be re-remembered in transient automobile suburbs with too few places for shared experience and story making. The extreme is amnesia, and it means that those afflicted do not know who they are anymore. They are disoriented, isolated, and robbed of the ability to recognize emotional attachments to others. The sufferers do not have a coherent story anymore. Un-remembering is the enemy of good places and of public history.
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-Robert R. Archibald
A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community (Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1999), p. 150.
Engrave this Quote Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
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-Hannah Arendt
Engrave this Quote We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
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-Paul Auster
Engrave this Quote Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.
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-Mary Catherine Bateson
Engrave this Quote Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.
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-Walter Benjamin
Engrave this Quote The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.
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-Walter Benjamin
Engrave this Quote I will open my mouth in a parable
I will utter dark sayings of old.
Things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell it to the coming generations.

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-Bible
Psalm 78:1-4
Engrave this Quote One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
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-Jean De La Bruyere
Engrave this Quote It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.
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-Italo Calvino
Engrave this Quote There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
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-Willa Cather
Engrave this Quote A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
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-Raymond Chandler
Engrave this Quote To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
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-Lord Chesterfield
Engrave this Quote You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.
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-Anthony De Mello
One Minute Wisdom
Engrave this Quote To be a person is to have a story to tell.
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-Isak Dinesen
Engrave this Quote When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.
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-Benjamin Disraeli
Engrave this Quote There are no stories without meaning. And I am one of those men who can find it even when others fail to see it. Afterwards the story becomes the book of the living, like a blaring trumpet that raises from the tomb those who have been dust for centuries....
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-Umberto Eco
Baudolino
Engrave this Quote One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?
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-Matthew Fox
Engrave this Quote The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
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-Stephen Jay Gould
Engrave this Quote Twenty or thirty years ago, in the army, we had a lot of obscure adventures, and years later we tell them at parties, and suddenly we realize that those two very difficult years of our lives have become lumped together into a few episodes that have lodged in our memory in a standardized form, and are always told in a standardized way, in the same words. But in fact that lump of memories has nothing whatsoever to do with our experience of those two years in the army and what it has made of us.
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-Vaclav Havel
Engrave this Quote Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
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-Nathaniel Hawthorne
Engrave this Quote Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
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-Ernest Hemingway
Engrave this Quote Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story -- a story that is basically without meaning or pattern.
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-Eric Hoffer
Engrave this Quote The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.
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-Victor Hugo

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