Five Great Quotations about Storytelling

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.” – Eudora Welty

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” – Henry Green

“I keep six honest serving men/(They taught me all I knew);/Their names are What and Why and When/and How and Where and Who.” – Rudyard Kipling

“To hell with facts! We need stories!” – Ken Kesey

“Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.” – Michael Shermer