Quotes about storytelling

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Sometimes one person said it all. You read a phrase and it is all there. This is my selection of quotes on storytelling.

  • “The world’s second oldest profession”
    – Gershon & Page: What storytelling can do for information visualisation
  • “People have begun to forget how powerful human stories are, exchanging their sense of empathy for a fetishistic fascination with data… the human stuff is the main stuff, and the data should enrich it”
    – Jonathan Harris
  • “Data journalism is not graphics an visualizations. it’s about telling the story in the best way possible. someties that will be a visualization… but sometimes it’s a news story. sometimes ust publishing the number is enough”
    – Simon Rogers
  • “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel”
    – Maya Angelou
  • “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories that you tell.”
    – Seth Godin
  • “Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.”
    – Dale Carnegie
  • “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
    – Brandon Anderson
  • “Everything is more compelling when you talk like a human being, when you talk like yourself.”
    – Ira Glass
  • “Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.”
    – Otto von Bismarck
  • “Some of his stories became my stories, and just by telling them again and again, he gets to stay alive forever. That’s the magic of storytelling. It’s a time machine that can heal the world.”
    – Kevin van Valkenburg
  • “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.”
    – Mark Twain
  • “We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.”
    – Mark Twain