Everybody Has a Story

Six billion of us walking the planet,
six billion smaller worlds

on the bigger one.
Six billion stories, every one an epic,
full of tragedy and triumph,
good and evil, despair and hope.
– Dean Koontz

Kerala, India

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and
we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.
– William Carlos Williams


All human beings have an innate need to hear and
tell stories and to have a story to live by.

– Harvey Cox

Former Yugoslavia
People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being.
Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too.
It goes from one generation to another.
– Studs Terkel
Petra, Jordan
Kabul, Afghanistan


If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten
– Rudyard Kipling

Karelia, Russia;

To be a person is to have a story to tell.
– Isak Dinesen

Scientists who study the brain tell us that we are
hardwired for storytelling and understanding the
world through stories and metaphors.
Kabul, Afghanistan
We are lonesome animals.
We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome.
One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say and to feel
‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’
You’re not as alone as you thought.
–  John Steinbeck
Lakeland, Florida
Sicily, Italy
The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
– Muriel Rukeyser
United States
People did not wait until there was writing
before they told stories and sang songs.

–  Albert Bates Lord
…Without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization.
Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own.
– Laurens Van der Post
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
I will tell you something about stories, (he said)
They aren’t just entertainment.
Don’t be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
All we have to fight off
illness and death
– Leslie Marmon Silko

We welcome your comments!


By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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39 replies on “Everybody Has a Story”

This really spoke to me today and encouraged me to continue telling my story. Thankyou.

palabras y fotos que nos dicen de lo hermoso que puede ser ver e imaginar ,que historias se tejen, cuando vemos un grupo de gente charlando,,,,,dejemos volar nuestra imaginación,,,,,,,

Thanks this is beautiful story creating inspiration and arose emotions. Image speaks louder than words. thanks

a rich country native, will look at a poor country native and feel sorry, yet a native of a poor country appreciates the little he has to the extravagance of the rich. if you put a poor man in a palace he will look for his old wooden stool to sit on than enjoy the luxuries of the rich

Your photos tell intriguing stories , each image makes one imagine a beautiful story
Thank you stevebhai for these beautigful stories through your images.

“Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books, and some are confined to hearts.”

I feel honored to have shared my stories of treasure hunting and meeting people. Thw pictures shown here could probably share 1000 atories each. So glad I found this site.

Story is what makes us united as human beings or homosapiens. We pass our culture, knowledge and innovation through stories. And also story telling like gossiping builds friendship and trust among each other❤️Loved your work❤️Amazing

Your images are a story in themselves. They tell of the daily suffering and joy that each one of us finds.

They tell of the love and companionship one finds in community and friends despite war and civil unrest.

Sometimes I think no one tells a more poignant story than a great portrait & travel photographer.

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