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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

China

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

– Harvey Cox

Afghanistan

Former Yugoslavia

Ecuador

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

Kashmir

Petra, Jordan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

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

France

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

Ecuador

…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

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