copyright © Roger Jenkins Pte Ltd  designed with Webplus8   | feedback

an ancient art

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then the queen died of grief, is a plot.

E M Forster



If you tell me, it’s an essay.

If you show me, it’s a story

Barbara Greene


Don’t say “the old lady screamed.”
Bring her on and let her scream.

Mark Twain


It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.

Native American saying


In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

Walter Cronkite


A story is told as much by silence as by speech.

Susan Griffin


The Storyteller’s Creed:

I believe that imagination  is stronger than knowledge,

That myth is more potent than history,

dreams are more powerful than facts,

hope always triumphs over experience,

 laughter is the only cure for grief,

and I believe that love

is  stronger than death.

Robert Fulghum




If you give audiences half a chance, they’ll do half your acting for you - Kathryn Hepburn


We live in story like a fish lives in water. We swim  through words and images, siphoning story through our minds the way a fish siphons water through its gills.  We cannot think without language, we cannot process experience without story - Christina Baldwin, author, Storycatcher


What is carved on rocks will disappear in time.
What is told from mouth to mouth will live forever. – Vietnam, Cathy Spagnoli


The artist paints it, the writer describes it, the scientist explains it, the Storyteller says
"It was sunrise!" And everyone sees it their way.


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. —Siberian Elder


If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.  — Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel