WISDOM AT WORK
How Personal Storytelling
Sparks Insight,
Breakthrough,
and Lifelong Innovation
A New Book by Mitch Ditkoff...
“The world is not
made of atoms.
The world is made
of stories.”
– Muriel Ruykeser
“A story is a way to say
something that can be
said no other way.”
– Flannery O’Connor
“A lost coin is
found by means
of a candle;
the deepest truth
is found by the
means of a
simple story.”
- Anthony De Mello
“Become aware of
what is in you.
Announce it,
pronounce it,
produce it
and give birth to it.”
- Meister Eckhart
“We need to look hard at the stories
we create and wrestle with them.
Retell and retell them,
and work with them like clay...
“Telling someone about
your experience
breathes new life into it,
moving it out of the
inchoate swirl of
unconsciousness i...
“A coherent life experience is not simply given. The thing
must be made into a story-like production.” – Steven Krites
“Inside of each of us
is a natural born
storyteller just
waiting to be born.”
- Robin Moore
“From my perspective as
a depth psychologist, I
see that those who have
a connection to story
are in better shape and
have...
“Although setbacks of all kinds may
discourage us, the grand old process
of storytelling puts us in touch with
strengths w...
“When one is
a stranger to
oneself, then one
is estranged from
others, too.
If one is out of
TOUCH
with oneself,
then one ...
“The role of the
storyteller is to
awaken the
storyteller
in others.”
– Jack Zipes
“In my life, the stories I have
heard from my family, my friends,
my community, and from willing
strangers all over the wo...
“Those who do not have
the power over the story
that dominates their lives,
the power to retell it,
rethink it, deconstruc...
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing,
a creative force. The friends who
listen to us are the ones we move toward,
an...
“The most important question to
ask is: What myth am I living?” – Carl Jung
“The moment one gives close attention
to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysteriously awesome,
indescribably...
“Every story
you tell is
your own
story.”
- Joseph Campbell
If you would like
to pre-order
WISDOM AT WORK
and/or
be one of my
patrons to help
get the book and
WISDOM CIRCLES
out into...
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In December, 2014, I am publishing a book on the power of personal storytelling, with a focus on learning from experience. This slide show includes some very insightful quotes about storytelling from a variety of writers, thinkers, philosophers, psychologists, and master story tellers.

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WISDOM AT WORK: Quotes About the Power of Story

  1. 1. WISDOM AT WORK How Personal Storytelling Sparks Insight, Breakthrough, and Lifelong Innovation A New Book by Mitch Ditkoff Publication Date: December 10, 2014
  2. 2. “The world is not made of atoms. The world is made of stories.” – Muriel Ruykeser
  3. 3. “A story is a way to say something that can be said no other way.” – Flannery O’Connor
  4. 4. “A lost coin is found by means of a candle; the deepest truth is found by the means of a simple story.” - Anthony De Mello
  5. 5. “Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it.” - Meister Eckhart
  6. 6. “We need to look hard at the stories we create and wrestle with them. Retell and retell them, and work with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom.” – Marni Gillard
  7. 7. “Telling someone about your experience breathes new life into it, moving it out of the inchoate swirl of unconsciousness into reality. It takes on form and allows us to examine it from all angles.” - Mandy Aftel
  8. 8. “A coherent life experience is not simply given. The thing must be made into a story-like production.” – Steven Krites
  9. 9. “Inside of each of us is a natural born storyteller just waiting to be born.” - Robin Moore
  10. 10. “From my perspective as a depth psychologist, I see that those who have a connection to story are in better shape and have a better prognosis than those to whom story must be introduced.” – Joseph Hillman
  11. 11. “Although setbacks of all kinds may discourage us, the grand old process of storytelling puts us in touch with strengths we may have forgotten, with wisdom that has faded or disappeared, and with hopes that have fallen into darkness.” – Nancy Mellon
  12. 12. “When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of TOUCH with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  13. 13. “The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others.” – Jack Zipes
  14. 14. “In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education.” – Holly Near
  15. 15. “Those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless because they cannot think new thoughts.” - Salman Rushdie
  16. 16. “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Karl Menninger
  17. 17. “The most important question to ask is: What myth am I living?” – Carl Jung
  18. 18. “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysteriously awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller
  19. 19. “Every story you tell is your own story.” - Joseph Campbell
  20. 20. If you would like to pre-order WISDOM AT WORK and/or be one of my patrons to help get the book and WISDOM CIRCLES out into the world, check out my GoFundMe campaign.

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