“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” 
Ursula K. Le Guin.

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?” 
Fyodor Dostoevsky.

“But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world.” 
Umberto Eco.

We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.     

Stephen King.

In order to have influence, you have to be influenced.     

Stephen Covey

“It requires time and energy to get invested in other people’s stories, but I do in my heart of hearts believe that you emerge a better and smarter human as a result of taking that time.” — Lisa Ling