“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.”
“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”
“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.”
We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.
In order to have influence, you have to be influenced.