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Arthur Balfour Quotes and Sayings

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Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
- Arthur Balfour

I never forgive, but I always forget.
- Arthur Balfour

He has only half learned the art of reading who has
not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
- Arthur Balfour

The General Strike has taught the working class more
in four days than years of talking could have done.
- Arthur Balfour

 

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world,
that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.
- Arthur Balfour

I thought Winston Churchill was a young man of promise,
but it appears he is a young man of promises.
- Arthur Balfour

Enthusiasm moves the world.
- Arthur Balfour

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Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.
- Arthur Balfour

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
- Thomas Szasz

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very
beginnings of my reading for pleasure,
I read a lot of non-fictional history,
particularly historical biography.
- Norman Spinrad

In these days a man is nobody unless his biography
is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the
national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.
- Anthony Trollope

One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
- William Ellery Channing

Those who have no record of what their forebears have
accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from
the teaching of biography and history.
- Carter G. Woodson

Perfect objectivity is always impossible,
no matter who writes a person's biography.
- Pamela Stephenson

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms,
the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.
- Edmund White

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography -
will always have this incompleteness.
- V. S. Naipaul

I had to do the book because there was an unauthorised
biography which didn't tell it like it was.
- Cilla Black

I read everything: fiction, history,
science,
mathematics, biography, travel.
- Martin Lewis Perl

We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
- John Kenneth Galbraith

This is the best biography by me I have ever read.
- Lawrence Welk

I think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

What use is there for a biography of myself? I'm just a movie actor.
- Conrad Veidt

It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography,
in that the reader, rather than editor,
is jury.
- George Plimpton

Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history,
on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary,
and on the west by tedium.
- Philip Guedalla

Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject
was the intersection of biography and history.
- Todd Gitlin

No great man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

I am a huge admirer of Elizabeth I, and this intriguing
biography gives a wonderful picture of the era.
- Barbara Taylor Bradford

But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse,
the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
- John Updike

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed.
And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink,
the facts printed in black ink.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them.
I think the world of my imagination is a richer and
more interesting place than my personal biography.
- John Irving

I think that I'm busy in the present,
and I don't want to go back.
Well, there's been an unauthorized biography,
and you can't stop them.
It didn't worry me.
- Albert Finney

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes;
like many simple women,
she thought in terms of biography.
- Anita Brookner

Biography, like big game hunting, is one of the recognized forms of sport,
and it is as unfair as only sport can be.
- Philip Guedalla

Just how difficult it is to write biography can be
reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just
how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
- Rebecca West

John Kerry's biography was central to his campaign.
- Mark Shields

I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially
since I already write novels,
nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game,
arbitrary as those rules might be.
- Edmund White

I had no expectation that the Prince would offer me
the unprecedented and unfettered access to the original
and entirely untapped sources on which this biography is based.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man.
I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power,
because democracy shapes our lives.
- Robert Caro

The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose
metre is one's biography,
joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking,
a waking island.
- Derek Walcott

I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned
to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.
- Antonia Fraser

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.
- Eric Bentley

I just love biography, and I'm fascinated by people
who have shifted our destinies or our points of view.
- Richard Attenborough

I'm an avid biography reader.
- Brent Spiner

The art of biography is different from geography.
Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.
- Edmund Clerihew Bentley

I'm also doing a special for Comedy Central called Autobiography.
It's going to be a spoof of Biography.
- Kathy Griffin

Read no history: nothing but biography,
for that is life without theory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Biography is one of the new terrors of death.
- John Arbuthnot

I have had the unfortunate experience of having someone
write an unauthorised biography of me.
Half of it is lies and the other half is badly written.
My feeling is that if I'm going to write my life story,
I ought to have my life first.
- Dawn French

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives,
but it also has become a metaphor for our century.
There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it.
Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.
- Aharon Appelfeld

I became quite taken over by Johnson's personality
at some points while writing the biography,
and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle afterwards,
I did sometimes feel I could hear him whispering in
my ear while I was working on it.
- Jonathan Coe

I'm narrating the television series Biography.
I'm still involved in my music - I have a new album out.
I have an animated project in development.
I'm writing a lot of things and you never know if one
of them is going to become a six or seven year project.
- Bill Mumy

It means that no matter what you write,
be it a biography, an autobiography,
a detective novel,
or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction
as soon as you write it down.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The big biography of Lincoln necessarily had to do
so much with his political career,
his ambitions, his accomplishments in public,
with less time to spend on his private life,
his inner life, and I thought this might be a way of getting at that.
- David Herbert Donald

My songs form a kind of biography or diary of my life
as they are about people I have loved and people I only knew in my heart,
places I have seen only for a moment and places I have lived all my life.
- Justin Hayward

I'm not spitting in my own soup, I love having spent
my life thinking about these things-but you don't have
to know anything about his life,
even though I've just written a biography!
- Stephen Greenblatt

People think that because a novel's invented,
it isn't true.
Exactly the reverse is the case.
Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true,
since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened.
The novel can do that.
- Anthony Powell

Whereas fiction is a continual discovery of what one wants to say,
what one feels, what one means, and is,
in that sense, a performance art, biography requires different skills -
research and organization.
- Edmund White

Of all the species of literary composition,
perhaps biography is the most delightful.
The attention concentrated on one individual gives
a unity to the materials of which it is composed,
which is wanting in general history.
- Robert Hall

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number
of lives that may be lived,
for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible
number of lives in many parts of the world,
in all periods of time.
- Louis L'Amour

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa


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