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Biography Quotes

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm an avid biography reader.
- Brent Spiner

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

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

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 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

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

My reading is always about musical biographies.
I have an innate interest and passion for that.
- Nina Blackwood

The best interviews like the best biographies should
sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.
- Lynn Barber

Once you touch the biographies of human beings,
the notion that political beliefs are logically determined
collapses like a pricked balloon.
- Walter Lippmann

I very rarely read any fiction.
I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people.
I love theology and some philosophy.
- Al Sharpton

There's been a number of erroneous biographies,
articles and so on written about Billy and we both
thought it would be a good idea to produce a true one.
- Pamela Stephenson

It can be a long gap between the emergence of fully
researched historical biographies.
- Antonia Fraser

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular
nationalists only a few years before.
If one looks at the biographies of these people,
remarkable continuities are revealed.
- Jurgen Habermas

After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
- Cynthia Ozick

The immense majority of human biographies are a gray
transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
- George Steiner

The biographies and autobiographies are on the whole
more impressive than the fiction of the last two decades,
but the freakish best sellers among them are least
likely to withstand the test of time.
- Harold Acton

That was par for the course but I also found that commissions
were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous -
I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist -
for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end.
- Anthony Holden

I hate biographies which say, I was called to such and such an office,
and he offered me so and so, and I got so and so money.
I find that very tedious.
The best biographies are written by other people.
- Leslie Caron

There are biographies, I looked at a lot of photographs of him,
I heard his voice over and over and over again.
You get in there and get to know the man by all of
those pieces of information.
- David Strathairn

At the Sex Institute in Bloomington,
Indiana,
they were a phenomenal help, too.
We went out there for a few days, and they gave us access to materials.
And the biographies, there are four or five,
ranging from very poor to excellent.
- Liam Neeson

While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor,
publisher, book publisher, executive,
etc., so I was established in publishing.
three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports
stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

On the other hand, when I give it closer thought,
I realize I'm not enough of a dictator to conduct an
orchestra because it requires a pretty awful person.
When you read these biographies of famous conductors,
they are all awful people who fail in their private relationships.
- Eberhard Weber


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