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Memoir Quotes

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Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir of my children.
- Shirley Jackson

Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry,
often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray
area between memoir and novel.
- Leslie Fiedler

With the marketing pressures driving the book world today,
it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a
television show than a serious novelist.
- David Halberstam

Maybe I will write a memoir, perhaps I'll do some essays,
or maybe I will write a mystery story.
- David Herbert Donald

 

Now I say I'm a diarist with an explanation I'll get back to you on.
Someday I may try and write in memoir form.
- Carrie Fisher

In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth.
I think you have to be as true to your memory and your
experience as you possibly can.
- David Leavitt

I've just finished my next collection,
Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection
of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.
- Augusten Burroughs

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I'm a layperson.
I barely got out of high school.
I have no business telling people what to do or my big philosophy on life.
I'm certainly not going to write any sort of memoir.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir,
I really want it to be true.
- Augusten Burroughs

I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant
to write a memoir than it was.
- Jim Harrison

I have always distrusted memoir.
I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction.
It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it.
Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.
- Armistead Maupin

I read The Bell Jar, and then I read her memoir and her diaries,
and a third book, an outside opinion.
Just the way she made the pillows so neat on the oven door.
It just seems to be the opposite of,
if you're going to take your life,
in a horrible rage it happens.
- Paul Westerberg

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid,
something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet.
And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect
and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel

My book 'Trust Your Heart', which is the story of my life,
will be followed by 'Singing Lessons',
a memoir of love, loss, hope, and healing,
which talks about the death of my son and the hope
that has been the aftermath of the healing from that tragedy.
- Judy Collins

I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex,
but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has
become such a monumental force in American publishing,
if not in literature.
- Leslie Fiedler

A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving.
I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
- William J. Clinton

I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages.
You can't divorce a book.
- Gloria Swanson

Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction.
- Frank Harris

My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days,
after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
- Manuel Puig

I had read too many memoirs that were written after
the writer or the director was past his or her prime.
- Joe Eszterhas

In the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows,
too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.
- Gerald Clarke

People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.
- Tom Robbins

When you put down the good things you ought to have done,
and leave out the bad ones you did do well,
that's Memoirs.
- Will Rogers

With my own memoirs, they are truthful,
and I write everything fully expecting to some day
end up televised on Court TV,
and I'm fully prepared to be challenged legally on it.
- Augusten Burroughs

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never
tried to write his memoirs.
- David Ben-Gurion

I will leave no memoirs.
- Comte de Lautreamont

Memoirs are the backstairs of history.
- George Meredith

We were developing an innovative Personal Information
Manager called Chandler but a couple years ago I took
off from that to do a project writing down my memoirs essentially,
reminiscing about the development of the Macintosh.
- Andy Hertzfeld

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

The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never
had any fixed aim before my eyes,
and that my system, if it can be called a system,
has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life,
trusting to the wind wherever it led.
- Giacomo Casanova

I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a
year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs,
and had we known what we were putting off for a year,
we might not have put it off.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

Time goes by a lot slower when you miss the one you love.
- Anonymous

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- John Lennon

You can observe a lot by just watching.
- Yogi Berra

Just remember, after they foreclose on your mortgage,
you get a lot more sunshine in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I'm a '70s mom, and my daughter is a '90s mom.
I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.
- Florence Henderson

Just in terms of allocation of time resources,
religion is not very efficient.
There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
- Bill Gates

I've had two proposals since I've been a widow.
I am a wonderful catch, you know.
I have a lot of money.
- Ruth Rendell

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
- Groucho Marx

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man.
Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
- Bill Gates

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

For a lot of people, the weekly paycheck is 'take-home
pay' because home is the only place they can afford to go with it.
- Charles A. Jaffe

Building technical systems involves a lot of hard work
and specialized knowledge:
languages and protocols,
coding and debugging, testing and refactoring.
- Jesse James Garrett

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys,
and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination -
think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.
- Terry Brooks

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

Beauty has a lot to do with character.
- Kevyn Aucoin

I'm by no means condemning prescription medicine for mental health.
I've seen it save a lot of people's lives.
- Zach Braff

A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change.
- James Levine

Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.
- Dixie Lee Ray

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly.
Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime.
That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
- Alfred Hitchcock


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