Quotations on Biography

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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
(Keywords: People, Biography, Deep, End, Israel, Metaphor, Writing)

The art of biography is different from geography. Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.
- Edmund Clerihew Bentley
(Keywords: Art, Biography, Geography)

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: History, Men, Biography, Man, World)

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
(Keywords: Life, Power, Biography, Democracy, Famous, Man)

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Life, Biography, Nothing, Theory)

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
(Keywords: Time, Life, Thought, Accomplishments, Biography, Career, Public)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Biography, Feeling, First, Lies)

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
(Keywords: History, Biography, Fiction)

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
(Keywords: History, Attention, Biography, Literary, Unity)

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
(Keywords: Life, People, Heart, Biography, Songs)

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
(Keywords: Imagination, Biography, World)

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
(Keywords: History, Biography, Circumstances, Events, Film)

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
(Keywords: History, Time, Biography, Fiction, May, World)

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
(Keywords: Music, Development, Biography, Project, Television, Writing)

I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel.
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Keywords: Travel, History, Science, Biography, Fiction, Mathematics)

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
(Keywords: People, Biography, Circumstance)

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
(Keywords: Science, History, Beginnings, Biography, Fiction, Pleasure, Reading)

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
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Biography, Discovery, Fiction, Research, Sense)

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.
- Edmund White
(Keywords: People, Biography, Judgment)

Biography lends to death a new terror.
- Oscar Wilde
(Keywords: Death, Biography, Terror)

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
(Keywords: Science, History, Poetry, Biography, Fiction, Literature, Philosophy, Want)

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
(Keywords: History, Inspiration, Biography, Teaching)









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