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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Biography (44 Quotations)

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

 

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When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
~ Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley

 

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Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
~ Arthur James Balfour

 

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Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.
~ Hilaire Belloc

 

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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

 

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Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.
~ Fawn M. Brodie

 

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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... ''Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.''
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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

 

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The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.
~ Leon Edel

 

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Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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There is properly no history; only biography.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Biography is history seen through the prism of a person.
~ Louis Fischer

 

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Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset

 

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The surrounding that householders crave are glorified autobiographies.
~ T. H. Gibblings

 

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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

 

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An autobiography is a preemptive strike against biographers.
~ Barbara G. Harris

 

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I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior F.B.I. -men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-hole and missing laundry list school. Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering.
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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