Biography Quotes

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Biography Quotes

History is neither more nor less than biography on a large scale.

Alphonse De Lamartine

Let us make sure that future generations write our biography.

Amit Kalantri

Life is a biography, not a series of disconnected moments, more or less pleasurable but increasingly tedious and unsatisfying unless one imposes a purposive pattern upon them.

Anthony Daniels

A photograph is a biography of a moment.

Art Shay

Your biography becomes your biology.

Caroline Myss

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

The immense appetite we have for biography comes from a deep-seated sense of equality.

Charles Baudelaire

The most uninteresting part of the biography of a composer is his childhood. All those preludes are the same and the reader hurries on to the fugue.

Dmitri Shostakovich

The art of biography is different from geography. Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

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

Edmund White

Biography is essentially a collaborative art, the latest biographer collaborating with all those who wrote earlier.

Erica Jong

When you read a biography remember that the truth is never fit for publication.

George Bernard Shaw

A biography should be a dissection and demonstration of how a particular human being was made and worked.

H. G. Wells

Someone calls biography the home aspect of history.

Henry Ward Beecher

Writing a biography is not a love affair. It’s not a marriage. It’s a job, it’s a piece of work.

Hermione Lee

Behind each biography there should always be a rich treasury of unformulated knowledge, a tapestry that has not been unrolled.

Iris Origo

Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

A typical biography relying upon individuals’ notorious memories and the anecdotes they’ve invented contains a high degree of fiction, yet is considered ‘nonfiction.’

Joyce Carol Oates

Live your life as if you are writing your Biography.

Keshia Chante

Biography cannot be separated from autobiography: that is, the life written about is inextricably entangled with the life of the biographer.

Linda Simon

Biography is history seen through the prism of a person.

Louis Fischer

Once the implicit aim of biography was to uplift now it is to unveil.

Mark Feeney

If you read the biography of any great man, you will always notice two things: His mother’s contribution in his progress and his teacher’s contribution in his growth and development.

Narendra Modi

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

A biography is never a biography of one person, of course, but the individual life of your protagonist will never conform. It will always bang up against history.

Rachel Holmes

For me the fascination with biography is the life of the individual in the context of history.

Rachel Holmes

All history is biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

History – a biography of a few stout and earnest persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is properly no history; only biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

Rebecca West

Almost any biography will have its useful suggestions for making life a success, but none better or more unfailing than the biography of Christ.

Robert Baden-Powell

You can use a biography to examine political power, but only if you pick the right guy.

Robert Caro

The great lesson of biography is to show what man can be and do at his best. A noble life put fairly on record acts like an inspiration to others.

Samuel Smiles

Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading.

Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the only true history.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.

Thomas Szasz

The art of biography is more difficult than is generally supposed.

Thornton Wilder

Our theology must become biography.

Tim Hansel

Art cannot be subordinate to its subject, otherwise it is not art but biography.

Tom Stoppard

Biography is the mesh through which real life escapes.

Tom Stoppard

Your biography is not your destiny, your decisions are.

Tony Robbins

The biography of a writer – or even the autobiography – will always have this incompleteness.

V. S. Naipaul

A biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many as a thousand.

Virginia Woolf

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