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Biography Quotes

Oscar Wilde
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography
Oscar Wilde
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is properly no history; only biography
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Oscar Wilde
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Oscar Wilde
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Mark Twain
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of a man - the biography of the man himself cannot be written
Mark Twain
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Thomas Carlyle
Biography is the only true history
Thomas Carlyle
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Thomas Carlyle
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle
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David McCullough
Reading history is good for all of us," he says, not surprisingly, perhaps, but his rationale is a fresh, somewhat bracing thought: "If you know history, you know that there is no such thing as a self-made man or self-made woman. We are shaped by people we have never met. Yes, reading history will make you a better citizen and more appreciative of the law, and of freedom, and of how the economy works or doesn't work, but it is also an immense pleasure—the way art is, or music is, or poetry is. And it's never stale.
David McCullough
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A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.
Andre Maurois
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He has a biography that makes clear that he grew away from the (leftist) scene, and he's done great work for our country.
Gerhard Schroeder
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Joseph Campbell
Whenever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. The living images become only remote facts of a distant time or place. Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that as science and history, mythology is absurd.
Joseph Campbell
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I don't think there are many Capote letters that I have not seen for my biography and for 'Too Brief a Treat.' But there are undoubtedly some that I have not seen and that I hope will come to light someday.
Gerald Clarke
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He was one of the first to treat these people as serious American writers, ... Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac.
Gerald Nicosia
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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
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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
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When candidates introduce themselves through biography, it invites voters in in a unique way, a way of relating to people in their own lives and experiences.
Tad Devine
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I felt that Desmond was the last major soloist of his era about whom there hadn't been a biography,
Doug Ramsey
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Clara Barton
Others are writing my biography, and let it rest as they elect to make it. I have lived my life, well and ill, always less well than I wanted it to be but it is, as it is, and as it has been; so small a thing, to have had so much about it!
Clara Barton
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Jacqueline Onassis
I want to live my life, not record it.
Jacqueline Onassis
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Benjamin Disraeli
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Benjamin Disraeli
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[In his 2000 biography] Rosa Parks, ... Her name is a code word against totalitarian governments. There are really three names that have really resonated in the shanty towns of Third World countries around the world. They are Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Bob Marley. They are more loved by poor people than any other historical figures in recent memory.
Douglas Brinkley
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Biography tends to tilt history, because every person you are writing about becomes larger than life.
Douglas Brinkley
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The way we should take life is to ensure that if a biography is ever written about us, that it is a bloody good read.
Nick Kinsella
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I had a chance to read his biography, ... He was a fierce competitor, very acrobatic and obviously very brave, not wearing a mask most of his career. I'm just honored to be tied with him.
Ed Belfour
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I had a chance to read his biography,
Ed Belfour
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Mark Twain
There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
Mark Twain
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Oscar Wilde
Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.
Oscar Wilde
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The songs will tell a story that I have imagined existing between the lines of Andersen's biography and some of his most famous tales, ... They speak of a misfit's love for an unattainable woman and a struggle between a huckster and someone who composes music in secret.
Elvis Costello
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Last fall I finished a biography of Jim Lane and that has been accepted by Pelican and will be out in the future. He was the leader of the free state movement during the Bleeding Kansas era and was one of Kansas? first two senators. Missouri history buffs might remember him and his Lane Brigade as the ones who participated in the burning of Osceola.
Robert Collins
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This is an authorized biography, and a lot of readers may suspect that that means that it will treat Neil with kid gloves, ... That's not the case. Neil gave me complete freedom of interpretation and analysis. All he wanted to do was have input to make sure my facts were straight.
James Hansen
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One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
William Channing
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