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Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
If you're doing a biography, you try to stay as accurate as possible to reality. But you really don't know what was going on in the person's mind. You just know what was going on in the minds of people around him.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
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
We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
John Kenneth Galbraith
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.
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.
Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
I was reading William Shawcross's biography of the Queen Mother, dressed in my witch outfit! And you know what? It was a really good mix; it was a therapeutic mix.
Helena Bonham Carter
This is the best biography by me I have ever read.
The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography - will always have this incompleteness.
V. S. Naipaul
Great writing can be done in biography, history, art.
V. S. Naipaul
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
I had lost faith in biography.
A. N. Wilson
Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
William Ellery Channing
In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.
I'm also doing a special for Comedy Central called Autobiography. It's going to be a spoof of Biography.
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
You can use a biography to examine political power, but only if you pick the right guy.
When I read Andrew Motion's biography, I wept. It's something about the purity of the story and how fresh it was because of the love letters Keats wrote.
Eight years ago, I was drawn into Keats's world by Andrew Motion's biography. Soon I was reading back and forth between Keats's letters and his poems. The letters were fresh, intimate and irreverent, as though he were present and speaking. The Keats spell went very deep for me.
Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history.
One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.
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.
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