Quotes: biography

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  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    When you read a biography remember that the truth is never fit for publication.
  • Rebecca West
    Rebecca West
    British author 1892-1983
    Rebecca West
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    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.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
    Mark Twain
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    Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
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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.
  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    Scottish physician, satirist and polymath 1667-1735
    John Arbuthnot
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    Biography is one of the new terrors of death.
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    Spanish writer and philosopher 1883-1955
    Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
  • Arthur James Balfour
    Arthur James Balfour
    British statesman of the Conservative Party 1848-1930
    Arthur James Balfour
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    Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
  • Antonia Fraser
    Antonia Fraser
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    I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.
  • Peter Ackroyd
    Peter Ackroyd
    English biographer, novelist and critic 1949-
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    I think biography can be more personal than fiction, and certainly can be more expressive.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
    Aldous Huxley
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    I think that fiction. history and biography are immensely important, because they provide a picture of life now and of life in the past.
  • Bill Mumy
    Bill Mumy
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    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.
  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
    British writer 1815-1882
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca West
    Rebecca West
    British author 1892-1983
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    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.
  • Anita Brookner
    Anita Brookner
    British Writer 1938-
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    Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
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