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Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.

Author: Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Profession: American Film Producer, Founder, MGM

Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible.

Author: John Grigg

Profession:

The remarkable thing is that it is the crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

The record of one's life must needs prove more interesting to him who writes it than to him who reads what has been written.

Author: Sister Elizabeth Kenny

Profession:

I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.

Author: Henry Kissinger (1923-)

Profession: American Republican Politician, Secretary of State

The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can't fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar.

Author: Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

Profession: American Comic Actor

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.

Author: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Profession: American Humorous Writer

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do -- well, that's Memoirs.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography, I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn't.

Author: Philip Roth (1933)

Profession: American Novelist

It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history's meaning.

Author: Philip Roth (1933)

Profession: American Novelist

Members rise from CMG (known sometimes in Whitehall as ''Call Me God'') to KCMG (''Kindly Call Me God'') to GCMG (''God Calls Me God'').

Author: Anthony Sampson

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Autobiographies ought to begin with Chapter Two.

Author: Ellery Sedgwick

Profession:

What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?

Author: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Profession: Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist