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Biography is one of the new terrors of death.

Author: John Arbuthnot (1667-1735)

Profession: Grampian-Born Physician and Writer

When my journal appears, many statues must come down.

Author: Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Profession: British Statesman, Military Leader

Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

Author: Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Prime Minister

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.

Author: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973)

Profession: American Author

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.

Author: Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981)

Profession: American Biographer

A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... ''Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.''

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.

Author: Leon Edel (1907)

Profession: American Biographer

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

There is properly no history; only biography.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Biography is history seen through the prism of a person.

Author: Louis Fischer

Profession: