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There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

The facts of a person's life will, like murder, come out.

Author: Norman Sherry


The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

Author: George Steiner (1929)

Profession: French-born American Critic, Novelist

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

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.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.

Author: Source Unknown


For what is a poem, but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding. It is the deepest part of autobiography.

Author: Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)

Profession: American Writer, Poet

Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.

Author: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

Profession: British Novelist

To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves.

Author: Simone Weil (1910-1943)

Profession: French Philosopher, Mystic

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.

Author: Rebecca West (1892-1983)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Rebecca West (1892-1983)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

Biography is a higher gossip.

Author: Robert Winder


Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders.

Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist