Quotes About Memoirs

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Arthur Golden
“If you aren't the woman I think you are, then this isn't the world I thought it was.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Carol Tavris
“History is written by the victors, but it's victims who write the memoirs.”
Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Arthur Golden
“It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“Perhaps it seems odd that a casual meeting on the street could have brought about such change. But sometimes life is like that isn't it”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Christopher Hitchens
“I am often described to my irritation as a 'contrarian' and even had the title inflicted on me by the publisher of one of my early books. (At least on that occasion I lived up to the title by ridiculing the word in my introduction to the book's first chapter.) It is actually a pity that our culture doesn't have a good vernacular word for an oppositionist or even for someone who tries to do his own thinking: the word 'dissident' can't be self-conferred because it is really a title of honor that has to be won or earned, while terms like 'gadfly' or 'maverick' are somehow trivial and condescending as well as over-full of self-regard. And I've lost count of the number of memoirs by old comrades or ex-comrades that have titles like 'Against the Stream,' 'Against the Current,' 'Minority of One,' 'Breaking Ranks' and so forth—all of them lending point to Harold Rosenberg's withering remark about 'the herd of independent minds.' Even when I was quite young I disliked being called a 'rebel': it seemed to make the patronizing suggestion that 'questioning authority' was part of a 'phase' through which I would naturally go. On the contrary, I was a relatively well-behaved and well-mannered boy, and chose my battles with some deliberation rather than just thinking with my hormones.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Alexander Vassilieff
“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
Alexander Vassilieff, Odysseya: An Epic Journey from Russia to Australia

Anthony Bourdain
“For a moment, or a second, the pinched expressions of the cynical, world-weary, throat-cutting, miserable bastards we've all had to become disappears, when we're confronted with something as simple as a plate of food.”
Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

“Sister, why do you do that?"
"Do what?"
"Cage the animals at night?"
"Well..." She looked up and out through the barred window before answering me."We don't want to, Jennings, but we have to. You see, the animals that are given to us we have to take care of. If we didn't cage them up in one place, we might lose them, they might get hurt or damaged. It's not the best thing, but it's the only way we have to take care of them."

"But if somebody loved one them," I asked, "wouldn't it be a good idea to let them have one? To keep, I mean?"

"Yes, it would be. But not everyone would love them and take care of them as you would. I wish I could give them all away tomorrow." She looked at me. There were tears in her eyes. "But I can't. My heart would break if I saw just one of those animals lying by the wayside uncared for, unloved. No, Jennings. It's better if we keep them together.”
Jennings Michael Burch, They Cage the Animals at Night

“As long as I'm between home and the clinic I do all right. But out in the real world, I feel like prey. I slink around and can feel people looking at me. I feel their eyes boring into me. I feel what they're thinking: Watch her, she could go off anytime. But within the walls of my farmhouse, I climb out of the protective shell, my arms slowly rise like a phoenix, and I dance, wail, fly around the room and then collapse, crying, in front of my mirrors. I start to see in the mirror what it is I really look like, instead of what I was trained from the womb to see. I do not write about it. I do not talk about it. I do not know what I am doing. But just like a baby bird, I am blinking once-sealed eyes and unfolding damp wings. I cannot articulate the past. A part of me knows it's there, lurking, just behind what I can acknowledge, but it is not within sight. And I am keeping it that way. ”
Julie Gregory, Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Rebekah Armusik
“I am not a fool. This is why Olga was so distraught - because I teetered the line, and most times my left foot was a paperweight clinging to hell.”
Rebekah Armusik, Mariposa

Jim Corbett
“I had spent many nights in the jungle looking for game, but this was the first time I had ever spent a night looking for a man-eater. The length of road immediately in front of me was brilliantly lit by the moon, but to right and left the overhanging trees cast dark shadows, and when the night wind agitated the branches and the shadows moved, I saw a dozen tigers advancing on me, and bitterly regretted the impulse that had induced me to place myself at the man-eater's mercy. I lacked the courage to return to the village and admit I was too frightened to carry out my self-imposed task, and with teeth chattering, as much from fear as from cold, I sat out the long night. As the grey dawn was lighting up the snowy range which I
was facing, I rested my head on my drawn-up knees, and it was in this position my men an hour later found me fast asleep; of the tiger I had neither heard nor seen anything.”
Jim Corbett, champawat man-eater

Brock Clarke
“All of this made me feel better about myself, and I was grateful to the books for teaching me-without my even having to read them- that there were people in the world more desperate, more self-absorbed, more boring than I was. - about memoirs
Brock Clarke, An Arsonist's Guide To Writers' Homes In New England

Arthur Golden
“I'm not sure this will make sense to you but I felt as though I'd turned around to look in a different direction so that I no longer faced backward toward the past but forward toward the future. And now the question confronting me was this: What would the future be”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“Oh I'm sure you're right," Auntie said. "Probably she's just as you say. But she looks to me like a very clever girl, and adaptable; you can see that from the shape of her ears.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Elisabeth Tova Bailey
“In terms of size, mammals are an anomaly, as the vast majority of the world's existing species are snail-sized or smaller. It's almost as if, regardless of your kingdom, the smaller your size & the earlier your place on the tree of life, the more critical is your niche on Earth: snails & worms create soil, & blue-green algae create oxygen; mammals seem comparatively dispensable, the result of the random path of evolution over a luxurious amount of time.”
Elisabeth Tova Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

“You can’t just come out and say what you have to say. That’s what people do on airplanes, when a man plops down next to you in the aisle seat of your flight to New York, spills peanuts all over the place (back when the cheapskate airlines at least gave you peanuts), and tells you about what his boss did to him the day before. You know how your eyes glaze over when you hear a story like that? That’s because of the way he’s telling his story. You need a good way to tell your story.”
Adair Lara, Naked, Drunk and Writing

Margery Allingham
“When Mr. William Faraday sat down to write his memoirs after fifty-eight years of blameless inactivity he found the work of inscribing the history of his life almost as tedious as living it had been, and so, possessing a natural invention coupled with a gift for locating the easier path, he began to prevaricate a little upon the second page, working his way up to downright lying on the sixth and subsequent folios.”
Margery Allingham, Dancers in Mourning

“Memoir today is like one big game of misery poker: The more outlandish, outrageous, or just plain out-there the recounted life, the more likely the book is to attract the attention of reviewers, talk-show bookers, and, ultimately, the public.”
Ben Yagoda

“How paltry are the traces left behind by a life, even one concentrated around those supposed things of permanence called words. We spend our time upon the earth and then disappear, and only one one-thousandth of what we were lasts. We send all those bottles out into the ocean and so few wash up on shore.”
John Darnton, Almost a Family: A Memoir

Сергій Жадан
“Десь далеко-далеко, на Сході республіки, зовсім поруч із державним кордоном, небо пахне ранковим лісом, пахне, зовсім по-особливому, брезентовими наметами і сосновими гілками, що кладуть на ці намети свої важкі лапи. Я йду довгою-довгою лісовою доріжкою, ліворуч від мене і праворуч від мене — високі і теплі сосни, які зігрівають своїм диханням пісок навколо себе, і повітря, і ранковий суботній ліс, і птахів, що трапляються час від часу, і загалом — усе це небо, і, очевидно, державний кордон — сосни це такі собі батарейки, котрі пустили коріння, якраз вздовж ріки, ріку видно за стовбурами ліворуч, і ми йдемо вздовж ріки, власне ми йдемо вгору, проти руху води, мені шість років, я дуже люблю ліс і ріку, а головне — я люблю вікенд, мені цілком зрозуміло, що сосни на вікенд особливо теплі, а небо — особливо мирне. На мені якась дурацька футболка і дурацькі шорти, і запилені сандалети, якими я буцаю соснові шишки, підіймаючи хмарки ранкового пилу, тоді моя подружка повертається до мене і просить, аби я заспокоївся і такого не робив. Моїй подружці 16, вона погодилась зі мною погуляти, власне, її попросили мої батьки, котрі товаришують із її батьками, вони всі залишились на річковому пляжі, сидять собі і готують салати зі свіжої вологої городини, плавають у ранковій ріці, попереду цілий вікенд, тож вони займаються своїми нецікавими дорослими справами, натомість я знайшов серед сосен доріжку і моя знайома без особливого, слід завважити, бажання, повела мене по ній, так, щоби я врешті пройшовся і заткнувся і вже нікого не діставав, хоча вона до мене добре ставиться, вірніше, це я за нею постійно тягаюсь, але вона тримається доволі добре і особливих претензій до мене не висловлює — так лише — аби не здіймав пил, аби не хапав її за руки, одне слово — не поводив себе як дебіл. Мені подобається пісок під ногами, мені подобається мокра трава на піску, мені подобаються сосни, в яких тривожно перетікають електрони, мені подобаються крикливі безтурботні птахи на високих соснових гілках, мені подобається небо, тому що воно тягнеться далеко-далеко і ніколи не закінчується, це мені подобається найбільше, я дуже люблю, коли щось ніколи не закінчується, і небо саме з таких речей, мені подобається, що ця доріжка теж не закінчується, теж тягнеться без кінця проти руху води, то наближаючись до неї, то знову закочуючись за стовбури, нарешті моя знайома не витримує, добре, каже, пішли скупаємось і назад, я намагаюсь виторгувати в неї ще з півкілометра, але вона говорить — досить, купатись і назад, і я змушений із цим змиритись. Вона сходить зі стежки і йде просто до води, я намагаюсь не відставати, йду слідом і розглядаю її чорний блискучий купальник, такі тоді, в кінці 70-х, саме були в моді, її купальник особливий — по його чорному тлу розсипані жовті, червоні та помаранчеві листки, справжній листопад, хоча в листопаді, здається, ніхто і не купається, але в неї справжній падолист на тілі, і тіло в неї — красиве й міцне, їй дуже пасує це листя, це навіть я у свої 6 розумію, інакше б я за нею не йшов, вода ще не встигла прогрітись, берег порожній і прохолодний, моя подружка підрулює до води і починає поступово в неї входити, я дивлюсь, як під водою зникають її стопи, її високі тьмяні литки, її коліна, її стегна, врешті вона падає на поверхню води, топлячи в ній все своє листя — і жовте, і червоне, і помаранчеве, і повертається до мене — давай, кричить, давай, іди сюди, холодно, кажу я з берега, перестань, кричить вона, нічого не холодно, іди сюди, вона випливає на середину ріки, течія починає зносити її вниз, і я раптом лякаюсь, що ось її понесе вниз, а я залишусь тут сам й буду стояти на цьому березі нікому не потрібний, перед холодною глибокою водою, котра тече невідомо куди, і я не витримую і стрибаю у воду, навіть забувши, що не вмію плавати, і рухаюсь до неї, вона мене помічає і починає підпливати до берега, я б'ю по воді руками, намагаючись не захлинутись ще на мілкому.”
Сергій Жадан, Depeche Mode

“I realize my life here is much richer than I ever could have imagined. [Why one Canadian immigrant to Italy stays]”
Ivanka Di Felice, A Zany Slice of Italy

Ashly Lorenzana
“Your whole life and the story of your journey is the landscape picture on the front of the box of a 1,000 piece puzzle. The pieces are each a small sticky note that ends in mid-sentence. You simply need to figure out where each one starts and ends.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Stavro Nashi
“Life is a journey, but it's not about the places along the way, it's about the people that give you a piece of themselves.”
Stavro Nashi, Ithaka on the Horizon: A Greek-American Journey

“The artistic bend is a sell-out. It's all truth, or it's no good. EIther write what's in the heart, all of it, the good, the bad, the ugly, the uglier, the privat and even more private and it's a book worth reading. Not willing to go there? Do yourself and the world a favor: Don't write it until you're ready to do so. Only then is it your truest artist being heard. And only then will the world want to hear what you have to say."

-Wendy K. Williamson 9/25/14”
Wendy K. Williamson, I'm Not Crazy Just Bipolar

Becky Lewellen Povich
“You know, Becky, you haven't been the same since that crowbar fell on your head.”
Becky Lewellen Povich

Jincy Willett
“Hester Lipp had written Where the Sidewalk Starts, an inexplicably acclaimed book of memoir, recounting — in severe language and strange, striking imagery — Lipp's childhood and adolescence on a leafy suburban street in Burlington. Her house was large and well-kept, her schooling uneventful, her family — the members of which she described in scrupulous detail — uniformly decent and supportive. Sidewalk was blurbed as a devastatingly honest account of what it meant to grow up middle class in America. Amy, who forced herself to read the whole thing, thought the book devastatingly unnecessary. The New York Times had assigned it to her for a review, and she stomped on it with both feet. Amy's review of Sidewalk was the only mean-spirited review she ever wrote.

She had allowed herself to do this, not because she was tired of memoirs, baffled by their popularity, resentful that somehow, in the past twenty years, fiction had taken a backseat to them, so that in order to sell clever, thoroughly imagined novels, writers had been browbeaten by their agents into marketing them as fact. All this annoyed her, but then Amy was annoyed by just about everything. She beat up on Hester Lipp because the woman could write up a storm and yet squandered her powers on the minutiae of a beige conflict-free life. In her review, Amy had begun by praising what there was to praise about Hester's sharp sentences and word-painting talents and then slipped, in three paragraphs, into a full-scale rant about the tyranny of fact and the great advantages, to both writer and reader, of making things up. She ended by saying that reading Where the Sidewalk Starts was like "being frog-marched through your own backyard.”
Jincy Willett, Amy Falls Down

“The reality is that when you visit Italy, you'll be hijacked by relatives of all sorts; the entire family tree is waiting to meet you. [A hyphenated Italian's risk]”
Ivanka Di Felice, A Zany Slice of Italy

Jeannette Walls
“One of the ways to discover our toughness and resiliency is to look back at where we come from. (from Amazon description)”
Jeannette Walls

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