Autobiography Quotes

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Stephen Fry
“Choking with dry tears and raging, raging, raging at the absolute indifference of nature and the world to the death of love, the death of hope and the death of beauty, I remember sitting on the end of my bed, collecting these pills and capsules together and wondering why, why when I felt I had so much to offer, so much love, such outpourings of love and energy to spend on the world, I was incapable of being offered love, giving it or summoning the energy with which I knew I could transform myself and everything around me.”
Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

John Berger
“Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.”
John Berger

Charles Darwin
“...Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers... for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality... But I had gradually come by this time, i.e., 1836 to 1839, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, &c., &c., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian.

...By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, (and that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become), that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost uncomprehensible by us, that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, that they differ in many important details, far too important, as it seemed to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can be hardly denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.

But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.

And this is a damnable doctrine.”
Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
“A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.”
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Tina Fey
“What Turning Forty Means to Me

I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn't used to have to do that. But now I do.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Don DeLillo
“I'm not reclusive at all. Just private.”
Don DeLillo

Barry Manilow
“I believe that we are who we choose to be.

Nobody is going to come and save you. You've got to save yourself.

Nobody is going to give you anything. You've got to go out and fight for it.

Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.

So don't give up your dreams.”
Barry Manilow, Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise

Shannon L. Alder
“If you haven't cried at least once while writing a chapter of your inspirational book, then you have to ask yourself if your're writing fiction.”
Shannon L. Alder

Criss Jami
“Authors can write stories without people assuming that they are autobiographies, but songwriters and poets are often considered to be the characters in their works. I like Michelangelo's vision, 'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Samuel Johnson
“a hardened and shameless tea-drinker, who has, for twenty years, diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and, with tea, welcomes the morning.”
Samuel Johnson

Stephen Fry
“Those who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it.”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

“Sit back, enjoy the ride and hang out with me for a little while. ( sorry, cheesy driving metaphor!)”
Miley Cyrus with Hilary Liftin, Miles to Go

Arnold Henry
“Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.”
Arnold Henry

Avi Steinberg
“I don't need no Smith and Wesson, man, I got Merriam and Webster.”
Avi Steinberg, Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Don DeLillo
“It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is—an intense form of thought.”
Don DeLillo

Robert A. Heinlein
“Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

W.H. Auden
“Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.”
W.H. Auden, Selected Essays

“Mistakes? That's why they put erasers on pencils.”
Rick Barnett

Frank W. Abagnale
“Former police chief of Houston once said of me: “Frank Abagnale could write a check on toilet paper, drawn on the Confederate States Treasury, sign it ‘U.R. Hooked’ and cash it at any bank in town, using a Hong Kong driver’s license for identification.”
Frank W. Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

Michael Palmer
“You must have me confused with myself”
Michael Palmer, The Promises of Glass: Poems

“The features of character are carved out of adversity.”
Rick Barnett

Israelmore Ayivor
“Let your autobiography contain these words; "I was able to think positively, love affectionately and work efficiently". Thinking, loving and working are what make us different from animals and trees.”
Israelmore Ayivor

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
“Have you ever really wanted to be able to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind?
You have a difficult choice. I made that choice once and it changed my whole life, by giving me experiences I never would have had if I took the easy street and had not tried.”
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Tails of Sweetbrier

“Sometimes, the way around prejudice is education.”
Liza Mundy, Michelle: A Biography

“Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography,
but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.”
Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children

Raghuram G. Rajan
“Autobiographies are always written as if the author had it all mapped out with perfect foresight, ignoring the risks and uncertainties at that time. This misleads, as much as those beautiful photographs of a past holiday abstract from the heat, the mosquitoes, and the lack of connectivity.”
Raghuram G. Rajan, I Do What I Do

Christopher Hitchens
“I can claim copyright only in myself, and occasionally in those who are either dead or have written about the same events, or who have a decent expectation of anonymity, or who are such appalling public shits that they have forfeited their right to bitch.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Felix Adler
“[His research into biblical criticism had lead him to the conclusion that most of what was contained in traditional religion simply wasn't true]

Was I to lie in order to teach the truth? ...Was I to repeat these words? It was impossible. It was certain they would stick in my throat. On these grounds the separation was decided by me.”
Felix Adler

Ian Martin
“You never know what’s lurking in the bloodstream, or skulking under the foreskin, or squatting in the liver, or flitting hither and thither from branch to branch in the bronchial forest.”
Ian Martin, Henry Fuckit's Nursing Notes

Ian Martin
“Ever met a sympathetic doctor? No ways. They’re always impatient, glancing at the watch, calculating the price of your sickness against the price of another pair of shoes for the bitch wife with the reluctant cunt.”
Ian Martin, Henry Fuckit's Nursing Notes

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