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Biography Quotes

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Julian Barnes
“How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Mother Teresa
“A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.”
Mother Teresa

Charles Dickens
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Virginia Woolf
“Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts.”
Virginia Woolf , A Room of One's Own

Gil Scott-Heron
“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in "the long run"
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will never be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you're going to see me run soon and because you're going to know why I'm running then
You'll know then
Because I'm not going to tell you now”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...

Marisha Pessl
“Always live your life with your biography in mind.”
Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Mark Twain
“What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those of other things, are his history. These are his life, and they are not written. Everyday would make a whole book of 80,000 words -- 365 books a year. Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man -- the biography of the man himself cannot be written.”
Mark Twain

Jeffrey Rasley
“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

Paul Auster
“Every life is inexplicable, I kept telling myself. No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling. To say that so and so was born here and went there, that he did this and did that, that he married this woman and had these children, that he lived, that he died, that he left behind these books or this battle or that bridge – none of that tells us very much.”
Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy

Betty Mahmoody
“Sé que mi familia es así pero este silencio me pesa. Tengo la impresión de tener millones de cosas que decir que, en el fondo, no interesan a nadie. Me viene a la memoria lo que decían los supervivientes de los campos de la última guerra al volver a su hogar: las pesadillas no se cuentan. Los demás no imaginan este género de pesadillas. Se instala, entre ellos y nosotras, una especie de statu quo que parece decir: ‘Estás aquí, se acabó, no hablemos más de ello.”
Betty Mahmoody, For the Love of a Child

Elbert Hubbard
“So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.”
Elbert Hubbard, Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book

Ravinder Singh
“if you want it really, you get it !!!”
Ravinder Singh

Germany Kent
“Live your life in such a way that you'll be remembered for your kindness, compassion, fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life, in general.”
Germany Kent
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Rachel Carson
“The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history... It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.”
Rachel Carson

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

Larry Godwin
“Sometimes when I’ve felt despondent for several days, it helps to discipline myself by saying, ‘I’m going to think only positive thoughts.’ Enough is enough!”
Larry Godwin, Transcending Depression: Quest Without a Compass

Bauvard
“I don’t read biographies for moral instruction, or for a history lesson. I want to know what people are saying about me.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Larry Godwin
“With all this talk about taking my life, why have I never attempted it? Answer: I have an overwhelming desire to live.”
Larry Godwin, Transcending Depression: Quest Without a Compass

Anne Brontë
“All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shriveled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.”
Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

David McCullough
“You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture.
You've got to become them."
(Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)”
David McCullough, John Adams

Larry Godwin
“My therapist opens my wounds a little deeper, then picks at the scabs.”
Larry Godwin, Transcending Depression: Quest Without a Compass

Benjamin Franklin
“I'd rather be a pessimist because then I can only be pleasantly surprised.”
Ben Franklin

Trevor Noah
“—a knowledgeable man is a free man, or at least a man who longs for freedom.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

“In their hearts, they know that we are all created equal in the eyes of God and the universe. Whoever thinks otherwise will never be happy.”
Maria Nhambu, America's Daughter

Laura Bush
“I turned to books for comfort.”
Laura Bush, Spoken from the Heart

Anne Spollen
“I looked around at the rooms that I did not see as rooms but more as a landscape for my emotions, a biography of memory.”
Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water

Mireille Guiliano
“Tout est question d'équilibre”
Mireille Guiliano

“Standing up for your human rights is what you must always do.”
Maria Nhambu, America's Daughter

Peter FitzSimons
“We had a teacher called Fanny Menlove, and I remember once when she was out of the room Nancy went up to the blackboard and wrote it backward - Menlove Fanny - and we all fell around laughing. She got into big trouble, but she didn't seem to mind. She had no fear.”
Peter FitzSimons, Nancy Wake

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