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

Will Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist and actor.

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.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

There is properly no history; only biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.


Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.

André Maurois (1885-1967) French writer.

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

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.''

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.