Quotes and Sayings about Autobiography



"Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Autobiography, Ego, Self)

"One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Autobiography, Writing)

"An autobiography is not about pictures; it's about the stories; it's about honesty and as much truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people's privacy."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Truth, People, Honesty, Autobiography, Privacy)

"Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Autobiography, Nothing)

"Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form."
- John Berger
(Related: Autobiography, Being, Sense)

"I have been commissioned to write an autobiography and I would be grateful to any of your readers who could tell me what I was doing between 1960 and 1974."
- Jeffrey Bernard
(Related: Autobiography)

"So an autobiography about death should include, in my case, an account of European Jewry and of Russian and Jewish events - pogroms and flights and murders and the revolution that drove my mother to come here."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: Death, Mother, Autobiography, Events, Revolution)

"Autobiography is probably the most respectable form of lying."
- Humphrey Carpenter
(Related: Autobiography, Lying)

"But, Tarantino has seen all of my movies. He's seen my good stuff, he's seen my bad stuff, he's seen the ones I directed, he's read my autobiography. There's an awful lot of things he knows about me, all of which I think had something to do with his casting."
- David Carradine
(Related: Movies, Autobiography)

"And then I wrote my first autobiography when I - well, it was 23 years ago. And since then I've written about one book every two years."
- Joan Collins
(Related: Autobiography, First, Years)

"In fact Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Obama has. She created eleven jobs fact-checking at the AP just for the Palin autobiography."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Autobiography, Fact, Jobs)

"An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Autobiography)

"An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Life, Autobiography)

"Every artist writes his own autobiography."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Artist, Autobiography)

"All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Art, Autobiography)

"I spent most of this afternoon writing a new introduction for my autobiography."
- June Foray
(Related: Autobiography, Writing)

"I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead."
- Samuel Goldwyn
(Related: Autobiography)

"I'm also doing a special for Comedy Central called Autobiography. It's going to be a spoof of Biography."
- Kathy Griffin
(Related: Autobiography, Comedy)

"Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible."
- John Grigg
(Related: Adultery, Autobiography, Now)

"Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people."
- Philip Guedalla
(Related: Truth, People, Autobiography)

"I was trying to write an autobiography using prints and patterns that reference emotional, psychological, and personal development in my work, as a person growing up, figuring out who I was. I used fabrics to stand in for occurrences."
- Jim Hodges
(Related: Work, Development, Autobiography, Growing up, Trying)

"It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Autobiography, Conversation, Fiction)

"I won't write my autobiography because I never had an affair with Frank Sinatra, and if I had had, I wouldn't tell anyone."
- Celia Johnson
(Related: Autobiography)

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory."
- Franklin P. Jones
(Related: Autobiography, Memory, Nothing, Writer)

"This sounds like my autobiography, but I thought this would be a good time to sound off about myself, as I think that I have been silent too long about my views and opinions."
- Bob Kane
(Related: Time, Thought, Autobiography, Opinions, Sound)

"The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography, but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind of insane collage of fragments of memory."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Autobiography, Memory, Spiritual)

"After reading Eminem's autobiography, which I did because I'm so interested in him as an artist, I respect him a lot. Even though he seems angry and mad, he's had to fight so many demons in his life."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Life, Artist, Autobiography, Fight, Reading, Respect)

"All autobiography is self-indulgent."
- Daphne du Maurier
(Related: Autobiography, Self)

"I believe there's only one autobiography you can do."
- John McEnroe
(Related: Autobiography)

"I've been working on my autobiography, just pecking away in longhand. The more you write, the more you remember. The more you remember, the more detail you recall. It's not all pleasant!"
- Pat Morita
(Related: Autobiography, Detail)

"The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography - will always have this incompleteness."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: Autobiography, Will, Writer)

"If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer, a pervert and a drug addict, all it means is that you've read his autobiography."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Autobiography, Celebrity)

"In this one book are the two most interesting personalities in the whole world - God and yourself. The Bible is the story of God and man, a love story in which you and I must write our own ending, our unfinished autobiography of the creature and the Creator."
- Fulton Oursler
(Related: Love, God, Bible, Autobiography, Ending, Man, World)

"American Splendor is just an ongoing journal. It's an ongoing autobiography. I started it when I was in my early 30s, and I just keep going."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: American, Autobiography)

"My autobiography was simply the story of my life."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Life, Autobiography)

"I have a children's book already out and my autobiography."
- Della Reese
(Related: Autobiography, Children)

"An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived."
- Herbert Samuel
(Related: Autobiography, Man)

"I've been asked to write an autobiography, and I've started it a couple of times, on different angles, and maybe one day I will, but you know what? There's time for that because I'd like to have the whole story."
- John Saxon
(Related: Time, Autobiography, Day, Will)

"I would like to read some books: I don't have time; I would like to continue working on my autobiography."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Time, Autobiography)

"There may be a point where I may decide to write an autobiography."
- Pamela Stephenson
(Related: Autobiography, May)

"There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography."
- Thomas Szasz
(Related: Autobiography, Psychology)

"There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes."
- William Trevor
(Related: Autobiography, Fiction, Pain, Pleasure)

"For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography."
- Robert Penn Warren
(Related: Autobiography, Self)

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Work, Autobiography, Fiction, Man, Woman)

"I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography."
- Steven Wright
(Related: Autobiography, Writing)

"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(Related: Poetry, Autobiography)