Biography Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old biography quotes, biography sayings, and biography proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is properly no history; only biography.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live your life as if you are writing your Biography.     

Keshia Chante

Biography is the mesh through which real life escapes.     

Tom Stoppard

When you read a biography remember that the truth is never fit for publication.     

George Bernard Shaw

The immense appetite we have for biography comes from a deep-seated sense of equality.     

Charles Baudelaire

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.     

Thomas Carlyle

Writing a biography is not a love affair. It's not a marriage. It's a job, it's a piece of work.     

Hermione Lee

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.     

Edmund White

A biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many as a thousand.     

Virginia Woolf

Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.     

Philip Guedalla

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.     

Rebecca West

Life is a biography, not a series of disconnected moments, more or less pleasurable but increasingly tedious and unsatisfying unless one imposes a purposive pattern upon them.     

Anthony Daniels

All history is biography.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Biography is the only true history.     

Thomas Carlyle

Our theology must become biography.     

Tim Hansel

Your biography becomes your biology.     

Caroline Myss

A photograph is a biography of a moment.     

Art Shay

Someone calls biography the home aspect of history.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Your biography is not your destiny, your decisions are.     

Tony Robbins

Biography is history seen through the prism of a person.     

Louis Fischer

History is neither more nor less than biography on a large scale.     

Alphonse De Lamartine

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.     

Thomas Szasz

Once the implicit aim of biography was to uplift now it is to unveil.     

Mark Feeney

Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

You can use a biography to examine political power, but only if you pick the right guy.     

Robert Caro

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography - will always have this incompleteness.     

V. S. Naipaul

For me the fascination with biography is the life of the individual in the context of history.     

Rachel Holmes

The art of biography is different from geography. Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps.     

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

A biography should be a dissection and demonstration of how a particular human being was made and worked.     

H. G. Wells