Quotes of Memoir

“ Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. ”

- David Ben Gurion

“ Memoirs are the backstairs of history. ”

- George Meredith

“ The Autobiography of Malcolm X. ”

- Alex Haley

“ That's for the autobiography. ”

- Aishwarya Rai

“ We will hereafter believe less history than ever, now that we have seen how it is made. ”

- Don Herold

“ History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other. ”

- Philip Guedalla

“ On the trail of another man, the biographer must put up with finding himself at every turn; any biography uneasily shelters an autobiography within it. ”

- Paul Murray Kendall

“ Memoirs: the backstairs of history. ”

- George Meredith

“ It should be noted that the seeds of wisdom that are to bear fruit in the intellect are sown less by critical studies and learned monographs than by insights, broad impressions, and flashes of intuition. ”

- Carl von Clausewitz

“ The best biographies leave their readers with a sense of having all but entered into a second life and of having come to know another human being in some ways better than he knew himself. ”

- Mary Cable

“ The past always looks better than it was because it isn't here. ”

- Finley Peter Dunne

“ Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is for you. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ History is herstory, too. ”

- Unknown

“ Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you. ”

- Mae West

“ The surrounding that householders crave are glorified autobiographies. ”

- T. H. Gibblings

“ He is the purest figure in history. ”

- William E. Gladstone

“ He is the purest figure in history. ”

- William Gladstone

“ King Juan Carlos would be worthy of a full biography as a major player in his country's history. Alas, my Spanish is not good enough to offer myself! ”

- Antonia Fraser

“ What would you like history to say about you when it is all said and done. ”

- Lindsey Graham

“ History is malleable. A new cache of diaries can shed new light, and archeological evidence can challenge our popular assumptions. ”

- Ken Burns

“ What's history? ”

- Alexandre Dumas

“ I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories or have never done anything worth remembering. ”

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Will Rogers

“ When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do — well, that's Memoirs. ”

- Will Rogers

“ Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction. ”

- Frank Harris

“ His memoir is a splendid artichoke of anecdotes, in which not merely the heart and leaves but the thistles as well are edible. ”

- John Leonard

“ Mythology is psychology, misread as cosmology, history, and biography. ”

- Joseph Campbell

“ History is the essence of innumerable biographies. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

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

- Thomas Szasz

“ Might does not make right, it only makes history. ”

- Jim Fiebig
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