Five Great Quotations about Biographies

“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.” – Mark Twain

“In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn’t be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.” – Catherine Drinker Bowen

“Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.” – Walter Lippmann

“Always live your life with your biography in mind.” – Marisha Pessl