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There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously enough. I think I might be the first to admit that the sort of reticence which prevents a man from exploiting his own personality is really an inverted sort of egotism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the reviewing of books be... an ungentle craft, the making of them is, for the most part, a dishonest one -- and that department of literature which ought to be entrusted to those only who are distinguished for their moral qualities is, not infrequently, in the hands of authors totally devoid of good taste, good feeling, and generous sentiment. The writers of Lives have, in our time, assumed a license not enjoyed by their more scrupulous predecessors -- for they interweave the adventures of the living with the memoirs of the dead; and, pretending to portray the peculiarities which sometimes mark the man of genius, they invade the privacy and disturb the peace of his surviving associates.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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Kelly Collins:
[narrating] Since this is my first autobiography, I might not have gotten everything right, but the events are true, the feelings are genuine, and my memoirs are finished. But, I might've forgotten what everyone was wearing.

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Listen, in England people are already writing their memoirs at the age of 23.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The memoirs that have come out of Africa are sometimes startlingly beautiful, often urgent, and essentially life-affirming, but they are all performances of courage and honesty.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the 'message,' even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages.
You can't divorce a book.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Humor is not a postscript or an incidental afterthought; it is a serious and weighty part of the world's economy. One feels increasingly the height of the faculty in which it arises, the nobility of things associated with it, and the greatness of services it renders. - Oscar Firkins: Memoirs and Letters.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All men love peace in their armchairs after dinner; but they disbelieve the other nations's professions, rightly measuring its sincerity by their own. - Oscar Firkins: Memoirs and Letters.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As an editor, I've always known that memoirs are selective truth. I don't know that I've ever known anybody who created things, made them up, so much as I know that people edit their memories. We all do this.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I plan to share my knowledge in reporting to help people cope with the storm. I will show them how to record their thoughts and talk about the importance of memoirs, journals and diaries.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have always distrusted memoir. I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction. It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it. Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[Some question the value of accounts that have been quickly turned around.] Memoirs in general aren't of any quality or use until enough time has passed that somebody can put some perspective on what they went through, ... There's no way to give this war a chance to mean anything because we're judging it so quickly.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm very detail oriented. I think that's why people enjoy my memoirs - because I tend to remember everything.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People really want to believe that there is no fiction. I think they find it much easier to imagine that novelists are writing memoirs, writing about their lives, because it's difficult to conceive that there's a great imaginary life in which you can participate.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Someone asked me if I was afraid to write my memoirs. I told him: 'We have to stop drawing up accounts of fear! We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do.'More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the 'message,' even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I haven't written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When Goldie Hawn wrote her memoirs, no one said Goldie Hawn was snitching. When Jane Fonda wrote her memoirs, no one said Jane Fonda was snitching.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I get about five memoirs per week in my mailbox, and few of them inspire anything but a desire to pick up the channel changer.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I will leave no memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Someday," Magnus said, looking at the crumpled royal person at his feet, "I must write my memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm not about to write my memoirs. Not for a long time.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I love all insider memoirs. It doesn't matter whether it's truck-drivers or doctors. I think everybody likes to go backstage, find out what people think and what they talk about and what specialised job they have.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've been approached many times to write all sorts of books about my past and my personal life. I get interest from people who want to do reality shows, and somebody just offered me a huge amount of money to write my spiritual memoirs. I'm just not interested.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are all looking for something of extraordinary importance whose nature we have forgotten; I am writing the memoirs of a man who has lost his memory.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I started reading the big histories and the small histories, the memoirs and so forth. At some point, I found the diary of William E. Dodd.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's easy to write one's memoirs when one has a terrible memory.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Death, death. Now I won't be able to write my beautiful memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No innocent man buys a gun, and no happy man writes his memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But who has time to write memoirs? I’m still living my memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs, and had we known what we were putting off for a year, we might not have put it off.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A man who leaves memoirs, whether well or badly written, provided they be sincere, renders a service to future psychologists and writers, giving them not only a faithful picture, but likewise human documents that may be relied upon.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
History is written by the victors, but it's victims who write the memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Yet I exist in the hope that these memoirs... may find their way to the minds of humanity in Some Dimension, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to limited Dimensionality.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing detains the reader's attention more powerfully than deep involutions of distress, or sudden vicissitudes of fortune; and these might be abundantly afforded by memoirs of the sons of literature. They are entangled by contracts which they know not how to fulfill, and obliged to write on subjects which they do not understand. Every publication is a new period of time, from which some increase or declension of fame is to be reckoned. The gradations of a hero's life are from battle to battle, and of an author's fromMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I sold my memoirs of my love life to Parker Brothers and they are going to make a game out of it.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is of great advantage to the student of any subject to read the original memoirs on that subject, for science is always most completely assimilated when it is in the nascent state.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think most memoirs, though they purport to be about this particular time or this person you met, are really about the effect that person or time had on you.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think people dismiss celebrity memoirs as unreal, contrived and maybe partially made up. But that's definitely not true for anything that I write.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Who ... is not familiar with Maxwell's memoirs on his dynamical theory of gases? ... from one side enter the equations of state; from the other side, the equations of motion in a central field. Ever higher soars the chaos of formulae. Suddenly we hear, as from kettle drums, the four beats 'put n=5.' The evil spirit v vanishes; and ... that which had seemed insuperable has been overcome as if by a stroke of magic ... One result after another follows in quick succession till at last ... we arrive at the conditions for thMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has signed a deal with Random House to write his memoirs. Scholars will no doubt benefit from the reflections of a man who was wrong on every major issue for 40 years. Helms' aides say the proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Jesse Helms Center where they apparently have more experience burning than publishing them.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2) Advising the President. 3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Interest in reading memoirs is universal. What has happened is that people are writing about more and more outrageous things. Our threshold for weirdness - you can't have just a normal childhood - has gone way up.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Of all the many memoirs by former Soviet officials, Palazchenko's is among the best written and also the most objective. Even his descriptions of U.S. policy are more accurate and judicious than those of some American scholars.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
autobiography at least saves a man or woman that the world is curious about from the publication of a string of mistakes called 'Memoirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country and nations like somebody publishing their memoirsMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Memoirs give the knowledge about the author and his environment. They are different from biography. Memoirs do not get ahead, and the man who writes a biography looks at his future like at a very simple thing.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Many things embarrass me, but reading isnt one of them. Im not ashamed of my slightly weird collection of prison memoirs. Nor the flaky meditation books. After all, I can pretend I never read those.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
a lot of trouble has been caused by memoirs. Indiscreet revelations, that sort of thing. People who have been close as an oyster all their lives seem positively to relish causing trouble when they themselves shall be comfortably dead.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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