Quotes about Autobiography

Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography. Evelyn Waugh

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing. Quentin Crisp

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. Federico Fellini

A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory. Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. George Orwell

I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography, I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn’t. Philip Roth

I don’t think anybody should write his autobiography until after he’s dead. Samuel Goldwyn

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self. W H Auden

Autobiography is an unrivalled vehicle for telling the truth about other people. Philip Guedalla

I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography. Stephen Wright

It isn’t that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history’s meaning. Philip Roth

Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible. John Grigg

There’s no such thing as autobiography, there’s only art and lies. Jeanette Winterson