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Humphrey Carpenter Quotes and Sayings
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Autobiography is probably the most respectable form of lying.
- Humphrey Carpenter

The nice thing about being a writer is that you can
make magic happen without learning tricks.
- Humphrey Carpenter

I can write, He floated up to the ceiling,
and a baby rabbit came out of his pocket,
grew wings, and flew away.
And you will believe that it really happened.
That's magic, isn't it?
- Humphrey Carpenter

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

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

When my mother left her second husband,
she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
- David Antin


 

An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived.
- Herbert Samuel

I have been commissioned to write an autobiography
and I would be grateful to any of your readers who
could tell me what I was doing between 1960 and 1974.
- Jeffrey Bernard

American Splendor is just an ongoing journal.
It's an ongoing autobiography.
I started it when I was in my early 30s,
and I just keep going.
- Harvey Pekar

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable,
so with autobiography.
- Hilaire Belloc

An autobiography is a book a person writes about his
own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.
- Roald Dahl

In fact Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Obama has.
She created eleven jobs fact-checking at the AP just
for the Palin autobiography.
- Ann Coulter

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding:
it is the deepest part of autobiography.
- Robert Penn Warren

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

Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone.
It is an orphan form.
- John Berger

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about
its writer except his memory.
- Franklin P. Jones

I'm also doing a special for Comedy Central called Autobiography.
It's going to be a spoof of Biography.
- Kathy Griffin

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

I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.
- Steven Wright

A man's face is his autobiography.
A woman's face is her work of fiction.
- Oscar Wilde

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction
in that pain or distress,
or pleasure, is based on the author's own.
But in my case that is as far as it goes.
- William Trevor

One of the most attractive things about writing your
autobiography is that you're not dead.
- Joseph Barbera

I would like to read some books: I don't have time;
I would like to continue working on my autobiography.
- Gunther Schuller

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

If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer,
a pervert and a drug addict, all it means is that you've read his autobiography.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I have a children's book already out and my autobiography.
- Della Reese

My autobiography was simply the story of my life.
- Sidney Poitier

This sounds like my autobiography, but I thought this
would be a good time to sound off about myself,
as I think that I have been silent too long about my views and opinions.
- Bob Kane

The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography,
but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind
of insane collage of fragments of memory.
- Jonathan Lethem

I believe there's only one autobiography you can do.
- John McEnroe

And then I wrote my first autobiography when I -
well,
it was 23 years ago.
And since then I've written about one book every two years.
- Joan Collins

I spent most of this afternoon writing a new introduction for my autobiography.
- June Foray

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

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I won't write my autobiography because I never had
an affair with Frank Sinatra,
and if I had had, I wouldn't tell anyone.
- Celia Johnson

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

There may be a point where I may decide to write an autobiography.
- Pamela Stephenson

An autobiography is not about pictures;
it's about the stories; it's about honesty and as much
truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people's privacy.
- Boris Becker

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
- Thomas Szasz

All autobiography is self-indulgent.
- Daphne du Maurier

So an autobiography about death should include,
in my case, an account of European Jewry and of Russian and Jewish events -
pogroms and flights and murders and the revolution
that drove my mother to come here.
- Harold Brodkey

After reading Eminem's autobiography,
which I did because I'm so interested in him as an artist,
I respect him a lot.
Even though he seems angry and mad, he's had to fight
so many demons in his life.
- Taryn Manning

I've been working on my autobiography,
just pecking away in longhand.
The more you write, the more you remember.
The more you remember, the more detail you recall.
It's not all pleasant!
- Pat Morita

But, Tarantino has seen all of my movies.
He's seen my good stuff, he's seen my bad stuff,
he's seen the ones I directed, he's read my autobiography.
There's an awful lot of things he knows about me,
all of which I think had something to do with his casting.
- David Carradine

I've been asked to write an autobiography,
and I've started it a couple of times,
on different angles, and maybe one day I will,
but you know what? There's time for that because I'd
like to have the whole story.
- John Saxon

I was trying to write an autobiography using prints
and patterns that reference emotional,
psychological, and personal development in my work,
as a person growing up, figuring out who I was.
I used fabrics to stand in for occurrences.
- Jim Hodges

In this one book are the two most interesting personalities in the whole world -
God and yourself.
The Bible is the story of God and man,
a love story in which you and I must write our own ending,
our unfinished autobiography of the creature and the Creator.
- Fulton Oursler

It means that no matter what you write,
be it a biography, an autobiography,
a detective novel,
or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction
as soon as you write it down.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire


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