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When my journal appears, many statues must come down.

Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling ...

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, ...

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

There is properly no history; only biography.

Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.

Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by ...

A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle.

Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in ...

Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in ...

Anyone who profits from the experience of others probably writes biographies.

The first thing to be done by a biographer in estimating character is to examine the ...

The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm ...

There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too ...

Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to ...

To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends ...

Biography is a higher gossip.

Quotes by Charles Dickens

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't ...

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!

We know, Mr. Weller -- we, who are men of the world -- that a good uniform must work its way with ...

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.

A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.

A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -- a phrase which being interpreted signifies ...

Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.

This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

When you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand ...

Lord, keep my memory green.

Mind like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

Minds, like bodies, will fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

Dollars! All their cares, hopes, joys, affections, virtues, and associations seemed to be melted ...

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, ...

They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet ...

Philosophers are only men in armor after all.

The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear ...

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

Quotes added by memyself

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers ...

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the ...

The only completely consistent people are the dead.

Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.

What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who ...

Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by ...

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when ...