A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on biography, death, and world

It may be remarked, however, that, of all the events which constitute a person's biography, there is scarcely one - none certainly, of anything like a similar importance - to which the world so easily reconciles itself, as to his death.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Departure

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A Quote by Martin Gardner on biography, history, men, politics, schools, and scientists

Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals -- the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned, if at all.

Martin Gardner

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill, 1992.

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A Quote by Louis L'Amour on biography, fiction, history, life, nonsense, and time

It is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense. For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in all periods of time.

Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988)

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A Quote by John Keats on biography, heroism, life, poetry, and world

There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: Sir Walter Scott. London and Westminster Review, 1838.

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A Quote by Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-`Arabi on biography, day, life, proof, strength, and teaching

He who is the disciple of Khidr possesses sufficient inner strength to seek freely the teaching of all masters. Of this the biography of Ibn 'Arabi, who frequented all the masters of his day and welcomed their teachings, offers living proof.

Ibn al-'Arabi (1165 - 1240)

Source: Corbin, Henry. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn `Arabi, 1969. p. 67

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on behavior, biography, discovery, ethics, exercise, facts, idleness, interest, laws, learning, life, mathematics, mind, physics, rest, science, study, and sympathy

He is not a true man of science who does not bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behavior as well as by application. It is childish to rest in the discovery of mere coincidences, or of partial and extraneous laws. The study of geometry is a petty and idle exercise of the mind, if it is applied to no larger system than the starry one. Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics; that is mixed mathematics. The fact which interests us most is the life of the naturalist. The purest science is still biographical.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on biography, facts, fiction, and writing

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Publishers Weekly, March 24, 1958

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A Quote by Anthony Dymoke Powell on biography, circumstances, inventions, novelty, and people

.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.

Anthony Dymoke Powell (1905 - 2000)

Source: A Dance to the Music of Time: Hearing Secret Harmonies, Ch. 3.

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on anecdotes, biography, men, simplicity, thought, and women

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on angels, biography, books, fame, fatherhood, hope, laws, life, love, maxims, motherhood, proverbs, and women

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Josiah G. Holland, The Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 23 (1866), and George Alfred Townsend, The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 6 (1867). According to the latter, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when he was nine years old and his father remarried the following year. His stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln, was loved and respected by Lincoln throughout her life, as evidenced in the many biographical studies of Lincoln. Benjamin P. Thomas says in Abraham Lincoln, p. 12 (1952): "The boy Abraham adored her. Recollection of his own mother dimmed. And in later years he called this woman, who filled her place so well, 'my angel mother.'" The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases, ed. Burton Stevenson, p. 1627 (1965), comments that the remark referred to Lincoln's stepmother. But the biographers of Lincoln's natural mother claim the remark referred to her: Caroline Hanks Hitchcock, Nancy Hanks, p. 105 (1899) and Charles Ludwig, Nancy Hanks: Mother of Lincoln, p. 84 (1965).

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

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