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BIOGRAPHY
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[ Also see Anecdotes Autobiography Books History Letters Life Writing ]

Biographies of great, but especially of good men are most instructive and useful as helps, guides, and incentives to others. Some of the best are almost equivalent to gospels,--teaching high living ,high thinking, and energetic action, for their own and, the world's good.
      - Samuel Smiles

The great lesson of biography is to show what man can be and do at his best. A noble life put fairly on record acts like an inspiration to others.
      - Samuel Smiles

My advice is to consult the lives of other men as we would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for our own imitation.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Biography lends to death a new terror.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Occasionally a single anecdote opens a character; biography has its comparative anatomy, and a saying or a sentiment enables the skilful hand to construct the skeleton.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

I should dread to disfigure the beautiful ideal of the memories of illustrious persons with incongruous features, and to sully the imaginative purity of classical works with gross and trivial recollections.
      - William Wordsworth


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