Biographies give us faith in humanity; once upon a time lived someone to admire.

The storied become icons; their biographers become iconodules.

A biography is a road map; it shows us which way to go.

All biography is tragedy; the hero dies in the end.

A biography is the story of one person co-opting the story of many persons.

The great-man-version of history is a version; the one that leaves out more than it includes.

Biography is magic: Wave a pen; turn living flesh into a rock solid symbol.

The best biographies include the best contributions of the subject — and the worst.

Biography is mummification; we wrap the dead with accolades and place them in a fancy box.

All biographers invent their subjects; they construct a persona out of a person.

Biographies inspire; autobiographies exalt.

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