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Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel.
Love is the bee that carries the pollen from one heart to another.
Truth is the lie you once told returning to haunt you
To read Helen Macdonald's memoir, H Is for Hawk, is to feel as though Emily Bronte just turned up at your door, trailing all the windy, feral outdoors into your living room.
History is written by the victors, but it's victims who write the memoirs.
The real mistake of women was to let the memoir, the collective, the history, space of producing history - to let it in the hands of men.
Let no family go into eternity without having left their memoirs for their children, their grandchildren, and their posterity.
I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.
I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion. It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society…unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool.
A day came when I should have died, and after that nothing seemed very important. So I have stayed as I am, without regret, separated from the normal human condition.
God doesn't want your careful virtue, He wants your reckless generosity.
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can’t drag the reader through everything. Every human life is worth 20 memoirs.
And even though people like to furrow their brow like they suspect you're not being honest about yourself, the truth is that they worry that you're not serving their idea of you.
There are no answers, only choices.
In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty -six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society.
I will leave no memoirs.
Disney will never make a movie about my life story, and that's a shame--I'd make a really cute animated creature.
Read a lot, write a lot is the great commandment.
Gentleness is given to those who have learned that God will not have his kingdom triumph through the violence of the world, for such a triumph came through the meekness of a cross.
Sometimes you don’t get a second chance. You need to take a chance when you have the opportunity. Always.
Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt.
When you write a song, the goal is not to convey the details of your life. You should write a memoir or something if that's what you're going to do.
Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir of my children.
I think that today's books, in which every quote, every conversation, is taken from a memoir, an autobiography, an interview, or what-have-you, are much more convincing.
True memoir is written, like all literature, in an attempt to find not only a self but a world
A memoir takes some particular threads, some incidents, some experience from a person's life and gives an account of it.
For me, a memoir is nonfiction and nonfiction has to be absolutely true.
Sometimes you have to travel back in time, skirting the obstacles, in order to love someone.
I am part of everyone I ever dated on OK Cupid.
It's nonverbal: I need love. I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on. And I know it's around me somewhere, but I just can't feel it.
Gypsy [Rose Lee ] was a masterful storyteller, and her memoir and by extension, the musical weren't only Gypsy's monument; they were also her chance for monumental revisionism.
Being a female hard rocker and guitar player, I felt the need to put out a memoir. Almost like a rock 'n' roll women manual for women.
In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can.
One thing you will discover is that life is based less than you think on what you’ve learned and much more than you think on what you have inside you from the beginning." Memoir From Antproof Case
With the marketing pressures driving the book world today, it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a television show than a serious novelist.
Now I say I'm a diarist with an explanation I'll get back to you on. Someday I may try and write in memoir form.
I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.
There is no such thing as too ordinary to write about, whether that's life or a scene in a novel. What's interesting to people, whether it's memoir or fiction, is the truth.
Memoir implies the need to reveal something about yourself - to recount your life for educational purposes.
A memoir is a book about some particular thread or theme or moment in a person's life, whereas an autobiography is the entire life.
Memoir is a weird genre for a reporter. You end up investigating your own memories, reporting out your past.
I live my memoirs, I don’t have to write them down.
I believe the personal is the collective. One of the ironies of writing memoir is in using the "I" it becomes an alchemical "we." This is the sorcery of literature.
I do think that memoirs by women are reviewed differently and considered somewhat outside of the canon.
I've always read broadly: literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, chick lit, historical, dystopian, nonfiction, memoir. I've even read Westerns. I prefer female protagonists.
I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant to write a memoir than it was.
Into every sunny life a little rain must fall.
I think the act of lying can be separated from the genre of memoir. Though often times, people are unaware of their own subjectivity.
I could have written a misery memoir and instead I tried to make it funny. I never complained.