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Memoir quotes by A.R. Cecil
#1. Within that quiet little girl with no apparent needs lived a person with a great imagination. In that shell I lived and grew and planned, until there emerged a way to pull all the loose threads of my life together. #Quote by A.R. Cecil
Memoir quotes by Susan Ford
#2. I'm not sure I ever would write a memoir. #Quote by Susan Ford
Memoir quotes by Leslie Fiedler
#3. 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. #Quote by Leslie Fiedler
Memoir quotes by Anna White
#4. Truth: last week I online shopped too much. Then I ate 2 pounds of jelly beans to feel better about that. In fact, while I was trying to read soul-nourishing things all I could think about was shopping and jellybeans. Points to the monkey mind. #Quote by Anna White
Memoir quotes by Kelli O'Hara
#5. It is such a luxury to open a new book that's highly recommended by friends - either an inspirational yet humorously self-deprecating memoir, or a page-turning piece of fiction. #Quote by Kelli O'Hara
Memoir quotes by Ilya Ehrenburg
#6. I was right when I said a very long time ago that our age would leave few living documents behind it: it was rare for anyone to keep a diary, letters were short and businesslike--"I'm alive and well"--and few memoirs were written. There are many reasons for this. Let me mention just one, not perhaps recognized by everybody: we were too often at loggerheads with our own past to give it proper thought. Within the half-century, our ideas on people and events have changed many times; conversations were broken off in mid-sentence; thoughts and feelings could not but be affected by circumstances. #Quote by Ilya Ehrenburg
Memoir quotes by Azar Nafisi
#7. Those who are close to us, when they die, divide our world. There is the world of the living, which we finally, in one way or another, succumb to, and then there is the domain of the dead that, like an imaginary friend (or foe) or a secret concubine, constantly beckons, reminding us of our loss. What is memory but a ghost that lurks at the corners of the mind, interrupting our normal course of life, disrupting our sleep in order to remind us of some acute pain or pleasure, something silenced or ignored? We miss not only their presence, or how they felt about us, but ultimately how they allowed us to feel about ourselves or them. (prologue) #Quote by Azar Nafisi
Memoir quotes by Patti Larsen
#8. I was always an odd child, though I had no idea what odd was, really. #Quote by Patti Larsen
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#9. Fire is not essential. Fire is warm comfort. From fire, cultures are born. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#10. Telling our personal story reveals the shape shifting landscape of our mind. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#11. Already, this little-walked gigantic trail through my country's Western wilderness held in my mind the promise of escape from myself, the liberation only a huge transformation could grant me. This walk would be my salvation. It had to be. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Mary Stobie
#12. A memoir emerges from facts and dreams, and tells the story we have almost forgotten.

by Mary Stobie #Quote by Mary Stobie
Memoir quotes by Mary Karr
#13. Gary Shteyngart has written a memoir for the ages. I spat laughter on the first page and closed the last with wet eyes. Un-put-down-able in the day and a half I spent reading it, Little Failure is a window into immigrant agony and ambition, Jewish angst, and anybody's desperate need for a tribe. Readers who've fallen for Shteyngart's antics on the page will relish the trademark humor. But here it's laden and leavened with a deep, consequential, psychological journey. Brave and unflinching, Little Failure is his best book to date #Quote by Mary Karr
Memoir quotes by Helen Macdonald
#14. In two months, I think, my college job will end. In two months I will have no office, no college, no salary, no home. Everything will be different. But, I think, everything already is. When Alice dropped down the rabbit-hole into Wonderland she fell so slowly she could take things from the cupboards and bookshelves on the walls, look curiously at the maps and pictures that passed her by. In my three years as a Cambridge Fellow there'd been lectures and libraries and college meetings, supervisions, admissions interviews, late nights of paper-writing and essay-marking, and other things soaked in Cantabrian glamour: eating pheasant by candlelight at High Table while snow dashed itself in flurries against the leaded glass and carols were sung and the port was passed and the silver glittered upon dark-polished refectory tables. Now, standing on a cricket pitch with a hawk on my hand, I knew I had always been falling as I moved past these things. I could reach out and touch them, pick them off their shelves and replace them, but they were not mine. Not really ever mine. Alice, falling, looked down to see where she was headed, but everything below her was darkness. #Quote by Helen Macdonald
Memoir quotes by Christina Baldwin
#15. The ordinary stories of our ordinary lives have extraordinary gifts coded within them ... #Quote by Christina Baldwin
Memoir quotes by Jeanette LeBlanc
#16. Write them all down. The mistakes and the blessings and the places you cracked in two. Write the prayers and the tantrums. The sacred and the profane. The open roads and the closed doors. Nothing is permanent. #Quote by Jeanette LeBlanc
Memoir quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert
#17. How many people have I heard claim their children as the greatest accomplishment and comfort of their lives? It's the thing they can always lean on during a metaphysical crisis, or a moment of doubt about their relevancy - If I have done nothing else in this life, then at least I have raised my children well.

But what if, either by choice or by reluctant necessity, you end up not participating in this comforting cycle of family and continuity? What if you step out? Where do you sit at the reunion? How do you mark time's passage without the fear that you've just fritted away your time on earth without being relevant? You'll need to find another purpose, another measure by which to judge whether or not you have been a successful human being. I love children, but what if I don't have any? What kind of person does that make me?

Virginia Woolf wrote, "Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword." On one side of that sword, she said, there lies convention and tradition and order, where "all is correct." But on the other side of that sword, if you're crazy enough to cross it and choose a life that does not follow convention, "all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course." Her argument was that the crossing of the shadow of that sword may bring a far more interesting existence to a woman, but you can bet it will also be more perilous. #Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert
Memoir quotes by Rebecca Allard
#18. These secrets are not secrets per se but are truths hidden from public view. I had to write this book. There had to be a reason I survived to tell this story. #Quote by Rebecca Allard
Memoir quotes by Damian Barr
#19. Mary the Canary lives in a cloud of perfume and colours. She's an auxiliary nurse by day and a country and western singer by night: bed pans and power ballass. She's so glamorous she makes Mrs Hart look plain. She is the other woman and I'm bring trained to hate her even though I've never met her. #Quote by Damian Barr
Memoir quotes by Brett Tate
#20. The Brit's face shares a heritage with a junkyard butt-sniffing mutt. It's a hard-earned moonshine mug, dotted with a hairy mole that looks like a rat's been gnawing on it. His beard looks like a white sneeze. The teeth are jagged and out of alignment, having opened quarts at Jiffy Quick Lube for half a decade. #Quote by Brett Tate
Memoir quotes by Kate Madison
#21. I thought of my sweet little girl and her chubby cheeks, big brown eyes and long brown hair with bangs that constantly needed trimming. She was all that really mattered in this world, and I could not keep moping over some guy who came in and out of my life faster than a season of American Idol. #Quote by Kate Madison
Memoir quotes by Sumangali Morhall
#22. When first discovering a night sky, the eyes may pick out a few tiny stars. Waiting and watching reveals thousands, until it seems there is yet more light than empty blackness. So my life has been, and so it continues. #Quote by Sumangali Morhall
Memoir quotes by Pete Hamill
#23. That was it. To be a rolling stone. In the romantic places of the earth. Ready for a fight, a frolic, or a feed. And since I was Irish, since I was Billy Hamill's son, since I was from Brooklyn: a drink too. #Quote by Pete Hamill
Memoir quotes by Oswald Spengler
#24. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us ... to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us ... to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. #Quote by Oswald Spengler
Memoir quotes by Yolanda De Iuliis
#25. To make one think is to change a generation, to build one thought is to grow a better world #Quote by Yolanda De Iuliis
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#26. Writing allows us to exploit the synergistic dynamics of the human brain including memory, the ability to engage in constructive research, visually scrutinize our private thoughts, and discuss and share an evolving linkwork of thoughts with other people. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#27. Creating a self-portrait sounds easy, but to describe oneself with bandages and all, a person must place their inspirational, mundane, vulgar, and dross experiences into a fitting perspective, which entails describing how encounters with other humanoids influenced him or her. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Kelly Corrigan
#28. Moms in fiction and memoir get a bad rap. #Quote by Kelly Corrigan
Memoir quotes by Diogo Mainardi
#29. My words to Anna, as we stood contemplating the Scuola Grande di San Marco, moments before entering Venice Hospital, came true: 'With a façade like that, I could even accept having a deformed child.'

I accepted Tito's cerebral palsy.

I accepted it as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I accepted it with delight. I accepted it with enthusiasm. I accepted it with love. #Quote by Diogo Mainardi
Memoir quotes by Pam Houston
#30. How to hang on to that full-body joy I knew I was capable of and still understand it as elegy. #Quote by Pam Houston
Memoir quotes by Anne Roiphe
#31. You wanted to live inside the lines where the ordinariness of everything would protect you from the dragons that lay at the edge of the map ready to blow fire in your face if you strayed off course, to the edge of the known world. #Quote by Anne Roiphe
Memoir quotes by Augusten Burroughs
#32. Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir, I really want it to be true. #Quote by Augusten Burroughs
Memoir quotes by Trisha Ventker
#33. A lot of men tend to want "models"
I tell men, unless they look like a model themselves, they can't expect to land one. #Quote by Trisha Ventker
Memoir quotes by Marjane Satrapi
#34. In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance ... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself. #Quote by Marjane Satrapi
Memoir quotes by Julie Mannix Von Zerneck
#35. I have this beast. He comes and goes at will.
Silence.
He's very powerful.
Silence.
He has control over me.
Silence.
I want to come and go at will.
Silence.
I want to be the powerful one. #Quote by Julie Mannix Von Zerneck
Memoir quotes by Katie Hafner
#36. Suddenly life was good, even glamorous. We were poor but didn't know it, or maybe we did know, but we didn't care, because my mother had stopped disappearing into her bedroom. Our apartment building was surrounded by empty lots, which were all that separated us from the ocean. Within a couple of decades, those stretches of undeveloped land – prime coastline real estate –would be built upon, with upscale apartment complexes and million-dollar houses with ocean views. But in 1967, those barren lots were our magnificent private playground. I had a tomboy streak and recruited neighborhood boys onto an ad hoc softball team. Dieter and my mother installed a tetherball pole, which acted as a magnet for kids in the neighborhood. For the first time in years, we were enjoying what felt like a normal, quasi-suburban existence, with us at the center of everything–the popular kids with the endless playground. #Quote by Katie Hafner
Memoir quotes by Anne Lamott
#37. Remember that you own what happened to you. If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long bony white finger would emerge from a cloud and point to you, while a chilling voice thundered, "We *told* you not to tell." But that was then. Just put down on paper everything you can remember now about your parents and siblings and relatives and neighbors, and we will deal with libel later on. #Quote by Anne Lamott
Memoir quotes by Raymond Chandler
#38. There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously enough. I think I might be the first to admit that the sort of reticence which prevents a man from exploiting his own personality is really an inverted sort of egotism. #Quote by Raymond Chandler
Memoir quotes by Martha Lemasters
#39. I notice perfume smells on his shirts and even later hours. I suspect he's having an affair but really don't care. #Quote by Martha Lemasters
Memoir quotes by Jalina Mhyana
#40. Transparent tubes divided Phil's blood into shades of red, fading to straw colored plasma. I watched his fluid swirl past his shoulders and disappear into machines. He offered himself to blood banks all over the city, his plasma rushed to hospitals where it would circulate through other people's bodies. The map of my love's tapped arteries would look like a bloodshot eye over the city of Albuquerque. His blood bought us dinner. I dreamed he was my mother, and I nursed his arm. I wrote a poem about it, how I suckled his arm dry like a sore teat. #Quote by Jalina Mhyana
Memoir quotes by Becky Lewellen Povich
#41. You know Becky, you haven't been the same since that crowbar fell on your head." - spoken by my mother after I eloped with a guy I'd known for about a month, when I was 18 years old! #Quote by Becky Lewellen Povich
Memoir quotes by Michael Anthony
#42. I couldn't see killing myself if I had a book that was only half-read: Fountainhead, Catcher in the Rye, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, One Hundred Years of Solitude? No. I figured that those who killed themselves first had to finish whatever book they were reading...if it were any good, that is. Of course, there's always the occasional book that makes you want to throw yourself off a bridge just for having wasted your time reading it. But I usually finished those ones, too. #Quote by Michael Anthony
Memoir quotes by Katie Hafner
#43. Doing a geographic" is a term alcoholics often use for acting on the impulse to start over by moving to a new town, or state, instead of making any internal changes. It's the anywhere-but-here part of the disease that says, "Remove yourself from this, go someplace new, and everything will be better." Two years into our Florida stint, my mother pulled a geographic as radical as the move from Rochester. The new plan was to head for California.

She enrolled in the mathematics graduate program at the University of California's shiny new campus in San Diego, and as soon as our elementary school let out for the summer, she put us into a new Buick station wagon – a gift from her parents – and drove us across the country.

You'd think we'd have protested at yet another move. After all, having been duped before, we were in no position to believe that the next move would be any different. But I have no memory of being unhappy about the news. Because that's what often happens when an alcoholic parent is doing a geographic. She pulls you in and, before you know it, you, too, believe in the promise of the new place. #Quote by Katie Hafner
Memoir quotes by Wade Rouse
#44. We're human. We all occasionally wet ourselves. No one is really better than anyone else. We're just all trying to make it through the year as best we can. We screw up sometimes. We succeed sometimes. We laugh. We cry. We go on.
Those are the things we should really share with each other this holiday season, right, if we dare send a letter? We should share the truth. We should share the insanity. #Quote by Wade Rouse
Memoir quotes by William Least Heat-Moon
#45. With a nearly desperate sense of isolation and a growing suspicion that I lived in an alien land, I took to the road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and men and deeds connected. #Quote by William Least Heat-Moon
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#46. Without language we have no past, the present is unquantifiable, and we lack a means to recognize and express the paradoxical future challenges of humanity. In absence of a shared language, we cannot understand prior generation's conflicts, desires, and achievements, nor can we communicate with future generations our essential values and the wisdom we garner through undergoing our own socioeconomic crises #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#47. Each year, Gracie Henderson moons a thousand strangers, collects their shocked faces in an annual photo album. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Alexander Wales
#48. And of course that was an Amaryllis that was never going to exist, one that I could never talk to or thank. I longed for her, even though I only knew her through her words. #Quote by Alexander Wales
Memoir quotes by Koren Zailckas
#49. I can't help thinking about memoir as a down-and-up process: Dive down for color; come up for context. Sink back down for action; climb back up for self-awareness and gratitude. #Quote by Koren Zailckas
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#50. In the aftermath of destruction, a silence settles – the stillness of fresh loss. People's cheerful chatter is fainter, the blue color of sky dimmer; now that horror is undeniable and feels inescapable, the value of life seems lessened. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Reba Riley
#51. I considered not getting up, but recognized the pain of staying down was worse than the pain of attempting to stand. #Quote by Reba Riley
Memoir quotes by Elaine Del Valle
#52. I wish I had this book when I was a kid--a book on a shelf that came from someone of this background and made me feel that my voice was relevant. #Quote by Elaine Del Valle
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#53. Telling our personal story constitutes an act of consciousness that defines the ethical lining of a person's constitution. Recounting personal stories promotes personal growth, spurs the performance of selfless deeds, and in doing so enhances the ability of the equitable eye of humanity to scroll rearward and forward. Every person must become familiar with our communal history of struggle, loss, redemption, and meaningfully contemplate the meaning behind our personal existence in order to draft a proper and prosperous future for succeeding generations. Accordingly, every person is responsible for sharing their story using the language of thought that best expresses their sanguine reminiscences. Without a record of pastimes, we will never know what were, what we now are, or what we might become by steadfastly and honorably struggling with mortal chores. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Jamie Lee Curtis
#54. I'm a layperson. I barely got out of high school. I have no business telling people what to do or my big philosophy on life. I'm certainly not going to write any sort of memoir. #Quote by Jamie Lee Curtis
Memoir quotes by Ted Gup
#55. He was a simple honest man. He never strayed,
He never drank, he never smoked, and he never kissed a maid.
And when he passed away his insurance was denied,
Because he never lived, they claimed he never died. #Quote by Ted Gup
Memoir quotes by Mark Vonnegut
#56. In a funny way it's almost fun, having everything be so fucked up and managing to adjust. I guess you might say I'm proud. Proud of me, proud of my friends for managing to deal with this thing so well. For most people this would be the end of the world. They'd panic, their friends would panic. Things would get trampled in the stampede. But we've kept our heads, made the necessary allowances, ad can just ride this thing out.

I'm pretty much just putting in time waiting for this cloud to blow over. Waiting for something to come along to make some sense out of all this. Killing time, waiting for some sort of cavalry to come over the hill. There's really not an awful lot I can do but wait. As long as there's no panic, we can hold out for damn near forever. #Quote by Mark Vonnegut
Memoir quotes by Grace Coddington
#57. If you're going to do a memoir, then it's sort of at this age - in your late sixties or seventies - that you do it. I don't understand people who do memoirs when they're 20. I think most people need a little more time than 20 years to become the person they are. In fact, that process of becoming who you are is still ongoing when you get older, where you go, "Let's see where my next 10 years is going to take me." S #Quote by Grace Coddington
Memoir quotes by Nic Sheff
#58. What's glamorous is being a good father, a good husband, a good fucking dog owner. That's what I care about today. That's what matters. I will devote everything to that. And I will succeed. Because I cannot fall down again. I will not fall down again. I mean, I don't have to fall. None of us have to fall. We don't all fall down. We don't. So I'm over this drug shit. It's done. And this is my last recovery memoir ever. #Quote by Nic Sheff
Memoir quotes by Kim Bongiorno
#59. From the moment I was first pregnant, and those around me insisted that treats such as cold cuts and nail polish could cut my unborn child's potential IQ in half, I got into the habit of NOT seeking out the little things that brought me joy. Like soft cheese. And getting too close to a Starbucks.
Then my son came, and I was too busy crying while searching for his User Manual to consider a manicure or massage.
I lasted about a week as a new mom before reaching out to others in my situation online. As exhausted, cranky, and confused as I was, I needed friends.
It didn't take long for this gaggle of desperate, sleepless women to meet up in person ... #Quote by Kim Bongiorno
Memoir quotes by Deborah Reber
#60. All the authors who've ultimately published Louder Than Words memoirs have been very happy to be chosen and excited about the possibility of having their memoir published. Even though these books deal with serious, often painful, issues, in all cases the authors felt as though writing their story would be an empowering and healing experience. #Quote by Deborah Reber
Memoir quotes by Benay Nordby
#61. Everyone has a colorful life. You just have to get out your crayons. #Quote by Benay Nordby
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#62. Humankind's perpetual affinity for telling stories that depict the weal of life shapes and reflects human consciousness. Stories are the most ancient form of art. All societies, from the tribes scratching the earliest cave drawings, employed the art of storytelling. We hunger to hear other people's stories and to tell our own stories to an appreciative audience. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Condoleezza Rice
#63. It was actually fun to write [memoir], because I went back to interview people my parents had taught or who had worked with them, and I learned a lot about them that I hadn't known. #Quote by Condoleezza Rice
Memoir quotes by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
#64. And there's nothing more dangerous than a written memoir. #Quote by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoir quotes by Becky Graham
#65. The more faithful I was to Him, the more faithful He was to me. #Quote by Becky Graham
Memoir quotes by Larry McMurtry
#66. Once, when I was about ten, we were approaching the ranch after veering north to look at some pasturage when we saw a small barefoot boy racing along the hot road with terror in his face. My father just managed to stop him. Though incoherent with fear, the boy managed to inform us that his little brother had just drowned in the horse trough. My father grabbed the boy and we went racing up to the farmhouse, where the anguished mother, the drowned child in her arms, was sobbing, crying out in German, and rocking in a rocking chair. Fortunately the boy was not quite dead. My father managed to get him away from his mother long enough to stretch him out on the porch and squeeze the water out of him. In a while the boy began to belch dirty fluids and then to breathe again. The crisis past, we went on home. The graceful German mother brought my father jars of her best sauerkraut for many, many years. #Quote by Larry McMurtry
Memoir quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert
#67. The philosopher Odo Marquard has noted a correlation in the German language between the word zwei, which means 'two,' and the word zweifel, which means 'doubt' - suggesting that two of anything brings the automatic possibility of uncertainty to our lives. Now imagine a life in which every day a person is presented with not two or even three but dozens of choices, and you can begin to grasp why the modern world has become, even with all its advantages, a neurosis-generating machine of the highest order. In a world of such abundant possibility, many of us simply go limp from indecision. Or we derail our life's journey again and again, backing up to try the doors we neglected on the first round, desperate to get it right this time. Or we become compulsive comparers - always measuring our lives against some other person's life, secretly wondering if we should have taken her path instead. #Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert
Memoir quotes by Janice Erlbaum
#68. Going from memoir to fiction was fantastic. I had been afraid to move away from memoir; I'd written some novel drafts, but they weren't well received by my agent at the time, and it had been drilled into me that "memoir outsells fiction two to one" (not sure if that's true anymore, or if it ever was), so I felt like the only smart thing to do, professionally, was to keep mining my life for painful moments to recapitulate. #Quote by Janice Erlbaum
Memoir quotes by David Herbert Donald
#69. Maybe I will write a memoir, perhaps I'll do some essays, or maybe I will write a mystery story. #Quote by David Herbert Donald
Memoir quotes by Joe Biden
#70. Right now, you know, everyone one is going to be there for you." I explained. "Everyone will surround you with love and you'll be busy and have things to keep your mind off the worst. And then in six weeks, or may be twelve weeks, everybody else's life is going to start to get back to normal. But your life isn't going to be normal again. As a matter of fact, as you probably understand already, it's going to get harder for you. And after a while you're going to start feeling guilty because you're going to be going to the same people constantly for help, or just to talk. And as their lives get back to normal, you going to start to worry about leaning on them too much. There might come a time when you think, I'm asking too much. I've got to stop complaining. So when you're down and you feel guilty for burdening your family and friends," I said, "pick up the phone and call me. #Quote by Joe Biden
Memoir quotes by Russell Vann
#71. If Denise doesn't have her money by Friday, you won't even see it coming. You'll just wake up in the hospital. Now, try me bitch. #Quote by Russell Vann
Memoir quotes by Munia Khan
#72. What can we expect from an empty shell
Where many hearts of pearl once beat to dwell
Waves fail to break hard layer's bond of love
Wailing shore sends memoir to the sky above #Quote by Munia Khan
Memoir quotes by Karen Jones Gowen
#73. These memories are part of my heritage, the fabric of my personality, and as real to me as the land itself. #Quote by Karen Jones Gowen
Memoir quotes by William Zinsser
#74. Memoir is the art of inventing the truth. #Quote by William Zinsser
Memoir quotes by Lisa Jakub
#75. My memoir is about my time in film and the decision to leave Hollywood, grow up, and stop pretending. #Quote by Lisa Jakub
Memoir quotes by Anna White
#76. I can't say for sure if I'm better off, since I have no way of knowing what would have been. I could have traveled to exotic places and kissed exotic men in the moonlight. Or I could have ended living alone in a dumpy apartment with the flesh eating virus I contracted from a public toilet. Could haves are always a great unknown. #Quote by Anna White
Memoir quotes by Maggie Georgiana Young
#77. I always imagined rape as this violent scene of a woman walking alone down a dark alley and getting mugged and beaten by some masked criminal. Rape was an angry man forcing himself inside a damsel in distress. I would not carry the trauma of a cliché rape victim. I would not shriek in the midst of my slumber with night terrors. I would not tremble at the sight of every dark haired man or the mention of Number 1's name. I would not even harbor ill will towards him. My damage was like a cigarette addiction- subtle, seemingly innocent, but everlasting and inevitably detrimental.
Number 1 never opened his screen door to furious crowds waving torches and baseball bats. Nobody punched him out in my honor. The Nightfall crowd never socially ostracized him. Even the ex-boyfriend who'd second handedly fused the entire fiasco continued to mingle with him in drug circles. Everybody continued with business as usual. And when I told my parents I lost my virginity against my will, unconscious on a bathroom floor, Carl did not erupt in fury and demand I give him all I knew about his whereabouts so he could greet him with a rifle. Mom blankly shrugged and mumbled, "Oh, that's too bad," and drifted into the kitchen as if I'd received a stubbed toe rather than a shredded hymen.
Everyone in my life took my rape as lightly as a brief thunderstorm that might have been frightening when it happened, but was easy to forget about. I adopted that mentality as the foundation of my sex life #Quote by Maggie Georgiana Young
Memoir quotes by Chris Offutt
#78. Reading wasn't an attempt to educate myself. It was my chief escape from a world that, although gorgeous in landscape and rich with mountain culture, didn't provide what I needed - the promise of adventure, a life beyond the perimeter of hills. I often fantasized that I'd been adopted and had mysterious powers such as flying or teleportation. Books offered the promise of a world in which misfits like me could flourish. Within the pages of a novel, I was unafraid: of my father, of dogs, snakes, and the bully across the creek; of older boys who drove hot rods close enough to make me jump in the ditch; of armed men parked near the bootlegger. #Quote by Chris Offutt
Memoir quotes by C. G. Jung
#79. I have done without electricity, and tend the fireplace and stove myself. Evenings, I light the old lamps. There is no running water, and I pump the water from the well. I chop the wood and cook the food. These simple acts make man simple; and how difficult it is to be simple! #Quote by C. G. Jung
Memoir quotes by J.K. Rowling
#80. Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you're failing as a writer - which it definitely feels like when you're struggling to write regularly or can't seem to earn a living as a freelance writer - maybe you need to take a long-term perspective. #Quote by J.K. Rowling
Memoir quotes by Raymond L. Jones
#81. When in doubt - make'em laugh. #Quote by Raymond L. Jones
Memoir quotes by Primo Levi
#82. Alongside the liberating relief of the veteran who tells us his story, I now felt in the writing a complex, intense, and new pleasure, similar to that I felt as a student when penetrating the solemn order of differentials calculus. It was exalting to search and find, or create, the right word, that is, commensurate, concise, and strong; to dredge up events from my memory and describe them with the greatest rigor and the least clutter. #Quote by Primo Levi
Memoir quotes by Deborah L. Parker
#83. God has given us all our unique story. It's not one that flows easily or pretty, but the story is ours! Find it and treasure it ... #Quote by Deborah L. Parker
Memoir quotes by Fern Schumer Chapman
#84. The past is a presence between us. In all my mother does and says, the past continually discloses itself in the smallest ways. She sees it directly; I see its shadow. Still, it pulses in my fingertips, feeds on my consciousness. It is a backdrop for each act, each drama of our lives. I have absorbed a sense of what she has suffered, what she has lost, even what her mother endured and handed down. It is my emotional gene map. #Quote by Fern Schumer Chapman
Memoir quotes by Larry Heinemann
#85. Brian Turner has given us not so much a memoir as a mediation, rendered with grace and wit and wisdom. If you want to know what modern soldiers see when they look at their world, read this book. #Quote by Larry Heinemann
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#86. Happy people have everything to give. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#87. There was so little I wanted to carry. Packing my backpack took me all of four minutes #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Mary Rose O'Reilley
#88. One night I begged Robin, a scientist by training, to watch Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' with me on PBS. He lasted about one act, then turned to me in horror: 'This is how you spend your days? Thinking about things like this?' I was ashamed. I could have been learning about string theory or how flowers pollinate themselves.
I think his remark was the beginning of my crisis of faith. Like so many of my generation in graduate school, I had turned to literature as a kind of substitute for formal religion, which no longer fed my soul, or for therapy, which I could not afford ... I became interested in exploring the theory of nonfiction and in writing memoir, a genre that gives us access to that lost Middlemarch of reflection and social commentary. #Quote by Mary Rose O'Reilley
Memoir quotes by Leigh Newman
#89. The minute I landed back in Alaska, it was back to hip boots and fish guts. This cultural flipping wasn't easy - especially on top of the post-divorce fighting that was still going on between my parents. But this is why you don't write a memoir at age fourteen. #Quote by Leigh Newman
Memoir quotes by Jason Najum
#90. After college I got a job and started working. This new career had absolutely nothing to do with my degree. #Quote by Jason Najum
Memoir quotes by Oscar Wilde
#91. In love, one always begins in deceiving oneself, and one always ends in deceiving others. #Quote by Oscar Wilde
Memoir quotes by Muriel Spark
#92. To put it squarely, as I say in my memoir, the eternal triangle has come full circle. #Quote by Muriel Spark
Memoir quotes by Cheryl B. Evans
#93. Sometimes the best way we can serve God is by honouring and taking care of that which has already been give to us. This, is my case, is my children. #Quote by Cheryl B. Evans
Memoir quotes by C.J. English
#94. I was getting what I had always wanted, him wanting me. #Quote by C.J. English
Memoir quotes by James Weston
#95. I try to be perfect but I'm not. I'm perfectly imperfect in every way. #Quote by James Weston
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#96. The story of what it means to be human is never complete. Every generation will produce its own share of comedies and tragedies, fools and geniuses. What the Greeks started the rest of the world will continue to build upon. The old stories will continue to explicate where we came from, while the new stories will illuminate in what direction humankind trends. The collection of future stories of humanity will add to the cumulative library of stories that past writers told, an anthology of collaborative stories will shed light upon the singleness of the human spirit in its aspirations, powers, vicissitudes, and wisdom. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Katie Hafner
#97. I usually enjoy setting up a new kitchen, but this has become a joyless and highly charged task. My mother and I each have our own set of kitchen boxes, which means that if there are two cheese graters between us, only one will make it into a cupboard. The other will be put back in a box or given to Goodwill.

Each such little decision has the weight of a Middle East negotiation. While her kitchenware is serviceable, I'm a sucker for the high end: All-Clad saucepans and Emile Henry pie dishes. Before long, I'm shaking my head at pretty much everything my mother removes from her San Diego boxes. She takes each rejected item as a personal slight – which in fact it is. I begrudge her even her lightweight bowls, which she can lift easily with her injured hand.

Here she is, a fragile old woman barely able to bend down as she peers into a low cupboard, looking for a place where she can share life with her grown daughter. At such a sight my heart should be big, but it's small, so small that when I see her start stuffing her serving spoons into the same drawer as my own sturdy pieces, lovingly accumulated over the years, it makes me crazy. Suddenly I'm acting out decades of unvoiced anger about my mother's parenting, which seems to be materializing in the form of her makeshift collection of kitchenware being unpacked into my drawers.

When I became a mother myself, I developed a self-righteous sense of superiority to my mother: I was better than my m #Quote by Katie Hafner
Memoir quotes by Janice Erlbaum
#98. Those of us who obsess over every word and action are constantly recalling past events, but that doesn't make them any less painful, nor does it help us transcend them. To write memoir, you have to not only recollect past events, you have to revisit them. You have to get back to the mental and emotional state you were in during those events. #Quote by Janice Erlbaum
Memoir quotes by Jeannette Walls
#99. One of the most challenging aspects of writing a memoir is finding your own voice, and you should be very careful about being influenced by someone else's voice. #Quote by Jeannette Walls
Memoir quotes by Rebecca O'Donnell
#100. I used to teach at an abused children's home. I told the kids, You all have a manure pile of memories. Nothing you can do about that. Now you can drown in the stink or turn it into compost and grow a garden. I wouldn't't be as good a teacher to you if I didn't know what you're going through. That way, I make my memories do good instead of letting them eat me. I'm like Herbie from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. I pulled my Bumble's teeth. He's still big and scary but he can't bite me anymore. #Quote by Rebecca O'Donnell
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#101. Every person writes his or her life story similar to how a musician composes music. Author Milan Kundera noted, 'Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of great distress.' Guided by their aesthetic sense of beauty, a person transforms the intentional and fortuitous events of their life into an expressive episodic motif, which artistic creation assumes a permanent place in the composition of his or her conscious mind. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Daniel Stern
#102. Despite your delusions to the contrary, swingers, by and large, are a civilized lot. We come in all ages, shapes, sizes, nationalities, and ethnicities. We have differing beliefs, varying opinions, IQs, and senses of humor. We have families, friends, careers, hobbies, mortgages, and retirement plans. In short, we're just like everyone else. We don't strap on leather chaps and nipple clamps to go about our day. Wearing kinks on our sleeves like badges of honor isn't our style. Truth be told, we don't talk that much about our dalliances - -at least not to Vanilla folk. We're not ashamed. We simply assume most of the world doesn't get our way of life. And more times than not, we're right. #Quote by Daniel Stern
Memoir quotes by Barbara Warren
#103. They took to walking and chatting in a park close to the house. Charles was flattered by the attention he was given by Edina. He had never had a girlfriend and smiled at the eagerness of this blossoming young woman. One evening, as they walked in the park. Charles took Edina's hand in his, and immediately the fire in his belly was lit.
"So, what is it you want to do, Edina? #Quote by Barbara Warren
Memoir quotes by Michiko Kakutani
#104. The current memoir craze has fostered the belief that confession is therapeutic, that therapy is redemptive and that redemption equals art, and it has encouraged the delusion that candor, daring and shamelessness are substitutes for craft, that the exposed life is the same thing as an examined one. #Quote by Michiko Kakutani
Memoir quotes by Mike MacLeod
#105. A favorite pastime of soldiers on long mounted patrols was testing each other with impossible hypotheticals. They were an endearing yet vulgar form of moral drama, but only because the alternative was to contemplate being blown up by an illiterate goat herder's morning project. "What would you rather do, have sex with your sister or shoot your mother?" "Would you rather pick up a baby with a pitchfork, or throw a paraplegic in a fire?" In one form or another, these young men were weighing the relative value of human life in real terms, perhaps as a surrogate for murkier thoughts that might otherwise be in the forefront, such as, "Why am I risking my life in this wasteland?" or "Whose life is worth more, that of my best friend in the gun turret or of some Iraqi kid I've never met?" It passed the time. #Quote by Mike MacLeod
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#106. I had feared this end, wondered where I would go from it, from the moment I first stepped on this footpath in the desert. But I found I was not afraid of reaching it now. I was happy. I hadn't found every answer for where I was going, but I now had all I needed to take these next steps. I knew I would do what I needed to become a writer now. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by David Halberstam
#107. 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. #Quote by David Halberstam
Memoir quotes by Patricia Lockwood
#108. This is the secret: when I encounter myself on the page, I am shocked at how forceful I seem. On the page I am strong, because that is where I put my strength. On the page I am everything that I am not, because that is where I put myself. I am no longer whispering through the small skirted shape of a keyhole: the door is knocked down and the roof is blown off and I am aimed once more at the entire wide night. #Quote by Patricia Lockwood
Memoir quotes by Jennifer Lee Noonan
#109. Part of the torture of autism is that the future is so impossibly unsure. Your child might become a fully functioning member of society and appear no different than anyone else, even if he does have to look at mouths instead of eyes and can't stand to give his own kids a bath. Or, he might be so violent that he requires institutionalization... Either way, you're expected to work your ass off for it. #Quote by Jennifer Lee Noonan
Memoir quotes by Anna White
#110. I believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up. #Quote by Anna White
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#111. In fact, because I liked him so badly, I needed to continue on my course. I was finally becoming the woman I wanted to be, and she was whom I needed to show Dash - and myself. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Louisa Deasey
#112. Like a book on a shelf I'd waited years to open, Paris had always been waiting for me... #Quote by Louisa Deasey
Memoir quotes by Martin Amis
#113. We live in the age of mass loquacity.We are all writing it or at any rate talking it: the memoir, the apologia, the c.v., the cri de coeur. #Quote by Martin Amis
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#114. We write our life stories detailing our worldly experiences in order to expose the unconscious mind to the world of conscious appreciation. By extending our consciousness, we bring material insights to our emotional forefront. Words lay the foundation for truth telling. The music of our words allows us to train the lightness of language upon the darkness of our own humanity. The taxonomy of the human mind empowers us to employ the magic of language to share information, suggest action, speculate upon the future, reminisce about pastimes, lance our most ragged feelings, and pontificate, with a drunkard's sense of punchy assuredness, upon any topic that fits our fancy. We tell stories in order to mark our existence, to share both our triumphs and failures, and teach wisdom gained from our previous skirmishes in a convoluted world. In absence of our stories, we do not exist in our own minds or in the minds of our people. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Abby Norman
#115. I was the problem and the solution. #Quote by Abby Norman
Memoir quotes by Suzy Davies
#116. Our eyes met. I kissed her soft face, and down the stairs they descended. Their voices blended into an echo, a murmur. I ventured barefoot into the bedroom. The dark gown lay crumpled upon the bed #Quote by Suzy Davies
Memoir quotes by Salena Godden
#117. You cannot go poking skeletons in the closet without making maggots wriggle." - Springfield Road #Quote by Salena Godden
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#118. Some writers probe their quest for individuality; others explore loneliness, anxiety, and sense of alienation. Writers lament injustice, grief, and dejection. Some writers devote their efforts to an appraisal of ontological torment. Some writers seek to examine the implications of life and death by reflecting upon the restrictions and insufficiency of the human condition. Some writers survey the ramifications of fractured human consciousness in an industrial and scientific community undergoing rapid technological changes. Many writers attempt to release their inner tension and employ writing as a transformative process to effect personal change in their lives. If a person writes as they dream, they will encounter an inner world that assists them function in an awakened state. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Susan Faludi
#119. Here was a Jewish man-turned-woman making fun of Jewish men for not being manly enough. #Quote by Susan Faludi
Memoir quotes by Anna Akana
#120. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the only beholder that matters is you. #Quote by Anna Akana
Memoir quotes by Karl Lagerfeld
#121. I live my memoirs, I don't have to write them down. #Quote by Karl Lagerfeld
Memoir quotes by Antonia Crane
#122. I didn't know then what words and stories would mean to me. I had no idea they would grow long alien arms and wrap around me and show me the sky and the galaxy and beyond. Books would change my stripes and make me cry and sink into my skull. Books excited me. #Quote by Antonia Crane
Memoir quotes by Agatha Christie
#123. A lot of trouble has been caused by memoirs. Indiscreet revelations, that sort of thing. People who have been close as an oyster all their lives seem positively to relish causing trouble when they themselves shall be comfortably dead. #Quote by Agatha Christie
Memoir quotes by Reba Riley
#124. This is why being broken is so beautiful: being broken means you have cracks for love and light to shine through, gaps for the Godiverse to burrow and bloom, space to move from who you are to who you will become. #Quote by Reba Riley
Memoir quotes by Ruth Ozeki
#125. She approached her memoir with a renewed sense of resolve. A rapprochement was what was needed. An unfinished book, left unattended, turns feral, and she would need all her focus, will, and ruthless determination to tame it again. She kicked the cat off her chair, #Quote by Ruth Ozeki
Memoir quotes by Kate Zambreno
#126. The memoir by women, read by female readers, is considered a market form, not "great literature." #Quote by Kate Zambreno
Memoir quotes by Jowita Bydlowska
#127. There's this parallel, perhaps less conscious desire, which is to numb myself to the world. To deal with the world tomorrow. Living is difficult. Dying is difficult. #Quote by Jowita Bydlowska
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#128. In lovesickness we had found a common language. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Amy Passantino
#129. I was an idiot," were my mother's last words. I'll never know what she meant because I wasn't there when she died. I am left with unanswered questions while I grieve for a woman I had barely spoken to during the last six months of her life. In fact, by the time I found out she had six months to live we'd been estranged for almost a year. #Quote by Amy Passantino
Memoir quotes by Cindy Campopiano
#130. Some flowers need flames to find their way into this world. #Quote by Cindy Campopiano
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#131. Deprived of all forms of memory, people would act only to satiate the immediacy of their base cravings. Without past memories acting as guidepost, humankind's dynamics diminish to the entropy of commission and reaction. The desire to achieve lastingness would be frivolous without appreciation of our joint history. In absence of historical awareness, there could be no culture dialogue or community inwardness. Absent historical awareness, there would be no evolving community consciousness and there would be no social engine capable of generating any communities' battery of self-determinacy. Self-improvement would be frivolous without forging an intimate relationship with our historiology as well as familiarity with the account of select people's exhibited character traits that we might wish to emulate. Notions of personal pliancy and individual lability would lose its root structure without the prongs of memory to provide the necessary griddle and supporting trusses to configure and provide cohesion for our developing sense of selfhood. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#132. Human beings innate complexities resist reduction into simple sentences and neat paragraphs. The stories that come nearest to expressing the ambivalent nature of people are textured and occasionally inconsistent and express waves of inner uncertainty. A simile and a metaphor are not literally true. A figure of speech, symbols, and allegories are mere expressions that when interlinked with other text assist explain facts, ideas, and emotions. Useful facts are elusive; we must look for them, and then express them using whatever mechanism proves most authoritative. We can never directly describe emotions; we resort to metaphors to describe emotions and other illusive thoughts. Ideas by virtue of their untested nature are often untrue or at best rough approximations of truth. Lyrical writing is equivocal; it is never exactly true or precisely false. Lyrical language attempts to express and connect sentiments through extrapolation and misdirection. The writer's task is to melt away durable facts, breakdown the symbolic depictions of solid reality, and discover the liquidity of a passionate inner life that provides the hot breath to our steamy humanness. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by George Hodgman
#133. It was October in Pennsylvania and on the first morning the ground was frosted. As I walked to breakfast, some guy yelled out, 'Thirteen inches in the Poconos.'
'Is that I porn film?' I asked. #Quote by George Hodgman
Memoir quotes by Jacques Yonnet
#134. I'd very much like to 'conclude' something from this experiment. Or that it should raise a question in my mind, and a commitment to get to the bottom of the matter, to investigate, to come up with an outline of the beginning of an answer, however ill-defined or trite it might be . . . But no. I'm here to see, hear, observe - to experience. Let others explain. #Quote by Jacques Yonnet
Memoir quotes by Debbie Harry
#135. From the first time I set eyes on Marilyn, I thought she was just wonderful. On the silver screen, her lovely skin and platinum hair were luminescent and fantastic. I loved the fantasy of it. In the fifties, when I grew up. Marilyn was an enormous star, but there was such a double standard. The fact that she was such a hot number meant that many middle-class women looked down on her as a slut. And since the publicity machine behind her sold her as a sex idol, she wasn't valued as a comedic actor or given credit for her talent. I never felt that way about her, obviously. I felt that Marilyn was also playing a character, the proverbial dumb blonde with the little-girl voice and big-girl body, and that there was a lot of smarts behind the act. My character in Blondie was partly a visual homage to Marilyn, and partly a statement about the good old double standard. #Quote by Debbie Harry
Memoir quotes by Jane Leavy
#136. At a book festival in Fort Lauderdale, I met David Eisenhower, Ike's grandson, who was promoting his book 'Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower,' in which he describes attending the Yankees' 154th game in 1961. The whole family had been following Mantle and Maris chase Babe Ruth's home run record across the country. #Quote by Jane Leavy
Memoir quotes by Adeline Yen Mah
#137. In the early 1970s, racial and gender discrimination was still prevalent. The easy camaraderie prevailing in the operating room evaporated at the completion of surgical procedures. There was an unspoken pecking order of seating arrangements at lunch among my fellow physicians. At the top were the white male 'primary producers' in prestigious surgical specialties. They were followed by the internists. Next came the general practitioners. Last on the list were the hospital-based physicians: the radiologists, pathologists and anaesthesiologists - especially non-white, female ones like me. Apart from colour, we were shunned because we did not bring in patients ourselves but, like vultures, lived off the patients generated by other doctors. We were also resented because being hospital-based and not having to rent office space or hire nursing staff, we had low overheads. Since a physician's number of admissions to the hospital and referral pattern determined the degree of attention and regard accorded by colleagues, it was safe for our peers to ignore us and target those in position to send over income-producing referrals. This attitude was mirrored from the board of directors all the way down to the orderlies. #Quote by Adeline Yen Mah
Memoir quotes by Gore Vidal
#138. I have begun writing what I have said I'd never write, a memoir ("I am not my own subject," I used to say with icy superiority). #Quote by Gore Vidal
Memoir quotes by Jennifer Saunders
#139. I do like a bit of flyin'. Comedy flying is one of my favourite things. I think it rates up there with a neck brace for funniness. #Quote by Jennifer Saunders
Memoir quotes by Liza Mundy
#140. There were discussions about minutiae like pockets, which Virginia Gildersleeve felt were essential for any working woman. But the designers felt pockets would spoil the lines of the suit. 'Utility was sacrificed to looks,' Gildersleeve noted with some disgust in her memoir. 'They certainly looked very attractive and no doubt won many recruits for the Navy; but I regretted those pockets. #Quote by Liza Mundy
Memoir quotes by Jonathan Ames
#141. Insightful and heartbreaking, but also wonderfully comedic in its gutsy honesty. A beautiful and powerful memoir. #Quote by Jonathan Ames
Memoir quotes by W.N.P. Barbellion
#142. When the sun grew too hot we went into the wood where waves of Bluebells dashed around the foot of the Oak in front of us... I never knew before, the delight of offering oneself up; I even longed for some self sacrifice, to have to give up something for her sake. It intoxicated me to think I was making another happy... #Quote by W.N.P. Barbellion
Memoir quotes by Katy Lederer
#143. I remember when I was writing my memoir and I was worried about what other people would think when they read it, and my mother, who can be this incredibly wise person, said that it really didn't matter because strangers who read it would never meet me anyway, and people I knew were aware of my secrets. #Quote by Katy Lederer
Memoir quotes by Christine Woodcock
#144. As an author and fellow mom, my hope is that you see yourself reflected in these pages. By sharing and reading the experiences of others, my wish is that we can move forward as a generation of women who support one another, and who can work together to create a more stable system of support for the next generation. #Quote by Christine Woodcock
Memoir quotes by Mary Karr
#145. The head can travel a far piece while the body sits in one spot. It can traverse many decades, and many conversations can be had, even with the dead. #Quote by Mary Karr
Memoir quotes by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
#146. Hate is not from God. People who use religion to hate can't love God. It is impossible. #Quote by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
Memoir quotes by Johann Hari
#147. Billie didn't blame Anslinger's agents as individuals; she blamed the drug war itself247 - because it forced the police to treat ill people like criminals. "Imagine if the government chased sick people248 with diabetes, put a tax on insulin and drove it into the black market, told doctors they couldn't treat them," she wrote in her memoir, "then sent them to jail. If we did that, everyone would know we were crazy. Yet we do practically the same thing every day in the week to sick people hooked on drugs." Still, #Quote by Johann Hari
Memoir quotes by Lori Lesko
#148. I don't need to write a memoir of my life. All you need to do is read one of my books. I'm there. #Quote by Lori Lesko
Memoir quotes by P. J. O'Rourke
#149. Accuse a person of breaking all Ten Commandments, and you've written the promo blurb for the dust cover of his tell-all memoir. #Quote by P. J. O'Rourke
Memoir quotes by Courtney Love
#150. I am not here to make you feel better, I am just here to make you feel worse #Quote by Courtney Love
Memoir quotes by Paul Auster
#151. I do not repeat conversations that I can't remember. And it's something that irritates me a great deal, because I think most memoirs are false novels. #Quote by Paul Auster
Memoir quotes by Judith Barrington
#152. One last characteristic of the memoir that is important to recognize is one which also applies to essays, and which Georg Lukacs described as "the process of judging." This may seem problematic to some, since...we connect it with 'judgmental,' often used nowadays as a derogatory word. But the kind of judgment necessary to the good personal essay, or to the memoir, is not that nasty tendency to oversimplify and dismiss other people out of hand but rather the willingness to form and express complex opinions, both positive and negative.

If the charm of memoir is that we, the readers, see the author struggling to understand her past, then we must also see the author trying out opinions she may later shoot down, only to try out others as she takes a position about the meaning of her story. The memoirist need not necessarily know what she thinks about her subject but she must be trying to find out; she may never arrive at a definitive verdict, but she must be willing to share her intellectual and emotional quest for answers. Without this attempt to make a judgment, the voice lacks interest, the stories, becalmed in the doldrums of neutrality, become neither fiction nor memoir, and the reader loses respect for the writer who claims the privilege of being the hero in her own story without meeting her responsibility to pursue meaning. Self revelation without analysis or understanding becomes merely an embarrassment to both reader and writer. #Quote by Judith Barrington
Memoir quotes by Patricia Amis
#153. If you can see it, you can achieve it. God helps those who helps themselves. Power is in the act of humility. #Quote by Patricia Amis
Memoir quotes by Wilfred Greene, 1st Baron Greene
#154. A learned County Court judge in a book of memoirs recently said that the overwhelming amount of his time on the bench was taken up with people who are persuaded by persons whom they do not know to enter into contracts that they do not understand to purchase goods that they do not want with money that they have not got. #Quote by Wilfred Greene, 1st Baron Greene
Memoir quotes by Elizabeth Wurtzel
#155. A deeply true, wholly aching account of the dangerous way we live now
LOVE JUNKIE is great fun to read, and finally fully redemptive. Rachel Resnick brings a light, delightful touch to a hard subject, and creates a great, relatable, readable memoir. #Quote by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Memoir quotes by Kris Courtney
#156. I recount as this journey begins where I rest to gather the tale from this
same old house resting on the hill, leaving me a view of a carnival once seen from just across the tracks. My pallet is dry now. The colors I see no more. The rain has washed away many of the signs that once stood for a prosper
home and family. My grave is waiting. The dreams once filled my head with
images of world unison, hope and companionship for all. The saga spoken
through my canvas drew darker as the years went on to the bitter cold nights.
All that comes to me now are glimpses of faces that graced my soul. #Quote by Kris Courtney
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#157. Chinese proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This journey had begun with the coercion of my body, with my own wild hope. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Katie Kacvinsky
#158. She tells me life is a story. We can make it a Harlequin romance, a mistery, a memoir. We can make it pamphlet-size or an ongoing series.
"I want mine to be exceptional", she says. #Quote by Katie Kacvinsky
Memoir quotes by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
#159. I read somewhere that a man should tell the story of his life at the age of forty, and this deadline is fast approaching as I write these lines, only a few short weeks remain before this ominous birthday arrives. #Quote by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Memoir quotes by Karen Wheeler
#160. But you have to remember...that you can't run from unhappiness. You just take it with you. #Quote by Karen Wheeler
Memoir quotes by Philip Gambone
#161. For more than thirty years, Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd have been gardening with extraordinary, indeed legendary, results. Part memoir, part omnium-gatherum of horticultural wisdom and practical advice, Our Life in Gardens is at once literate, learned, sensible, and, often, sheer luscious poetry. There are delights to be sampled on every page. From a cultivated life, they have brought forth, once again, a cultivated book. #Quote by Philip Gambone
Memoir quotes by Jack Kerouac Atop An Underwood Early Stories And Other Writings
#162. The Grim Reaper isn't grim at all; he's a life-saver. He isn't grim because he isn't anything ... he is nothing. And nothing is a hell of a lot better than anything. So long, boys. #Quote by Jack Kerouac Atop An Underwood Early Stories And Other Writings
Memoir quotes by Anne Lamott
#163. Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written, or you didn't go swimming in those warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen. #Quote by Anne Lamott
Memoir quotes by Meg Flores
#164. We're all the same whoever loves. #Quote by Meg Flores
Memoir quotes by Lidia Yuknavitch
#165. On a spectrum of literary productions, memoir is just another form. If the person doing the reviewing or critiquing was ill-educated about literary forms, they could write something dunderheaded about the author or their life (I've seen these and barfed at them), but anyone who is well-practiced and educated in literature - why would they leave that at the door when entering memoir? #Quote by Lidia Yuknavitch
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#166. The analytical framework of this comprehensive field study of what it means to be an American examines how a person's personality, culture, technology, occupational and recreational activities affect a person's sense of purposefulness and happiness. The text evaluates the nature of human existence, formation of human social relations, and methods of communication from various philosophic and cultural perspectives. The ultimate goal is to employ the author's own mind and personal experiences as a filter to quantify what it means to live and die as a thinking and reflective person. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Annie Dillard
#167. You have to take pains in a memoir not to hang on the reader's arm, like a drunk, and say, 'And then I did this and it was so interesting. #Quote by Annie Dillard
Memoir quotes by Mira Bartok
#168. Cheryl Strayed reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss. #Quote by Mira Bartok
Memoir quotes by Abigail Thomas
#169. You had a certain way of saying my name. It was the inflection maybe, something you put into those three syllables. And now you are gone and my name is just my name again, not the story of my life. #Quote by Abigail Thomas
Memoir quotes by Anthony Swofford
#170. Right now in American writing there is no genre as exciting as memoir - the writer can do anything, as long as it works. It's like the 1920s up in this joint. So, I'd say, experiment with how you tell the story. In the best memoir it's not the what, it's how the writer tells the what - meaning and effect through form. #Quote by Anthony Swofford
Memoir quotes by Jena Morrow
#171. I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame. I have an eating disorder. #Quote by Jena Morrow
Memoir quotes by Damian Barr
#172. Maggie, tou made it possible -but not probably for me to be the man I am now. #Quote by Damian Barr
Memoir quotes by Steve Martin
#173. In a sense, this book is not an autobiography but a biography, because I am writing about someone I used to know. Yes, these events are true, yet sometimes they seemed to have happened to someone else, and I often felt like a curious onlooker or someone trying to remember a dream. I ignored my stand-up career for twenty-five years, but now, having finished this memoir, I view this time with surprising warmth. One can have, it turns out, an affection for the war years. #Quote by Steve Martin
Memoir quotes by Davan Yahya Khalil
#174. Life is a book, one page a day but only memories are making chapters #Quote by Davan Yahya Khalil
Memoir quotes by Frank Kusy
#175. Damoder climbed slowly to his feet. 'Buy lot!' he wheedled, 'I am poor man. I sell you cheap. I am bank-Rupert! Apparently the only things that could save him from bank-rupertcy were our dollars. #Quote by Frank Kusy
Memoir quotes by Ralph Webster
#176. I thought those were others. Soon, I was to learn that they were us. #Quote by Ralph Webster
Memoir quotes by Sally Morgan
#177. You're very beautiful, dear', she said, 'what nationality are you, Indian?'
'No', I smiled, 'I'm Aboriginal.'
She looked at me in shock. 'You can't be,' she said.
'I am.'
'Oh, you poor thing,' she said, putting her arm around me, 'what on earth are you going to do? #Quote by Sally Morgan
Memoir quotes by Sherry Scott
#178. But I had learned to survive. I may have felt as if I couldn't breathe freely at times, may have felt caged and desperate, may have questioned all I ever was, but I had learned enough to keep me where I needed to be and to live to see what life would continue to bring my way if I continued to look for it. #Quote by Sherry Scott
Memoir quotes by Michaela Angela Davis
#179. Defining oneself is a revolutionary act, and, as described in her memoir, Janet Mock fiercely fought to free herself with exquisite bravery and sensitivity. Redefining Realness is full of hope, dreams, and determination. It is a true American girl story. #Quote by Michaela Angela Davis
Memoir quotes by Suzie Ivy
#180. Even sentenced to twenty-five years in prison Ted didn't get what he deserved. Maybe his prison mates would give it to him. #Quote by Suzie Ivy
Memoir quotes by Jim McGarrah
#181. A human can be a real prick but maintain the capacity for good and a good hearted soul is capable of great evil. Never judge a person as absolutely one way or another because you sell the human race short when you do. #Quote by Jim McGarrah
Memoir quotes by Margery Allingham
#182. When Mr. William Faraday sat down to write his memoirs after fifty-eight years of blameless inactivity he found the work of inscribing the history of his life almost as tedious as living it had been, and so, possessing a natural invention coupled with a gift for locating the easier path, he began to prevaricate a little upon the second page, working his way up to downright lying on the sixth and subsequent folios. #Quote by Margery Allingham
Memoir quotes by Sean Wilsey
#183. A memoir, at its heart, is written in order to figure out who you are. #Quote by Sean Wilsey
Memoir quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#184. Our emotional valence – positive or negative experiences – affects not only how we narrate childhood events, but also which memories we retain. The interplay between a person encountering environment experiences meshed with self-editing of various aspects of their complex memory system results in a person becoming more than a collection of memories: a person creates their personalized version of a self. A person integrates many experiences into creating their being. Personal encounters with other people as well as moments of personal solitude contemplating ideas and personal existence congeal to form the depiction of a self. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Memoir quotes by Justine Larbalestier
#185. I was wowed by Margo Jefferson's memoir, Negroland, which is about growing up black and privileged in Chicago in the fifties and sixties. It was a window into an alien world. Obviously, I'm not black, but what was really alien to me was her family's focus on respectability. I was never taught when to wear white gloves, what length skirt is appropriate. #Quote by Justine Larbalestier
Memoir quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#186. A few months ago, I was sitting morosely at my desk, wondering why I had ever agreed to review Barbara Bush: A Memoir for an English newspaper. The experience was proving to be a degradation of the act of reading. Imagine, if you will, being strapped into a chair and made to listen to Liberace playing the piano for hour upon hour. Or imagine being fed chocolate dinner mints, like a hapless goose, until you are on the verge of explosion. Such was my lot. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Memoir quotes by Eugene Ionesco
#187. We are all looking for something of extraordinary importance whose nature we have forgotten; I am writing the memoirs of a man who has lost his memory. #Quote by Eugene Ionesco
Memoir quotes by Amos Oz
#188. ... that sour blend of loneliness and lust for recognition, shyness and extravagance, deep insecurity and self-intoxicated egomania, that drives poets and writers out of their rooms to seek each other out, to rub shoulders with one another, bully, joke, condescend, feel each other, lay a hand on a shoulder or an arm round a waist, to chat and argue with little nudges, to spy a little, sniff out what is cooking in other pots, flatter, disagree, collude, be right, take offence, apologise, make amends, avoid each other, and seek each other's company again. #Quote by Amos Oz
Memoir quotes by Kate Madison
#189. The next day I received a phone call from Mr. Pride which began, "So, I heard you won Ho of the Year." Well when you put it like that it didn't sound like such an accomplishment. #Quote by Kate Madison
Memoir quotes by Andrew Lang
#190. To the enormous majority of persons who risk themselves in literature, not even the smallest measure of success can fall. They had better take to some other profession as quickly as may be, they are only making a sure thing of disappointment, only crowding the narrow gates of fortune and fame. Yet there are others to whom success, though easily within their reach, does not seem a thing to be grasped at. Of two such, the pathetic story may be read, in the Memoir of A Scotch Probationer, Mr. Thomas Davidson, who died young, an unplaced Minister of the United Presbyterian Church, in 1869. He died young, unaccepted by the world, unheard of, uncomplaining, soon after writing his latest song on the first grey hairs of the lady whom he loved. And she, Miss Alison Dunlop, died also, a year ago, leaving a little work newly published, Anent Old Edinburgh, in which is briefly told the story of her life. There can hardly be a true tale more brave and honourable, for those two were eminently qualified to shine, with a clear and modest radiance, in letters. Both had a touch of poetry, Mr. Davidson left a few genuine poems, both had humour, knowledge, patience, industry, and literary conscientiousness. No success came to them, they did not even seek it, though it was easily within the reach of their powers. Yet none can call them failures, leaving, as they did, the fragrance of honourable and uncomplaining lives, and such brief records of these as to delight, and console and encourage us al #Quote by Andrew Lang
Memoir quotes by Kimber Simpkins
#191. May I see the beauty in others without denigrating my own. #Quote by Kimber Simpkins
Memoir quotes by Edmund White
#192. In a memoir, your main contract with the reader is to tell the truth, no matter how bizarre. #Quote by Edmund White
Memoir quotes by Janine Benyus
#193. Jay Harman is the quintessential biomimic, a principled inventor who sees solutions everywhere he looks in the natural world. And he looks deeply, with the soul of a student. He moves with grace from a world of waving sea kelp to the world of sustainable design, bringing nature's wisdom into the board rooms of global companies, to the design tables of the engineers and designers who make our world. This is more than a business book, more than a memoir, more than a new way to solve global challenges. It's a book about a new way to think. #Quote by Janine Benyus
Memoir quotes by Cara Lopez Lee
#194. Running away is vastly underrated. #Quote by Cara Lopez Lee
Memoir quotes by Joyce Johnson
#195. I was always aware that Jack loved women not only for their bodies but for the stories that came into being as they interacted with him
they were part of his "road," the infinite range of experience that always had to remain open to fuel his work. #Quote by Joyce Johnson
Memoir quotes by Abby Maslin
#196. To survive we must simply live. To love, we must love hard. #Quote by Abby Maslin
Memoir quotes by Susan Faludi
#197. The camera only documented what had been there all along, a marriage whose foundations, constructed from the cheap materials of convention and fear, had been buckling for years. #Quote by Susan Faludi
Memoir quotes by Uvi Poznansky
#198. My fever is gone. In its place, now come severe bouts of shivering. I try, as best I can, to control myself. I slow down the chattering of my teeth as I call out, Of one thing I'm sure: Reading what I've been working on - which, for lack of a better term I would call a memoir - you would think me a madman. #Quote by Uvi Poznansky
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#199. He hadn't treated me with the love and compassion I wanted, but I was worthy of that love, and someday some boy would have it for me. I hadn't found it yet, but I would find it soon. #Quote by Aspen Matis
Memoir quotes by Aspen Matis
#200. My mom used to tell me, "I don't like my mother, but I love her. #Quote by Aspen Matis

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