For the serious biographer, history and the life story of a real individual are inseparably intertwined. Get the facts wrong, or distort them, and the life story gets distorted: becomes fiction.
I’m working on my life story. I’m not decided if it’s going to be a musical or a movie with music in it.
– Dolly Parton
I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my life story. – Elvis Presley
There’s only one person in this race who will be there, who’s always been there for you, and that’s Hillary Clinton’s life story. – Joe Biden
Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try. – Fran Lebowitz
I have a daughter who’s 11 years old. Maybe she’ll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she’ll play me in my life story. – Patti Smith
Yes, I believe stories are very important to all performances. The life story of the performer shapes their work, and the life stories of the audience alter how they receive the work, what they read into the performer.
– Marina Abramovic
You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult. – Helen Mirren
I’ve been writing all these books that have been largely autobiographical and yet, really, they don’t tell you anything about me. I just use my life story as a kind of device on which to hang comic observations. It’s not my interest or instinct to tell the world anything pertinent about myself or my family. – Bill Bryson
Certainly, I devote my energy to both telling my personal life story and seeking self- obliteration. However, I will not destroy myself through art. – Yayoi Kusama
I just use my life story as a kind of device on which to hang comic observations. It’s not my interest or instinct to tell the world anything pertinent about myself or my family. – Bill Bryson
I’m going to have to call up Spike Lee. I did a cameo for him in ‘Malcolm X,’ and I’m trying to get him to do my life story and the history of the Black Panther Party. – Bobby Seale
I had to stop traveling alone because I missed so many planes. When somebody runs up to you in the airport and begins to tell you their life story, you can’t say, ‘Excuse me, boo,’ as they’re weeping on your bosom. – Iyanla Vanzant
Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual. – Paul Tournier
That has been my entire life story, running against the current and running with the current. Sometimes running with the current is underestimated. – Rem Koolhaas
If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels. – Charlize Theron
Your life story is a gift, and it should be treated as such. – Emily V. Gordon
My dad’s life story was a string of kindness. He treated everyone as an equal, whether it was the bank teller or the bank president. He even attributed his survival to the courage of kindness. – Daniel Lubetzky
Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don’t. – Stephen Curry
Susan Burton’s life story – filled with trauma, struggle, and true heroism – is precisely the kind of story that has the potential to change the way we view our world. – Michelle Alexander
Our hiring is almost completely built around just going through someone’s life story, and we look for moments when they had to make important decisions, and we go deep on those. – Tobias Lutke
I would say I’m an inspirational guidelines book. You can take my life story or scenarios or songs and relate to them and apply them to your everyday life. – Chris Brown
A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that’s what separates a life story that can influence other people. – Mitch Albom
Tina Fey’s autobiography is very, very funny and very well written. It’s her life story: it’s about how she grows up in New York. There’s no obvious reason why I should enjoy this – I mean, this is the autobiography of a woman in her early 40s in New York. I’m a guy from a small town in Denmark. – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
“Fundamentally, Eva is just my life copied out onto film. I’m [still] alive, so the story hasn’t finished.” – Hideaki Anno
“Life is like a B-picture script. It is that corny. If I had my life story offered to me to film, I’d turn it down.”
– Kirk Douglas
Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.
Life is a story, what does yours say?
Be patient. For what was written for you was written by the greatest of writers.
If I want a long boring story with no point to it, I have my life. – Jerry Seinfeld
“Share your story with someone. You never know how one sentence of your life story could inspire someone to rewrite their own.” — Demi Lovato
“Real life is never quite as interesting as the story told afterward.” – Laurence Overmire
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. – John Barth
My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident. – Hans Christian Andersen
I knew what I wanted to do when I set out. I knew that I wanted to write a book that told the story, obviously. I wanted it be comedy first, because I felt like there already had been childhood druggy stories that were very serious, and I felt that the unique thing here was that I was a comic and I could tell the story with some levity, and I have been laughing at these stories my whole life. — Moshe Kasher
“In life, every ending is just the start of another story.” – Julian Barnes
“You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult.” — Helen Mirren
I can’t write my life story without Emmitt and Troy. They can’t write their life stories without me. We’re tied together forever. This is a day to remember for the rest of our lives. – Michael Irvin
“Every time I change the way I explain myself to myself, I have to rearrange the story of my life.” – Mason Cooley
When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence. – Bruce Feiler
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