Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions.
I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.
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There was never yet an uninteresting life.
Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
Your descendants shall gather your fruits.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.
We were meant to give our lives away.
Spend more time living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving it.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
There is properly no history; only biography.
Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed.
And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.
I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man.
The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
We all leave footprints in the sand, the question is, will we be a big heal, or a great soul.
There never was a good biography of a good novelist.
There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.
One day after laying a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr.
, President Bush appoints a federal judge who has built his career around dismantling Dr. King's legacy.
Children... are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God's children.
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.
Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
That which resembles most living one's life over again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.
I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.
Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
Memoirs are the backstairs of history.
All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.
There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.
He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.
The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
Thus when I come to shape here at this table between my hands the story of my life and set it before you as a complete thing, I have to recall things gone far, gone deep, sunk into this life or that and become part of it; dreams, too, things surrounding me, and the inmates, those old half-articulate ghosts who keep up their hauntings by day and night... shadows of people one might have been; unborn selves.
And so I'm saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles, for living.
For many centuries, suicides were treated like criminals by the society.
That is part of the terrible legacy that has come down into society's method of handling suicide recovery. Now we have to fight off the demons that have been hanging around suicide for centuries.
Legacy is greater than currency.
The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy.
The legacy of women's war work is our present post-industrial employment structure. It was the war that created the demand for a technologically advanced, de-skilled, low-paid, non-unionized female workforce and paved the way for making part-time work the norm for married women now. A generation later, it was the daughters of wartime women workers who completed their mothers' campaign for equal pay.
...the honour of a maid is her name; andno legacy is so rich as honesty.
There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.
A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey.
It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.