Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reading Biographies

F W Boreham possessed a bias towards Disraeli’s decree, “Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory” and Emerson’s variation, “There is properly no history; only biography”.

Dr Boreham wrote of the means by which readers might experience the personalities of significant people who had died and asserted, “The biographies of the noble dead are among the most stimulating volumes in our libraries. By means of their pages we come in touch with the richest and rarest spirits of the past: and in the process, our finest impulses are quickened and our highest aspirations inflamed.”

Thanks to Geoff Pound for these quotes.
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