Every single one of us have astounding stories. Every single one of us have had experiences that are eye openers to other people. For the most part, we just let it go by as nothing … we think there is nothing outstanding about it. Until we tell it to somebody else. – Anria Billavara
All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography. – J. M. Coetzee
Every reader of a novel is in effect the reader of his own life, whose shape he is better able to appreciate thanks to the spectacles which the novelist has offered him. – Marcel Proust
We write down made-up stories to tell the truths we wish we could say out loud. –Anonymous
A writer is a world trapped in a person. – Victor Hugo
Deur die verlede te herskep roep ons dieselfde magiese kragte op as ons voorgangers met hulle voorvaderverhale langs vure onder die naghemel. Die behoefte om dit te doen, om die dood op sy plek te hou, lê diep in die menslike natuur, en die kuns van biografie spruit uit daardie behoefte.
Everything is biographical, Lucian Freud says. What we make, why it is made, how we draw a dog, who it is we are drawn to, why we cannot forget. Everything is collage, even genetics. There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border we cross.
Gooi maar jou klippie in die dam, mens weet nooit waar trek die rimpels heen nie.