Top 88 Autobiographical Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Autobiographical Quotes from famous people such as Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Nicole Holofcener, Dario Argento, John Darnielle, Lee Isaac Chung, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Look, anything any writer writes is going to be on some

Look, anything any writer writes is going to be on some level autobiographical. Part of the funny/sad thing is that you don’t always know how autobiographical you’re being.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
The stories that I want to tell are completely, well, somewhat autobiographical. It’s completely based on my own self-absorption issues and problems.
Nicole Holofcener
In each of my characters there is a little of me. Not strictly autobiographical but a little piece of my soul.
Dario Argento
I think all writing is necessarily autobiographical to a greater or lesser extent, and the less it tries to be confessional, the more likely it is that you’re somehow sneaking the things you need to say in there.
John Darnielle
Many filmmakers start off with an autobiographical film from childhood, and that’s kind of what I was thinking I would do, but other projects would just present themselves naturally in the beginning.
Lee Isaac Chung
Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
John Barton
I wouldn’t say that my songs are autobiographical.
George Harrison
Lyrically, you know, most of the things on ‘Rumours’ were very autobiographical and very much conversations the three writers were having with other members of the band.
Lindsey Buckingham
Reviewers try to square the antics of a writer’s life with the antics in the fiction. Even satirical verbal play is too often read and admired as autobiographical expression. And thanks to the democratic exposures of the web, it’s easier than ever to document private experiences and divulge the most intimate secrets.
Joanna Scott
You’re always trying to make each record more autobiographical than the last one.
Brian Fallon
Anything I write is going to be autobiographical and true to some degree.
Shooter Jennings
All my works over the years have been autobiographical in the sense they reflect some part of my life, although I have fictionalised them to an extent.
Ruskin Bond
For the most part, this record is autobiographical. At some point, the story of ‘The Houston Kid’ takes my experiences from 6 to 15 years old, and it sort of cross-pollinates with other kids in my neighborhood. It fuses their experiences with what was going on in my life.
Rodney Crowell
Because of the wonderfully positive response to ‘Life’s That Way,’ I am considering writing some more autobiographical stuff – maybe another book. I don’t know. It doesn’t help that I’m lazy.
Jim Beaver
My first book was called, ‘Mountain, Get Out of My Way,’ where I did an autobiographical sketch, if you will, looking back at myself and looking back at things in my life, and juxtaposing them against things that are happening in other people’s lives and trying to be motivational.
Montel Williams
All novels must be autobiographical because I am the only material that I know. All of the characters are me. But at the same time, a novel is never autobiographical even if it describes the life of the author. Literary writing is a completely different medium.
John Banville
All of my films have been autobiographical – it’s all I’ve got to go on.
Ira Sachs
I’m certainly no Bruce Springsteen in terms of being a storyteller, but I’m trying to get a better handle on it and not always go after it from an autobiographical standpoint.
Myles Kennedy
As a work gets more autobiographical, more intimate, more confessional, more embarrassing, it breaks into fragments.
David Shields
I don’t view my memory as accurate or static – and, in autobiographical fiction, my focus is still on creating an effect, not on documenting reality – so ‘autobiographical,’ to me, is closer in meaning to ‘fiction’ than ‘autobiography.’
Tao Lin
The autobiographical doesn’t interest me. I could think of few things less interesting than rooting about in my life.
John Berger
The old handbook on writing is ‘Write what you know.’ I come from an autobiographical starting place almost all of the time, but it would be a mistake to presume that I’m not using fiction to extend the narrative.
Rodney Crowell
Autobiographical comics, I love them. I love them.
Alison Bechdel
What happened in 2008 stopped people in their tracks. People stopped looking at their homes simply as commodities to exploit and starting thinking about how they might personalise that space and make them less bland and more autobiographical, and that’s healthy, I think.
Kevin McCloud
There’s always going to be a little bit of autobiographical content to everything. It’s how you lend some authority to what you write – you give it that weight by drawing on your direct experiences and indirect experiences from people that you know well, or a little.
Ian Anderson
Though my stories aren’t autobiographical, I do sometimes use things from my life.
Kim Edwards
‘Illustrado’ is not an autobiography. Only the ideas are autobiographical; the ideas of bitterness, frustration, unchanging society, an individual lost, social awkwardness… The book satirises archetypes from across Filipino society, and I felt that the least I could do was offer myself up, too.
Miguel Syjuco
All of my plays are deeply autobiographical. But it’s not straight autobiography.
Stephen Karam
All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.
Federico Fellini
What I write is very personal, but not autobiographical. It’s more ‘thematically personal’ – what’s up in my life in terms of themes at the moment.
Josh Radnor
‘Bless Me, Ultima’ is quite autobiographical in the sense that I was writing a story about my childhood, my hometown where I grew up, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, on Old Highway 66 and the Pecos River. So a great deal of that environment, landscape, people, got thrown in the novel.
Rudolfo Anaya
Over the years, I had something in principle against au

Over the years, I had something in principle against autobiographical writing altogether because memory plays tricks on us, and we also tend to reinvent ourselves. But there comes an age when one begins to observe life, and there are things that need time to mature, also in terms of literary form.
Gunter Grass
People assume that a self-portrait is narcissistic and you’re trying to reveal something about yourself: fantasies or autobiographical information. In fact, none of my work is about me or my private life.
Cindy Sherman
For years, I’ve written narrators who aren’t gender-identified. When I do autobiographical stuff, that’s different, obviously. But I’ve always tried to keep my songs as potentially not a man’s thing.
John Darnielle
I love James Baldwin’s autobiographical writing.
Carrie Brownstein
Sometimes I’ll write something that’s purely autobiographical, and sometimes pure fiction, and sometimes a mix.
Frankie Cosmos
There is no doubt that this film is autobiographical, but at the same time it also tries to portray an ordinary couple in a language that everyone can understand.
Sophie Marceau
I’ll take a certain concern of my own or a situation and try to frame it around a fictional story, but sometimes just straight-up autobiographical songs work well, and sometimes a story is better. I like stories. I like to hear them. I don’t think there are enough of them in songs anymore.
Jason Isbell
The stories are not autobiographical, but they’re personal in that way. I seem to know only the things that I’ve learned. Probably some things through observation, but what I feel I know surely is personal.
Alice Munro
In a sense, any story that anyone writes is going to be autobiographical – whether it deals directly with the author’s experience or not – because it captures what we’re obsessed with while working on that particular piece.
Molly Antopol
‘Tender’ is my most strongly autobiographical play.
Abi Morgan
I do think all art is autobiographical, and I do think I know quite a bit about women. I don’t know anything about men.
Gloria Vanderbilt
I don’t eschew autobiographical writing, but I’m not interested in mine to be so straightforward. The things that tend to move me the most are often those that I have to figure out its meaning for myself. The human being’s ability to make a metaphor to describe a human experience is just really cool.
Aimee Bender
A lot of the novels that I’ve really enjoyed in my life, whether it’s Tolstoy’s ‘Cossacks,’ or ‘Sons and Lovers’ or ‘Jude the Obscure’ or ‘David Copperfield’ or ‘Herzog,’ have an autobiographical spine.
Melvyn Bragg
I had absolutely no trauma in my childhood. If anyone ever assumed that my books were autobiographical, they’d be sorely disappointed, because none of these things happened to me.
Jodi Picoult
I don’t think there’s such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind.
Maya Angelou
The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary.
Francois Truff
All my movies have an autobiographical dimension, but that is indirectly, through the personages. In fact, I am behind everything that happens and that is said, but I am never talking about myself in first person singular.
Pedro Almodovar
I use my fiction to explore my own unconscious issues. I usually don’t even know what’s going on with me until I’m writing. That doesn’t mean my books are autobiographical.
Janet Fitch
When I started writing at 18 or 19, I had a fear of anything autobiographical, but I’ve come to realise that my writing is very autobiographical at the emotional level.
Ben Marcus
I love songs that are very autobiographical.
Alanis Morissette
Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.
Terry McMillan
I’ve yet to write a stand-up show that isn’t autobiographical.
Mike Birbiglia
All through my writing life, I’ve had this impulse to write autobiographical works.
Paul Auster
All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides.
Gloria Vanderbilt