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"Life-writing calls for any number of dubious gifts: A touch of O.C.D., a lack of imagination, a large desk, neutrality of Swiss proportions, tactlessness, a high tolerance for archival dust. Most of all it calls for an act of displacement. 'To find your subject, you must in some sense lose yourself along the way,' is Richard Holmes's version." ~ Stacy Schiff
"In 'Plutarch,' her voice begins to come out; there are actual 2,000-year-old quotes from Cleopatra, and they are sly and saucy." ~ Stacy Schiff
"Insofar as there is an anxiety of influence for a biographer, it may be that each new book is undertaken in reaction to the previous book." ~ Stacy Schiff
"And in the absence of facts, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history." ~ Stacy Schiff
"I can't write a line without music - it provides just the right amount of distraction to keep me focused. Clearly, I still miss the noisy roommates." ~ Stacy Schiff
"Of course, women have long exercised influence behind the scenes. A few thousand years ago this drove Aristotle to distraction: 'What difference does it make whether women rule or the rulers are ruled by women? The result is the same.'" ~ Stacy Schiff
"As Dio observed later, democracy sounded very well and good, "but its results are seen not to agree at all with its title. Monarchy, on the contrary, has an unpleasant sound, but is a most practical form of government to live under. For it is easier to find a single excellent man than many of them." ~ Stacy Schiff
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Imagination magnifies small objects with fantastic exaggeration until they fill our soul, and with bold insolence cuts down great things to its own size, as when speaking of God."
Author: Blaise Pascal

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