Any good biography has to got to lead you to the work. Many biographers have started out in love with their subjects and ended up hating them.
People will not be bored. They may listen politely at a dinner table to boasts and personalities, life history, etc. But in print they choose their own companions, their own subjects. They was to be amused or benefitted
Claude C. Hopkins
As a filmmaker, my approach is to come in not with preconceived notions, but with curiosity, and in that way, whether my subjects are James Carville or Anna Wintour or Dick Cheney, I am always surprised.
R. J. Cutler
Art cannot be subordinate to its subject, otherwise it is not art but biography.
When settling disputes between his subjects, he should ensure that his judgement is irrevocable; and he should be so regarded that no one ever dreams of trying to deceive or trick him.
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
Whenever you write on a subject that questions the status quo, there are bound to be many who wrestle with the issues
I was a good student in the subjects that I wanted to be good in. The curriculum in my section was excellent.
Very often we developed a better grasp of the subjects than the over worked teachers.
I have come, Sire, to complain of one of your subjects who has been so audacious as to kick me in the belly.
If it's a likeness, alone, it's not a success. If, through my portraits, you can come to know the subjects more meaningfully, if it synthesizes your feelings toward someone whose work has imprinted itself on your mind--if you see a photograph and say, 'Yes, this is the person,' with a little new insight--that is a beautiful experience.
I'm curious about everything. Even subjects that don't interest me.
Ignorance breeds fear; the more you learn about your subject, the less fear it holds for you.