Biography (from the Greek words bios meaning "life", and graphein meaning "write") is a genre of literature and other forms of media such as film, based on the written accounts of individual lives. While a biography may focus on a subject of fiction or non-fiction, the term is usually in reference to non-fiction.
- Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records.
- The great lesson of biography is to show what man can be and do at his best. A noble life put fairly on record acts like an inspiration to others.
- To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.