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Lytton Strachey (1880 – 1932)

English biographer, critic and leading light of the Bloomsbury group.
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Lytton Strachey
If this is dying, then I don't think much of it.
Strachey quotes
It is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one.
[His reply to the chairman's other stock question, which had previously never failed to embarrass the claimant: "Tell me, Mr. Strachey, what would you do if you saw a German soldier trying to violate your sister?" With an air of noble virtue:] "I would try to get between them."

Strachey Lytton quotes
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
Strachey Lytton
It is not [the biographer's] business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them...dispassionately, impartially, and without ulterior motives.
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