Hi, Welcome to Question Friday. I receive daily quotes by email, and below the quote, there is a brief summary of the person’s life.

It’s not easy to summarize our own bios from five sentences to one or two, and here, whole lives are summarized and in a wonderful way too! If you were writing the bio to appear underneath some of your quotes, what would you want the quote bio to say?

Q: How would you write your quote bio?

Here are some examples, and my italics of some great phrases in them:

About Richard Bach
Richard Bach, the American pilot and author, became hugely successful with the publication of the slim novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull a spiritual quest about a bird who loved to fly rather than seeing flight as a means to an end. He was born in Illinois in 1936, a descendant of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been an Air Force Reserve pilot, a flight instructor, and a barnstormer; most of his books involve flight either directly or as a metaphor.

About Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams was the pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams, the multiple-award-winning Southern Gothic playwright best known for his plays Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. He was born in 1911 in Mississippi, where he had a difficult childhood with an abusive father, a smothering mother, and a schizophrenic sister. His emotionally honest plays often feature sensitive souls who don’t fit into a confining culture. He spent most of his adult life in New York City. He died in 1983.

About Virginia Satir
American psychotherapist Virginia Satir played a central role in shaping family therapy. She was born in Wisconsin in 1916. While working as a teacher, she became deeply involved in the lives of her students and their parents. This led to graduate school and a career change. She took on the mission of inspiring therapists to work with families. She cofounded the Mental Health Research Institute in California, where she held the first-ever family-therapy training program. She died in 1988.

What’s your quote bio?!
BTW, do not be intimidated by the fact that these bios above are of well-known people. Write yours as just that – yours!
p.s. Brag! :)



  1. Posted Friday March 23, 2007 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    About Senia Maymin

    Senia Maymin was instrumental in bringing positive psychology into the mainstream. Her research on Intuition changed how people approach decision-making, and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2034. Her positive psychology coaching practice proved productive for many Fortune 100 companies, and various consulting organizations continue to use her methodologies, especially on games and business.

  2. Posted Friday March 23, 2007 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    p.s. The quotes that came with the above bios were:

    “Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else.”
    – Tennessee Williams

    “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
    – Richard Bach

    “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
    – Virginia Satir

    My quotes might be:
    “Life is about living.”
    “You can’t choreograph the world.”
    …and anything else that you’d find on my blog!

  3. Posted Sunday April 15, 2007 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    “Dwell within the realms of possibility” Atlanta Camilleri

    About Atlanta Camilleri. Atlanta is passioniate in her work helping others overcome their obstacles to a joyful life. She has spent the last 16years in life experimenting with what what works practically and found the principals of positive psychology to be foundational to a solid recovery from addictions and other life challenges.

    ..thanks for getting me to write that

    OK this was my first go.

  4. Posted Monday April 16, 2007 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Super bio and super quote. Really like the bio, Atlanta! Thank you.

  5. Posted Monday April 23, 2007 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Here’s one that’s from our lifetimes:

    American business guru Jim Collins has written or cowritten four books, including the instant classic Built to Last, which spent more than six years on the Business Week best-seller list, and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, which became a New York Times best seller. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado. After seven years teaching at Stanford University’s business school, he founded a research laboratory to examine companies and why they succeed.

    “There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.'”
    – Jim Collins

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