Fawn M. Brodie

American historian and biographer

Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915January 10, 1981) was a biographer and professor of history at UCLA.


  • A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
    • Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, ch. 1 (1974)
  • There is, of course, a gold mine or a buried treasure on every mortgaged homestead. Whether the farmer ever digs for it or not, it is there, haunting his daydreams when the burden of debt is most unbearable.
    • No Man Knows My History, ch. 2 (1945)
  • A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.
    • No Man Knows My History, ch. 19 (1945)
  • Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.
    • Los Angeles Times Home Magazine (Feb. 20, 1977)
  • Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.
    • Los Angeles Times Home Magazine (Feb. 20, 1977)
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