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When a noble life has prepared old age,
by Muriel Spark

When a noble life has prepared old age,
it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Muriel Spark

Related topics: Age

It is impossible to repent of love.
The sin of love does not exist.
- Muriel Spark

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.
- Muriel Spark

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree,
but smiles.
- Muriel Spark

 

All my pupils are the creme de la creme.
Give me a girl of an impressionable age,
and she is mine for life.
- Muriel Spark

I see no reason to keep silent about my enjoyment of
the sound of my own voice as I work.
- Muriel Spark

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
- Muriel Spark

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One's prime is elusive.
You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the
alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.
You must then live it to the full.
- Muriel Spark

If you're going to do a thing, you should do it thoroughly.
If you're going to be a Christian, you may as well be a Catholic.
- Muriel Spark

I used to think it a pity that her mother rather than
she had not thought of birth control.
- Muriel Spark

Art and religion first; then philosophy;
lastly science.
That is the order of the great subjects of life,
that's their order of importance.
- Muriel Spark

I wouldn't take the Pope too seriously.
He's a Pole first, a pope second, and maybe a Christian third.
- Muriel Spark

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever
time of your life it may occur.
- Muriel Spark

To me education is a leading out of what is already
there in the pupil's soul.
To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there,
and that is not what I call education.
I call it intrusion.
- Muriel Spark

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wine and cheese are ageless companions,
like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures.
- M. F. K. Fisher

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

To deal with individual human needs
at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
- Jimmy Carter

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest
number of noble and happy human beings.
- John Ruskin

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy,
which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy,
an august civil polity or a great art.
- Ralph A. Cram

Innocence in genius, and candor in power,
are both noble qualities.
- Madame de Stael

One of our most noble political tasks is to open up trust.
- Gustav Heinemann

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize
property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more,
and to prevent the lower from getting more.
- Aristotle

I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.
- Keanu Reeves

He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame;
but he is dead,
even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.
- Ludwig Tieck

To make the public sentiment, on the side of all that
is just and true and noble,
is the highest use of life.
- Lucy Stone

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one
individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
- Dag Hammarskjold

All those people whose faces decorate the shopping
bags of Barnes and Noble,
with a few exceptions, would never get published today.
- Mark Crispin Miller

Major religions are examples of 'noble lies' aimed
at uplifting human stature.
- Jack Miller

Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which,
like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals,
you will have added your conception,
your artful piece of stone.
- Adrienne Clarkson

You accumulate political capital to spend it on noble causes for Canada.
If you're afraid to spend your capital,
you shouldn't be there.
- Brian Mulroney

I did not find Liverpool ugly.
Her stately public buildings, broad streets,
public squares, and noble statues redeem her from the charge.
- M. E. W. Sherwood

Learning should be a joy and full of excitement.
It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated
excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.
- Taylor Caldwell

I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple,
along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to.
It is not written about very much.
- Nicholas Sparks

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women
of no note do great deeds,
speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.
- Charles Reade

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.
Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences
and endowments of the human mind.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought,
and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
- John Ruskin

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully
as a distinguished success.
- Edward Dowden

A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.
- Friedrich Schiller

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble.
But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
- H. L. Mencken

Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.
- Ralph Bunche

It is a peculiar art form, but I think it's a necessary art form -
and I do believe it's a noble art form.
- Paul Conrad

I don't know whether there is anyone else at all who
remembers my noble father with such sadness.
- Egon Schiele

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too
often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing
is clear but the arrogance of quest.
I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
- Franz Grillparzer

There is a noble and a base side to every history.
- Thomas Wentworth

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than
by argument to overcome it.
- Francis Beaumont

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is
the greatest treasure in the world.
- Martin Luther

Be noble minded!
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us,
forms our true honor.
- Friedrich Schiller

The noble man is only God's image.
- Ludwig Tieck

But there is a higher law than the Constitution,
which regulates our authority over the domain,
and devotes it to the same noble purposes.
- William H. Seward

Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
- Charles Kingsley

Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential.
But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right,
and leaves the consequences to God.
- Robert Dale Owen

The labor movement means just this: it is the last
noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
- Wendell Phillips

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage,
and grow wiser and more serene.
- William Ellery Channing

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds,
though he risk everything.
- Plutarch

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
- A. P. Herbert

To be really great in little things,
to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life,
is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Journalism was looked upon as a more noble thing than it is now.
I don't know if it carries the same cachet that it did then.
- Pat Oliphant


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