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Muriel Spark Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Better not be at all than not be noble.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and,
while it is true that the suicide braves death,
he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
- Aristotle

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being
subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain
in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
- Herodotus

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
- Sophocles

George Bush says what John Kerry did was noble.
Yet he sees him being savaged by his own supporters.
- Mark Shields

There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery
that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it,
and fills it with noble inclinations.
- Washington Irving

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

Ambition it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
- J. M. Barrie

Truth and mercy require the exertion -
never the suppression,
of man's noble rights and powers.
- Gerrit Smith

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men.
Lack of culture means what it has always meant:
ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Of every noble work the silent part is best,
of all expression that which can not be expressed.
- William Wetmore Story

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage.
Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.
- Delmore Schwartz

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes,
and pompous in the grave.
- Thomas Browne

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 artist work is so high, so noble,
so grand,
so enduring, so important for all time,
as the making of character is a child.
- Charlotte Saunders Cushman

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

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

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

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

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
- Dodie Smith

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind
and unfits it for every noble enterprise,
every expanded prospect.
- James Madison

Tears are the noble language of the eye.
- Robert Herrick

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

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

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

Just as a man would not cherish living
in a body other than his own,
so do nations not like to live under other nations,
however noble and great the latter may be.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.
- Baruch Spinoza

Applause is the spur of noble minds,
the end and aim of weak ones.
- Edmund Burke

Over all our happy country - over all our Nation spread,
Is a band of noble heroes - is our Army of the Dead.
- Will Carleton

The business of a scientific school is the dissemination of useful knowledge,
and this is a noble enterprise and indispensable withal;
society can not exist unless it goes on.
- Albert J. Nock

The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to the future.
- Joshua Chamberlain

A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

No matter how noble and special people want to make
the playoffs out to be...
it's a crapshoot.
- Orel Hershiser

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong;
the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can
be overcome by physical means.
- Lydia M. Child

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

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

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

All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire


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