15 Total Quotes

Muriel Spark Quotes

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

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

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

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
#English Novelist

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

If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.
Muriel Spark
#Death

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

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
#English Novelist

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
Muriel Spark
#English Novelist

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
#English Novelist

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
#English Novelist

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

It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist.
Muriel Spark
#English Novelist

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.
Muriel Spark
#English Novelist