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Quotations From MURIEL SPARK

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  • 1.
    New York, home of the vivisectors of the mind, and of the mentally vivisected still to be reassembled, of those who live intact, habitually wondering about their states of sanity, and home of those whose minds have been dead, bearing the scars of resurrection.
    Muriel Spark (b. 1918), British novelist. The Hothouse by the East River, ch. 1 (1973).

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  • 2.
    Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
    Muriel Spark (20th century), British novelist. The Comforters, ch. 6 (1957).

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    Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
    Muriel Spark (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Taylor, in Memento Mori, ch. 4 (1959).

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  • 4.
    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 (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Brodie, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch. 2 (1961).

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  • 5.
    Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life!
    Muriel Spark (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Brodie, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch. 1 (1961).

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  • 6.
    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 (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Brodie, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch. 1 (1961).

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  • 7.
    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 (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Brodie, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch. 2 (1961).

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