Muriel Spark, fully Dame Muriel Sarah Camberg Spark

Spark, fully Dame Muriel Sarah Camberg Spark

Scottish Author and Novelist

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People who want to write books do so because they feel it to be the easiest thing they can do. They can read and write, they can afford any of the instruments of book writing such as pens, paper, computers, tape recorders, and generally by the time they have reached this decision, they have had a simple education.

Try as I do, I can't recall her surname. Indeed, her very abstractedness and insubstantial personality seemed to say 'forget me'; she seemed to live in parenthesis.

Remember you must die.

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

Sandwiches, she said, like diamonds, are forever.

You must understand that everything happens for an artist, all time is redeemed, nothing is ever lost and wonders never cease.

I am a hoarder of two things: documents and trusted friends.

It was a gusty day, and from the windows of Caroline's top-floor flat, only the sky was visible with its little hurrying clouds. It was a day when being indoors was meaningful, wasting an afternoon in superior confidences with a friend before the two-barred electric heater.

I am putting old heads on your young shoulders, Miss Brodie had told them at that time, and all my pupils are the crŠme de la crŠme.

It?s all right at the time, and it?s all right before says Lise, but the problem is afterwards. That is, if you?re not an animal. Most of the time, afterwards is pretty sad.

After thirty years' hostile fellowship with Collie, of course she did quite well understand that collie had a habit of skipping several stages in the logical sequence of her thoughts and would utter apparently disconnected statements, especially when confused by unfamiliar subject or the presence of a man

I met her [Maria Stopes] at one of our meetings and knew she disliked me intensely on sight. I was young, pretty and she had totally succumbed to the law of gravity without attempting to do a thing about it. She was demented at this stage of her life. I used to think it a pity that her mother rather than she had not thought of birth control.

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

I never trust the airlines from those countries where the pilots believe in the afterlife. You are safer when they don't.

Allow me, in conclusion, to congratulate you warmly upon your sexual intercourse, as well as your singing.

I often wonder if we were all characters in one of God's dreams.

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

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

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.

I think sitting in the sun is justifying your existence.

Everyone likes to visit a nun, it provides a spiritual sensation, a catharsis to go home with, especially if the nun clutches the bars of the grille.

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

Flattening their scorn beneath the chariot wheels of her superiority.

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

For concentration you need a cat... And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give you back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence is enough.

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Scottish Author and Novelist