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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything
that is noble within you,
you always find your counterpart.
- Camille Pissarro

My fellow revolutionaries, liberation is a noble cause.
We must fight to obtain it.
- George Weah

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

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

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

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

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

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

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize
the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe,
and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?
- Michelangelo

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in
which it can most readily develop.
- Tacitus

New England is the home of all that is good and noble
with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards

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

We think of the noble object for which the professor appears to-night,
we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one
who will laugh at the professor.
- Stephen Leacock

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

He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.
- John Fletcher

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with
noble and manly thoughts,
seek for no other test of its excellence.
It is good, and made by a good workman.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

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

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

Noble bold is an accident of fortune;
noble actions characterize the great.
- Carlo Goldoni

A sovereign's great example forms a people;
the public breast is noble or vile as he inspires it.
- David Mallet

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and,
in its true sense, a noble one.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

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

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

All that is noble in the world's past history,
and especially the minds of the great and the good,
are never lost.
- James Martineau

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

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen
drape over their will to power.
- Aldous Huxley

Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame,
which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble
thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind.
- George William Curtis

I am ready to sacrifice everything in completing the
unfinished agenda of our noble jihad...
until there is no bloodshed in Afghanistan and Islam
becomes a way of life for our people.
- Mohammed Omar

I wanted to write a battle song for the Judeans but
so far I can think of nothing noble and weighty enough.
- Isaac Rosenberg


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