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24 Little Muriel Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Spark: One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the 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
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Humphrey: There's something I've been wanting to say for a long time. I'm a liberal, and There's something I've been wanting to say for a long time. I'm a liberal, and I'm proud of it. In fact, I was probably a little more liberal than Hubert was. I just wanted to say that. — Muriel Humphrey
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: But I feel like letting other people be good for meafter all, I'm just an But I feel like letting other people be good for me
after all, I'm just an unhappy little girl and even if I'm extremely intelligent, that doesn't change anything, does it? An unhappy little girl who, just when things are at their worst, has been lucky enough to meet some good people. Morally, do I have the right to let this chance go by? — Muriel Barbery
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Spark: It was a gusty day, and from the windows of Caroline's top-floor flat, only the 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. — Muriel Spark
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: It's all well and good to have profound thoughts on a regular basis, but I It's all well and good to have profound thoughts on a regular basis, but I think it's not enough. Well, I mean: I'm going to commit suicide and set the house on fire in a few months; obviously I can't assume I have time at my disposal, therefore I have to do something substantial with the little I do have. — Muriel Barbery
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Beadle: [University students] hated the hypocrisy of adult society, the rigidity of its political institutions, the [University students] hated the hypocrisy of adult society, the rigidity of its political institutions, the impersonality of its bureaucracies. They sought to create a society that places human values before materialistic ones, that has a little less head and a little more heart, that is dominated by self-interest and loves its neighbor more. And they were persuaded that group protest of a militant nature would advance those goals. — Muriel Beadle
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: Clara looked at Maria and tried to understand what she must do so that Maria Clara looked at Maria and tried to understand what she must do so that Maria would be able to see her. But the little French girl cast all around her the bronze of infinite solitude. — Muriel Barbery
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: For a few seconds Maria did not move, or even breathe, apparently. Then she gave For a few seconds Maria did not move, or even breathe, apparently. Then she gave a sorrowful gulp and, like all little girls, even those who speak to fantastical wild boars and mercurial horses, she collapsed in desperate sobs, of the kind that come so easily to a twelve-year-old, and so hard to a person of forty. — Muriel Barbery
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Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Spark: Six years previously, Miss Brodie had led her new class into the garden for a Six years previously, Miss Brodie had led her new class into the garden for a history lesson underneath the big elm. On the way through the school corridors they passed the headmistress's study. The door was wide open, the room was empty.
'Little girls,' said Miss Brodie, 'come and observe this.'
They clustered round the open door while she pointed to a large poster pinned with drawing-pins on the opposite wall within the room. It depicted a man's big face. Underneath were the words 'Safety First'.
'This is Stanley Baldwin who got in as Prime Minister and got out again ere long,' said Miss Brodie. 'Miss Mackay retains him on the wall because she believes in the slogan "Safety First". But Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth and Beauty come first. Follow me. — Muriel Spark
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: When a Japanese woman disrupts the powerful sequence of natural movement with her jerky little When a Japanese woman disrupts the powerful sequence of natural movement with her jerky little steps, we ought to experience the disquiet that troubles our soul whenever nature is violated in this way, but in fact we are filled with a unfamiliar blissfulness, as if disruption could lead to a sort of ecstasy, and a grain of sand to beauty. What we discover in this affront to the sacred rhythm of life, this defiant movement of little feet, this excellence born of constraint, is a paradigm of Art. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: If you dread tomorrow it's because you don't know how to build the present, and If you dread tomorrow it's because you don't know how to build the present, and when you don't know how to build the present, you tell yourself you can deal with it tomorrow, and it's a lost cause anyway because tomorrow always ends up being today don't you see ... We have to live with the certainty that we'll get old and that it won't look nice or be good or feel happy. And tell ourselves that it's now that matters: to build something now at any price using all our strength. Always remember that there's a retirement home waiting somewhere and so we have to surpass ourselves every day, make every day undying. Climb our own personal Everest and do it in such a way that every step is a little bit of eternity. That's what the future is for: to build the present with real plans made by living people. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: But the life he now led no longer resonated with the echo of past moments But the life he now led no longer resonated with the echo of past moments of exhilaration, other than the trilling of birds at dawn, or the grand calligraphy of clouds. Therefore, when the little girl began to play, the pain he felt courted a sorrow he no longer knew still lived inside him, a brief reminiscence of the cruelty of pleasure. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: Wine is the refined jewel that only a grown woman will prefer to the sparkling Wine is the refined jewel that only a grown woman will prefer to the sparkling trinkets adored by little girls. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: The tea ritual: such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; The tea ritual: such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the wealthy and the poor; the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: As we all know, poodles are a type of curly-haired dog preferred by petit bourgeois As we all know, poodles are a type of curly-haired dog preferred by petit bourgeois retirees, ladies very much on their own who transfer their affection upon their pet, or residential concierges ensconced in their gloomy loges. Poodles come in black or apricot. The apricot ones tend to be crabbier than the black ones, who on the other hand do not smell as nice. Though all poodles bark snappily at the slightest provocation, they are particularly inclined to do so when nothing at all is happening. They follow their master by trotting on their stiff little legs without moving the rest of their sausage-shaped trunk. Above all they have venomous little black eyes set deep in their insignificant eye-sockets. Poodles are ugly and stupid, submissive and boastful. They are poodles, after all — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary
and terrible elegant. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: What is writing, no matter how lavish the pieces, if it says nothing of the What is writing, no matter how lavish the pieces, if it says nothing of the truth, cares little for the heart, and is merely subservient to the pleasure of showing one's brilliance. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: True faith, it is a well-known fact, has little regard for chapels, but does believe True faith, it is a well-known fact, has little regard for chapels, but does believe in the communion of mysteries. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: What is particularly amusing about cocker spaniels is their swaying gait when they are in What is particularly amusing about cocker spaniels is their swaying gait when they are in a playful mood: it's as if they had tiny little springs screwed to their paws that cause them to bounce upward - but gently, without jolting. This also affects their paws and ears like the rolling of a ship, so cocker spaniels, like jaunty little vessels plying dry land, lend a nautical touch to the urban landscape: utterly enchanting. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: I don't know if you have any idea what a high school in Paris is I don't know if you have any idea what a high school in Paris is like in this day and age in the posh neighborhoods - but quite honestly, the slummy banlieues of Marseille have nothing on ours. In fact it may even be worse here, because where you have money, you have drugs - and not just a little bit and not just one kind. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: To rich people it must seem that the ordinary little people..experience human emotions with less To rich people it must seem that the ordinary little people..experience human emotions with less intensity and greater indifference ... The fact that we might be going through hell like any other human being, or that our hearts might be filling with rage as Lucien's suffering ravaged our lives, or that we might be slowly going to pieces inside, in the torment of fear and horror that death inspires in everyone, did not cross the mind of anyone on these premises. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: As always, I am saved by the inability of living creatures to believe anything that As always, I am saved by the inability of living creatures to believe anything that might cause the walls of their little mental assumptions to crumble. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: Who has ever heard of a maid and a concierge making use of their afternoon Who has ever heard of a maid and a concierge making use of their afternoon break to ponder the cultural significance of interior decoration? You would be surprised by what ordinary little people come out with. — Muriel Barbery
Little Muriel Sayings By Muriel Barbery: There are times, however, when life becomes a phantom comedy. As if aroused from a There are times, however, when life becomes a phantom comedy. As if aroused from a dream, we watch ourselves in action and, shocked to realize how much vitality is required simply to support our primitive requirements, we wonder, bewildered, where ARt fits in. All our frenzied nudging and posturing suddenly becomes utterly insignificant; our cozy little nest is reduced to some futile barbarian custom, and our position in society, hard-won and eternally precarious, is but a crude vanity. As for our progeny, we view them now with new eyes, and we are horrified, because without the cloak of altruism, the preproductive act seems extraordinarily out of place. All that is left is sexual pleasure, but if it is relegated to a mere manifestation of primal abjection, it will fail to proportion, because a loveless session of gymnastics is not what we have struggled so hard to master.
Eternity eludes us. — Muriel Barbery