A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.

— Ivy Compton-Burnett

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There are different kinds of wrong. The people sinned against are not always the best.

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My youth is escaping without giving me anything it owes me.

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We can build upon foundations anywhere if they are well and firmly laid.

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Real life seems to have no plots.

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I never know why self-sacrifice is noble. Why is it better to sacrifice oneself than someone else?

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A plot is like the bones of a person, not interesting like expression, or signs of experience, but the support of the whole.

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I never agree with the compliments paid to it.

It is not a great healer. It is an indifferent and perfunctory one. Sometimes it does not heal at all. And sometimes when it seems to, no healing has been necessary.

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Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth,' said his cousin. 'But we seem to have no other.

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I wonder the human race has been so fond of migrations, when the young take so hardly to traveling.

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A person who can really be called an unselfish person, has no place in life.

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Pushing forty? She's hanging on for dear life.

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At a certain point my novels set. They set just as hard as that jam jar. And then I know they are finished.

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About Ivy Compton-Burnett

Quotes 59 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

When I die, people will say it is the best thing for me.

It is because they know it is the worst. They want to avoid the feeling of pity. As though they were the people most concerned!

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There is more difference within the sexes than between them.

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Time is not a great healer. It is an indifferent and perfunctory one. Sometimes it does not heal at all. And sometimes when it seems to, no healing has been necessary.

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I am ill at ease with people whose lives are an open book.

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Dear, dear, the miniature world of the family! All the emotions of mankind seem to find a place in it.

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We are always children to our mothers.

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What concerns anyone so much as the time he has to live?

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To young people the future is still long.

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If I were not a child with my parents, they would be more unloving toward me.

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Real charity and real ability never to condemn-the one real virtue-is so often the result of a waking experience that gives a glimpse of what lies beneath things.

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Magnifying a matter is not the way to mend it.

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There is danger in courage. Cowardice is a power for good. We hardly know what it prevents.

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some people always have a touch of youth about them.

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Well, of course, people are only human... But it really does not seem much for them to be.

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It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape.

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Ah, we have to be generous to be grateful ... One has oneself to be a giver.

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People who have power respond simply. They have no minds but their own.

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Duty is seldom liked either by the doer or the object .

.. And why should it be? It is not often of advantage to either.

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[On writing:] What a difficult kind of work to choose! But of course one did not choose it. There was no choice.

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The most original novelist now writing in English.

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We must use words as they are used, or stand aside from life.

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It will be a beautiful family talk, mean and worried and full of sorrow and spite and excitement.

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As regards plot I find real life no help at all.

Real life seems to have no plots. And as I think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life.

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Well, Buttermere, this is a day that is good to live and breathe in, that makes a man feel in his prime. Standing here in front of my house, I feel as young as when I moved into it thirty years ago, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-nine. What aged man would you take me to be, as I step as it were casually into your view?

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There is probably nothing like living together for blinding people to each other.

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charm should be on the surface. It has no hidden use.

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I think I feel on the whole that something's there trying to get out .

.. It's sort of trying to get out and wants help.

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Many people misjudge the permanent effect of sorrow, and their capacity to live in the past.

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You should not want to know the things in people's minds.

If you were meant to hear them, they would be said.

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Civilized life exacts its toll.

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It is no good to think that other people are out to serve our interests.

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People's weaker side is not necessarily their truer self.

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Parents have too little respect for their children, just as the children have too much for the parents.

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Our desires have a way of getting bigger with our incomes.

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it is in our minds that we live much of our life.

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Never is a long word.

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We do not discuss the members of our family to their faces.

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