- Birthday, Fiction, Nonfiction, Quotes

“A rebellion against a tyrant is only immoral when it hasn’t got a chance.”

Happy birthday, Muriel Spark! Here are some quotes from her writing:

“It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist.”

Faith and Fiction of Muriel Spark


“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.”

The Hothouse by the East River


“One’s prime is elusive. You…must be on the alert to recognise your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full.”

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


“A rebellion against a tyrant is only immoral when it hasn’t got a chance.”

A Good Comb: The Sayings of Muriel Spark


“To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.”

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


“Safety does not come first…Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first.”

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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