Ivy Compton-Burnett Quotes

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

“She still seems to me in her own way a person born to command,” said Luce… “I wonder if anyone is born to obey,” said Isabel. “That may be why people command rather badly, that they have no suitable material to work on.”

People don’t resent having nothing nearly as much as too little.

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

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

Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth… But we seem to have no other.