Iris Murdoch

British writer (born in Ireland) known primarily for her novels (1919-1999)

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Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.Rate it:
Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.Rate it:
Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.Rate it:
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.Rate it:
I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.Rate it:
In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.Rate it:
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.Rate it:
Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.Rate it:
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.Rate it:
One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.Rate it:
Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!Rate it:
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.Rate it:
The cry of equality pulls everyone down.Rate it:
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.Rate it:
We can only learn to love by loving.Rate it:
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.Rate it:

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