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.
Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
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.
I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
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.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
The cry of equality pulls everyone down.
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.
We can only learn to love by loving.
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.

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