Iris Murdoch

Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher

Lived from: 1919-1999

Category: Philosophers

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    Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
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    I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
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    A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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    A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the fa├žade of his appearance.
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    All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
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    Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
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    Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
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    Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.
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    But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
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    Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
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    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.
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    He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
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    Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
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    I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
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    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.
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