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Iris Murdoch Quotes

A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.

All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.

Anything that consoles is fake.

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.

Every man needs two women: a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.

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 and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.

He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.

Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.

I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.

I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.

I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.

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.

In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.

Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.