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Iris Murdoch Quotes

(1919), British Novelist, Philosopher

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 fašade of his appearance.

Category: Appearance

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

Category: Arts And Artists

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.

Category: Bereavement

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.

Category: Causes

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.

Category: Churches

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

Category: Critics And Criticism

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.

Category: Fantasy

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

Category: Goodness

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.

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Humankind

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Category: Judgment And Judges

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

Category: Literature

No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.

Category: Love

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

Category: Love Ended

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

Category: Lovers