Find the best quotes by Iris Murdoch.
One doesn’t have to get anywhere in a marriage. It’s not a public conveyance.
He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.
The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Only lies and evil come from letting people off.
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…
There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth – well, it’s like brown – it’s not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
Anything that consoles is fake.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.
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