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All Quotes by author - Iris Murdoch
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance. "
" Only lies and evil come from letting people off. "
" People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. "
" Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference. "
" Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream. "
" Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating! "
" The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries. "
" The cry of equality pulls everyone down. "
" The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe. "
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