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Iris Murdoch
July 15, 1919 - February 8, 1999
Nationality: Irish
Category: Author
Subcategory: Irish Author

Anything that consoles is fake.


Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.


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


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.


Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.


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


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.


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


Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.


We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.


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


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


Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!


But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.


We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.


One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.


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


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


The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.


There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.


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