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

Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth - well, it's like brown - it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.


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


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


Only lies and evil come from letting people off.


The cry of equality pulls everyone down.


Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.


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


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


We can only learn to love by loving.


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


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


The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.


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.


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


Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.


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


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