Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

We can only learn to love by loving.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

Anything that consoles is fake.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

Only lies and evil come from letting people off.

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch

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