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The absolute yearning of one human body for another
by 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

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

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

 

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.
- Iris Murdoch

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

Only lies and evil come from letting people off.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

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

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

Anything that consoles is fake.
- Iris Murdoch

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

He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual
muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

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

I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We can only learn to love by loving.
- Iris Murdoch

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

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

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.
- 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

We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding
everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
- Albert Schweitzer

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is absolute, but only to one person.
My truth is absolute to me, and your truth is absolute to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Good for who? Good for what?
There is no absolute "good."
"Good" is simply one person's preference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one's personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world's troubles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This overcoming of all the usual barriers
between the individual and the Absolute
is the great mystic achievement.
In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute
and we become aware of our oneness.
This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition,
hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
- William James

Shallow understanding from people of good will
is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding
from people of ill will.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure
to dance without cessation;
and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.
- Lewis Carroll

I want for myself what I want for other women,
absolute equality.
- Agnes Macphail

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic
slide into absolute damnation.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

The double hundred Fowler hit in the Madras Test was an absolute beauty.
- David Gower

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty.
That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation
to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think
aloud without restraint or misgiving.
- Woodrow Wilson

Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real
genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully?
- E. T. A. Hoffmann

One of the absolute rules I learned in the war was,
don't know anything you don't need to know,
because if you ever get caught they will get it out of you.
- Abraham Pais

Yeah, I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia,
the government, allowed kangaroo culling.
- Steve Irwin

I don't mind playing absolute bastards...
I just don't want to play the grouch.
- Hume Cronyn

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and
great condition of successful leadership.
- Woodrow Wilson

The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of.
You see it all the time...
love lavished on absolute fools.
Love's a charity ward, you know.
- Lawrence Durrell

Absolute 80's is three hours of mainstream 80's music.
I also do New Wave Nation that is more cutting edge.
It is more punk stuff from the 70's to the 90's.
- Nina Blackwood

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Lord Acton

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting
flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
- Aneurin Bevan

My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business,
that it is something we owe to each other to understand
and discuss with absolute frankness.
- Woodrow Wilson

The only way to be true to our American tradition is
to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding
religious beliefs and practices.
- Bill Bradley

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.
We are content with less than absolute truth.
- Charles Lamb

I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me.
I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through,
I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.
- Ewan McGregor

For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual,
but is individual as expressing a meaning.
- Josiah Royce

No age, sex, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty;
but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man.
- Bernard Barton

I love things that age well - things that don't date,
that stand the test of time and that become living
examples of the absolute best.
- Giorgio Armani

I'm a Utilitarian, so I don't see the rule against lying as absolute;
it's always subject to some overriding utility which
may prevent its exercise.
- Peter Singer

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
- William Styron

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell


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