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Iris Murdoch Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Friendship Relationship Romantic Love Marriage

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anything that consoles is fake.
- Iris Murdoch

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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