Iris Murdoch Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old iris murdoch quotes, iris murdoch sayings, and iris murdoch proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.     

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

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

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Violence is born of the desire to escape oneself.     

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

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

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

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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.     

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As we live our precarious lives on the brink of the void, constantly coming closer to a state of nonbeing, we are all too often aware of our fragitlity.     

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Being homosexual doesn't determine a man's whole character any more than being heterosexual does.     

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

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The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.     

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

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Real worship involves waiting.     

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Man's creative struggle, his search for wisdom and truth, is a love story.     

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Most of our love is shabby stuff, but there is always a thin line of gold, the bit of pure love on which all the rest depends -- and which redeems all the rest.     

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

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One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.     

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Only take someone's hand in a certain way, even look into their eyes in a certain way, and the world is changed forever.     

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Words are the most subtle symbols which we possess and our human fabric depends on them.     

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I know people can be awful dooms for each other.     

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I did love her in a way, but it was under the sign of doom.     

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I feel half faded away like some figure in the background of an old picture.     

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The world is perhaps ultimately to be defined as a place of suffering. Man is a suffering animal, subject to ceaseless anxiety and pain and fear.     

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

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