75 Total Quotes

Iris Murdoch Quotes

Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
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#Desire #Vanity

The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.
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#Advice #Pride

I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.
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#Appearance

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
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#Irish Author #Art

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

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
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#Men #Irish Author

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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#Irish Author

Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
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#Irish Author

All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
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#Irish Author #Art

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

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

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

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
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#Irish Author #Comfort

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

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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#Irish Author

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