Quotations From IRIS MURDOCH

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  • 11.
    They are universal places, like churches, hallowed meeting places of all mankind.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Jenkin Riderhood, in The Book and the Brotherhood, pt. 2, "Midwinter," (1987).
  • 12.
    You cannot have both truth and what you call civilisation.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Honor Klein, in A Severed Head, ch. 9 (1961).

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  • 13.
    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 (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Franca Sheerwater, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 6 (1989).
  • 14.
    Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Gildas Hearne, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 1 (1989).

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  • 15.
    Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wave-length of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 6 (1989).

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  • 16.
    A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the façade of his appearance.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Bradley Pearson, in The Black Prince, pt. 1 (1972).

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  • 17.
    Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Anderson Palmer, in A Severed Head, ch. 24 (1961).

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  • 18.
    Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Brendan Craddock, in "The Great Teacher," pt. 2, Henry and Cato (1976).
  • 19.
    But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 1 (1989).

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  • 20.
    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 (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Frances Bellman, in The Red and the Green, ch. 2 (1965). Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin.

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