Iris Murdoch


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  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Jenkin Riderhood, in The Book and the Brotherhood, pt. 2, "Midwinter," (1987).
  • ''Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Kate Gray, in The Nice and the Good, ch. 14 (1968).
  • ''Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Levquist, in "Midsummer," pt. 1, The Book and the Brotherhood (1987).
  • ''I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Maisie Tether, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 5 (1989).
  • ''One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Martin Lynch-Gibbon, in A Severed Head, ch. 3 (1961).
  • ''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 (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Martin Lynch-Gibbons, in A Severed Head, ch. 2 (1961).
  • ''There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Martin Lynch-Gibbons, in A Severed Head, ch. 28 (1961).
  • ''Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Montague Small, in The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974).

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