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 (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Plato (aged 20), in "Art and Eros: A Dialogue about Art," Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues (1986). The dialogue was first performed on stage in February 1980.
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  • ''All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Quoted in Novelists in Interview, ed. John Haffenden (1985).
  • ''Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth—well, it's like brown—it's not in the spectrum.... Truth is sui generis.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Rozanov, in "The Events in Our Town," The Philosopher's Pupil (1983).
  • ''In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Socrates, in "Above the Gods: A Dialogue about Religion," Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues (1986).
  • ''He ... was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. "The Events in Our Town," The Philosopher's Pupil (1983).
  • ''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.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. "The Events in Our Town," The Philosopher's Pupil (1983).
  • ''Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. "The Events in Our Town," The Philosopher's Pupil (1983).
  • ''We can only learn to love by loving.''
    Iris Murdoch (20th century), Anglo-Irish writer. Ed. by Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).
  • ''No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. The Nice and the Good, ch. 39 (1968).
  • ''A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Times (London, July 6, 1989).

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