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I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped. Iris Murdoch - Worship
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic. Iris Murdoch - Moralists
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge. Iris Murdoch - Vanity
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art. Iris Murdoch - Fantasy
All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous. Iris Murdoch - Virtue
No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base. Iris Murdoch - Love
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods. Iris Murdoch - Arts and Artists
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 - Marriage
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions. Iris Murdoch - Literature
There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship. Iris Murdoch - Relationships
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self. Iris Murdoch - Happiness
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 - Pride
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 fatade of his appearance. Iris Murdoch - Appearance
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is. Iris Murdoch - Love Ended
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all. Iris Murdoch - Churches
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 - Women
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck. Iris Murdoch - Writers and Writing
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference. Iris Murdoch - Causes
Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating. Iris Murdoch - Philosophers and Philosophy
We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is. Iris Murdoch - Present
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 - Survival
Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved. Iris Murdoch - Bereavement
In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all. Iris Murdoch - Philosophers and Philosophy
Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph. Iris Murdoch - Lovers
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. Iris Murdoch - Judgment and Judges
Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously. Iris Murdoch - Humankind
Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end. Iris Murdoch - Goodness
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia. Iris Murdoch - Critics and Criticism
He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out. Iris Murdoch - Sociology

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