Iris Murdoch

1919 - 1999

A Quote by Iris Murdoch on love

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Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Iris Murdoch on bicycle and pure

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

Source: The Red and the Green

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A Quote by Iris Murdoch

I have used the word "attention," which I borrow from Simone Weil, to express the idea of a just and loving gaze directed upon individual reality.  I believe this to be the characteristic and proper mark of the active moral agent.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

Source: Zen Calendar 2008

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on love, needs, and philosophy

We need a moral philosophy in which the concept of love, so rarely mentioned now by philosophers, can once again be made central.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on confusion, foolishness, sports, and struggle

It was like hunting fish with an underwater gun, a sport which he had once been foolish enough to try. At one moment there is the fish - graceful, mysterious, desirable and free - and the next moment there is nothing but struggling and blood and confusion.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on happiness

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

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on difficulty and love

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch

A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on equality

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on love, world, and elightenment

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

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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