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 happiness, life, and secrets

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

Source: Iris

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on body, indifference, life, and mystery

The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on learning and love

We can only learn to love by loving.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on life, obsession, pride, and vanity

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 (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on fantasy, illusions, life, reality, and world

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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A Quote by Jean Iris Murdoch on dreams and silence

All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)

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