Iris Murdoch Quotes

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

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In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.

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Anything that consoles is fake.

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Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.

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Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

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There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.

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Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.

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Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.

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One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.

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Every man needs two women a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

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I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.

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Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.

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But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.

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I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.

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