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

    Iris Murdoch
  • Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck

    Iris Murdoch
  • I hate solitude, but I'm afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction. The company which I need is the company which a pub or a cafe will provide. I have never wanted a communion of souls. It's already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself

    Iris Murdoch
  • 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
  • Education doesn’t make you happy. Nor does freedom. We don’t become happy just because we’re free – if we are. Or because we’ve been educated – if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears, tells us where delights are lurking, convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever, that of the mind, and gives us the assurance – the confidence – to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers

    Iris Murdoch
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