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

    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
  • We can only learn to love by loving

    Iris Murdoch
  • Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port

    Iris Murdoch
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