Iris Murdoch Quotes

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Iris Murdoch Quotes

Iris Murdoch was an Irish and British novelist and philosopher. Iris Murdoch was awarded the Booker Prize for her novel “The Sea, the Sea” in 1978. Iris Murdoch was born on 15 July 1919, in Phibsborough, Dublin, Ireland. Murdoch spent her early years in a well-educated and literary family. Her father, Wills John Hughes Murdoch, was a civil servant, and her mother, Irene Alice Richardson, was a former opera singer. Iris Murdoch attended Badminton School in Bristol, England, before studying at Somerville College, Oxford. At Oxford, she studied classical philosophy, ancient history, and the classics, and she developed a deep interest in philosophy. Murdoch’s academic pursuits laid the foundation for her later career as a philosopher.

Famous Iris Murdoch Quotes

“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
“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
“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
“Remember that the secret of all learning is patience and that curiosity is not the same thing as a thirst for knowledge.” ~ Iris Murdoch
“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.” ~ Iris Murdoch
“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.” ~ 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
“For most of us, for almost all of us, truth can be attained, if at all, only in silence. It is in silence that the human spirit touches the divine.” ~ Iris Murdoch
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured so much the better.” ~ Iris Murdoch
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” ~ Iris Murdoch
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