We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible how doomed the present is.

Iris Murdoch Future Quote

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

Iris Murdoch Relationship Quote

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.

Iris Murdoch Equality Quote

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 Nature Quote

Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.

Iris Murdoch Happiness Quote

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

Iris Murdoch Women Quote

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

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

The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.

Iris Murdoch Marriage Quotes

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.

We can only learn to love by loving.

Iris Murdoch Love Quotes