Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meandering freely . . .

Today is the birthday of Jean Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919 – February 8, 1999), author and philosopher.

"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real." - Iris Murdoch

"Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream." - Iris Murdoch

"How different each death is, and yet it leads us into the self-same country, that country which we inhabit so rarely, where we see the worthlessness of what we have long pursued and will so soon return to pursuing." - Iris Murdoch

"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality." - Iris Murdoch

"The most essential and fundamental aspect of culture is the study of literature, since this is an education in how to picture and understand human situations." - Iris Murdoch

"Man's creative struggle, his search for wisdom and truth, is a love story." - Iris Murdoch

"One should go easy on smashing other people's lies. Better to concentrate on one's own." - Iris Murdoch

"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." - Iris Murdoch

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