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Iris Murdoch

Fecha de nacimiento: 15. Julio 1919
Fecha de muerte: 8. Febrero 1999

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch, DBE , fue una escritora y filósofa irlandesa, más conocida por sus novelas, en las que combina una rica caracterización con animados argumentos, incluyendo, por lo general, temas de índole moral o sexual.

Su primera novela que se editó, Bajo la red, fue seleccionada en 2001 por la American Modern Library como una de las 100 mejores novelas en lengua inglesa del siglo XX.[1]​ En 2005 la novela fue elegida por la revista TIME como una de las cien mejores novelas en inglés de 1923 hasta aquella fecha.[2]​

En 1987 fue nombrada Dama Comandante de la Orden del Imperio Británico.


„Instintivamente se sentía identificado con aquellos héroes que comenzaban con H. Homero. Hannibal. Hobbes. Hume. Hamlet. Hitler. Qué cuadrilla. Sólo su propio nombre parecía algo vacío, una especie de no-nombre, otra causa de resentimiento, irredimible por los reyes. Y, por supuesto, la misma letra H era una no-letra, una simple inhalación, una nada, una carencia de identidad inconstante que en ruso se convertía en G. Gamlet, Gitler, Genry. H, un receptáculo abierto, una vaciedad en pie, igualmente mala o buena por un camino u otro.“ Henry and Cato

„Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.“ Existentialists and Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature


„I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time.“

„Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.“

„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.“ Under the Net

„People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.“

„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.“

„I know how much you grieve over those who are under your care: those you try to help and fail, those you cannot help. Have faith in God and remember that He will is His own way and in His own time complete what we so poorly attempt. Often we do not achieve for others the good that we intend but achieve something, something that goes on from our effort. Good is an overflow. Where we generously and sincerely intend it, we are engaged in a work of creation which may be mysterious even to ourselves - and because it is mysterious we may be afraid of it. But this should not make us draw back. God can always show us, if we will, a higher and a better way; and we can only learn to love by loving. Remember that all our failures are ultimately failures in love. Imperfect love must not be condemned and rejected but made perfect. The way is always forward, never back.“ The Bell


„One of the secrets of a happy life is continous small treats.“

„Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.“

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

„We can only learn to love by loving.“


„Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins.“

„We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality" says Iris Murdoch.
But given the state of the world, is it wise?“

„Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too.“ The Sea, the Sea

„One should go easy on smashing other people's lies. Better to concentrate on one's own.“ Henry and Cato

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