"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Iris Murdoch on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Iris Murdoch on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Iris Murdoch on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Iris Murdoch on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Iris Murdoch on Mahatma Gandhi
"The cry of equality pulls everyone down."
"We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is."
"We can only learn to love by loving."
"Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is."
"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."