"We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Iris Murdoch on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Iris Murdoch on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Iris Murdoch on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Iris Murdoch on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Iris Murdoch on William Shakespeare
"The cry of equality pulls everyone down."
"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self."
"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."