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Айрис Мёрдок

Дата рождения: 15. Июль 1919
Дата смерти: 8. Февраль 1999

Дама Джин Айрис Мёрдок — английская писательница и философ. Лауреат Букеровской премии, лидер по числу попаданий в шорт-лист Букера .


„Разлюбить — это в высшей степени поучительно. Некоторое время видишь мир совершенно другими глазами.“

„Любовь — это когда центр вселенной внезапно смещается и перемещается в кого-то другого.“


„Все человеческие дела несерьезны, но относиться к ним нужно серьезно.“

„Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Любовь ― это крайне сложное осознание того, что кто-то кроме нас реален.“

„Это — моя работа, это — мои друзья, это — моя семья, это — моя страна, и делаешь для них все, что можешь. Страх и тревогу нельзя просто взять и перечеркнуть, но страх и тревога не должны быть нормальным состоянием.“

„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.“

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