The Sea Quotes.

1. "Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

2. "Then I felt too that I might take this opportunity to tie up a few loose ends, only of course loose ends can never be properly tied, one is always producing new ones. Time, like the sea, unties all knots. Judgements on people are never final, they emerge from summings up which at once suggest the need of a reconsideration. Human arrangements are nothing but loose ends and hazy reckoning, whatever art may otherwise pretend in order to console us."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

3. "emotions really exist at the bottom of the personality or at the top. in the middle they are acted. this is why all the world is a stage."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

4. "we are such inward secret creatures, that inwardness the most amazing thing about us, even more amazing than our reason. but we cannot just walk into the cavern and look around. most of what we think we know about our minds is pseudo-knowledge. we are all such shocking poseurs, so good at inflating the importance of what we think we value."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

5. "What a test that is: more than devotion, admiration, passion. If you long and long for someone’s company you love them."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

6. "What I needed with all my starved and silent soul was just that particular way of shouting back at the world."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

7. "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, The Sea

8. "One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured so much the better."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

9. "Coffee, unless it is very good and made by somebody else, is pretty intolerable at any time."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

10. "What a queer gamble our existence is. We decide to do A instead of B and then the two roads diverge utterly and may lead in the end to heaven and to hell. Only later one sees how much and how awfully the fates differ. Yet what were the reasons for the choice? They may have been forgotten. Did one know what one was choosing? Certainly not."
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea

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