Quotation by Iris Murdoch

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self.
Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Willy Kost, in The Nice and the Good, ch. 22 (1968).
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