A Fairly Honourable Defeat

A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a novel by the British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch.

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A Fairly Honourable Defeat - Major Themes
... The "defeat" of the title may be that of Tallis, failing to renew his relationship with his wife however, in a sense, all the protagonists are comically defeated in one manner or another ... must retreat before Tallis Browne, it is, in his eyes, an honorable defeat ... solve all the social injustices of the city of London he can only keep trying, aware that defeat is ever-present, however honorably he acts ...

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    Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
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    We mustn’t complain too much of being comedians—it’s an honourable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed—that’s all. We are bad comedians, we aren’t bad men.
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