Quotes by Iris Murdoch

"Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real."

"I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time."

"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."

"Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck."

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."

Books by Iris Murdoch

  • The Sea, The Sea
  • 17,055 ratings
  • March 1st 2001 by Penguin Books Ltd

    (first published 1978)

  • Under the Net
  • 13,070 ratings
  • October 27th 1982 by Penguin Books Ltd

    (first published 1954)

  • The Bell
  • 6,716 ratings
  • 2001 by Penguin

    (first published 1958)

  • The Black Prince
  • 4,641 ratings
  • March 25th 2003 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1973)

  • A Severed Head
  • 4,622 ratings
  • November 18th 1976 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1961)

  • The Unicorn
  • 2,610 ratings
  • January 6th 1987 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1963)

  • The Italian Girl
  • 1,730 ratings
  • January 2nd 2001 by Vintage

    (first published 1964)

  • The Sandcastle
  • 1,432 ratings
  • February 4th 2003 by Vintage Classics

    (first published 1957)

Iris Murdoch
  • Iris Murdoch

  • Date of birth: July 15, 1919
  • Died: February 08, 1999
  • Born: in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Description: Dame Jean Iris Murdoch

    Irish-born British writer, university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist, Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues, sometimes in the light of myths. As a writer, she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text. Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years, the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease.

    "She wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means: by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world--the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her first steps in the art of fiction." (John Bayley in Elegy for Iris, 1998)