Dame Jean Iris Murdoch was an Anglo-Irish philosopher and novelist who rose to prominence in the 20th century and is regarded as one of the most popular Irish writers to have ever emerged from the country. Murdoch studied at elite schools and then went on to study the classics at Somerville College, University of Oxford, before acquiring her post graduate degree from University of Cambridge. Murdoch’s novels became popular due to the way in which she dealt with morality and the interplay between good and evil. Her first novel ‘Under the Net’ was published in 1954 and remains her most famous work. It was included among the 100 best English novels of the 20th century by Modern Library. Her other noted works include ‘ A Severed Head’, ‘Henry and Cato’, ‘The Bell’, ‘The Book and the Brotherhood’, ‘The Green Knight’, ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ and ‘The Message to the Planet’ among others. Murdoch was also a well-known philosopher and had written plenty of papers on the subject during her lifetime. Murdoch produced a considerable amount of work throughout her career and has gone down in history as one of Ireland’s finest authors. Her writings covered several subjects and viewpoints. We have sorted Iris Murdoch’s most popular quotes from her novels, stories and writings. Here is a collection of thoughts, quotation and sayings by Iris Murdoch on morality, good and evil, happiness, education, grief, the power of the unconscious and sexual relationships.
You know what. You've killed me and sent me to hell, and you must descend to the underworld to find me and make me live again. If you don't come for me, I'll become a demon and drag you down into the dark.