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“All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.” — Iris Murdoch

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

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

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Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century..