Virginia Woolf Quotes

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Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.

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There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.

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The connection between dress and war is not far to seek

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The eyes of others our prisons

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The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

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The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

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The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.

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The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

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The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.

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These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.

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There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them

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This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.

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This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

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Thought and theory must precede all salutary action

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My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?

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Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

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The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.

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Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness

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This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.

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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.

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Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.

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Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.

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Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

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One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly.

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One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.

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Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.

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That great Cathedral space which was childhood.

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Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

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Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?

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Some people go to priests

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One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

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On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

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Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.

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If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure - the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?

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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

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To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

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To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

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We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.

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When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.

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If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or 'our' country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share

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Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?

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