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Virginia Woolf Quotes


103 Virginia Woolf quotes:



"The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness."
"It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work."
"Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue."
"Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do."
"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."
"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
"Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth."
"A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back."
"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man, at twice its natural size."
"Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded."
"Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?"
"Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title."
"One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph."
"We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print."
"Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say."
"Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory."
"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?"
"A woman must have money and a room of her own."
"Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible."
"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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