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Virginia Woolf Quotes


103 Virginia Woolf quotes:



"Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue."
"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?"
"It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly."
"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?"
"Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?"
"Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."
"It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."
"It will be all over this day week - comfort - discomfort; and the zest and rush that no engagements, hours, habits give. Then we shall take them up again with more than the zest of traveling."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes
"If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Adventure Quotes
"The interest in life does not lie in what people do, nor even in their relations to each other, but largely in the power to communicate with a third party, antagonistic, enigmatic, yet perhaps persuadable, which one may call life in general."
"Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that the"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Creativity Quotes
"At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials."
"Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey! The phantom is through the mind and out of the window before we can lay salt on"
"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"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Magic Quotes
"What is meant by ''reality''? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Reality Quotes
"The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Words Quotes
"Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders."
"Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic."
"I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it."



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