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Virginia Woolf Quotes


103 Virginia Woolf quotes:



"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."
"The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder."
"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."
"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."
"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
"Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them."
"The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself."
"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; dull, callous, and indifferent."
"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."
"Language is wine upon the lips."
"Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
"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."
"If we didn't live adventurously, 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
"Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Confidence Quotes Self-confidence Quotes
"For love... has two faces; one white, the other black; two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet, so strictly are they joined together"
"Henry James seems most entirely in his element, doing that is to say what everything favors his doing, when it is a question of recollection. The mellow light which swims over the past, the beauty which suffuses even the commonest little figures of that"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Literature Quotes Element Quotes
"Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are."
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: British Author Quotes Agony Quotes
"If woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the utmost importance; very various; heroic and mean; splendid and sordid; infinitely beautiful and hideous in the extreme; as great as a man, some think"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Existence Quotes
"Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes



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