Virginia Woolf Quotes


103 Virginia Woolf quotes:



"I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it."
"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?"
"This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant."
"Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?"
"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."
"Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry."
"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."
"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
"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
"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
"Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"A woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Fiction 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
"Language is wine upon the lips"
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"Methinks the human method of expression by sound of tongue is very elementary, and ought to be substituted for some ingenious invention which should be able to give vent to at least six coherent sentences at once."
Author: Woolf Quotes Category: Language 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"



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