Virginia Woolf Quotes

Why should I know Virginia Woolf?

Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors.

Born January 25, 1882
Died March 28, 1941

Best 30 Quotes by Virginia Woolf

“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”

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“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”

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“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”

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“I am rooted, but I flow.”

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“I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.”

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“I have lost friends, some by death... others by sheer inability to cross the street.”

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“I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”

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“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

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“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”

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“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”

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“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?”

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“Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?”

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“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

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"A Room of One's Own" Quotes

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

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A Room of One's Own

“Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

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A Room of One's Own

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

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A Room of One's Own

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

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A Room of One's Own

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

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A Room of One's Own

"Between the Acts" Quotes

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

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Between the Acts

"Jacob's Room" Quotes

“Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.”

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Jacob's Room

"Moments of Being" Quotes

“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.”

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Moments of Being

"Mrs. Dalloway" Quotes

“It is a thousand pities never to say what one feels.”

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Mrs. Dalloway

“It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning.”

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Mrs. Dalloway

“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”

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Mrs. Dalloway

"Orlando" Quotes

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

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Orlando

“I'm sick to death of this particular self. I want another.”

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Orlando

“Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.”

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Orlando

"Selected Diaries" Quotes

“Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I'm never not thinking of you.”

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Selected Diaries

"The Waves" Quotes

“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”

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The Waves