Virginia Woolf Quotes

- Notable Virginia Woolf Quotes Index -

Born: January 25, 1882, Kensington, London, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Lewes, Sussex, England, UK, March 28, 1941
Occupation: Author

1.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
- Virginia Woolf

2.
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
- Virginia Woolf

3.
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

4.
For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?
- Virginia Woolf

5.
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
- Virginia Woolf

6.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
- Virginia Woolf

7.
I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it.
- Virginia Woolf

8.
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?
- Virginia Woolf

9.
If we help an educated man's daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? - not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
- Virginia Woolf

10.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
- Virginia Woolf

11.
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
- Virginia Woolf

12.
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.
- Virginia Woolf

13.
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
- Virginia Woolf

14.
It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
- Virginia Woolf

15.
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.
- Virginia Woolf

16.
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.
- Virginia Woolf

17.
Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
- Virginia Woolf

18.
Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.
- Virginia Woolf

19.
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
- Virginia Woolf

20.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
- Virginia Woolf

21.
Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
- Virginia Woolf

22.
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
- Virginia Woolf

23.
Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.
- Virginia Woolf

24.
The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
- Virginia Woolf

25.
The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
- Virginia Woolf

26.
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
- Virginia Woolf

27.
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
- Virginia Woolf

28.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
- Virginia Woolf

29.
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
- Virginia Woolf

30.
The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
- Virginia Woolf

31.
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.
- Virginia Woolf

32.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
- Virginia Woolf

33.
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.
- Virginia Woolf

34.
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
- Virginia Woolf

35.
We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.
- Virginia Woolf

36.
When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
- Virginia Woolf

37.
Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
- Virginia Woolf

38.
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
- Virginia Woolf

39.
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
- Virginia Woolf

40.
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
- Virginia Woolf

41.
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
- Virginia Woolf

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