Virginia Woolf quotes, aphorisms and ideas.
Virginia Woolf quotes, aphorisms and ideas.

Every phrase and gesture was studied. Now and again when she said something a little out of the ordinary she wrote it down herself in a notebook. It was like watching someone organizing her own immortality. Harold Laski (1893-1950) – On sitting next to Virginia Woolf at lunch. In a letter of George Lyttelton, 27 October 1955

This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Virginia Woolf

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

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.
Virginia Woolf

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

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
Virginia Woolf

Language is wine upon the lips.
Virginia Woolf

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.
Virginia Woolf

Why are women… so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
Virginia Woolf

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

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

We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
Virginia Woolf

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

These are the soul’s changes. I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
Virginia Woolf

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
Virginia Woolf

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

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from
the beginning of consciousness to the end.
Virginia Woolf

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

Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
Virginia Woolf

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery – always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud.
And why? What’s this passion for?
Virginia Woolf

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have
room to breathe.
Virginia Woolf

It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly.
Virginia Woolf

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.
Virginia Woolf

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

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
Virginia Woolf

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

I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
Virginia Woolf

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