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509 Inspiring Quotes by Virginia Woolf

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Wikipedia Summary for Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Woolf was born into an affluent household in South Kensington, London, the seventh child in a blended family of eight which included the modernist painter Vanessa Bell. Her mother was Julia Prinsep Jackson and her father Leslie Stephen. While the boys in the family received college educations, the girls were home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature. An important influence in Virginia Woolf's early life was the summer home the family used in St Ives, Cornwall, where she first saw the Godrevy Lighthouse, which was to become central to her novel To the Lighthouse (1927).

Woolf's childhood came to an abrupt end in 1895 with the death of her mother and her first mental breakdown, followed two years later by the death of her half-sister and a mother figure to her, Stella Duckworth. From 1897 to 1901, she attended the Ladies' Department of King's College London, where she studied classics and history and came into contact with early reformers of women's higher education and the women's rights movement. Other important influences were her Cambridge-educated brothers and unfettered access to her father's vast library.

Encouraged by her father, Woolf began writing professionally in 1900. Her father's death in 1904 caused Woolf to have another mental breakdown. Following his death, the Stephen family moved from Kensington to the more bohemian Bloomsbury, where they adopted a free-spirited lifestyle. It was in Bloomsbury where, in conjunction with the brothers' intellectual friends, they formed the artistic and literary Bloomsbury Group.

In 1912, she married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917 the couple founded the Hogarth Press, which published much of her work. They rented a home in Sussex and moved there permanently in 1940. Throughout her life, Woolf was troubled by her mental illness. She was institutionalised several times and attempted suicide at least twice. Her illness may have been bipolar disorder, for which there was no effective intervention during her lifetime. In 1941, at age 59, Woolf died by drowning herself in the River Ouse at Lewes.

During the interwar period, Woolf was an important part of London's literary and artistic society. In 1915 she published her first novel, The Voyage Out, through her half-brother's publishing house, Gerald Duckworth and Company. Her best-known works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928). She is also known for her essays, including A Room of One's Own (1929), in which she wrote the much-quoted dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Woolf became one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism and her works have since garnered much attention and widespread commentary for "inspiring feminism". Her works have been translated into more than 50 languages. A large body of literature is dedicated to her life and work, and she has been the subject of plays, novels, and films. Woolf is commemorated today by statues, societies dedicated to her work and a building at the University of London.


Arizona landscape

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

--Virginia Woolf

brown and white dog in close-up photography

A leering, sneering obscene little harpy.

--Virginia Woolf


shade under a green-leafed tree

It was a silly, silly dream, being unhappy.

--Virginia Woolf

brown and gray mountains during daytime

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

--Virginia Woolf

None

For," the outsider will say, "in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country.

--Virginia Woolf

person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.

--Virginia Woolf

photo of pine trees

Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.

--Virginia Woolf

white swan on blue sea during daytime

It was anger that had gone underground and mixed itself with all kinds of other emotions. To judge from its odd effects, it was anger disguised and complex, not anger simple and open.

--Virginia Woolf

elephants on green grass field during daytime

The mind is the most capricious of insects--flitting, fluttering.

--Virginia Woolf

red textile in close up photography

I like books whose virtue is all drawn together in a page or two. I like sentences that don't budge though armies cross them.

--Virginia Woolf


person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.

--Virginia Woolf

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

His eyes were bright, and, indeed, he scarcely knew whether they held dreams or realities...and in five minutes she had filled the shell of the old dream with the flesh of life.

--Virginia Woolf


brown wooden board

Our apparitions, the things you know us by, are simply childish. Beneath it is all dark, it is all spreading, it is unfathomably deep; but now and again we rise to the surface and that is what you see us by.

--Virginia Woolf

low angle photography of purple sky

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

blue sky

Be truthful, and the result is bound to be amazingly interesting.

--Virginia Woolf



None

Nothing, however, can be more arrogant, though nothing is commoner than to assume that of Gods there is only one, and of religions none but the speaker's.

--Virginia Woolf

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

I should like to tidy things up and disappear.

--Virginia Woolf


grayscale photography of raindrops

The man looks the world full in the face, as if it were made for his uses and fashioned to his liking. The woman takes a sidelong glance at it, full of subtlety, even of suspicion.

--Virginia Woolf

shoreline during golden hour

With twice his wits, she had to see things through his eyes -- one of the tragedies of married life.

--Virginia Woolf

person shadow boxing grayscale

But Sasha who after all had no English blood in her but was from Russia where the sunsets are longer, the dawns less sudden, and sentences often left unfinished from doubt as to how best to end them.

--Virginia Woolf

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

In marriage a little licence, a little independence there must be between people living together day in and day out in the same house.

--Virginia Woolf

purple flowers under sunny sky

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

--Virginia Woolf

yellow green leaf

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

--Virginia Woolf

green leaf in close up photography

The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.

--Virginia Woolf

green and white painted wall

You have been in every way all that anyone could be.... If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.

--Virginia Woolf




water color palette on white surface

Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!

--Virginia Woolf

photo of fogs during nighttime

Oh, yes, dear reader: the essay is alive. There is no reason to despair.

--Virginia Woolf

lion on green grass during golden hour

Why, he wondered, did people who had been asleep always want to make out that they were extremely wide-awake?

--Virginia Woolf

white textile in close up photography

Here was a woman about the year 1800 writing without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching. That was how Shakespeare wrote.

--Virginia Woolf


blue and white abstract painting

I attain a different kind of beauty, achieve a symmetry by means of infinite discords, showing all the traces of the mind's passage through the world, achieve in the end some kind of whole made of shivering fragments.

--Virginia Woolf




selective photography of green leaf plant

She put on her lace collar. She put on her new hat and he never noticed; and he was happy without her.

--Virginia Woolf



couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?

--Virginia Woolf





None

For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system it weakens so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing.

--Virginia Woolf

person on road at sunset

After that, how unbelievable death was! -- that is must end; and no one in the whole world would know how she had loved it all.

--Virginia Woolf

Arizona landscape snow

Her simplicity fathomed what clever people falsified.

--Virginia Woolf


blue and white light digital wallpaper

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.

--Virginia Woolf

pink and yellow flower painting

To be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes.

--Virginia Woolf

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

The mind of an artist, in order to achieve the prodigious effort of freeing whole and entire the work that is in him, must be incandescent...there must be no obstacle in it, no foreign matter unconsumed.

--Virginia Woolf

low angle photography of purple sky

To survive, each sentence must have, at its heart, a little spark of fire, and this, whatever the risk, the novelist must pluck with his own hands from the blaze.

--Virginia Woolf

gray cactus plant on white pot

I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one's own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset

I begin to be impatient of solitude -- to feel its draperies hang sweltering, unwholesome about me.

--Virginia Woolf



closeup photography of wall

At last she shut the book sharply, lay back, and drew a deep breath, expressive of the wonder which always marks the transition from the imaginary world to the real world.

--Virginia Woolf

man in white shirt and black pants standing on brown rocky mountain during daytime

It flattered her, where she was most susceptible of flattery, to think how, wound about in their hearts, however long they lived she would be woven.

--Virginia Woolf



landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

The winds and waves disported themselves like the amorphous bulks of leviathans whose brows are pierced by no light of reason.

--Virginia Woolf

blue wall

What is this terror? what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself. What is it that fills me with this extraordinary excitement? It is Clarissa, he said. For there she was.

--Virginia Woolf






pink rose bud closeup photo

Theories then are dangerous things.

--Virginia Woolf

brown sands

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.

--Virginia Woolf


red yellow and blue paint

The world has raised its whip; where will it descend?

--Virginia Woolf

blue and white striped textile

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

--Virginia Woolf

None

The most important thing is not to think very much about oneself. To investigate candidly the charge; but not fussily, not very anxiously. On no account to retaliate by going to the other extreme -- thinking too much.

--Virginia Woolf

calm body of water during golden hour

The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantelpiece forever.

--Virginia Woolf

road in the middle of grass covered field during day

The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.

--Virginia Woolf

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

I raged, and woke to hear the rain.

--Virginia Woolf

lightning strike at night

Shakespeare} the word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.

--Virginia Woolf

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

The profound difference that divides the human race is a question of bait -- whether to fish with worms or not.

--Virginia Woolf


green moss on brown tree trunk

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.

--Virginia Woolf

person on road at sunset

The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?

--Virginia Woolf


sunset

I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky.

--Virginia Woolf

forest and body of water

Romantic Love is only an Illusion. A story one makes up in One's Mind about Another Person.

--Virginia Woolf

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

Thinking is my fighting.

--Virginia Woolf

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

We must reconcile ourselves to a season of failures and fragments.

--Virginia Woolf

photo of pine trees

Bir kadın olarak ülkem yok. Bir kadın olarak, bir ülkem olsun istemiyorum. Bir kadın olarak, bütün dünya benim ülkem.

--Virginia Woolf

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.

--Virginia Woolf



man and woman kissing

I can't imagine anything nicer than to sit out in the moonlight and listen to music--.

--Virginia Woolf

black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

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

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

I was thinking today of my greatest happiness, a walk along a cliff by the sea, and you at the end of it.

--Virginia Woolf


gray concrete floor

For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of -- to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone.

--Virginia Woolf

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others.

--Virginia Woolf

desert grassland

She seemed a compound of the autumn leaves and the winter sunshine .

--Virginia Woolf

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigues, I have had my vision.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset

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


gray hummingbird

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

--Virginia Woolf

A view of the night showing stars

For women live much more in the past...they attach themselves to places.

--Virginia Woolf




white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Tom's great yellow bronze mask all draped upon an iron framework. An inhibited, nerve-drawn; dropped face -- as if hung on a scaffold of heavy private brooding; and thought.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset

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

rainbow

And now more than anything I want beautiful prose. I relish it more and more exquisitely.

--Virginia Woolf




brown brick wall photography

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

--Virginia Woolf

grey cliff near body of water

There is no room for the impurities of literature in an essay.

--Virginia Woolf

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

And even a tea party means apprehension, breakage.

--Virginia Woolf

red yellow and blue paint

Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette of tree during sunset

To want and not to have, sent all up her body a hardness, a hollowness, a strain. And then to want and not to have- to want and want- how that wrung the heart, and wrung it again and again!

--Virginia Woolf


brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

Oh, is this your buried treasure? The light in the heart.

--Virginia Woolf

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I want to write a novel about Silence," he said; "the things people don't say.

--Virginia Woolf


shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower

How remorseless life is!

--Virginia Woolf

None

As a cloud crosses the sun, silence falls on London; and falls on the mind. Effort ceases. Time flaps on the mast. There we stop; there we stand.

--Virginia Woolf


green and white bird on black wire during daytime

Anyone who's worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.

--Virginia Woolf


rock formation under starry skies

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

--Virginia Woolf

blue and white painted wall

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


brown brick wall photography

Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.

--Virginia Woolf

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

Life allowed to waste like a tap left running.

--Virginia Woolf

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Marvelous are the innocent.

--Virginia Woolf


green grass field with smoke

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.

--Virginia Woolf

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

I am extremely happy walking on the downs...I like to have space to spread my mind out in.

--Virginia Woolf

None

I can sit alone by an open window for hours if I like, and hear only bird songs, and the rustle of leaves. The trees are pure gold and orange,.

--Virginia Woolf

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

--Virginia Woolf

grass field under cloudy sky

For nothing matters except life; and, of course, order.

--Virginia Woolf


yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

I feel all shadows of the universe multiplied deep inside my skin.

--Virginia Woolf


white petaled flower

Literature is no one's private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves.

--Virginia Woolf

orange and white stone fragment

Each had his own business to think of. Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.

--Virginia Woolf

red moon at night

Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it .

--Virginia Woolf

body of water during daytime

Effort ceases. Time flaps on the mast. There we stop; there we stand. Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

--Virginia Woolf

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Joy's life in the doing (..) I mean it's the writing, not the being read that excites me.

--Virginia Woolf

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

All the months are crude experiments,
out of which the perfect September is made.

--Virginia Woolf


pink petaled flower field

It is part of the novelist's convention not to mention soup and salmon and ducklings, as if soup and salmon and ducklings were of no importance.

--Virginia Woolf

forest trees photograph

Chastity may be a fetish invented by certain societies for unknown reasons.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Everything is moving, falling, slipping, vanishing... There is a vast upheaval of matter.

--Virginia Woolf


Arizona landscape pines

For beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself.

--Virginia Woolf

green leaf

An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length.

--Virginia Woolf

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

The most extraordinary thing about writing is that when you've struck the right vein, tiredness goes. It must be an effort, thinking wrong.

--Virginia Woolf


black textile in close up photography

Now that he was quite alone, condemned, deserted, as those who are about to die are alone, there was a luxury in it, an isolation full of sublimity; a freedom which the attached can never know.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of flower during sunset

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


blue and white abstract painting

To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

--Virginia Woolf

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

She always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.

--Virginia Woolf

blue sky and white clouds

Dance music ... stirs some barbaric instinct -- lulled asleep in our sober lives -- you forget centuries of civilization in a second, and yield to that strange passion which sends you madly whirling round the room.

--Virginia Woolf

cluster of stars in the sky

I got out this diary, and read as one always does read one's own writing, with a kind of guilty intensity.

--Virginia Woolf

black and white bird on seashore

The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it.

--Virginia Woolf

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

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

--Virginia Woolf

green leafed plants on forest

For ourselves, who are ordinary men and women, let us return thanks to Nature for her bounty by using every one of the senses she has given us.

--Virginia Woolf

black textile on white background

Letters are venerable; and the telephone valiant, for the journey is a lonely one, and if bound together by notes and telephones we went in company, perhaps -- who knows? -- we might talk by the way.

--Virginia Woolf

brown and gray brick wall

"It is equally vain," she thought, "for you to think you can protect me, or for me to think I can worship you. The light of truth beats upon us without shadow, and the light of truth is damnably unbecoming to us both."

--Virginia Woolf


Arizona landscape rocks

As I write, there rises somewhere in my head that queer and very pleasant sense of something which I want to write; my own point of view.

--Virginia Woolf

close up shot of white flower

Among the tortures and devastations of life is this then--our friends are not able to finish their stories.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.

--Virginia Woolf

photo of pine trees

Are we so made that we have to take death in small doses daily or we could not go on with the business of living?

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of mountain during sunset

If we didn't live venturously, 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.

--Virginia Woolf

man standing on cliff under white sky

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

--Virginia Woolf

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

When I am grown up I shall carry a notebook--a fat book with many pages, methodically lettered. I shall enter my phrases.

--Virginia Woolf

selective photography of green leaf plant

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words.

--Virginia Woolf

cluster of stars in the sky

We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these pavements are shells, bones and silence.

--Virginia Woolf

aerial photography of forest

It is strange how a scrap of poetry works in the mind and makes the legs move in time to it along the road.

--Virginia Woolf

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

It's been a perpetual discovery, my life. A miracle.

--Virginia Woolf

black bird flying on white background

There was a star riding through clouds one night, and I said to the star, 'Consume me'.

--Virginia Woolf

ocean

She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.

--Virginia Woolf

green and white painted wall

Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

--Virginia Woolf

lake beside green pine trees

It is strange how the dead leap out on us at street corners, or in dreams.

--Virginia Woolf

body of water during daytime

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

cluster of stars in the sky

The history of most women is hidden either by silence, or by flourishes and ornaments that amount to silence.

--Virginia Woolf



white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Lazy and indifferent the heron returns; the sky veils her stars; then bares them.

--Virginia Woolf


white desk lamp beside green plant

So coming back from a journey, or after an illness, before habits had spun themselves across the surface, one felt that same unreality, which was so startling; felt something emerge. Life was most vivid then.

--Virginia Woolf

brown sands

One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats -- and one always secretes too much jelly.

--Virginia Woolf

white and blue ice in water

Once she knows how to read there's only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.

--Virginia Woolf

white and black floral textile

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

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes 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

black floor lamp at the corner

O why do I ever let anyone read what I write! Every time I have to go through a breakfast with a letter of criticism I swear I will write for my own praise or blame in future. It is a misery.

--Virginia Woolf

orange moon during nighttime

I really don't advise a woman who wants to have things her own way to get married.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of off-road car

What then? Who then?' she said. 'Thirty-six; in a motor car; a woman. Yes, but a million other things as well.

--Virginia Woolf

time lapse photography body of water

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.

--Virginia Woolf

blue sky with stars during night time

Venerable are letters, infinitely brave, forlorn, and lost.

--Virginia Woolf


None

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.

--Virginia Woolf

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.

--Virginia Woolf

coconut tree near body of water

First she starved herself of love, which meant also life; then of poetry in deference to what she thought her religion demanded.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Like the pulse of a perfect heart, life struck straight through the streets.

--Virginia Woolf


landscape photography of road at savannah

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

--Virginia Woolf


girl and boy figurines

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





blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Virginia Woolf

white wooden hut during daytime

Youth so apt for pleasure that pleasure, one thought, must exist.

--Virginia Woolf


full moon during day

A million candles burnt in him without his being at the trouble of lighting a single one.

--Virginia Woolf

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

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

--Virginia Woolf


fawn pug lying on gray blanket

A light here required a shadow there.

--Virginia Woolf

dew drops on glass panel

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

white petaled flower

This I say is the present moment; this is the first day of the summer holidays. This is part of the emerging monster to whom we are attached.

--Virginia Woolf

purple petaled flower

I am not one and simple, but complex and many.

--Virginia Woolf


yellow textile

To enjoy freedom ... we have of course to control ourselves. We must not squander our powers, helplessly and ignorantly, squirting half the house in order to water a single rose.

--Virginia Woolf


rock formation under starry skies

More and more I come to loathe any dominion of one over another; any leadership, any imposition of the will.

--Virginia Woolf

pink concrete wall during daytime

She would not say of anyone that they were this or that.

--Virginia Woolf

selective photography of green leaf plant

What a labour writing is ... making one sentence do the work of a page; that's what I call hard work.

--Virginia Woolf


blue sky

Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?

--Virginia Woolf


sunset

Quite the chilliest and least human known to me. You see brains floating like so many sea-anemones, nor have they shape or colour.

--Virginia Woolf

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

These errand-boys and furtive and fugitive girls who, ignoring their doom, look in at shop windows? But I am aware of our ephemeral passage.

--Virginia Woolf



blue wall during daytime

For pleasure has no relish unless we share it.

--Virginia Woolf

cumulus clouds

Language is wine upon the lips.

--Virginia Woolf

bonfire near mountain

In illness words seem to possess a mystic quality.

--Virginia Woolf

None

For there is a virtue in truth; it has an almost mystic power. Like radium, it seems to give off forever and ever grains of energy, atoms of light.

--Virginia Woolf

leafless tree on snow covered ground

Women have burnt like beacons in all the works of all the poets from the beginning of time.

--Virginia Woolf

person on road at sunset

A whole lifetime was too short to bring out, the full flavour; to extract every ounce of pleasure, every shade of meaning.

--Virginia Woolf

pair of white lace-up shoes

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

--Virginia Woolf


shooting star in night sky

These moments of escape are not to be despised. They come too seldom.

--Virginia Woolf

white rose enclosed photograph

Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset

And that is the time to read poetry ... when we are almost able to write it.

--Virginia Woolf


grassland landscape

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

--Virginia Woolf

rainbow

Her life was a tissue of vanity and deceit.

--Virginia Woolf



Arizona landscape

Because it is a thousand pities never to say what one feels, he thought.

--Virginia Woolf

brown violin with black background

Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.

--Virginia Woolf

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

--Virginia Woolf

rocky mountain

I exist only in the soles of my feet and in the tired muscles of my thighs. We have been walking for hours it seems. But where? I cannot remember.

--Virginia Woolf

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

There is a coherence in things, a stability; something... is immune from change and shines out... in the face of the flowing, the fleeting, the spectral, like a ruby.

--Virginia Woolf


grayscale photo of rock formation

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

--Virginia Woolf

sunset woman at beach

I rise from my worst disasters, I turn, I change.

--Virginia Woolf

ocean

There were masses of pictures she had not seen; however, Lily Briscoe reflected, perhaps it was better not to see pictures: they only made one hopelessly discontented with one's own work.

--Virginia Woolf

selective photography of dried leaf

Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset highway

There is the strange power we have of changing facts by the force of the imagination.

--Virginia Woolf

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.

--Virginia Woolf

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Moreover, a book is not made of sentences laid end to end, but of sentences built, if an image helps, into arcades or domes.

--Virginia Woolf

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

But what are stories? Toys I twist, bubbles I blow, one ring passing through another. And sometimes I begin to doubt if there are stories.

--Virginia Woolf

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

To teach without zest is a crime.

--Virginia Woolf

closeup photography of wall

We agreed that people are now afraid of the English language. He T.S. Eliot said it came of being bookish, but not reading books enough. One should read all styles thoroughly.

--Virginia Woolf

None

You have a touch in letter writing that is beyond me. Something unexpected, like coming round a corner in a rose garden and finding it still daylight.

--Virginia Woolf

white and blue ice on water

Let us not take it for granted that life exists more in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

--Virginia Woolf




black and white bird on seashore

For the philosopher is right who says that nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.

--Virginia Woolf

brown textile in close up image

There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.

--Virginia Woolf

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.

--Virginia Woolf


feet in stream

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

--Virginia Woolf

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

She was like a bird for speed, an arrow for directness.

--Virginia Woolf


None

I spent an hour looking at pots and carpets in the museums the other day, until the desire to describe them became like the desire for the lusts of the flesh.

--Virginia Woolf



person wearing black leather shoe

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

--Virginia Woolf

crescent moon above mountain

The immense success of our life is, I think, that our treasure is hid away; or rather in such common things that nothing can touch it.

--Virginia Woolf

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

The earth hangs heavy beneath me.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette photo of mountain during night time

Purely feminine; with that extraordinary gift, that woman's gift, of making a world of her own wherever she happened to be.

--Virginia Woolf

brown wooden board

Illness is a part of every human being's experience. It enhances our perceptions and reduces self-consciousness. It is the great confessional; things are said, truths are blurted out which health conceals.

--Virginia Woolf


shallow focus photo of green leaves

Fishing teaches a stern morality; inculcates a remorseless honesty.

--Virginia Woolf

photography of starry sky

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

--Virginia Woolf

photo og calm body of water

It's my choice, to choose how to live my life.

--Virginia Woolf


None

He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink.

--Virginia Woolf



body of water under blue sky with stars

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?

--Virginia Woolf

grayscale photo of rock formation

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

--Virginia Woolf

yellow background

For in marriage a little licence, a little independence there must
be between people living together day in day out in the same house; which Richard gave her, and she
him.

--Virginia Woolf

None

In any case life is but a procession of shadows, and God knows why it is that we embrace them so eagerly, and see them depart with such anguish, being shadows.

--Virginia Woolf

time lapse photography body of water

I use my friends rather as giglamps : There's another field I see: by your light. Over there's a hill. I widen my landscape.

--Virginia Woolf

bird in the sky

I condemn you. Yet my heart yearns towards you. I would go with you through the fires of death. Yet am happiest alone.

--Virginia Woolf


None

Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.

--Virginia Woolf

None

After that, how unbelievable death was! -- that it must end; and no one in the whole world would know how she had loved it all; how, every instant.

--Virginia Woolf

black and white abstract illustration

No sooner have you feasted on beauty with your eyes than your mind tells you that beauty is vain and beauty passes.

--Virginia Woolf



man standing outdoors

I feel certain that I'm going mad again, I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices.

--Virginia Woolf



castle surrounded fog

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

--Virginia Woolf



blue sky and white clouds

He lay on his chair with his hands clasped above his paunch not reading, or sleeping, but basking like a creature gorged with existence.

--Virginia Woolf

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

As for my next book, I won't write it till it has grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.

--Virginia Woolf

scenery of aurora

Yes, I deserve a spring -- I owe nobody nothing.

--Virginia Woolf





white desk lamp beside green plant

I will achieve in my life -- Heaven grant that it be not long -- some gigantic amalgamation between the two discrepancies so hideously apparent to me. Out of my suffering I will do it. I will knock. I will enter.

--Virginia Woolf

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Why does Samuel Butler say, 'Wise men never say what they think of women'? Wise men never say anything else apparently.

--Virginia Woolf

people on beach during daytime

To whom can I expose the urgency of my own passion?…There is nobody--here among these grey arches, and moaning pigeons, and cheerful games and tradition and emulation, all so skilfully organised to prevent feeling alone.

--Virginia Woolf



woman lying on pool

Our friends -- how distant, how mute, how seldom visited and little known. And I, too, am dim to my friends and unknown; a phantom, sometimes seen, often not. Life is a dream surely.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

The only truth which she could discover was the truth of what she herself felt.

--Virginia Woolf

pink flower

When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness--I am nothing.

--Virginia Woolf

woman carrying baby while walking

I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.

--Virginia Woolf

people on beach during daytime

She felt... how life, from being made up of little separate incidents which one lived one by one, became curled and whole like a wave which bore one up with it and threw one down with it, there, with a dash on the beach.

--Virginia Woolf

green leaf tree on shore

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

--Virginia Woolf

Arizona landscape

I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd.

--Virginia Woolf


close up photography of moon

Well, we must wait for the future to show.

--Virginia Woolf

two person standing while watching sky

Friendships, even the best of them, are frail things. One drifts apart.

--Virginia Woolf


person holding white book

The immense success of our life, is I think, that our treasure is hid away; or rather in such common things that nothing can touch it.

--Virginia Woolf

adobe wall

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

sunset

Still, the sun was hot. Still, one got over things. Still, life had a way of adding day to day.

--Virginia Woolf

bonfire near mountain

But I pine in Solitude. Solitude is my undoing.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

People ask me why I write. I write to find out what I know.

--Virginia Woolf

grassland landscape

The art of writing has for backbone some fierce attachment to an idea.

--Virginia Woolf

None

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

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

All the months are crude experiments.

--Virginia Woolf

person holding sunflower

I am rooted, but I flow.

--Virginia Woolf

purple and blue light illustration

It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen's day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of woman's life is that.

--Virginia Woolf



purple and white clouds during night time

I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.

--Virginia Woolf

yellow and green forest during daytime

The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.

--Virginia Woolf

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

For we think back through our mothers if we are women.

--Virginia Woolf

water on seashore

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

brown grass on brown sand under blue sky during daytime

I sleep among ravishing illusions and wake to their burden.

--Virginia Woolf


sea of white clouds

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

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

--Virginia Woolf

lighted candle in dark room

They never saw him drawing pictures of them naked at their antics in his notebook.

--Virginia Woolf

close up photography of moon

Life was that -- humiliation, renunciation.

--Virginia Woolf

green leaf tree on shore

The mind is the most capricious of insects -- flitting, fluttering.

--Virginia Woolf

black and white abstract illustration

The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.

--Virginia Woolf

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Habits gradually change the face of ones life as time changes one's physical face;andamp; one does not know it.

--Virginia Woolf

bare tress and mountain

One must learn to be silent just as one must learn to talk.

--Virginia Woolf


shallow focus photography of stack of books

Fatigue is the safest sleeping draught.

--Virginia Woolf

None

Not as oneself did one find rest ever, in her experience (she accomplished here something dexterous with her needles) but as a wedge of darkness.

--Virginia Woolf


body of water under blue sky during daytime

He called her a melon, a pineapple, an olive tree, an emerald, and a fox in the snow all in the space of three seconds; he did not know whether he had heard her, tasted her, seen her, or all three together.

--Virginia Woolf

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

Dr. Holmes came again. Large, fresh coloured, handsome, flicking his boots, looking in the glass, he brushed it all aside-headaches, sleeplessness, fears, dreams-nerve symptoms and nothing more, he said.

--Virginia Woolf


pink and white flowers on white surface

Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.

--Virginia Woolf

person standing on rock formation during daytime

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn't pull the trigger?

--Virginia Woolf

body of water

A biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many as a thousand.

--Virginia Woolf

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

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

--Virginia Woolf

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

Mrs Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence.

--Virginia Woolf

fawn pug in close up photography

I will go down with my colours flying.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of flower during sunset

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

blue sky with stars during night time

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

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

Sometimes she had it; sometimes not. She never knew why it came or why it went, or if she had it until she came into the room and then she knew instantly by the way some man looked at her.

--Virginia Woolf

selective focus photography of sunflower

My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.

--Virginia Woolf

purple flowered hedge plants

But how entirely I live in my imagination; how completely depend upon spurts of thought, coming as I walk, as I sit; things churning up in my mind and so making a perpetual pageant, which is to be my happiness.

--Virginia Woolf

blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned -- in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages?

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

When the body escaped mutilation, seldom did the heart go to the grave unscarred.

--Virginia Woolf

blue sky with stars during night time

They lack suggestive power. And when a book lacks suggestive power, however hard it hits the surface of the mind it cannot penetrate within.

--Virginia Woolf


brown desert under sunny sky

About here, she thought, dabbling her fingers in the water, a ship had sunk, and she muttered, dreamily half asleep, how we perished, each alone.

--Virginia Woolf

purple flowered hedge plants

The sigh of all the seas breaking in measure round the isles soothed them; the night wrapped them; nothing broke their sleep, until, the birds beginning and the dawn weaving their thin voices in to its whiteness.

--Virginia Woolf

boy and cat in front of moon

You send a boy to school in order to make friends -- the right sort.

--Virginia Woolf

blue and white abstract painting

If we can imagine the art of fiction come alive and standing in our midst, she would undoubtedly bid us to break her and bullyher, as well as honour and love her, for so her youth is renewed and her sovereignty assured.

--Virginia Woolf


silhouette of mountains during starry night

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

--Virginia Woolf

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Like" and "like" and "like" -- but what is the thing that lies beneath the semblance of the thing?

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of flower during sunset

How then did it work out, all this? How did one judge people, think of them? How did one add up this and that and conclude that it is liking one felt, or disliking?

--Virginia Woolf



pink and blue sky with moon

He was thinking of himself and the impression he was making, as she could tell by the sound of his voice, and his emphasis and his uneasiness.

--Virginia Woolf



high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Moments like this are buds on the tree of life. Flowers of darkness they are.

--Virginia Woolf

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

--Virginia Woolf


cumulus clouds

Soup is cuisines kindest course.

--Virginia Woolf

None

To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination.

--Virginia Woolf

leafless tree on snow covered ground

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

--Virginia Woolf

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Life would split apart without letters.

--Virginia Woolf

girl pulling the collar of dog during daytime

Oh, to awake from dreaming!

--Virginia Woolf


aerial photography of forest

Travelers are much at the mercy of phrases ... vast generalizations formulate in their exposed brains.

--Virginia Woolf


milky way wallpaper

Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action.

--Virginia Woolf

crack in wall

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

--Virginia Woolf

running white, brown, and black dog

To whom can I expose the urgency of my own passion?

--Virginia Woolf


red and blue light digital wallpaper

I need silence, and to be alone and to go out, and to save one hour to consider what has happened to my world, what death has done to my world.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of pine trees photo

Does Nature supplement what man advanced? Or does she complete what he began?

--Virginia Woolf

None

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

purple and white clouds during night time

He was to be the son of her old age; the limb of her infirmity; the oak tree on which she leant her degradation.

--Virginia Woolf

full moon in the sky

Madness is terrific I can assure you, and not to be sniffed at; and in its lava I still find most of the things I write about. It shoots out of one everything shaped, final, not in mere driblets, as sanity does.

--Virginia Woolf

dew drops on glass panel

You have no one who has any sort of consideration for you. You have had patience and endurance till I am sick of the virtues, and what have they done for you? Half-killed you.

--Virginia Woolf

red and blue light digital wallpaper

To write a novel in the heart of London is next to an impossibility. I feel as if I were nailing a flag to the top of a mast in a raging gale.

--Virginia Woolf

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.

--Virginia Woolf

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

She hated her: she loved her. It was enemies one wanted, not friends ..

--Virginia Woolf

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.

--Virginia Woolf

white wall paint beside white wall

I don't believe that you can possibly separate expression from thought in an imaginative work. The better a thing is expressed, the more completely it is thought.

--Virginia Woolf

people walking on hallway

I need not flatter any man; he has nothing to give me.

--Virginia Woolf

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

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

--Virginia Woolf



orange smoke on blue background

I'm terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity.

--Virginia Woolf

three person looking stars and milky way

If you drink the good wine of the noble countess, you have to entertain her less desirable friends.

--Virginia Woolf


green water in close up photography

Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us.

--Virginia Woolf

white sand

Thus Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Douglas and Mr. Joyce partly spoil their books for women readers by their display of self-conscious virility; and Mr. Hemingway, but much less violently, follows suit.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of flying bird

For it was not knowledge but unity that she desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that could be written in any language known to men, but intimacy itself, which is knowledge.

--Virginia Woolf

shoreline during golden hour

How far we are going to read a poet when we can read about a poet is a problem to lay before biographers.

--Virginia Woolf

pink flower

Am I a weed, carried this way, that way, on a tide that comes twice a day without a meaning?

--Virginia Woolf

leafless tree

Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.

--Virginia Woolf


yellow painted wall

Alone, condemned, deserted, as those who are about to die are alone, there was a luxury in it, an isolation full of sublimity; a freedom which the attached can never know.

--Virginia Woolf


shade under a green-leafed tree

The truer the facts the better the fiction.

--Virginia Woolf



sunset

Even if fall she must, it was to lie on the earth and moulder sweetly into the roots of violets.

--Virginia Woolf

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

I am reading Henry James...and feel myself as one entombed in a block of smooth amber.

--Virginia Woolf


None

Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.

--Virginia Woolf


purple and white clouds during night time

The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.' That will be useful.

--Virginia Woolf

yellow flower field during sunset

I ride rough waters, and shall sink with no one to save me.

--Virginia Woolf



black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Conversation, fastidious goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will.

--Virginia Woolf

green trees beside body of water during daytime

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.

--Virginia Woolf

selective focus photography of sunflower

When the wolf walks by you, you will remember.

--Virginia Woolf

None

For if it is rash to walk into a lion's den unarmed, rash to navigate the Atlantic in a rowing boat, rash to stand on one foot on top of St. Paul's, it is still more rash to go home alone with a poet.

--Virginia Woolf

cluster of stars in the sky

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

--Virginia Woolf

grayscale photography of pug

Like most uneducated Englishwomen, I like reading -- I like reading books in the bulk.

--Virginia Woolf


blue wallpaper

There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them.

--Virginia Woolf



black bird

The proper stuff of fiction' does not exist; everything is the proper stuff of fiction, every feeling, every thought; every quality of brain and spirit is drawn upon; no perception comes amiss.

--Virginia Woolf

sunset

I'm one of those who are hampered by the psychological hindrance of owning capital.

--Virginia Woolf

Bright orange to dark red gradient

Of course, literature is the only spiritual and humane career. Even painting tends to dumness, and music turns people erotic, whereas the more you write the nicer you become.

--Virginia Woolf

None

The hatchet must fall on the block; the oak must be cleft to the centre. The weight of the world is on my shoulders. Here is the pen and the paper; on the letters in the wire basket I sign my name, I, I, and again I.

--Virginia Woolf


boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

I do not believe that gifts, whether of mind or character, can be weighed like sugar and butter.

--Virginia Woolf

fireplace on fire

What she loved: life, London, this moment of june.

--Virginia Woolf

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

I always had the deepest affection for people who carried sublime tears in their silences.

--Virginia Woolf

feet in stream

Incessant company is as bad as solitary confinement.

--Virginia Woolf


white textile in close up photography

My mind turned by anxiety, or other cause, from its scrutiny of blank paper, is like a lost child -- wandering the house, sitting on the bottom step to cry.

--Virginia Woolf


pink flower

My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.

--Virginia Woolf

person standing on top of mountain

I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.

--Virginia Woolf

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

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

--Virginia Woolf

woman standing on sunflower field

A perfect treat must include a trip to a second-hand bookshop.

--Virginia Woolf

American Eagles during daytime

I have had my vision.

--Virginia Woolf

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

--Virginia Woolf

lion on green grass during golden hour

What a vast fertility of pleasure books hold for me! ... I think I could happily live here and read forever.

--Virginia Woolf

green leafed plants on forest

Sir, I would trust you with my heart. Moreover, we have left our bodies in the banqueting hall. Those on the turf are the shadows of our souls.

--Virginia Woolf

white and blue floral textile

I feel my brains, like a pear, to see if it's ripe; it will be exquisite by September.

--Virginia Woolf


snow covered mountain during daytime

The public and the private worlds are inseparably connected the tyrannies and servilities of the one are the tyrannies and servilities of the other.

--Virginia Woolf

blue wallpaper

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

--Virginia Woolf


None

I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.

--Virginia Woolf

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

There was an emptiness about the heart of life; an attic room. Women must put off their rich apparel. At midday they must disrobe.

--Virginia Woolf

full moon in the sky

Chastity ... has, even now, a religious importance in a woman's life, and has so wrapped itself round with nerves and instincts that to cut it free and bring it to the light of day demands courage of the rarest.

--Virginia Woolf


castle surrounded fog

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

--Virginia Woolf

aerial photography of forest

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

--Virginia Woolf

galaxy

It gave to everything its exact measure of colour; to the sandhills their innumerable glitter, to the wild grasses their glancing green.

--Virginia Woolf

mountains covered with fog

It was jealousy that was at the bottom of it -- jealousy which survives every other passion of mankind.

--Virginia Woolf

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

She had been trapped into saying something she did not mean.

--Virginia Woolf

flowers beside yellow wall

She did in her own heart infinitely prefer boobies to clever men who wrote dissertations.

--Virginia Woolf

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