Virginia Woolf Quotes

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Virginia Woolf
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.
Virginia Woolf (Diary Entry, 1922)
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
Virginia Woolf (The Waves, 1931)
A light here required a shadow there.
Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse, 1927)
I am rooted, but I flow.
Virginia Woolf (The Waves, 1931)
All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.
Virginia Woolf (Orlando, 1928)
The artist after all is a solitary being.
Virginia Woolf
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin.
Virginia Woolf (The Waves, 1931)
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.
Virginia Woolf (The Common Reader - Montaigne, 1925)
It was a silly, silly dream, being unhappy.
Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway, 1925)
It is no use trying to sum people up.
Virginia Woolf (Jacob's Room, 1922)
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
Virginia Woolf
No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Books are the mirrors of the soul.
Virginia Woolf (Between the Acts, 1941)
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
Virginia Woolf (An Unwritten Novel, 1921)
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
Virginia Woolf (The Leaning Tower, 1940)
What does the brain matter compared with the heart?
Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway, 1925)
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice?
Virginia Woolf (Orlando, 1928)
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
Virginia Woolf (Quoted in The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, 2003)
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.
Virginia Woolf (Night and Day, 1919)
Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.
Virginia Woolf (Jacob's Room, 1922)
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 (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
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 (A Room of One's Own, 1929)
She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway, 1925)
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
Virginia Woolf (Jacob's Room, 1922)
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Virginia Woolf Biography

Born: January 25, 1882
Died: March 28, 1941

Virginia Woolf was a British author and writer. She was a influential literary figure in London during the interwar period. She is best known for her successful novels.

Notable Works

The Voyage Out (1915)
Night and Day (1919)
Jacob's Room (1922)
Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
To the Lighthouse (1927)
Orlando (1928)
A Room of One's Own (1929)
The Waves (1931)
Flush (1933)
The Years (1937)
Between the Acts (1941)

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