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Virginia Woolf Quotes

(1882-1941), British Novelist, Essayist

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.

Category: Faces

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

Category: Feminism

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.

Category: Fiction

Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Category: Fiction

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

Category: Food And Eating

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Different though the sexes are, they inter-mix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is very opposite of what it is above.

Category: Gender

It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have too much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes looking through the branches of other trees at other skies, nothing would be of greater service to humanity; and we should have the immense pleasure into the bargain of watching Professor X rush for his measuring-rods to prove himself ''superior.''

Category: Gender

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.

Category: Genius

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

Category: Habit

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

Category: Human Nature

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

Category: Idleness

I am to be broken. I am to be derided all my life. I am to be cast up and down among these men and women, with their twitching faces, with their lying tongues, like a cork on a rough sea. Like a ribbon of weed I am flung far every time the door opens.

Category: Innocence

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.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

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?

Category: Intimacy