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Virginia Woolf Quotes

(1882-1941), British Novelist, Essayist

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

Category: Poetry And Poets

Most of a modest woman's life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious.

Category: Pregnancy

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

Category: Professions And Professionals

The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gas mask handy, it is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.

Category: Propaganda

For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, forget the private figure, or if we in the intensity of our private emotions forget the public world. Both houses will be ruined, the public and the private, the material and the spiritual, for they are inseparably connected.

Category: Public

Publicity in women is detestable. Anonymity runs in their blood. The desire to be veiled still possesses them. They are not even now as concerned about the health of their fame as men are, and, speaking generally, will pass a tombstone or a signpost without feeling an irresistible desire to cut their names on it.

Category: Publicity

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

Category: Quotations

What is meant by "reality"? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying

Category: Reality

Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

Category: Self-confidence

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

Category: Self-control

It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer.

Category: Self-image

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.

Category: Sensitivity

Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will.

Category: Sex

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

Category: Sleep

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.

Category: Soul