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Virginia Woolf Quotes

(1882-1941), British Novelist, Essayist

The first duty of a lecturer is 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.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey! The phantom is through the mind and out of the window before we can lay salt on

Category: Thoughts And Thinking

Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language.

Category: Translation

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

Category: Truth

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

Category: Uniforms

If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or ''our'' country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share.

Category: War

Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?

Category: Women

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

Category: Women

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

Category: Women

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

Category: Words

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Category: Writers And Writing

I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again -- as I always am when I write.

Category: Writers And Writing

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

Category: Writers And Writing

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

Category: Writers And Writing