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135 Memorable Quotes of Virginia Woolf

135 Memorable Quotes of Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also 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. Wikipedia
Born: January 25, 1882, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: March 28, 1941, Lewes, United Kingdom

Throughout her prolific career, Woolf experimented with several forms of biographical writing, composed short fictions and left behind a lifetime of brilliant letters that were sent to her family and friends.

Sadly, it seemed that death followed everyone she loved. Virginia lost her mother when she was 13 years old, and by the time she was emerging from depression, her half sister died. In 1904, her father also passed away — Virginia couldn’t cope with the tragic events in her life and had a nervous breakdown.

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Inspirational Quotes of Virginia Woolf :

 

  1. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.  – Virginia Woolf

  2. 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

  3. The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own. – Virginia Woolf

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

  5. 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

  6. It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality. – Virginia Woolf

  7. 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

  8. One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph. – Virginia Woolf

  9. It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. – Virginia Woolf

  10. It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality. – Virginia Woolf

  11. 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

  12. Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  13. There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them. – Virginia Woolf

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  17. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  18. As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. – Virginia Woolf

  19. Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue. – Virginia Woolf

  20. Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title. – Virginia Woolf

  21. I read the book of Job last night, I don’t think God comes out well in it. – Virginia Woolf

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

  23. These are the soul’s changes. I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism. – Virginia Woolf

  24. 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

  25. To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. – Virginia Woolf

  26. One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people’s throats – and one always secretes too much jelly. – Virginia Woolf

  27. Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. – Virginia Woolf

  28. A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out. – Virginia Woolf

  29. Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame. – Virginia Woolf

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

  31. I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in. – Virginia Woolf

  32. Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. – Virginia Woolf

  33. It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly. – Virginia Woolf

  34. 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

  35. The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. – Virginia Woolf

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

  37. 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

  38. On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points. – Virginia Woolf

  39. Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art. – Virginia Woolf

  40. 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

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

  42. 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

  43. The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. – Virginia Woolf

  44. Why are women… so much more interesting to men than men are to women? – Virginia Woolf

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

  46. The older one grows, the more one likes indecency. – Virginia Woolf

  47. It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. – Virginia Woolf

More Inspirational Quotes of Virginia Woolf :

  1. 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

  2. For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  3. A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. – Virginia Woolf

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

  5. Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life. – Virginia Woolf

  6. Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body? – Virginia Woolf

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

  8. 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

  9. Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  10. 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

  11. 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

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

  13. We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print. – Virginia Woolf

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

  15. To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father. – Virginia Woolf

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

  17. A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it’s there complete in the mind, if only at the back. – Virginia Woolf

  18. Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do. – Virginia Woolf

  19. You send a boy to school in order to make friends – the right sort. – Virginia Woolf

  20. 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

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

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

  23. Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders. – Virginia Woolf

  24. Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet
  25. Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language. – Virginia Woolf

  26. 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

  27. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others – Virginia Woolf

  28. They went in and out of each other’s minds without any effort. – Virginia Woolf

  29. 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

  30. These are the soul’s changes. I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism. – Virginia Woolf

  31. As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the world. – Virginia Woolf

  32. A woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction – Virginia Woolf

  33. A woman must have money and a room of her own. – Virginia Woolf

  34. You send a boy to school in order to make friends of the right sort. – Virginia Woolf

  35. It will be all over this day week – comfort – discomfort; and the zest and rush that no engagements, hours, habits give. Then we shall take them up again with more than the zest of traveling. – Virginia Woolf

  36. The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. – Virginia Woolf

  37. I’ is only a convenient term for somebody who has no real being. – Virginia Woolf

  38. You can’t think how I depend on you, and when you’re not there the color goes out of my life. – Virginia Woolf

  39. 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. – Virginia Woolf

  40. Life stand still here. – Virginia Woolf

  41. What a lark! What a plunge! – Virginia Woolf

  42. There is no doubt in my mind, that I have found out how to begin (at 40) to say something in my own voice. – Virginia Woolf

  43. But I beneath a rougher sea, And whelmed in deeper gulfs than he. – Virginia Woolf

  44. 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

  45. To let oneself be carried on passively is unthinkable. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  46. For the young people could not talk. And why should they? Shout, embrace, swing, be up at dawn… – Virginia Woolf

  47. To love makes one solitary. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

More Inspirational Quotes of Virginia Woolf :

 

  1. Half the time she did things not simply, not for themselves; but to make people think this or that; perfect idiocy she knew for no one was ever for a second taken in. – Virginia Woolf

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. It was the intimacy, a sort of spiritual suppleness, when mind prints upon mind indelibly. – Virginia Woolf

  5. 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

  6. It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  7. Human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. – Virginia Woolf

  8. O friendship, I too will press flowers between the pages of Shakespeare’s sonnets! – Virginia Woolf

  9. 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

  10. I was always going to the bookcase for another sip of the divine specific. – Virginia Woolf

  11. With twice his wits, she had to see things through his eyes — one of the tragedies of married life. – Virginia Woolf

  12. It was a miserable machine, an inefficient machine, she thought, the human apparatus for painting or for feeling; it always broke down at the critical moment; heroically, one must force it on. – Virginia Woolf

  13. 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

  14. I [who] am perpetually making notes in the margin of my mind for some final statement… – Virginia Woolf

  15. Does Nature supplement what man advanced? Or does she complete what he began? – Virginia Woolf

  16. Love and religion! thought Clarissa, going back into the drawing room, tingling all over. How detestable, how detestable they are! – Virginia Woolf

  17. All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds. – Virginia Woolf

  18. Am I a weed, carried this way, that way, on a tide that comes twice a day without a meaning? – Virginia Woolf

  19. Would there be trees if we didn’t see them? – Virginia Woolf

  20. to teach without zest is a crime. – Virginia Woolf

  21. The cold stream of visual impressions failed him now as if the eye were a cup that overflowed and let the rest run down its china walls unrecorded. – Virginia Woolf

  22. A sort of transaction went on between them, in which she was on one side, and life was on another, and she was always trying to get the better of it, as it was of her. – Virginia Woolf

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

  24. If it were now to die, ’twere now to be most happy. – Virginia Woolf

  25. Moments like this are buds on the tree of life. Flowers of darkness they are. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  26. So that is marriage, Lily thought, a man and a woman looking at a girl throwing a ball – Virginia Woolf

  27. The world wavered and quivered and threatened to burst into flames. – Virginia Woolf

  28. It was a silly, silly dream, being unhappy. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  29. The spring without a leaf to toss, bare and bright like a virgin fierce in her chastity, scornful in her purity, was laid out on fields wide-eyed and watchful and entirely careless of what was done or thought by the beholders. – Virginia Woolf

  30. 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

  31. Who would not spout the family teapot in order to talk with Keats for an hour about poetry, or with Jane Austen about the art of fiction? – Virginia Woolf

  32. In the 18th century we knew how everything was done, but here I rise through the air, I listen to voices in America, I see men flying- but how is it done? I can’t even begin to wonder. So my belief in magic returns. – Virginia Woolf

  33. travelers are much at the mercy of phrases … vast generalizations formulate in their exposed brains … – Virginia Woolf

  34. the profound difference that divides the human race is a question of bait – whether to fish with worms or not … – Virginia Woolf

  35. fishing teaches a stern morality; inculcates a remorseless honesty. – Virginia Woolf

  36. Unless you catch ideas on the wing and nail them down, you will soon cease to have any. – Virginia Woolf

  37. Intimacy is a difficult art … – Virginia Woolf

  38. jealousy … survives every other passion of mankind … – Virginia Woolf

  39. The best letters of our time are precisely those that can never be published. – Virginia Woolf

  40. Women have burnt like beacons in all the works of all the poets from the beginning of time. – Virginia Woolf

  41. Do not move, do not go. Sink within this moment. Hold it for ever. – Virginia Woolf

  42. loveliness is infernally sad. – Virginia Woolf

  43. 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

  44. old emotions like old families have intermarried and have many connections. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  45. Let it be fact, one feels, or let it be fiction; the imagination will not serve under two masters simultaneously. – Virginia Woolf

  46. The world is crammed with delightful things – Virginia Woolf

  47. How remorseless life is! – Virginia Woolf

  48. literature is the record of our discontent. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

More Inspirational Quotes of Virginia Woolf :

 

  1. The poet is always our contemporary. – Virginia Woolf

  2. more and more I come to loathe any dominion of one over another; any leadership, any imposition of the will. – Virginia Woolf

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

  4. How are we to account for the strange human craving for the pleasure of feeling afraid which is so much involved in our love of ghost stories? – Virginia Woolf

  5. Theories then are dangerous things. - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

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

  7. 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

  8. Lies will flow from my lips, but there may perhaps be some truth mixed up with them ... - Virginia Woolf Click To Tweet

  9. 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

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