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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
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As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
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If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
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You cannot find peace by avoiding life. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
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For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
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Language is wine upon the lips. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Language is wine upon the lips.
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Arrange whatever pieces come your way. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
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The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
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She dares me to pour myself out like a living waterfall. She dares me to enter the soul that is more than my own; she extinguishes fear in mere seconds. She lets light come through.
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A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life
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Waves of hands, hesitations at street corners, someone dropping a cigarette into the gutter-all are stories. But which is the true story? That I do not know. Hence I keep my phrases hung like clothes in a cupboard, waiting for some one to wear them. Thus waiting, thus speculating, making this note and then an· other I do not cling to life. I shall be brushed like a bee from a sunflower. My philosophy, always accumulating, welling up moment by moment, runs like quicksilver a dozen ways at once.
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A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.
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The only advice ... that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions.
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I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
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I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.
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Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
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No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
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How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.
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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.
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If we help an educated man's daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? - not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
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There must be another life, she thought, sinking back into her chair, exasperated. Not in dreams; but here and now, in this room, with living people. She felt as if she were standing on the edge of a precipice with her hair blown back; she was about to grasp something that just evaded her. There must be another life, here and now, she repeated. This is too short, too broken. We know nothing, even about ourselves.
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I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.
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The interest in life does not lie in what people do, nor even in their relations to each other, but largely in the power to communicate with a third party, antagonistic, enigmatic, yet perhaps persuadable, which one may call life in general.
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I feel certain that I'm going mad again, I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices
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The mind is the most capricious of insects — flitting, fluttering. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
The mind is the most capricious of insects — flitting, fluttering.
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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
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I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
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The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
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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.
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For nothing was simply one thing. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
For nothing was simply one thing.
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I feel all shadows of the universe multiplied deep inside my skin. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I feel all shadows of the universe multiplied deep inside my skin.
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The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
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I'm terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I'm terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity.
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I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd.
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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
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For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?
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But when the self speaks to the self, who is speaking? The entombed soul, the spirit driven in, in, in to the central catacomb; the self that took the veil and left the world -- a coward perhaps, yet somehow beautiful, as it flits with its lantern restlessly up and down the dark corridors.
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Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.
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Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
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Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.
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But how entirely I live in my imagination; how completely depend upon spurts of thought, coming as I walk, as I sit; things churning up in my mind and so making a perpetual pageant, which is to be my happiness.
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Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.
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When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
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He called her a melon, a pineapple, an olive tree, an emerald, and a fox in the snow all in the space of three seconds; he did not know whether he had heard her, tasted her, seen her, or all three together.
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I am rooted, but I flow. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I am rooted, but I flow.
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No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
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Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
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A veil of insanity everywhere: Oh why I was born in this age? It is a terrible age. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A veil of insanity everywhere: Oh why I was born in this age? It is a terrible age.
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For now she need not think of anybody. She coud be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others... and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.
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If people are highly successful in their professions they lose their sense. Sight goes. They have no time to look at pictures. Sound goes. They have no time to listen to music. Speech goes. They have no time for conversation. Humanity goes. Money making becomes so important that they must work by night as well as by day. Health goes. And so competitive do they become that they will not share their work with others though they have more themselves. What then remains of a human being who has lost sight, sound, and sense of proportion? Only a cripple in a cave.
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I always had the deepest affection for people who carried sublime tears in their silences. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I always had the deepest affection for people who carried sublime tears in their silences.
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Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I'm never not thinking of you - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I'm never not thinking of you
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Books are the mirrors of the soul. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Books are the mirrors of the soul.
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Intimacy is a difficult art. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
Intimacy is a difficult art.
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I feel my brains, like a pear, to see if it's ripe; it will be exquisite by September. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
I feel my brains, like a pear, to see if it's ripe; it will be exquisite by September.
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One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly.
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For this moment, this one moment, we are together. I press you to me. Come, pain, feed on me. Bury your fangs in my flesh. Tear me asunder. I sob, I sob.
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It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
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Let us simmer over our incalculable cauldron, our enthralling confusion, our hotchpotch of impulses, our perpetual miracle - for the soul throws up wonders every second. Movement and change are the essence of our being; rigidity is death; conformity is death; let us say what comes into our heads, repeat ourselves, contradict ourselves, fling out the wildest nonsense, and follow the most fantastic fancies without caring what the world does or thinks or says. For nothing matters except life.
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A light here required a shadow there. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
A light here required a shadow there.
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How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger? - Virginia Woolf Quotes
How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?
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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.
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In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us. - Virginia Woolf Quotes
In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.
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As for my next book, I won't write it till it has grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.
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Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.
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When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.
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Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.
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The Lighthouse was then a silvery, misty-looking tower with a yellow eye, that opened suddenly, and softly in the evening. Now— James looked at the Lighthouse. He could see the white-washed rocks; the tower, stark and straight; he could see that it was barred with black and white; he could see windows in it; he could even see washing spread on the rocks to dry. So that was the Lighthouse, was it? No, the other was also the Lighthouse. For nothing was simply one thing. The other Lighthouse was true too.
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I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky.
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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.
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My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.
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Thinking is my fighting.
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Be truthful, and the result is bound to be amazingly interesting.
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Above all you must illumine your own soul with its profundities and its shallows, and its vanities and its generosities, and say what your beauty means to you or your plainness, and what is your relation to the ever-changing and turning world.
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But beauty must be broken daily to remain beautiful.
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Our friends - how distant, how mute, how seldom visited and little known. And I, too, am dim to my friends and unknown; a phantom, sometimes seen, often not. Life is a dream surely.
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It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
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Come indoors then, and open the books on your library shelves. For you have a library and a good one. A working library, a living library; a library where nothing is chained down and nothing is locked up; a library where the songs of the singers rise naturally from the lives of the livers.
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