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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-01-25 1941-03-28), born Adeline Virginia Stephen, was a British writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernist/feminist literary figures of the twentieth century.
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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

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

Virginia Woolf

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

You can not gain peace by avoiding life.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.

Virginia Woolf

Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.

Virginia Woolf

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.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

I read the book of Job last night - I don't think God comes out well in it.

Virginia Woolf

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

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

Virginia Woolf

I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.

Virginia Woolf

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

Virginia Woolf
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