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Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 01/25/1882




 

Virginia Woolf Quotes

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As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
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Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
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Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
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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.
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Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
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The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
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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.
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The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
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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.
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Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.
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They can because they think they can.
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I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
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Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.
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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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When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
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For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
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That great Cathedral space which was childhood.
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It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.
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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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Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
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