Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been what is now termed bipolar disorder, and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.

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Virginia Woolf Quotes

Virginia Woolf #Age

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 #Alone

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?
Virginia Woolf #Alone

Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
Virginia Woolf #Amazing

When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
Virginia Woolf #Art #Nature

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
Virginia Woolf #Beauty

The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
Virginia Woolf #Business #Truth

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

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Virginia Woolf #Dreams #Truth

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

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 #Experience

Masterpieces are not single and solitary births they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
Virginia Woolf #Freedom

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
Virginia Woolf #Friendship #Poetry

Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.
Virginia Woolf #Humor

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
Virginia Woolf #Intelligence

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 #Love

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf #Men #Women

Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
Virginia Woolf #Money

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

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Virginia Woolf #Power #Women

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 #Power

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
Virginia Woolf #Relationship #Women

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 #Truth

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
Virginia Woolf #Truth #Women

The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
Virginia Woolf #War #Women

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.