Virginia Woolfe Quotes
"To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves."
"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."
"The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity."
"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages."
"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size."
"The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder."
"Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?"
"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people."
"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."
"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works."
"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in."
"The first duty of a lecturer - 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 mantlepiece forever."
"The older one grows, the more one likes indecency."
"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."
"Arrange whatever pieces come your way."
"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."
"Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue."
"Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art."
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
"Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe."