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.

— Virginia Woolf

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf quote Read a thousand books and your words wil

Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.


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

Virginia Woolf quote No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.


I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.


I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.


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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.

Virginia Woolf quote A woman must have money and a room of he

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.


No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.


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.

Virginia Woolf quote One cannot think well, love well, sleep

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.


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.


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


The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.


About Virginia Woolf

Quotes 794 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Author
Birthday January 25, 1882

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.


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?


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.


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.


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


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.


Language is wine upon the lips.


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


The mind is the most capricious of insects — flitting, fluttering.


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


I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.


Arrange whatever pieces come your way.


For nothing was simply one thing.


The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.


I'm terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity.


I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd.


A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.


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


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?


Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.


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


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.


Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I'm never not thinking of you


When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?


Books are the mirrors of the soul.


I feel my brains, like a pear, to see if it's ripe; it will be exquisite by September.


It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour;

riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.


How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?


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.


In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.