Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

English writer

Lived from: 1882-1941

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Virginia Woolf

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    If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
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    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.
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    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.
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    A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
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    Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!
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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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    Arrange Whatever pieces come your way.
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    As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
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    At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.
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    Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
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    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.
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    Different though the sexes are, they inter-mix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is very opposite of what it is above.
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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.
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    Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
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    Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
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