English author and critic
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About Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was an English writer known for her works such as Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando: A Biography. She is widely regarded as one of the most prominent modernist of the twentieth century. She suffered from severe mental illness during her lifetime and committed suicide by drowning at the age of 59.
She was born to Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Duckworth Stephem. She married Leonard Woolf in 1912. She and Leonard remained married until her death in 1941.
On 28 March 1941, she filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones and entered into the River Ouse, where she drowned herself.
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Famous quotes by Virginia Woolf
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.Virginia Woolf
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
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.Virginia Woolf
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
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.Virginia Woolf
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.Virginia Woolf
I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it.Virginia Woolf
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
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?Virginia Woolf
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.Virginia Woolf
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.Virginia Woolf
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.Virginia Woolf
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.Virginia Woolf
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
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.Virginia Woolf
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
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
Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.Virginia Woolf
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.Virginia Woolf
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.Virginia Woolf
Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.Virginia Woolf
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.Virginia Woolf
Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.Virginia Woolf
The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.Virginia Woolf
The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.Virginia Woolf
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.Virginia Woolf
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.Virginia Woolf
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.Virginia Woolf
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.Virginia Woolf
The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.Virginia Woolf
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
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.Virginia Woolf
This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.Virginia Woolf
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.Virginia Woolf
We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.Virginia Woolf
When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.Virginia Woolf
Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?Virginia Woolf
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
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.Virginia Woolf
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.Virginia Woolf
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.Virginia Woolf
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