Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quotes

  • ''Knew her own mind. But the mind radically commonplace, only its inherited force, & cumulative sense of power, making it remarkable.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. entry, Dec. 27, 1930, on Queen Victoria. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
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  • ''You send a boy to school in order to make friends—the right sort.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 16, 1921, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978). Woolf was here quoting the reaction of Maurice Baring and his wife to Lady Cromer sending her son to Winchester, which was not considered elite enough.
  • ''Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for May 13, 1926, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''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 (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 1, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).
  • ''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.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 4, entry for October 2, 1932, ed. Anne O. Bell (1982).
  • ''Tom's great yellow bronze mask all draped upon an iron framework. An inhibited, nerve-drawn; dropped face—as if hung on a scaffold of heavy private brooding; & thought.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 5, entry for Feb. 16, 1940, ed. Anne O. Bell (1984). Describing T.S. Eliot at a dinner party.
  • ''This is not "writing" at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for April 13, 1930, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "The Mark on the Wall," A Haunted House (1944).
  • ''The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "An Unwritten Novel," Monday or Tuesday (1921).
  • ''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.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "The Modern Essay," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).

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