Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quotes

  • ''Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Mrs. Dalloway, p. 62 (1925).
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  • ''The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Notes on an Elizabethan Play," The Common Reader, First Series (1925). On the merits of Elizabethan drama.
  • ''When the shrivelled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 6 (1928).
  • ''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 (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 4 (1928).
  • ''There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 4 (1928).
  • ''Most of a modest woman's life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 6 (1928). On pregnancy in Victorian times.
  • ''Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 4 (1928).
  • ''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.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Letter, January 1, 1933. Published in The Sickle Side of the Moon: Letters, vol. 5, ed. Nigel Nicolson (1979).
  • ''Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Reading," The Captain's Death Bed (1950).
  • ''Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Common Reader, "On Not Knowing Greek," First Series (1925).

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