Virginia Woolf


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  • ''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 (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 21 (1925).
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  • ''We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Common Reader, "The Modern Essay," First Series (1925). Referring to inferior essayists.
  • ''"The proper stuff of fiction" does not exist; everything is the proper stuff of fiction, every feeling, every thought; every quality of brain and spirit is drawn upon; no perception comes amiss.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 13 (1925).
  • ''Middlemarch, the magnificent book which with all its imperfections is one of the few English novels for grown-up people.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Common Reader, "George Eliot," First Series (1925).
  • ''The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 21 (1925).
  • ''I want the concentration & the romance, & the words all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for August 15, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).
  • ''Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Letter, September 10, 1918. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 1, ed. Anne O. Bell (1977).
  • ''I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again—as I always am when I write.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for May 31, 1929, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight & undeflected my bolts whatever they are.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. journal entry, Oct. 2, 1932. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 4, ed. Anne O. Bell (1982).
  • ''At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for March 22, 1928, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).

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