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Virginia Woolf Quotes

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.

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.

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

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.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

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?

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

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.

I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it.

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.

I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.

I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write.

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.