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Summary

Virginia Woolf was a famous Author from United Kingdom, who lived between January 25, 1882 and March 28, 1941. She became 59 years old.

Biography

Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, literary critic and feminist thinking. She was an important part of the Bloomsbury circle in London in the interwar period. In these artists were Freud and his theories of psychoanalysis important. His works were published by Woolf, the couple's publishing in 1925, and Virginia had been aware of them.

She represents "the turning inward"; the immediate psyche in the literature. She is keen to show that different people may have different perceptions of a single event: it was the subjective experience that should appear in the literature, and in typical avant-garde spirit, she was concerned about issues such as life and death, which clearly reflected in several of her novels, the only meaning of life is that death comes.

Her writings can be viewed as an extension of the realistic tradition of Jane Austen and TS Eliot as her role models, but a lot of breaks with this, among other means such as internal monologue, violation of chronology, flashbacks and non-verbal communication.

She was born Virginia Stephen, and was married to Leonard Woolf in 1912. She committed suicide by walking into a river battle with his pockets full of stones.

Zodiac etc.

She is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 74 quotes who is written / told by Virginia, under the main topic Peace.

Related authors: Leonard Woolf, Jane Austen

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf

Famous quotes by Virginia Woolf (74)


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"Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more"
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"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"
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"The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder"
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"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?"
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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"
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"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others"
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"Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe"
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"The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness"
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"That great Cathedral space which was childhood"
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"My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?"
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"We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print"
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"Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory"
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"The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers"
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"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"
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"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages"
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"Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends"
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"This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant"
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"Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth"
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"You send a boy to school in order to make friends - the right sort"
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"You cannot find peace by avoiding life"
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"Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry"
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"Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top"
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"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size"
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"Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity"
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"The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own"
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"The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind"
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"The older one grows, the more one likes indecency"
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"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"
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"The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself"
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"Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art"
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"One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them"
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"One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph"
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"One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly"
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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well"
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"Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent"
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"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points"
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"Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order"
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"Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them"
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"Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded"
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"It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top"
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"It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly"
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"It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality"
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"It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality"
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"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"
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"Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman"
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"If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or 'our' country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits where I have not shared and probably will not share"
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"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people"
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"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?"
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"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?"
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"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman"
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"I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write"
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"I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose"
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"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in"
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"I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it"
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"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"
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"Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue"
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"Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do"
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"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?"
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"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman"
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"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"
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"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works"
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"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"
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"Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic"
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"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world"
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"Arrange whatever pieces come your way"
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"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"
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"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction"
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"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"
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"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"


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