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To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face, and to know it for what it is...at last, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away...
The voice of protest is the voice of another and an ancient civilization which seems to have bred in us the instinct to enjoy and fight rather than to suffer and understand.
All raw, uncooked, protesting."(on Aldous Huxley)
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement.
It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality
I begin to be impatient of solitude - to feel its draperies hang sweltering, unwholesome about me.
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.
What is nobler, " she mused, turning over the photographs, "than to be a woman to whom every one turns, in sorrow or difficulty?
so that it may grow fatter and
Life stand still here.
in this case, a mother, noted for her beauty, might be reduced to a purple shadow... (Tansley to Lily on her painting of the house & grounds)
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.
Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
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.
The voice had an extraordinary sadness. Pure from all body, pure from all passion, going out into the world, solitary, unanswered, breaking against rocks—so it sounded.
How then did it work out, all this? How did one judge people, think of them? How did one add up this and that and conclude that it is liking one felt, or disliking?
As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.
I was always going to the bookcase for another sip of the divine specific.
Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again...
I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.
So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.
As for my next book I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear pendant gravid asking to be cut or it will fall.
I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of treesand changing leaves.
Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.
It is much more important to be oneself than anything else.
You send a girl to school in order to make friends - the right sort.
They disagreed always about this, but it did not matter. She liked him to believe in scholarships, and he liked her to be proud of Andrew whatever he did.
As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.
Well, we must wait for the future to show.
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
What's the use trying to read Shakespeare, especially in one of those little paper editions whose pages get ruffled, or stuck together with sea-water?
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning it satisfies the senses amazingly.
Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.
Even the names of the books gave me food for thought.
I have felt that odd whirr of wings in the head.
Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
Roses, " she thought sardonically, "All trash, m’dear.
Let us not take it for granted that life exists more in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.