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Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.




Virginia Woolf Quotes: "All raw, uncooked, protesting."(on Aldous Huxley)"

All raw, uncooked, protesting."(on Aldous Huxley)



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for."

Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.



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

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




Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement."

I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality"

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I begin to be impatient of solitude - to feel its draperies hang sweltering, unwholesome about me."

I begin to be impatient of solitude - to feel its draperies hang sweltering, unwholesome about me.




Virginia Woolf Quotes: "To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves."

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments."

The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "What is nobler, " she mused, turning over the photographs, "than to be a woman to whom every one turns, in sorrow or difficulty?"

What is nobler, " she mused, turning over the photographs, "than to be a woman to whom every one turns, in sorrow or difficulty?



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "so that it may grow fatter and"

so that it may grow fatter and



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Life stand still here."

Life stand still here.




Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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)"

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)



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?"

Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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 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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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?"

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?



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world."

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



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I was always going to the bookcase for another sip of the divine specific."

I was always going to the bookcase for another sip of the divine specific.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life."

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order"

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size."

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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..."

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...



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun."

I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life."

I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure."

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of treesand changing leaves."

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of treesand changing leaves.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them."

Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "It is much more important to be oneself than anything else."

It is much more important to be oneself than anything else.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "You send a girl to school in order to make friends - the right sort."

You send a girl to school in order to make friends - the right sort.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking."

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Well, we must wait for the future to show."

Well, we must wait for the future to show.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder."

The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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?"

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?



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more."

Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning it satisfies the senses amazingly."

When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning it satisfies the senses amazingly.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends."

Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Even the names of the books gave me food for thought."

Even the names of the books gave me food for thought.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "I have felt that odd whirr of wings in the head."

I have felt that odd whirr of wings in the head.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Arrange whatever pieces come your way."

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own."

The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Roses, " she thought sardonically, "All trash, m’dear."

Roses, " she thought sardonically, "All trash, m’dear.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "Let us not take it for granted that life exists more in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small."

Let us not take it for granted that life exists more in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.



Virginia Woolf Quotes: "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."

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.