Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer who is considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life and took her own life by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.

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One cannot think well love well sleep well if one has not dined well.

That great Cathedral space which was childhood.

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

Where the Mind is biggest the Heart the Senses Magnanimity Charity Tolerance Kindliness and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.

Rigid the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

The connection between dress and war is not far to seek, your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.

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

We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.

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.

Language is wine upon the lips.

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?

The truth is I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.

Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.

Sleep that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

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

One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

It's not catastrophes murders deaths diseases that age and kill us, it's the way people look and laugh and run up the steps of omnibuses.

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.

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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