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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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.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

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?

Yet it is true poetry is delicious, the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

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?

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action, yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.

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.

To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

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?

The eyes of others our prisons, their thoughts our cages.

Let a man get up and say 'Behold, this is the truth' and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching, a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.

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

This is not writing at all. Indeed I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether if I knew what I meant.

One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly.

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

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.

The older one grows the more one likes indecency.

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.

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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