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all quotes by Virginia Woolf (15)

"You’re the only person I’ve ever met who seems to have the faintest conception of what I mean when I say a thing."

The Voyage Out | march 1915

"I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything."

Night and Day | october 1919

"The best of life is built on what we say when we're in love. It isn't nonsense...it's the truth, it's the only truth."

Night and Day | october 1919

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

A Writer's Diary | august 1921

"Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us."

Jacob's Room | october 1922

"I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older."

Jacob's Room | october 1922

"He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink."

Mrs. Dalloway | may 1925

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

A Room of One's Own | 1929

"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."

A Room of One's Own | january 1929

"Some of the most inspired words, some of the most profound thoughts in literature fall from her lips; in real life she could hardly read, could scarcely spell, and was the property of her husband."

A Room of One's Own | 1929

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

A Room of One's Own | 1929

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself."

A Room of One's Own | october 1929

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

A Room of One's Own | october 1929

"Why are women…so much more interesting to men than men are to women?"

A Room of One's Own | october 1929

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

The Waves | october 1931
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