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“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
Virginia Woolf
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
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“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.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
“Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?”
Virginia Woolf
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
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“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
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“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
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“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.”
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“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?”
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“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”
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“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”
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“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own / Three Guineas
“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“There was a star riding through clouds one night, & I said to the star, 'Consume me'.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
“A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”
Virginia Woolf
“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”
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“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.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. ”
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“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”
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“I am rooted, but I flow.”
Virginia Woolf
“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“I have lost friends, some by death...others by sheer inability to cross the street.”
Virginia Woolf

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