Virginia Woolf Quotes

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf

It will be all over this day week - comfort - discomfort; and the zest and rush that no engagements, hours, habits give. Then we shall take them up again with more than the zest of traveling.

Virginia Woolf

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.

Virginia Woolf

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf

Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

Virginia Woolf

To enjoy freedom, if the platitude is pardonable, we have of course to control ourselves. We must not squander our powers, helplessly and ignorantly, squirting half the house in order to water a single rose-bush; we must train them, exactly and powerfully, here on the very spot.

Virginia Woolf

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

Virginia Woolf

Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.

Virginia Woolf

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

Virginia Woolf

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf

When an arguer argues dispassionately he thinks only of the argument.

Virginia Woolf

I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

When a subject is highly controversial... one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.

Virginia Woolf

The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.

Virginia Woolf
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