Virginia Woolf Quotes

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

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

The middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or prestige.

Virginia Woolf

Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

Virginia Woolf

Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Virginia Woolf

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.

Virginia Woolf

Most of a modest woman\'s life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious.

Virginia Woolf

Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. 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

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others

Virginia Woolf

This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.

Virginia Woolf

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