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Quotations From VIRGINIA WOOLF

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  • I want the concentration & the romance, & the words all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for August 15, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).

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  • The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 21 (1925).

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  • One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Writer's Diary, entry for August 13, 1921, ed. Leonard Woolf (1954).

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  • Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight & undeflected my bolts whatever they are.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. journal entry, Oct. 2, 1932. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 4, ed. Anne O. Bell (1982).
  • Why are women ... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 2 (1929).

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  • Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 121 (1938).

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  • One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 1 (1929).

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  • To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 20 (Penguin edition, 1938).

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  • The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 25 (1938).

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  • We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 164 (1938).

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