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  • 31.
    ...it is fatal for anyone who writes to think of their sex. It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British author. A Room of One's Own, ch. 6 (1929).

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  • 32.
    He's like an express train running through a tunnel—one shriek, sparks, smoke and gone.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Letter, June 25, 1935, to poet Stephen Spender. The Sickle Side of the Moon: Letters, vol. 5, ed. Nigel Nicolson (1979).

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  • 33.
    The older one grows the more one likes indecency.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "The String Quartet," Monday or Tuesday (1921).
  • 34.
    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 (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room Of One's Own, ch. 2 (1929).

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  • 35.
    My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery—always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. letter, Dec. 28, 1932. The Sickle Side of the Moon: Letters, vol. 5, ed. Nigel Nicolson (1979).

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  • 36.
    It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 3 (1929).

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  • 37.
    The first duty of a lecturer—to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantlepiece for ever.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 1 (1929).

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  • 38.
    If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure—the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 1, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).

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  • 39.
    Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for May 13, 1926, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).

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  • 40.
    It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen's day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of woman's life is that ...
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British author. A Room of One's Own, ch. 5 (1929). Jane Austen (1775-1817), an Englishwoman, was the first important woman novelist.

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