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Quotations From VIRGINIA WOOLF

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  • 51.
    Knew her own mind. But the mind radically commonplace, only its inherited force, & cumulative sense of power, making it remarkable.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. entry, Dec. 27, 1930, on Queen Victoria. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).

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  • 52.
    These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 4, entry for October 2, 1932, ed. Anne O. Bell (1982).

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  • 53.
    Tom's great yellow bronze mask all draped upon an iron framework. An inhibited, nerve-drawn; dropped face—as if hung on a scaffold of heavy private brooding; & thought.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 5, entry for Feb. 16, 1940, ed. Anne O. Bell (1984). Describing T.S. Eliot at a dinner party.

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  • 54.
    It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "The Mark on the Wall," A Haunted House (1944).
  • 55.
    The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "An Unwritten Novel," Monday or Tuesday (1921).
  • 56.
    A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "The Modern Essay," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).
  • 57.
    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 (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room Of One's Own, ch. 2 (1929).

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  • 58.
    The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 6 (1929).

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  • 59.
    For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 82 (1938).

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  • 60.
    A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room Of One's Own, ch. 1 (1929).

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