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One cannot live well, love well or sleep well unless one has dined well.
—  Virginia Woolf
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
—  Virginia Woolf
The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.
—  Virginia Woolf
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
—  Virginia Woolf
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
—  Virginia Woolf
Trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
—  Virginia Woolf
If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.
—  Virginia Woolf
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
—  Virginia Woolf
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
—  Virginia Woolf
A tearing wind last night. A flurry of red clouds, hard, a water colour mass of purple and black, soft as a water ice, then hard slices of intense green stone, blue stone and a ripple of crimson light.
—  Virginia Woolf
Surely it was time someone invented a new plot, or that the author came out from the bushes.
—  Virginia Woolf
There is no room for the impurities of literature in an essay.
—  Virginia Woolf
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
—  Virginia Woolf
The large shiny black forehead of the first whale was no more than two yards from us when it sank beneath the surface of the water, then we saw the huge blue-black bulk glide quietly under the raft right beneath our feet. It lay there for some time, dark and motionless, and we held our breath as we looked down on the gigantic curved back of a mammal a good deal longer than the raft.
—  Virginia Woolf
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
Last Words in a Suicide note: I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices.
—  Virginia Woolf
Moreover, a book is not made of sentences laid end to end, but of sentences built, if an image helps, into arcades or domes.
—  Virginia Woolf
Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!
—  Virginia Woolf
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
—  Virginia Woolf
In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment in June.
—  Virginia Woolf
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
—  Virginia Woolf
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
—  Virginia Woolf

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