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    The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
    — Virginia Woolf
    It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: reality  murder 
     
    Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: thoughts  action 
     
    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
    As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: women  world 
     
    Books are the mirrors of the soul.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: soul  book 
     
    I feel all shadows of the universe multiplied deep inside my skin.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: universe 
     
    Truth had run through my fingers. Every drop had escaped.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: truth 
     
    It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they transcend reality.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: reality  human  tears 
     
    I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: desires 
     
    No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: oneself 
     
    No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
    — Virginia Woolf
    This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: people  soul  saying  courage 
     
    For this moment, this one moment, we are together. I press you to me. Come, pain, feed on me. Bury your fangs in my flesh. Tear me asunder. I sob, I sob.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: pain  moment  tears 
     
    The only advice ... that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions.
    — Virginia Woolf
    I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: eyes  mind 
     
    A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: living  self 
     
    I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: reality  star 
     
    A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: truth  women 
     
    If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: truth  people 
     
    In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.
    — Virginia Woolf
    How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: wings 
     
    You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: peace 
     
    A writer should give direct certainty; explanations are so much water poured into the wine.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: water 
     
    No sooner have you feasted on beauty with your eyes than your mind tells you that beauty is vain and beauty passes
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: beauty  eyes  mind 
     
    The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: truth  women 
     
    But how entirely I live in my imagination; how completely depend upon spurts of thought, coming as I walk, as I sit; things churning up in my mind and so making a perpetual pageant, which is to be my happiness.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: happiness  live  thoughts  mind 
     
    Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: freedom  mind  library 
     
    To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: darkness  alone  oneself 
     
    And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: live 
     
    For it would seem - her case proved it - that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: people  heart  control  write 
     
    Madness is terrific I can assure you, and not to be sniffed at; and in its lava I still find most of the things I write about. It shoots out of one everything shaped, final, not in mere driblets, as sanity does.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: madness  write 
     
    Never let anybody guess that you have a mind of your own. Above all be pure
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: mind 
     
    For love... has two faces; one white, the other black; two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet, so strictly are they joined together
    — Virginia Woolf
    Never pretend that the things you haven't got are not worth having.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: worth 
     
    I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: men  virtue 
     
    When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: men  women  lost  devil  witch  wise  poem  read  poet  mother 
     
    Be truthful, and the result is bound to be amazingly interesting.
    — Virginia Woolf
    How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn't pull the trigger?
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: time  people 
     
    Above all you must illumine your own soul with its profundities and its shallows, and its vanities and its generosities, and say what your beauty means to you or your plainness, and what is your relation to the ever-changing and turning world.
    — Virginia Woolf
    tags: beauty  world  soul 
     
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    virginia woolf
    Birth    : January 25, 1882
    Death  : March 28, 1941
    Occupation  : Writer