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Virginia Woolf Quote: “I am rooted, but I flow.”

I am rooted, but I flow.

— Virginia Woolf



Virginia Woolf Quote: “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “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.”

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


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?”

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.”

Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.

— Virginia Woolf



Virginia Woolf Quote: “I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything.”

I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “A light here required a shadow there.”

A light here required a shadow there.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.”

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”

I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Thinking is my fighting.”

Thinking is my fighting.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”

What does the brain matter compared with the heart?

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.”

Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”

Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

— Virginia Woolf



Virginia Woolf Quote: “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.”

I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I’m never not thinking of you.”

Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I’m never not thinking of you.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “It’s my choice, to choose how to live my life.”

It’s my choice, to choose how to live my life.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.”

My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.”

Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Language is wine upon the lips.”

Language is wine upon the lips.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “The way to write well is to live intensely.”

The way to write well is to live intensely.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Without self awareness we are as babies in the cradles.”

Without self awareness we are as babies in the cradles.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Romantic Love is only an Illusion. A story one makes up in One’s Mind about Another Person.”

Romantic Love is only an Illusion. A story one makes up in One’s Mind about Another Person.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “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.”

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


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky.”

I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I’m terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity.”

I’m terrified of passive acquiescence. I live in intensity.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?”

The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.”

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “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.”

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


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Still, the sun was hot. Still, one got over things. Still, life had a way of adding day to day.”

Still, the sun was hot. Still, one got over things. Still, life had a way of adding day to day.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Mrs Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence.”

Mrs Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “People ask me why I write. I write to find out what I know.”

People ask me why I write. I write to find out what I know.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”

I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Fear no more, says the heart...”

Fear no more, says the heart...

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “She dares me to pour myself out like a living waterfall. She dares me to enter the soul that is more than my own; she extinguishes fear in mere seconds. She lets light come through.”

She dares me to pour myself out like a living waterfall. She dares me to enter the soul that is more than my own; she extinguishes fear in mere seconds. She lets light come through.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “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?”

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


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Consolation for those moments when you can’t tell whether you’re the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world.”

Consolation for those moments when you can’t tell whether you’re the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. Any help we can give you must be different from that you can give yourselves, and perhaps the value of that help may lie in the fact of that difference.”

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. Any help we can give you must be different from that you can give yourselves, and perhaps the value of that help may lie in the fact of that difference.

— Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf Quote: “Illness is a part of every human being’s experience. It enhances our perceptions and reduces self-consciousness. It is the great confessional; things are said, truths are blurted out which health conceals.”

Illness is a part of every human being’s experience. It enhances our perceptions and reduces self-consciousness. It is the great confessional; things are said, truths are blurted out which health conceals.

— Virginia Woolf

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