Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life for both sexes is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. More than anything... it calls for confidence in oneself...And how can we generate this imponderable quality most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that theMore Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A strange thing has happened -- while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have too much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes looking through the branches of other trees at other skies, nothing would be of greater service to humanity; and we should have the immense pleasure into the bargain of watching Professor X rush for his measuring-rods to prove himself superior.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Different though the sexes are, they inter-mix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is very opposite of what it is above.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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?More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Methinks the human method of expression by sound of tongue is very elementary, and ought to be substituted for some ingenious invention which should be able to give vent to at least six coherent sentences at once.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am to be broken. I am to be derided all my life. I am to be cast up and down among these men and women, with their twitching faces, with their lying tongues, like a cork on a rough sea. Like a ribbon of weed I am flung far every time the door opens.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But when the self speaks to the self, who is speaking? The entombed soul, the spirit driven in, in, in to the central catacomb; the self that took the veil and left the world -- a coward perhaps, yet somehow beautiful, as it flits with its lantern restlessly up and down the dark corridors.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Henry James seems most entirely in his element, doing that is to say what everything favors his doing, when it is a question of recollection. The mellow light which swims over the past, the beauty which suffuses even the commonest little figures of thatMore Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is meant by reality? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual sayingMore Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title, James Spalding, or Charles Budgeon, and the passengers going the opposite way could read nothing at all -- save a man with a red moustache, a young man in gray smoking a pipe.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gas mask handy, it is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.More Virginia Woolf [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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