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If we help an educated

If we help an educated man’s daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? – not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?

– Virginia Woolf

The telephone which interrupts the

The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.

– Virginia Woolf

Once conform once do what

“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.”

– Virginia Woolf

Anyone who has the temerity

“Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts.”

– Virginia Woolf

A woman knows very well

“A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.”

– Virginia Woolf

For most of history Anonymous

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman

– Virginia Woolf

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.
– Virginia Woolf

Why are women… so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
– Virginia Woolf

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart as under.
– Virginia Woolf

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart as under.
– Virginia Woolf

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

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart as under.
– Virginia Woolf

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
– Virginia Woolf

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart as under.
– Virginia Woolf

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

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
– Virginia Woolf