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She tapped on the window with her embossed hairbrush. They were too far off to hear. The drone of the trees was in their ears; the chirp of birds; other incidents of garden life, inaudible, invisible to her in the bedroom, absorbed them. Isolated on a green island, hedged about with snowdrops, laid with a counterpane of puckered silk, the innocent island floated under her window. Only George lagged behind.


Virginia Woolf

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Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, crea...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thou...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no du...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
For while directly we say that it [the length of human life] is ages long, we are reminded that it i...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Her eyes are pure stars, and her fingers, if they touch you, freeze you to the bone.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
How then does light return to the world after the eclipse of the sun? Miraculously. Frailly. In thin...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.’ Th...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Whenever you see a board up with "Trespassers will be prosecuted," trespass at once.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Los libros son el espejo del alma
VIRGINIA WOOLF
So she sat down to morning tea, like any other old lady with a high nose, thin cheeks, a ring on her...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Kind old ladies assure us that cats are often the best judges of character. A cat will always go to ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
First she starved herself of love, which meant also life; then of poetry in deference to what she th...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
. . . but it was their relation, and his coming to her like that, openly, so that anyone could see, ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
If woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Have you any notion how many books are written about women in the course of one year? Have you any n...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
What is meant by “reality”? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable—now ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Una mujer debe tener dinero y una habitación propia para poder escribir novelas; y esto, como veis,...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Pale, with dark hair, the one who is coming is melancholy, romantic. And I am arch and fluent and ca...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Long years—" he sighs. "Again you found me." "Here," she murmurs.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Why, from the very windows, even in the dusk, you see a swelling run through the street, an aspirati...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Anyhow, whether undergraduate or shop boy, man or woman, it must come as a shock about the age of tw...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
They say the sky is the same everywhere. Travellers, the shipwrecked, exiles, and the dying draw com...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
It seems that a profound, impartial, and absolutely just opinion of our fellow-creatures is utterly ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Quiet descended on her, calm, content, as her needle, drawing the silk smoothly to its gentle pause,...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The motor car with its blinds drawn and an air of inscrutable reserve proceeded towards Piccadilly, ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Yet Byron never made tea as you do, who fill the pot so that when you put the lid on the tea spills ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I'm never not thinking of you.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It exp...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
But it is just when opinions universally prevail and we have added lip service to their authority th...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
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 w...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
A strange thing has happened -- while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has be...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in com...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... ...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, w...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Every season is likeable, and wet days and fine, red wine and white, company and solitude. Even slee...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality
VIRGINIA WOOLF
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
To want and not to have, sent all up her body a hardness, a hollowness, a strain. And then to want a...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman se...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at...
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish,...
VIRGINIA WOOLF