23 Quotes by Virginia Woolf to get you thinking

Quotes by Virginia WoolfIf you’re looking for some quotes by Virginia Woolf, then I’ve curated some interesting examples for you, dear reader.

Adeline Virginia Woolf, her full name, was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Virginia Woolf was born into an affluent household in South Kensington, London, where she was home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature from a young age.

She attended the Ladies’ Department of King’s College London, where she studied classics and history and met some of the early reformers of women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement.

Undoubtedly, she was a woman who made her mark on life and left us with an interesting legacy.

So here are some quotes by Virginia Woolf to get you thinking.

Quotes by Virginia Woolf (1-12):

  1. You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
  2. Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
  3. For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
  4. To enjoy freedom, we have to control ourselves.
  5. Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
  6. It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.
  7. Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
  8. Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
  9. Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.
  10. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.
  11. On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
  12. Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?

Quotes by Virginia Woolf (13-23):

  1. A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
  2. If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.
  3. We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
  4. To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.
  5. The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
  6. Thought and theory must precede all salutary action, yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
  7. One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
  8. The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
  9. This is an important book, the critic assumes because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing room.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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