Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Biography

Author Profession: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction Influences James Joyce, George Eliot, Tolstoy, Proust, Shakespeare, Chekov
Born: January 25, 1882
Died: March 28, 1941
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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Virginia Woolf quotes

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

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.

We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

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?

One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or 'our' country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits where I have not shared and probably will not share.

It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.

Language is wine upon the lips.

Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

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.

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?

It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.

The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.

I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately. Peter Falk bio

My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra. Angie Dickinson bio

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

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