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  • I have lost friends, some by death...others by sheer inability to cross the street.

  • 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.

  • Love and religion! thought Clarissa, going back into the drawing room, tingling all over. How detestable, how detestable they are!

    Virginia Woolf (2012). “Mrs. Dalloway - Broadview Edition”, p.29, Broadview Press
  • For she was a child, throwing bread to the ducks, between her parents who stood by the lake, holding her life in her arms which, as she neared them, grew larger and larger in her arms, until it became a whole life, a complete life, which she put down by them and said, "This is what I have made of it! This!" And what had she made of it? What, indeed?

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.878, Delphi Classics
  • Tom's great yellow bronze mask all draped upon an iron framework. An inhibited, nerve-drawn; dropped face - as if hung on a scaffold of heavy private brooding; and thought.

    Virginia Woolf (1984). “The Diary of Virginia Woolf: 1936-1941”, Harcourt
  • The extraordinary woman depends on the ordinary woman. It is only when we know what were the conditions of the average woman's life - the number of children, whether she had money of her own, if she had a room to herself, whether she had help bringing up her family, if she had servants, whether part of the housework was her task - it is only when we can measure the way of life and experience made possible to the ordinary woman that we can account for the success or failure of the extraordinary woman as a writer.

    Virginia Woolf (1980). “Virginia Woolf, women and writing”, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • She felt... how life, from being made up of little separate incidents which one lived one by one, became curled and whole like a wave which bore one up with it and threw one down with it, there, with a dash on the beach.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.286, Wordsworth Editions
  • Talents of the novelist: ... observation of character, analysis of emotion, people's feelings, personal relations.

  • First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.129, Wordsworth Editions
  • Language is wine upon the lips.

  • At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.

    Virginia Woolf (2003). “A Writer's Diary”, p.134, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • 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.

    1919 'Modern Fiction'.
  • A very elementary exercise in psychology, not to be dignified by the name of psycho-analysis, showed me, on looking at my notebook, that the sketch of the angry professor had been made in anger. Anger had snatched my pencil while I dreamt. But what was anger doing there? Interest, confusion, amusement, boredom--all these emotions I could trace and name as they succeeded each other throughout the morning. Had anger, the black snake, been lurking among them? Yes, said the sketch, anger had.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.583, Wordsworth Editions
  • For this moment, this one moment, we are together. I press you to me. Come, pain, feed on me. Bury your fangs in my flesh. Tear me asunder. I sob, I sob.

    Virginia Woolf (2016). “The Waves”, p.111, Virginia Woolf
  • The comparison between Coleridge and Johnson is obvious in so far as each held sway chiefly by the power of his tongue. The difference between their methods is so marked that it is tempting, but also unnecessary, to judge one to be inferior to the other. Johnson was robust, combative, and concrete; Coleridge was the opposite. The contrast was perhaps in his mind when he said of Johnson: "his bow-wow manner must have had a good deal to do with the effect produced.

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.3815, Delphi Classics
  • He smiled the most exquisite smile, veiled by memory, tinged by dreams.

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.1058, Delphi Classics
  • One must love everything.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.100, Wordsworth Editions
  • That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

    Virginia Woolf (2016). “The Waves”, p.63, Virginia Woolf
  • It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking it as lightly as possible with down and feathers, had set it dancing and zigzagging to show us the true nature of life.

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.2897, Delphi Classics
  • When people are happy they have a reserve upon which to draw, whereas she was like a wheel without a tyre

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.939, Delphi Classics
  • It was a silly, silly dream, being unhappy.

    Virginia Woolf (2012). “Mrs. Dalloway - Broadview Edition”, p.83, Broadview Press
  • When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.

  • No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.570, Wordsworth Editions
  • But I pine in Solitude. Solitude is my undoing.

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf (Illustrated)”, p.1411, Delphi Classics
  • The depths of the sea are only water after all.

  • To pursue truth with such astonishing lack of consideration for other people's feelings, to rend the thin veils of civilisation so wantonly, so brutally, was to her so horrible an outrage of human decency that, without replying, dazed and blinded, she bend her head as if to let her pelt f jagged hail, the drench of dirty water, bespatter her unrebuked.

  • Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what follows after. Thus, the most ordinary movement in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind.

    Virginia Woolf (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.436, Wordsworth Editions
  • About here, she thought, dabbling her fingers in the water, a ship had sunk, and she muttered, dreamily half asleep, how we perished, each alone.

  • Let us not take for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

    Virginia Woolf (2013). “The Common Reader”, p.122, Lulu Press, Inc
  • It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

    Virginia Woolf, David Bradshaw (2009). “Selected Essays”, p.142, Oxford University Press
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