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Virginia Woolf Quotes

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

"One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly."

"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size."

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

"The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness."

"Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail."

"Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory."

"I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it."

"Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them."

"The older one grows, the more one likes indecency."

"The first duty of a lecturer - to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantlepiece forever."

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

"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."

"Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title."

"It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly."

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

"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."

"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."

"If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged."

"These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism."

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