Quotes by Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.

Virginia Woolf

Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul.

Virginia Woolf

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf

Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.

Virginia Woolf

You can not gain peace by avoiding life.

Virginia Woolf

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe »

If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

Thomas Wolfe »