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Arrange Whatever pieces come your way. Virginia Woolf

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The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. Virginia Woolf

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For love... has two faces; one white, the other black; two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet, so strictly are they joined together Virginia Woolf

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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf

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On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points. Virginia Woolf

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The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. Virginia Woolf

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Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. Virginia Woolf

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It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. Virginia Woolf

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The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. Virginia Woolf

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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? Virginia Woolf

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What is meant by reality? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying Virginia Woolf

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I am to be broken. I am to be derided all my life. I am to be cast up and down among these men and women, with their twitching faces, with their lying tongues, like a cork on a rough sea. Like a ribbon of weed I am flung far every time the door opens. Virginia Woolf

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It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have too much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes looking through the branches of other trees at other skies, nothing would be of greater service to humanity; and we should have the immense pleasure into the bargain of watching Professor X rush for his measuring-rods to prove himself superior. Virginia Woolf

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

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I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in. Virginia Woolf

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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. Virginia Woolf

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There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking. Virginia Woolf

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The older one grows, the more one likes indecency. Virginia Woolf

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Life for both sexes is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. More than anything... it calls for confidence in oneself...And how can we generate this imponderable quality most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself. Virginia Woolf

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

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Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women? Virginia Woolf

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The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. Virginia Woolf

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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. Virginia Woolf

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Most of a modest woman's life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious. Virginia Woolf

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Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame. Virginia Woolf

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Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will. Virginia Woolf

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The first duty of a lecturer is 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 mantelpiece forever. Virginia Woolf

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Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic. Virginia Woolf

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Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are. Virginia Woolf

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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. Virginia Woolf

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Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art. Virginia Woolf

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To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father. Virginia Woolf

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If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure -- the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully? Virginia Woolf

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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. Virginia Woolf

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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

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Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. Virginia Woolf

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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. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent. Virginia Woolf

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Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language. Virginia Woolf

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Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works. Virginia Woolf

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To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Virginia Woolf

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We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey! The phantom is through the mind and out of the window before we can lay salt on Virginia Woolf

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If we didn't live adventurously, 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. Virginia Woolf

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When a subject is highly controversial... one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker. Virginia Woolf

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Thus when I come to shape here at this table between my hands the story of my life and set it before you as a complete thing, I have to recall things gone far, gone deep, sunk into this life or that and become part of it; dreams, too, things surrounding me, and the inmates, those old half-articulate ghosts who keep up their hauntings by day and night... shadows of people one might have been; unborn selves. Virginia Woolf

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When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly. Virginia Woolf

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For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year? Virginia Woolf

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Different though the sexes are, they inter-mix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is very opposite of what it is above. Virginia Woolf

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A strange thing has happened -- while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time. Virginia Woolf

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

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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. Virginia Woolf