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The Best Virginia Woolf Quotes

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A list of the best Virginia Woolf quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Virginia Woolf quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Virginia Woolf quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Virginia Woolf should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Virginia Woolf quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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

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

    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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    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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    To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

    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 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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    Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

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

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

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

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

    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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    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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    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