35 Best Virginia Woolf Quotes About Life, Love, Writing & Feminism


Adeline Virginia Woolf, known primarily as Virginia Woolf, was born on January 25, 1882 into a privileged English family. She was raised by free-thinking parents who encouraged and nurtured her writing from an early age.

The writer grew to become a fierce force in 20th century modernist literature. Woolf even pioneered the stream-of-consciousness technique, a technique that authors such as Slyvia Plath, William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett have adopted.

She added her hand in the feminist movement with her works of fiction that we still learn about in our schools, but she never identified herself as a feminist.

Some of his most popular works include novels such as “Mrs. Dalloway”, “To the Lighthouse”, “The Voyage Out”, “Jacob’s Room”, “Orlando” and “The Waves”, his most famous essay being “A room of one’s own.”

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What better way to celebrate great author Virginia Woolf’s birthday than with some of her best quotes?

35 Best Virginia Woolf Quotes About Life, Love, Writing & Feminism

1. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

2. “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf, “The Exit Trip”

3. “Some go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.” – Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”

4. “If you don’t tell the truth about yourself, you can’t tell it about others.” -Virginia Woolf

5. “Someone has to die for the rest of us to value life more.” -Virginia Woolf

6. “Why are women…so much more attractive to men than men are to women?” -Virginia Woolf

7. “I thought about how unpleasant it is to be locked up; and I thought about how much worse it is, perhaps, to be locked up.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

8. “For most of history, Anonymous was female.” -Virginia Woolf

9. “I can only see that the past is beautiful because you never realize an emotion in the moment. It extends later, and so we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” -Virginia Woolf

10. “The eyes of others our prisons, their thoughts our cages.” – Virginia Wolf, “An Unwritten Novel”

11. “Women have served all these centuries as mirrors possessing the power to reflect a man’s figure twice its natural size.” -Virginia Woolf

12. “Arrange the pieces that come to you.” -Virginia Woolf

13. “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached a little maybe, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is barely noticeable.” -Virginia Woolf

14. “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” -Virginia Woolf

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15. “The story of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is perhaps more interesting than the story of that emancipation itself.” -Virginia Woolf

16. “The beauty of the world, which is about to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, the other of anguish, cutting the heart in two.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

17. “It is fatal to be a man or a woman pure and simple: one must be a virile woman, or a man woman.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

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

19. “To enjoy freedom, we must control ourselves.” -Virginia Woolf

20. “The older you get, the more indecency you like.” -Virginia Woolf

21. “The tongue is wine on the lips.” -Virginia Woolf

22. “It’s the changes of the soul. I don’t believe in aging. I believe in changing how you look in the sun forever. Hence my optimism.” -Virginia Woolf

23. “Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone supports the human framework.” -Virginia Woolf

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24. “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

25. “Really, I don’t like human nature unless it’s all candied with art.” -Virginia Woolf

26. “Mental wrestling means thinking against the grain, not with it. It’s our job to break through gas bags and find the seeds of truth.” -Virginia Woolf

27. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she wants to write fiction.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

28. “The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

29. “There is much to support the idea that it is the clothes that carry us, not us, them; we can make them take the mold of the arm or the chest, but they shape our hearts, our brains, our languages ​​to their liking.” —Virginia Woolf, “Orlando”

30. “On the periphery of every agony is an observant, pointing type.” -Virginia Woolf

31. “It’s strange how the creative power immediately brings order to the entire universe.” -Virginia Woolf

32. “Literature is littered with the debris of men who cared beyond reason for the opinions of others.” -Virginia Woolf

33. “It’s not disasters, murders, deaths, diseases that grow old and kill us, it’s the way people look and laugh and climb the steps of omnibuses.” -Virginia Woolf

34. “Boredom is the legitimate realm of the philanthropist.” -Virginia Woolf

35. “It’s much harder to murder a ghost than a real thing.” -Virginia Woolf

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