Virginia Woolf Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Virginia Woolf quotes, Virginia Woolf sayings, and Virginia Woolf proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.     

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It seemed ... such nonsense -- inventing differences, when people, heaven knows, were different enough without that.     

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Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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

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Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

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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.     

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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.     

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

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I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.

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

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Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.

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

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

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So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.

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Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action.

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

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Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other.     

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Without self awareness we are as babies in the cradles.

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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.

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

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Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.

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Language is wine upon the lips.

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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.     

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Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.

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

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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.

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Only longing can fill with more of itself.     

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But Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality has no such simple effect upon the mind of man.     

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