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.


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

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?     

Virginia Woolf

What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once.     

Virginia Woolf

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

Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.     

Virginia Woolf

A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.     

Virginia Woolf

The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.     

Virginia Woolf

A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.     

Virginia Woolf

There is no room for the impurities of literature in an essay.     

Virginia Woolf

To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination.     

Virginia Woolf

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

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.     

Virginia Woolf

These moments of escape are not to be despised. They come too seldom.     

Virginia Woolf

What could be more serious than the love of man for woman, what more commanding, more impressive, bearing in its bosom the seeds of death; at the same time these lovers, these people entering into illusion glittering eyed, must be danced round with mockery, decorated with garlands.     

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.     

Virginia Woolf

All the months are crude experiments.     

Virginia Woolf

And when a book lacks suggestive power, however hard it hits the surface of the mind it cannot penetrate within.     

Virginia Woolf

The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?     

Virginia Woolf

I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.     

Virginia Woolf

How lovely goodness is in those who, stepping lightly, go smiling through the world.     

Virginia Woolf

Soup is cuisines kindest course.     

Virginia Woolf

Life would split apart without letters.     

Virginia Woolf

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.     

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.     

Virginia Woolf

Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.     

Virginia Woolf

The mind is the most capricious of insects — flitting, fluttering.     

Virginia Woolf

The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.     

Virginia Woolf