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.


Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.     

Virginia Woolf

The truer the facts the better the fiction.     

Virginia Woolf

A biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many as a thousand.     

Virginia Woolf

While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace.     

Virginia Woolf

The art of writing has for backbone some fierce attachment to an idea.     

Virginia Woolf

Fatigue is the safest sleeping draught.     

Virginia Woolf

Speech is an old torn net, through which the fish escape as one casts it over them.     

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.     

Virginia Woolf

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

Virginia Woolf