Favorite Virginia Woolf Quotes


  1. I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
  2. Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
  3. Books are the mirrors of the soul.
  4. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
  5. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
  6. Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
  7. As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.
  8. When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?
  9. As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.
  10. The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
  11. Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.
  12. Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.
  13. A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
  14. Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone.
  15. All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.

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