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
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
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
All the months are crude experiments. 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
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