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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Virginia Woolf on Love, Life & Feminism

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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Virginia Woolf on Love, Life and Feminism

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Virginia Woolfwas a leading modernist writer of the twentieth century whose work not only changed the way we think about the novel but the way we think about life and our participation in it.

She was, undoubtedly, one of the most important figures in English and feminist literatureand wrote on a wide array of topics from love to war, the act of sex to the art of writing.

A writer deeply concerned with style and structure, she always sought out the perfect word to describe the nuances of feeling.

Here, we’ve compiled some of Virginia Woolf’s most thought-provoking quotes on love, life and feminism.


 On Love

“I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me, you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything".

From Night and Day, 1919 


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“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”

From Mrs Dalloway, 1925 


“How lovely goodness is in those who, stepping lightly, go smiling through the world!"

From Monday and Tuesday, 1921


“Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall".

From Mrs Dalloway, 1925


On Life

“There must be another life, she thought, sinking back into her chair, exasperated. Not in dreams; but here and now, in this room, with living people".

From The Years, 1937


“She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown; there being no more marrying, no more having of children now, but only this astonishing and rather solemn progress with the rest of them, up Bond Street, this being Mrs Dalloway; not even Clarissa any more; this being Mrs Richard Dalloway".

From Mrs Dalloway, 1925


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“He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life".

From Orlando, 1928


“She often felt she was nothing but a sponge sopped full of human emotions".

From To The Lighthouse, 1927


“I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun".

From A Writer’s Diary, 1954 


“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me".

From The Waves, 1931


“All of the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves”.

From To the Lighthouse, 1927


“Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely; all this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely?”

From Mrs Dalloway, 1925


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On Feminism

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

From A Room of One’s Own, 1929


“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking".

From Orlando, 1928


“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman".

From A Room of One’s Own, 1929


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