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

896

This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.


Virginia Woolf

896

The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.


Virginia Woolf

896

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


Virginia Woolf

896

If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure - the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?


Virginia Woolf

896

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

896

Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?


Virginia Woolf

896

If we help an educated man’s daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? - not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?


Virginia Woolf

896

This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.


Virginia Woolf

896

We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.


Virginia Woolf

896

The connection between dress and war is not far to seek your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.


Virginia Woolf

896

The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.


Virginia Woolf

896

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


Virginia Woolf

896

Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.


Virginia Woolf

896

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


Virginia Woolf

896

Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.


Virginia Woolf

896

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.


Virginia Woolf

896

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.


Virginia Woolf

896

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


Virginia Woolf

896

If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure - the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?


Virginia Woolf

896

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