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Virginia Woolf

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Biography : English writer.
Born: 1882 - Died: 1941
Period:
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19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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In fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
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Few people ask from books what books can give us.
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It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
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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.
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Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
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It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
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It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
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Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
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Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
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Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
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When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
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The connection between dress and war is not far to seek your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
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For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
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Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
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The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
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The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
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The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
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This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.
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It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
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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.
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Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
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If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
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The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
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Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
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For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?
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To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
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