Pearls of Wisdom from Virginia Woolf

A very important woman writer in the modern age, Virginia Woolf has contributed heavily to twentieth century literature. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own. She is famous for popularizing a writing style known as ‘stream of consciousness’ writing which attempts to replicate the disjointed and fleeting way in which thoughts appear in our minds. Here are some of her most-quoted quotes.

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.”

“Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.”

“Language is wine upon the lips.”

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

“The eyes of others our prisons, their thoughts our cage.”

“There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.”

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

“To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.”

“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.”