63+ Best Virginia Woolf Quotes: Exclusive Selection

English author Adeline Virginia Woolf wrote modernist classics including ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ and ‘To the Lighthouse,’ as well as pioneering feminist texts, ‘A Room of One’s Own’ and ‘Three Guineas.’

She is considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a literary technique. Famous Virginia Woolf quotes will inspire you to discover your true-self and to open yourself to infinite possibility for the joy, peace and success you can experience.

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Virginia Woolf

I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.  – Virginia Woolf

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency. – Virginia Woolf

Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces. – Virginia Woolf

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. – Virginia Woolf

Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title. – Virginia Woolf

Nothing has really happened until it has been described. – Virginia Woolf

They can because they think they can. – Virginia Woolf

It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning. – Virginia Woolf

Fame grows. Chances of meeting this person, doing that thing, accumulate. Life is, as I’ve said since I was ten, awfully interesting …– Virginia Woolf

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. – Virginia Woolf

Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the mind of man. The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time. An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented on the timepiece of the mind by one second. – 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

I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life. – Virginia Woolf

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

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking. – Virginia Woolf

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

Never pretend that the things you haven’t got are not worth having. – Virginia Woolf

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. – Virginia Woolf

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others. – Virginia Woolf

What is the meaning of life? That was all – a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. – Virginia Woolf

I have lost friends, some by death…others by sheer inability to cross the street   – Virginia Woolf

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

I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual. – Virginia Woolf

Nothing, I know, had any chance against death. – Virginia Woolf

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. – Virginia Woolf

Let us never cease from thinking—what is this ‘civilisation’ in which we find ourselves? What are these ceremonies and why should we take part in them? What are these professions and why should we make money out of them?” – Virginia Woolf

It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly. – Virginia Woolf

Anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm. – Virginia Woolf

So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea. – Virginia Woolf

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they? – Virginia Woolf

It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly. – Virginia Woolf

I will not be ‘famous’, ‘great’. I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded. – Virginia Woolf

And for heaven’s sake, publish nothing before you are thirty. – Virginia Woolf

At one and the same time, therefore, society is everything and society is nothing. Society is the most powerful concoction in the world and society has no existence whatsoever. – Virginia Woolf

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. – Virginia Woolf

There was a star riding through clouds one night, & I said to the star, ‘Consume me’. – Virginia Woolf

It is only when we can measure the way of life and experience made possible to the ordinary woman that we can account for the success or failure of the extraordinary woman as a writer. – Virginia Woolf

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

When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness—I am nothing.  – Virginia Woolf

Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other. – Virginia Woolf

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking. – Virginia Woolf

Books are the mirrors of the soul. – Virginia Woolf

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. – Virginia Woolf

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction – Virginia Woolf

Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us. To gallop intemperately; fall on the sand tired out; to feel the earth spin; to have—positively—a rush of friendship for stones and grasses, as if humanity were over, and as for men and women, let them go hang—there is no getting over the fact that this desire seizes us pretty often. – Virginia Woolf

They can because they think they can. – Virginia Woolf

Better is silence..Let me sit with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. – 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

Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces. – Virginia Woolf

By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream. – Virginia Woolf

For it would seem – her case proved it – that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver. – Virginia Woolf

Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art. – Virginia Woolf

Language is wine upon the lips. – Virginia Woolf

Thoughts are divine.  – Virginia Woolf

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

I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to take sun. – Virginia Woolf

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. – Virginia Woolf

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