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Virginia Woolf



    Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

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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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    You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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    For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

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    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

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    Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for

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    Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.

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    If woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the utmost importance; very various; heroic and mean; splendid and sordid; infinitely beautiful and hideous in the extreme; as great as a man, some think

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    For love... has two faces; one white, the other black; two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet, so strictly are they joined together that you cannot separate them.

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    Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?

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    [Queen Victoria] knew her own mind. But the mind radically commonplace, only its inherited force, and cumulative sense of power, making it remarkable.

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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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