Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

    nastjahas quoted9 days ago
    Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than fact.
    nastjahas quoted9 days ago
    one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    Women do not write books about men—a fact that I could not help welcoming with relief, for if I had first to read all that men have written about women, then all that women have written about men, the aloe that flowers once in a hundred years would flower twice before I could set pen to paper.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    Here I drew breath and added, indeed, in the margin, Why does Samuel Butler say, 'Wise men never say what they think of women'? Wise men never say anything else apparently.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    Hence the difficulty of modern poetry; and it is because of this difficulty that one cannot remember more than two consecutive lines of any good modern poet.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    There was something so ludicrous in thinking of people humming such things even under their breath at luncheon parties before the war that I burst out laughing. and had to explain my laughter by pointing at the Manx cat, who did look a little absurd, poor beast, without a tail, in the middle of the lawn.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    But lay the blame where one will, on whom one will, the illusion which inspired Tennyson and Christina Rossetti to sing so passionately about the coming of their loves is far rarer now than then.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    It is a curious fact that novelists have a way of making us believe that luncheon parties are invariably memorable for something very witty that was said, or for something very wise that was done.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    Fiction must stick to facts, and the truer the facts the better the fiction—so we are told.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    At any rate, whether or not the blame rested on the old lady who was looking at the spaniel, there could be no doubt that for some reason or other our mothers had mismanaged their affairs very gravely. Not a penny could be spared for 'amenities'; for partridges and wine, beadles and turf, books and cigars, libraries and leisure. To raise bare walls out of bare earth was the utmost they could do.
    Priscila Talaverahas quoted16 days ago
    One went to the counter; one took a slip of paper; one opened a volume of the catalogue, and the five dots here indicate five separate minutes of stupefaction, wonder and bewilderment. Have you any notion of how many books are written about women in the course of one year? Have you any notion how many are written by men? Are you aware that you are, perhaps, the most discussed animal in the universe? Here had I come with a notebook and a pencil proposing to spend a morning reading, supposing that at the end of the morning I should have transferred the truth to my notebook.
    Julia Shugurovahas quotedlast month
    and in the man's brain the man predominates over the woman, and in the woman's brain the woman predominates over the man.
    Julia Shugurovahas quotedlast month
    One has a profound, if irrational, instinct in favour of the theory that the union of man and woman makes for the greatest satisfaction, the most complete happiness.
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    we may prate of democracy, but actually, a poor child in England has little more hope than had the son of an Athenian slave to be emancipated into that intellectual freedom of which great writings are born.'
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    five hundred a year stands for the power to contemplate, that a lock on the door means the power to think for oneself
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are 'sides', and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the Headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot. As people mature they cease to believe in sides or in Headmasters or in highly ornamental pots.
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    in a question like this truth is only to be had by laying together many varieties of error
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    But after reading a chapter or two a
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    shadow seemed to lie across the page. it was a straight dark bar, a shadow shaped something like the letter 'I'.
    polinom91has quoted3 months ago
    the courtesan, the harlot and the lady with the pug dog
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