Virginia Woolf, one of the greatest and most quotable writers of all time. In the essay Feminism: From Mary Wollstonecraft To Betty Friedan, Bhaskar A. Shukla describes her as ‘arguably the major lyrical novelist in the English language. Her novels are highly experimental: a narrative, frequently uneventful and commonplace, is refracted—and sometimes almost dissolved—in the characters’ receptive consciousness. Intense lyricism and stylistic virtuosity fuse to create a world overabundant with auditory and visual impressions.’ So here are ten quotes that exemplify her talents and will inspire you endlessly!
1. As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
2. Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art.
3. The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
4. 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.
5. I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
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6. Books are the mirrors of the soul.
7. 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.
8. Well, I really don’t advise a woman who wants to have things her own way to get married.
9. I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.
10. 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.
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