The Best, Most Iconic Virginia Woolf Quotes

Virginia Woolf is one of the most notable female writers in history. Let us remember her on her birthday by reciting some of her quotes.

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Virginia Woolf, full name Adeline Virginia Woolf, was an English writer born on this day the 25th of January in 1882. She is considered one of the most important modernists of the 20th-century and a pioneer for the use of stream of consciousness as a mode of narrative.

She was one of seven children and was born into an upper-class family in South Kensington. She started professionally writing in 1900, and ever since she has changed the literary world with works from Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and A Room of One’s Own. To honor her birth today, let us reminisce on some of her most iconic and memorable quotes.

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“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.”

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

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

“I enjoy almost everything. Yet I have some restless searcher in me.”

“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”

“In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to details around us.”

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

All of us literary nerds probably are very familiar with most of these quotes, considering the name “Virginia Woolf” is a name to be revered. She did not hesitate to stand up to the patriarchy; she was one heck of a woman!

For more quotes, check out some by Edgar Allan Poe in this article!