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10 Thought Provoking Quotes by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, a literary genius, an advocate for feminists everywhere, a tormented, complicated soul, celebrates her would have been 138th birthday today. And on this special day, we want you to remember some of the remarkable sayings Woolf has blessed us with. So, here are 10 quotes by the prolific author, which makes us realize why she became such a profound figure worldwide.

1. On history

“Nothing has really happened until it has been described.”

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2. on personal growth

“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”

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3. on comedy

“Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.”

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4. On feminism

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

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5. on fiction

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”

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6. on aging

“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”

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7. on nature

“The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.”

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8. On diet

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

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9. on youth

“I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.”

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10. on being authentic

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

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These quotes make it easy for us to realize the impact Virginia Woolf has had on culture, feminism, life and writing, and why her significance is as prevalent to this day.

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Little Women’s Jo and Laurie Return in New Novel

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Little Woman has captured the hearts of many and it looks like it will not be going away anytime soon! Melissa de la Cruz, known for her popular children’s books The Descendants, and the Alex and Eliza Trilogy, has co-written a new novel with author Margaret Stohl, the author of Rolls Royce. Together, they wrote a new take of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

 

 

This new sequel focuses on the characters Jo and Laurie as they grow into adulthood. They also deal with their relationship and how they truly feel for each other. It takes place after Jo finishes writing her novel.

Bustle has released the beautiful cover, which you can see down below.

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If Jo and Laurie broke your heart in Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation, then hopefully this book will mend it. Readers can pre-order Jo and Laurie today. The book will be released June 2.

 


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5 Best ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go!’ Quotes

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go!

It is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and one of my favorites of all time so in honor of this huge anniversary I’ve gathered the best quotes from Oh The Places You’ll Go!

 

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#5 “Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

 

#4 “And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”

 

#3 “Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”

 

#2 “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

 

#1 “You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

 

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The Most Bearific Winnie the Pooh Quotes!

In honor of the adorable, honey eating treasure, on this day I bring you his best quotes. All of these are sure to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.

 

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“A hug is always the right size.”

 

“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”

 

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

 

 

“It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”

 

“If it’s not Here, that means it’s out There.”

 

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”

 

“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

 

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Winnie the Pooh is an icon. Period.

 

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Salinger Fans Unite For NYPL Exclusive Exhibition!

Great news for Salinger fans, as the New York Public Library presents an extremely rare glimpse into the life and work of author J.D. Salinger with a rather extensive exhibition, giving insight into the famous author’s life.

 

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The exhibit includes a number of manuscripts, letters, photographs, books, and personal items that have been exclusively extracted from Salinger’s personal archive, the J.D Salinger Literary Trust, now run by his son Matt Salinger. This will be the first time these items—on loan from the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust—have ever been shared with the public.

 

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The exhibition is organized by Matt Salinger and his wife Colleen Salinger, along with Declan Kiely, Director of Special Collections and Exhibitions at The New York Public Library.

 

 

The great news is, the exhibition is free! Coinciding with J.D. Salinger’s birthday, the exhibition will be on display until January 19, 2020 in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

More than 200 items spanning Salinger’s life will be featured. This will include the original typescript of The Catcher in the Rye, revised by the author, along with the original typescripts of some of Salinger’s other shorter fiction work, including Franny and Zooey.

There is also an original pencil portrait by E. Michael Mitchell, who made the original cover design for The Catcher in the Rye, and a collection of family photographs from Salinger’s childhood, youth, and later life, including photos from his World War II service.

 

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Some of the more personal items include; a bookcase from Salinger’s bedroom filled with books from his personal library, and items from Salinger’s childhood, including a bowl which he had made at summer camp when he was about 10 years old, notebooks, passports, honorable discharge papers from the army in which he identified his civilian occupation as “Playwright, Author, ” and personal artifacts such as his pipes, eyeglasses, wristwatch and the cup he drank coffee from every morning.

 

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Among these items, his typewriter and his film projector, were also present.

 

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The exhibition also includes a description of J.D. Salinger’s life and profession written by Salinger himself, showcasing a rare glimpse into how the author viewed himself. The description was written as part of a 1982 legal document. The description reads, in part:

“I am a professional short-story writer and novelist. I write fiction and only fiction. For more than thirty years, I have lived and done my work in rural New Hampshire. I was married here and my two children were raised here. . . . I have been writing fiction rather passionately, singlemindedly, perhaps insatiably, since I was fifteen or so . . . I positively rejoice to imagine that, sooner or later, the finished product safely goes to the ideal private reader, alive or dead or yet unborn, male or female or possibly neither.” – J.D. Salinger

 

 

Please note, while the exhibition is free, there are no bags or cellphones allowed and of course no photographs. It’s absolutely worth the experience and the influence is staggering, to just be able to immerse yourself in a place where one of the most influential authors is put on display in all his glory.

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