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Engrave this Quote It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.
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-Virginia Woolf
Adventure
Engrave this Quote If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged.
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Adversity
Engrave this Quote One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
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Age
Engrave this Quote The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
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Engrave this Quote Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are.
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Engrave this Quote At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.
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Engrave this Quote These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
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Apathy
Engrave this Quote Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
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Argument & Debate
Engrave this Quote When a subject is highly controversial... 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.
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Aristocracy
Engrave this Quote Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
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Engrave this Quote A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
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Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again -- as I always am when I write.
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Engrave this Quote We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
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Engrave this Quote Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.
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Engrave this Quote All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point
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Automobiles
Engrave this Quote What I like, or one of the things I like, about motoring is the sense it gives one of lighting accidentally, like a voyager who touches another planet with the tip of his toe, upon scenes which would have gone on, have always gone on, will go on, unrecorded, save for this chance glimpse. Then it seems to me I am allowed to see the heart of the world uncovered for a moment.
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Birth
Engrave this Quote Most of a modest woman's life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious.
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Books
Engrave this Quote A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
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Engrave this Quote Henry James seems most entirely in his element, doing that is to say what everything favors his doing, when it is a question of recollection. The mellow light which swims over the past, the beauty which suffuses even the commonest little figures of that
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Boredom
Engrave this Quote When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
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Chance
Engrave this Quote I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
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Charity
Engrave this Quote Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote As the streets that lead from the Strand to the Embankment are very narrow, it is better not to walk down them arm-in-arm. If you persist, lawyers
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-Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out (1915)

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