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Poetry
Engrave this Quote The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.
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-Virginia Woolf
Professionalism
Engrave this Quote To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.
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Public
Engrave this Quote For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, forget the private figure, or if we in the intensity of our private emotions forget the public world. Both houses will be ruined, the public and the private, the material and the spiritual, for they are inseparably connected.
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Publicity
Engrave this Quote Publicity in women is detestable. Anonymity runs in their blood. The desire to be veiled still possesses them. They are not even now as concerned about the health of their fame as men are, and, speaking generally, will pass a tombstone or a signpost without feeling an irresistible desire to cut their names on it.
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Quotations
Engrave this Quote One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats --and one always secretes too much jelly.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?
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Engrave this Quote The only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. If this is agreed between us, then I feel at liberty to put forward a few ideas and suggestions because you will not allow them to fetter that independence which is the most important quality that a reader can possess. After all, what laws can be laid down about books? The battle of Waterloo was certainly fought on a certain day; but is Hamlet a better play than Lear? Nobody can say. Each must decide that question for himself. To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions-there we have none.
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-Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read a Book?, 1932
Reality
Engrave this Quote What is meant by reality? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying
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Sex
Engrave this Quote Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will.
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Sleep
Engrave this Quote Every season is likeable, and wet days and fine, red wine and white, company and solitude. Even sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life, can be full of dreams; and the most common actions
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Soul
Engrave this Quote This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.
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Teaching
Engrave this Quote The first duty of a lecturer is to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantelpiece forever.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey! The phantom is through the mind and out of the window before we can lay salt on
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Translation
Engrave this Quote Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language.
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Truth
Engrave this Quote Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
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War
Engrave this Quote The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gasmask handy, it is our business to puncture gasbags and discover the seeds of truth.
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-Virginia Woolf, "New Republic", October 21, 1940
Women
Engrave this Quote Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?
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Engrave this Quote As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
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Engrave this Quote The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
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Engrave this Quote Therefore if you insist upon fighting to protect me, or
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-Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas (1931)
Engrave this Quote The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
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Words
Engrave this Quote The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.
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Youth
Engrave this Quote That great Cathedral space which was childhood.
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-Virginia Woolf

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