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Virginia Woolf

(1882-1941) [Stephen] English Fiction Writer, Critic

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

A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.

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.

If we didn't live adventurously, 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.

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

We have proved, sitting eating, sitting talking, that we can add to the treasury of moments.