Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

    loevelifehas quoted5 years ago
    a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction;
    Cintya Paramastri Jayaningtyashas quoted3 years ago
    the body seemed contained in a miraculous glass cabinet through which no sound could penetrate, and the mind, freed from any contact with facts (unless one trespassed on the turf again), was at liberty to settle down upon whatever meditation was in harmony with the moment.
    Al Valkovahas quoted4 years ago
    All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.
    loevelifehas quoted5 years ago
    One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well
    Ksenia Alymovahas quoted5 years ago
    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.
    But whatever effect discouragement and criticism had upon their writing—and I believe that they had a very great effect—that was unimportant compared with the other difficulty which faced them (I was still considering those early nineteenth-century novelists) when they came to set their thoughts on paper—that is that they had no tradition behind them, or one so short and partial that it was of little help.
    Ksenia Alymovahas quoted5 years ago
    That profoundly interesting subject, the value that men set upon women's chastity and its effect upon their education
    Zhenya Chaikahas quoted12 days ago
    The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
    jakiastockshas quoted4 years ago
    ladies are only admitted to the library if accompanied by a Fellow of the College or furnished with a letter of introduction.
    Ksenia Alymovahas quoted5 years ago
    The middle-class woman began to write. For if PRIDE AND PREJUDICE matters, and MIDDLEMARCH and VILLETTE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS matter, then it matters far more than I can prove in an hour's discourse that women generally, and not merely the lonely aristocrat shut up in her country house among her folios and her flatterers, took to writing. Without those forerunners, Jane Austen and the Brontës and George Eliot could no more have written than Shakespeare could have written without Marlowe, or Marlowe without Chaucer, or Chaucer without those forgotten poets who paved the ways and tamed the natural savagery of the tongue. For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice
    b0082525663has quoted6 hours ago
    hither and thither
    Zeyneb Karechehas quoted2 days ago
    All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.
    b0324249101has quoted7 days ago
    Lies will flow from my lips, but there may perhaps be some truth mixed up with them;
    VEDANSHI AWASTHIhas quoted18 days ago
    All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.
    Zhenya Chaikahas quoted23 days ago
    One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
    Zhenya Chaikahas quoted23 days ago
    It is a curious fact that novelists have a way of making us believe that luncheon parties are invariably memorable for something very witty that was said, or for something very wise that was done. But they seldom spare a word for what was eaten. It is part of the novelist's convention not to mention soup and salmon and ducklings, as if soup and salmon and ducklings were of no importance whatsoever, as if nobody ever smoked a cigar or drank a glass of wine.
    Zhenya Chaikahas quoted23 days ago
    s I leant against the wall the University indeed seemed a sanctuary in which are preserved rare types which would soon be obsolete if left to fight for existence on the pavement of the Strand
    Zhenya Chaikahas quoted23 days ago
    Never will I wake those echoes, never will I ask for that hospitality again, I vowed as I descended the steps in anger.
    b3047646580has quoted23 days ago
    than men that one will say, 'I saw a woman to-day', as one used to say, 'I saw an aeroplane'.
    b3047646580has quoted23 days ago
    I need not hate any man; he cannot hurt me. I need not flatter any man; he has nothing to give me.
    b3047646580has quoted23 days ago
    fact that still takes my breath away the power of my purse to breed ten-shilling notes automatically
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