Some Words of Wisdom from Virginia Woolf




[My wonderful wife and I took an impulse weekend trip to Portland, Maine this weekend so I wasn’t able to put up as many posts celebrating women as I as planning on putting up, so consider this one (and a number of posts to follow in the coming weeks) a further celebration of women, International Women’s Day and the struggle towards equality that women all over the world are fighting for.]


Virginia Woolf’s life was full of writing and her writing full of experimentation and wisdom.  You probably knew this already, though, seeing as she is one of the most well-known, frequently-referenced, and regularly talked-about female writers ever.  Unfortunately, for all the people who know her name significantly less take the time to actually read her work, all of which is brimming with the sort of unapologetic sense-of-sense that tends to marks one a genius.  Her novels Mrs DallowayTo The Lighthouse, and Orlando are considered in literary circles important works of experimental fiction as well as powerful works of feminism, a theme which she explores in greater depth in her nonfiction works, especially A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.  While I have no intention of dissecting of rehashing the accolades heaped upon Ms. Woolf I do want to share with you a few quotes from her impressive body of work, all of which ring with the sort of capital-t Truth that always reignites my love for writing.  Enjoy.


“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”

“It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities?”

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

“Communication is truth; communication is happiness. To share is our duty; to go down boldly and bring to light those hidden thoughts which are the most diseased; to conceal nothing; to pretend nothing; if we are ignorant to say so; if we love our friends to let them know it.”

“No sooner have you feasted on beauty with your eyes than your mind tells you that beauty is vain and beauty passes”

NPG Ax142604; Virginia Woolf (nÈe Stephen) by Lady Ottoline Morrell

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