Literary Birthday – 25 January – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was born 25 January 1882, and died 28 March 1941.

Virginia Woolf: Quotes

  1. A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
  2. I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
  3. It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
  4. Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
  5. Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
  6. It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.
  7. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
  8. A biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many as a thousand.
  9. Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
  10. The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mould of the body and mind.
  11. I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.
  12. I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.

Read: 10 Writing Tips From Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and an important figure in London literary society. A member of the Bloomsbury Group, her most famous works include the novels Mrs. DallowayTo the Lighthouse, A Room of Ones Own, and Orlando. Interest in Virginia Woolf and her writings revived with the feminist writings in the 1970s. Follow the links to see where Woolf wrote and where she slept. She was married to author and publisher, Leonard Woolf.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th January 2013

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