Leonard Woolf

Literary Birthday – 25 November – Leonard Woolf

Leonard Woolf was born 25 November 1880, and died 14 August 1969.

Five Quotes

  1. You cannot escape Fate, and Fate, I have always felt, is not in the future, but in the past.
  2. Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilised man.
  3. The grinding of the intellect is for most people as painful as a dentist’s drill.
  4. It is no good trying to delude oneself that one can escape the consequences of a great catastrophe.
  5. I know that V. will not come across the garden from the Lodge, and yet I look in that direction for her. I know that she is drowned and yet I listen for her to come in at the door. I know that this is the last page and yet I turn it over. There is no limit to one’s stupidity and selfishness.

Leonard Woolf was an English political theorist, author, publisher and civil servant. He was married to Virginia Woolf  with whom he founded the famous Hogarth Press. His letters are published as Letters of Leonard Woolf

Source for Image


Oliver Mallinson Lewis from Oxford, United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th November 2013