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Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” Quotes (39 Quotes)


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  • Heaven has mercifully decreed that the secrets of all hearts are hidden so that we are lured on for ever to suspect something, perhaps, that does not exist.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • And indeed, it cannot be denied that the most successful practitioners of life, often unknown people by the way, somehow contrive to synchronize the sixty or seventy different times which beat simultaneously in every normal human system, so that when eleven strikes, all the rest chime in unison, and the present is neither a violent disruption nor completely forgotten in the past.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • I have sought happiness through many ages and not found it.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • The mind of man works with strangeness upon the body of time. An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented by the timepiece of the mind by one second. This extraordinary discrepancy between time on the clock and time in the mind is less known than it should be, and deserves fuller investigation.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")


  • Are we so made that we have to take death in small doses daily or we could not go on with the business of living?
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • The taste for books was an early one. As a child he was sometimes found at midnight by a page still reading. They took his taper away, and he bred glow-worms to serve his purpose. They took the glow-worms away and he almost burnt the house down with a tinder.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • In fact, though their acquaintance had been so short, they had guessed, as always happens between lovers, everything of any importance about each other in two seconds at the utmost, and it now remained only to fill in such unimportant details as what they were called; where they lived; and whether they were beggars or people of substance.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • There was a serenity about him always that had the look of innocence, when, technically, the word was no longer applicable.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • At one and the same time, therefore, society is everything and society is nothing. Society is the most powerful concoction in the world and society has no existence whatsoever
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • In the 18th century we knew how everything was done, but here I rise through the air, I listen to voices in America, I see men flying- but how is it done? I can't even begin to wonder. So my belief in magic returns.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • To evade such temptations is the first duty of the poet. For as the ear is the antechamber to the soul, poetry can adulterate and destroy more surely then lust or gunpowder. The poet's, then, is the highest office of all. His words reach where others fall short. A silly song of Shakespeare's has done more for the poor and the wicked than all the preachers and philanthropists in the world.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • But Sasha was from Russia, where the sunsets are longer, the dawns less sudden and sentences are often left unfinished from doubt as how to best end them.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")


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