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


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  • He- for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it- was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • Ransack the language as he might, words failed him. He wanted another landscape, and another tongue.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • She was married, true; but if one's husband was always sailing round Cape Horn, was it marriage? If one liked him, was it marriage? If one liked other people, was it marriage? And finally, if one still wished, more than anything in the whole world, to write poetry, was it marriage? She had her doubts.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")


  • All the time she writing the world had continued.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")

  • 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")


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