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  • Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely? All this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely?
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • 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")

  • It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • 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")

  • She belonged to a different age, but being so entire, so complete, would always stand up on the horizon, stone-white, eminent, like a lighthouse marking some past stage on this adventurous, long, long voyage, this interminable --- this interminable life.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")


  • Beauty had this penalty - it came too readily, came too completely. It stilled life - froze it. One forgot the little agitations; the flush, the pallor, some queer distortion, some light or shadow, which made the face unrecognizable for a moment and yet added a quality one saw for ever after.
    (Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse")

  • There was an embrace in death.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • It flattered her, where she was most susceptible of flattery, to think how, wound about in their hearts, however long they lived she would be woven...
    (Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse")

  • 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")

  • The spring without a leaf to toss, bare and bright like a virgin fierce in her chastity, scornful in her purity, was laid out on fields wide-eyed and watchful and entirely careless of what was done or thought by the beholders.
    (Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse")

  • Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

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

  • It rasped her, though, to have stirring about in her this brutal monster! to hear twigs cracking and feel hooves planted down in the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul; never to be content quite, or quite secure, for at any moment the brute would be stirring, this hatred...
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • 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")

  • She came into a room; she stood, as he had often seen her, in a doorway with lots of people round her. But it was Clarissa one remembered. Not that she was striking; not beautiful at all; there was nothing picturesque about her; she never said anything specially clever; there she was however; there she was.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")


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