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Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” Quotes (56 Quotes)


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  • First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Mrs Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • The cold stream of visual impressions failed him now as if the eye were a cup that overflowed and let the rest run down its china walls unrecorded.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • For the young people could not talk. And why should they? Shout, embrace, swing, be up at dawn...
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")


  • The impetuous creature--a pirate--started forward, sprang away; she had to hold the rail to steady herself, for a pirate it was, reckless, unscrupulous, bearing down ruthlessly, circumventing dangerously, boldly snatching a passenger, or ignoring a passenger, squeezing eel-like and arrogant in between, and then rushing insolently all sails spread up Whitehall.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • For this is the truth about our soul, he thought, who fish-like inhabits deep seas and plies among obscurities threading her way between the boles of giant weeds, over sun-flickered spaces and on and on into gloom, cold, deep, inscrutable; suddenly she shoots to the surface and sports on the wind-wrinkled waves; that is, has a positive need to brush, scrape, kindle herself, gossiping.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Never would she come first with anyone.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • The people we are most fond of are not good for us when we are ill.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Half the time she did things not simply, not for themselves; but to make people think this or that; perfect idiocy she knew for no one was ever for a second taken in.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • No decent man ought to read Shakespeare's sonnets because it was like listening at keyholes.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • The world wavered and quivered and threatened to burst into flames.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink...
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • O amor torna a gente solitßria, pensou.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

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


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