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


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  • 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")

  • After that, how unbelievable death was! - that is must end; and no one in the whole world would know how she had loved it all.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • He was a thorough good sort; a bit limited; a bit thick in the head; yes; but a thorough good sort. Whatever he took up he did in the same matter-of-fact sensible way; without a touch of imagination, without a sparkle of brilliancy, but with the inexplicable niceness of his type.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • One cannot bring children into a world like this. One cannot perpetuate suffering, or increase the breed of these lustful animals, who have no lasting emotions, but only whims and vanities, eddying them now this way, now that.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • They went in and out of each other's minds without any effort.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • And it was awfully strange, he thought, how she still had the power, as she came tinkling, rustling, still had the power as she came across the room, to make the moon, which he detested, rise at Bourton on the terrace in the summer sky.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Her life was a tissue of vanity and deceit.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • Peter would think her sentimental. So she was. For she had come to feel that it was the only thing worth saying - what one felt. Cleverness was silly. One must say simply what one felt.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • This late age of the world's experience had bred in them all, all men and women, a well of tears.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")

  • And she came in from the little room.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")


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