Famous Creative Women Quotations from . . .

Virginia Woolf
(1882-1941) born on
Jan 25
English "feminist, essayist, critic". "She is best known for her classic feminist essay, "A Room of One's Own," 1929."

"My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery --always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?"

"It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."
"We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey!"
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.


Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:  "Letter, 28 Dec 1932."
R: ""A Room of One's Own," ch. 2, 1929."
A: ""The Common Reader," "Montaigne," first series, 1925."
N: ""Writer's Diary," ed. by Leonard Woolf, 1954; entry for 13 Aug 1921."
K: "Bernard, in "The Waves," 1943, p. 205."

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