Good classic literature can never become irrelevant, and neither can authors. While looking through some classic books that I have at home, I ran into Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Leafing through its pages I once again felt amazed by her literary genius; today, I’d like to present you with some of the quotes by Virginia Woolf about writing craft, authorship, and creativity. Enjoy!
- “A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.”
- “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”
- “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”
- “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
- “Fiction must stick to facts, and the truer the facts the better the fiction – so we are told.”
- “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.”
- “For it would seem – her case proved it – that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.”
- “I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”
- “I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”
- “The most extraordinary thing about writing is that when you’ve struck the right vein, tiredness goes. It must be an effort, thinking wrong.”
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