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A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

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A Room of One's Own is one of Virginia Woolf's most famous works. Some of her most well-known sayings and phrases come from this short work. Here are a few quotes from Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. A Room of One's Own Quotes

A Room of One's Own is one of Virginia Woolf's most famous works. Some of her most well-known sayings and phrases come from this short work. Here are a few quotes from Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.
  • "Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • "Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • "Women, then, have not had a dog's chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one's own."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • "Now and again an Emily Bronte or a Robert Burns blazes out and proves its presence. But certainly it never got itself on to paper. When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • "Without those forerunners, Jane Austen and the Brontes and George Eliot could no more have written than Shakespeare could have written without Marlowe, or Marlowe without Chaucer, or Chaucer without those forgotten poets who paved the ways and tamed the natural savagery of the tongue. For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • "I told you in the course of this paper that Shakespeare had a sister; but do not look for her in Sir Sidney Lee's life of the poet. She died young--alas, she never wrote a word. She lies buried where the omnibuses now stop, opposite the Elephant and Castle. Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word and was buried at the crossroads still lives. She lives in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here tonight, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed. But she lives; for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences; they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh."
    - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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