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'The Waves' Quotes

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The Waves

The Waves

Harcourt
Study Guide 'The Waves' Quotes

The Waves is one of Virginia Woolf's most experimental works. Here are a few quotes from Virginia Woolf's The Waves.
  • "All is shattered"
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "This is our first night at school, apart from our sisters."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "Yet it falls flat. It peters out. I cannot get up steam enough to carry me over the transition. My true self breaks off from my assumed. And if I begin to re-write it, she will feel "Bernard is posing as a literary man; Bernard is thinking of his biographer"
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "He is a hero. Oh yes, that is not to be denied, and when he takes his seat by Susan, whom he loves, the occasion is crowned."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "It is hate, such as Susan feels for me because I kissed Louis once in the garden; because equipped as I am, I make her think when I come in, "My hands are red," and hide them. But our hatred is almost indistinguishable from our love"
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "Bernard is engaged. Something irrevocable has happened. A circle has been cast on the waters; a chain is imposed. We shall never flow freely again."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "Now then is my chance to find out what is of great importance, and I must be careful, and tell no lies. About him my feeling was: he sat there in the centre. Now I go to that spot no longer. The place is empty."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "I am no longer January, May or any other season, but am all spun to a fine thread round the cradle, wrapping in a cocoon made of my own blood the delicate limbs of my baby."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "The lamp kindles a fire in the dark pane. A fire burns in the heart of the ivy. I see a lit-up street in the evergreens. I hear traffic in the brush of the wind down the lane, and broken voices, and laughter, and Jinny who cries as the door opens, 'Come! Come!'"
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "We were together at school. We shall undoubtedly meet. We shall certainly lunch together. We shall talk. But wait, one moment wait."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "But it is only that I have taught my body to do a certain trick. Inwardly I am not taught; I fear, I hate, I love, I envy and despise you, but I never join you happily."
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • "I need a little language such as lovers use, words of one syllable such as children speak when they come into the room and find their mother sewing and pick up some scrap of bright wool, a feather, or a shred of chintz"
    - Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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