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It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly.
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?
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
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.
Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?
Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
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