"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Virginia Woolf on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Virginia Woolf on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Virginia Woolf on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Virginia Woolf on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Virginia Woolf on Mark Twain
"It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work."
"It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses."
"For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?"
"Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame."
"When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly."