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a good name for a villain

“Anyhow, she was free now to listen to what Paul Rayley was trying to say about books one had read as a boy. They lasted, he said. 71 more words

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unemphatic beauty of pure style

“She was born to be the adored of poets, since poets require safety; someone who sits sewing, who says, “I hate, I love,” who is neither comfortable nor prosperous, but has some quality in accordance with the high but unemphatic beauty of pure style which those who create poetry so particularly admire.”

— Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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will they be read

“He would always be worrying about his own books—will they be read, are they good, why aren’t they better, what do people think of me?”

— Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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the mirror was broken

“That dream, of sharing, completing, of finding in solitude on the beach an answer, was then but a reflection in a mirror, and the mirror itself was but the surface glassiness which forms in quiescence when the nobler powers sleep beneath? 32 more words

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Beauty had this penalty

“She was astonishingly beautiful, as William said. But beauty was not everything. Beauty had this penalty—it came too readily, came too completely. It stilled life—froze it.”

— Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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what he prizes high

“No passion is stronger in the breast of man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.”

— Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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a bird’s sharp beak

“To be loved by Susan would be to be impaled by a bird’s sharp beak, to be nailed to a barnyard door. Yet there are moments when I could wish to be speared by a beak, to be nailed to a barnyard door, positively, once and for all.”

— Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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