It’s slightly embarrassing to admit that I was woefully ignorant of Woolf’s work for the first few chapters of my life. Perhaps that’s all too well because I doubt my tiny brain at age 10 would’ve grasped much of the depth that exists in her writing. Not that I can claim to completely comprehend all of it even now. But that’s neither here nor there, lol.
So, resisting the temptation to throw around phrases like “modernist innovation” in an attempt to describe her and make myself sound smarter, I’ll get straight to the point. What makes Woolf so identifiable for me is that she refused to be pigeonholed – she wrote about what she pleased when she pleased. And in the process, she left behind some of the most profound quotes about life that you’ll ever come across.
Here are 15 of them.